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Post-apocalyptic kayaking with LESLIELENORE and her brother

Monday, October 07, 2013

This past weekend the bf and I went to a contra dance in Buffalo - loads of fun - dancing until late Friday night and all day Saturday (HR monitor reported 1455 calories burned on Saturday alone).

Then Sunday the bf and I met LESLIELENORE and her brother for a relaxing paddle up the Buffalo river in an industrial canyon between the abandoned grain silos.

The silos are about 175 ft high (53m) and they towered above us in freaky decay

People use them for paintball and airgun games, and they are tagged at ground level and in odd places with interesting graffiti. On our way back down the river there were a couple of guys in camo sneaking around one of the silos with airguns, which added to the whole post-apocalyptic feel of the place.

The main users these days appear to be the local Canada geese

There were other buildings coming down, too

There was a dire sign at the put in, warning us of possible sewage outflows and suggested that contact with the water might cause illness. Needless to say I did NOT practice my roll there!

Not all of the scenery was rusting steel and crumbling concrete. A series of pilings hosted herons

And the shores of the old landfill were green

More pictures and a GPS track are visible here:

Afterward we had lunch at a local fish fry place and then the bf and I drove back home to central NY.

It was such a good weekend that I think it'll take a few weekdays to recover from it.

And speaking of recovery, I hope LESLIELENORE's throat crud clears up soon. My version of it lingered for over a month, and the bf ended up taking antibiotics for something similar. Phlegm is so fun. Not.

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TRIANGLE-WOMAN 12/16/2013 6:49AM


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CTUPTON 10/23/2013 3:00PM

    One of those grain silos has been refurbished for recreational use inside! I need to find more info about that. chris

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ILOVEMALI 10/9/2013 11:11PM

    Love your life!

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KATHIC2 10/9/2013 8:09AM

  What a great life you have!!!

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DDOORN 10/8/2013 1:50PM

    Cheers to your super weekend of fun!


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CARRIE1948 10/8/2013 8:02AM

    Sounds like a good weekend

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WATERDIAMONDS 10/8/2013 6:47AM

    Well, the industrial waste is a downer, but the trip itself, the lovely birds, the friendship--all worth it, yes?

Sounds like a great weekend.

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NEW-CAZ 10/8/2013 2:40AM

    Looks like a lot of fun! emoticon emoticon

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NEW-CAZ 10/8/2013 2:40AM

    Looks like a lot of fun! emoticon emoticon

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JACKSGRAN 10/8/2013 2:28AM

    Your pictures are inspirational. They show the sort of things I use for inspiration in my artwork. Thanks so much for sharing, so different to my neighbourhood.

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SNOWYOGA 10/7/2013 11:09PM

    Love your pictures thanks for sharing them! emoticon emoticon

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DALID414 10/7/2013 10:34PM

    The boyfriend appreciated the graffiti pix emoticon

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TRAVELGRRL 10/7/2013 8:02PM

    Wow, that's an active weekend! It's great fun to meet up with Sparkfriends, isn't it?

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-SHOREIDO- 10/7/2013 7:52PM

    Thanks for sharing!

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WATERMELLEN 10/7/2013 7:36PM

    What a great time!! And those Canada geese? We love 'em -- but we know that they aren't so well loved everywhere!!

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TINAJANE76 10/7/2013 7:23PM

    Very cool!

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DEBBIEG0716 10/7/2013 7:15PM

    Looks like fun.. Hope you feel better soon! emoticon

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LESLIELENORE 10/7/2013 7:12PM

    It was a fun afternoon. The crud is still with me, but it hasn't gotten much worse, so I am just trying to ignore it. I am drinking plenty of water though. (Can you hear me snorting and sniffling while I type this?)

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