Sunday, May 11, 2008

All about New York

Travis and I had such a great time in New York. We really needed the vacation, not just to get a break from school and work but to just spend time with each other. It was so wonderful. We first went to Hill Cumorah. We traveled the long way up the hill but we made it to the top anyway.
While we were Hill Cumorah we stopped at the visitor center, which is huge by the way for those of you who haven't seen it yet, and they had the Dead Sea Scrolls there. It was very cool. Travis was excited and I was looking forward to learning about them. I didn't really know too much about them before. For those of you who don't know about them they were found in clay pots in caves by the Dead Sea. How random huh? It was cool. Now since we no longer live so close to the temple we take advantage of going whenever we are close and since we were right in Palmyra we went! It was beautiful! We really do miss living so close to the temple so for those of you who live so close-be grateful cuz we really do miss it.

We saw the Smith's cabin and the barn and all of their property, etc. Did you know they owned 100 acres of land? That seemed like so much to me. Talk about hard work. We also went to the Sacred Grove and took a walk. It was beautiful. Incredibly green. It was very peaceful too.
Here's some history on Travis for you for those of you who don't know. He was born in Utah but when he was eleven his family moved to Clarence, New York. So we stopped by for a visit. We saw his old house, went to the park where he used to play all the time, drove down the roads he used to ride his bike, stopped by his old schools. It was fun for him, there was a lot of reminiscing.

And then Niagara. Our last day and we drove up to see the falls. Aboslutely beautiful! We spent the whole afternoon walking around the whole falls area. It was so much fun, so relaxing. Oh, and for those of you who don't know who are going to be traveling soon if you want to go to the Canada side by next year you're gonna need a passport, until then you just need a birth certificate. We still had fun staying in New York though.

These next group of pictures are going to need some explaining. In the evening they turn on colorful lights on the falls which I had never seen before. So we went and got dinner at this absolutely horrible India food place because there wasn't a McDonalds, Subway, Burger King, or anything normal hanging around. We got to the falls early, 8:40 and we heard the lights didn't turn on until 9:00 so we messed around for a little while. We had a good time. The other tourists around us were a little confused but we were having a good time.

Good times! Anyway, when the lights turned on they started off white and we were not impressed. But then they started adding some colors, we saw pink/red, yellow, orange, green, even a little blue. It was pretty cool to watch. Now I can say I've seen the falls in color.
And that was our little vacation. We had such a good time spending so much time together and learning more about the history of the church and seeing more sites that this world has to offer. But lucky us, not only did we get one vacation, we get another! Travis' older sister, Trisha, is getting married next week so on Tuesday we are flying off to Minnesota! Travis is more excited than I can tell you about! We are really looking forward to spending time with his family, and of course seeing Trisha get married! We are so excited for her! We can't wait to see her and Andrew get married! So anyway, we're off again. So exciting! I love vacations! Oh! And this post took me forever so everyone better comment on how great our pictures are and this post is! :)


Kristy said...

Looks like lots of fun!

Mr. B said...

You two are pretty much adorable.

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Rebecca said...

I have no intentions of starting a blog, but I did finally register so that I can leave comments that aren't from "anoymous." Your pictures are great. Sounds like you had a wonderful time. I am very jealous! You are quite the vacation queen for May. Can't wait to start our vacation with you in only 7 days!!!!!

Kathryn Oblad said...

I'm glad you had fun in New York. When I saw your status on facebook, I was going to be very upset if you were visitng NYC with out telling me! :)

Nella said...

This is the BEST post EVER!!! :)
I like the picture of Travis going down the hill. And of course the funny faces entourage was delightful! See you tomorrow!

Holly or Joe said...

You guys crack me up!You should display the silly pics on your wall in your house. Print them out and hang them as proudly as your wedding pics and see what people think. You guys are too dang funny. I'm glad you had a great time!

The Littlefields said...

That looks like you guys had so much fun. I love the crazy pictures, I can only imagine the faces of the other tourist. Glad you had a good time. I hope another good trip.

sware said...

How do you do that with your face?! So I found the link to how I found your blog... Stephanie Littlefield :) It was fun to meet you Jill and good to see you again Travis. Here is my blog. Its still in the infant stages, and taking baby steps! Good luck with all the travels!