It shouldn't have surprised us. We all know the passion people around here have for the land we call home.
But still it was a thrill. We needed two destinations to fill out our list of 100 Things every Western New Yorker should do at least once. Instead of just a trickle of suggestions, we got a mighty Niagara.
Marty Biniasz, local historian, was one of the first to weigh in. He suggested a ride on the Attica & Arcade Railroad, celebrating its 100th anniversary.
Don Vidler -- of Vidler's Five and Ten, one of our giddiest 100 Things -- tried to sell us on East Aurora's Knox Farm.
Culture vultures gave their two cents. See the Buffalo History Museum. Take in a theater organ concert on the Mighty Wurlitzer of North Tonawanda's Riviera Theatre. Visit the Herschell Carrousel Factory Museum, also in North Tonawanda. Three people suggested Griffis Sculpture Park in Ashford Hollow. Definitely unique, definitely a contender.
Several folks were passionate about the Whirlpool Jet Boat ride in Lewiston. Devil's Hole, the beautiful state park with its stunning gorge views, also got a vote.
Remember when the 100 Things enjoyed a Buffalo City Hall tour, one of our area's finest freebies? The suggestions that poured in reminded us that some of the best things in Western New York are free.
A sunset over the Niagara River can be beautiful any time of year. And it's hard to find finer architecture than you see strolling through the atrium of the Ellicott Square Building.
And at least a dozen people suggested the Slow Roll. That's the massive bicycle ride that wends its way weekly around Western New York.
Where do we begin to decide? By doing a very Western New York thing, which is to supersize things.
We'd like to invite still more suggestions. Just to make sure we didn't miss anything.
What do you appreciate that has not yet come to the world's attention, or even the attention of your Western New York neighbors? It could be something out in the open, or something under the radar. What destination's greatness would you like publicly recognized? What food, activity, or adventure best depicts the 716?
Speak now, or forever hold your peace as, remembering this opportunity, you regret what might have been. As we were told on one of our most memorable 100 Things, staying out at a bar until 4 a.m. ...