Lobstas….yum!

June 29 – July 5, 2017
Timberland Acres RV, Trenton, ME

The countdown was on, there were only 6 days left of our whirlwind tour with Gary and Carolyn!! We had so many plans while here in the Trenton/Bar Harbor area and very little time to do it in.

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2lbs, wow

On the day we arrived and were all set up, off to the store Carolyn and I went scouting out lobstas!! We found them and were they huge, 2 lbs, some were even bigger, at $11.99 a pound, 2 lbs were big enough. They weren’t just good they were excellent!! Gary, in preparation of our feast, had brought the big propane lobsta pot, which all 4 barely fit in. The weather was just perfect for eating outside, slight breeze, sunny with fluffy white clouds.

Upon checking the map we decided to head out along Rte 172 down to the tip of the peninsula, over the bridge to Deer Island and down to Stonington, while checking out all points in-between. While trying to time our trip so we could be at Blue Hills Reversing Falls when the tide came in.

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Blue Hill Falls area

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tides out at Blue Hill Falls

This was an amazing and strange thing to watch for sure. When the tide is out the ocean water flows in one direction, when the incoming tide starts flowing back in the ocean goes slack and a short time later the water begins to change direction and slowly starts to flow in the opposite direction.

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the flow of water heading to the left

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same area with the flow of water starting to head to the right

The flow of water increases each minute and the current begins to pick up speed, you then start seeing the waves form and the ocean water starts rising. We were walking along the rocks when the tide was changing, we noticed that the rocks we walked out on were now covered in water, we were then making a mad dash back so we would not have been stranded. No one wanted to land in that water it was so cold!!!

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they were having a great time but the water was freezing

While we were waiting for water to change about 6 kayakers and paddle boarders entered the water to ride the tide and throw a football at each other. I think they landed in the water more than they caught the ball. It did look like fun as they rode the waves back in, heading back the other direction took muscle.

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Wild Iris at Schoodic Point

Clouds and rain arrived on the day we thought we would hike Cadillac Mountain in Acadia National Park, this meant there would be no good viewing of the coast line or the ocean. We opted to head over to Schoodic Peninsular along Hwy 1 and down 186 to Schoodic Point which is also in the Arcadia National Park. The peninsula has 2,266 acres about 5% of the Acadia National Park with two towns included, Goldsboro and Winter Harbor.

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Schoodic Point

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Schoodic Point

 

The point is 440 ft above sea level, with a very rocky granite shoreline with many volcanic dikes. It was awesome to see the wild iris growing around the rocks, I wonder how they could survive on salt water.

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Volcanic dike

 

 

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Gary and Carolyn

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Us and LaciLou too!

We didn’t get far on our drive one day when Guy and I spotted Mill Stream antique store, with very old free standing fireplaces in the window. There was no place to turn around so we kept heading for our destination, thinking we could stop on the way back. Once we made the loop we decided to stop at Bartlett Maine Wine and Distillery, our mouths were watering…we were so disappointed when we found out it was closed. Darn!!

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We did get to stop at the Mill Stream Antique store, checked out the refurbished fireplaces, all of them made in the later 1800’s into the early 1900’s. The man that refurbishes them is 85 yrs old and has refurbished about 80 of them which are for sale. The store was built in the 1800’s, the walls and ceilings are very old rusty tin, the floors were old oak and sloped in all different directions. The wall paper was cracked and pealing off, the stair creaked when you walked up, but what a treasure to walk thru.

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Guys favorite, made 1886, refurbished

Every year for the 4th of July, Timberland Acres RV, holds a free bbq for all who are staying there. This year Gary was the chosen singer to play while the bbq was held. The bbq started at 12:30pm and by 2:00pm everyone was fed, listened to music and gone back to their rigs. I think that was the fastest bbq party I have ever been to, seems like Gary had just gotten everything set up and it was over.

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Gary, singing patriotic songs

 

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any one seen red hot dogs? if you don’t want red or yellow dye these aren’t for you!!

Planning is everything when traveling…we are full time travelers….we should know better….don’t plan to be at a National Park over the holidays….everyone and then some are heading to the parks!!! What were we thinking??

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Stonington harbor, with fog in the background

It’s a great day…lots of sun, windy, not to hot…let’s hike Cadillac Mountain today!!! We decided to leave a little earlier than our normal time…as we found out it wasn’t early enough!!! The traffic into the Acadia National Park isn’t to bad…our spirits are still high…we get to the turn for Cadillac…what are the rangers doing…there are road blocks up ….no entry…full…what…this can’t be…we head to the next spot…road blocks…we get to Jordan Pond House Restaurant…road blocks…full!!! Okay, this was not a great idea..

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Stonington

We decide to leave and just drive along the island over to Mt. Desert Island and to Deer Island. The scenery is amazing along the rocky coast, the homes which are so large and stately, trees that overhang the streets, flowers along the road and in yards that are perfectly manicured, the different colored fishing boats bobbing from their moorings, the lobster traps floating over the waves. So picturesque and relaxing.

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the bridge to Deer Island and Stonington

 

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Stonington

With our travel day coming up fast, Carolyn decided to have a reset day, laundry and cleaning, while Guy and I decided to head up the coast farther along Hwy 1, the State Scenic Hwy.

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Guy and I were getting a little disappointed driving along Hwy 1, as there was not really anything to see, until we finally made the turn on 186, down to Jonesport, which is a quaint fishing village right on the coast. The harbor was filled with lobster boats, and lobster traps. It looked like the whole town was at the Coast Guard facility standing in the parking lot. When Guy slowed down we could read the sign, there was to be a boat race for the 4th of July. They also had a food truck selling hamburgers and hotdogs, where the line was a mile long.

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looking back at the town of Jonesport

 

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Jonesport

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lobsta pots

We could see a bridge that lead over to an island, the map showed it was Beals. Driving over the bridge we could view the water with the lobster boats and traps patiently waiting for the lobster men to return. It seemed that every house had lobster traps in their yards, some had a few while others had hundreds.  As we drove around this small village, we kept thinking where is the closest big town (we think 2 hrs away), we didn’t see any grocery stores, walmarts, dollar stores or hospitals. Both Jonesport and Beals must be pretty self sufficient or order on line for what they need.

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Our last night with Carolyn and Gary was bitter sweet, they were headed for the west coast, with plans to see friends along the way, and were excited to get started. We were headed for the Canadian Maritimes with Adventure Caravans and 20 other rigs for the next 60 days and were excited as well.

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Neither Carolyn nor I took pictures of our last night, we both cooked ribs, corn and had potato salad. We sat by the campfire with double chocolate and walnut brownies, reminiscing about our wonderful time together. It was sad to see them pull out before us, but no more than 30 mins later we were texting.

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Thanks, for joining us on our Journey, come on back and see the Canadian Maritimes thru our eyes. I am not sure how service will be where we are headed but will try to get a blog out as soon as I can.

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The Hunt Goes On!

June 23- 28, 2017
Moose River Campground, Jackman, ME
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The hunt goes on and on,  for the proverbial “Moose”, as we follow the “Moose” signs along the way, we have cameras ready on our drive from NH on into Jackman, Maine. But those elusive “Moose” were still not to be found. We followed along Highway 2 into ME then on up 201 to Jackman, which is 15 miles from the Canadian border. There is one road that leads to Jackman, the town is very remote and small, one grocery, one gas station, a couple of small restaurants. There are numerous ATV trail signs along the road, and a Polaris dealer selling and renting side by sides.

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the dam below the Moose River campground

The owner of Moose River Campground told us that there was an old mill and lake  with a dam where the campground is now. Not sure what kind of mill, it burned to the ground in 1935. All that is left now is the cement pillers from the dam. It makes for a pretty waterfall with the Heald Stream River flowing through and along the campground.

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Heald Stream River falls

Moose River Campground is the last one before the border, there are only 46 sites, 7 with full hook ups (30 amps) and 10 are seasonal sites. There were only 4 of us for the week, but on the weekends it fills up. I think the rain and the mosquitoes are following us as it has rained every day and we are getting eaten alive! If you kill one there are thousands more at the ready to attack.

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a field by the campground

With cameras in hand off we went to find “Moose”. If you are looking for a really great place to fish, this area is for you. There is water everywhere, lots of lakes and rivers. Other than that there is not much to see or do. It was a nice relaxing week for us, lots of campfires, cleaning and doing laundry.

