Friday, July 11, 2008

Laid Back, Car Care Friday

"God creates us all in His image. There are no second-class citizens, no minorities, no human beings greater or lesser than any other. We are all the same in His eyes." - anonymous

As a follow up to one of our previous posts, Callie lives in a wonderful neighborhood. There are no tennis shoes hanging on telephone wires in her neighborhood. I used the tennis shoe analogy so you could get a mental picture of how the traffic lights are hung here. They look as if they've been thrown over the wires.

Shout out to Joanne. She's the housekeeper du jour here at the Red Roof Inn. We've been here since last Monday, and today is the first day that our carpet has been vacuumed or that the bathroom has been cleaned.

Shout out to Towne Hyundai Orchard Park, New York, for great customer service today. We paid a visit to the local Hyundai store today to get the oil changed on the car and to have it checked for any problems before we start back across the country to Nevada.

Shout out to Hyundai for making a great car. It has driven flawlessly for almost 3,000 miles in one week, and the gas mileage has been great - 28 to 30 mpg on highway; 25+ mpg in city.

Actual conversation in car segment:

While on our way back to our hotel

Sandy looking for a Quicki Mart: "In Vegas there would be a Quickie Mart on every corner."

Edie: "They could be that way here, too, but I can't see anything through all the foliage."

It is green and lush here, but there is a small price to pay for it...humidity. It's a little more humid today than it was yesterday, but it isn't hot outside. Callie tells us that nobody here uses sprinklers. The grass just stays green because of the rains and humidity. We were wondering what desert landscaping would look like. Probably not realistic since we would have to hire someone to keep the grass from growing among the desert rocks.
Today was another uneventful day, so we thought we'd share some more pictures from our day in Canada.

This is a picture of the John McFarland residence in Niagara-on-the-Lake. It was built in 1800 and was the residence of John McFarland and his family for 150 years. McFarland built the home with his sons from bricks made in a kiln on the property. During the War of 1812 the home was used as a hospital for injured British and American soldiers, and a British cannon was set up on its property to protect the river. The house was restored in 1959, using period pieces to recreate its original appearance. This home is surrounded by a large park that sits right next to Lake Ontario. It was in this beautiful park that we saw folks riding bikes and picnicking.

This is a picture of the back of a horse-drawn carriage. At the Dairy Queen a few days earlier, horses were behind us in the drive-through line. At Niagara-on-the-Lake, we got to be behind the horses.

We've enjoyed trying the local cuisine and restaurants that we have never heard of. In addition to Bob Evans restaurant, we also have had breakfast and lunch at Perkins restaurant. Perkins is a family restaurant, somewhat comparable to Marie Callendar's as it has muffins, pies, and cookies.
Last night we had pizza from Bozzana's -- it looks like a dive inside, but boy do they make some great pizza. We had to work at getting two pieces down as the slices are big and full. Tonight we had Beef on Weck sandwiches, which is roast beef on salted kimmelweck rolls. They were good, but Edie's favorites are the chicken finger subs we had Tuesday night, and the pizza from Bozzana's. Sandy liked the pizza but says it had too much pepperoni and needed some vegetables.
Tomorrow we're heading to Palmyra, New York, to watch the Hill Cumorah Pageant. We'll report on that tomorrow and share pictures from the pageant.
This is our last night in this hotel--wahoo!!
Don't touch that dial!


Anonymous said...

Let's not forget to give a shout out to Grandma Matical.

bertnburb said... stay in hotel and have to clean up after yourselves? Isn't that one of the luxuries of hotels, the cleaning fairies that magically clean while you are out? Did she at least leave a mint on your pillow? Karen has asked me approximately 30 times now if you are going to Nauvoo. Please let her know if you are. We can't wait to see the pictures from Palmyra. Karen wants Joseph's autograph.


P.S. We all know how much Bill likes to exaggerate. It wasn't 30 times, but I will admit that it was a few. ;) You guys sound like you are having a great time and I am glad that you haven't had any major problems.