This weekend I headed up to a long-planned and long-awaited long weekend with Dan in New York. After a relaxing day and night in Syracuse of bowling and drinks with his friends, we headed up to Niagara Falls on Saturday. We stopped on the American side first to see the falls from that side (American, Bridal, Horseshoe), and to ride the Maid of the Mist, the boat that takes you right out to the falls amidst the roaring sound of the water, the giant rainbows, and watery sprays of mist that fell on top of our plastic ponchos.
Then we headed to the Canadian side and walked around the casino and some shops before having dinner at The Keg, a well-known steakhouse. We literally ran back a half mile to the hotel after the dinner (full of steak, shrimp, and mashed potatoes) to watch the LSU-Florida football game. We made it back breathless and cold, but we had only missed 30 seconds and one play.We ended up warming up in this huge jacuzzi tub in our room (yeah upgrade!).
On Sunday morning, we headed to meet up with Dan’s friend from his first year of law school, and did some tailgating at a lot down the street from the Buffalo Bills’ stadium. Brats, burgers, and the guy whose grill we borrowed even gave me a bowl of his homemade gumbo (nothing like the real thing of course, but it was still good – I give the guy credit). It was sooo cold. It was sunny out so that was nice, but it was very windy and chilly, and I definitely regretted not having a jacket. I was layered up in two hoodies, a long-sleeve shirt, and scarf, but I was still feeling it. Once in the stadium, it was hilarious to see that even the Bills’ fans were booing the team, as they were just as bad as the Browns are. I’m not a fan of either team but being from Ohio and Dan being a Browns fan, I of course rooted for them. In the end, the 6-3 score was laughable, and we witnessed more excitement in our section of seats due to people complaining about people in front of them standing too much and the security/staff guys being hardass and almost throwing people out. It was intense – more so than the game.
After the game, we headed to a local joint for some wings – which were pretty tasty! – and then called it a night. We headed back to Syracuse this morning and I flew back to DC this evening- it was a fabulous trip. Check out my slideshow here.