Sunday, September 25, 2011 -
It was 60 degrees this morning when we woke up and reached a high of 79 here in Lockport today, clear skies and a beautiful fall day. The leaves are beginning to change colors so we should begin to see some really spectacular colors when we get down to Newport, RI and Connecticut.
The campground where we've been staying this week is in a rural, farming community, so there are fields of corn, pumpkin, soybeans and a few vineyards. I'm not sure what they do with all the pumpkins, but you see pumpkins in all the roadside markets and on porches.
I drove seven miles into Lockport and attended the ten o'clock mass at St. John the Baptist Catholic Church, 168 Chestnut St. It's a beautiful church, modern in design with beautiful curved stained glass windows on the upper section of the walls down each side of the church. Their Stations of the Cross were actually mounted on wooden crosses outdoors (just outside the windows on one side of the church) which is very different from any of the churches I've seen in the past. Good service and a friendly congregation!
I stopped at Tops Supermarket on the way back to the campground and picked up two more packages of Yancy's Fancy Hot Wasabi Horseradish Cheddar Cheese; Tommy and I have already finished one of the first ones we bought and I wanted to get more so we can share with Skipper and Carolyn when we see them in CT. This is some delicious cheese! I hope I can find a similar one when we get back to Texas. It really isn't hot, just spicy.
We drove to Youngstown this afternoon to tour the Old Niagara Fort which was established in 1726 and listen to a group of musicians play the bagpipes and drums; I love to hear bagpipes, but I'm not sure Tommy was that impressed. It was just a nice addition to touring the fort.
The history of Old Fort Niagara spans more than 300 years. During the colonial wars in North America a fort at the mmouth of the Niagara River was vital for it controlled access to the Great Lakes and the westward route to the heartland of the continent. With the completion of the Erie Canal in 1825, the strategic value of Fort Niagara diminished. It remained an active military post well into the 20th century. Today, the U.S. Coast Guard represents the only military presence on the site.
The Old Fort Niagara Assoc. has done a great job restoring and maintaining the fort and surrounding grounds. The Fort Niagara State Park is a beautiful park and has over 500 acres and has picnic areas, tennis courts, soccer courts, and hiking trails.
Yesterday afternoon (Saturday) we drove into Niagara and checked out the Seneca Casino, a 68,000 sq. ft. establishment filled with over 2000 slots and 33 table games and despite our best efforts, we were unable to find a friendly game. I guess that means "Lady Luck" will be waiting for us at Mohegan Sun in CT. We can only hope!!!
We've been on the road for two weeks today. This is our first roadtrip without Gypsy; as most of you know, she died on Aug. 12th after being our traveling companion for fourteen years. We occasionally still talk to her like she's still with us even though we know we're being silly. I would always take her walking morning and evening and I haven't walked at all on this trip except for our sightseeing. That needs to change for sure!!!
Take care, thanks for your emails and notes; hope you'll visit often! Till next time ...