Wednesday, September 26, 2012

Back to Rising Sun

Sept 21 - 30, 2012
Rising Sun, Maryland

Not too much to report on, a beautiful drive south, still going on all the state roads so it's sometimes a little slower.  Just before we crossed the Mason-Dixon line we stopped at an Amish vegetable stand.  Red or green peppers, 3/1.00, vine ripe tomatoes, 4/2.00, everything was at a good price and the truck garden was in perfect shape.  No pictures, as most don't allow that.

We are at Joe's sister Ellen and BIL Frannie.  They have a beautiful house on six acres that boarders the Pennsylvania line and a State Forest.  It's so nice to visit with family.  Ellen is quite the cook, I think she is trying to fatten me up a little more. Saturday we are going up to "The Cabin" on the Conowinga  River, a great get away place.  Ellen invited every relative within 50 miles.  Of course not everyone will be able to come but it will be fun to meet and greet the ones that do come.

We were here last spring so if you want you can check on the blogs and pictures from that time, 4/25, there are several postings.

Thanks for stopping by


Saturday, September 22, 2012

The Grand Canyon???

September 20, 2012
Canyon Country Campground
Wellsboro, PA

Today we left New York and the Finger Lakes Area  but first a stop at the Corning Glass Museum in Corning, NY.  I had no idea this was such a beautiful glass museum, every piece was ooh and aah, just breathtakingly beautiful.  We only had a few hours to spend there, had no idea it was such a large museum.  When we bought our tickets we were told they are good for two days, you certainly would need two days if you really wanted to see everything.

Beautiful fall glass items for $ale

Leaving New York and the Finger Lakes area.  The trees in the higher, colder elevations were just starting to turn into their fall colors.  For us to really see some color we would need to stay for another one or two weeks.
But the farms were nice to look at.

Next stop is the Grand Canyon of Pennsylvania, sounds kinda cool, so we thought we would go there for a couple of nights.

This is their grand canyon.  I guess we were thinking more grand and more canyon.  But a very beautiful area.  This was only about 65 miles south of where we stayed in Watkins Glen, so we so the sights and decided to stay just one night.

The town of Wellsboro was really cute
Main St coming into town, if you look real close you can barely make out some tents about a half a block up/  When we got up there it was a little farmers market. Found a parking space and we were there 

These are various kinds of eggplant, we bought some of the small ones on the right and grilled them on the BBQ with a little olive oil.  They were delicious.

Wednesday, September 19, 2012

The Stair Step Challenge

Sept 18 & 19, 2012
Watkins Glenn State Park
Watkins Glenn, New York

It's a good thing we had time to spend two days here since it rained so hard and so long yesterday, today turned out to be mostly sunny and a beautiful day.  Really needed an extra day or two here as there are several other hikes I would have liked to go on.

Today, after a hearty breakfast of coffee, egg sandwich and V-8 juice I was ready to concur The Gorge, uphill.  I have over 100 pictures, don't worry I'm not going to give you all of them.

Tuesday, September 18, 2012

Different Place and more Falls

Sept 18 & 19, 2012
Watkins Glenn State Park
Watkins Glenn, NY
Finger Lakes Region

It rained and rained today, had to slow down several times because of not being able to see the road.  We managed to stay off the toll roads again, and saw beautiful farm lands, not only beans and corn, but now we are into vineyards.  The closer you get to the our destination, the south end of Seneca Lake the more wineries, almost every quarter of a mile another tasting room.  We have quite a bit of wine right now because of the last two wineries that we stayed at, plus we still have a few bottles of two-buck-chuck.  Which is good wine if you drink wine every day.  Can't afford to drink the winery wines every day, save them for special occasions, probably once a week.  It's funny, when I was working I very seldom drank anything during the week, wanted to be sure I had a clear head for working.

Going into Rochester, NY

The little town of Watkins Glenn, NY

After the rain finally let up we drove around a little.  There is a deep gorge here with several hiking trails up the gorge.  We went to check it out and got a few pictures

 close up of branch from above tree

Water is just pounding down through the gorge, 
the water is lower because of very little rain, until today. 

There are 19 water falls in about two miles, tomorrow will be dryer and mostly sunny so I will go hiking up this gorge.  This is all state park, both sides of the gorge.

Thanks for stopping by, have a blessed day.


A Day at the Falls

Sept 15 & 16, 2012
Four Mile Creek State Park
Niagara Falls, NY

There are so many touristy commercial things to see here I couldn't believe it, and sooo many people, this is the end of September, summer is over.  Luckily we went 15 miles east of the falls to the state park right on the edge of Lake Ontario, nice and quiet and great for bike riding.

View from our trailer, Lake Ontario

Niagara Falls were just stunning,  I was here on a family vacation way back in 1964, the year of the New York's World Fair.  I guess that's kind of dating myself to some people and maybe not to others.

Just a few pictures, I'm sure you have all seen pictures similar to these.  Oh yea, we also went on the famous Maid of the Mist.  We heard someone discussing that the Maid of the Mist will be closing in two years. I hope not, I thinks it's been running since the mid or late 1800's.  Don't really know if that's true or not.

I was just a speck out there so I had to enlarge it.  I'm on the first of the Three Sister's Islands I had already cropped the picture.  This water in front of me is going straight over the falls about 1/4 mile away.  It will reach a speed of 35 mph.

Thanks for stopping by, have a blessed day and be safe out there

Leaving for Watkins Glen State Park in the Finger Lakes Region in the morning.


Monday, September 17, 2012

Last Day at the Fair

Sept 13 - 15, 2012
Part 3 of 3
Still at the Fair
Albion, PA

Warning:  Lots of pictures of a little country fair, so if you're not into this sort of thing, skip to the next post.

The parade started at the High School and came into the Grand Stands
with two Color Guards 

Northwest High School marching band, just look at those uniforms and hats.  After the parade they were off to somewhere to compete with marching bands

Another high school marching band, I think from Girard, PA, about 10 miles away

All kinds of tractors

Brand new 2012

This sled was used to deliver the mail back in the early 1900's

Erie County Dairy Princess

Representing a pumpkin patch

Northwest Maple Queen (they make very good maple syrup here)

Little cheer leaders

Representing 4-H

I don't remember the year of this fire truck, but it's old.  
It is in perfect order and can be used on a call

Brand new 2012 hook and ladder, extends to 72 feet, they also had a new water truck

and of course..... "Send in the Clowns"

Odds and ends of exhibits 

After the parade came the animal parade over at the arena
There were LOTs of animals, but here are a few 

look at her feet

I love the color of this horse

That's about it, Joe says thats plenty, you don't want to bore the readers more than you already have.  We had a very good time.  If you are ever in the area, this is an annual event about the same time every year and they have a great web site, that's how I found them:  Albion Area Fair.

Have a blessed day, be safe and thanks for stopping by.