On Memorial Day weekend – Derek and I headed up to Buffalo, NY for a Team Peacock gathering! Team Peacock is this fantastic group of people I’ve been lucky enough to be a part of – we met through running Disney races and have become so much more than that. This gathering didn’t have the full peacock complement – but it was a good portion. We rented a house on Grand Island with a beautiful view of the Niagara River (you could even see the mist from the Falls in the distance).
Everyone arrived Friday and after Scott (our resident chef) made a wonderful risotto dinner, we sat on the porch to watch the sunset. And sat, and sat, and sat – it took awhile for the sun to set. Luckily, the wine kept us relatively warm!
Saturday – after a brief shake-out run, we headed to packet pickup. There were six of us running. Four were doing the marathon relay (3 people run a leg of 10k and the last person runs 12k home):
Our relay team: Beth, Derek, Scott, and Carlos!
Rozzie and I were both running the half marathon and we had several “fans”. The whole gang:
We then went to Pano’s in Buffalo to meet Derek’s parents for a nice long lunch. After lunch – we headed to Niagara Falls as several people had never been. We stayed on the American side as the border crossing was a nightmare that day. The American falls:
But of course – we took the Maid of the Mist to get up close and personal with the falls. After passing through the requisite smurf factory:
we were ready to ride. When you head into the horseshoe of the Canadian falls – the “mist” is pretty intense.
The evening ended in the “usual” way – grilling for dinner, a beautiful sunset, and some wine.
(photos courtesy of Beth)