Sunday, September 28, 2014

Eric and Amanda's Day Out

This is going to be a post full of photos. Eric and I decided to support local businesses yesterday and have a fun, inexpensive little day out. 

We started at "Just Donuts". (This photo was from the last time I was there, we ate our donuts too fast for photos this time!) It's a local donut shop in Phoenix. They make them fresh every day and add whatever toppings, glazes, frostings, etc. that you want. It's a very fun treat. I had a pumpkin donut with cream cheese frosting.

From there we went up to Lock Island, also in Phoenix. I'd never been there before, but it sure is neat to see the boats going through the lock.

There's a boat in the middle here. It's going north, so it's waiting for the water to be let out to match the water level on the other side of the Lock. 

Here's a view from the other side, with a different boat. This one is heading south. See that green Lift Bridge to the left? That bridge is one of the oldest Lift Bridges in the country. As you can see below in the historical marker, it was the only thing that survived the Phoenix Fire of 1916. 

Unfortunately, the bridge is coming down. He keeper of the Lock station told us it was on the verge of falling down, so they are having it taken down within the next few weeks. 

Here is the description of the Phoenix Fire. 

These are the backs of the buildings on Main Street in Phoenix, this is right next to the Lock. It's kind of a neat little area. There's a cafe and other fun businesses to visit. If we hadn't filled up on donuts, we would have enjoyed the cafe.

It was a gorgeous day for a road trip. Not a cloud in the sky and the temperatures were in the high 70s. The foliage is just starting to fill the trees. 

Our next stop on our local tour was in Oswego. We went to Fort Ontario, on the shores of Lake Ontario. 

Fort Ontario has quite a varied past, dating back to 1755. It was destroyed and re-built several times, through several wars. From 1944-46 it even housed close to 1000 Jewish refugees. All of the refugees became U.S. citizens after the war. 

Here are the army barracks. 

This was underground, where the cannons would protect the fort from any incoming enemy ships on Lake Ontario.

Eric and I in a shoot-out. 

The view of Lake Ontario (and the light house) from the Fort. 

This is the cemetery next to the Fort. With stones dating back to the early 1800s.

A beautiful spot for a resting place. 

After the Fort, we headed to Sweet Inspirations for a late lunch. (In Fulton) They have a 'crusin' night on Saturdays where lots of classic cars and their owners come and hang out. 

After Sweet Inspirations, we stopped to take photos at Lake Neatahwanta. Which means "Little Lake, by the Big Lake." Which is exactly what it is! 

It was a very pretty spot with lovely views. We've driven by many times, and never stopped. 

What a lovely day it was... 

This was engraved in the railing by the lake... I had to take a photo. 

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