Thursday, April 25, 2013

Ohio! New York!

All in three days! We're exhausted, but my daughter checked out a college and I photographed Niagara Fall to my heart's content (in the rain). We spent two nights in luxury (Hotels with HEATED INDOOR POOLS and FREE breakfast!) My husband said, "But we could have spent four nights in a campground for every one night in a hotel." My response: "Big flip."

I have become obsessed with the Erie Canal and Lake Erie and the whole barge, mules, tow path thing. What a lifestyle that must have been! Looking forward to finding out more about it.

Enjoyed eating my way across the Youngstown State University's campus and marveling at the green grass, flowering trees, and blue sky. I have to say I love the penguin mascot, and the people were very nice, too.




Oh, what college should I go to?



Never mind -- I'll go back to kindergarten!





Some Common Terns on a breakwater on Lake Erie




And an old, overgrown lighthouse we stumbled across



I saw my first Black Squirrel (too bad I don't keep a Squirrel Life List!)



We practically had Niagara Falls to ourselves to appreciate the majesty of it all. I managed to block out all the tourist stuff for a bit, anyway.








There was a huge Ring Billed Gull nesting colony below the falls:
(the white specs are gulls -- they were a LONG way down)



They would fly up to the grass and collect nesting material in one spot:



And then congregate in another spot for more amorous activity:




(Really!)



And here's a short video that's as close to going over the falls as I dared to get:










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