Meet The Nat Pack!

My photo
The Nat Pack: The super fashionable, super mod, super hip family consisting of Nat, Pete, Jakob, Brock, Troy, and Ivy. Like The Rat Pack, only younger, cuter, and not as rich or famous.

Thursday, June 10, 2010

The Buffalove Vay-Cay, Part 1

Pete and I just got back from a fabulous trip! While my mom watched our kids (thanks a trillion, Mom!), we traveled out to see my sister Brianna and her husband Spencer, who happen to live near Buffalo, New York.

We drove to Salt Lake Tuesday, and ate at-where else?-Benihanas. YUM! We stayed with Pete's brother's fam that night, and flew out early Wednesday morning. We landed in Detroit, where they had this crazy tunnel in the airport that was playing trippy water-like music, and had the lights along the walls change colors. It was a little creepy. Kind of like the tunnel on "Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory". Pete's doing the move that Jakob does when he...just doesn't know what to say.

On our flight from Detroit to Buffalo, there was a chick that had gold shoes. I don't know if I should be appalled because they are so tacky, or reverenced because she has the gall to wear them.

Once we arrived, my cute little sister picked us up, and showed us where she works. She has two jobs; one is right next to the airport, where she is on a flight rescue team as a nurse. Beej thinks the flight tower looks like Isengard from "Lord of the Rings", which it totally does.

Beej showed us the flight helmets. Pete looked like Luke Skywalker on "Star Wars IV". Beej even wears an orange jumpsuit like Luke's when she flies.

Speaking of helmets...

...we also got to see where Spencer works. He works for the Buffalo Bills. So we got to see their equipment and gigantor shoes and unlimited supply of gum.

Yep-that's us on the 50-yard line at the Bills' stadium.

We visited Niagara Falls on Thursday. It's really close to Buffalo.

A random fortune-telling machine, that looks just like the one from "Big":

So, there are kind of two parts to Niagara Falls. There's the U.S.A. part, a.k.a. the Lame part, and then there's the Canada part, a.k.a. Mega Powerful Insanity. They are right next to each other, so to speak, so we got to see both. Here's the Lame one:

And here's the Mega One, the one so-far-down-that-you-can't-see-the-bottom,-and-even-if-it-wasn't-that-tall-you-couldn't-see-the-bottom-anyway-because-of-the-mist-rising-up One.

We took a little boat ride that takes you past the Lame one (which, even though I call it lame, it's still very very cool), and rides right up to the Mega one. They give you ponchos to wear, and for good cause-they barely enter the edge of the horseshoe shape of the falls, and it feels like you're in a rain storm-because of how much mist is coming off the falls. So. Awesome.

And, just as we were leaving, an actual rain storm started. I've only seen it rain like that once or twice before. Beej's windshield wipers were going as fast as they could, and it looked like they might as well have not been on. It was crazy.

Thus concludes part one of the telling of our awesome trip. Stay tuned for more!


Rachel said...

What a fun trip! I'm jealous, I need a get a way without my kiddos too. My favorite part of this post is that you took a picture of the gold shoes. I wonder if the lady knew you were doing that- love it!

CHELZERS said...

Awesome! Looks like a ton-o-fun!!
is it weird that i didn't totally hate the gold shoes?? (i know! shocking to hear that coming from me!) ;)

Janae -- Thoughts in Vinyl said...

How fun! The lame part of the falls is super pretty...even though it is lame.

Jenny said...

How fun! I'm jealous that you guys got to go back. It's nice that Spencer and Brianna get some visitors. They are so stinking far away! :)

Karlenn said...

Oh my goodness, just seeing pictures of Beads made my heart lurch. I miss her way too much. I wish I could have come along. That trippy tunnel in the airport is so funny!!

Kelly said...

Way to live up the no baby thing! I can't wait to be there. Looks like you had a blast.