I promise I'll be talking about art again soon!
I took the short cut through Canada on my way to NYC.
I crossed the Ambassador Bridge into Canada - be sure to take your passport! When growing up all you needed was a drivers license - but times have changed.
Sunflowers for as far as I could see. Lots of wineries, big tall green houses for growing every vegetable there is and strawberries and other fruit. They produce all through the winter.
I stayed on Grand Island for the night then drove to Lockport.
The first or last locks, depending on which way you are going, are in Lockport. I took a boat ride and went through locks 34 and 35. When originally dug there were many more locks but through the years they have been replaced with larger ones.
I loved seeing the 5 locks to the right of of 34 and 35. "Lockport’s staircase of five locks, ascending a height of 60 feet within a distance of only 550 feet, is one of the best-preserved structures remaining from the Enlarged Erie era." When built there were 5 locks on the left and 5 on the right. As boats got bigger the ones on the left were replaced by 2 larger locks.
And I saw lots of neat houses with flowers. I love flowers but what I REALLY love is flowers combined with architecture or structures, like walls, sculpture, fences.