We returned home late this morning from an overnight getaway. We spent the night at Best Western in Erie PA, using a $25 gift certificate that expires later this month as partial payment. We earned the gift certificate from a prior stay at a Best Western hotel. I believe we will earn another $25 gift certificate from this stay.
We departed Warren shortly after 9:00 am yesterday and arrived at our hotel around 2:45 pm. We made a few stops en route the hotel.
Before leaving Warren we stopped at Tim Hortons, where Bob purchased a cup of coffee.
Our second stop was in Findley Lake NY. We saw nothing of interest and moved on.
Upon arriving in Erie we drove the perimeter of Presque Isle, stopping briefly to capture photographs of ducks and Canadian geese in a swamp area.
Pair of Mallard Ducks at Presque Isle State Park (Erie, PA)
Pair of Canadian Geese at Presque Isle State Park (Erie, PA)
That goose on the left was very noisy! Two Canadian Geese, equally noisy, flew overhead just moments after I had returned to our car.
We ate lunch at Cheddars Scratch Kitchen in Erie. Bob ordered Creamy Garlic Tilapia & Shrimp over rice, with broccoli cheese casserole and southern green beans. I ordered a chicken tender platter, with salad and French fries. Both meals were delicious.
Our final stop before going to the hotel was at the Erie Zoo. When the zoo reopened last year during the COVID pandemic, timed tickets were required for entry. Timed tickets are required again this year, but NOT for the month of March. We used our membership card to enter the zoo. We went for a stroll through the zoo. I didn’t take too many pictures. The majority of my pictures were of an orangutan family.
Erie Zoo Wild Asia entrance
Erie Zoo Bornean Orangutans
Erie Zoo Bornean Orangutan
We had considered taking our granddaughters to the zoo, if Stacey’s employer had her scheduled to work in Erie on Monday. We could have driven the girls to Erie, and Stacey could have taken them back home. I am glad, though, that I did not approach Stacey with my idea. The majority of the animals were quiet or not visible. The merry-go-round, playground and train ride were closed, as were all the food vendors. We will take the girls to the zoo in April, when it is warmer (and hopefully more of the zoo will be open). Our present zoo membership expires on 30 April. I have not yet decided, if we will renew the membership.
As I wrote earlier, we arrived at the hotel around 2:45 pm. We checked into room 408, a two queen bed suite. We had eaten a late lunch and knew we wouldn’t be hungry for dinner. Other than Bob driving to a nearby fuel station to pick up water and snacks, we stayed in for rest of the day. We had a relaxing afternoon and evening watching TV, for the most part. We particularly liked the science fiction movie “Divergent”. This movie is old, having been released in 2014. We had never seen the movie and are interested in watching the next two sequels, “Insurgent” and “Allegiant”.
Now for the next day …
We were showered, dressed and had eaten breakfast by 8:00 am this morning. Rather than grab a “grab n go” breakfast at the hotel, we ate breakfast at the nearby Cracker Barrel. Bob ordered a double meat breakfast; I ordered Grandma’s Sampler. Breakfast was delicious and filling.
After breakfast, we began our drive back home. We drove home via Route 5, along the shores of Lake Erie. We made three photo stops.
Our first stop was next door to North East Marina in North East, PA.
This lighthouse-shaped building is near the North East Marina in North East, PA. The body of water in the background is Lake Erie.
After a quick search, I couldn’t find any information on the Internet about this building. The next time we are in this area we plan to stop at North East Marina and make some inquiries.
Our second stop was at Barcelona Harbor in Westfield NY, where we saw more seagulls.
Seagull in Flight
This is the same Seagull in flight.
Our third stop was at Bournes Creek Falls, located a couple miles from Barcelona Harbor.
We saw Bournes Creek Falls for the first time in January. The waterfall looked a lot different today than it did in January!
We continued on to Dunkirk NY, where we left the shores of Lake Erie and headed south.
We returned home at 11:30 am. Our kitty, Wickett, sure was happy to see us.