Saturday, September 11th

Today was a short drive day bit chock full of adventures.

We left the Petrillo's place and headed into downtown Rochester for our first roadtrip interview. We made it to WXXI minutes prior to the time for out meeting with Ruth, who is part of the Rochester Radio Reading Service. We sat down for an hour with Ruth and talked about our trip, CHM, and the trials and tribulations of going blond in the 21st century. After we wrapped the interview, Ruth gave us the nickel tour of the studio.

Afterward, we hopped in the car and headed for Niagara Falls. Now I have been to the Falls before, but only on the Canadian side, and Tod has neve seen them before, so it was.a new experience for both of us. The American side is a lot more touristy than the Canadian side, but it was still absolute breathtaking. We went not the observation deck and were literally out above the water. Super cool and a bit scary. We then got our tickets for the Maid of the Mist. Now obviously the crew can't bring their expensive cameras out on the Maid because we knew we were going to get soaked, so they gave us some waterproof Hero cams to document our trip into the Falls. It was awesome and I can't wait to see the footage because I literally couldn't see once the mist started happening.

Thoroghly soaked after the Maid, we dried off a bit and hopped into the car and headed for worth of Buffalo, to a place called Griffis Sculpture Park in East Otto, NY. This place is an unknown treasure. Acres of land with sculptures all over it, many of which you can interact with. We found these giant met mushrooms and we were climbing them and Tod slipped and cracked his shin and had a wicked hematoma. Luckily a new friend, Becky, was an EMT, and she had an ice pack for him to help with the swelling. I definitely plan to bring more friends up here from DC when I get chance.

As the sun set over the Sculpture Park skyline, we headed to where we would be staying for the night, family friends of the crew, where we found a gathering of friends and food awaiting us. It was a great night of fellowship with this wonderful group of people, and we got to meet our DP's father, Ray, who brought over homemade jambalaya. It was filled with laughter and fire rood and fun.