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Moosehead Lake

We drove the only other road out of Jackman, (6/15) towards Moosehead Lake,  along the way we stopped for lunch in Rockford where the restaurant had a wonderful view of Moosehead Lake. I had already fixed Guy pancakes and sausage for breakfast so neither of us were hungry, but the seafood chowder sounded and tasted so good.

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Lupine

Since we have been on the hunt for “Moose”, every where we go we have seen all kinds of knick knacks with “Moose”. At one of the restaurants we were at,  Guy spotted a  moose door knocker, he really liked it and now he is on the hunt for a “Moose”  door knocker!!! We spied an antique store in Monson, and decided to stop and look, but to no avail!! We will keep trying as now we are on a mission.

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moose door knocker

When arriving in Abbot Village, Guy spied another store, “Moosehead Lake Furniture & Cabinetry, gift store”, this looked promising…yes there were lots of “Moose” pepper shakers, towel holders and plenty more “Moose” related items…but no knockers!

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Pine table top

We were very impressed by the furniture, made right on the premises. While we were admiring a beautiful table, in came the builder, Dominic. If we ever decide to build another house, we have decided to have him build us a dinning table and chairs.

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Continuing our quest for “Moose” we head towards Moscow, back to HWY 201 and home. It was late afternoon and what do we see but an ice cream stand…Yummy! The place is for sale, it’s a gas station, store, restaurant, and ice cream shop, $475,000!! We pass on the offer but do get ice cream blizzards, oreo and heath bar, and a root beer float for Guy.

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The upper part of the river leading to Moxie Falls

As we are heading on the last leg of our road trip we spotted a sign “Moxie Falls”, yelling at Guy to turn right…he was fast on the turn…our first mistake was no mosquito spray… Once got out of the car to start the 1 mile walk to the falls we were in trouble. We were attacked by mosquitoes like we were the only meal they had ever had…there was no turning back, we were on a mission to see water, we practically ran to the waterfall…hoping to out run those mosquitoes.  We were so glad we didn’t let them chase us away as this was a wonderful sight to see.

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Moxie Falls

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pool at bottom of Moxie Falls

The trail meanders through a beautiful area of pine trees and wild flowers, there are stairways and boardwalks with platforms above the falls. Moxie Falls is Maine’s highest waterfall with a 92 foot vertical drop that falls into a pool, leading to smaller falls, then continues downstream to meet the Kennebec River. We could not stay long to enjoy the view as the buzzing and biting were driving us crazy. Taking pictures was a challenge!!

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This is what a “Moose” looks like!

SUCCESS!! A “Moose” sighting!!!

Carolyn and I decide to drive along the last 15 miles of the 201 up to Canada to see a couple of waterfalls, the guys want to clean the coaches and trucks so opt to stay home. We found 2 waterfalls, and one “Moose” along the road. I was driving, and luckily no one was behind me as I slammed on the brakes, while Carolyn was yelling “Moose” stop, stop….back up…back up…I decided to turn around…Carolyn was snapping pictures…yelling… hurry…hurry.. speed up…speed up…I grab my camera…trying to take pictures while trying to drive the truck…she’s yelling turn off the wipers….speed up….you guessed it ….we scared him to death… two wild women..laughing and yelling… he took off at lightening speed.

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“Moose”

This week has been extremely wet as it has rained every day, we are living in mud, pine needles and mosquitoes. Since we have been stuck inside so much we decided that we needed a dinner out…Carolyn found Hawk’s Nest Lodge & Restaurant, in West Forks, about 20 mins south of Jackman.

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The restaurant was in a 3 story log building, the first floor was a wood work room, the restaurant/bar was on the second, the top floor had 4 large lodge rooms. What a great restaurant, atmosphere was just perfect, couches by a large rock fireplace, the table and chairs, and bar were all pine and made by the owner, the food was amazing. Guy and I both had caesar salads and mussels with garlic linguine. We also ordered Maine Blueberry Cheesecake. Yummy!

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stopped long enough on the trail to snap this cool tree

We are heading this week to Trenton, Maine just outside Bar Harbor. This will be our last week with Carolyn and Gary.  Then off we head to Herman, Maine and then on to the Canadian Maritimes.

Guy and I hope you all had a Blessed and wonderful and safe July 4th, where ever you were!

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Thank you for following along with us, come on back and join our tour of Trenton and then our trip into the Canadian Maritimes.

The Hunt is on!!

June 19-24, 2017
Timberland Campground
Shelburne, New Hampshire

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Watching the Androscoggin River

We arrived at our new home for the week into a heavily wooded campground. Pulling in we were excited to see the trees and firepits, but no sooner did we open the doors, we were bombarded with mosquitoes. They were attacking from all sides, in your mouth and nose. Poor Guy stayed outside to get us all hooked up, while I was very happy doing the inside set up. I did get out the spray with 40% deet, we sprayed like crazy…very thankful that those nasty critters didn’t like the stuff and left us alone.

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Androscoggin River

There was a walking trail along the Androscoggin River, just down from our site.  After our 4 hour drive we needed a little exercise, hoping the spray would keep the mosquitoes at bay. The trail was a loop, along the river and thru a meadow filled with flowers. The river was large and very fast moving, there were kayaks we could to use but the current was so strong you could be miles away in minutes with no way of getting back.

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walking thru the meadow

There was rain almost every day we were there, but luckily the afternoons were dry so we could have a fire…the hotter the fire…less mosquitoes. We never did eat or cook outside…we were not to excited to find out what mosquitoes tasted like.

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A fiddlehead…who knew you can cook and eat these…tastes like asparagus….hummmm

There are 2 other towns not to far away, Gorham and Berlin. Berlin seemed to be a dying town, most of the stores and restaurants were closed and boarded up. Gorham was a more thriving town, they even had a Walmart and a Dollar General. Carolyn and I had decided to go have a girls day…lunch and shopping…between the two towns we found pizza and chinese buffet. Luckily they had a McDonalds, chicken nuggets and burgers!! What was amazing were the signs that said “Lobster is Back”…a lobster roll for $8.99! At McDonalds?? Who knew.

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“Moose” tracks

For weeks Carolyn and Gary had been talking about all the “Moose” they had seen in this area, momma’s with babies, dads with big racks! They made it seem like we would see a plethora of “Moose”!!! How exciting was that…we had not seen a moose since Alaska about 7 yrs ago.

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“Moose” does this count?

We see one “Moose” in the trees, far, far away, we can’t see his face, he hears us, and moves back among the trees…does this count as a “Moose” sighting?…not in my book…

so far these are the “Moose” we have found..these don’t count!

We drove many miles checking out the area around us and even into Maine up in the high country where there is only one main road. We checked out many streams and rivers…so many I have almost lost track. Looking for the proverbial “Moose”, we even waited until dusk when they would be at the watering holes, munching on the grass. Nope no “Moose”.

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the skies can change in a minute on Mt. Washington

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the view from the top of Mt. Washington

Outside of Gorham is Mt Washington, the mountain is 6,288 feet, there are two ways to get to the top, the “Cog Train” or the Mt. Washington Auto Road. The cog train is $69 – 75 round trip, while the road trip is $29 for car and driver and $9.00 for each additional person.

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the view going down Mt. Washington

Yes, we choose to drive the auto road, which is not for the faint or heart. The road is very narrow,  no guard rails, the average grade is 12%, hard packed gravel road, very high winds, at about the 4,200 foot level you are above the treeline.

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Mt Washington

 

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the stairs to the top of the mountain enclosed in fog

Crystal clear days are rare on the summit of the mountain, under perfect conditions you can see the Adirondack peaks over 130 miles away. There are days you can see 60 miles to the Atlantic Ocean along the coast of Maine. The day we were there  was very windy and cold. The clouds would surround us the in minutes move on, one minute we could see forever the next nothing.

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One minute the fog was there then it was gone

The highest wind ever observed was recorded on Mt Washington. From 1932 was operated in the Summit Stage office during the storm of 1934, the wind measured 231 miles an hour. Weather observers staff the observatory 236 days a year, 24 hours a day, thru fierce, fast changing weather, heavy snow and icing collecting weather data.

