Okay, after the last post, I promise this one will be short!
Mark and I were clueless about what folks do when their kids are busy! (Okay, so that is a slight exaggeration, as we had an agenda that included running to Henrietta for a quick trip to Sam’s Club.) Mark decided to take the long way from Victor, which meant going through the picture-perfect town of Pittsford.
As Mark drove along the road, a thought suddenly popped into my head! I remembered Carly telling me about a charming restaurant she frequents with her mother-in-law and her kids that sits right on the Erie Canal. As I explained to Mark, he listened and made the appropriate turns that lead to the unique “village” of shops located there. Mark became a little frustrated, however, trying to figure out where one parks a pickup truck in a tight area. Also, it seemed a bit of a challenge to spot handicapped parking.
After circling around a bit, we finally found a place that wasn’t designated for a specific business and we were off and on our way to the restaurant. (Now, I must explain that not wanting to feel like a total tourist on vacation, I lovingly secured my Nikon camera in its bag and tucked it under the seat. This was a little unsettling, but I have been encouraging myself to learn to take “better than good” photos with my cell phone. ) Thus, my purse, containing my cell phone wnt with us to the restaurant.
We were seated on the lower level of the restaurant, sitting only a few feet from the Erie Canal! It was so beautiful and I can’t imagine how the scenery could have been any more pleasing! The next two photos are of Aladdin’s Natural Eatery at Schoen Place.
Mark and I ordered and while awaiting our food to arrive, I asked Mark if it would be rude for me to walk around for just a little bit. Mark told me to go ahead, so I walked just a few yards along the canal. This was so beautiful and I felt like I could have walked for miles! Of course, the abundant plantings hanging from the street lamps just added to the nearly magical atmosphere!
There are cute little packet boats leaving at designated times, taking tourists on a trip along the canal.
Feeling so pleased with our little find, I retreated back to the table with Mark. Shortly after arriving at the table, our food was served. As Mark and I sat eating our big and delicious Greek salads and appetizer plate, the little boat Sam Patch made its way past us. Delightful.
Mark and I were totally pleased with our experiece at this restaurant. The food was plentiful, delicious, and the price was astronomical! I don’t know when Mark and I have enjoyed ourselves in a very long time!
After our meal, Mark and I went to the small kiosk where tickets are sold for the Sam Patch. We discovered that although that particular boat doesn’t have access for a wheelchair, there is another boat near Rochester that does. The name of the boat is the Mary Jemison. Perhaps that name rings a bell, as that is the name of the “white woman of the Genesee” whom I mentioned when we last visited Letchworth State Park.
I think I am feeling yet another adventure coming on in the not too distant future!