As I mentioned previously, we took our time heading west from Boston because we were scheduled to visit a friend of mine in Rochester, NY. I’ve known Morgan for 10 years now, since we started grad school together. She just finished medical school and started a residency program, so she is a busy woman. I was lucky to get a chance to see her for several days! We arrived on Monday to have dinner with her and another friend, then John and I went off for a couple days of exploring the city together. Morgan had the whole weekend off (a rarity for a medical resident), and John’s friend Ken wanted to spend Halloween with John in a big city. So the plan was for John to drop me off at Morgans on the morning of the 31st and pick up Ken for a weekend of revelry in Toronto.

On Tuesday morning, after a fun evening of dinner and tasty beers, we went in search of bagels. The walk to the bagel shop took us past the Rochester Memorial Art Gallery , which features a free sculpture garden. We spent time looking at all the pieces, and each had our favorite.

John spent a while watching this kinetic sculpture, wanting for the arms to align.

John spent a while watching this kinetic sculpture, wanting for the arms to align.

They would get close, but never quite parallel.

They would get close, but never quite parallel.

My favorite was the "Creation Myth", a mixture of giant concrete sculptures and small bronze ones.

My favorite was the “Creation Myth”, a mixture of giant concrete sculptures and small bronze ones.

These bronze characters can also be found around Penn Station in New York.

A bronze character in the Create Myth sculpture. Similar ones can also be found around Penn Station in New York.

After breakfast, we went to see our first Great Lake of the trip. Once again, we wish we had that inflatable kayak to enjoy the water!

Lake Ontario has a substantial population of seagulls.

Lake Ontario has a substantial population of seagulls.

One gull even paid a visit to our solar panel!

One gull even paid a visit to our solar panel!

A sailboat club was out practicing while we walked on the lake shore.

A sailing club was out practicing while we walked on the lake shore. You can barely make out the sailboats on the far side of the pier.

John humoring me by posing at the lake.

John humoring me by posing at the lake.

Me on the pier.

Me on the pier.

It's a long pier!

It’s a long pier, on a great lake!

Lovely sunset over Lake Ontario.

Lovely sunset over Lake Ontario.

We slept near the lake and biked along the Genesee Riverway Trail the next day. This bike trail also ended too soon, though less abruptly than the Cayuga-Seneca Canalway Trail. If we had been willing to ride more on-road, we may have been able to connect to the Erie Canalway Trail, but the road the river trail ended on was not very friendly, and we were in desperate need to track down some propane. Now that the weather is cold, we are burning through the propane fast!

John standing on a large concrete cylinder on the Genesee River. The cylinder was built by the Army Corps of Engineers in the 1980's, but we don't know what it is. A seal in the top threatens a $250 fine for tampering with it. It's funny that they put a dollar amount on a sign that would last 30+ years - the fine is not the punishment now that it was then!

John standing on a large concrete cylinder on the Genesee River. The cylinder was built by the Army Corps of Engineers in the 1980’s, but we don’t know what it is. A seal in the top threatens a $250 fine for tampering with it. It’s funny that they put a dollar amount on a sign that would last 30+ years – the fine is not the punishment now that it was then!

We rode through a couple cemeteries along the bike route.

We rode through a couple cemeteries along the bike route.

We encountered a family of deer in one of the cemeteries - a doe, fawn and buck. They didn't seem to have anywhere to hide, confined in the open land of the cemetery, with a river on one side and highway on the other.

We encountered a family of deer in one of the cemeteries – a doe, fawn and buck. They didn’t seem to have anywhere to hide, confined in the open land of the cemetery, with a river on one side and highway on the other.

Riding through the cemeteries got me thinking about this use of land. There are plots hundreds of years old; this piece of land must be maintained in perpetuity in dedication to this person who lived so long ago. Coincidentally, the New York Times was also considering this issue.

Lunchtime at St. Bernard's Park. This is the backyard of a former seminary now apartment building.

Lunchtime at St. Bernard’s Park. This is the backyard of a former seminary, now apartment building.

I have discovered that pigtails work best to hold my hair out of my face while bicycling in a hooded winter jacket.

I have discovered that pigtails work best to hold my hair out of my face while bicycling in a hooded winter jacket. Is it weird for an adult woman to sport pigtails?

When we got back to Lake Ontario where we had parked, we decided it was a good place to try a new flying pose. A reader had requested in a comment that I fly John in a superman pose, and we listen to our readers!

SuperMAN at Lake Ontario!

SuperMAN at Lake Ontario per request.

2 Thoughts on “Exploring Rochester

  1. Heidi, I feel that it is NOT weird for an adult woman to sport pigtails. There are some engagements/places that it would look out of place, but in general, yes, it works. And by the way, your’s look great! ;o)

  2. Pat Jones on January 8, 2014 at 10:27 pm said:

    That’s the best Super[Wo]man pose in the whole series so far.

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