Far From the Madding Crowd*

Kat and I visited Acadia National Park in September, 1996.  We were struck by the harsh beauty of water crashing upon rock, mountains capped by the green of thick forests, and we enjoyed many an overlook.  The Park now offers a free shuttle service on account of vehicular overcrowding.  You don’t see much from a […]

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Down East Maine Seafood

Our last post promised word on the outcome of Lori’s semi-frightening recipe for steamed lobsters.  We followed her instructions in spirit and almost to the letter.  Live lobstahs go for $6.75 a pound here, which gave us the courage to try cooking them The Mainer Way, which goes like this. “Walk down to the beach […]

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July 4th with Al and Pat

Kat and I came to Maine to be cool in July, and so far, so good.  Days rarely hit 80, and nights routinely find the mid 50’s.  There are firs, beeches, and wild flowers everywhere.  Oh, the seafood is so good … it shall have its own post.  Suffice it to say, I think the […]

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Fine Food and Pennsylvania CoE Campgrounds

We found two excellent Corps of Engineers campgrounds in northern PA, each site with power and water, and some at both with full hook-ups.  Prices are a reasonable $17 to $18 if you have America the Beautiful; but twice that if you don’t.   Tionesta Lakes is located just outside the northwest PA town of […]

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Shenandoah and the Appalachian Trail

(This blog has been published out of order:  late by about ten days.  We have had poor internet service, and despite my advancing years, I can still lose a data file as well as I ever did on somebody’s payroll.  The pictures mostly did not come out because I took them.) Old Shenandoah’s Big Meadows […]

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The Afterlife of a Small Town

I first came to Oil City, PA as a new employee of a Fortune 1000 company headquartered there.  You may remember Quaker State; it had a NASCAR entry that tended to trail billowing black smoke while coasting to a race-ending stop somewhere on the infield, and its final ads featured that snarling red-headed guy with […]

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Art, Real Estate, and Water

On our way north we passed through another of our old corporate home towns, and there interred Pink’s ashes next to the graves of Samantha and Nike, our earlier great Springer Spaniels.  We have listed our home and dropped in to see how its cleanup and repair work is going.  I thought the place looked […]

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