There's a Saipan reunion taking place right now in Buffalo, New York. I'm sorry you didn't get your invitation. Long term readers of this blog will remember when Diana Gabroni (Saipan's Pinay American Midget) was my roommate. And Brad, Saipan's only celebrity, needs no introduction.
The party also includes Brad's better third, Kathy, and their two munchkins. I arrived on Sunday night and it has been a non-stop party ever since. On Monday we drove to Niagara Falls, Canada so that we could have lunch at Burger King.
There is little in life as entertaining as watching island people slowly freeze to death. Strangely enough, everyone we talk to keeps mentioning what a mild winter we are having. Only in Buffalo is 22 degrees Fahrenheit considered mild.
Want to see more of Niagara? I've posted 37 more photos to Facebook.
The day after our Niagara Falls adventure, Brad tried to kill us all by taking us hiking to Eternal Flame Falls. Tuesday was even colder than Monday.
The walk to Eternal Flame Falls was pleasantly scenic. The first part of the hike goes up and down several hills and over trickling streams. The sparse snow that melted on the concrete in town stayed put on the fallen leaves. It was Kathy, Keoni, and Leilani's first time seeing snow.
The second part of the hike was a bit more treacherous. After descending an earthen staircase the trail winds along a small river. The frozen water made the going slow. The girls opted to stay up top. The boys went in search of the waterfall at the head of the waterway.
This section of the hike meanders over fallen tree trunks and criss crosses back and forth across the water. Like a champ, the three year old walked most of the way. But he got ferried in a couple of spots. We all got our feet wet.
In exchange for cold toes and fingers we were greeted with a short waterfall. That yellow glow is the eternal flame, a seep of natural gas that when lit burns despite all the water. While not nearly as majestic as Niagara, the flame behind the waterfall is pretty damn unique.
The experience made me want to pose like Walt Goodridge. And if you want to see more photos, there are 25 on Facebook.
So after 48 hours in Buffalo, I've managed 2 waterfalls and 7 chicken wings. My goal for finishing out 2014 is to eat more.