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view towards Canada

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interesting facts on a tee shirt

Most of the moutainous area of Mt Washington is part of the White Mountain National Forest. The 725,000 acres are public property and is managed for its timber production, hunting and fishing and recreation.

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cog train

The Cog Railway was the first cog train in the U.S. and started its trip up the mountain in July 1869. There are vintage steam engines and replica coaches. A cog railway is a steep railway with a toothed rack rail, usually between two smooth rails. Trains are fitted with one or more cog wheels that follow the track, this allows the trains to operate on steep grades, 7-10% grades.

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the cog train pushes the passenger train up the hill

The hunt for “Moose” was still on.. we kept driving the roads of New Hampshire, down to the Kancamagus Pass, that reaches 2890 feet, over to Lincoln, checking out the views as far as we could see, and then back over into Conway. Cameras ready, eyes always on the look out…

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Ellis River (Stream?)

The NH map had little pictures to show where the “Moose” hung out, where waterfalls were located and even the old covered bridges!! With all that information we should be seeing so many awesome things…well, off we went to find Thompson Falls, it took many wrong turns and at least 1/2 hr to find the hiking trail. We prevailed and started our short .7 hike, along the stream, spirits high, after atleast a mile with no falls, we were all thinking we must be on the wrong trail…so we gave up…later we found out we had not gone far enough…

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pink Ladies Slipper along the trail

 

SPA_6085.jpgThe trail wasn’t a  bust for me as I found “Ladies Slipper” flowers all along the trail, I had not seen these flowers since I was a kid in Mass.

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MooseLookMeGuntic Lake

We even drove along hwy 17, into Maine up to MooseLookmeguntic Lake, (seriously that’s the name) timing our drive to arrive in the area of Errol, back in NH where the “Moose” have their own crossing signs….

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On our way to Errol we stopped on the Sunday River and found this awesome covered bridge, it was built in 1872.

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Sunday River Covered Bridge

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Sunday River Covered Bridge

We did find a couple of covered bridges but even these were hard to find..about 3 we never did find…oh well, there is always next time.

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Covered Bridge turned into a gift shop, built in 1790, Bartlett NH

We also went thru Rumford, ME, where we stopped at the visitors center to pick up some maps and information. Paul Bunyan was there with his blue ox, Babe. Paul Bunyan is a giant lumberjack in American folklore. There are tall tales that revolve around his superhuman labors. His character originated with the North American loggers.

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Paul Bunyan and his blue ox, Babe

At the visitors center Carolyn and I met up with 4 men just sitting in the office and talking away…they wanted to know about us and if we needed a partner to tag along! They gave us some great info on Coos Canyon.

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Coos Canyon

 

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Coos Canyon

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Coos Canyon looked like a popular place for a warm day as there were people in swimsuits climbing the rocks and swimming! There was a store across the street that served lunch, ice cream and had a gift shop attached. It was decided we all needed ice cream,  we sat outside looking at the waterfalls, in the sun and enjoyed the cool refreshing treat.

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beautiful Androscoggin River at dusk

We have heard that the best time to view “Moose” is between dusk to dawn. So we timed our drive so we would be driving down hwy 16 at dusk about 6:30. Drive slowly they said… so slowly we went down hwy 16 thru the town of Errol…heading back to camp.

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Androscoggin River

We are on our last day here in the White Mountain area, it’s getting dark we are heading down from Errol, it’s beautiful as the sun sets on the water, the trees look darker, you can see the reflection on the water of the big puffy, white, red and gray clouds, the many ponds with ducks swimming, reeds swaying with the breeze around the edges of the water, “Moose” prints in the mud, our necks are hurting from turning in all directions, our eyes have eye strain from trying to see thru the trees, we are hungry and headed for a pizza dinner, but where the heck are the “Moose”?

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Stay with us as we head into Jackman, Maine, while we look for the proverbial “Moose”. We will be about 15 miles from the Canadian border, with only one road going that up to Canada and the border crossing.  The big question is “will we find “Moose”.

Until next time, y’all have a very Blessed 4th of July holiday.

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“Snowflakes” and Much More!

June 14, 2017, North Beach Campground, Burlington, VT

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Lake Champlain from our campground

Our campground in Burlington, Vermont was in the middle of the city, behind the high school on Lake Champlain. Our gps took us off the hwy, thru town on some pretty narrow car lined streets, making those wide turns a very scary adventure. Looking down into cars and seeing the looks on some of the drivers faces…priceless!! You could see they weren’t sure we wouldn’t drive right into them.

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Lake Champlain from the town marina

The campground is really not big rig friendly, lots of low hanging trees with mostly tent sites. There are only about 10 sites that can accommodate a big rig. Our site had a very steep slope to it, after putting numerous wood blocks under the tires and jacks we finally had it level. There was no moving to another site as the campground that weekend was sold out, one of the workers saw our predicament, went to the shop and came back with nice cut up planks for us to use.

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view from the marina

There is a paved bike/walking path that goes along the lake by North Beach campground which makes it easy access to Burlington’s downtown and waterfront. The beach area is for public use with a pavilion and bbq’s, play area for the kids, rentals of kayaks and paddle boards.

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downtown Burlington..Church Street

While walking around Burlington’s marina area, we found the ice cream vendor who sells Maple Ice cream cones…yes…we stopped and had a double!! Guy opted for a root beer float.  It was a beautiful, sunny, warm day so it sure tasted good.

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Church Street

We took a drive thru town and found Church street which is closed to traffic. There are numerous little shops, restaurants with tables on the sidewalks, vendor carts selling everything from soup to nuts. The University of Vermont is in Burlington so the town is full of students enjoying the wonderful weather.

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cute ski chairs along Church Street

We stopped at one of the most picturesque old grain mills, located on a small fast moving river. The Chittenden Mill, it was named after the first governor of Vermont. The inside has been turned into a museum for the “Snowflake Collection” and also gift shop.

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Chittenden Mill

For over 40 years Wilson “Snowflake” Bentley photographed thousand of individual snowflakes, perfecting the technique to keep them from melting. Snowflakes or snow crystals are difficult to photograph because they do melt so quickly, he would photograph the snowflakes outside to keep the delicate specimens from melting. Bentley developed equipment and techniques to take photographs of individual snowflakes.

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plate crystals

 

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Steller Crystals

He stood in the winter cold for hours waiting patiently so he could catch falling flakes. Once a snowflake landed, he carefully handled it with a feather to place it under the camera lens. From the first photograph he took in 1885 until his death in 1931 he photographed more than 5000 snow crystals, while gathering this large collection he learned that every single snowflake was unique and none the same. Each crystal takes on its own unique size and shape as it is falling to earth, there are many factors that cause this, temperature, wind, humidity, and up and down drafts.

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Stellar Crystals

 

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log cabin quilt made in 1830’s by Bentley’s grandmother (all by hand)

On our tour of the area we stopped at Smugglers Notch State Park. This is a mountain pass that derives its name from activities that were prohibited by the Embargo Act of 1807, which forbid American trade between America and Canada.

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thats one big boulder

 

Due to the proximity to Montreal the illegal trade with Canada continued. Fugitive slaves also used the Notch as an escape route. In 1922 the road was used during the Prohibition years to smuggle liquor in from Canada.

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This area is extremely rocky, the mountain is 2,170’ and is now used for mountain climbing, there are also many hiking trails with some very strenuous trails. The spur trail leads to the top of Elephant’s Head, as you climb you gain about 1,100 feet in the 2.1 miles from the parking lot.

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you can just barely see the climbers

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a closer look

We had heard thru the years about all the skiing in Stow, Vermont and what a wonderful place it is. It is a beautiful place, the town was pretty spread out, there were lots of restaurants and stores, but I didn’t see the attraction. Of course, I don’t ski nor will I ever!! I have tried it in Tahoe and Yosemite. Being afraid of heights, getting on a ski lift was terrifying.

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center bottom a climber with another out of site below

We stopped for lunch at a tavern in Stowe, and then headed to the Moss Glen Waterfall. The hike to waterfall was about was about 1/2 mile, the last part straight up hill. It was so worth the trip, the walk way to the falls was lined with flowers and ferns (as tall as me), part of the path you walked on wood as it was pretty wet and muddy, following the river on one side, as it was flowing over the rocks.

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Moss Glen Falls

 

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from the bottom of the falls

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After checking it out from the top, we decided to hike down to the bottom, once there, Carolyn and I took off our shoes, rolled up our pants, braved the icy cold water, walked into the river, climbing over the rocks, trying not to fall, trying to keep our cameras dry, to get to the bottom of the falls.

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There was one last big boulder that I climbed over but Carolyn decided it was way to much for her. We were disappointed as we could only see half way up!!

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It was finally time to get our ice cream from Ben and Jerry’s and take the tour!!! Jokes on us as we braved the parking lot, drove around a protest going on about migrant workers, and worked our way thru the people, we get to the tour line….with a sign that says, “No ice cream being made today”!

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Well, dang, all of us deciding that we weren’t going to spend the $4.00 each and not see ice cream being made. Off we went to the ice cream line…..we were about the 40th in line….looked at each other and decided we can go to the store and get it for less money. So off we went…..

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Every state seems to have its share of out of the ordinary, so found this 38 drawer structures that claims to be the world’s only giant filing cabinet. It was built in 2002 by Bren Alvarez. The tower is titles “File Under File Under So. Co., Waiting for…” Each of the drawer representing the number of years of paperwork that were accumulated while working on the project to connect Interstate 89 to downtown Burlington. The road connector was first proposed in 1965, it has never been built, and 51 yrs later is still in limbo.

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Gary and Carolyn had been to the Magic Hat Brewery and Artifactory before and thought we should experience it as well. I will say, I thought it was one of the coolest breweries and funkiest we have ever been to.

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They have a self guided tour which takes about 5 mins!! Magic Hat brews four year round beers, #9 “Not Quite Pale Ale”, Dream Machine, Circus Boy and Single Chair. They also produce seasonal beer, which is beer produced for a particular season. Seasonal beers are usually produced when the fresh ingredients are available or for special holidays, festivals or events.

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the entrance to the tour and the artifact hall

 

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looking down into the plant

As we walked down the halls, on our way to start the tour, is the Magic Hat ArtSpace. The halls showcase local artists and their work for 2 months. When a new artist is chosen to display their work, a reception is held to showcase on the first Friday of that month, to showcase the new artist. All the artists along the walls are for sale.

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cool way to show tee shirts

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the tasting room and sales area

The Magic Hat also sells their own brand of items, tee shirts, hats, glassware, sunglasses, bottle openers and of course their beer.

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art for sale

They hold events all year long, like the one coming up in August, “Wall to Wall Canvas”, which is a live art competition, the winner will win $500.00. Artists use wheat pasting, stencils, collage, spray painting, and markers to create unique pieces of art, the art will then be displayed along the walls of the brewery.

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art for sale

Since it was Father’s Day, Guy and I decided to take a drive to the islands off the coast of Burlington. There are a group of 4 islands in the middle of Lake Champlain, Grand Isle, North Hero, South Alburgh, Isle La Motte,  the drive was about 3-4 hours.

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this barn looks like it will topple over any minute

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cute antique shop

We were amazed at how beautiful it was, lots of big red barns, some in drastic need of repair, some falling down, but quite a few that were still being used. There flowers everywhere along the road. Guy and I wondered what everyone did for work that didn’t have a farm, there weren’t any stores or places to work, unless you had a roadside buisness.

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our view of Lake Champlain

We stopped for lunch at North Hero House Inn and Restaurant, they were cooking and serving lunch out on the grass overlooking the lake.

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LaciLou loves it when she can be with us…she had some of my fish tacos

It was an awesome view, the wind was blowing about 30 miles an hr, almost to windy to eat out as things were flying everywhere. But it was Father’s Day, everyone was loving the atmosphere, the place was crowded, the wait was pretty long, but there was lots of laughter.

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awesome old barn

What a great time we had during our time in Burlington. It seemed like it flew by and now it was time to head off to New Hampshire. So come along on our journey with us to Shelburne. Until next time have a Blessed Day.

 

Boldt Castle

June 9, 2017, Henderson Bay and Alexandria Bay, NY

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Our view of Lake Ontario

The week we spent in the Byron, Ny area was so packed with things to do and see, we really weren’t ready to move on, there was so much more to check out. Since Carolyn and Gary had already headed to Henderson Bay, NY, in the 1000 Island region and were waiting for us, off we went. Little did we know what an awesome area we would be visiting.

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our view on Lake Ontario

We actually were a little worried that our gps had taken us a wrong way again as we were making out way to 1000 Island Association KOA in Henderson Bay, NY. Heading  down a very narrow and twisty neighborhood road with trucks and cars lining the street, there was no way a car coming the other way could fit beside us. The view between the homes was awesome, we were on a hill looking down at Lake Ontario, one of the Great Lakes. Once we got down to the level of the lake, we could see that the road across the water to an island was man made.

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hopefully it was strong enough to hold us

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man made road to the island

It took us out to the campground that takes up the whole island, after going over a very narrow bridge, it sure made us nervous, as we wondered, would it hold us at 51,000 lbs and our truck or would something land in the lake?

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The island,..taken thru the rain

This campground is huge, with over 200 rv sites, cabins, and tent sites. They have a community center, two pools, kids play area and boat marina. Before we arrived we had checked out the website and learned that because of all the rain the area had there was flooding at the campground and some sites could be underwater…luckily most of the flooding had receded before we arrived, there was still some of the island that was flooded.

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view of Lake Ontario

There had been rain while we were in Byron, Carolyn and Gary found that they had a leak in one of the slides…yikes…so the guys spent sometime on the roof removing the slide topper and finding the leak…luckily Gary had the proper caulking and tape to fix it. We have had rain since then and glad to report…no leak… the guys did a great job fixing.

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the boys fixing the slide

 

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side by side

A visit to the magnificent Boldt Castle on Heart Island in Alexandria was something that Caroline told us was a must…so off we went.

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Heart Island

Guy and I had no idea what to expect and decided not to look up any information on it as we wanted to be surprised….and WOW were we ever! If you are ever in this area it is a must see!

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Boldt Castle

You must take a ferry for a 5 min ride out to the castle, ( The cost of the ferry to the island was $9 each and the self guided tour was $9.50 each), We could see the castle from the mainland but the closer we got to the island the more beautiful it looked. The story of Heart island and Boldt castle starts out as a beautiful love story but has a truly tragic ending.

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the view of the Castle from the back side

George C. Boldt came to America in 1864 from Prussia, the son of poor parents. He became the most successful hotel magnate in America. George C. Boldt was the millionaire proprietor of the world-famous Waldorf Astoria Hotel in NY City as well as the Bellevue-Stratford in Philadelphia, PA. George decided to build a full-sized Castle in Alexandria Bay, NY on his own island. This castle was to be a display of his love for his wife, Louise.

 

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The grounds around the castle were filled with flowers

Beginning in 1900, Boldt’s family, his wife and 2 children,  shared four glorious summers on Wellesley Island, (another of his islands) while 300 workers, stonemasons, carpenters and artists built the six story, 120 room castle on Heart Island. There are tunnels, a powerhouse, Italian gardens, a drawbridge and dovecote.

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side view of the castle

In 1904, tragedy struck, Boldt telegrammed the island and had the 300 workers “stop all construction”. His beloved, Louise, had mysteriously died. A broken hearted Boldt could not imagine his dream castle without his beloved Louise. Three hundred workers laid down their tools, and the castle was never finished. Boldt never again returned to the island, leaving the structure as a monument of his love.

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Stone Gazebo

For 73 years, the castle remained vacant, left to the wind, rain, ice, snow and vandals. In 1977, the Thousand Island Bridge Authority took ownership by paying $1.00, under the agreement that all proceeds from tourists would be applied towards restoration of the castle and grounds.

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Stained glass ceiling in entry way

Since then, $15 million has been invested into the rehabilitation of the Heart Island Castle. The initial goal of the restoration of Heart Island was not to finish what had not been completed, but to restore the island to the state it was in when construction was halted. But it improvements have gone beyond that, with the marble floors, grand staircase with woodwork, stained glass dome, finished kitchen and bedrooms. Restoration continues today.

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George C. Bold’s bedroom

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Louise’s Bedroom

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Clover’s bedroom (daughter)

There are six structures on Heart Island: Boldt Castle, the Power house, the Alster Tower, the Hennry, the Arch and a stone gazebo. There are many walkways that surround the property and castle leading to gardens and lake.

