This was one of those weekends where you’re like, “Ohhhhhhh yeahhhhhhhh.” That’s what I did, at least. In my mind, the 4th of July has always been the official, official start of summer and the fact that this year, it fell on a Friday, made it even more celebratory. It’s the best feeling to realize you still have two ENTIRE weekend days left after a holiday. Ours went a little something like this. We decided to play close to home on the big day and revisit the Village of Lancaster Independence Day festivities. It’s been a long time. It’s rewarding to feast with friends and then be able to walk to a giant party filled with people from four surrounding suburbs. You know no one goes to Cheektowaga anymore for fireworks, guys. It’s a different time. Anyways, because we A) are old and B) not drinking- (this was quite a task…) here are my takeaways from that night.
- I bet the beer tent would have still been fun, had I entered it. There’s something comforting about jamming to Hit n Run with a vat of cheap beer in your hand, but I never quite made it inside. The swarm of teens in the carnival area made me run in the opposite direction to find the perfect fireworks viewing spot. A note about the teenagers of today (cue granny comment.) WTF are they wearing?!? After a discussion on Twitter, I’ve decided to name this fashion style “hippie elite,” meaning, hippie styles like crop tops, headbands, and cut-off shorts, but very much un-hippie like with the overly styled hair, makeup, and eyebrows. It’s weird. And I’m now officially “a different generation.”
- Lancaster spent some money on their fireworks display this year. Well done. And maybe we are officially out of the recession? I don’t want to get ahead of myself.
- America is a damn mess, but it’s also pretty, pretty good. Be grateful.
Saturday was declared as a day of 100% fun, by me. We decided to spend as much of it outside as possible, and chose Canalside as our destination. We threw our bikes on the car and headed out for an afternoon of exploration. It was the most fun I’ve had in a while. Seriously. I’ve always loved riding my bike, but I am by no means one of those cool cyclists with the sweet bike and spandex or anything. Plus, I’m a little on the out of shape side. That means, anyone can do this activity.
We started at Canalside and rode down the canal, in and around the silos off Ohio Street, and (gulp) down through the Old First Ward. That last stretch was a little nerve-wracking for a suburban girl who was warned about “the dangers of the city” her entire life. I’m happy to report we made it back to our car, and in those last minutes, I made my best time ever. Heee. The moral of the story is, there was something very special about seeing Buffalo, almost from behind the scenes, in places and spaces I’ve never been before. Every time we go exploring, I get this feeling. Buffalo is our playground and there is so much to see. Also, I should probably be sad that many parts of downtown were near-abandoned during the afternoon (not including, obviously, the super popular Canalside area which was packed,) but it enabled us to ride down the center of street, taking it all in. A personal tour. It was heavenly.
It’s hard to not have a meal at the Liberty Hound when you’re on the waterfront. One, it’s pretty much your only sit-down option, and two, the patio is enticing and hard to avoid. We actually opted for a seat at the bar because we were hungry. It was that crowded, no surprise. Hubs and I have taken on the elimination of all sugar from our diets, and it’s been tricky at times. Proudly, we made it through a major holiday weekend while staying true to our mission. Lunch at Liberty Hound made it feel a whole lot less like work. Hubs ordered the Steamed Clams with Chorizo, and I had the Lobster Cobb Salad. There aren’t words. It was phenomenal. Look.
Later that evening, we finally took our anniversary sunset cruise on the Spirit of Buffalo sailboat. It was so much fun! The boat was full with about 25 people, but everyone had a comfortable spot with great viewing opportunities. Our two hour journey began at 8:30, so we were able to catch the picture perfect sunset over Lake Erie. The wind prevented us from sailing outside the break wall, but it also made it so we had the best skyline and harbor views. The crew was awesome and attentive, offering us beverages (for purchase,) and blankets. We had the pleasure of getting to know the owner, Rich, and the story of how he got the boat to Western New York from down south was an interesting one. Our advice: take the sunset cruise, and make sure to bring a sweatshirt or windbreaker! Invite friends, kick back with a beer, and try to be in the moment more than attempting to take pictures. Some sights you need to enjoy with your own eyes. Also, ask Rich about his semesters at sea. He has some incredible stories! Quick conclusion note: because of our detox diet, we opted for a post-boating snack at Pearl Street Grill. We’ve been finding ourselves there a lot lately. I wanted to let you know, the chicken wings we had were done incredibly well. Traditional style, nothing fancy, but perfect taste, spice, and texture. Add it to your “worthy wings” list.