October 20, 2017

October Scenes and Memes

Five Pictures for Willy Nilly Friday

1. This picture of the dam in Bridgewater turned out to be monochromatic so I removed what traces of color were left for Black and White Weekend.

2. Here's Lynn on a suspension bridge in Bridgewater, VA. 

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3. The colors are changing in Shenandoah National Park. I'm sure it will be crowded over the next few weekends. Tip: Avoid the Front Royal entrance on October weekends because traffic backs up.

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4. Often I go to events at Cedar Creek Battlefield because it's close to home and I like history. I skipped the reenactment last weekend, which turned out to be a smart move because they had a bomb scare and the audience had to leave abruptly.

I have not seen any updates since the initial news story. People had theories, none of which seemed sensible to me. The reenactments that I've seen were not at all political; they were more like parades. But some of the comments on social media reminded me that some folks are pretty defensive about what their ancestors did during the Civil War. Thoughts about this prompted me to make a meme using one of my photos from a different living history event.

5. I made another meme recently, frustrated but also amused by the way distractions keep derailing conversations. 

October 19, 2017

Return to Orkney Springs

On Sunday we drove up to Bryce Resort and also visited nearby Orkney Springs. It's a gem of a town and when we lived in Bryce, we visited it so often that I gave it a tag which now has over 75 posts.

Most of the buildings there are painted white for some reason. There's a small residential neighborhood, a post office, an old store, and a concert pavilion, but much of the town is a well-preserved old resort that is now owned by the Episcopal Diocese of Virginia. They manage it as a retreat center and youth camp known as Shrine Mont.

This is in western Shenandoah County, Virginia. We've found Shrine Mont to be very welcoming to visitors. If you go there, don't miss the outdoor cathedral. It's hard to spot in the forest, but it's a special place, built in the 1920's of local stone. There's also a small chapel for rainy day services.


The outdoor fireplace is a new addition to the grounds. I took many other photos so to keep this post to a reasonable length, I've made some into a collage. 

Painted Rocks are in vogue.
Map from my Dashboard Display.  Yellow arrow shows where we parked. 

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October 18, 2017

Driving through Western Pennsylvania

The Robert Philson House, Berlin, PA
General Robert Philson
Active in and arrested during the Whiskey Rebellion - 1794

Served in the War of 1812
Elected to U.S. Congress 1819

The New Oakmont Bridge

October 16, 2017

Three Photos from a Short Trip

Good: This statue of Jackson the elephant surprises tourists passing through Somerset, Pennsylvania. It represents the International Conservation Center for elephants, a program of the Pittsburgh Zoo. 

The Random: This is a pleasant scene in our hostess's home in Western Pennsylvania.

The Fun: The third picture shows what happens when adult siblings get together.
Bill and Frank W.

October 15, 2017

Village Church, Relocated

When I did not see a sign on this church, I wondered about it's story. Often I take a picture of both the church and the sign so that I can identify it for the InSpired Sunday blog hop. Fortunately I found it on the internet.

This was a Methodist Church in Pleasant Valley, Maryland. Built in 1903, it was used for 90 years but then fell into disrepair. It was rescued and moved to Grantsville to be part of a recreated town that serves as a heritage museum and arts center.

October 14, 2017

October 13, 2017

A Pennsylvania Porch

1. We drove to Pennsylvania on Monday to visit Frank's brother and his wife, who happens to share my first name. Yes, it gets confusing!
Frank, Linda, Bill
2. The porch is a delightful place to sit on a nice day.
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3. The cat was telling me something but I don't understand the language.

4. As you can see by the leaves in the reflection, autumn is near.
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5. The final image just shows a bit of country decor.

October 12, 2017

Cookout at Heidi's

We made a quick trip to Pennsylvania to see Frank's brother and his wife. We drove up there on Monday and returned yesterday. Bill's younger daughter Heidi invited us over for a cookout. She and her husband Alan live in the countryside not far from where Bill lives.

Heidi has two aging horses and a large friendly dog. Alan built the stable.

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Although Alan and Heidi both have jobs, they spend a lot of time with their animals and other interests. Alan is a mechanic and enjoys restoring various old vehicles.