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Ready for Rochester Road Trip!


Pollen? Bring it.

We’re headed upstate this weekend to see some BIG things, including the world’s largest lilac festival in Rochester. As you can see, we’re PREPARED. Give me a badge and call me “scout!”

Matt is in charge of all the electronics to keep us at the level of connectivity to which he’s become accustomed. In other words, we could launch a space shuttle with all the technology we’re bringing.  This post, the only one he has written so far, describes our travel “geek gear.” You’ll get an idea why our local Best Buy has put a restraining order on him.

On the way up, we’re excited to be stopping at the Corning Museum of Glass, the world’s largest glass museum. I know what you’re thinking, but they tell me it’s a kid-friendly place. Having no leash for The Girl, I will trust they know what they’re talking about. I did try one of those harnesses once at Disneyland, when she was a crazy toddler. She was way too smart for that. She walked around me in a circle until I tripped over it.

The kids will be participating in glass-making workshops, and we’ll get to see live glassblowing demonstrations. We’ve been prepping The Girl by reading simple books explaining how glass is made from sand.

Then we’re making a time-sucking detour to see the world’s largest pancake griddle in Penn Yan.

Finally, on to Rochester to see the world’s largest collection of lilacs at the Lilac Festival. There’s over 500 varieties of lilacs on more than 1,200 bushes. Weather forecast: rainy with a high of 55 degrees. I anticipate a lot of bribery in exchange for enthusiasm.

We’re also spending time at the National Museum of Play, part of The Strong complex, where they have the world’s largest collection of electronic games. This is pretty much the only reason The Boy is putting up with the lilacs.

1 Comment

  1. Mike said,
    May 13, 2011 @ 10:50 am

    Sounds great, although I am only luke-warm on the griddle. I guess we’ll see your write-up and I’ll withhold judgment until that time. I just don’t think that I could manage to persuade a visit to that destination, but then again, I do not seem to possess your superior skills of persuasion. I am intrigued by the lilacs (for my wife’s benefit only of course), and Corning should be great. That company is doing some amazing things with technological advances in glass and there is a 5 minute YouTube video about some of their possible future products that is incredible. If the kids get to play with any of those prototypes they will love it. Have fun. Draw the imaginary line between the boy and the girl in the car 🙂