Traveling Home from Maine

Monday, May 15

We left the Myers just before 7:00 AM – in a sprinkling of rain.

It was early springtime in Maine – with very young leaves.

Two hours later we were in work traffic.

Then it rained again.

Keeping up with a Greyhound

When we are going through Hartford we are about halfway home.

That’s a nice sleeper

This one was being towed – not a good day for this trucker.

A cute rear window windshield wiper. 🙂

Inge, this picture is for you!

We arrived home to Mother’s Day cards and flowers.

I brought this gift home from Maine. (bird suet)

I love our creative children: A gerbera daisy (which grows well in our patio flower bed), suet for our birds, the promise of a restaurant date, and a date to see bald eagles.

My heart felt blessed.

Traveling Home from Maine

Thursday, January 5

We left the Myers’ house shortly about 6:30 am and were soon heading south on the interstate.

Sunrise created a pretty silhouette of these buildings.

Leaving Maine

By 8:15 we were at our usual stop for fuel and a McDonalds breakfast sandwich.

I think we have been stopping at this exit for thirty years.

It began because we enjoyed having breakfast at the Pewter Pot – which is no longer there.

Back on the road, Cerwin said, “Get your camera ready. It looks the truck ahead of us is hauling a train.”

I wonder where it was going.

A tug boat and barge on the Hudson River.

The sun was setting as we approached our home at 4:00 pm.

Thank you, Lord, for safety on our 500-mile trip.

Driving to Maine

New Year’s Day 2017

We were up early (3:45 am), out of the house by 5:15 am, and on the road for two hours by daybreak.

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Crossing the Tappan Zee Bridge (8:10 am) and seeing the progress of the new bridge.

We could see New York City through the bridge railings.

Traveling at bridge speed made interesting vertical markings on the photos.

We stopped for a Subway breakfast at a Connecticut service plaza. We had a coupon for a free breakfast sandwich. This seagull was looking for crumbs.

We began seeing snow in Connecticut.

It was a beautiful day for traveling, listening to gospel bluegrass, and calling in to our home church to listen to the sermon by cellphone. We have an auxiliary cord so listen through the car’s sound system.

It looked quite wintry by the time we reached Maine.

Some of the inlets are frozen and snow covered.

Other inlets still have open water.

We arrived at Mark and Diane’s (our daughter) about 2:30 pm. Hannah had fun sorting the K-cups that were sent with us by Uncle Roy and Aunt Deb.

I needed a 2017 photo of Hezekiah.

The Myers’ back yard

The reason we did not have a picnic supper. 🙂

Diane’s birthday flowers from Mark – for her 51st birthday on January 1.

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We enjoyed evening worship with Mark and Diane’s church family. It’s good to be here again for a few days.

At Trip to Greensboro, North Carolina

November 6, 7, and 8

Cerwin needed to do some maintenance on the Greensboro, North Carolina, chapel, but we had trouble finding three days in a row when nothing else was going on.

2-1Finally we decided to leave after taking Josh and Allie out to lunch on the 6th (see last nights post) and travel to a motel about an hour and a half away from the chapel.

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2-3By sunset we were enjoying the hills of Virginia.

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2-13aThis was the scene from the window of our motel room the next morning.

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2-16We heard on the news that there would be some local fog. We didn’t see any until we got to a valley that included a river.

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2-18Because of the hills, there were several runaway truck ramps on the down side – just in case a truck has brake problems.

2-19Cerwin spent several hours working on the chapel – checking that the vents were clear and clean, installing a new air conditioner in the living quarters, and painting the roof.

2-20I did some reading, got some delicious sweet tea (I love southern sweet tea.), then walked the truck lot – looking for colorful truck shots and praying for the drivers.

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2-21He saw me taking pictures and invited me to take his picture with their new puppy. His wife was working in the bunk area. When he asked what I was doing, I told him I was looking for good truck pictures and praying for the drivers.

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2-24aBack at the chapel, Cerwin was still painting the roof. White paint on the roof helps reduce the wear and tear of the air conditioners.

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2-28Then we were back on the road – heading north. I thought this mountain looked like a sleeping, snoring giant.

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2-30I love to notice unusual loads on trucks.

2-31I thought it was interesting that this old barn had a pretty red roof.

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2-33We stayed at the same motel as the night before.

2-33aWe walked to an interesting restaurant in the same parking lot. I ordered an appetizer of fried green tomatoes.

They made me want to watch the movie “Fried Green Tomatoes” again. 🙂

2-34In the morning we continued our northward journey. Because the Virginia hills are always spotted with cattle, I am often reminded of the Bible verse in Psalm 50: For all the animals of field and forest are mine! The cattle on a thousand hills! And all the birds upon the mountains! (TLB)

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2-35We came upon a traffic jam – behind an early morning accident that was being cleaned from the road. We learned that it was a lumber truck that rolled over and caught fire.

2-38There is a certain beauty in bare trees when the lighting is just right.

2-39We crept slowly north for about half an hour.

2-40Then we were moving again.

