The end of Summer, 2008
This is just a collection of things we did at the end of summer.
John and Katy came to visit! We took them to pick blueberries. Along the
rail trail in Dryden we passed an actual horse completing a painting of a
The next day we dragged them to the top of Buttermilk Falls park; we often
forget how many total steps there are. Here is the pinnacle there:
Here is a scenic waterfall along the trail:
Later in August it was my friend Steve's birthday. The party was a surprise, so we
drove down that morning to Philadelphia to see him at a baseball game.
Here he is in the stadium:
This was my first National League game. It was short, and the Phillies won.
The reduced picture quality is because I took the pictures with a cell
We stayed with Kristina's friend Jess, who also lives in Philadelphia. On
the way home we went with her to
Valley Forge National Historical Park. We went for a nice walk,
and stopped in some of the displays:
There's a big archway there:
Some soldiers were being taped re-enacting:
We sat through a brief (and Kristina thought pointless) story-time given
by a volunteer about how once upon a time George Washington returned
and said hi to an ex-soldier here. The speaker confused us by
asking "What high school did you go to?" when we said we were from NY.
We always forget to specify upstate-NY, otherwise people assume we
Ahh, our beautiful National Parks. Full of fresh air, and... asbestos?
(It turns out that there was an asbestos plant on the site for many
Later in the month, we had some beautiful sunsets. Turns out this is
Kasatochi Volcano erupting in Alaska:
Kristina's family came to visit. We took them to Treman park
in conjunction with the GCF
Here's me trying to piece together pictures of Lucifer Falls as it's nearly
impossible to get it in one shot:
As always we have our deck garden, and as always the Cantaloupe just don't
make it. We did get a healthy crop of birdseed that grew accidentally:
Our GCF friends threw us a baby shower, which was a lot of fun. We got a
lot of good gifts, but the most original was a hand-made child-sized
And now, the fall weather has returned. Time to pick apples already!
Which we ended up doing before the baby arrived, as it was running late.
We went for a walk in
Smith Woods which is a mostly old-growth forest near the hospital. It has
some impressively big trees:
Here's our walk, we got lost a few times and there wasn't much signal in the
We also went for a walk at Cornell Plantations. The leaves are just about ready to turn.
No pictures, but here's our route:
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