Seneca Falls – Women’s Rights Museum

After we were finished with the museum in the Welcome Center, we walked down the street to the Women’s Rights Museum.

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Seneca Falls – The Museum (Blog Post #8)

While we were in Geneva, New York, the volunteer/ worker at the tourist information suggested Seneca Falls.  It was about 20 minutes east of where we were at that moment.  Molly had never been there before so we decided to take her advice.

She actually gave us two pieces of great advice.  Seneca Falls and Char Burrito Bar.

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Seneca Lake, Geneva, and the Best Lunch EVER (Blog Post #7)

We are back after my 31 Days of Eating Gluten Free.

On Friday of my trip, Molly and I were going to visit a few of the finger lakes before going to get her allergy shot.  Our plans were changed once we visited Seneca Lake.  Next week, you’ll find out where we went after visiting Geneva, NY.  It was somewhere she had never visited.

Before we went to the lake, we went to Walmart to find some bug spray for our trip to Letchworth State Park.  While we were there, I found Polar Water which is flavored seltzer water that you can only buy in New England.  I became obsessed with Polar Water.  Okay maybe not obsessed.  I enjoyed the Polar Water because they were more delicious then some other brands that I have tried.

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When Molly and I met up over Labor Day weekend, she brought me some more Polar Water and then my aunt brought me some more two weeks later.

Okay onto photos of the lake.

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Seneca Lake is the second longest of the 11 of all of the Finger Lakes.  It is known for it’s 50 wineries.

 

We enjoyed listening to these birds.  They were SO loud.

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Those are random photos of the lake.

Since I have lost 20 pounds, I began doing toe touches at different spots while on vacation.  Seneca Lake is the start of this “tradition.”  2017 is going to be known as the year of the toe touch.

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Molly and I and then me jumping up for joy.  I love the bird photo bombing my photo.

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We went into the Visitor’s Center while we were at the lake.  The lady who was working there was excellent.  She gave us the suggestion of where to visit next and the best lunch EVER.  Maybe not EVER but it was pretty delicious.

Char Burrito Bar was like a Hot Head Burrito or Chipotle.  It was a mom and pop sort of restaurant.  I enjoyed the taste of the chipotle ranch and the fact that the meat had a charred taste.  Yum!

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We also checked out some of Geneva, New York.

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Join me next week for our next adventure.

Have a magical day,
Traci

Pittsford, NY, Erie Canal, and Barnes and Nobles (Blog Post #6)

After we finished visiting Lake Ontario and the lighthouse, we travel to Pittsford so I could see the Erie Canal.

So what is the Erie Canal?  Back in the 1820’s, they built this canal to connect the Hudson River to Lake Erie.  It was a way of moving goods from one area to another.  In Ohio, where I live, there was two canals built – Miami Erie Canal and the Ohio Erie Canal.  The Miami Erie Canal is in the Western part of Ohio where I live.  Both of those canals connected the Lake Erie to the Ohio River.

Since I learned about the Erie Canal in school, I wanted to see part of it in person.

While I was in Pittsford, I Facebook live the experience. I downloaded both of those videos and then uploaded them to Youtube so you can see the some of the canal besides in the photos. I apologize because the video may be shaky.

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We stopped for some coffee once we got to Pittsford.
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The town and Erie Canal
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Erie Canal
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Cute little shopping area
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Schoen area of Pittsford
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Random photos
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Erie Canal
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After we finished visiting Pittsford, we went to Trader Joes because Molly had never been there before.  She was so impressed with Trader Joes.  When we met up in Pittsburgh in the beginning of September, we stopped at the Trader Joes in that town twice.

After we were done at Trader Joes, we went to Barnes and Nobles to find some books to read.  It was there I found Karen White’s Folly Beach book.  I read through that book while on the trip.  Karen White is the author of the Tradd Street mysteries.  (Romance, Ghosts, and MysteryFamily Secrets, a Mysterious Reporter, and More GhostsA Teenager, More Family Secrets, and a Dollhouse)

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Barnes and Nobles

 

I’m taking a break from these posts in October.  My focus during the next month is going to  be sharing gluten free recipes for my Write 31 2017.

We’ll be visiting Geneva, NY and the best lunch ever on the first Wednesday in November.

Have a magical day,
Traci

Irondequoit Bay and Charlotte-Genesee Lighthouse (Blog Post #5)

My friend and I visit Lake Ontario and a beautiful lighthouse.

Lots of photos.

Join me on Wednesdays for photos from my trip to Rochester, New York.

