Saturday - July 13

Warm day here in Alamosa....we sure do like this little town in the San Luis Valley    Kathy, another "latte nut" like me,  had said all the coffee shops in town were good, so we were off around 8:30 to "Blessed Brews" - another winner serving up good stuff.

And then headed to the Great Sand Dunes National Park (about 36 miles).   We checked in at the visitor's center and watched a short movie explaining how this all came about.    The scenery was wow.....we drove down to the dunes and watched all the people walk on the wet sand (water standing here and there) and about 1/10 of a mile across, came to the dunes and the long climb began.    It was quite something to see so many attempting the long trek to the top.    As a lady at Kristi's Mountain Gear told us yesterday, "for every 3 steps forward, it's 1 step back"    You can rent sand boards and sleds.    We enjoyed the views in the movie and had no desire to take that hike!    But I'm sure our 5 older grandsons would absolutely love the challenge!

Great Sand Dunes

Us at the visitor's center
Folks standing on the wet sand walking across to the dunes - some even pitched tents.    Many were there with picnic supplies and spending the day.    We heard the sand is HOT!!!

All those specs in the distance are the hikers attempting to get to the top and then see the panoramic views, slide down, roll down, etc.    Whatever makes you happy!!!

Back to Alamosa and had a late breakfast at "The Campus Cafe", another favorite of Kathy and Dave's.   What a busy little place serving breakfast and lunch from 6-1 every day but Tuesday.    Great omelet (me) and skillet (Mark) +  huge homemade chunks of grilled raisin bread.   Yum!

Off to do the laundry and the best one (according to Trip Advisor) was "B and D Laundromat" (just like our B's and D's ...Brady, Blair, Davis and Drew.!)    Did 2 loads and now all caught up!

Funky little laundry in Alamosa but got the job done!

Hanging out in our room till 3 when Philip, Annette, Luke and Maeve arrived.   So good to see them.

Cowboy Luke is here!

  Helped get their stuff to their room and then we took the kids back to our room.    Luke and Maeve are having a sleepover with Grandma and Grandpa.    Their Mommy and Daddy are having a date night! 
Movie time

 We took the kiddos to Wendy's across the street - wow, it was so windy when we went outdoors and then ugh.....not a good experience!    Walked in the door and it was FREEZING.....VERY SLOW service and lady kept apologizing that they had a new grill cook and things were backed up.    Took a while to order and then when food finally came, decided we were outta there, so asked her to pack it to go.    Came back to our room (private party going on in dining room). 

Off to the pool - Luke is really doing well after taking swim lessons and Maeve has no fear! 

Grandpa has a handful

  We met a nice couple from AZ (he is bus driver for tour groups and his wife is the tour director).    They travel all over the world and currently here for a week with a bus load of seniors who are doing a railway tour (5 different scenic tours - tomorrow they'll be off on the Cumbres Toltec like we just did.).     This couple are traveling with their 10-year old grandson, Kevin from MO.    They like to take their 5 grandchildren (one at a time) with them during a week-long trip and what a eat experience for their grandkids.    Kevin and Luke played together in the pool.

Back to our room for warm baths, shampoos, book reading and just wind down! 

I meant to mention that while we were on the train Thursday, we crossed back and forth between Colorado and New Mexico 11 times!!!!

So, tomorrow is the big day when our kids all gather with us at the Rainbow Trout Ranch.    Michael and family have been in Santa Fe the past few days; Anne, Patrick and boys fly to Albuquerque tomorrow; Philip and clan were in Breckenridge last night and Alamosa tonight.    Ryan is flying into Pueblo tonight.   

We'll be celebrating 4 birthdays next week....
Connor is 13 tomorrow (14th)
Brooke (48) on the 18th
Blair (6) on the 19th
Maeve (3) on the 20th
And...... all because of our wedding 50 years ago!!!!!   Party Time!!!

No internet or cell phone service at the ranch, so no blog this week!

Have a good one.......adios till later!




Wednesday-Friday, July 10-12

Hello from Alamosa, Colorado.....we have been on the go since leaving Ann and John in Colorado Springs on Wednesday .   We've had no cell phone or internet service the past 2 days.  Here's the latest:

Wednesday - breakfast with John and Ann, said our good byes and big thanks for their warm hospitality! 

