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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Deerlick Creek Campground

Our ten month work assignment ended Wednesday.  Walt’s home is fixed up and ready to sell, and Amazon is signifying they will need no workcampers until October.  I wanted to see the leaves change colors in New England, and with a bit of luck, now we will.   After a semi-tough 200 mile pull we […]

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Washington D.C., 1993

Once upon a time Kat and I raised a family.  Most of our vacations involved tent camping, but we did make a Christmas season odyssey to a Holiday Inn on Franklin Square in D.C.  I like to think that my writing has found its voice, yet every time I read something from 20 to 30 […]

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Tattoos

Long ago I wanted bicep tattoos in the worst way.  Worst because I was eight and my mother would not hear of it.  I wanted the globe and anchor of the U.S. Marines on one, and Popeye the Sailor Man on the other.  Varie simply said, “Well, it’s not sanitary, and you might regret your […]

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