Westfield, New York
A few final shots from Tarentum, Pennsylvania, before we continue east.
|I love the views from our mountain top|
|All of these sites (25-30) have amazing views from the back.|
|Fire rings with big views|
We take a few back roads to reach Highway 422 and then we're back on I-90 east into New York. The forest is thinner here - we can actually see trees past those along the interstate. Cat tails and tall-brownish-purple-topped-grasses line the road.
Just before our exit we see the ocean in the distance. Dark blue water as far as we can see - dropping over the horizon. So beautiful. Oh wait, it's Lake Erie!
Again, we've heard how big it is, but seeing it in person makes big seem like too small a word.
We get set up at Blue Water Beach Campground, my home for the next five days. My solo home.
Thursday morning the rain starts at 4:30 AM as we head for the airport. It is pitch dark on the interstate! No street lights, no reflectors on the lanes, no lights on the overhead signs. It's nuts. I suppose if you always drive these roads you would get used to it, but for someone who has driven on lighted highways for decades, it's disconcerting in the rain!
There's no traffic and I drop Bill off at the terminal just after 5:40. I'm surprised, and happy, that the airport is so small.
I have plans for Buffalo so after a cup of tea from a local coffee house, I sleep in the car for a couple hours until places are open. The warm rain makes this very easy :-)
Tessa is already pouting.
My first stop is a local creperie, Break 'n Eggs. Small place, delicious food. My apple, ham and brie crepe is divine.
There are several museums and art galleries so I choose two. But first I stop at the Martin House Complex, designed by Frank Lloyd Wright. I'm a big fan, and can't pass up a chance to see his only multi-building site. There is also a single FLW home in Buffalo, but it is a private home with a fence, so I don't make that stop.
I arrive before the tours begin and take in the beauty of the exterior and the conservatory.
|It is still drizzling making the photos dull|
|I love the windows|
|and the doors!|
|Replica of the Winged Victory (Nike) in the conservatory|
|Constructed between 1903 and 1905|
|This whole room messes with my eyes|
|Bent wire hanging in front of acrylic stripes on canvas|
|Most of it I still 'struggle' with|
|Each notebook depicts a toxic site and it's surrounding area.|
|Ending one, beginning another|
|Stories told in pen and ink|
|with minute detail|
|Convergence by Jackson Pollack, 1952|
|La Musique by Henri Matisse, 1939|
|I missed the title on this Georgia O'Keefe piece|
|La toilette, by Pablo Picasso, 1906|
|Fragment 2, by Vincent Kandinsky, 1913. I had never heard of him until his work was featured in the movie "Double Jeopardy" with Ashley Judd|
|Towpath at Argenteuil in Winter, by Claude Monet, 1875|
|Dancer in a Cafe' by Jean Metzinger, 1912|
|Springtime, by Ridgway Knight, 1890|
|Tessa as art|
|Tessa and Jodee as art - very "fun house"|
|Didn't realize this was canoes until I got close - hmmmm.|
I don't know. Walk out a door? I've had no formal training......Tessa either. Are we dressed appropriately for door-walking-out-of?
What the heck, let's go for it!
We get it right on the first take, and head to the parking lot. Stars are born......
Our final stop, on this 100th anniversary of our National Parks, is the Theodore Roosevelt Inaugural Historic Site.
I continue to be amazed at the history we can walk through in each state. I don't remember this part of my American History education, so it is truly learning something new.
The tour is designed to "transport us back to 1901", the docent leading us from the Pan American Exposition, through the Wilcox home as though President McKinley has just been assassinated, Theodore Roosevelt is in the next room, and the Chief Justice is preparing to administer the presidential oath of office to the Vice President.
|1901 Exposition in Buffalo, New York|
|Several artifacts from the location where the president was killed|
|There was no room for reporters, so no photos were taken of the historic event. They recorded the transcripts and standing here it is easy to imagine the inauguration is happening right in front of us. It's awesome!|
|The library where the ceremony took place is beautifully restored|
|In the room next door is the small desk where President Roosevelt penned his first address to the American people. It was short and focused on the greatness of President McKinley and called for a day of mourning.|
|Going upstairs, we "transport" to President Roosevelt's office. The oval office was not built until 1909. Here you can sit at the desk, draft a presidential decree, and have a photo of you doing it sent to your email.|
|The final room compares the issues of today's presidency with those of Teddy's. The point that many are the same is made with documents and news stories.|
|Incredible that a president took the oath of office behind this small window.|
|The Wilcoxes were long time friends of Theodore Roosevelt so he was staying here when he returned to Buffalo after McKinley passed away.|
I catch a few others on our way back to Westfield.
|Mansion on Delaware Street|
|Un-named church on the west side of Buffalo|
|Catholic church near Seneca, NY - this place is huge.|