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Presque Isle State Park

Bob and I drove to Erie PA yesterday morning. While in Erie, we visited Presque Isle State Park.  As we drove around Presque Isle, we made a few photo stops.

Our first stop was at the Presque Isle Waterworks Lighthouse.

Waterworks Lighthouse

This “lighthouse” is actually an emergency intake tower.  It is often mistaken for a lighthouse.  Bob and I have always referred to the tower as a lighthouse.

Our next photo stop was at Perry Monument.

Perry Monument

The Perry Monument commemorates the Battle of Lake Erie, in which Commodore Oliver Hazard Perry earned the Battle of 1812’s greatest naval victory.

Bob and I sat on the wall surrounding Perry Monument for a short while.  We enjoyed the bright sunshine and warm temperatures.  Boy, though, was the wind strong! I put my hood up to tame my hair that was blowing in the wind.

Bob and I at Perry Monument

Our next stop was at the North Pier Lighthouse.

North Pier Lighthouse

Seagulls were congregated in front of the lighthouse.  I am sure that they were enjoying the sunshine too.

All of a sudden several seagulls took flight!

North Pier Lighthouse

Right before taking this photograph, I had changed the settings on my camera to take pictures of birds in flight.  I had my camera poised, ready to press the shutter button.  A voice behind me said “I don’t mean to be an a$$, but …”, just as I took this photograph.

North Pier Lighthouse

I didn’t mind him being an a$$ at all!

Our last stop was at Horseshoe Pond.  There are several houseboats moored at Horseshoe Pond.

Horseshoe Pond Houseboats

Of all the houseboats at Horseshoe Pond, this houseboat with a replica of the North Pier lighthouse is my favorite.

Horseshoe Pond Houseboats

From Presque Isle we drove to the Erie Zoo, the subject of my next blog post.

Presque Isle State Park Day Trip

We left home at 10:00 am on Saturday, January 26th, en route Erie.  I did not like traveling on either Follett Run Road or Preston Road, both of which were snow covered and hilly.  The road surface for the remainder of our drive to Erie was good.  We drove to the following destinations, while in Erie:  Presque Isle State Park. Cheddars Scratch Kitchen, Best Buy and Sam’s Club.

Arriving at Presque Isle State Park, we drove around the peninsula, making a few stops along the way. 

Soon after entering the park, we noticed the trees were coated with white snow.

The snow-covered trees along Peninsula Drive were gorgeous!

We saw the new emergency intake tower, which often is mistaken for a lighthouse, at the Waterworks area.  Bob and I have always referred to the tower as a lighthouse.  I told Bob that the lighthouse was in a different spot, when we first saw it.  Bob said no it wasn’t.  I said yes it is.  Well, I am right.  I have photographic and written proof!

This was the old Waterworks Lighthouse.

The old Waterworks Lighthouse was removed in late 2017.  It is believed that the emergency intake tower was installed in the early 1900s. The valve apparatus has not been operational for decades,

The newly restored and repainted lighthouse was installed in September 2018.  It is located to the left of the original lighthouse and quite a bit forward of the sign seen in the photograph displayed above.  It was installed on land, not on water.  Donations helped to pay for the $80,000 project, with $50,000 coming from the Dan and Sallie Shipley Charitable Fund.

This is the new Waterworks Lighthouse.

Jayme, one of Bob’s coworkers, told Bob that he would be ice fishing on either Misery Bay or Horseshoe Pond.  We planned to walk across the ice to where Jayme was fishing.  As it turned out, Jayme didn’t go to Presque Isle to ice fish, as he had heard that the ice wasn’t good.  There were some ice fishing huts both on Misery Bay and Horseshoe Pond.

Horseshoe Pond Houseboats and Ice Fishing Hut

This houseboat with a replica of the North Pier Lighthouse is my favorite of all the houseboats on Horseshoe Pond.

Panoramic Image of some of the houseboats on Horseshoe Pond and Ice Fishing Huts

Continuing around Presque Isle we stopped at the Waterworks area, located across Peninsula Drive from where we had stopped earlier to admire the new Waterworks Lighthouse.  We were on the lake side of the peninsula.

Lake Erie

Today was Snow Day at Presque Isle State Park.  At the event, organized by the Presque Isle Partnership, visitors could enjoy everything from dog sled and snow show demonstrations, to outdoor cooking and ice fishing.  Our interest in stopping at this event was to see a dog sled demonstration, which we did. 

