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07 Sep 2012

Vacation 2012, Part IV: Buffalo

Specifically, Buffalo’s Niagara Square.  We were just driving through Niagara Square (a circular park surrounded by a roundabout, ironically) and I said to my driver (i.e., my dad), “Whoa, can we pull over?”  We went around several blocks (navigation wasn’t that easy) and found ourselves back in the Square/Circle, where Marcus and I jumped out and got some photographs of the pretty cool buildings.  The tall block one above is Buffalo’s City Hall, and it’s pretty darn impressive.  The glass […]

26 Aug 2012

Vacation 2012, Part III: The Buffalo and Erie County Naval and Military Park

We had scheduled three days for the Baseball Hall of Fame.  Ends up, we really only needed two.  So that gave us an extra day.  What to do?  What to do? With Marcus holding an extra vote, we elected to go to the Buffalo and Erie County Naval and Military Museum, home to the USS The Sullivans, the USS Little Rock, and  the USS Croaker (btw, I think I’d refuse to go to sea in a vessel called “The Croaker”). […]

23 Aug 2012

Vacation 2012, Part II: Toronto

Second stop, after Niagara Falls, was Toronto, and we did our first baseball activity–a game at Skydome (I refuse to call it “Rogers Center”).  Two great things:  one, the best catch I’ve ever seen in person, and two, free Blue Jays hats on Hat Day!  (I LOVE Hat Day).  Here’s one of my favorite pictures of Marcus sporting his new hat. Click here to see the photographs from Toronto (itty bitty captions at the bottom left), including a visit to the […]

21 Aug 2012

Vacation 2012, Part I: Niagara Falls

In what is becoming a tradition, Marcus, my dad, and I went on a baseball vacation this summer.  In 2010 we hit New York and Philadelphia.  In 2011 we went to Washington, D.C. and Pittsburgh.  This year . . . well, you’ll have to see the photos, which will include a heavy dose of Marcus.  But, based on the title of this post, you are safe in guessing we started our trip in Niagara Falls.  Click here to see the […]

19 Jul 2012


  Maybe some of you read about it in the paper, or saw it on the news.  The report of the man who had been inner tubing on the Spokane River on Monday, who had gone off his raft and been swept into the water.  Search teams found his body the next day. The news reports first only identified him as a “21-year old man from Spokane.”  I didn’t know him well, but he was my girlfriend’s little brother.  And […]

01 Sep 2011

A Spectacular Sunset, Monuments at Night and the Metro

  So our visit to Washington, DC included The Great Eastern Earthquake of 2011, and we left town right as the city braced itself for Hurricane Irene.  It was all just  a little calamitous.  Fortunately, Irene didn’t hit DC too hard, and it did create for a really magical few moments.  On our last day, right after we had boarded a tour bus for a visit to the monuments at night, storm clouds started to blow in.  They were high, wispy, […]

29 Aug 2011

Curvy Lines at the Capitol

  Our second day was spent in DC, taking in the Capitol, Union Station and the Spy Museum.  We had planned on more, but then the Big Eastern Earthquake of 2011 hit, and all of the federal monuments and museums shut down. So . . . we decided to head back to Nationals Park for another baseball game.  (By the way, being jostled by an earthquake while touring the interactive International Spy Museum, which breeds suspicion and paranoia, is a […]