Monday, May 27, 2013
We are in Buffalo this year; we should be back in Charleston, SC!
But it was a proper day to visit Daddy at Forest Lawn Cemetery:
There are tentative plans to make the abutments an art installation ("The Abutments: Public Engagement as Art"):
Back to Memorial Day, our destination was the Buffalo Waterfront. There was a ceremony in progress at the Veterans Park, specifically at the Vietnam Memorial.
A wreath at the Korean War Monument:
Stand up paddle surfing:
We have visited Erie Canal Harbor several times. Today I tried (not very successfully) to line up the drawing on the Marine Drive with the actual bowstring truss bridge:
Thursday, May 30, 2013
Took a walk with Karen H in the old neighborhood of Parkside.
tands. No library cards, registration or fees required. Take a book and return one as you please. The free little library movement has spread across the world.
Monday, June 3, 2013
Today Karen and I went a bit further, to Chestnut Ridge Park in Orchard Park, NY. It is said to be the oldest county park in the U.S. The hills were once covered with Great American Chestnut trees. The trees became diseased, and the wood was used to build the structural foundations of the Adirondack shelters in the park.
The casino was established in 1925. The present building dates to 1938:
Thanks to the Boy Scouts, there is a marked trail to the Eternal Flame Falls:
At this time of year, the water was shallow on the shale stream bed:
For lunch we drove to the Roycroft Inn in East Aurora, NY:
Part of the Roycroft Campus founded by Elbert Hubbard in 1897, it was at the center of the American Arts & Crafts Movement. In 1986, the Inn was designated a National Historic Landmark.
Karen's sneakers dry by the fireplace:
Thursday, June 6, 2013
Today's outing was with Karen and her mom, Dot. They have Buffalo Zoo memberships and I was a guest.
The Buffalo Zoo has been in the news across the nation because of Luna, a polar bear cub. The zoo is one of only two in the nation with polar bear births in 2012. Buffalo is planning on building a new Arctic Edge habitat and Luna is the face of the fundraising campaign.
But then there was the orphaned cub from Alaska, whose mother was shot by a hunter. Thinking it was best for the cubs to be raised together, the orphan Kali was sent to the Buffalo Zoo. Kali is to remain at the zoo for at least six months. In the meantime, the pair of cubs have been introduced to the public, and they have been drawing lots of visitors.
Kali still sucks his thumb:
Luna is not the only popular baby at the zoo; there is a Amari. a Western Lowland Gorilla:
Sunday, June 9, 2013
Allentown Art Festival
The view up Delaware Avenue:
Ceramic bowls molded on real fruit: