Saturday, October 25, 2014

Gathland State Park

A visit to Gathland State Park with MaryLou and Al!
The park consists of buildings designed and built by this man (on the left), George Alfred Townsend. The building behind them is a museum, but was closed on the day we were there (only open on weekends).  There was a tomb, ruins of a barn (made of stone) and more.
 We walked around the grounds and found the empty why it's empty:
 The sign above the door reads "Good Night Gath."
 Beautiful stone archway.
The Appalachian Trail crosses this park!  My first time setting foot on the AT!  Look!  I'm just like Bill Bryson!! (Read his book A Walk in the Woods for a good laugh and insight into man versus nature.)
The park offers overnight parking for those who want to hike overnight on the AT. There was a nice covered pavilion with picnic tables so we had a picnic lunch looking at the beautiful park and Fall colors.

The best feature of this park is The War Correspondents Arch.
More on that to come...

Thursday, October 23, 2014

Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Ten for DC

Ten pictures from our trip to DC this week with Al & MaryLou!

Jefferson Memorial on a cloudy day.
Mike and the Washington Monument.
 The Franklin Delano Roosevelt Memorial.  At 7.5 acres, it's the largest Presidential Memorial on the National Mall.  It's a lovely walk with statues, quotes to read, waterfalls and the scenery surrounding it beautiful, too.

A selfie with Eleanor.
 These statues had gone green but FDR's finger and the doggie's ear were like polished brass from everyone touching them.
 Al and MaryLou...and Fala!
Mike and Al joined the bread line.

The new Martin Luther King, Jr. Memorial was very impressive!

And here's Mr. Lincoln!

Monday, October 20, 2014

Monday's Musing...

Good morning! It's a beautiful, cold, crisp Fall day! Sorry, fair warning, I'm a morning person. I have about 10 minutes till I take Justine to school and about that much time before one of my house guests, my FIL Al, gets up for some coffee.  OH, and he delivers tea to my MIL in bed.  Boy, did she train him well.  

I just saw on Facebook a video (actually couldn't watch the video because it was blocked for some reason, but I really didn't need to watch) about a guy on a train and he gets people on the train to dance with him.  Maybe you've seen similar videos? I saw another one of a guy walking the streets of New York and he gets people to dance with him for a few seconds, then moves on to the next person.  Not everyone dances, but the ones who do are not always someone you'd expect to, and it's always heartwarming and puts a smile on your face to see such joy and spontaneity. Makes me wish I met these people cuz you KNOW I'd be up and dancing, no hesitation!

So here's my thing. When I walk, I walk for around 45 minutes-1 hour at a time.  It's really boring to do it without music to keep your mind occupied. I usually have something upbeat and fun, there might be a slow-ish song now and then...but I keep walking fast!  Yeah, so here's the my mind, while I'm walking fast and listening...I'm DANCING.  I'm busting the best moves while on the outside, I'm just walking.  And if So You Think You Can Dance is on the TV, then I'm the best professional dance you're ever seen...I can tap, jazz, ballet and modern dance with the best of them.
Maybe someday I'll do it...really dance.  Till then, I'm walkin' on the outside and dancing on the inside.

Friday, October 17, 2014

Friday Fun...Thursday in DC

We spent Thursday in DC with MaryLou and Al.  We parked by the Jefferson Memorial and talked to the Lincoln Memorial.  More pictures to come in future posts. Enjoy!!  
 My newly cast on sock and the Jefferson Memorial.
 Mr and Mr. Jefferson.  And some lady getting her picture taken.
The Washington Monument.  And us.

Thursday, October 16, 2014

Throwback Thursday

Three generations of our men taken some 15 years ago.