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Tuesday, November 8, 2016

Exploring Buffalo

We decided this year that we would take more day trips from the park with our first one being to Buffalo, NY.  Even though we lived in Rochester our whole life, only 1 1/2 hours from Buffalo, we had never spent much time there and now our summer park is less than an hour from there so perfect opportunity to check it out.  We were pleasantly surprised at how the city has been revitalized, especially the waterfront.

Canalside is a destination for locals and tourists to gather for concerts, festivals, craft beers and water fun.  There are several hotels and restaurants within walking distance as well as Harbor Cruises, kayak rentals and paddle boats. The day we were there the weather was perfect and canalside found many people just relaxing by the water in all the colorful adirondack chairs or doing yoga on the lawn.

The waterfront is also home to America's largest inland Naval park, the Buffalo & Erie County Naval & Military Park.  Without paying to enter the park, this was the best shot I could get of the ships.

No trip would be complete with a cold beer.  We walked over to the Pearl Street Grill and Brewery, very close to the waterfront.  It is a 4 level historic warehouse.  We enjoyed the beer here as well as the atmosphere.

Ray has been invited to join the Western NY Irish Professional Firefighters Society so of course he found it only right to visit one of the well know Irish Pubs in the Irish section of the city, Murphs.
This was definitely our type of place.  Just a small whole in the wall Irish Pub with great beer and even better Turkey Reubens.

After a few beers and an hour drive back to the park, we called it a day but this will surely be a place we will be visiting often in the summer.

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