Ann, McGregor, John

 We drove 2.5 hours to Antonito stopping in Pueblo for a Starbucks fix and few things at WalMart.  Had lunch at Lu's Diner in Blanca, CO and onto our friends' Kathy and Dave's gorgeous home in the mountains 20 miles outside Antonito.    We have not seen them in many years (Dave and Mark worked together at State Farm).    Such a surprise to find that they live just 3 miles from Rainbow Trout Ranch where we'll be next week with our family.    So much to catch up on......and a great dinner of elk burgers, corn-on-the-cob, broccoli salad, wine and all topped off with delicious small fried pies (raspberry, cherry, apple and strawberry-rhubarb) from the Amish.

More visiting and then off to dreamland as we have an early rising tomorrow and big day ahead.

Thursday - Kathy fixed Mark a coffee-to-go and we were on our way before 7 AM driving to Chama, New Mexico (28 miles thru many twisty roads climbing higher and higher)..    Arrived, checked in at the Chama train station and then boarded a bus for a 1 hour ride to Antonito.   We boarded the parlor car of the Cumbres/Toltec Scenic Railway and ready for the 64-mile ride thru this glorious countryside.     The weather was perfect, we had a fresh fruit plate and pastry (not as good as the Amish from night before but still quite tasty), coffee, etc.     So much oohing and aahing at every twist and bend on the tracks.

At 12:45 we stopped in Osier, CO for lunch and oh my what a feast.    Our choices were meatloaf or turkey with all the trimmings.    We both chose turkey and it was "Thanksgiving in July".   Absolutely delicious and so much.   We passed on all the salads and desserts and thorough;y enjoyed the turkey, dressing, mashed potatoes/gravy, cranberries, green beans and warm rolls.    This stop lasted 1 hour and we were on our way again.....Mark was just snapping away with the camera and ended up with 460 pics.    We saw deer, antelope, elk, beef cattle and yaks. 

Arrived back in Chama where our car was and Kathy and Dave were waiting for us at the train station.    We walked to the Box Car for appetizers (we were still stuffed from lunch) and drinks.    Then on back to their home...lots more chatter and at 9, we were oh-so-ready to call it a day!    But what a wonderful experience and so glad we did this memorable train trip.

Our train car (parlor)

Our train coming 'round the bend

Sooo beautiful!

Lots of pretty wildflowers along the way.....Mark is not into flowers like me!   This is pretty much it!
But pretty orange ones, lupine (blue) and yellow?    

Ahhhh - our highest elevation we reached was at the Cumbres Summit Pass
10,015'

 Awesome!

On the open-air car

Lo and behold, here I am in Sublette, New Mexico where we had a 5-minute stop for water to run the steam engine.    Nothing else here!
 My hometown is Sublette, Illinois

Friday - woke up to deep blue sunny skies and all this incredible beauty surrounding us.    Breakfast with Kathy and Dave, packed up the car, hugs and big thanks for a wonderful time!    

Kathy and Dave

View from their deck - the Conejos River flows just 100' from their home!

Off to Alamosa (1 hour northeast) where we'll stay the next 2 days.    Nice little town and first stop was "The Roast", (a Kathy recommended coffee shop - at least 3 good ones in town).    Very cute and of course, delicious coffee/latte.   Mark and his I-pad hung out while I got a manicure by Randie ("Seafood, Eat It" )  who comes up with these crazy names of polish?      We've had so much yummy Mexican fare lately, so decided to try some Chinese which Randie had said was really good for lunch.    Well, just might be the best Chinese we've had!     The name of the place is "May-Wa" Chinese and Vietnamese!    Walked around a bit and then stopped for some piddlies at Walgreens, got our dusty rental car washed, stopped at Kristi's Mountain Gear (recommended by Kathy) - fun place but just browsed.    Checked into out hotel, unpacked and repacked organizing all our stuff.   

Walked to Wal-Mart across the street to get some water and have our sunglasses adjusted (tighten the screws) at their vision center.    Back to hotel.....catching up with the blog, reading and watching the weather channel and updates on "Barry".   Had a little rain shower and strong winds blow thru.

Had that big Chinese lunch so just enjoyed some complimentary cookies here at hotel for supper.    We went for a nice walk in the evening - so pleasant after the rain!    Such a pretty little town (8,700) surrounded by mountains!

Nice ending to this day watching the 1975 movie "Rooster Cogburn" starring John Wayne and Katharine Hepburn.    Beautiful western scenery - filmed in Oregon.   

Look who arrived in Colorado this afternoon - boots and all!     We'll see these cowgirls and cowboys tomorrow!!!
NC kiddoes

Meanwhile back in IL this Dude is ready for some fun on the ranch!