Bob captured video of the dog sled demonstration, while I captured still images.  Bob’s video is short, only a little over a minute.  So please do click on the play button!

 

 

Dog Sled Demo at Presque Isle Snow Day event

 

Shortly before the dog sled demo we petted one of the Siberian Huskies, a beautiful girl named Meeka.  She was really soft!  Meeka was the lead dog in the dog sled demonstration that we watched.

From Presque Isle State Park we drove to Cheddars Scratch Kitchen, where we ate lunch.  Bob ordered from the “Lighter Side”.  The entree Bob chose was bourbon-glazed grilled salmon over seasoned rice, broccoli cheese casserole and a house salad.  I ordered from “Comfort Food”.  My entree was homemade chicken pot pie with a house salad.  We enjoyed both of our meals.

From Cheddars we drove to Best Buy.  In June 2017 I purchased a 10.5 in. 256 GB iPad Pro tablet.  At the time I was in a quandary.  Do I buy the 10.5 in. tablet or the bigger, more expensive 12.9 in. tablet.  I chose the 10.5 in. tablet because I thought the larger tablet would be too big for me.  In hindsight, I should have purchased the 12.9 in. tablet.  Well, today, I purchased a new 12.9 in. 256 GB iPad Pro tablet, along with a Smart Keyboard case and Apple Pencil.  The Smart Keyboard case was not in stock.  I am expecting delivery of the Smart Keyboard case by Tuesday, Jan. 29th.  The new Apple Pencil attaches magnetically to my iPad, a feature that I love.  So, I am a happy owner of a new iPad Pro tablet!  I plan to sell my 10.5 in. iPad Pro, along with its keyboard and pencil, as a package in the near future.

From Best Buy we drove to Sam’s Club, where we picked up a few groceries.  We renewed our Sam’s Club membership in December last year, after allowing the membership to lapse a few months prior when Sam’s Club closed in Jamestown, NY.  The Sam’s Club in Erie is farther for us to drive than it was for us to go to Sam’s Club in Jamestown.  After several months without a membership, we decided that we go to Erie often enough that a Sam’s Club membership would be worthwhile.  Besides I miss some of the foods and paper products that we would buy at Sam’s Club.  The reason for driving to Erie on Saturday was to go to Sam’s Club.

From Sam’s Club we made our way back home.  I didn’t believe snow was in Saturday’s forecast.  Well, it snowed the whole way back home!

Presque Isle State Park and Dinner Out

On Saturday, June 6th, Bob and I went for a motorcycle ride that added 190 miles to our odometer.  We left home around 11:00 am and didn’t return home until after 7:00 pm. We rode to Lake Erie State Park, where we enjoyed a picnic with a view.

From Lake Erie State Park we rode west along Lake Erie, via Route 5, en route Presque Isle State Park in Erie, PA. We made two photo stops. Our first photo stop was at Barcelona Harbor in Westfield, NY.  Our second photo stop was at Dobbins Landing in Erie.

From Dobbins Landing we rode to Presque Isle State Park.  We made several stops during our ride around the peninsula.

We stopped at the Presque Isle Marina.

We saw the marina for the first time this Winter.  Saturday was the first time we had seen boats at the marina.

We stopped at the North Pier Lighthouse.  I have taken lots of photographs of the lighthouse over the years.  The majority of the photographs have been taken, while standing on the pier.  I wanted to capture the view from another vantage point.  Instead of walking along the pier, we headed in the opposite direction along the North Pier Trail.  This trail follows the shoreline between North Pier and Beach 11, along one of the sand ridges.   There were several paths along the way, leading to the lake shore.

The first path I found led to a very narrow sand beach.
I decided to take a photograph of the lighthouse from the trail.

This path led to a wider beach.

The lake was a little bit choppy.

Bob took this photograph of me on the beach, with the lighthouse in the background.

In the opposite direction of the lighthouse,
I saw two young people who were enjoying a walk along the lake shore.

One last photograph of the North Pier Lighthouse

Our last stop, while at Presque Isle State Park, was at the Presque Isle Lighthouse.

Presque Isle Lighthouse

The lighthouse wasn’t the only attraction for me.  The beach was of interest too.

Presque Isle beaches are beautiful.
I have seen and photographed these trees so many times.
The trees still attract my attention.

This “beach art” was a new sight for me.

Driftwood
Does this look like an animal’s head to you?

From Presque Isle State Park we rode to Peach Street, where we ate dinner at the Texas Roadhouse. I ordered a 6 oz. Sirloin Steak with a fully loaded baked potato and House Salad. Bob ordered a Rib-eye Steak with. House Salad and Broccoli. Both meals were excellent.