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The Powerhouse

 

The Powerhouse and clock tower, which are on the eastern end of the island was fashioned after a medieval tower with a stone arch bridge which provided access to the powerhouse. The powerhouse was built to hold a generator which supplied the island with power and now is a museum to show how power was obtained in the early 1900’s. Due to the high water there was some flooding on the island, which was the case with the power house so we did not get to tour inside.

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part of the gardens that flooded

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The Arch that was to be the entrance to the Castle

Most of the rooms on the first floor and many of the rooms on the second floor are finished and furnished as of 2013. The basement has been left unfinished with just the brick and mortar walls. The pool has been painted and does have water, it is being used as a wishing pool as visitors have been throwing money into it.

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Alster Tower (The Children’s Play House)

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how the inside of Alster tower looks today

The Alster Tower was purposely constructed with slanting and uneven walls, ceilings, and roof. The towers construction began in 1897 and was completed 2 yrs later in 1899. The tower reaches 90′ into the air and has 2 bowling alleys, library, kitchen, billiard room and stage for Children’s plays. The upper portion of the tower was divided into bedrooms, studies and bathrooms. The tower is being refurbished with the first room being the billiard room.

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Dovecoat Tower

Dovecot Tower was the first structure built on the island. It is located on the east end, it housed the water tank and was capped with the dovecot. If you look closely you can see the actual perches and pigeon holes that were constructed for the fancy fowl the Boldt’s kept on the island. The Dovecoat had deteriorated so badly that it was unsure if it could be restored, but by 1992 it had been completely restored.

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Yacht House

The Boldt Yacht House is located on Wellesley Island (another ferry ride across the lake), has antique wooden boats, some from the Boldt fleet. The families 3 yachts and houseboat were in slips, 128’ long. The building rises 64’ and housed a shop that built racing boats and were quarters for the crew and staff. The bay doors, roof and windows are now being restored.

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unrestored basement

On the second floor there is a documentary film about the life of the Boldt family and the castle, it was very informative and interesting, it takes approximately 10-15 mins.

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unfinished basement

Once arriving back in Alexandria Bay, we all voted on an early dinner, Riley’s was right on the water where we could watch the boats come in. After dinner a walk thru the town looking in store windows and checking out the art gallery was perfect before heading back to camp.

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Sunset on Lake Ontario

The next day was going to be a long drive for us as our next stop was Burlington, Vermont, making it an early night for us all.

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Thank you all for following on “OurRovinJourney”, come and follow us as we spend time in Vermont. Have a Blessed Day and see ya soon!

Barn Quilts

June, 2017, Barn Quilt Tour, LeRoy, NY

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LeRoy Bicentennial Quilt Block

While staying at Southwoods Rv Park in Byron, I started checking out all the information on what there was to do in the area. I spotted a brochure about a self-guided tour of over 100 Barn Quilts in the town of LeRoy.  The brochure had pictures of about 60 quilt blocks with addresses of where they are located, and the name of each block. Wahoo, this was right up my alley, as most of you know I love quilting and even while on the road I have continued to make them as time permits.

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Emperor Tulip

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Hens and Chickens

Barn Quilt Blocks are quilt patterns painted on wood and hung either on barns, sheds or residential homes, sometimes even businesses. There are also quilt block patterns inside local restaurants, schools, and the local nursing home. Guy and I had also had made 2 barn quilt blocks while still in our house in Al for a barn of our friend, Loring.

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Jell-O Jigglers

The Barn Quilts of LeRoy began as a Bicentennial project for the town of LeRoy.  The first quilt, “Jell-O Jigglers” was painted in July 2011 at the annual Oatka Festival, it is featured on the front of the Jell-0 museum.  The goal was to have 24 quilt blocks painted and erected for the Bicentennial event of June 8, 2012. In less than 10 months over 70 barns quilt blocks were completed. The quilt blocks have come to represent the pride shared for the people of LeRoy, a town rich in heritage and a vision for the future.

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Nonesuch

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Dash Churn

The barn quilt block project has continued after the Bicentennial as more blocks appear around town and the surrounding areas every day. Each person that makes a quilt block and displays it has a story as to why they choose that particular block, it can be of their own design or a pattern from years ago.

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Lady of the Lake

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Dutch Dream

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No Place Like Home, Grandma’s Puzzle, Gather Round the Campfire

When we were in Marion, N. Carolina about 2 years ago, I wrote a blog (McDowell Quilt Trail, May 22-31, 2015) about the Barn Quilts in that area. So I was super excited to spend the afternoon hunting these down. Guy had gone to his sisters in California so this gave LaciLou and I the perfect time to head out.

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Carpenter’s Square

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This block was not painted but carved out of wood

This was just a small sampling of the wonderful quilt blocks I found, using gps and making many wrong turns, stopping on the sides of the road and walking thru many fields. Some of the blocks I could not find as easy as they were placed in the opposite direction and then had to make many u-turns. I loved the hunt, not so sure LaciLou was as excited as me.

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Windmill

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Railroad Crossing

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Diana’s Star

Thanks for following along, I hope you enjoyed this tour with me, until next time have a Blessed Day.

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Stained Glass

 

 

 

 

Letchworth and Niagara Falls

June 7, 2017, Byron, New York

Letchworth State Park and Niagara Falls

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Upper and Lower Falls with the bridge in background (being worked on) at                          Letchworth State Park

 

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a peak of the upper falls

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the bridge in the distance to view the upper falls, 200 steps down

About an hour south of us is Letchworth State Park, commonly know as the “Grand Canyon” of the east. The Genesse River roars through the gorge with three waterfalls, Upper, Middle and Lower, which are between cliffs as high as 600 feet, with lush forests surrounding the river. The Upper falls trail was closed due to construction of the bridge.

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Middle Falls, the largest at 107′ tall and 285′ wide

The state park was once the native land of the Seneca Indians. In the 1800’s W.P. Letchworth purchased 1,000 acres that he deeded over to the State of NY, making the state park 14,350 acres so that the park could be preserved for future generations. Letchworth worked to preserve the Native American history of the Genesse Valley. In 1913 the museum opened and includes Native American artifacts, photographs, with a movie that showcases the park history.

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Us at the middle falls

 

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if not for the heavy rain clouds the view would be fantastic

There are 65 miles of hiking trails, there are also trails for horseback riding, biking, and snowmobiling. In 2015, out of 19 state parks, Letchworth State Park was voted as the best State Park in the U.S. by USA Today.

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Glen Iris Inn and Restaurant

The Glen Iris Inn and Restaurant has been welcoming guest since 1914 and is the former country estate of William Pryor Letchworth and is located adjacent to the middle falls. Since it was lunch time, the vote was let’s eat. What a wonderful restaurant, with excellent food, Guy and I had onion soup and shared a burger (not your ordinary burger, onion rings, bacon, pepper jack cheese and an awesome sauce) Gary had broccoli cheese soup, sharing a monte cristo sandwich with Carolyn.

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One of the highlights for me was our tour of Niagara Falls!! The first thing Guy and I did was walk across the Rainbow Bridge from the American side over to the Canadian side of the falls leaving Carolyn and Gary on the American side.

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About half way across we noticed a group of people, police, camera men, men and women in shorts and tees, men in regal attire with plumed hats all heading in our direction…with a banner…as they got closer we could read the banner..”Torch Run for Special Olympics”.

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Wow, how exciting…I worked with Special Olympics many years ago with my friend, Shelly, who has a Special Son, Dustin. Shelley’s husband, Phil is a retired police officer, who also runs with the Torch Run for Special Olympics. Guy and I also, 40 years ago, had a Special Son, Ryan. So this torch run holds a special place in our hearts.

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There are many things to do while at the falls, one thing I noticed on the Canadian side is that its more or an amusement park, with zip lining, ferris wheel, with many large hotels with awesome views of the falls. The US side was more sedate, the one large building was the observation tower (no way was I going on that thing) it has a ledge you walk out on and can view the falls. There are tour boats on each side of the river that take you into the Horseshoe Falls, wearing rain gear, thinking your not going to get wet…but guess what if you are under the falls your getting wet.

