Yipee-tie-yie-yay! I had the pleasure of meeting a fellow blogger this weekend. What a treat! It’s awesome when you finally meet the people behind the words. Glassowater decided to take a vacation and graced me with his presence for the past few days. So, since I needed a vacation, as well, I decided that rather than be a tour guide, I would be a tourist this weekend. Although I didn’t leave my home state – I visited many places that I don’t normally get to. Not because I can’t, but because I never really think about going to these places that are so close to home.
Our first stop, after dragging him to coffee with the gang on Friday morning, was the lake. I wanted to check out the aftermath of the wind storm from last week. And this is what we saw:
We each took a gazillion photos this weekend but I’ll spare you from viewing them all and just include a few…as he may post some duplicates. The weather was mighty brisk and the wind chill was brutal, but the photo ops in the county were aplenty. The weather was not looking too promising and started out quite gloomy but we lucked out – the sun broke through for the remainder of the day.
Next stop, Chautauqua Institution on Chautauqua Lake:
We did some more sight-seeing around the lake and some shopping. And then commenced with the eating, which seemed to never stop. And here I thought I couldn’t get any more into this over-stuffed holiday belly. We enjoyed tasty Mediterranean, Italian and Greek dishes, great coffee, phenomenal beer from a local brewery (I highly recommend the cherry chocolate stout…yum!), hot toddies and on and on.
I live in wine country and believe it or not, I’ve never been wine tasting. I don’t typically care for NY wines but we stopped at one of the local wineries where we were warmly welcomed with luscious red wines and dark chocolate. Oh yes, more please!!
We finished off the weekend with a trip to Niagara Falls. I live only about an hour away from one of the natural wonders of the world and I haven’t even been to see it since I was about 12 yrs. old! Shame on me.
It was bitterly cold by the Falls but we managed to bundle up and enjoy the sights. We all have wind burn on our cheeks…but hey, nothing like having healthy, rosy cheeks.
Whew. I’m exhausted. I need to take a vacation from my mini vacation. Thanks, GOW, for all the fun! Come back in the spring when things are thawed…and warmer.
Meeting blog buddies in real life sure is fun…who wants to visit me next?