Friday, June 30, 2006
here we are getting close to niagara falls state park in new york. we decided to stop on the american side because it was more convenient. i'm so glad we did as there was basically no one there - we saw about 100 people in this huge park. and you still get really close to the falls, it's still really beautiful - you don't see the entire horseshoe but i didn't care. it was cool. lots of people in ugly rain slickers though......looking totally touristy and lame. so what i didn't realise is that there are actually two falls - "american falls" and "horseshoe falls". horseshoe is the one that you always see photos of and that the boats go up to. american is beautiful but just straight. i found horseshoe hard to look at because of all the mist - it's basically obscured.
this is the view of "american falls" from the top looking at where it drops off. i held the camera over my head and took a shot over the 6 foot guard rail. the rapids were actually really cool too. and to be honest - all those crazies who went over the falls in barrels were totally freaking insane. there are HUGE rocks and stuff.
here is the view down the river with american falls to the side.
here is the view from the u.s. side of the horseshoe. you can tell that you don't get the full breadth. but since we could see HORDES of people on the canadian side and we were totally without a crowd around us it was nice.
me. driving. through new york state. i only drove about 2 hours yesterday. vernon drove for about 7. whoops. i think i slacked off! i guess that means that on sunday i'm doing the majority. ugh.
vern above american falls.
me above american falls
the maid in the mist leaving the horseshoe.
last time we were in toronto i forgot to take a shot of the cn tower. this time i almost missed it as we drove by but here it is in all it's tall glory. i am SUCH a tourist....
this is the old city hall in toronto. it is a beautiful building with some interesting features. none of which i know the proper names for so you'll just have to go and look at it yourself. the NEW city hall is hideous. it is two giant semi circle office towers that face each other and have windows only on the inside - so the outer walls are just 40 stories of cement. nice. really really nice. i'm not sure what their rational there was.
the clock tower on the old city hall has neat chimeras sticking out.
this is st michael's cathedral near the eaton centre. i just thought it looked cool (and i was walking back to the cello shop, starbucks in one hand, camera in the other looking totally loserish taking shots of random toronto architecture).
ok - that's all for today. more later....
Thursday, June 29, 2006
we went into
Saturday, June 24, 2006
this is a really beautiful area of the country. when i get a chance to actually get out and take some photos you can all see where i am. the hills are so rolling and calm....and the mix of deciduous and coniferous creates a great mix of greens. i'd like to be here in the fall to see all the colours come out. i guess there is a reason why all the rich people in new york have summer homes in vermont (after they get tired of the hamptons of course).
so far the camp is going really well. i really like all the people that i'm working with and the job is dead easy. typing and filing and taking money and answering the phone. ya, i think i can handle that! the kids are really great too. they all arrived yesterday, all 95 of them ranging in ages from 14 to 18. there will be the ones that act like jack asses i'm sure, but for now they are good. :)
last night the faculty put on a mini introductory concert and all the groups played (woodwind quintet, string octet, horn trio, etc). there are some really talented people here - vernon was of course the best. haha. there are a lot of conversations where i don't know the joke though...... although apparently they are funny..... in fact just about 2 minutes ago vernon said something and the people sitting with us were laughing and i sat there looking very very blank. *sigh* at least they know i'm not a musician and it's not that i'm stupid.
the weather is wet but nice. it rained this morning and now is sunny and hot and HUMID. (hence the frizz hair). i can't wait to find out where the swimming hole is.
paula - you will be happy to know that we have a cat in our cabin. one of the guys staying with us brought his cat jo-jo (one of several cats and several dogs who share the campus for the summer). vernon has attempted to bond with him....although i'm not sure jo-jo cares.
anyhoo - i'll talk to you soon,
Tuesday, June 20, 2006
vermont is awesome! imagine the most stereotypical picturesque little town and house and that is totally what it is like. i met the postmaster today. we're on a first name basis now. seriously.
i'll upload some photos when i get a chance. there is a free hot spot in the town here so i'll try to keep in touch with people at least once a week. :) i experienced my first real vermont thunderstorm last night - and it was so warm out. it was really cool. lots of lightening when we arrived and the rain was just dumping. it's probably going to rain again tonight judging by the giant black cloud above us. i won't care - i'll be happily inside enjoying all the new company. anyhoo - i have to run to meeting (just like work - what the??).
can't wait to see how the summer unfolds...oh and to work on my tan.
Sunday, June 18, 2006
we hooked up with my friend keli down on queen street at a cafe called java. great sangria is perfect on a hot muggy day. :)
vernon enjoying the deck at his parents condo building....
me enjoying the deck and a nice cold stella!
vernon looking way too hip in the aviators i bullied him into buying at a truck stop just east of chicago...
i supervise the master bbq'er rennie as he throws on the calamari. :)
Saturday, June 17, 2006
we are finally in toronto.... and i have to say it is HOT. 32 degrees right now and i'm loving it. so far the people are not any different than vancouverites (despite what we west coasters would like to think) and the city is actually really nice.
we left vancouver on monday.....and put 4300+ kilometres on my car in 5 days. we hit kamloops, swift current, winnipeg, madison and now toronto. everything else is a blur from the car window. 12 hours+ driving every day (except monday, our one short day so we could spend some time with mom and dad in the loops). the rockies blew past in a few short hours and then the prairies rolled out before us. contrary to popular belief, southern saskatchewan is not flat.....it is extremely rolling. and when you compare that to southern manitoba and north dakota it is actually downright hilly. the country has been beautiful though. we had the chance to stop at nana engel's grave (more emotional that i thought it would be) and i have been steadily meeting vernon's family from 3 year olds to grandparents. we are having a ton of fun and for now i will let photos tell the main story. i have taken over 211 photos since kamloops - most of which are from the car window because we honestly did not stop!
i miss you all and i'll hopefully hear from you soon,
vernon......driving. he did a lot of this......
we hit saskatchewan on the first day....blew right past alberta....and really.......we didn't miss much.
there are so many bugs on the prairies.....and yet none in the states.......odd....and creepy....
the creepy obelisk at the us border in north dakota....
the monkey and the elephant are having fun.
the bowels of america.....
sweet canadian soil is within our reach once again at detroit....