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Observation Tower

 

SPA_5477.jpgThere is really nothing you can add to this experience…of Niagara Falls….so I will let the pictures do the talking…enjoy

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Rainbow Bridge with access from the US side to Canada ( need passports)

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The day before we toured the falls we had gotten some really bad news that Guy’s sister Robin’s husband, Rubuen had a heart attach while riding his bike. He was with 4 of his buddies and had a heart attack and died on the scene. We immediately starting making plans for Guy to head to California, plane tickets, hotel, car.

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Also, changing our reservations for our next stop, the camp ground we were in was full for the weekend, we had to move to the group camp area, better reception, for both the tv and internet and less expensive, a win for us. I took Guy to the airport on Thursday morning, the flight was 10hrs, his flight home on Sunday is 12 hrs, 2 stops both ways.

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SPA_5525.jpgOne day while Guy and I were walking around the campground we came upon a beautiful campsite, paved patio, storage house with patio, a rock carved statue of wolves, at the end of the street surrounded by trees. Something triggered in my head that I had seen this before but not sure where. The name sign said “Bott”…I looked it up on the computer and low and behold it was David and Brenda from “Outside our Bubble .com”. I have been reading their blog since they started their full time traveling. Guy and I have watched their videos and bought or done some of the suggestions they have made. I sent them a message, they walked down to visit with us and Gary and Carolyn. Soon we were all at their place checking out all the things they have done to their lot.

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Before you know it a party had been organized for the next night, with Gary singing and playing guitar, David playing the box drum. The owner of the park, Mike come down with his guitar and joined in. The weather was perfect, the fire was nice and warm, the 20 some people were truly enjoying themselves.

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Gary and Carolyn, left the next day, Friday to our next spot in Henderson, Ny.  Guy and I  caught up with them on Monday and we shall all continue on our merry way thru the east.

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the Horseshoe Falls in the back ground

Thanks for reading about our travels, come on back and check out where we head next, in the mean time y’all have a Blessed week.

 

 

Glass, Jell-O and Women’s Rights

June 2, 2017 Campbell, New York

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Glass flowers (Corning Glass Museum)

There is so much to see and do on our schedule for the next few months, I’m having a hard time keeping things in order, like what did we do yesterday or where are we now. But, I’m okay with that as this is what our journey is all about.  If I didn’t have pictures to remind me, it all becomes jumbled in my head…with that being said…here is some of the cool things we have done and seen…in part one of two parts…

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contemporary gondolas of Italy (corning glass museum)

We left Freehold, NJ leaving Carolyn and Gary at the repair shop with their coach, and  headed to Campbell, NY, about a 264 mile drive. I wish I had thought to take pictures everytime we changed states, we went from NJ to Ny to Pa back to Ny and Pa finally to Ny for the last time, all this to stay off the toll roads. All the while my friend Kelley was giving directions from her home in Dorothy, NJ.

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contemporary glass bunny at Corning Glass Museum

Taking a day trip up along Seneca Lake, one of the Finger Lakes in NY, we stopped at the Chequaga, (She-qua-ga) Falls. Which is a Native American name meaning “Tumbling Waters” and were in the middle of Montour Falls, Ny. The falls were up behind the town nestled between two very large older homes. I could just imagine sitting in their backyard, sipping wine and listening to the sound of the rushing falling water.

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The Corning Museum of Glass, Corning, NY, was a point of interest for Carolyn and I but the guys, not so much. I will take the liberty of saying that once we were touring the museum they changed their minds. I think the interactive area that showed how glass performed in different ways, how it broke or not, how light travels thru glass, how sound travels,  watching a blown glass demonstration and they were hooked.

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making a wine goblet

This is a glass ellipsoid..there is one on each end, it is an egg shaped theater. Two people, one at each end, can hold a conversation simply by whispering. The ends of the theater act as reflectors, and reflect sound waves from one end to the other. Guy and Carolyn sat at one end while Gary and I sat on the other, it really was amazing how this worked. At first we were thinking we needed to talk loud but then go the hang of it and started whispering.

SPA_5235.jpgThe museum was founded by Corning Glass Works in 1951. It currently has a collection of more than 45,000 glass objects, some over 3,500 years old. The museum is a self guided tour, if you bring your iPad or phone you can listen to the documentary.

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for sale in the gift shop

 

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for sale in gift shop

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contemporary light fixture

In the museum is collections of Contemporary Art and Design, Flame working demo, an area of modern glass, paperweights, American, European, Venetian, Islamic, Roman  and Ancient Glass. On the main level is the Corning Glass store where you can purchase all types of glass pieces. We kept walking around wondering where were the dishes…they were hidden in a back room.

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thought this would look good in the coach

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how about this light

Arriving in Seneca Falls, we stopped at the “Women’s Rights National Historic Park and Visitor Center”. The First Women’s Right’s Convention was held in Seneca Falls in 1848 at the Wesleyan Methodist Chapel.

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Wesleyan Methodist Church (rebuilt)

This was the beginning of women demanding equal rights with men. Over 300 women and men gathered, debated and voted on The Declaration of Sentiments, a document modeled after the Declaration of Independence. The signers pointed out numerous discriminations: such as most women not having the right to vote, own property, attend college, or work professionally. Sixty eight women and 32 men pledged to hold conventions, employ organizers, and petition state and federal governments for women’s rights. By 1920 the 19th amendment was passed giving women the right to vote. There are still Conventions held in Seneca to commemorate the anniversary of Women’s Rights, one is being held in July of this year.

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inside the Weselyan Methodist Church (rebuilt)

One of our itinerary stops was, the Jell-O Gallery!! Did you know that JELL-O is America’s “Favorite Desert?”

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The town of LeRoy Historical Society operates The JELL-O Gallery, which was only a short drive from our campground. The town of LeRoy was the birthplace of Jell-O. It brought back so many memories of all the recipes my mom had using jell-o, like bananas in orange jell-o, or carrots and raisins, how about strawberries and bananas in Strawberry jell-o. Did you know that Jell-O first started in 1845, but never took off with people until 1902.

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The colors of jell-o painted as a quilt block

 

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on the porch of the Jell-O Gallery and the LeRoy Cow

The Jell-O gallery is filled with the history of the wiggly, sweet and shimmering, colored Jell-O dessert, the famous four flavors were raspberry, strawberry, lemon and orange. There are 18 flavors of jell-o available today. Some of the failures were Chocolate and coffee. In 1904 there was even a Jell-O girl, a 4 yr old named Elizabeth.

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Jell-O Molds

Every day 758,012 packages of Jell-O gelatin are purchased in the US

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4 most favorite flavors

Every second 9 boxes of Jello-O are purchased in the US

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and you too could have a Jell-o tee shirt

They say you could serve Jell-O, 69,089 ways over the course of 189 years and still not exhaust all the possibilities of ways to eat jell-O.

Downstairs from the Jell-O gallery the Society has an exhibit, “On The Road, a Navigational Museum”. The exhibit offers over 100 years of transportation, ox drawn carts, as well as a 1908 Cadillac. You can see both museums for the coast of $5.00.

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One day we headed to the town of Lockport which is along the Erie Canal and is also part of the wine trail. Two things that were on the agenda was to go see the locks, and do some wine tasting…Guy deciding to be our DD (designated driver). Our first stop was the “Honeymoon Trail Winery”, such a cute place, loved all the flowers.SPA_5320.jpg

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Honeymoon Trail Winery

Yes, there was some wine tasting while we were there, Gary and Carolyn bought a bottle of wine each. Guess what, it was also lunch time…the wine server suggested a tavern in Youngstown about 11 miles away. We were skeptical at first, but to our surprise, we all had the best wings, fries and water!!

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Next on the list were the locks in town, along with the “Flight of Five Winery”. We walked into the winery looked around, admired beautiful room, and decided not to do a taste test, their wine was sweet. Guy and I like more of the dry wines.

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The US flag with only 48 stars

The one thing that caught my eye was the flag hanging on the wall, it has 48 stars, it was made before Arizona became the 48th state on Feb 14, 1912 and when Alaska joined on January 3, 1959. SPA_5351.jpg

The Erie Canal was constructed in three stages. the original Erie Canal was built in 1817-1825 and then enlarged in 1835-1862. The original builders constructed a flight of five doubled locks to lower easterly and raise westerly bound boats some 60 feet. The locks were replaced and improved between 1910 and 1914. The northern set of the Lockport Five was left intact and used today as a spillway. The locks are now used mostly for recreational watercraft.

