Al and Cathy Gustafson hosted the Buffalo reunion, and did a great job
ensuring everything went smoothly. The weather was perfect all five days,
with temperatures in the 70s and low 80s.
Our hospitality room couldn't have been nicer. It had a wet bar and full size
refrigerator, and even a pool Table. There was also plenty of comfortable
Our tour on Monday took us to Lockport, NY and a ride on the Erie
Canal on a genuine stern-wheeler paddle boat. The boat went through a
series of locks to raise us 50 feet to the level of Lake Erie and then back down
again and traveled down the canal a ways. After the boat ride we had a tasty
lunch at a restaurant right on the canal. After the canal the next stop was a
tour of the New York Beer Project, a local micro-brewery. It was a very
interesting tour with a chance to sample several of their craft beers.
Tuesdays tour took us to beautiful Niagara Falls. A ride on the Maid of the
Mist took us so close to the bottom of the falls we could just about reach out
and touch it. What a great experience! Many also took the trolley around
the park to other scenic overlooks of the falls.
The Buffalo Naval Park was the destination on Wednesday. We toured the
USS Little Rock CLG-4, a sister ship of USS Topeka. It brought back some
fond memories. Lunch was a catered affair on the fantail of the Little Rock.
Many also toured the other two ships at the park, USS The Sullivans DD-537
(a destroyer), and USS Croaker SS-246 (a submarine).
All in all it was a fantastic reunion, and we all owe Al and Cathy Gustafson a
huge 'Thank You' for all their hard work to make it such a success!
|Group||Miscellaneous||Erie Canal||New York Beer Project|
|Niagara Falls||Naval Park||Buffet||Banquet|