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Sylvan Beach, NY, September 11, 2012

sunny 71 °F

It is hard to believe that it's been 11 years since the attacks on the World Trade Center and the Pentagon.
Our day started out with some projects, Don painting a footstool and me doing some sewing. I have been saving the sewing until I had enough, so I started today.
Don's project

Don's project

Getting ready to sew

Getting ready to sew


In the afternoon we rode our bikes into Sylvan Beach and picked up a few things at Dollar General. I noticed that there was going to be a Memorial Service this evening for the 342 fire and emergency people that lost their lives in the September 11th attacks. It was a very nicely done service with members from 16 local fire companies and their trucks. A bagpiper played for the processional and recessional with a singer doing the National Anthem and Lee Greenwood's God Bless the USA. A firefighter read the names of all 342 lost souls and the American Legion did a gun salute. It was all done very well with sunset over Oneida Lake in the background.
Uniforms

Uniforms

American Legion waiting to do gun salute

American Legion waiting to do gun salute

Firefighters

Firefighters

Flag flying from a ladder truck

Flag flying from a ladder truck

Fire trucks from many departments

Fire trucks from many departments

We all had candles

We all had candles

Sunset over Oneida Lake

Sunset over Oneida Lake


If you are keeping track, we had all three meals at home today, but that is going to change tomorrow. Oh well, we had a two day streak! It was 48 inside this morning when we got up, so we used the furnace for the first time and it worked very well. We have also been using the fireplace in the mornings.
We had a beautiful day, mostly sunny with a high of 71.

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A Quiet Day

Sylvan Beach, NY, September 10, 2012

sunny 63 °F

We had some chores to do today like laundry and cleaning, so we did those in the morning. After lunch we headed into New Hartford where we visited with Don's brother, Dick at his candy store. Dick's son, Jon, is getting married on Saturday and everyone is ready! We visited other friends and then stopped at Ryan and Khristina's to pick up our food that we left before we headed south. Ryan was not home from school yet and we had a nice visit with Khristina.
The big news of the day is that we ate all three, yes three, meals at home today!
The weather was great, 51 when we got up, high of 63, sun and clouds.

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Just Chillin'

Sylvan Beach, NY, September 9, 2012

sunny 71 °F

This morning we went to see our friends, Sandy and Ralph, who are at the campground next door on the weekends. They made us a delicious beakfast and we sat and talked for ages. It was so good to see them because we haven't had much time with them recently.
We spent the afternoon just chillin' here at the homestead. It was a beautiful fall-like day and we enjoyed it before we headed out to the grocery store. Since our refrigerator had been turned off we needed to buy lots of stuff. Oh yes, I'm going to start cooking (stop laughing), so that requires food.
Great day, high 71, sun and clouds.

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It Was a Dark and Stormy Day:(

Sylvan Beach, NY, September 8, 2012

rain 83 °F

We had one last stop in the area before heading north today and that was Fort Washington. Never heard of it, you say? Neither had we, so off we went. The remains of the fort are located on the Potomac River, just a few miles south of Alexandria, VA. Originally the fort on this site was Fort Warburton, built in 1808-1809 to protect the national capital. It only stood for 4 years and was blown up by its own captain so that it could not fall into British hands.
Fort Washington rose from those ashes in 1824, but was not yet armed. Over the years the fort was armed and used during many wars, at one time being the only defense for the national capital. Also at the site are many batteries, a visitor center that was once the Commander's house and even a small lighthouse.
Lighthouse on the Potomac River

Lighthouse on the Potomac River

Ft Washington defends the city

Ft Washington defends the city

What is left of a gun battery

What is left of a gun battery

Ft Washington National Park

Ft Washington National Park

Officer's Quarters

Officer's Quarters

Guns facing Virginia shore

Guns facing Virginia shore


Finally it was time for the long trip home. We knew it was 425 miles, but we didn't know about the storms that were predicted. The ride was sunny and 83 until we got into Pennsylvania, where the weather started to deteriorate. There was so much heavy rain and wind that we had to pull off the road 2 different times because we could not see! This, of course, made the trip even longer. Luckily, by the time we got to NY the worst was behind us and we arrived safe and sound. Then we had to hitch up and move from storage to a site, unpack and set up. Due to the fact that the refrigerator was off, we didn't have much food, but we managed to find some soup and eat. We did have some beautiful clouds at sunset tonight.
Cool looking clouds

Cool looking clouds

Sunset in NY

Sunset in NY


It was a long, tiring day, but all is well.
The temperature went from 83 to 58, with sun, rain, wind and fog!

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Another Capital Idea!

Washington D. C., September 7, 2012

sunny 90 °F

Today was a beautiful day and we made the most of it! After a 20 minute Metro ride we found ourselves in Washington and headed over to the Holocaust Memorial Museum. We were actually one of the first ones in line this morning. We had only been to a very small portion of this museum before, so today we were determined to see it all. What a powerful museum this is! It is impossible to describe the feelings that I had as I read the stories and stared at the photos of this horrifying time in history. There are 4 floors and we were able to get through all of them, but I am sure the next time we go we will see other things than we did today. The mind can only grasp so much all at once. If you have never been there, it is a must.
The National Botanical Gardens was something we had never been to, so off we went. The plants were wonderful, with so many types and from all different climates. I love the carnivorous ones and the cacti the best, along with the orchids. It was great, but pretty warm inside. The Washington Monument is still closed due to last year's earthquake, so we tried to go up the tower in the Old Post Office, but we were too late. The building is gorgeous on the inside, though. We made a stop at the National Archives, hoping to do some research on both of our father's World War II service, but all of those records are kept in St. Louis. Now we have the forms to send in so that those records can be sent to us. Of course we went to the World War II Memorial, Lincoln Memorial and Viet Nam Veterans Memorial. The Sculpture Garden of the National Gallery of Art was cool. We got our money's worth out of our Metro pass, also. We even did a walk-by of the White House and the Capital Building, but didn't go to any Smithsonians today. It was nice to see something that we had never seen before, even though we have been to Washington many times.
National Archives

National Archives

National Botanical Garden

National Botanical Garden

Pool at botanical garden

Pool at botanical garden

Orchids

Orchids

WWII Memorial

WWII Memorial

WWII Memorial

WWII Memorial

Lincoln Memorial

Lincoln Memorial

Mr. Lincoln has not left the building!

Mr. Lincoln has not left the building!

A favorite shot.

A favorite shot.

What time is dinner, Mr President?

What time is dinner, Mr President?

Inside the Old Post Office

Inside the Old Post Office

The Old Post Office

The Old Post Office

Cool Pic, I thought.

Cool Pic, I thought.

Artsy, fartsy shot.

Artsy, fartsy shot.

Beautiful day in DC

Beautiful day in DC

Metro station tunnel

Metro station tunnel

Silver tree??

Silver tree??


The weather was beautiful and sunny, but hot, not humid, 90 or so.

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