Rest(less) day on Lake Erie (21 June)

This is the view from Lady Kate's backboard, a drenching spray of water as we rode the waves of Lake Erie on our boat tour along Presque Isle. The 90 minute narrated tour of the bays and lighthouses of Presque Isle was interesting and informative, but we really did not expect such a lively roller-coaster of a ride.

From the Presque Isle State Park brochure we learn that "Presque Isle is a major recreational landmark for about four million visitors each year. The park offers visitors a beautiful, sandy coastline and many recreational activities..." There is an asphalted bike path all along the shoreline which I hope to cycle tomorrow. There are also hiking paths, but the one we chose ended in a pond of water.

Although there is said to be a great ecological diversity and we were looking forward to observing the bird colonies at Gull Point, all we got to see was this lovely little frog on our ill-fated hike there. It really is a pretty one, though.

We spent the rest of the afternoon looking about downtown Erie. There are two very attractive town parks right next to each other and a number of banks and other government buildings. The wall painting below was on the side of an otherwise unpretentious building. No idea what it is meant to represent, but it is very interesting. At the charming little restaurant Alkeme we enjoyed a delicious mediterranean meal. And then it was time to return to our hotel and get ready for the last leg of our tour to Boston!


  1. The City of Erie has a diverse downtown community, and now there's a new public art mural representing several cultures.

    Thursday, the mural was dedicated. It's located on the side of the Palace Building, in the 900 block of State Street. It's a creation of the Looking Glass Art Project, where many new Americans helped create the artwork.

    Garments and textiles from 16 different countries are represented. Around 200 people worked on the artwork together.

    Edward Grout, the collaborative artist, says, "The textiles are blended together. They're twisted together. They become a cohesive garment and that's kinda the symbol of what we want to see happen here in Erie, as far as the immigrant population."

    The Erie Downtown Partnership wrote multiple grants for the nearly two year art project, that was put up in just one day.


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