Thus concludes our day ride along the shores of Lake Erie.

Erie Weekend Getaway – Day 3

I have written about our weekend in Erie, PA in my last two blog posts.  This blog post wraps up our weekend in Erie.

Sunday didn’t get off to a good start. As Bob was getting into the shower/bath tub, he slipped and fell out of the tub.  The hotel was not at fault, as they did provide a hand rail inside the tub.  Thankfully, Bob didn’t hit his head.  He landed on his tailbone, and he must have twisted his neck.  Both his tailbone and neck (and lower back) hurt throughout the day.  Bob did go to work on Monday; he says that his tailbone and neck feel okay now.

We checked out of the hotel at 8:50 am and made one last trip around Presque Isle State Park.

We visited the West Pier for the first time on Saturday.  We returned to the West Pier on Sunday.  There were no windsurfers on ice on Sunday morning, as they were on Saturday.  The view across Presque Isle Bay, though, was much clearer.

Dobbins Landing and Bicentennial Tower, as seen from the West Pier

We saw Dean Zeller, our new friend, again. He had just pulled off the road and was setting up a tripod to take a picture of the Erie skyline. We stopped and chatted briefly.

During our drive around Presque Isle, we returned to most of the same places that we stopped at on Friday and Saturday.

The seagulls and ducks at the North Pier kept me entertained for several minutes.

North Pier Lighthouse

In addition to returning to the same places that we visited on Friday and Saturday, we made a stop at the Presque Isle Lighthouse.

Presque Isle Lighthouse

Bob at Presque Isle Lighthouse beach

Sunday was overcast, but a brighter day than Saturday.
It was a very cold day, though, same as Saturday.

Presque Isle Lighthouse Beach

We had hoped to catch sight of the snowy owl, while at Presque Isle State Park.  Unfortunately, we didn’t see a snowy owl the entire weekend.

From Presque Isle State Park we went to Presque Isle Downs and Casino. It didn’t take long for us to lose $40.00. My $20 lasted for a longer time than did the $20.00 that Bob played.

We ate lunch at Famous Dave’s. Neither of us had eaten before at this restaurant. Bob ordered Hot Link Sausages, Homemade Barbecue Chips and Firecracker Green Beans (Green beans with bacon, onion, garlic and crushed red pepper). My meal choice was Barbecue Chicken, Potato Salad, and Creamy Coleslaw. Both entrees included a Corn Bread Muffin. Lunch was tasty, and we will most likely make a return visit someday.

After lunch we made our way back home.  We had a good weekend.  The change in scenery was wonderful!

 

Erie Weekend Getaway – Day 2

As I wrote in yesterday’s blog post, we spent the past weekend in Erie, PA.

We went to bed early Friday night. We were sleeping by 9:00 pm. You know what that means, right? Yes, we were up very early Saturday morning.  By 6:40 am we had read the online edition of the Warren Times Observer newspaper, had taken our showers and gotten dressed, and had eaten breakfast. Breakfast was complimentary at our hotel and included eggs, sausage patties, waffles for Bob and a cinnamon raisin bagel with cream cheese and a banana for me.

At 6:40 am we departed the hotel en route the North Pier at Presque Isle State Park. We hoped to see the sunrise at 7:41 am.

First Light

As you can tell by the picture displayed above, the sun did not make an appearance. It was a cold blue type of morning. The only thing to show any kind of warmth was the lighthouse’s red beacon. Although we didn’t get to see a beautiful sunrise, as anticipated, we didn’t feel the drive to the North Pier was a waste of time. This morning was the first time either Bob or I had seen the North Pier Lighthouse’s light flashing.  We also met a very nice man named Dean Zeller, while at the North Pier.  Dean is a photographer too. He showed us a few photographs of a snowy owl that he had taken earlier in the month. Dean gave us pointers on where we might spot a snowy owl.  While talking with Dean, I learned that he is a member of the Photoholics Anonymous Facebook group, of which I am a member as well. Dean is now my friend on Facebook.  Dean is a wonderful photographer.  You may see some of his photography by clicking here.

We returned to Presque Isle State Park in the afternoon, after spending a few hours indoors shopping and eating lunch at The Outback restaurant.

In addition to hitting our usual stops, we discovered the West Pier.  The West Pier is the location of the Presque Isle Marina. I look forward to seeing this area again in warmer weather, when the boats are moored at the marina. On Saturday we watched two individuals windsurfing on ice.

