Been to Wegman’s New Yorkers!

Trip Start Jul 13, 2013
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Trip End Aug 12, 2013


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Saturday, August 3, 2013

We were VERY slow out of the starting gate this morning. First we had to check and see what comments we had garnered on the blog, check our Favorite Daughter from Texas' travel blog (Sheeba hasn’t eaten any more of their RV as of yet), check and see what is going on with Roland and Dick K. on their big adventure, hope "tricruiser" had posted (they hadn’t…what’s with that, Betty??) and check e mail! WHEW! A day’s work done already and we hadn’t even had coffee yet! Gary R., how in the world did we ever survive without electronics?

Since we were too late to check out the shuffleboard courts last night we went to them before it was time for us to leave camp. They are the square, plastic, put together ones that we had seen in other campgrounds previously. The difference in these was that the squares were much smaller than the ones we have seen in the past. We shot a couple of rounds and found these courts to be like the others we have played on—very slow and hard to finesse with. We think silicone spray on the pucks might help but it would still not be the same as playing on polished concrete courts. By the way, as information to all of our shuffle friends from ORA, these courts were made and sold by Gayton Gilbert’s company! Small world.

We left camp at 10:55 heading to what we understand is Mecca for all of you native New Yorkers…and you know who you are…Wegman’s Grocery Store in Pittsford, NY. Many of you have encouraged us to go by and see what wonders you left behind when you made the trek to middle Tennessee to live. We got there at 11:30…along with what looked to be a crowd big enough to fill Neyland Stadium in Knoxville on the Saturday that UT plays Alabama! From what we were told, that was a fairly SMALL crowd! Good Grief! It was like trying to get over the Chilkoot Pass during the gold rush. You were afraid if you got out of line, it would be HOURS before you got back in!

At any rate, we found a parking place and headed to the doors of Wegman’s. All of you have told us the truth—it is indeed a modern marvel. I only took a few pictures because we had been told that management didn’t want pictures made inside the store. By the time we found out differently, we were already checking out. At any rate, I don’t think I have ever seen such a large produce department…or so many people pushing buggies around. John finally told me I was being much too polite and to let him push the buggy and just jump in like everyone else and we could get through. Well, he was right! It was like being in a salmon run during season I think, but fun all the same.

We just circled in the store trying to take it all in during the short time we had to be there. They seemed to have a big department for anything you might like to find. We bought some nice bread for breakfast, a fresh peach, a bagel that I hope will be like the dense ones we bought in NY in the past, a slice of foccasia bread, some Oriental food from one of the many food bars, AND a slice of carrot cake! After checking out, we took our bounty out to Mufasa and had our own little picnic. The food was wonderful and we have enough to eat again this evening. By the way Jim and Renee, the carrot cake was beyond delicious and we spent several minutes discussing whether or not it was as good as or better than TwoJays. We think TwoJays MIGHT be a tiny bit better, but it could be a tossup.

Leaving Wegman’s at 1:35 we set out towards the Niagara Falls area. Since today is Saturday, we thought it would be smart to call ahead for reservations to take the pressure off of ourselves. John called Niagara Falls North/Lewiston KOA and made one for tonight.

Our intention at that point was to drive into Rochester and go by the Eastman Mansion since several of you suggested that we would enjoy touring it. The closer we got to the mansion, the more traffic and the fuller on street parking we saw. About two blocks away from where we were headed we realized that there was a major Art Fair going on right at the mansion apparently. At that point we figured that not only were we not going to be able to find parking at the mansion, we were getting in narrower and narrower streets with what felt like was becoming a bigger and bigger rig! Discretion being the better part of valor, we started to work our way out of that area. Not as easy as it sounds like to do as it turned out! The good news is that we got a self-guided tour of the projects as we maneuvered to the highway we wanted to take to our camp for the night.

What we did manage to see of Rochester (besides the projects) seemed to be quite nice. We saw many large older homes and some areas that were obviously becoming re-gentrified. I am sorry that we had to miss the Eastman Mansion—maybe the next time. By the way, we took on fuel as we were leaving town and paid $3.79/gallon.