Enjoy your weekend!    We are going to check out the Great Sand Dunes tomorrow!








Tuesday - July 9

Gorgeous day in Colorado Springs and so pleasant with perfect temperatures and nice breeze.    Ann, Mark and I went to "R and R Coffee Cafe" for breakfast and great coffee!    Mark had their cinnamon roll French toast - oh my....Ann and I shared an omelet!   Wonderful!!!   

Delicious cinnamon roll French Toast and ham

We 3 left stuffed and off to the Garden of the Gods.   Oh my, absolutely breathtaking seeing all those rock formations against the deep blue skies, and then after some hiking, we watched a short video of how it all happened millions of years ago!    The Air Force Cadet Choir sang "America the Beautiful" and we learned that Katharine Lee Bates, (after seeing Pikes Peak) was inspired to write that beautiful song in 1893.     Very enjoyable morning.

Pikes Peak

Pat and Ann overlooking Garden of the Gods

Us

Pat, Ann, Mark

 Back home....John had stayed behind with McGregor.    This sweet doggie is blind and was not feeling well this morning, but seemed fine after we got home!   Mark, John and I took naps, I did a load of laundry and we just hung out with books, laptops, etc.   

 We all went to Guadalajara Mexican restaurant for very good dinner and lots of chatter.

McGregor

John and Ann

Ann, Mark and I went for a nice walk around the neighborhood on such a pretty evening.    Love looking at all the homes, golf course, etc.    Watched All Star game....

Tomorrow we are off to Antonito.

Monday - July 8

Been a great day traveling from Texas to New Mexico to Colorado thru some beautiful scenery.     We left Dumas around 9 this morning and drove to Dalhart, TX for breakfast.    We checked with Trip Advisor along the way for a good spot (we were really in the boonies).   Well, the Red Baron in Dalhart came up with great reviews.      It is at the airport (about 3 miles off the beaten path) and so, we checked it out!    EXCELLENT and such a nice friendly place!    Definitely a good place for breakfast/ (serve lunch and dinner, too) out in the middle of nowhere!

The Red Baron

We continued on with great 4-lane highway and light traffic.    I drove 90 miles thru New Mexico and into Colorado and the pass where we stayed with Daisy 2 years ago when we were here for the Albuquerque Balloon Fest.    Stopped in Trinidad at the cutest coffee shop in a bank building.    The Perkatory Coffee Co (isn't that the cutest name)?    We had coffee/latte and shared a caramel/pecan bar - all delish!

Mark drove the rest of the way and we arrived around 3:30 in Peyton where our friends, Ann and John live (about 20 miles northeast of Colorado Springs).    So good to see them, their beautiful home and this lovely, growing area.    We visited, had a great dinner (Mongolian beef made in the insta-pot (must get this recipe for Anne, Annette and Brooke as they love their insta pots.)

More visiting and then we nomads were ready for bed - nice to gain an hour today when we crossed into mountain time, but 2 hours ahead is NY time and 1 hour, Texas, so.....will take a bit to get used to these changes.

Sure a lot of RV's on the highway - many summer time travelers and there are many RV parks, but most are just a grassy field out in the middle of nowhere with absolutely NO trees.

Ann, McGregor and John

Sublettian friends
Pat and Ann

Looking forward to tomorrow and exploring around this area!






Sunday - July 7

Thinking of and missing my Mom especially today.....10 years ago that she passed away while we were in Alaska (Denali National Park),     Cherishing all the memories.

We left The Colony at 8 AM this morning - another Texas scorcher!    Stopped in Decatur for breakfast, 11:00 Mass at Our Lady, Queen of Peace in Wichita Falls, ice cream in Childress and finally, arrived in Dumas at 5 and end to our day - 410 miles.    I drove 160 miles across the flat lands of Texas with 75 mph the speed limit almost all the way.    Passed many ranches and just mile after mile of nothing!!!

We checked into our hotel, had a good supper at "Big Country Cafe" and then caught up on computer stuff.    We are at a higher elevation so only 81 degrees here.

Tomorrow we are off to Colorado Springs and our friends, Ann and John.    Ann is a Sublettian and so looking forward to a good visit and see her neck of the woods since she left Bloomington.   We have 350 more miles!

Liam was in a tournament in Cincinnati this weekend.    They won their first 3 games....15-0, 15-1 and 15-0.    Had some hot bats going, but ran out of steam losing the championship game 14-3.

