Tuesday, August 13, 2013

Silver Lake, Ridgeway Ontario on Lake Erie, Silver Lake

Carolyn and Steve on Steve's Sailboat

When we returned from the Upstate New York Rambling tour, Carolyn’s niece Karen and her son Billy joined us at the cottage on Silver Lake.  During the time we were together, Hank enjoyed fishing with Billy while Carolyn enjoyed reconnecting with her niece.  On Thursday we rode 74 miles from Silver Lake to Ridgeway, Ontario to visit Hank’s fraternity brother Steve and his wife Karen.  The ride went very smoothly, even through Buffalo and the border crossing, and we arrived just in time to join them on the race committee boat for the evening sailboat races.  Friday we kicked back and relaxed.  Saturday we went for a sail on Steve’s 35 foot sailboat.  The wind was quite strong, with 3 foot waves and some rain.  Sunday Hank went out again with Steve, Karen and some friends while Carolyn stayed at their home and relaxed.  The wind was again strong but the skies were clear with no rain.  
Hank at the Helm of Steve's Sailboat
Corn Fields in Upstate NY
Monday Steve and Karen had a barbeque with five other couples.  Most were from Buffalo with second homes in Ontario.  Some of the conversation focused on border crossing issues and Canadian regulations regarding US citizens residing in Canada.  Tuesday we left Ridgeway for Silver Lake, spending the night in Batavia.  Silver Lake is about 800 ft. higher than Lake Erie and we felt the additional climbing on the return trip was more than we wanted to attempt in one day.   

Fresh Picked Blueberries 
Wednesday we arrived back at Silver Lake before lunch.  Friday we went to a nearby blueberry farm and picked 8 quarts of blueberries.  Over the next few days we enjoyed fresh blueberries, blueberry pancakes and two blueberry pies which Hank made.  

Saturday we visited the National Warplane Museum in Geneseo.  The plane shown in the picture to the right is a C47. This plane was the lead aircraft of the 37th Troop Carrier Group and dropped 17 paratroopers of the 82nd Airborne Division near St. Mere Eglise in Normandy on D-day.  The museum is planning to fly the plane to Europe for a reenactment of the jump on the 70th anniversary of the D-day invasion.  

Carolyn's Brother Fred (on far right) in Choral Group
Sunday we attended the Pioneer Picnic and listened to Carolyn’s brother Fred sing in a barbershop choral group.   

Farm Near Silver Lake
Monday we went for a 40 mile training ride around the lake in preparation for our departure on Friday for points east, ending in Boston.

Hank and Carolyn with Fred and Priscilla

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