July 2008


VIEWS FROM ACADIA NATIONAL PARK


Northeast Harbor

Exploring tidal pools along the Shore Path

In the village of Mt. Desert

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VIEWS FROM ACADIA NATIONAL PARK

Northeast Harbor

Exploring tidal pools along the Shore Path

In the village of Mt. Desert

FRANCONIA NOTCH, NEW HAMPSHIRE

Who needs to drive up Mt. Washington to get thrills?  We had our own walking version by taking what was touted as an “easy access” trail to the top of Bald Mountain.  A 1 1/2 hour simple trail that would satisfy the hikers and yet be light-hearted enough for those who were older (that would be me).

Somewhere there’s a bunch of park rangers sitting around with their coffee cups chuckling to themselves over the grand joke they’re playing on a bunch of tourists.

So we had steep climbs

Changeable weather

My husband, waiting out the rain

weak tires, faulty brakes, and astounding views.

It took us a lot longer than the time allotted, but the boys say it was the best memory of the day.

FRANCONIA NOTCH, NEW HAMPSHIRE

Who needs to drive up Mt. Washington to get thrills?  We had our own walking version by taking what was touted as an “easy access” trail to the top of Bald Mountain.  A 1 1/2 hour simple trail that would satisfy the hikers and yet be light-hearted enough for those who were older (that would be me). 


Somewhere there’s a bunch of park rangers sitting around with their coffee cups chuckling to themselves over the grand joke they’re playing on a bunch of tourists. 

So we had steep climbs




Changeable weather


My husband, waiting out the rain




weak tires, faulty brakes, and astounding views.


  


It took us a lot longer than the time allotted, but the boys say it was the best memory of the day.

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SAVING GASOLINE

 

My extended family just
recently visited our house; they don’t make it here often, but when they do,
they come in style.  My mother and
sister-in-law drove here in a pickup truck, but Dad and brother Brent rode
their bicycles—from
Indiana.


We live in Pennsylvania.

 

My dad is 78 years old.

 

When they arrived in town, we
drove in and met them at the local ice cream place.  My brother told me to be sure not to bring
the truck, as Dad would want to throw his bike in the back!  And yes, that’s the first thing Dad said when
we pulled in:  “Where’s the truck?”


 

Actually, they’ve both done
a lot of biking.  In these later years of
his life, Dad has bicycled across the
US, and trekked across all four borders of the US as well.  I
imagine he’s seen many many things that I can only dream about.

TOO BUSY FOR TOYS

It’s easy to find things to
laugh about; aren’t we the goofiest people?! 
For example, what is it with “occupational Santas”?  You know—those figurines of Santa wearing the
attire and holding the tools of a particular profession (other than his own)?

Fireman Santa

And yes, even the Real Estate Santa


Who do you suppose thought this up?  Was just one person responsible for
this funny thing, or was the social climate just perfect one year for this idea
to blossom in the minds of entrepreneurs all over the globe, and these
figurines just started popping up all over the place? 

“Oh, rats,” says one fellow,
“they had the same idea as I.”

BORN TOO SOON

My boys really missed out,
as far as shopping carts go.  When they
were small, there were no options while shopping with Mom; they just had to sit
in the cart and holler a little bit.

But now…what riches!  What glory! 
I can see the gleam of power in the eye of those children who today get
to drive the car attached to his mom’s shopping cart.  What joy! 
What triumph!  My boys would have
been in 7th Heaven.

Now shopkeepers have just
upped the ante on shopping cart competition: 
the video/TV cart.  Yes!  At a super-Kmart this week I saw a rental
shopping cart that has a television attached, presumably with movies or
some-such for your discerning child.

 

Just makes you want to turn the clock back, doesn’t it?