We were suffering from PTSD as we started down Route 5 towards Buffalo; but we figured that nothing could be as bad as yesterday, so we had no where to go but up. It was Sunday morning and the weather was perfect, not too hot and not too cold without a cloud in the sky. Rounding a curve on a high bluff overlooking Lake Erie we caught our first glimpse of the city of Buffalo far off in the distance.
Before heading into the city we pulled off at a little grassy knoll overlooking the water to stretch our legs and walk the dog. It sat across from an old Chinese Restaurant and a 60's era Pharmacy. The age of everything once you leave the West Coast takes a lot of getting used to. Almost everything is new where we come from, and you just don't see businesses in buildings that have changed little in the past thirty or forty years. Back in the car we headed for Lackawanna, a small suburb just to the south of Buffalo where Jerani's research of the city pin-pointed what looked to be a beautiful old conservatory and botanical gardens. We always love going through gardens, and it was right off our route into Buffalo so it was perfect. We found the turn off for Lackawanna, and as we drove into the little city we were amazed to find a huge church dominating the sky line.
|Another unexpected surprise in the small town of Lackawanna was this magnificent Victorian era Conservatory.|
Ten minutes later we were back on the road and heading north towards Niagara Falls.