Tuesday, August 14, 2012

Wrapping up at Niagara

July 23-31, 2012
(I promise that I’ll get caught up…really)

Youngstown, NY
Four Mile Creek State Park (NY) site 65

So do you want to hear the rest of the story about that camera shot?  Well it started about a week or so earlier.  We wanted a good but smaller camera so that we would actually use it more, especially while we were at Niagara so we ordered a new Panasonic Lumix DMC-ZS10 with 16x zoom.  It was delivered to us while we were at the farm in PA.  Do you also remember the shot of that nice Observation Gazebo along the walkway on the Canada side?  Well it appears that the camera wanted to sit there a bit while the rest of us walked away.  We didn’t realize it was gone until after supper.  I walked back to look for it but it was gone of course.  We wrote it off as one of those things that happen in life and continued to enjoy our evening of fireworks.

That was on Friday.  Fast forward a couple of days to Sunday.  Gin and I decided to stay at camp to relax while Dan, Tricia, Brandon and Amanda went back to enjoy the Canadian attraction, Journey Behind the Falls.  While they were there,  they checked the lost and found at the Park Police building.  The officer said they did indeed have one turned in on Friday matching that description!  It was locked up for safekeeping and they would need to wait around for about 30 minutes while someone came in that could unlock the storage room.  (I could think of worse places to hang out for a while since the views were gorgeous.)

After checking to make sure it was our camera, Tricia signed for it and brought it back to us.  They had taken that picture of our camera at the Falls to tease us.  We were sitting outside at our MH when they got back from their day trip and Brandon said that they had taken a really nice picture that they wanted to show us.  Tricia came over and had that shot open on her camera.  We just smiled, jumped up, and gave her a big hug!!  We were so happy to have it back!  A good Samaritan had turned it in to the police just a few minutes after we walked away from it.  Thank you Dan, Tricia, Brandon and Amanda for getting it out of lock up for us!  So now you know the rest of the story.

We enjoyed being tourist while here but we enjoyed the relaxing down time with friends also.  On the last day here I joined Tricia, Brandon and Amanda for a little hike to the Niagara River in nearby Artpark.  It’s another NY State Park in the area that has a music venue and art on the grounds.  Here’s some examples.
ArtPark NY  ArtPark NY

We found a trail that led us down to the Niagara River and got a good view of some of the whirlpools.  I love the color of the water and like the River about as much as I like the Falls.
Amanda and Brandon at the Niagara River  Niagara River

We saw several of the Whirlpool Jet Boats go by with lots of people in them.  They had on their ponchos so I’m sure they all got wet at some point.
Niagara River  P1000283
Whirlpool Jet Boat on Niagara River

We enjoyed our relaxing time at this cg too.  On a clear day, we could see the skyline of Toronto, Ontario across Lake Ontario.
Toronto Skyline beyond Lake Ontario  Dusk at Lake Ontario-Toronto Skyline 
There were many beautiful sunsets over Lake Ontario.  Here are just a few parting shots.
Amanda and Brandon enjoying a sunset over Lake Ontario  P1000248
Lake Ontario

I think this one is my favorite one though.
Lake Ontario
The End


Gail Houle said...

What a story! I'm very impressed that someone turned it in. It kind of restores your faith in mankind :)
Those pictures are beautiful and sure bring back great memories.
Ain't this life grand?

Al and Karen said...

Always check the Lost and Found. I'm sitting here at our campground with a really nice walkie-talkie, a pair of prescription glasses, a nice looking clue who they belong to, folks have turned them in and no one inquired :-(. I won't go into how much underwear is found in the bathrooms, though :-).

Ron and Cyndi said...

What a great story..and with a happy ending.

Ron and Cyndi said...

Ha! I just went back and read my comment on your last didn't close on "our" house....YOUR house. We're working on our house though...hope to have it on the market soon.

Dan and Tricia said...

Well you are more than welcome! So glad that everything worked our favorable with the camera. Thanks to both of you for such great memories! It sure is quiet here in Mississippi!

Paul and Marti Dahl said...

Nice to hear there are still some honest people in the world, at least one, anyway.

Incredible last picture, I can see why you like it, it's a money shot for sure!

Nancy and Bill said...

How cool that you got the camera back!! Really makes me feel good to know that someone would do that:o) But they probably knew it belong to you two:o)))

Great photos and wonderful trip!!

Mike and Terri said...

So cool that you got your camera back! Awesome sunset pics!

Laurie and George said...

So glad that a nice person turned it in, and a nicer friend picked it up! Great story. :)

Catherine, Jo Beth and Grace said...

Beautiful pics- glad your camera made its way home. Don't worry about being "caught up " on the blog. Remember it is really for you anyway :)

Sherry said...

GREAT camera story! David will be so envious after dropping two of those in about 2' of water and having them refuse to work again. I probably would never have thought to check with the lost and found. BIG POINTS for T&D. And for the honest person who returned it. So nice to hear a good story like that of people's honesty instead of their greed. But the honest don't seem to make the news much.

It looks so cool there and I mean temperatures. Love that water and the sunset pictures are GORGEOUS. Were these on the wayward camera so that we are lucky to get to see them?

Where are you two now?

Sherry said...

Just read this great blog to David and his comment is too funny to not put........and I quote......

"they must have left it on the Canadian side" :-)