Wednesday, June 12, 2013

Buffalo Wings and Canandaigua Lake

While flipping through our 1,001 Places to See book, Dave put two and two together and realized that the Buffalo wing was indeed invented in Buffalo. The now incredibly popular dish was first served up in 1964 at The Anchor Bar, a humble joint you could easily miss if you weren't specifically looking for it. 

Dave really enjoyed his wings. 

Teressa, owner of Anchor Bar, first served up buffalo wings when her son and several of his friends came in hungry late one night and she needed something fast and simple to prepare. 

After leaving Buffalo yesterday, we hopped back on our now-favorite Route 20 and headed East towards the Finger Lakes region of New York. We drove for about 2 1/2 hours through gorgeous, sparsely populated countryside and quaint little towns, and decided to stop at Canandaigua Lake in the late afternoon. There are 11 of the Finger Lakes, so named because of their long, finger-like shape viewed from above or on a map. 

Since arriving, we've been blown away by the beauty of this lake. It's much larger than we expected; from the area where we are, the lake looks wide and huge, and we cannot see nearly all of it. 

We didn't adjust the color of these photos at all; the sky was ominous and full of these low hanging, layered clouds all day yesterday. 

I am amazed by the contrast between the photos from yesterday and today! Now, the sun is out, and Canandaigua looks completely different. 

You can take a ride or a dinner cruise on the Canandaigua Lady, an ode to the fleet of steamboats that ran on Canandaigua for over 100 years. 

This was our view this morning when we had breakfast at a picnic table beside the lake. We're so lucky! 

Canandaigua seems to be a really healthy community. There are lots of young couples with dogs and a lot of active older adults who seem to always be swimming, biking, or walking around the lake. 

Walking out on this dock is a lovely view. 

This robin has sung from the same branch of this tree both last night and this morning. 

Dave's camera was able to get us a shot of the other side of the lake, which we could never see this clearly with the naked eye. I love that you can even see a farm in the background! 

We're writing this blog from Muar House Cafe, which is an adorable little joint right on the lake. 

They have gelato, coffee, tea, sandwiches, and salads. 

This is the view as I type. Couldn't ask for a better place to work on the computer. 


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