Thursday, June 19, 2014

Driving Along New York's Erie Canal

Mugdha Gurram / youthjournalism.org
The Erie Canal

By Yelena Samofalova and Mugdha Gurram
Reporters
UTICA. New York, U.SA. – The sun is out and the sky is blue as we’re making our way to Toronto.
We’ve been on the highway for about four hours but it really hasn’t felt that long.
 It’s funny how, before a trip, we always pack tons of things to keep busy on the ride but we never end up needing any of them. It’s easy to look out the window for hours, spacing out and looking at the scenery.
Occasionally there are dreary parts, with stone walls surrounding the road and old factory-like buildings, but other times there are beautiful scenes.
In New York, where we’re driving right now on the Thruway, we’re surrounded by huge expanses of trees and farms.
It’s exciting every time we see a field with cows; not a common sight along highways in Connecticut, where we live.
Yelena Samofalova / youthjournalism.org

Steel bridges crossing the Hudson River
We saw the Hudson River and have been driving along the Erie Canal, both incredible sights.
As we pass mile markers and various famous sites, we’ll continue to chat and just relax in our car. We’re excited to get to Canada, but we’re enjoying the ride there as well.
Mugdha Gurram / youthjournalism.org

The landscape of Central New York
Yelena Samofalova / youthjournalism.org

Chewy Dipps
Along with the incredible scenery, our trip so far has also consisted of great conversations in the car. Jackie and Steve reminisced about their experiences in Auburn, NY, which added to the sentimental value of our next stop.
We learned about many of their great friends, whom we’re excited to be meeting for dinner later tonight. Until then, we’ll satisfy ourselves with eating Chewy Dips and taking pictures of the beautiful landscape passing our windows.

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