As we drove west we once again were seeing those houses that I mentioned a few days ago that are faced with what looked like river rocks. I stopped in front of a couple of them and took pictures of the stone work trying to figure out what we were seeing. We pulled over to look at one and realized we were at the Cobblestone Society Museum in Albion, NY! What an unexpected moment! There was some kind of affair going on there and the parking there was very limited so John parked on the street and I ran in and got a brochure. It turns out that these homes were built in the early to mid 1800’s. They were buile using some of the uncountable small round rocks that were created in the first Ice Age. The uniqueness of American cobblestone construction lies in the manipulation and refinement of the mortar treatment. As early as 1750, buildings were constructed of rounded beach rocks laid in rows with horizontal mortar joints troweled to a flat projecting “V”. This is why I thought I saw an inserted piece of concrete between the rows of rock. Most remaining cobblestone houses are in New York State. I was fascinated by the look…John has canals; apparently I am intrigued with things that were glaciated!

From there we continued to our home for the night, arriving at this KOA at 4:45. It is out in the boonies (the site, however IS level) but that is OK. Tomorrow we plan to go towards Niagara Falls. We are not sure as of yet how we are going to do the next couple of days. Right now we are thinking that we will drive to the Canadian side of the falls as the view there is better. Then we may or may not come back into the States tomorrow night. Instead, we may stay in Canada and drive back to the States through Detroit. If we do go into Canada, our cell phone will be turned off (we understand the rates there can be quite large) so don’t get excited if you can’t get in contact with us either tomorrow or for however long it take us to get back to the USA. We should have wifi in most campgrounds we might be in so just shoot us an email.

We have settled in for the evening—will likely take another walk a little later after supper. We drove 100 miles today. Sorry Judy that we didn’t have as exciting a day today as the last two. Maybe it will get better!
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Marian on

I hope you get this before you head to the falls. The view is better from Canada but you can go to the island on the US side and walk right down to the river. It's more natural and less touristy than the Canadian side. If you drive north on the Canadian side you can find a butterfly garden, and if you keep going north to the end of the Niagara river, you can get to Niagara on the Lake. It's a quaint town with good shopping and they have many good plays there as part of the Shaw festival (goes for months). There's also an old fort that can be toured. You'll also be in wine country and will find lots of fruit stands. It's a little out of your way but you're not too far if you're in Niagara Falls, Canada. Pat and I went there many times for a weekend to relax and see some plays.

tlshade
tlshade on

The store looks like a lot of fun to go in and look around. I love doing things like that.

dwlp.travelkids
dwlp.travelkids on

Marian...we won't go before tomorrow at the earliest and your suggestions sound good. John is making notes! Sorry we didn't get to do more in Rochester. I know you two wanted us to.

dwlp.travelkids
dwlp.travelkids on

L. And T. Yes you would have loved it! It was fun to see. Almost everyone we know who moved from upstate will say that they miss Wegman's more than anything else. Love you.

hawkeye88
hawkeye88 on

The cobblestone wall reminds me of this little stone house in Manchester, VT that I always told Mike we needed to buy when we drove by it.

dwlp.travelkids
dwlp.travelkids on

It likely was one of the cobblestone houses. According to what I read, several were built in Vermont also. It was just that the largest number by far were built in NY.

Frank and MA on

Hey folks.......neat photos. The cobblestone houses are very interesting and unique. If you want a cheap thrill, however, drive your rig through downtown Pittsburgh on cobblestone streets. I checked your yard this morning, and the rabbit food I sprinkled around the house is working quite well ---- there was not a rabbit to be found anywhere on Navy Circle. I know Ed will be happy. Happy travels.

Cheers,

dwlp.travelkids
dwlp.travelkids on

Frank...as far as riding on cobblestone streets are concerned, I guess you got your thrills where you could get them!

D. Crip on

You have probably been to Niagara Falls before now, so you know that the view is actually a lot better on the Canadian side. Tell Big Kahuna not to take the dare and go over the falls in a barrel. When I was a little kid of 9 I saw a guy actually do that! Yikes! Are you going on the boat?
Two Balls I am like you I love those cobblestone houses, such a cool look!

Nancy Yartz on

Youngstown is just 17 miles from my home. Grew up in Warren, Ohio, but I am the 7th generation from Cortland, Ohio. Drive through there and perhaps camp next to Mosquito Lake. Have fun, be safe.

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