Have a great week!


Saturday - July 6

Hot 'n sunny Texas day.    Mark and I drove to Plano and met our friend Shelly for breakfast at Poor Richard's Cafe - (Shelly's husband Jim used to work with Mark).    Shelly is in Dallas area dog sitting while her son and new daughter-in-law are honeymooning in Italy.    Great visit and breakfast
Pat, Shelly, Mark

Mark was the official photographer taking pics beforehand of Pat, Brenda and family. 
Congratulations Pat and Brenda on 50 years!
 
The Michaels' clan

The party was from 3-6 at Rock 'n Brew - food was awesome, good drinks and lots of family and friends there! 

Monday Night Friends
Pat, Linda, Brenda, Sue

After the party, we went into the restaurant and ordered more drinks and some appetizers. 
Mark, Jerry, Bob

Linda, Sue, Pat

Sue and Jerry are staying with their son Mike and Beth.   Bob, Linda, Mark and I came back to hotel and visited.   The Michaels' family all came to lobby and more socializing.   It was a great day!

Tomorrow we are off on first leg of trip to Colorado Springs...



Friday - July 5

Up very early at 5:15 for our flight to Texas.    We flew from Rochester to Chicago to Dallas - whew - 96 steamy degrees,    We got our rental car, stopped at Culver's for a little bite to eat and then checked into our room in The Colony. 

We are here to celebrate with our dear, long-time friends, Pat and Brenda and their 50th anniversary celebration.    Most of their family live in the Dallas area, so.....tomorrow is the big party day (anniversary is actually September 26th).   2 bottles of chilled champagne waiting in our room!!!

We took a nap and then met Pat and Brenda for a good visit (and their daughter, Kassie and Kyle).    We left around 6:30 for "Gloria's" (great Tex Mex restaurant).    Here we are....

Curt and Charlotte (friends of Pat and Brenda from Dallas); Brenda, Pat, Pat, Mark, Bob, Linda

It was so fun being together and enjoying our margaritas and excellent Mexican fare!    Looking forward to the big party tomorrow.

Anne and boys are in Cincinnati this weekend for Liam's tournament.    They won 15-0 tonight!!! Connor's team finished last weekend. 

Have a great weekend!

Independance Day - 2019

Happy Birthday America!!!

A beautiful hot and sunny 4th of July!    We exercised, had breakfast and then off to get our rental car at the Syracuse airport.     We put Big Red back into storage next to Flo and then got our bags loaded up and off to Rochester.   We took the scenic route along Lake Ontario and stopped in Sodus Point.   We were here on June 5th and saw all the flooding, sandbags, etc.    Well, one month later, not much has changed - really sad.    However, lots and lots of people out and about enjoying and showing their patriotism!

We had lunch at Six50 and sat outdoors watching all the boaters.   Nice trip thru small towns, and saw so many lovely, huge homes along Lake Ontario outside Rochester.

Checked into our hotel, had some popcorn and drinks and went for a walk.    

We watched "Salute to America" live from Washington, DC - WOW.....what an awesome tribute from President Trump to our armed forces, the music, huge crowds, and dramatic ending with Blue Angels flyover making this Mama teary-eyed.  

 Tomorrow we are off to Dallas!

Hope you've all had a fabulous red/white/blue day.

 HAPPY 4TH !!!


Wednesday - July 3

Warm and sunny....we wrapped up the packing (taking 3 suitcases - different occasions and weather)    We should be covered!   Ha!   Mark went back to Flo to pick up a few more things - nice having our 2nd home so close by!

Good day to be in the AC as it got really HOT - we played some euchre all in Mark's favor today!

Tonight all the boaters here at Ess Kay gathered for a big July 3rd celebration with wonderful food - sooo much good stuff, visiting and then fireworks!     Great kick-off to this red, white and blue holiday commemorating our nation's birthday!


Our contribution for tonight's potluck
Shortcake with whipped cream, fresh strawberries and blueberries
(Thank you Wegman's)!!!

Tomorrow we'll be leaving Catrina and starting our air/land vacation to Texas and Colorado!


Wishing you all a very SAFE, and FUN Independence Day!
Happy Birthday America!






