My cousin, Jimi, is hands-down one of my favorite people in the whole wide world, and we are always looking for opportunities to spend time together. In early August, we decided to meet in Buffalo, New York for a few days and visit Niagara Falls together. It was about a 7 hour drive for us from Vermont and for her from her home in West Virginia, and it was totally worth it! Buffalo is a really cool under-the-radar city with great food, really nice people, and plenty of fun things to do.
One of the highlights of Buffalo is, of course, visiting Niagara Falls. It did not disappoint. We were lucky enough to go on a beautifully warm sunny day and so could appreciate the refreshing spray, but I do not believe I would enjoy that same experience in the winter months. There was also group agreement on the desire to see it from the Canadian side in the future (if Jimi remembers her passport…)
The next day, Jimi and I took a kayaking trip on the Buffalo River with BFLO Harbor Kayak. It was really fun and we loved learning about the history of the area while we were out.
No Shenk trip is complete without a visit to see old cars. Buffalo is home to the Pierce-Arrow Museum, which highlights the cars produced by the Pierce-Arrow Motor Car Company in Buffalo at the start of the twentieth century.
Our last outing before the weekend came to an end was to Frank Lloyd Wright’s Martin House. Unfortunately, we didn’t realize we should have booked the tour ahead of time and there were none available before we had to head out. We were able to stroll the grounds a bit and see a portion of the buildings, but would definitely love to go back and tour the interior.
After our fun times in Buffalo, we spent the rest of August at home in Vermont exploring our new area and enjoying the glorious summer weather outside.
One of the activities we are enjoying most in Vermont is family bike rides on the many local paths set aside for that kind of fun. There are great converted railways that take you through the beautiful countryside and small towns that make up the area. We relished an afternoon spent on the Missisquoi Valley Rail Trail soaking up the views.
Sometimes we like to just hop in the car and head out on a drive to see what we can find. So many lovely places to stumble across…
Vermont is home to so many wonderful farms and we spent a marvelous morning picking (and eating) blueberries from the Owl’s Head Blueberry Farm with our friends, the B family.
Our small town of Winooski has a great little library with fun activities for the kids to do. It was close enough to our apartment for James to ride his scooter over by himself and stretch his boundaries a bit.