Traveling alone is amazingly relaxing, even though I'm an idiot who didn't think to bring a book or something for the plane ride. It was only an hour and there was the Sky Mall magazine. I wish I could get that magazine delivered to my house. I love everything in it.
|All about the bass|
This was my first time going to Buffalo, NY and I picked a weekend with perfect weather to go. It was still warm, but the leaves were already turning for fall. I also realized that they are not kidding when they call Buffalo the "City of Good Neighbors" (or something close to that) because everyone is so unbelievably friendly and helpful. Granted, I grew up in northern VA and I'm told that we are an unfriendly people, so it was remarkable to me.
|Even the babies are friendlier here|
Doesn't my friend have the cutest baby? I might be biased, but I think he could be a baby model. I'd buy whatever he's selling.
|Happiest baby on the block|
On Saturday we went to Canada to see Niagara Falls. I had never seen them before, so I was suitably impressed.
We didn't do the Maid of the Mist (that boat you see in the pic) because babies don't love getting soaking wet, but we got a taste of the mist just standing close to falls.
|The falls are behind us, I swear|
After the falls, we drove around the Niagara area looking for lunch. We were going to eat at one of the wineries, but there was a big wine festival going on so they were all booked. Trying to park at those wineries pretty much killed my idea of Canadians as being exceedingly polite. Canadians get passionate about three things: hockey, maple syrup, and parking spaces.
|They did say "So-orey" after yelling|
Luckily we stumbled upon a tiny little restaurant that smelled like heaven inside. They had everything that I love to eat.
|I asked for extra gluten|
After eating a sandwich the size of my face and trying two kinds of pie, we crossed back over the border to the US. As usual, I was a joy to take out in public.
|A giant beaver. It doesn't need a punchline|
|This is post wine tasting. I can't explain the shark part though.|
That night I got to try the famous Buffalo burger and shake joint known as Taffy's. They have over 100 different milkshake options! Clearly, Buffalo is superior to southern MD in many ways and we need to step up our milkshake game.
The next day, after eating something called breakfast pizza and a donut made from a croissant (a cro-nut!), we ventured out to go find the fabled Eternal Flame. Well, it's not too fabled because that was the first time I've heard of it, but Google told me it's actually quite historic.
|Part of me really wanted to try touching it|
In case you're ever in Buffalo and want to do the hike to see the Eternal Flame, don't be stupid like me and wear flip flops. I already had to borrow clothes from my friend because I wrongly assumed that Buffalo in late September would be too cold for shorts, but I couldn't borrow shoes because she has tiny normal sized feet. One woman saw my feet and exclaimed "Wow, you're brave doing this in flip flops!" I think she mispronounced "stupid".
|You have to earn the right to see the Eternal Flame|
I should have just done it barefoot. I've seen people run 50Ks in their bare feet on trails so it has to be possible. Stupid yes, but possible.
Getting back home was a little bit of a cluster because my flight got delayed three times, but the Southwest attendants are really good at placating passengers with food items so I was happy enough to sit and wait while watching free TV on my phone. TLC is still the learning channel because I learned that gypsies really like to fight. Also, dressing ridiculously is another passion of their people.
I'm a fan of Buffalo now. I love the wonderfully unhealthy food and pretty city, but I don't quite get the obsession with sports. The Bills are like a religion there and I can't even say I have a football team that I root for because I could say the Ravens because I live in MD but really, the Redskins are closer.
Are you a football fan? I don't watch any sports on TV, but sometimes I sit in the room while my husband does so I know about football through osmosis.
Have you ever been to Buffalo? What's your favorite thing to do there? I totally want to go back so I can add any suggestions to a list.