From the time I read City of Light by Lauren Belfer, I began actually wanting to go to Buffalo, New York and Niagara Falls. Before that, Niagara Falls had always been 'the place newlyweds went on their honeymoon'. (I must have been impressed that one of the neighborhood girls I'd grown up with really did go there on her honeymoon.) I'd seen enough pictures of the Falls to not care one way or the other if I ever saw them in person.
But when we seriously began talking about the trip that would take us to those last few states we needed to visit in order to fill in our lower forty-eight map as well as visiting our youngest on Long Island, Niagara Falls via Buffalo became for me our first major stop.
My navigational skills were rusty or the roads weren't marked very well or both, but I got us turned around in Buffalo....
Shortly before leaving on our trip I was reading about Victorian Botanical Gardens and their elaborate green houses. This is a picture of the Buffalo and Erie County Botanical Gardens:
On to Canada: to Niagara Falls, a full blood harvest moon and its supermoon eclipse and more adventures.