Tim and I took Ben and Matthew to Howe Caverns today. It was the first time for everyone, but me. However, I hadn’t been there for at least 30 years, so it was all new to me too. It was an absolutely gorgeous fall day as the drive up was spectacular with the peak of fall foliage.
The only hitch was the extra wait to get into the caverns, but it worked out great. We went to the Cave House Museum of Mining and Geology across the way. We bought a bag of dirt, of which the kids put in a tray and allowed running water wash it all away except for sparkling gems and minerals, including shark’s teeth. Pretty cool stuff.
Jodie and Ben took a short stroll to Amherst this weekend to visit the Wells, and it just so happens that Holyoke Mall has a Billy Beez. So Traci and Jodie took Debbie, Bobby, and Ben for the day, and it was a hit. Of course, a quick stop at Moe’s on the way was in order.
Ben and Val had an awesome day today, as did the Dads. We started out at the brand new Billy Beez at Crossgates Mall which is a huge indoor playground of very high slides and tunnels. They even encourage the parents to get in on the action, of which Jay and I had no problem doing.
We then headed to Lucky Strike Social (also in Crossgates), which is similar to Dave and Busters, but they also have bowling. The kids were having so much fun in the arcade, we didn’t even get a chance to bowl a game.
The Defreestville Fire Department has a brand new station and Ben and I went to the ribbon cutting. We got a full tour from a guy named Bob Ewing. Yes, as in Bobby Ewing, and believe it or not, he married a woman named Sue Ellen and he has a brother with the initials JR. Anyways, the tour was great and Ben and I learned a lot about how much hard work it takes to be a firefighter.
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