Honey Nut Cheerios in the air

Honey nut Cheerios in the air
Day 2 of my adventure with Liberty Bell Wanderers is off to a great start.

We finished yesterday by walking into Canada for dinner. We ate at a touristy little cafe near the falls, the Secret Garden Restaurant. I had an eggplant sandwich that blew my mind. It was fried, but only lightly breaded and served on a thin and fluffy ciabatta role. What made it deliciously wonderful was a layer of roasted red peppers instead of cheese and red sauce.

One member of our party is gluten free and had a really nice burger on a pretty gluten free bun.

But Gayle has the luck… She ordered vegetable stir-fry. It came out as a plate of spaghetti with red sauce, a large grilled tomato on top, and various steamed vegetables surrounding the plate. It was the oddest looking dinner I’ve ever seen.

Speaking of Gayle, I mentioned to the American border officer that Gayle had a blank passport, so he stamped hers.

Breakfast at the hotel, Hampton Inn on Rainbow Blvd, was amazing. Bagels, yogurt, cereal, make-your-own waffles, fruit, muffins, cheese omelette, French toast, oatmeal and toppings, and the most delightful smoked maple sausage. And multiple varieties of coffee.

We headed out to Buffalo, with “Shuffle off to Buffalo” playing on the bus. Buffalo is quaint, a gem of architecture, yet a city. The train travels up and down Main Street. The architecture features everything from Victorian to modern. The Art Deco lines of city hall make it one of the most fabulous buildings I have ever seen.

  
The military park, the Erie marina and the restoration of the canal offerings a pleasing and fun way to experience history.

And the downtown smells like honey nut Cheerios because they manufacture them here.

Eating Ice Cream with a Fork

While I was in Russia, I received a small group email from my friend Gayle. She and two of her family members were booked to travel with Liberty Bell Wanderers on a bus trip to Binghamton, NY; Buffalo, and Niagara Falls.

A seat had opened up and they needed to fill it with someone who could get time off work and had a passport for some travel in Canada.

I fit that criteria.

I got up at 3:30 am to drive to Gayle’s so we could drive down to the Philly suburbs and meet the bus before 7 am. We stopped at Wawa and I got some watermelon, always a good start to the day.

  
We started our day with snacks on the bus while we journeyed to Binghamton, NY, where we met the local walking club reps at the YMCA for 5k or 10k walks.

  

The architecture in town was fascinating. They had mosaics frequently on display. They also had a Boscov’s department store downtown.

  
Our group had lunch at Uncle Tony’s where we enjoyed the juicy marinated local sandwich, the spiedie. Delectable.

  
Then when we returned to the Y, they had BIG bowls of vanilla ice cream for $1. They ran out of spoons so I used a fork.

  
We’re currently on the bus, watching a documentary on Niagara.