2-43I think we must have been near an army base.

2-44The crew was doing a flyover of some sort, because they were quite low. Maybe the pilot was in training or landing nearby.

dsc_0017The sight of Three Mile Island along the Susquehanna River is always a sign that we are almost home.

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A Relaxing Sunday in Maine and Traveling Home on Monday

Sunday, November 13

After worshiping with friends at Brunswick Church of the Brethren and enjoying a baked potato bar lunch in the fellowship hall, we had a relaxing afternoon at Mark and Diane’s house.

dsc_0691Now that the wedding was over, Diane had time to enjoy Anthony.

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dsc_0696Anthony’s mom, Abby, showing him something on her cell phone.

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dsc_0711I kept seeing pictures on Facebook about the beautiful super moon, but it was hidden behind the trees in Mark and Diane’s back yard, so I walked up the driveway behind their house. This is what I saw.

I had to wait for it to get higher in the sky.

dsc_0717Later, when we drove to our hotel in Auburn – to meet Nsimba and Elizabeth for supper – I was able to see it.

dsc_0723After a busy few days, it was delightful to relax with Nsimba, Elizabeth, Mark, and Diane. Nsimba and Elizabeth were staying at the hotel where their wedding was held before going to New York City for their honeymoon.

dsc_0727Mark and Nsimba ordered salmon for their 2016 birthday gift while the rest of us ordered other things that tempted our taste buds. I ordered creamy vegetable soup – expecting it to be something like I was used to in Pennsylvania.

Wow! It was the most delicious soup I have ever tasted. The vegetables were roasted squash and mushrooms and the creamy broth was amazing.

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Monday, November 14

dsc_0731After a good nights sleep at the hotel, we went to Mark and Diane’s to pick up Josiah, then after a  few hours, stopped at the Shrewsbury, Massachusetts, chapel where Chaplain George Freeman was on duty. It was good to visit with him while Josiah and Cerwin made a repair.

You may remember that we also stopped here on the way to Maine. Cerwin needed a part, which he got at Home Depot while we were in Auburn.

dsc_0736It was good to be back home after a ten-hour drive and see one of our pesky squirrels.

dsc_0738I think it is telling me that the bird feeders are empty.

dsc_0743By Tuesday morning, while doing laundry and unpacking my suitcase, I noticed the pretty daytime moon.

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I love family weddings and the excitement that goes with them, but it is nice to return to the routine of life.

A New Camera Lens

Friday, October 14

My Nikon 55-300 lens stopped working during the summer – no longer doing automatic focus. I played with it for awhile – using manual focus, but eventually got weary of that and took it to the repair shop. The cost of repair was more than we wanted to pay for an old lens.

dsc_8142Cerwin did some research and I talked to the camera shop tech. We decided to buy a Tamron 16-300. I love it. This picture was taken at 16. Notice the pickup truck outside the window to the right of the door.

dsc_8143I didn’t move from the spot – just changed the zoom to 300.

dsc_8145From the camera shop we went to Costco. While playing with the lens focus and zoom, Cerwin asked me to focus on his hair. Look what I got – from the passenger seat.

dsc_8155A pregnant cow.

After Costco, we took a few back roads on the way to have supper with Roy and Deb. She wanted to see my new lens.

dsc_8158The animals all seemed to be on my right – which was facing west – the wrong way for taking photos with the evening sun.

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dsc_8178Traveling down the Buck Hill – RT 272 south of Lancaster.

dsc_8184We were early, so Cerwin took another back road.

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Penn’s Cave

Tuesday, August 9

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Penn's Cave (3)Our group walking to the cave.

Penn's Cave (4)Waiting for our boat to come in. 🙂

Penn's Cave (5)The lights of the boat.

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Penn's Cave (7)The sights of the cave.

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Penn's Cave (10)We saw lots of stalactites (hanging like icicles) and stalagmites (growing up from the floor like statues).

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Penn's Cave (18)Meeting another boat

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Penn's Cave (31)This picture and the next two were taken at the same spot – with different lighting.

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Penn's Cave (36)Daylight at the other end

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Penn's Cave (38)The same elk herd we saw a short time earlier on the wildlife tour.

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Penn's Cave (48)Back to where we started at the boat dock.

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Penn's Cave (50)Thank you Kristen and Jere for inviting us to go along.

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Penn's Cave (52)Ian, Jared, Jere, Kristen, Jesse, and Jana. Josh was working on this day.

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Penn's Cave (55)It was an interesting, delightful day.

Traveling Home from Ohio

Sunday, July 10

DSC_2278It was obvious that the Amish in the area had worship services, because we met many of them as we began our drive home – shortly after 7:00 AM.

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DSC_2288This was not as comfortable a drive for me as I am usually familiar with, since Cerwin was driving the International Chapel back to Pennsylvania, and I was following in our RAV4.

DSC_2290I asked several people to pray for me, because driving for seven hours – mostly on interstates and turnpike – is a real stretch for me.

I don’t like on and off ramps or passing other vehicles. I like to enjoy the ride and observe things like animals, farms, people, and clouds, but I had to give that up on this day to follow a truck driver who likes to get from Point A to Point B as quickly as possible. 🙂

I did get a nice break shortly after I took the above picture – when we came to a detour due to an accident. Cerwin talked to one of the traffic directors to make sure the detour was workable for a big rig. The director suggested that we wait for the accident debris to be cleaned from the road, so we were directed to move ahead a few hundred feet to not interfere with traffic behind us or the accident in front of us.

My delight of the day was rolling down the windows, turning off the engine, and enjoying coffee while listening to the birds and observing the nearby scenery.

DSC_2295Before long we were on our way and traveling on I-77 South. It was a beautiful morning, and Cerwin tried to be thoughtful of the little red RAV4 that was following him.

We used walkie-talkies for communication every now and then. They were much easier to use than having to call each other on a cell phone.

DSC_2296We enjoyed having several street rods pass us at one point.

DSC_2301My favorite part of the drive was calling in to our home church (with my cell phone) and listening to the Sunday school class that is hooked up to a microphone – then listening to our worship service. It made me feel like I was right there. (I had hooked up my cell phone to an auxiliary cord before we left the motel, so listened to the services through the radio sound system.)

DSC_2303It was good to see the Pennsylvania tunnels because it meant we were getting closer to home.

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DSC_2310One funny thing happened when we stopped for lunch. I parked in the car lot and he went around the building to the truck lot. After lunch, he said he would wait for me to drive around the building to the truck lot. I went around the building on the truck side of the driveway thinking it would be easier for me to find him. He had parked on the car side of the truck lot thinking it would be easier for me to find him there. Thus I could not find him. 🙂 I stopped next to a rig and called him to ask where he was parked. He was on the other side of the truck where I was parked. 🙂

DSC_2312Finally we were on a road where I was more comfortable.

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DSC_23233:00 PM – eight hours later – I made it!

Thanks to everyone who prayed for us – especially for me. I felt God’s peace and strength each mile of the way.

On the Road Again ~ To Ohio

Thursday, July 7

Day 1 in Ohio (1)Yes, we are going through the Pennsylvania tunnels again – and heading west.

This time to Ohio for the TFC Truck Rally.

Day 1 in Ohio (2)I enjoy seeing farm scenes when we travel.

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Day 1 in Ohio (6)I also enjoy the mountains, rivers, and bridges.

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Day 1 in Ohio (9)We had about this much rain – a few drops – just before arriving in West Virginia.

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Day 1 in Ohio (11)Our trip through West Virginia didn’t take very long – it was about 15 miles until we saw the Ohio border.

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Day 1 in Ohio (13)Queen Anne’s Lace not far from our motel in Berlin, Ohio.

Day 1 in Ohio (14)A pretty arrangement next to the elevator in our motel – Berlin Grande.

Day 1 in Ohio (15)Our beautiful room on the third floor. This is the second year that we stayed here during the rally – and we will do it again next year.

Day 1 in Ohio (16)My favorite thing to do in this area is drive – slowly – over back country roads and see the Amish farms.

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Day 1 in Ohio (20)My favorite picture of the day.

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Day 1 in Ohio (22)We drove from Berlin to Kidron Auction to get a feeling for where the Parade of Lights would begin the following evening.

Day 1 in Ohio (23)The International Chapel was parked there as an advertisement for the parade.

Day 1 in Ohio (24)We went back to Berlin for supper – at the Berlin Farmstead – next to our motel.

These – inside the restaurant pictures – were taken with my cell phone.

Day 1 in Ohio (25)I was hungry for a taco salad, but wow, I didn’t need this much. 🙂

It was delicious, but I could only eat half of it.

Day 1 in Ohio (26)Cerwin ordered a small portion meal so he could have fresh peach pie for dessert.

Day 1 in Ohio (27)It was a nice relaxing – and delicious – day.

Driving Home From Maine

Thursday, January 7

Traveling Home (1)This is what the sky looked like when we left the Myers’ house at 6:20 AM.

Traveling Home (2)I love driving while the sun in rising.

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Traveling Home (9)About an hour and twenty minutes after leaving the Myers’ we were crossing the bridge from Maine to New Hampshire.

Traveling Home (10)Early morning industry

Traveling Home (11)Watching construction on Tappan Zee Bridge

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Traveling Home (14)Construction fascinates me. God gave amazing skills to men and women.

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We stopped at a rest stop just north of New York City that was filled with people – with very few of them speaking English. The man who waited on us at Dunkin Donuts could barely understand our English and we could barely understand his strong middle eastern accent.

As I was watching people, I was surprised to see a woman walking toward us with one breast mostly uncovered – then I noticed she was nursing her baby.

Some people were obviously tourists and others were probably immigrants. We found everyone quite friendly. I heard Spanish, Dutch, and a variety of oriental languages.

I told Cerwin that I felt like I was in a foreign country. 🙂

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I love road trips, but it is always good to be home – in our rural, Lancaster County setting.