Tuesday, May 27, 2014

Memorialize This!

Mom and Lisa drove in from Michigan to visit Megan and I.

We visited the Hill Cumorah Visitor Center (http://www.hillcumorah.org/) in Palmyra.  There was a 19-minute video on "The Restoration," an education center, and historic sites.

 The Moroni Monument on top of Hill Cumorah.

The statue is at the site where Mormonism was founded.

 Headed down south to check out Canandaigua Lake.  Here we are at Kershaw Beach Park.

And what's a trip to the Finger Lakes Region without a sampling of wine?  Had a wine (and beer) tasting at the New York Wine and Culinary Center (http://www.nywcc.com/).  Desert wine, and Rieslings, and beer.  Oh my!



Walking along Main Street for a little food and shopping.

Perfect Memorial Day weekend weather!

Took a little trip to the Sonnenberg Mansion and Gardens (http://www.sonnenberg.org/).   According to the sign, everything is to the left...

 Megan in the greenhouse

 Lots of flowers

Lots of cactus!

 Lots more cactus!

Even the statues are shocked at how many plants there are.

This is the Japanese Garden portion of the estate.

Bridge over the pond.  And, I just realized these are the same people in my picture from Main Street.  

Little bridge leading to the tea house.

What mansion is complete without a Roman Bath?

Collapsed portion of a small temple.

Lots of geometry.

Lisa and Megan on top of a rock structure in the Rock Garden

 You know you are properly visiting a site when they tell you "Good work getting here!"

Inside the Sonnenberg Mansion.  Just a cozy living room.

Dining room table being waited on by headless women.

The library.

The den.

This is a view from a bedroom porch overlooking the gardens.  

The exterior of the Sonnenberg Mansion.

Another exterior shot.

Most importantly, funny taxidermy


The Flower City Days and the Public Market (http://www.cityofrochester.gov/flowercitydays/)

Lots of colors and smells.

And quite a few people too.

 Tons of vendors selling just about anything that goes into the dirt.

 Mom should have received a commission for all the marigolds she sold.


Bright pink and red trees and bushes.

Hunting for the perfect hanging baskets.

 Flowers so red that my camera can't handle it!

"THE WHISKEY IS COMING!  THE WHISKEY IS COMING!"

A little hike along the canal in Fairport before the cookout.

THANKS MOM AND LISA FOR VISITING!  Hope you had as much fun as we did!


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