There is a good view of Dobbins Landing from the West Pier area.

It was not the best of days to be outside. It was windy and cold; there was a dampness to the air too. We didn’t see the sun today, which was quite a change from yesterday when there was abundant sunshine. We didn’t see a snowy owl either.  We returned to the hotel around 4:00 pm, around the same time as freezing rain began to hit the Erie area. Not wanting to be outdoors and on the roads in freezing rain, we stayed indoors rest of the afternoon and evening.

 

Erie Weekend Getaway – Day 1

Bob came home from work at noon this past Friday (January 23). By 12:30 pm we were on our way to Erie, PA for a getaway weekend.

Upon reaching Erie, we drove straightway to Presque Isle State Park.

Our first photo stop was at Perry Monument.

Perry Monument

The Perry Monument commemorates the Battle of Lake Erie, in which Commodore Oliver Hazard Perry earned the Battle of 1812’s greatest naval victory.

Our next stop was at the North Pier.

North Pier Lighthouse
Isn’t that blue sky gorgeous!

Seagull at North Pier

Seagull at North Pier

Seagull at North Pier

Our last stop was at Beach 7 – Waterworks Beach, where we admired ice dunes from afar.

Ice Dunes on Lake Erie

Snowy owls have returned to Presque Isle State Park.  We had hoped to spot a snowy owl. The only wildlife we saw, though, were the seagulls at the North Pier.

From Presque Isle State Park, we drove to Applebee’s for dinner. We ordered from the 2 for $25 dinner entrees. Bob ordered the Bourbon Street chicken and shrimp entree, and I ordered the Bourbon Street steak entree. For an appetizer we choose onion rings with Mexi-Ranch dressing. We each ordered a garden salad to accompany our meals. Dinner was excellent. We were pleased to find out that the restaurant is part of Scott Enterprises, which meant that the Ultimate Gift Card that we purchased in November last year paid for our dinners.

After dinner, we drove the short distance to our hotel and checked in. The Comfort Inn Presque Isle was our home for two nights.

Stay tuned.  I will write about Day 2 of our weekend getaway in my next blog post.

An Unplanned Daycation

When I awakened the morning of Wednesday, October 1, I discovered that Bob had taken the day off work. Bob said that he didn’t feel like going into work, so he called his boss and asked would it would be okay if he took a vacation day.  I decided, also, to take off work (editing wedding pictures) so that I could spend the day with Bob. We went for a ride on the motorcycle.

Our first stop was for gas at Kwik Fill. Our second stop was at Tractor Supply, where Bob returned an item that he had purchased yesterday. Our third stop was at Wegmans in Jamestown, NY. While Bob was inside the store buying a couple bags of bean coffee, I was outside taking pictures of the pumpkins on display.

Pumpkins at Wegman’s

Pumpkins at Wegman’s

Pumpkins at Wegman’s

Our fourth stop was at Van Tuil Photo & Imaging in Erie PA, where I purchased a camera bag. I have purchased so many camera bags over the years.  I can’t seem to find that one perfect bag.  I hope that this new camera bag serves its purpose well for some time to come!

From Van Tuil’s we rode to Presque Isle State Park.

We ate a picnic lunch at the lagoon picnic area.

Lagoon

We have visited Presque Isle State Park numerous times in the 16 years that Bob and I have been married.  There are still many places that we have not explored on the peninsula.  The lagoon picnic area was one such place.  What a lovely spot for a picnic!

Lagoon Goose

After lunch, we rode rest of the way around Presque Isle State Park. We then began our way back home.

We made three  stops on our way back home. Our first stop was while en route Findley Lake, NY.

We pulled off the side of the road so that I could take a picture of this pastoral scene.

In Findley Lake, after a refreshing glass of iced coffee and a cookie for Bob and a glass of iced tea and a muffin for me, we took a very short walk along the main street.

Swartz Mill

At one time a horizontal water wheel furnished power for both a saw mill and a grist mill at this site.  This vertical waterwheel has been constructed near the site of the original. I believe the only purpose of the present waterwheel is that of a tourist attraction.

Findley Lake

Our last stop before returning home was at Chautauqua Institution, where we admired the color Autumn foliage across Chautauqua Lake.

Looking across Chautauqua Lake from Chautauqua Institution

It was a wonderful unplanned daycation for Bob and me.  Before too long we will be putting the motorcycle away for the Winter.  I am happy that we were able to take advantage of this beautiful day by sharing an activity that we both enjoy!

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