Tuesday - July 2

Rainy Tuesday morning and then mostly cloudy.    When the sun came out (little bits here and there and more so late afternoon, whew....it was really steamy and sultry!)     We exercised, had breakfast and then off to do laundry.    While the washers were doing their thing, we went to Ink Corner Cafe for coffee/latte and thee most wonderful raspberry scone.   Mark does not like scones as sometimes  they are dry and crumbly.    These were so moist and just yummy.

From the laundromat, we drove to Liverpool and did some shopping and on home.     More packing this afternoon, Mark got a haircut and got some estimates for fiberglass work and a cleaning/polish job on Catrina's upper station while we're gone.

Went to Mariachi's Mexican for dinner - this place is close by but we had never been.    Doesn't look like much from the outside, but colorful and clean inside and got good reviews.    Enjoyed our dinners and my sangrita!

Mailed some cards at post office and drove around a bit - nice evening.   Home and then walked around the marina.   Looking forward to tomorrow night when the marina is having a big potluck for the boaters followed by fireworks right down the river off a barge which we saw tonight.   Lots of boaters already lined up along the wall by the Waterfront Tavern - getting a prime spot to watch the skies light up.




Monday - July 1

Welcome July.....warm and sunny!   Lots of shuffling boats around today with several being launched (including big ole Diva) and then we moved on from Winter Harbor to Ess-Kay where Catrina will stay for the next month while we're gone.    The fuel dock was full, so we meandered down the Oneida River, tied Catrina up to a wall in the park, got the dinghy down and took a little spin.    Mark dropped me off at Winter Harbor and I brought Big Red over to Ess-Kay.     We dinghyed over to Waterfront Tavern and had lunch outdoors - lobster bisque and coconut shrimp for me; blackened walleye for Mark.

Good to be back with some familiar folks....all in all, a good day on the water and always fun to be back at Ess-Kay.


Friday-Sunday, June 28-30



June 28, 1969

Back on Catrina after a wonderful "second" honeymoon in Niagara-on-the-Lake, Ontario.

Friday.....#50 for us and it's a glorious summer day (just like 50 years ago but oh-so-hot that day and no AC in church or at reception).     This morning we had breakfast at The Shirt Factory (connected to the Hart House Hotel) and then we were off.    Nice pleasant 1hr. 15 min drive, thru some of the little towns along the canal - good memories from last summer and then a pretty quick entry into Canada.

Arrived at Niagara-on-the-Lake around 10:30 and oh my........................this place is just spectacular with flowers, flowers and more flowers everywhere, plus oh-so-charming with the old-fashioned light posts, horse-driven carriages, etc.    Mark wanted to check out the marina (the original plan had been for us to come here by boat, but lady at marina a few weeks ago, said "she wished she could accommodate us, but water levels were so high and we would be walking in water to get to office, parking lots and docks were under water."    And that's exactly what Mark saw - unreal!    We've seen so many pics lately of just how sad this whole situation is up here and a lost boating season for many marina owners, etc.    We heard one estimate that it could be October till things settle down.

While he was in dismay seeing all this water, I was high and dry walking the streets and browsing the many neat shops.    Lots of people out and about as Monday, July 1st is Canada Day (like our July 4th).   They are expecting throngs of folks in for the long weekend.   

We had ice cream treats at Cows - a wonderful Canadian "must do" and then strolled along Lake Ontario, thru residential areas with cute little cafes tucked here and there and many B 'n B's.   We were able to check into the Prince of Wales a little early - this beautiful old historic hotel in the heart of town was built in 1864 and oozes with Victorian charm.

Us on Lake Ontario

Prince of Wales Hotel

Last summer I took so many pics of luscious blooms,, but had to get this charming old bicycle.

We had a wonderful dinner at Noble and then more strolling around town.   Mark had a beef tenderloin and I had lobster fettuccine.    Both excellent and topped off with this elegant dessert...

Pistachio cheesecake covering a waffle donut all topped with strawberries and chocolate stick!
Mark had a strawberry/cherry creme brulee.

  The population is 17,000+ but so fun to meander around the downtown area and all the lovely homes and of course, everywhere you go, everyone has flowers and more flowers.

Saturday - another gorgeous day.   We walked across the street to Balzac Coffee Co. for coffee/latte and shared a hobbit muffin.    Then we did a little shopping, checked out of our hotel and were on our way.    No special plans today - had thought we would go back to Two Sisters Winery (great visit and lunch last summer), but we were only 2 miles away and not hungry as we've eaten so much lately. 

Leaving hotel with these gorgeous roses from my honey!

