Thursday, November 20, 2014
We have seen the dogs since that night. They bark at us from their motor home. That is against the rules.
Scout said she had a nice birthday. She received a lot of birthday wishes yesterday. Mom did give her a pedicure which Dad said wasn't right since it was her birthday, but she got half a hot dog as a reward.
We survived the cold weather. Mom wouldn't let us walk our two miles until today. We thought we should have done it yesterday, but she didn't think we should since it was below freezing. We saw Beckett's Mom and said good-bye to her today. Beckett had just completed his walk and was inside napping. It was nice to have another greyhound close by. We will miss seeing him.
The Greyhound Who Hopes Santa Brings Him A T-Bone Steak For Christmas
Wednesday, November 19, 2014
|This photo was taken in 2009 and is Mom's all-time favorite photo of Miss Scout.|
The Greyhound Whose Sister Is Now Nine
Tuesday, November 18, 2014
They had planned on eating lunch at one of the restaurants in Harpers Ferry, but since it took them about 3.5 hours to get there, they didn't have time. They ate at McDonalds instead.
The admission to Harpers Ferry National Park was $10. There is a shuttle bus that takes visitors to the town because there is limited parking.
Harpers Ferry is a town full of history. The following is taken from the History of the Town of Harpers Ferry: (http://historicharpersferry.com/more/history.php)
- visited by George Washington on his very first surveying expedition at the age of 17.
- was cited by Thomas Jefferson, after a visit, as such a beautiful spot that it was worth a trip across the Atlantic.
- was the starting place of the Lewis and Clarke expedition.
- was the site of the first crossing of the Potomac by a railroad, on the first structural steel bridge in the world.
- was the industrial town where using interchangeable parts in a manufacturing process was first invented and proven practical. - was the site of the John Brown raid which precipitated the Civil War.
- was the first command of Stonewall Jackson, who raised and trained his famed Brigade here.
- was the site of three Civil War battles, the major one involving over 30,000 troops on both sides which resulted in the largest surrender of US troops until Bataan in WWII.
- was a bastion of elevating African Americans, with the first real academic college (Storer College) to educate freed slaves in all aspects of higher learning, rather than sewing and other trades.
- was the site of the Founding in the US of the Niagara movement, which later evolved into the NAACP. - was a town which, despite unfortunate racism by some, way before its time encouraged African-American entrepreneurs, one of whom built and managed the fabled Hilltop House Hotel.
- was a major retreat center in the late nineteenth and early twentieth century for many notables, including seven presidents, Mark Twain, and many others.
- was cited by art history experts as the most "painted town" in America, because of its spectacular scenery.
The Potomac and Shenandoah Rivers meet in Harpers Ferry. This has resulted in several major floods which has caused the city to rebuild numerous times.
Buildings are set up so that visitors can tour them on their own. Rangers are also located throughout the town and are happy to answer questions. The folks toured a boarding house, general store and several museums. They only covered part of the town since they only had about two hours. There are several restaurants and small shops also in the town. Mom said it is really a nice town. She wishes they had more time to tour it.
Mom left her camera at home, so these are from her cell phone.
|A little to the left is where the rivers meet.|
Hikers hop on the Appalachian Trail here.
|Church is at the top of the hill. Mom liked the rocks.|
The Greyhound Who Is Looking Forward To Sniffing More Of America
Friday, November 14, 2014
|Here we are enjoying a warm day this week.|
|Do I look different? I am harness-free. Mom found that I walk better for her without it. I prefer to wear it because it gives me more control over Mom.|
|This is a wrecked boat that we see from our site.|
The cold weather finally reached us last night. They put heat tape on our faucet so that it wouldn't freeze and we have heat tape on our water hose. We didn't get below freezing though, but we will tonight. It was 36 when we took our walk this morning. Mom only let us walk a mile instead of our normal two. We wanted to go for two.
I tried on Jack's jammies the other day. They are a little tight, so Mom says she will make an adjustment. I didn't like the taking off process, so I screamed. I haven't worn them since.
|Mom said that Jack always smiled like this when he wore them.|
|Scout cleaning out the peanut butter jar.|
The Greyhound Who Breaks The Rules
Thursday, November 13, 2014
|They saw things like this on their trip.|
Their first stop was The Hershey Story Museum. They decided to just eat lunch in the cafe there since their time was limited. Mom had a pizza and Dad had a ham and cheese wrap. They also shared the Countries of Origin Chocolate Tasting. What is that? It is warm drinking chocolate samples from other countries. It comes with a map so that visitors know where it came from. Mom only liked the first one because it got more bitter with each one.
The folks then toured the museum which told the story of Milton Hershey. The price was $10 a person. They both thought it was interesting, but thought the admission price should be less, if not free.
|Milton and his wife, Catherine.|
|Hershey started out making caramels. This is a caramel cutter.|
His legacy is the school that he founded to help financially needy boys and girls in grades K-12.
He sounds like a really nice man who was generous with his money.
The folks visited the gift shop, but Mom was disappointed in what they offered. She said a couple from another country spent $105 on candy. She said she could buy it elsewhere for less. Dad told her they had another stop, so maybe she would find something there. She didn't know they were headed to....
|It is hard to see, but this is what they rode in.|
|30 candy bars!|
|Mom was hoping to see even more Christmas decorations than this.|
There was a lot more to do at both of the places they visited, but the folks had to get home to us. Their trip home went faster because they traveled the interstate. BOL!
The Greyhound Who Thinks The Sweetest Place On Earth Is Wherever He Is With His Family
Tuesday, November 11, 2014
Sunday, November 9, 2014
Saturday, November 8, 2014
The state park is called North Point State Park. There is evidence that humans occupied the park 9,000 years ago. During the War of 1812, British troops traveled through the area on their way to Baltimore. In 1906, there was an amusement park in the park. The park also served as a trolley stop for folks who traveled to and from Baltimore.
|Oh boy! We are going to the beach!|
|There's the water. Where's the beach?|
|We made it! We are not thrilled.|
|Scout decided to dip her feet in the water.|
|That's enough of the beach.|
|This is the trolly station. It is now used for parties.|
|We walked all the way out here and then had to walk all the way back. There was nothing there but water.|
|Me and Dad leaving the girls in our dust. BOL!|
|This tree was more impressive in person.|
|This fountain was put here when the amusement park was built. It was turned off for the winter.|
|We were looking at Mom until we saw the camera.|
|Nope, we are not going to give her a good picture.|
The Greyhound Who Is Not A Beach Loving Hound