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Thursday, June 22, 2017

And We're Off... Southwest to Gettysburg, Pennsylvania





Eric, Adam & I are on the
road... heading southwest to
Gettysburg, Pennsylvania.











This is our son, Adam's, belated 35th birthday gift.  We waited one month for Gettysburg National Military Park's jam packed summer schedule of interpretive Ranger Led Tours.





Bands of rain move up the
drives west on Interstate 88.



"Cloudlets" linger on the
mountainsides as the rain
slows...

I like taking pictures of
farms.






Eric pulls into a Rest Stop,
next to the Kreider Farms
tractor trailer.






It's a quick stop...  We swap seats and I drive off.






Eric takes command of
the camera...





The signature shot of
his feet propped up
on the dashboard.




Frankentree in the mist...

This disguised cell tower
fools no one.






We always get a shot of this "out sized," man-made tree on our westward drive on I-88.






It's construction season.












Pennsylvania Welcomes You











I change lanes to follow
 Scranton.











We stop for fuel at the
Flying J Travel Plaza
in New Milford...










... & continue south on
Interstate 81 towards







Bridge supports in a bag...





Eric gets this shot as we
cross a bridge that's
 being repaired.









He snaps this photo for me.

When I was a little girl, I
thought this type of high
voltage tower looked like a
giant angry mouse.





Traffic is getting heavier as we approach Harrisburg.  It's time to swap drivers again.





Eric covers the last
leg of the trip to
Gettysburg.










Here's another "must take photo" 
of the bridge crossing the

This bridge shows up over &
over again on this blog.










Our drive takes us south










Gettysburg is just
24 miles away.












We pass farms.










Park's Visitor Center will
be the first stop of our
multi day tour of the
battlefields.










We arrive at Gettysburg







Eric and I stayed here in April, 2015.  It's just south of the National Military Park and a great home base for our visits.

Wednesday, June 21, 2017

Eric's Photography @ The Stewart's Shop on Broadway in Schenectady

Spoiler Alert:  It's marvelous!


Eric often walks past this Stewart's on Upper Broadway in Schenectady.

Today he came home with these photos...





















                       This Polyphemus Moth was sitting on the mulch at the front of the store.

This large moth is commonly seen across the United States.












It moved to the shade the side of the building....

I think the angle of the photo is lovely.


Here's the cropped image of the moth's antennae & 
its sturdy looking legs.

Shameful bragging...  Eric captured the moth's beauty and structure beautifully.

Change Is Afoot... Our Living Room Gets a Make Over






Eric's Euro Recliner &
the Couch in the
motorhome's living room.






They sit opposite our television on our buffet and our dining room table.






The colorful Serape covers
a 13 year old couch that
has become quite worn.






Not clearly seen in the photos: A repeatedly stained living room rug.  That's OK with me.

Eric and I went shopping and this is what we brought home....






Two Wall-Away Recliners
& an area rug












We lost some seating in
the living room.







Turning the driver and passenger seats around helps make up for this and everyone gets a comfy place to sit.

Draper High School Transforms into Draper Lofts Apartments in Rotterdam, New York

Six weeks makes a big difference at the former Draper High School in Rotterdam.




This entrance has Welcome signs.

Draper Lofts Apartments is booking
appointments to tour its model 
apartment & signing leases with
interested visitors.





The parking lot on this section of the property is paved and striped.






I have enjoyed walking here
to watch the building & its
grounds be re-purposed.










This small area is framed
for a concrete pour.

It will become a section
of sidewalk.









The covered fences around
this section of the building
are gone.



The light pole and lamp have not yet installed.






The area of the building that
includes the gym remains
an active construction zone. 







Earth moving equipment is
still in use.









Covered fencing stretches
around the corner... 

I look forward to seeing 
this portion of the building
rehabilitated for new use.


Come by for a tour and see what this section of Rotterdam, adjacent to the Bellevue section of Schenectady has to offer its residents.

Tuesday, June 20, 2017

Eastward Bound... To Rotterdam, New York

Today we retrace our drive from West to East on a beautiful, sunny day.






We follow signs to
the U.S.A.





Our last glimpse of the






Damn the window glare!







Eric wends our way into
the RV Lane.






After answering a few questions, Eric and I return to the U.S. in New York State.






We head east, across the bridge
that takes us over the




The Marina is full
of boats....

This must be a very
popular stretch of
river.







Eric takes the left lane
East to Albany.




We will pay the toll on the
Thruway (I-90 East) to save
about three hours drive time
to Rotterdam.










I just wish that our windshield was clean for this drive.






I take pictures
of farms.





The Finger Lakes Wine
Region is a great
vacation area.






The Finger Lakes is a beautiful area with many, many wineries and at least one Meadery to explore.






Driving east through the





A shot of the Mohawk 
River.











68 miles to Albany

My guess is that it's
about 45 miles to the
Rotterdam Exit.








Military Vehicles driving west.

My hunch is that they are 
driving to Fort Drum,
near Watertown.







The remains of the






Unfortunately, Beechnut refuses to pay for EPA ordered asbestos removal, leaving the site unusable for the foreseeable future.






Green plants are sprouting
in farmers' fields.











Region...

We are so close...


 I'm happy to catch this photo of a farm in Schoharie.







This is our exit....




Welcome to Rotterdam.

We are almost home.
















We wave at a motorhome headed west on U.S. Route 7.

Jerry's street is just a few blocks away...