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Vacation at Home

I feel like we were on vacation this past weekend, without going very far from home.   I didn’t have to cook at all, Friday through Sunday.  We went for a motorcycle ride on Friday, Saturday and Sunday.  We attended the Roar on the Shore motorcycle event in Erie, spent time with a friend from Virginia who is visiting her family here in Pennsylvania, and we attended a water ski show in Bemus Point, NY.  What a great weekend it was.  I will share a few photographs from our weekend with you.

We rode to Erie on Friday, July 19th, to attend “Roar on the Shore”.

P7191875 4x6This year marks the seventh year that this event has been held in Erie. According to the “Roar on the Shore” website, this motorcycle rally was created to serve as a fund-raising event for a local charity. Proceeds from this year’s rally will benefit the Boys and Girls Club of Erie. “Roar on the Shore” is a 3-day event (Thursday-Saturday) and is held in downtown Erie, at Perry Square.

MollyBrannigansWhile in Erie we ate lunch at Molly Brannigan’s Irish Pub & Restaurant.  This was the view, while we awaited our lunch.  Bob ordered a Cobb Salad; I ordered a Pub Burger.  Both meals were delicious.  It was the first time either of us had eaten at this restaurant and would do so again.

P7191871 4x6This bar ice sculpture sat at the entrance to Molly Brannigans.  It sat outside in 90+ degree weather!

Besides admiring motorcycles parked along State Street and eating lunch at Molly Brannigans, we checked out several vendor booths (didn’t purchase anything) and saw the last few minutes of a motorcycle stunt show.  It was difficult to see the motorcycle stunt show, though, as a huge crowd had already gathered by the time we arrived.  As we were leaving, live music was playing.  The music sounded good; however, it was so hot in downtown Erie we opted not to stay.

On Saturday, July 20th, we went shopping in the morning at a garage sale in a town about 10 miles from our house.

We purchased a Radio Flyer wagon similar to the one shown in this photograph.  The seat belts are worn out or broken.  I ordered new seat belts yesterday.   The wagon needs cleaned out, too, before we take our granddaughters for a ride.  I am looking forward to taking the girls for a ride!

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We ate lunch at a newly opened restaurant in our hometown, Christie’s Downtown Pub & Grille.

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We each ordered steak subs.  The steak is not shaved steak; it is a thick, tender cut of steak. The steak sub reminded Bob of a steak sub that was served in the 1970s at a restaurant called “Teddy’s” in downtown Warren.  The steak sub was delicious!

Later that day we rode the motorcycle to Sheffield and crashed a picnic.  Our friend, Denise, who is from Virginia is visiting her family here in Pennsylvania this week.  We surprised Denise with a visit on Saturday afternoon.  Bob and I got invited to dinner 🙂

By the way Bob and I were supposed to make a return trip to Roar on the Shore on Saturday to meet up with motorcycling friends from Pittsburgh.  There was too high of a probability of rain for our friends to ride up from Pittsburgh, so Bob and I decided not to make a return trip.

On Sunday, July 21st, Bob and I went for a ride around Chautauqua Lake.  The lake is located in New York about 30 miles from our home.  We intended to stop at Bemus Point and Chautauqua Institution and perhaps in Salamanca at the casino.  Our only stop was in Bemus Point.  We stayed in Bemus Point longer than expected.  We arrived in time to watch a 45-minute water ski show.  After the water ski show, we ate lunch at the See-Zuhr House and took a walk along the lake shore.

P7211890 4x6Chautauqua Lake Water Ski Show
featuring the Chippewa Lake Water Ski Team from Medina, OH

P7211910 4x6I took this photograph at the conclusion of the water ski show.  The photograph shows the perspective from which I took the photographs of the ski show.  We could see very well to the left and right of the floating stage, but had to look through musical instruments and speakers to see the jump board that was right behind the stage.  The water ski show was free.  Other performances will be held on Saturday, August 17 at 1:00 pm and again at 3:00 pm.

After the water ski show, Bob and I ate lunch at the See-Zuhr House. We shared a beef on weck sandwich and chicken fingers, as well as a peanut butter ice cream pie.

SeeZuhrThis is the peanut butter ice cream pie that we shared.

The next few photographs are from our walk along the lake shore.

P7211912 4x6An artist at work at “A Stir of Artists” fine art show at Bemus Point Village Park

 P7211915 4x6Lake shore dining at the Village Casino

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P7211924 4x6The trash cans in Bemus Point are photo worthy!

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If you are ever in the Bemus Point area in the summer, be sure to check out who is performing on the Floating Stage on Chautauqua Lake.   The Bemus Bay Pops concert series is something you will not want to miss.

The Bob Seger Tribute band called “Hollywood Nights” was performing, as we were heading out of town.

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P7211928 4x6When we returned to our motorcycle, we found another motorcycle sharing our spot.  The other motorcycle was a Kawasaki Nomad, same as ours.

Some of the best vacations are the ones that you have at home!

7 Responses to “Vacation at Home”

  1. Betsyfromtennessee

    True….. That was a wonderful ‘vacation’… Not having to cook is awesome. AND–looks like you had a great time ALL weekend. Great set of photos.
    Hugs,
    Betsy

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  2. Eileen

    Linda, sounds like a wonderful weekend. Lots to do and see. Glad you were able to meet up with your friend from Va. Great photos, thanks for sharing.

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  3. seniorhiker

    It sounds as if you had a wonderful weekend ‘stay-cation’. Stay-cations have become very popular down here over the past few years. Thanks for sharing your wonderful photos — I only wish I could have a sample of some of those goodies you and Bob enjoyed.

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  4. Denise

    This looks like a great weekend you had Linda. Meeting up with my namesake from Virginia sounded like a lot of fun, as did this whole weekend.

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  5. Rose

    Linda, I am so far behind on your blog…had not realized. I guess that is what comes of taking so many breaks. And probably won’t get caught up today as Lorelei is coming for a day or two or three…

    Looks like you have been having some fun times.

    Don’t you just love that garbage can?

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  6. Tammy

    Linda, did you have a chance to replace the seatbelts yet in your Radio Flyer? I have a similiar one that I bought replacement belts for and am having a hard time getting them replaced because of the position of the screws in relation to the seat backs. Any tips or tricks would be appreciated? :o)

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