Memorial Day Weekend 2006
Over the Memorial Day weekend we went to West Point to see Kristina's
sister's graduation. We went to some of the events the day before, including
an awards ceremony and a dance. Kristina and I went to a
German Restaurant while the rest of her family went to a banquet.
While waiting for it to end, a helicopter landed disturbingly
close nearby, possibly to pick up General Schwarzkopf who was also at
The next day was the actual graduation. Luckily we managed to avoid
the huge line of cars waiting to enter. It was cloudy all morning
but I still managed to get a bit of a sunburn. The president was the speaker,
here you can see him giving Kristina's sister her diploma:
The president gave a long, rambling speech explaining how he is just like
At the end, they all got to throw their hats into the air:
Afterward the sun came out and we went to the pinning ceremony, where
the newly graduated students ceremonially were given their new rank.
We helped with the move-out process, and then traveled back to Ithaca.
After we got back to Ithaca, Marie (who was roughly in the area) came to
visit. We dragged her around to see the local sights.
She knew of a secret waterfall that only locals are supposed to know about
near Hector NY. So we went there. It was really pretty, though we
had to wade through some pretty cold water to get there:
We then went to the
National Forest which is the only national forest in New York state.
We went along the Ravine trail, which goes along a small stream
that has a few waterfalls:
We then drove along some dirt roads to walk along the gorge trail.
Throughout the hikes, caterpillars kept dropping from above into our
hair. There were also a few waterfalls along this trail:
After that we took advantage of our Empire Passport to do the upper
loop of Treman Park, then relaxed by going to the Commons to get some Thai
food, and then some ice cream.
Monday was hot and humid, summer has finally arrived. It feels like
vacation time, but I have a few deadlines to make before my next big
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