We are in the Buffalo NY area to see long-time friends Barbara and Jon. We attended the same church while living in Hawaii in the 1980's. We've been in touch ever since. This was our third visit to their wonderful home and hometown over the years.
We started it off with a visit to the tennis courts where they have a weekly pickleball game. Jon brings the nets and sets them up according to how many are there to play. Tuesday night we had 7-8 folks and we had one net. That worked out well so people could swap out and get a breather after their match.
We stayed at Darien Lakes State Park which was about 30 minutes from them. It worked out well. On Wednesday, we all drove in to Buffalo and then over to Niagra Falls. It was a very hot day. We parked on the NY side and walked across the bridge to the Canada side.
Next, we walked back to the U.S. side and then drove over to a new and trendy area near downtown Buffalo called River Walk.
We returned to their home for a nice time of conversation leading to dinner. It rained pretty hard for a few minutes but Jon was able to get the shish kabobs on the grill and we enjoyed a great time together.
On Thursday, we returned and ventured downtown again to see the Teddy Roosevelt Inauguration Site. This National Park Service stop is where TR took the oath of office to become president of the United States.
Roosevelt was summoned and arrived after he passed away. TR took the oath of office in the Wilcox home which is where he was staying. That building is the site of the present National Park Service commemoration of the inauguration.
We learned a lot. I either didn't know or forgot (same thing?) how TR became our 26th president. And I had almost no knowledge of the Pam American Exposition. And I really knew very little about the impact of the Eerie Canal and development of Buffalo as an economic powerhouse in the late 1890's.
The Historic Site had a lot of great displays and interactive informational presentations. In the first room, we watched a short video that gave the history of Buffalo and the Pam American Exposition which was attended by McKinley and six cabinet members. It was a marquee event showing off the technological wonders of the present day.
At the inaugural site, there were a number photos behind a glass pane that were highlighted as the story was told. It was very unique and a great way to make it all interesting.
After our time at the Inaugural Site, we went to lunch downtown at one of the craft breweries. Next, we drove out to the cemetery at Forest Lawn where president Millard Fillmore is buried.
It resides in one of the few remaining buildings from the Pan American Exposition built in the Renaissance Spanish architectural style. It was a beautiful building with lots of displays.
I liked the one of Tim Russert who was from Buffalo. The exhibit was in the Newseum for and has recently been returned to this museum in Buffalo. He was a long-time host of "Meet the Press".
The special part of our visit was spending it with Jon and Barbara. It another great memory we have on the Roadrunner Chronicles.
Thanks for joining us!