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It didn't go away :(

Sylvan Beach, NY, June 28, 2013

overcast 74 °F

Not only did the rain not go away, but it rained all night. It was torrential, with our NOAH weather radio going off multiple times during the night. There were flood warnings all over and when we got up there were roads closed and floods everywhere. We had business in New Hartford and it was a challenge getting there due to road closures. Ryan and Khristina had 3 inches of water in their basement and our friends, Sandy and Ralph, had 6 inches in theirs. Many towns and counties have been declared a state of emergency with some residents even being evacuated from their homes. Some of the water has receded and many roads have reopened, but we may get more rain tonight!
We were able to get together with friends, Steve and Rae, and have dinner at Symeon's, a local Greek restaurant.
We had some rain during the day and the temperature only got to 74, but we also had a little bit of sun.

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Rain, Rain, Go Away!

Sylvan Beach, NY, June 27, 2013

rain 82 °F

On Wednesday we drove out to Livonia to visit Rob and Cathy. We actually know them from Florida, but like to get together when we are all in New York State. We played cards and caught up with each other. They took us to an Italian buffet restaurant in the town of Perry and we had a delicious dinner. On the way home we drove through Letchworth State Park. It is such a beautiful park and it was a gorgeous evening so we all enjoyed the ride. Don and I discovered the park when we were students at Geneseo. It is known as the Grand Canyon of the east because of the beautiful gorge and scenery.
Rob and Cathy's home in Livonia, NY

Rob and Cathy's home in Livonia, NY

One of our favorite state parks

One of our favorite state parks

Us at the scenic overlook

Us at the scenic overlook

Friends, Rob and Cathy

Friends, Rob and Cathy

Mt Morris Dam in Letchworth

Mt Morris Dam in Letchworth


On our way back home today we did a little outlet shopping then went to the new Destiny USA, that was formerly the Carousel Mall in Syracuse. They have increased the size of the mall and added some unusual things such as a Wonderworks, ropes course and go carts. I did a little more shopping before we headed north to meet up with Linda and Phil. They were working until 7 and we all went to dinner at the Spaghetti Warehouse when they were done. Another delicious dinner!
New bar at Destiny, USA in Syracuse

New bar at Destiny, USA in Syracuse

dinner at Spagetti Warehouse in Syracuse

dinner at Spagetti Warehouse in Syracuse


It was raining when we left yesterday and raining when we returned today:(

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New York, New York

Sylvan Beach, NY, June 24, 2013

storm 86 °F

Sunday was Justin and Gwen's 6th Anniversary, so Happy Anniversary you two!
Saturday and Sunday were just driving days. We arrived here earlier than expected because I was having some trouble with one of my eyes and the eye doctor wanted to see me today. Our trip up was uneventful except for I-81 in Pennsylvania! If you have ever traveled that route you know that it is never good. They have been working on I-81 for as long as we have been riding on it, and it never gets better! It is hard to believe, but true.
After arriving at Treasure Isle we got ALL set up because we will probably be here until the middle of August. The truck heaved a sigh of relief to be totally emptied for the first time since we left Florida. We are staying at the same place we did last year. It is very nice, right on Fish Creek. Our Florida friends, Linda and Phil, have been here for about a month and it was nice to catch up with them.
Ryan and my buddy Norman

Ryan and my buddy Norman

The new member of the family, Walter!

The new member of the family, Walter!

All set up for a few weeks.

All set up for a few weeks.

The beach at Fish Creek

The beach at Fish Creek

Sunset time

Sunset time


Today was my doctor's appointment and, I'm happy to say, all is well with my eyes! We had lunch and visited with Ryan and Khristina and got to meet our newest granddog, Walter. He is a fluffy, 6 month old Samoyed and very lovable. Norman was quite happy to see us, especially Don. No playing fetch in the backyard, though, because they both had just come from the groomer and were all nice and clean.
It was hot and humid until the afternoon when the thunderstorms started. We had some wind, rain and even a little bit of hail. 86°

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Summer Solstice!

Falling Waters, WV, June 21, 2013

sunny 82 °F

Summer is here! Happy summer everyone, especially those teachers who are finally finished for this year.
Today was a traveling day and we drove about 360 miles up to Falling Waters, West Virginia. An uneventful day is always good, and today was!
It was a beautiful, sunny day with temps in the low 80s.

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Bartering for bikes

Abingdon, VA, June 20, 2013

sunny 82 °F

Abingdon, Virginia was just over the border and a cute little town with lots of history. We opted out of the history and instead went biking. The Virginia Creeper Trail is a 35 mile rail trail that starts in Abingdon and goes to Whitetop Mt., which is right on the North Carolina border. We started in Abingdon and rode 10 miles, crossing 14 former train trestle bridges, then came back. It was a great ride through forest, farmland, private property and more. The trail was gravel and dirt, and varied from very wide to 2 single ruts, but all in good shape.
One of 43 bridges.

One of 43 bridges.

Huge train trestle.

Huge train trestle.

way stop along the trail

way stop along the trail

Creeper Trail

Creeper Trail

Bikes and cows don't mix

Bikes and cows don't mix

Beautiful farmland along bike trail

Beautiful farmland along bike trail


After biking we had dinner at JJ's Restaurant and Sports Bar, then went to the Barter Theater to see Southern Fried Funeral. The theater is one of the oldest in America. Its first performance was in 1876 and admission was $.35 or the 'equivalent in victuals' to feed the actors. Hence the name The Barter theater. The original idea was to bring together the hungry actor and the farmer with a supply of produce! The show was great fun and we laughed lots.
Barter Theater Set

Barter Theater Set

Barter Theatre

Barter Theatre


We had a beautiful day, sunny and 82.

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