this was a whirlwind of a trip and there will be more pennsylvania posts to come.
we took a trip from erie pennsylvania, through buffalo new york, to niagara falls. we stopped in buffalo to eat buffalo wings at the anchor bar, home of the original buffalo wing. then we went to the american side of the falls.
they say it's one of the seven wonders of the world, and it deserves that title. watching all of that water race off the cliff and down to the bottom was mesmerizing. and hey, i saw canada! this is an opportunity i would have otherwise never had in my lifetime, so i am very grateful.
here is joe, trying to recreate this photo of him at age 15, posing on a rock in pennsylvania. it makes me laugh so hard, it's my laptop wallpaper.
sorry, joe. i had to.
now for some odds and ends photos from around pennsylvania
we visited grandpa martone's grave in oil city on our way from pittsburgh to erie. this bench was built by the family so that people could come and sit and pay their respects to the martone family.
catholic mass with irish grandma was so east coast. buildings like this just do not exist on the west coast. i love all the brick and beautiful architecture as opposed to the stucco california buildings. 'come on!
this "pizza patties" sign was in the window of an ice cream stand called whippy dip. i feel like it sums erie up completely in one photo. "like eating pizza on a bun!". as jimmy fallon would say: "ewww".
tell me why i cannot find wildberry pop tarts anywhere besides the lancaster, ca walmart and pennsylvania grocery stores?! this flavor is the one that is always in the cutsey cartoon pop tart commercials, yet i cannot find them anywhere! aggravation!
grandma sperduto's homemade pizzelle cookies are my weakness. theyre a soft textured cookie with anise in the dough that is made in a pizzelle press to make that beautiful, iconic design. they're like crack.
best part about staying at grandma's house was the baby joe pics. please, dear jesus, give me curly headed babies with big smiles! look at him!
over all, pennsylvania was a non-stop, active trip and i am currently exhausted and jet lagged. i loved being surrounded by enormous amounts of green and experiencing summer storms with thunder and lightning. the humidity was amazing for my skin (smoggy LA is awful on skin) and i loved spending time in a small town, seeing where joe's parents grew up (literally on opposite sides of the railroad tracks) and eating ice cream 3x a day. (i gained 2 pounds...)
happy to be back in home sweet smog.