Friday, July 29, 2011

Finally getting close to home

Crossing once again the Ohio River as we went into West Virginia.

Still a lot of commercial transportation going up and down the river

A Pennsylvania inn. We decided to look further.

This was a British fort during the early 1700's and a young George Washington was here during the French and Indian War.


Pennsylvania landscape shots


View from Mt. Ararat, altitude 2900 ft. Significantly lower than where we have been but still beautiful

Some years ago we spent an anniversary here in Myerstown at the Lantern Lodge. We have been back twice now. They have continued to upgrade and improve it.
This dining room was the second floor of a barn when we were first here.


Crossing over the Trail
We arrived At Sean, Kim and Kaidence's home and were happy to see some hair coming in, and a sweet little girl. Her blood count numbers were quite good after this latest round of Chemotherapy.
A benefit is being held on August 20th for the family in Endwell NY. You can find more information on Facebook, search "Team Kaidence"

Sean and Kim O'Donnell

This truck load of fire hydrants was spotted on Rt. 81 north. A large dog pack was seen waiting up the road.
We plan to blog a summary of our trip as soon as we can get resettled.  

Tuesday, July 26, 2011

Just when you thought we were done......

Sunday Night Sunset in DeGraff Ohio. It stays light till around 9:30 here as they are close to the time zone change. After dark our kids loved to catch fireflies (AKA Lighting Bugs).
We stayed at Shirleys from Tuesday till Monday morning and are taking our time geting home. We hate for it to end. We will go through southern PA to get peaches and then get home Wednesday 7/27. It will be 55 days on the road.It has been really enjoyable and an experience we will not soon forget.

Barb and sister Shirley. She moved to DeGraff from Owego in 1948 after marrying a man from here. The husbands father was from Newark Valley and he married a girl from DeGraff. He was a friend of Barb and Shirley's father. No further generations followed the pattern. I didn't notice her eyes were closed till after I put the picture on the screen. We were long gone by then.
DeGraff was where we came with the kids on vacation often - only relatives invite 5 kids anywhere. They have to.
While in DeGraff we visited with our dear friends the Schlumbaums who developed a huge farm in Logan County. They are retired and their son continues to run and enlarge the farm.

We have added a few pictures of the landscape and farms here. This is actually rolling but it looks flat in the picture.

A lot of brick homes here as well as clapboard siding. Most places are very well kept. This one I would rate so-so.

I thought this was interesting, but certainly not typical.

Lots of dips in the roads. Once I had a flat in a dip and had the boys standing guard to warn oncoming cars.
Many of the towns have a nice center park in the middle of town with stores and streets on all 4 sides. Many of the stores here, like everywhere have been Walmarted.
We came across an accident.Two significant differences in technology ages in use by this owner.
Soon - help was on the way.
They came from Illinois, and Michigan as well as around Ohio


They were all 1914 or earlier. That was criteria for being on the tour.
Turned out none of them could help and he had to wait and not continue with the tour they were all on.
We traveled through Holmes County OH which is the Ohio version of Lancaster area, but not as commercial - yet.
Looks like a cut out but he was actually waiting for the owner.

Another farm enroute.
One of the ways they harvest and store hay. Others have huge block bails


This Amish farm made actual haystacks. No room for sleeping under these however.
Haystacks dot this field.
It was Monday and you may be able to see the laundry on the line. It's like clockwork on Monday. Barb and I remember when that was true in our homes as well.  I am sure many of you do also. Maybe you still do!! 
LLarry the LLama watchin over his sleeping sheep.

Wednesday, July 20, 2011

Southeastern Indiana and the Ohio River

On Tuesday we again followed the Ohio River through southern Indiana. We saw a number of tugboats moving freight up and down the river. About mid-day we turned north to go to DeGraff, OH where we are visiting Barb's sister Shirley.
We came through Madison IN which is truly a beautiful small city, very prosperous for over 200 years. The river provided a number of smaller towns with commercial opportunity especially before the railroads came into being. Vevay was another town which shows off its heritage nicely
Madison's main street
Homes along the main street

A mansion owned by the Lanier family. James Lanier became a wealthy banker with interests in pork packing, the railroads, and real-estate.He loaned the Indiana government over one million dollars without security to help the state avoid bankruptcy during the Civil War. The money was used to pay interest on the state debt and outfit troops. It was all repaid by 1870. The state, grateful for his help, has preserved his residence in Madison,  as a state historic site.
Main Street
A few flower shots. This was in Madison.



This eclectic table configuration sits on a corner in Vevay IN. The table is old steel parts. The chairs are individually made of wood, steel, cement and bricks. Clever, but probably not very comfortable.
We are going to remain in DeGraff for a few days before returning home and wrapping up our "Western Park Tour" I think it evolved into more than just parks but thats the name and I'm stickin' to it