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Water and sun

I thought I would post some pics from a quick trip to Erie I took with the kid and my mom in August. I can never take or have enough pictures of the water and the sun.
This is the kid in the water.
The water was really cold, which I thought it might not be as bad since it was just past mid August. But that did not stop the kid from swimming. Me? I made it to thigh deep water and chickened out.

This is a shot of Lake Erie from Presque Isle.

The sunset near the Bicentennial Tower
Just after the sun was setting near the Bicentennial Tower
My mom and kid in front of the Bicentennial Tower
One of the coolest thing about the Bicentennial Tower was there were hundreds, maybe even thousands, of bricks engraved with people's names, scattered along the walkway that you see in the photo above as well as in and around the Tower building. After we came back down from the top of the tower, we got ice cream. And I was sitting there eating, I happened to notice a brick with the names of a family whose kids go to my kid's school. Small world, I say.

A couple of pics from the top of the Bicentennial Tower

I really enjoyed our time at the Thomas Ridge Environmental Center (TREC).

Thomas Ridge Environmental Center

The kid and I trekked up the many flights of stairs to see the view from the top of the tower.

This is the view from the top of the tower.

You can make out the roller coaster in the pics above. J and I went on that coaster, when the three of us made a brief stop at Waldameer Park. I can tell you that that coaster was the scariest one I have been on in my adult life. We were up so high and going so fast. I was practically freaking out as we soared over Lake Erie.

Some shots of the inside of the TREC
There was a lot of informational and education displays at the TREC. Well worth the hour or so we spent there. Wish we had had more time.

Picture of map of Presque Isle

All in all, the three of us had a great time. It was a short trip; we were there less than 48 hours, but it was nice escape. I look forward to next summer, when I will actually have more than a couple of vacation days earned (knock on wood that I don't need to take them for anything before then) so we can take a much-needed and deserved family vacation.


bluzdude said…
Sunset shots on the water are just the best, aren't they?
Lovely! The pink sunset one is insane. And I imagine you didn't even Photoshop these to bring out the colors, which makes them insaner.
Facie said…
Yes, yes, they are, Bluz.

Katie, those pics were right from the iPhone 4. Of course I can't get a decent pic in the dark, but daylight and apparently sunsets work well. :-)

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