I had some work to do in Buffalo, and since the city has been putting itself back together after the recent snow storm, I decided to stay the night in Niagara Falls, Ont., instead. I got a room at the Hilton on the 26th floor, and the price was about the same as staying in Buffalo ( a very expensive city hotel wise). Again, the power of nature does not fail to impress. This picture (of the "Horseshoe" falls on the Canadian side) was taken from the restaurant on the 33rd floor. Niagara Falls is in the off season now, but still a fun place with many restaurants and other attractions.
this shot is of the smaller falls on the US side a mile to the north
With the great performance of the Detroit Tigers over the NY Yankees, I would like to take this opportunity to personally Thank Pudge Rodriguez and all of the Tigers for a job well done! GO GET EM' TIGERS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
For some reason, it seems like three pictures is all that blogger will let you squeeze into one post and there were two more pics that I wanted to squeeze in. This one on the left was taken the following morning. The vastness and power of the sea call to me in a visceral, primal way that the Great Lakes, although formidable in and of themselves, do not. One day I will live near the sea.
Since the vacation in Chicago, I've been to Petoskey and Traverse City MI, Kansas City, MO, Rochester, MN, Denver, CO, Youngstown, OH, and Myrtle Beach, SC. This is why I have not been posting. I am hardly able to keep up with email and paperwork fast enough, let alone do a drawing and post!
Monday night, after doing my work in Florence, SC, I returned to Myrtle Beach, checked into the hotel, and went running for 5 miles on the beach during sunset. I love the ocean. It makes it a lot easier to dog those 5 miles when you have the sunset and the sound of the waves crashing on the shore. The lobster dinner and key lime pie for desert were fabulous as well. Unfortunatly, this trip was just a quick overnighter, so I had to squeeze any fun into just a few hours.
As some of you may already know, I have been on a health kick since April, and have dropped 40 pounds. I went from 215 to 175 and am feeling much healthier and fit. I just turned 45, so I figured that if I didn't do something now it would just be harder every year I waited. I'm still not finished, but am very close. I'd like to knock off another 5 or 10 and then I will be what I was when I was in high school and the Guard. I feel great, except for a few aches and pains (getting old is highly overrated), I feel like I did 25 years ago. Captain America was just getting too fat!
I clicked a few shots from Myrtle Beach, so have a look: Myrtle Beach from the air
Jimmy B's (is this where the CUG spends his winters?)
This was my "jogging track", taken the following morning
I'm 49 and married with children (look out Al Bundy)went to college and got a degree, have been fixing electromechanical computer controlled machines for over 25 years (currently in healthcare).To do my job I travel the midwest (OH, MI,NY,PA,MN,WI,) south (NC,SC,TN,LA), and west (AZ,CO,WY,ND). In the 80's lived in NYC while in the US Coast Guard, traveled thru Europe, got married. I had kids in the 90's and went back to school until I got my degree in 2000. Last 9 years things have really come together for me professionally. I have lots of good things in my life, but lingering regrets over paths not taken.Seem to be kind of like a shark, if I quit swimming, I stop breathing. There's always something out there... and I can't stop looking until I find IT (whatever IT is).