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A Wash Out

Quakertown, PA, Oct. 2, 2012, Charlottesville, VA, Oct. 3, 2012

overcast 81 °F

Yesterday was pretty much a wash out. My brother, Steve, came over to visit for a while in the morning before going to work. We were glad to be able to get together with him again before heading south. It was raining and continued to rain steadily all day, so we took a time out and stayed put. It was pretty chilly, also, only in the 50s.
We slept in a bit today and finally left, in the rain again, about 9:30 am. On the way we decided to go to Charlottesville, VA, where Monticello is. We traveled through Pennsylvania (that took forever!), Maryland, West Virginia and into Virginia. It turned out to be about 345 miles, but we are staying for 2 nights. There wasn't much rain, but we did have fog and it was overcast for most of the trip. We had some mountains to go over, but nothing too bad, so the trip was fine. Our campground is fine, nothing special, nicely wooded, which will be good if it gets hot again. Had to use the A/C today when we arrived because it was so humid:(
The big surprise today was the temperature. We had a high of 81°, something we haven't seen in quite a while! I'm not really looking forward to the not temps again, as I have been enjoying the fall weather. Oh well.

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Military and Motorcycles

Quakertown, PA, October 1, 2012

sunny 73 °F

Our drive was only 135 miles yesterday, so we arrived in time to have lunch at the camper, then we headed out. Quakertown. PA is a cute little town, but didn't have anything much to visit. There is an old-fashioned 5&10 Store that we enjoyed, though.
Our campsite in Quakertown

Our campsite in Quakertown

Downtown Quakertown

Downtown Quakertown

Five and Dime Store prices of the past.

Five and Dime Store prices of the past.


My brother is living near Valley Forge and I wanted to use my pass, so on we went. Unfortunately, we didn't arrive until 4 pm and the main things closed at 5. Oh, yes, there was no fee to get in! We were able to get into Washington's Headquarters which also had a train station museum and some of the shacks that Washinton's Commander in Chiefs, stayed. They were an elite, hand picked, guard that now have become the unit that guards the Tomb of the Unknown in Arlington. At about 4:55 we managed to get into the Washington Memorial Chapel. It is an Episcopal church with an active congregation. It was built in the early 1900s honoring George Washington's Service to his country. The chapel is actually on private property within the park. There is a self guided driving Encampment tour that travel throughout the entire area with statues and monuments. We stopped at the National Memorial Arch, dedicated in1917 to those soldiers who wintered in Valley Forge in 1777-1778.
Visitor's Center

Visitor's Center

Valley Forge National Park

Valley Forge National Park

Washington's Headquarters in 1777

Washington's Headquarters in 1777

Inside Washington's Headquarters

Inside Washington's Headquarters

Washington's Guard houses

Washington's Guard houses

Washington church circa 1915

Washington church circa 1915

Arch in Valley Forge NP

Arch in Valley Forge NP


After our whirlwind tour of Valley Forge we drove to see my brother, Steve. Right now Donna is in New Hampshire, so we didn't get to see her. Steve works for a friend of his and they make parts for motorcycles. They gave us a tour of the shop which is in Albert's 1805 barn. They have an amazing number of tool and machines, along with motorcycles in the shop. His 1799 house is also on the property, along with a shed and a pond. It is really a beautiful spot to work and live. When Albert's wife, Lauren, and children got home the babysitter arrived and the adults all went out for dinner. Albert and Lauren chose O'Grady's, a local favorite of their's. The food was delicious and we all had a nice time getting to know each other.
We had a beautiful, sunny day with temps into the low 70s.

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The Long and Winding Road

Florida, NY, September 30, 2012

sunny 66 °F

The rain last night was quite hard and long. We woke up to it, left in it and drove in it for about 3 hours before it finally stopped. By then we had left Massachusetts, driven through Rhode Island and were in Connecticut. From then we had lots of sun until we crossed the Hudson River in New York. At that point it started to rain again, but not much. We arrived in Florida, New York and got set up for the night. We did a total of about 315 miles today and they were pleasantly uneventful:)
Rain, sun and clouds. High of 66°.

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The Last Lobster ;(

Brewster, MA, September 29, 2012

overcast 63 °F

We were invited out for breakfast this morning, what a treat! New Hartford friends, Judy and Gary, live in Orleans and invited us to their place for breakfast. Judy used to run a B&B, so we knew it would be delicious, and it was. We sat for a long time and caught up, since the last time we saw them was two years ago. It was so great to see them and spend time together. We always look forward to it when we are on the Cape (Cod) that is.
Our CC friends, Judy and Gary.

Our CC friends, Judy and Gary.


Because it was Saturday we headed to the Wellfleet Drive-in for the flea market. Due to the rain it was cancelled today. Next on the list was the Cape Cod National Seashore. I was all excited about using my Senior pass for the first time, but when we arrived we discovered it was free day at the National Parklands! Who knew? I showed her my pass anyway. Since the beach shuttle was still running we couldn't drive to Coast Guard Beach. We opted for Nauset Light Beach and it was cold and windy. We didn't even go all the way down to the water, just looked from above. We did take a short walk at Fort Hill, though, and went down to the water there. Again it was cold and windy, with rain threatening.
National Seashore

National Seashore

The salt marsh

The salt marsh

Nauset Lighthouse

Nauset Lighthouse

The seashore on a rainy day.

The seashore on a rainy day.

Horseshoe crab with a friend

Horseshoe crab with a friend

The old man and the sea.(and his 1st mate.)

The old man and the sea.(and his 1st mate.)


We found ourselves with some time on our hands and we chose to spend it in Wellfleet. We couldn't remember the last time we had been there and there were a few places we wanted to look for. The town is a cute one street long with a great harbor full of boats. It's too bad it wasn't a beautiful day, because we saw a couple of weddings getting ready to take place right on the water.
Downtown Welfleet

Downtown Welfleet

Too rainy to be out on the water.

Too rainy to be out on the water.


I had the last lobster roll of this trip at Arnold's Lobster & Clam Bar, a favorite of our family and friends. Unfortunately, it was too cold to eat outside, but we certainly enjoyed our meal.
Score: Cholesterol 1 and Healthy Eating 0

Score: Cholesterol 1 and Healthy Eating 0


With all the rain we had last night, we didn't think it could rain any more, but it looked like it all day. We really never had more than a sprinkle, though, and the temp only hit about 63°. The wind made it feel even colder. Brrrrrr!

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Raindrops Keep Falling on my Head

Brewster, MA, September 28, 2012

Happy 10th Anniversary to my brother and sister-in-law, Steve and Donna.
I don't remember the last time I slept until 8:25, but today was the day! What a surprise when I woke up. I guess I needed the sleep.
We took a short walk to the Brewster Ladies' Library and I got hooked on the puzzle that was there. Gwen I needed you! Don finally dragged me away and we went to UNO for lunch. Don was dying for pizza, thanks to you, Bob! By now it was raining, so after eating we took in a movie at the Cape Cod Mall. We saw Trouble with the Curve and we both really enjoyed it. I actually can't stand Clint Eastwood, but he was good in the show. Don loved it because it was about baseball. At the mall we both bought new shoes :). A stop at the grocery store and then home for the evening. The fireplace came in handy today.
Clouds and rain with temps only in the mid 60s.

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