|Our original uniform made a guest appearance, along with the current SHA uniform.|
I'd forgotten we used to write on our hems.
Even with two reunion events and visiting with family, I had time for some touristing in Buffalo. On Friday, I explored Canalside, a new park on the waterfront downtown, at the site of the original Erie Canal. During the time I lived in Buffalo, the area was more or less a wasteland. Now, there's a large ice rink (used for paddle boats in the summer), art, activities for kids and families, boat tours, and kayak rentals on the Buffalo River. It was wonderful to see the area so alive with people - on a weekday even! I walked down the waterfront trail for a while, as far as the fire station for engine number 20 on Ohio Street. The "engine" is a fireboat, the Edward M. Cotter, the oldest active fireboat in the world. Also along the river: the General Mills Cheerios factory. They were baking the Cheerios as I walked past, it's a delicious smell, though it used to torture me when I was a rower in these waters and always on a starvation diet to make weight.
|When I was a rower, we mostly rowed in the Black Rock Canal, but sometimes we came down here.|
That's the Cheerios factory (and kayakers) in the distance.
|Proper porridge indeed. The book is The Last Chronicle of Barset|
Later, I ate lunch in a Burmese restaurant and discovered Burmese milk tea. It is similar to chai and very delicious. I'm going to try to recreate it at home.
I also spent a little time in Larkinville, another newly-restored area on the southeast edge of downtown. It turns out that Larkinville is generally a place one goes to only if there is an event scheduled. They have concerts in the square every Wednesday and there's also a Food Truck Tuesday every week. Still, there were some interesting-looking restaurants with people in them. It's clearly an area ripe with potential and I walked around for a bit. Back in the day, it was absolutely unheard of to be able to safely walk alone on this part of Seneca Street.
|In Larkinville. I could smell Cheerios baking way over here, a couple of miles from the GM factory.|
So, there wasn't much activity in Larkinville but then I remembered my father telling me about a Frank Lloyd Wright gas station in the vicinity. I found it, after a bit of googling and searching. You can't see it from the street because there's a museum built around it, which I wasn't aware of.
Frank Lloyd Wright designed the gas station in 1927. It was intended for Buffalo but was never built. The city of Buffalo hung on to the plans for years and in 2014 built it within the confines of the Pierce Arrow Museum at the foot of Michigan Avenue. It was a bit difficult to capture on camera, but this is the best I could do. It was designed to have an open wood burning fireplace on the lower level, with the gasoline stored in the attic. Maybe it's fortunate that it was never built!
|Check the neon.|
|From the back|
|Entrance to the ladies' room. There's an identical mens' room on the other side.|
Sunday I flew back to Virginia. I'm always bereft when I have to leave, especially in the summer, when Virginia is like the bottom of a damp gym bag that's been left in a hot car.
|Good bye beautiful Buffalo|