After we got done at the zoo, we drove to Irondequoit, NY.  I wanted to see Lake Ontario.  Actually I had already seen it the year before when we drove from Niagara Falls to Toronto.  We didn’t stop on that trip to take photos by the lake.

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Seneca Park Zoo – Blog Post #4

Join me on Wednesdays for photos from my trip to Rochester, New York.

On Thursday, June 8, 2017, Molly and I went to the Seneca Park Zoo.

Hubby and I have a bucket list.  We want to visit an aquarium or zoo in every state.  Actually I want to visit the zoo or aquarium, he wants to geocache at the zoos or aquariums.  It’s a win win situation.

I was able to cross off New York of my bucket list when we went to the zoo.

When Molly and I got there, there were a bunch of school buses at the entrance.  The zoo is small so it was crowded.  Plus the animals seemed to be turned around so we saw a lot of animal butts.

Here are photos from the visit.  These photos are not in the order that I took them.

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Vulture
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Acting like tourists – LOL!
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Decorations
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The original zoo building
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African decorations and the totem pole
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Polar Bears
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Penguins
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Otter
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Olive Baboon
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Lion Exhibit – There was no lion in the exhibit.
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Greek Salad – The best salad I have ever found in a zoo.
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Tiger and a Goat
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Elephants
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Eagle Exhibit – The ducks live in the exhibit
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Eagle statue
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Baby orangutan
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Baby orangutan
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Clockwise – From top left to bottom left – Rhino, Duck, Poison Dart Frog, Lemur
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From left to right – Alligator, Gecko, Wolf

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African decorations
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Flowers

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Join me next Wednesday for our visit to Lake Ontario.

Have a magical day,
Traci

Sunset at Canandaigua Lake (Blog Post #3)

“Join me on Wednesdays for photos of my trip to Rochester, New York.”

After going to the mall, we went back to Molly’s house.  Her husband cooked us P.F. Chang’s lettuce wraps for dinner.  Yum!

Even though we wanted to go to Scoops for ice cream, we were too full.  That did not stop us from going to see the sunset at Canandaigua Lake.

Did you know that Humphrey Bogart had a summer home on Canandaigua Lake?  I found that piece of trivia.

Canandaigua Lake is known for their historic boathouses.  People cannot live in the houses.  It’s more of a garage for their boat with a little living space.  They are not allowed to have running water in the boathouses.

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Walking around the Canandaigua Lake Historic Boathouses (I was talking about the Red Lighthouse in Holland, Michigan.)

Molly and My Shadow – What a great way to get a selfie.  LOL!

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Various signs at the pier

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Views of the Lake and Pier at Sunset

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After we left the boathouse/ pier area, we went to the public park area.  There was an anatomically correct horse statue called Hanging Hoof.

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They had started to build a hotel but the hotel ran out of money.  It’s now a shell of a hotel.  Our running joke was that Molly was going to make me stay there because I could not pronounce Canandaigua.

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More signs near the hotel area

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I have more photos of the Canandaigua Lake area that I’ll share in a future post.  We had a picnic lunch there on Sunday afternoon.

Join me next Wednesday for our visit to the Seneca Park Zoo where I got to cross visiting a zoo in New York off my list.

Have a magical day,
Traci

Walt Disney Elementary, Park Avenue, and the Mall (Blog Post #2)

Join me on Wednesdays for photos from my trip to Rochester, New York.

After Molly, my friend, picked me up from the airport, we went to to the Walt Disney Elementary in the Gates-Chili School District.  I wanted a photo by the sign.

I was shocked to find out the schools in New York were still in session.  The last day of school was not until the third week of June.

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After we visited the elementary, we went to Park Avenue in Rochester.  Molly wanted me to try Stever’s Chocolates.  Boy, am I glad she did.  The chocolate truffles were delicious.

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My chocolate truffles – Yum!

 

Since I had been traveling all day, I needed some caffeine so we stopped at a place called Cafe’ Sasso.  I got The Stone Roller as my drink.  Molly got herself a smoothie.

Cafe’ Sasso was a cool place.

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Molly and I then stopped at Sweet Sammie Jane’s Pastry Shop for macarons.  Molly had never tried one so this was a new experience for her.  I had a pistachio one.  She tried the birthday cake flavored one.

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Here are some more photos from Park Avenue:

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After we finished on Park Avenue. we went to the mall so that we could get her phone fixed.

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Right next to the mall is a L.L. Bean store.  We enjoyed posing next to the giant boot.

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After checking out the store, we went back to her place for dinner.  (No photos of the dinner.)

Then after dinner, we went to Canandigua Lake for the sunset.  I’ll be sharing those photos next week.

Have a magical day,
Traci