The Erie Canal

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My nephew who is in the Army and stationed 4 hours from us came home for the long weekend.  Today we took him and his girlfriend for a cruise down the Erie Canal.  Click on the Erie Canal and you can read all about how important this canal was in our history!!

We headed out in beautiful sunshine

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We passed under the Niagara Falls bridge

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We came by the Island Street Boatyard Lighthouse (click to read about it)

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We came upon the old train bridge built around 1892

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We had all our ducks in a row at this point

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We passed by the old Wardell’s Boatyard, Bait shop and Gasoline pump

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We continued on under a train bridge still in use today

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We stopped for a quick lunch at the Dockside Grill

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And back into the boat with the skies clouding up

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And we zoomed off to beat the storm home

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But the storm was not to be..it clouded over…sprinkled 100 drops of rain.. and the sun snuck back out

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And the rest of the ride home was beautiful!!

Sunday food and fun

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Italian Sausage submarine sandwiches

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Friend meet up..Parker on tube, Julie his mom floating backwards, me, Chase and her friend Meghan

I knew we would go boating today so I forced myself out of bed early so I could get a few things done.  I wanted to get a good Sunday dinner going in the crock pot, make meatballs for later in the week, and pack our things for a full day on the boat.  We were planning to meet up with our friend who is a charter fisherman here in Buffalo and his family and some of our other neighbors.

I boiled the sausage for 20 minutes, sliced into halves, sliced an onion, sliced a purple pepper, and put all in the crock pot with store bought organic spaghetti sauce.  Let it cook for 6 hours while we were boating and had wonderful Italian sausage submarine sandwiches when we came home for supper.

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Here is my meatball recipe….1 lb ground beef, 1/4 cup Italian bread crumbs, 1 Tablespoon minced garlic, 1 egg, 1/4 cup milk.  Combine all and roll into balls.  Brown in a frying pan and bake for about 25 minutes in the oven until cooked through.  Let cool and freeze until ready to use.

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And after all that we were off for a wonderful day of boating, swimming, fishing and tubing.  Even Grandma came along.  We swam in the river and anchored in the middle near Motorboat Island where it’s shallow and hung out in the water.  Wonderful day

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Beauty

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It’s majestic reflecting on the water with the pink hue.  This was the sunset from the boat tonight over Canada.  It was 87 degrees and humid.  Perfect night for a sunset swim and ride. 

Here is the progression of the sunset

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Sunset swim

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Is there any better way to spend a warm evening than with a sunset swim?  The kids had a little fun on the boat tubing and then snorkeling around a small island, Motorboat Island, near Buffalo, NY and finishing with a quick dip at sunset.  Work, farm work, and boating…I’m ready for bed!!!

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Father’s Day Fun

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This is Niagara Falls and the white mist in the distance is actually the Falls.  Today was a day of relaxation and fun after the man of the house returned from an early morning being called in to work.  Started with the kids giving their dad their gifts and then we headed out for a ride around the Island and capped it off with a cookout and our carrot cake.

The tween decided she wanted to make their dad his gift so yesterday they spent the entire day cutting, painting and making a putting green complete with a #1 Dad flag for the hole.

Here are some pictures from our adventures of the day!!

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waiting for dad to get home

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first putt of the day

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Bridge on the other side of the Island taking you to Niagara Falls, NY

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I love the light reflection in the Niagara River

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giving Dad his gifts

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First tube ride ever for the 12 year old!!

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coming in after a fun ride

I am exhausted and ready for bed!!  Another day of blessings!!