We left the kids behind to head to Western New York. Miracles happened to get us both there in time for Nick's interview with SUNY Buffalo's School of Dental Medicine. We sincerely appreciate all the prayers on our behalf. Emily flew out on Thursday right into a horrible storm. All flights going into Buffalo were canceled and she was re booked for the next day, thus missing Nick's interview. She was VERY upset and luckily made a friend to help ease the stress. After sitting in the Detroit airport for a half a day, she decided to ask if she could get on standby for a 10pm flight (the only one that had yet to be canceled). The NICE lady that helped her gave her an actual seat on the flight (which had over 20 people on standby) and it was even on TIME. Emily's friend got on the flight as well and were able to book and share a last minute hotel room in Buffalo. The next day, she checked the flight status and all the flight going into Buffalo from Detroit were canceled as well. Are we being looked after or what!?!? She happened to get on the only flight that actually landed in Buffalo. Nick's flight was slightly delayed and we ended up being 30 minutes late to the interview, but we made it!!!
After the interview we spent a few days touring the local area.
Day #1 (Palmyra, NY, Sacred Grove, Palmyra Temple and Hill Cumorah)
Amazing! We both fell in love with Palmyra! There is a special atmosphere there, that you cannot push away. Even in the winter as we walked through the Sacred Grove, the trees themselves seemed to testify of the events that took place. I would definitely recommend this stop to anyone passing by.
Smith Home (Mother Smith's Kitchen, Joseph's writing desk)
Walking to and in the Sacred Grove (we were on a tour with the mission president and the local missionaries, it was pretty cool)
Hill Cumorah visitor's center (we had the oppoturnity to see an amazing exhibit by Angela Johnson, my photo's of the art did not turn out so well, but you can see them on the artist's website)
Palmyra Temple (the only temple with glass windows to overlook the sacred grove)
We slept in until 12 and braved the cold and rain to visit Niagara Falls. Since we dont have current passports, we had to stay on the US side, but the views were nice none the less. Everything was frozen. The mist from the falls kicks up and then freezes on everything. It was like a winter wonderland. And wasn't as cold as it looks.
We also took the opportunity to try the local "Buffalo Wings" in Buffalo, NY and were NOT dissapointed. Although the dent in our pocketbook was considerable, we keep wanting more.
Lockport, NY - Departure Day
Some photos depict the locks that they used to help the boats change elevation (without going over the falls, LOL) The locks are still functional for tourism, however are not really used anymore. The river is the Erie Canal. The ice in on Lake Erie. We drove along Lake Erie to try and see some Frank Lloyd Wright estate, but it was closed for the winter.
We slept a lot. Talked a lot. Went to a movie (2012). Got lost a lot. Our plane coming back to Salt Lake went through heavy wind, so we had to stop in Sioux Fall, SD for fuel causing us to be a hour and a half late.
It was a good trip. We had a good time. It's good to be home, although I think the cat missed us the most.