 Mark wanted to check out Lock #3 at the Welland Canal and the Museum  at St. Catharine's.    This was about a 20-minute drive from our hotel and lots of people standing on a high viewing bridge to watch the action.    We saw 2 ginormous freighters (1000+ feet).    Been thru many locks but the Welland Canal (8 locks) takes them to a whole different level.    We continued on, stopping back in Medina for late lunch at Zambistro - more great food!!!   (I had a bacon brie burger and Mark had a salad with tenderloin tips.)     Got back to Catrina around 5:30!    What a special little getaway celebrating our 50th.    Highly recommend "Niagara-on-the-Lake for a visit you won't forget!!!

Sunday - Much cooler today - 70 with off and on sunshine and strong winds.    We went to Central Square (north of here) and had breakfast at Good Golly's (cinnamon swirl pancake!)

   YUM    Then to 10:30 Mass at Divine Mercy - wonderful 40-year old priest who gave a very uplifting sermon and a great guitar player/singer.    Had a brief shower while in church.   Stopped at Wal Mart for some piddlies and on home.    Opened the windows and let in the fresh air....

Winter Harbor is not a big marina but squeezes boats in here and there during a crises like the recent lock closures.    But a few of the places current boats hail from are Park City, Utah, Marathon, FL, Mississippi, Georgia, Ohio, Seattle and Louisville.    And this beauty is going to be launched tomorrow right in front of Catrina.    "Diva" from Fort Lauderdale is an 82' 2013 yacht.   It sold in 2017 for $3m.    This past winter it got a brand new paint job here at Winter Harbor!    What a beauty!

Got the suitcase unpacked and now preparing to pack again for trip coming later this week....at 5:30 this afternoon, we did a conference call with all the kids discussing our upcoming dude ranch trip.   Lots to discuss and ponder and everyone so excited!!!

Huge thanks for all the cards, e-cards, Facebook messages, texts, videos, etc. for our anniversary.    We so appreciate your thoughtfulness!!!

Here's to a great week!   Bye bye June!!!






Thursday - June 27

Gorgeous start to the day - sunny, calm and warming up.....we were up early to see several boats leave.  And just like that, our "new" friends were off on their loop adventures.    Some are staying over another day to let others get thru the locks and the congestion settle down.

Mark needed a Dunkin Donut Fix, I finished packing and then he took me for a haircut by Jennifer at Eclipz (nice to see her again from a year ago).    Her son is graduating from high school tonight - 300 in his class and just yesterday, the NY schools were out for the summer!!!    June 26th!!!

I had a short walk from Eclipz to Brewerton Diner and we met for another yummy lunch and then on our way for our little getaway.    Enjoyed the 2.5 hour trip to Medina which was one of our favorite towns along the canal.     We checked in at the Hart House Hotel (just 6 rooms on the 3rd floor with no elevator - Mark didn't realize this when he made the reservation).   This charming old hotel was home to the Newell Shirt Company many years ago and the room names are after dignitaries who bought shirts back in the day.   We are in the "Astor" Room....   John Jacob Astor was a wealthy industrialist and painter in New York's Lower East Side.    Some of the wall inserts are brick with a painted ladder in the corner, painted sawhorses with metal paint trays for end tables.....really charming and quaint.     Bob Hope and Winston Churchill are across the hall (rooms that is)!

After settling in, we went down to the "Shirt Factory" coffee shop which was a favorite last summer.  Wow.....in September, they redid the "look" and along with being a coffee/breakfast cafe, it is also a cocktail lounge on Thursday-Saturday evenings.    It is really neat and we each had a delicious cocktail and sat in the big room which is off the lounge.    LOVE this place!

Then we walked around downtown and saw these gorgeous blooms...

The hanging baskets on all the light poles honor a veteran from the various wars, along with the American flag. "Hometown Heroes" 
Many of these impatiens have cards tucked inside saying "In honor of..." or "In memory of..." 


We stopped at Fitzgibbons Irish Pub for a light snack and wine.    Fun place that we visited last year.    So many memories from this sweet little town - the nice guy from Napa Auto Parts who brought me cucumbers from his garden, Della's Chocolates, Ashlee's Ice Cream, Zambistro (wonderful dinner), biking around town, and met Rich who is doing the Loop in his kayak!!!!!

Tomorrow we are off to celebrate #50 in Niagara-on-the-Lake, Ontario.    Be back with the blog on Sunday!!!
This "Dude" is all set to be a cowboy at the ranch....
coming soon!!!!