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The Erie Canal provided a route west for immigrants and settlers. Villages, towns and cities were born along its route helping commerce to spread from The Hudson Valley to the Midwest. Of course, after a tour there must be food..what did we find but the “Lake Effect Artisan Ice Cream Shoppe” It was excellent I must say, they did not have your normal flavors and wish I had written down the names as now I can’t remember them.SPA_5366.jpg

Well, if your not tired from reading this long blog, wait until the next one where we head to the “Grand Canyon” of the east, then on to Niagara Falls.

So have a blessed week and come on back and read up on our travels with our side kicks.

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My favorite flower

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Tolls, Tolls and more Tolls

May 26-June 2,  2017

Freehold, New Jersey

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The Rover nestled in at Turkey Swamp Campground

Holy Mollie, driving on the turnpikes in Pennsylvania, New Jersey and New York are sure expensive, wish we had kept a total of what we spent! The most expensive was $68.00, the others were between $5.00 to 10.00!! We had purchased the fast pass for $40.00 and of course, when we tried to register it on line we couldn’t. It said we needed to purchase the commercial pass since we weigh over 15,000 lbs. (Our coach alone weighs 51,000 lbs). Needless to say we now have to stop at all the toll booths and pay cash. Yuck!!

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Memorial Day Weekend we were at the Turkey Swamp Campground, right in the middle of Freehold, New Jersey. What a great campground, very large level sites, with lots of trees, all pull thru, water/electirc with a dump station. The down side was low hanging trees that scrapped the sides of the coach, as we drove to our site. The water spigot was about 75 feet away which required several hoses. With all the trees there was no tv but great internet. This park was huge, with lots of grassy areas for large functions, a lake for fishing, paddle boats for rent, but no swimming.

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Turkey Swamp Lake

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the swampy area, I kept waiting for the alligators to pop up

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The shady road in with low hanging trees

While we were waiting for Gary and Carolyn to arrive from Gary’s dads house in Ohio, Bill and Kelly (friends from our Rv Dreams Rally in 2014) drove the 2 hours from Dorothy, New Jersey, to come visit us. We had not seen them since we were in Gulf Shores, AL, the year before. It was so good to see them and catch up and of course, we were all hungry, so off to their favorite pizza restaurant, Federicis in the town of Freehold!! Yummy!!

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Guy, Sue and Bill, Kelly

We all ordered large pizzas, thinking about all the leftovers…LOL!! The pizza is very thin crust that gets nice and crispy with no soggy crust!! Guy and I had garlic, roasted red peppers, sausage and pepperoni.  Kelly and Bill decided on roasted red peppers, sausage, mushrooms. Needless to say there were no leftovers!! Our time was cut short as Bill and Kelly are camp hosts in the town of Dorothy at Country Oaks RV and needed to be there by 5:00pm.  We had already planned on spending their day off together on Tuesday so they could show us more of their home state of New Jersey.

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Yaniv, Sue, Guy, Eyal, Judith

When Guy worked for Seagate Technology, one of his customers were Eyal and Judith, who we had become very good friends with and love spending time together.  Well, we were very glad that New Jersey was only 2 hours from their home and business out on Long Island. Plans were made to head to their new house and spend the day with the family, Eyal’s brother, Yaniv and his family plus Eyals two daughters, both who just graduated from college, one as a doctor.

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The Freedom Tower, in downtown NY,  thru the telescope, about 20 miles away

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The views from Eyal and Judiths home on the bay…looking towards New York

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The Crosstown Bridge in the distance

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looking back at Eyal and Judith’s home

Arriving back at Turkey Swamp, Gary and Carolyn had finally arrived and were sitting out by the fire under their awning as it was pouring. Since it was cold and wet staying by the fire did not last long. We did not see them much that week as they had lots of commitments in New York, taking furniture and supplies to their granddaughter’s new apartment, their daughter and granddaughter arriving from Fl, out to dinner with their aunt and uncle. As well as having their coach worked on thru all that.

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watching candy making

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this was an awesome candy store on the boardwalk

Tuesday, off we went to see Kelly and Bill. We were looking forward to checking out the Jersey Shore that we have heard so much about. Of course, did we get a nice sunny day…no…it was raining like crazy! There was a break in the rain so Bill and Kelly walked us around their summer camp home. The 4 of us then headed down to Cape May, of course it was raining, so we just drove around looking at some awesome homes and area! A decision was made that lunch with a view of the ocean was a must.  Kelly checked where to go and found, McGlades on the pier. It was to cold to eat outside, the warmth of the inside called us, there were big  windows with a great view of the ocean.  Fish and chips were chosen by 3 of us, except Guy who decided on clam chowder and a crab cake sandwich,  once again all  of us finishing everything down to the last french fry!

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Jersey shore boardwalk

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Boardwalk

We decided that rain or not we were walking the board walk…but first.. ice cream was a must…at Kohr Bros, Guy, Kelly and I had an orange/vanilla twist while Bill decided on the peanut butter/chocolate. Standing under the cover of the Music Pier looking down the board walk, watching the ocean, freezing, trying to stay dry eating ice cream….how cool is that?

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With a 2 hour drive back and not really wanting to drive in the dark with roads we didn’t know, Guy decided it was time to head back to Country Oaks. It was hard saying “Good Bye”, but as we always say, in this life style, we don’t know when our paths will cross again. I think I will not say Good Bye anymore but “See ya on down the Road”

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After a nice week at Turkey Swamp it was time to head up to Corning, New York, on our journey with Gary and Carolyn. There was a slight snag as their coach was still being worked on and a few new issues were found. We agreed to head out and they would meet up with us later that night. It turned out to be a very late night for them as they didn’t pull in until almost 10:00pm.

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The Jersey Shore

Y’all have a Blessed week and stay tuned into “OurRovinJourney” as we travel with our side kicks into the east coast area.

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Fallingwaters

May 13 – 26, 2017
Lancaster, Ohio
Ohiopyle, PA

Amazing, Amazing we were in and out of the REV service center in 3 days, a new record for us!!! We were doing the happy dance with our new found freedom!! The coach has had all its issues fixed and after 3 years we finally think (don’t want to say it to loud) we have gotten all the bugs out and feel a little more confident that we won’t be going back to soon.

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Lancaster, Ohio

While, Guy and I were sitting outside our coach at Camp Service,  a couple walked by with a telescoping pole and bottles of cleaner, we weren’t sure what was happening but thought they were cleaning coaches. When they walked back by us, we started chatting and found out their names were David and Diane from Dillburg, PA and they were just showing others a new product they had found for cleaning. We stuck up a conversation which lasted for the 3 days and even as we pulled out on Saturday and left them behind, wishing we had more time to spend with them. What is so wonderful about this life is the people you meet and hopefully stay in touch with.

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Love the flowering tree, Lancaster, Ohio

Not knowing how long we would be at Camp Service we did not have reservations until May 15, where would be staying for 10 days in Ohiopyle, Pa.  We decided Lancaster, Ohio was half way to Ohiopyle, so it was decided that Lancaster was our next stop, an easy 3 hr drive.

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Lancaster, Ohio

Lancaster, turned out to be a seasonal campground (you pay for the season and leave your RV). The campground was on a sweet little lake, with a trail around the perimeter. They had a swimming beach, paddle boats and fishing docks. We decided to stay 3 days to just relax and drive around the area, there wasn’t much to see, the kayak and water trip companies had not opened for the season, bike rentals were also not in operation. We saw lots of wide open areas with beautiful farms and barns, lots of greenery and trees.

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We enjoyed the wonderful weather, Guy washed the coach down, and played his banjo, while I took apart and repaired my Grandmothers Flower Garden quilt that a mouse had chewed on in about 8 spots. I had stored the quilt in a canvas tote, all zipped up under the bed, that little critter ate thru the canvas to get to the soft cotton material for its bed. It also left behind bird food, sunflower seeds and numerous other not so nice stuff. This quilt has taken more than 4 years to hand sew, needless to say, I was not happy.  I now am getting it ready to hand quilt while we are traveling the east coast, this could take another 4 years to finish. Not sure how my arthritis will do with all this sewing as each hexagon will be hand sewn thru the 3 layers.

