Welcome to my world! I always thought it would be fun to be the ruler of my own place, and now I can be! I see it as an island within a big city full of life, culture and lots of laughter. Consider yourself a citizen.

Thursday, August 31, 2006

Where do the freshest marshmallows come from?

The farm!

Check out the size of those babies! Must be something in the Central New York climate that grows them that big! I came across this marshmallow farm driving back to Syracuse from Cooperstown. It is somewhere in a valley in the Adirondacks, I believe along Route 28.

Wednesday, August 30, 2006

Beautiful is a full time job!

There are so many things in this picture that make me laugh!

1 - Giving oneself a mini facial while in a car;
2 - The eye things are made to look like actual cucumbers;
3 - The person pictured had no idea their picture was being taken;
4 - I took the picture driving about 75mph back from Niagara falls;
5 - This person was my navigator;
6 - It is just damn funny!

Tuesday, August 29, 2006

The Turtle Story

I did not see that either!

Monday, August 28, 2006

Close Encounters of the Niagara Kind

These are the lights that light up the falls at night. Oh yeah, they are on the Canadian side! Thank you Canada!

Thursday, August 24, 2006

What do you see?

Other than the underside of a turtle?

The rest of the story tomorrow! Assuming there are some guesses!

Wednesday, August 23, 2006

Small Town America

Cooperstown, NY

My recent trip to Syracuse took me on a road trip to Cooperstown, about 2 hours southeast of Syracuse. home of the Baseball Hall of Fame. Located as one would expect on Main Street!

Everything about Cooperstown is about baseball. Main Street is maybe 8 blocks long, one of the blocks being the Hall of Fame. Shops sell mostly ice cream, baseball keepsakes or are restaurants. I am sure there is more but that is what makes up downtown Cooperstown. Cooperstown is also nestled in a valley of the Adirondacks, I believe. Several country roads up and through them are taken to get there.

The Hall is quite reverred by baseball fans. It is a small place by museum standards and from what I had expected. But the exhibits were actually really interesting and there were plenty of Chicago references to make me feel at home.

Friday, August 18, 2006

The Eyes Have It

While at Niagara, I felt like I was being watched. . .CONSTANTLY!

Thursday, August 17, 2006

Holy Hogwarts!

This is actually one of the staircases in the New York State Capital in Albany, though it could be one from Harry Potter.

The Senate Staircase is sometimes called the Evolutionary Staircase because of the many carvings of animals which decorate it. The stair was constructed between 1883 and 1885 and is mostly sandstone.

An interesting fact about sandstone. It is actually quite soft by stone standards when first quarried, thus it is able to be easily and ornately carved. Over time it hardens thus making it quite durable.

Wednesday, August 16, 2006


The American Falls, Wedding Veil section on the right

The Canadian or Horseshoe Falls with Maid of the Mist

I'm back! And had a great time seeing much more of Central New York (CNY) than I have ever seen!

Niagara Falls was a highlight. It is really something to see. Did you know there are actually two falls there? The American and the Canadian, known as the horseshoe from the shape that they are. Now you know!

The Canadian are the more well-known. It is these that people go over in a barrel and are the ones seen on tv, movies, etc. You cannot see the full ring of them as the mist is like a non-stop rain. The Maid of the Mist brings you into the heart of them.

Friday, August 04, 2006


Gone fishing! Well, not really, but I will be away for a few!

See you when I get back.