Hershey's Chocolate World. Hershey PA.
Sunday, September 21, 2014
Saturday, September 20, 2014
Hail to Charles Ives, a prince amongst insurance men.
And not too bad an amateur composer on the weekends.
Friday, September 19, 2014
The only thing wrong with a holiday is that you have to go home. Today is our last day. Cold again this morning, close to freezing. Mist on the water again too until the sun rose above the trees and burned it off.
We took a short but vigorous hike yesterday only 3 miles in total but that's 1700 feet up in 2 miles and 1700 feet down in only about 1 mile. Yes that IS steep isn't it ? Like hauling yourself up the sheep fence on the shoulder of Penyghent...but with lots of trees.
So heading home in the morning, stopping off somewhere overnight and getting home Sunday. Sure as hell not going anywhere near New York on the way that's for sure.
We don't heart NY and even the Hudson Valley was too close for comfort.
Wednesday, September 17, 2014
Jr. And I spent the morning in Bethel sieving and sluicing our way through a big bucket of mine tailings in search of mineral specimens and semi precious stones.
Banished Jr.'s best find was this perfect little double terminated clear quartz crystal.
We found lots of smoky quartz, amethyst, garnet and best of all tourmaline. This one is my own best find of the day. 6 tourmaline crystals embedded in a matrix of quartz.
Well that was fun if surprisingly hard work !
Action pictures courtesy of Banished Jr.
Sunday, September 14, 2014
Saturday, September 13, 2014
Heading down Route 26S towards Portland this morning when we spotted this little feature and had to stop for 5 minutes at one of Maine D.O.Ts nicely maintained pulloffs.
This then is Snow Falls and it's spectacular little gorge. Sorry the pics don't do it justice as you can't get a good impression how deep this gorge is especially seen from the footbridge .
Friday, September 12, 2014
We stopped at a roadside stand the other day advertising cakes, pies, and Whoopie Pies. They were all out of all of these but Mrs.B bought a jar of homemade preserves anyway. Passing today we were earlier and so stocks were still good. So we bought Whoopie Pies, a Maine speciality of two sponges sandwiched with a cream filling. Today they came in chocolate or pumpkin pie. $2.50 each and leave your cash in the box fastened to the tree. You are on scouts honour for that. Seems they do a roaring trade and I'm not surprised.
Wednesday, September 10, 2014
It's always a little more difficult keeping the posts regular from vacation but I'm trying to keep reasonably up to date. And so after the weekends new Darner here is another new dragonfly for my list.
It is the White Faced Meadowhawk (Sympetrum obtrusum)
We used to call meadowhawks darters back in the UK where the common darter and ruddy darter where the most numerous species on my pond back in Gloucester.
I also have this attractive little part ginger Bumblebee
And, eating blueberries from the bush in front of the cabin yesterday, a Waxwing. I haven't seen one of these in years when they used to migrate in huge numbers to the north of England from Scandinavia.
Monday, September 8, 2014
O.K I admit it's rather later than dawn's early light. So I slept in! I'm on my hols!
And it seems that most everyone else on the pond was weekending and so this late in the summer (and before the leaves change) it's pretty much deserted. All I hear are fish splashing and various as yet unknown birds. All I've actually had time to see yet are a couple of kingfishers and I can hear numberless Jays. Oh yes and I've heard a couple of Loons too from either end of the pond.
Sunday, September 7, 2014
A nice big darner that seemed happy to pose on the deck. They never cooperate like this at home. I do still need a positive ID though. I update when I get that.
Saturday, September 6, 2014
Still on the way to Maine but stopped about halfway for a day in upstate New York. So here are a couple of pictures from Sleepy Hollow on the Hudson. Headless Horseman and all.