For the first time since I can’t remember when, there is absolutely nothing to complain about here in Western New York. Temperatures have hovered right around 65 early in the morning, rise and peak at 75 in the afternoon, and drop back to 65 by late evening. Finally, spring has sprung, and it almost makes the nine months of misery here worth it.
To enjoy the nice weather, I decided to get to work early yesterday so I could walk through town. I work on the campus of my college, and it’s a really nice little college town. Even though it’s a 30 minute drive from my home, I still consider it my town, because I’ve spent so much time there the last couple of years, and I’ve fallen in love with it. I took some pictures while I was out. Boy does a pretty little town look even prettier in picture perfect weather!
Each day driving into town on Redman Road, I have a view that I wouldn’t trade for anything in the world.
I’d go crazy if I didn’t get my daily fix of rural Western NY.
Just a mile down this road, I enter my little college town. Being right along the Erie Canal, it is a perfect place to go for a walk. The air is fresh, and it isn’t ridiculously busy.
The canal is on the north side of town right as you enter traveling south. I come in from the north every day and am greeted by getting to drive over a very narrow lift bridge.
It’s very old and makes a lot of noise driving over it, but it’s something unique to pass each day. It’s like the gateway into town.
I also enjoy walking on the bridge.
Once I cross the bridge, it’s a whole new world. It goes from very rural and desolate to a precious small town college town atmosphere. I still love the farms the best, but I can also go for a night on the town. Or in this case, a gorgeous Friday morning.
The downtown stretch of businesses in old looking buildings is less than a mile long, but it has pretty much everything we need. Restaraunts, antique shops, a barber, plenty of bar/grills, a movie theatre, a church, gas station, and so much more!
We also honor our hometown heroes, which I appreciate.
Walking the town is really cool, but if you’re looking for a quiet place to walk and just reflect, the canal is the best place. There is a path that stretches the entire portion of the Erie Canal between Western NY’s main cities, Rochester and Buffalo. So I went back to where I parked along the canal and walked a little bit of that path.
I could have stayed out on the canal all day, but around 8:45 I needed to get ready to go in to work. Fortunately, campus is just past that row of shops I was just at, literally a minute away.
Our school is what really keeps this town going, so when school isn’t in session, it is a lot quieter. On my way in I am greeted by the sign in the above picture, and the sign and academic building below.
Maybe someday I’ll take you guys around campus, but you’ve probably seen one before. I’d like to think that my little school is more picturesque than the rest, but then again every school I’ve ever been to has been kept up pretty well.
So I go to work on this beautiful Friday, and even though I need to leave for my other job a half hour after this one ends, I sneak in some tennis on campus, my absolute favorite thing to do.
Leaving school is much like entering it. My little town is just a little blip, and if you blink you might pass it by. But boy is it beautiful this time of year. In fact, it’s even nice to look at when we’re covered in snow. But personally I prefer the spring time pictures.
I honestly haven’t really counted my blessings of being in this nice little town until I started working in the city a couple months ago. I guess I don’t mind the city, but it’s a whole new world, and I’m not used to it. I like leaving town and seeing these views.
All that to say that this is your Saturday open thread! Kick your feet back on the porch this beautiful spring day and hang out with us!
And, if you feel like it, I’d love to see some pictures of where you all live, work, or love to relax! Countryside, city, or somewhere in between, I love it when we share pictures of our favorite places on here!