I did not have an entry for the past two days. But it wasn't because there was nothing to write. Instead, there was just too many things that happened, some good, and some bad.
Monday was a holiday. So four people, including me, decided to take a car and drive to Central New York. We had a very diverse international group. The driver was my Taiwanese friend, and I was the navigator. Then, there were two other passengers in the car, my Argentinian friend and my Pakistani friend, who happens to be the Argentinian's roommate.
We left Buffalo at around 8:45 AM. The drive took about two and a half hours, and it led us through the New York State Thruway. We were in the I-90 until Exit 42, which was the exit for Geneva, NY. We passed Geneva, NY and drove on Route 14, which is a road that traces the western shore of Seneca Lake, one of the Finger Lakes. At the lower tip of the lake lies Watkins Glen, NY. And in the village of Watkins Glen lies Watkins Glen State Park.
We arrived at the park a little before noon, so we decided to eat lunch before heading to the gorge. As usual, the Latino (the Argentinian) got caught up in a phone call, so when we finished eating our sub, he just started munching on his. Anyway, after a few minutes, we headed into the gorge. We followed the gorge trail, and the scenery was just spellbinding. I brought my camera with me, and so I was able to take spectacular photos. Of course, they will be shown in this blog later. But this is a preview of what we saw.
After reaching the end of the gorge, we went back by way of another trail, the Indian Trail. It was a forested trail, and it is not as spellbinding as the Gorge Trail. Aside from that, the climate was different as well. In the Gorge Trail, the air was cool and the temperature was low, but in the Indian Trail, the air was warm and the temperature was high.
Anyway, at around 4:00 PM, we decided to head back, but we stopped in Geneva, NY along the way. We parked our car in the parking lot of a lakeside hotel, and we strolled along the lake's shores. Seneca Lake was just beautiful, with all the seagulls frolicking around. This is a view of the location.
So, after spending a few minutes, we got back on the road and drove back to Buffalo. We got in at around 7:00 PM.
That was Monday.
Tuesday was a bit different. Classes are back, and we just made a rather sad decision. Some may know that I am a member of the planning committee of a student-run conference in the not so near future. However, we decided to cancel the conference, for several reasons. The main reason was that there were plenty of cancellations with regard to the presenters. I guess, what happened was that our conference was made into a sort of a testing ground by other graduate students. They wanted to see whether their work had caliber or not, and so they submitted an abstract. However, if they had the choice to attend to a national conference of high prestige, they would rather attend that than to attend to a student-run conference tucked in the boonies of Western New York.
So, there wouldn't be a conference that will be held here for this year. Too bad, but that was a rather wise decision, with low collateral damage.
Anyway, I need to get back to work. I met with my adviser a few minutes ago, and I had to do major analysis with my data. That means I will be busy for the next few days.
So, here is another of my photos from my Oswaldo Guayasamin Series. I cannot remember what these three panels are called, but again, they portray Guayasamin's style perfectly.