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Grandmother’s Flower Garden

One of the first things I do as we are getting ready to head out to our next destination is set the GPS with the new address. We have been lucky that in 3 years she has not led us to far asrtray…with that being said there is always a first time…..I knew when she started telling us we needed to make a left turn in .5 miles, we were in trouble,  no time to check it out on my phone GPS and the map book I keep beside me.(I knew we had a few more miles before our turn), Yup, we turned… this rig is to darn big to make mistakes…we drove about 3-4 miles down a pretty narrow road with no berm, when she wanted us to make a right turn, the sign said, “steep grades and sharp turns for the next 8 miles” we knew we were in trouble… Luckily, a gravel parking lot was also right there and in we went. Upon checking the map it showed that the road went out of our way and over the mountain.  I decided to call the campground, who said “yup, not a good road, don’t go that way…turn around” That meant we needed to unhook the truck and turn the coach around and rehook up the truck. We made it fine to the campground and a day later took the road with our truck, it was steep but we could have done it with the coach. Better safe than sorry!

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our lake view

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Our view of the Yough Lake

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Our site

We stayed at the Yough (yaw) Lake Campground, which is on the Youghiogheny (yaw-ki-gay-nee) Lake and River which flows from PA into Maryland. The campground we pretty much had to ourselves! We were there for 10 days without internet, or cell service, it was hard at first but as time went on it was kind of nice to be disconnected. Guy did get in the car one day and drove about 5 miles until he could find a connection for the computer. There are 100 campsites with a few seasonal RVs, kayak/canoe rentals and small cabins.  Our site looked right at a finger of the lake.  This is a COE (Core of Engineers) lake and at one time the COE managed the campground but for some reason they shut the gates about 2 years ago and let it start to deteriorate.

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The Laurel Highlands River Tours and Outdoor Center took on a 99 yr lease to keep the campground up and running. There are plans for more cabins and campsites. Derek and his son Mike run the campground, do all the maintenance and try to keep people happy. They were both astonished that someone from Alabama found their little campground out in the middle of no where and kept asking us how we found them. I tried to explain how we choose where we go, like following the weather, finding either a lake or river, and we really like out of the way places.  We are also the biggest rig they have ever had come into the campground.

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When we were checking out the area map we found a spot that said entrance to “Fallingwater”. Not sure what that was but thinking waterfall….wrong…it was the famous “Fallingwater” house that Frank Lloyd Wright built for the Kaufmann family in 1935. The key to the setting of the house is the waterfall over which the house is built.

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The falls were a focal point that the Kaufmanns wanted as a focal point for their home. To their surprise Frank Lloyd Wright designed the house to rise above the waterfall and cantilever over the waterfall. “Fallingwater” was the weekend home of the Kaufmann from 1937 until 1963 when the house was entrusted to the Western PA Conservancy, the house with its original furnishings and artwork is the only Wright work to be in the public domain.

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stream running under the house

The area has two more Wright homes, “Kentuck Knob” and “Duncan House” which is the only Wright house you can spend the night in.

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driveway unter walkway to the guest quarters

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It’s amazing how the beams are placed into the rocks, there are no braces on the outer ends!

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The river before the house

The Fort Necessity Battlefield and The Mount Washington Tavern were not to far from Ohiopyle and on the National Pike road so we decided a stop was necessary.  Fort Necessity was the opening battle of the war between England and France for control of the North American continent in the summer of 1754. It was also the start of the struggle known in the North Americas as the French and Indian War, as well as the “Seven year War.” The war was also the first major event of 21 year old George Washington, and it marked the only time he ever surrendered to an enemy.

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Ft Necessity (recreated)

There is an interpertative center where they show a movie about the battle, and have scenes that explain more in-depth about the wars. The walk to the fort site was a short walk thru the woods, and was lined with spring flowers and opened up to a large green grassy meadow with the Fort in the middle. The reconstructed fort and palisades are in the same locations as the originals. The stockade, circular in shape measured 53 ft in diameter and enclosed a small storehouse. The overall perimeter was 168 feet.

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Mount Washington Tavern

The Mount Washington Tavern was one of numerous taverns along the National Road that served as stopping places for stagecoaches. It was written that there were taverns every mile along the National Road. The tavern was a welcome site to travelers, offering lodging, meals, news and refreshments. You can take a self guided tour of the tavern, they have two floors open for viewing, the rooms are decorated for the times with plexiglass on the doors.

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The Bar room

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The parlor

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Game Room

 

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One of the 6-7 bedrooms, usually there were 4-6 people sharing one room

George Washington was eager to unite the Eastern seaboard with the land beyond the mountains. Thomas Jefferson and James Madison helped make this a reality with The National Pike Road.

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The National Pike Road was America’s first federally funded highway and the first step in the development of a national road system. It began in 1811 and ran from Cumberland, Md., to Vandalia, Ill where construction stopped in 1839, this was the main road from the east to the western frontier. Today, U.S. 40 follows the same route as the National Road.

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You can imagine how surprised we were  when we happened to see wagons going down the National Pike Parkway.  We found out that since 1989 many counties in Maryland, West Virginia, PA and Ohio celebrate the 300 mile route with wagon trains rolling along the Allegheny Mountain and the Blue Ridge Mountain parkways  to celebrate and bring awareness to the National Parkway.

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Ohiopyle State Park is approximately 20,500 acres of rugged beauty, with 14 miles of the rushing waters of the Youghiogheny (yaw-ki-gay-nee) River Gorge going thru the park. There are 7 miles of water rafting which provides some of the best whitewater rafting, with a range of difficulty, Class I to IV. There are 4 waterfalls, Cucumber Falls which can be driven to, Cascades, Jonathan Run and Meadow Run which you can hike to. With it raining everyday for the 10 days we were there we did not get to hike to any of the falls.

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The Youghiogheny River, this is the main fall in town

The Ohiopyle area offers many summer and winter activities, snowmobiling, cross country skiing, rocking climbing, horseback riding,  27 miles of biking thru the Great Allegheny Passage, which connects Pittsburg, PA and Cumberland, Maryland, numerous hiking trails (from the extreme to the easy). The Youghiogheny river has trout fishing that is stocked with fingerlings throughout the parks many rivers. For those that aren’t that adventurous there is an awesome park along the river where you can sit and watch the water flow.

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Youghiogheny Falls

The Youghiogheny river meanders around the 100 acre peninsula called Ferncliff Peninsula, where Guy and I and of course our side kick, LaciLou hiked the 2.5 miles around the island, we were talking about how lucky we were that it had not rained… just as we were saying how lucky we were that it hadn’t rained and we were almost done a rain storm came thru, with thunder and lightening drenching all of us.

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When making our reservations to Yough Lake Campground, we received an announcement that the town would be holding its 3rd Wine, Craft and Music Festival on Saturday, May 20.  The flyer stated that we could prepay for our tickets, $50.00 for the wine tasting and free tasting glass. There would be 8 wineries attending and 1 distillery, Ridge Runner. The bands that would play for the event were, The Plate Scrappers, ( their new cd out is called “Dishes”), The Free Doughnuts and the Black Horse Band.

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The Plate Scrappers

Guy and I would do a little wine tasting, then check out the crafts while listening to the music. There were a couple of wines that we really liked, of course, we bought a few. A few days later we opened the one I really liked, a dry cab,  both of us wished we had purchased a case, it was that good. The drive to the winery was 2 hours and neither of us wanted to get in the car for the drive. We really liked the band, Plate Scrappers as they play wild bluegrass, with folk, jazz and heavy metal thrown in.

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the river going to Fallingwater

It was a wonderful time touring the area of Ohiopyle and Confluence, but it was time to move on, New Jersey was waiting for us. Kelly and Bill are spending the summer at Country Oaks Campground in Dorothy, New Jersey, we were looking forward to meeting up with them. It was also time to meet up with “Carolyn and Gary” from St. Augustine who we will be going up the east coast with for the next month and a half. We then meet up with our group from “Adventure Caravans” for our 60 day trip into the Canadian Maritimes and Quebec.

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the river going to Fallingwater

LaciLou says “y’all have a a blessed time until we meet again”, come on back and find out how things are going on “Our Rovin Journey”.

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