|Doug, Josie, and Frank|
We went a 3-D movie with Sue, Doug, and the kids. (This was 11 days ago when we were in Puyallup.) The theater had really comfortable chairs.
In honor of the movie and halloween, here's an altered picture of Benny.
October 31, 2012
Our household survived Hurricane Sandy with little damage. We stayed home today because many roads were flooded and the weather was still rainy, but we were among the fortunate folks who did not lose electrical power.
My daughter in New Jersey did lose power and even cell phone service. Many people fared worse.
Much of the ferocity of this storm was due to the coincidence of a the hurricane coming at the same time as a nor'easter. Was some of the damage due to climate change? Personally I believe it was. Water levels around New York are higher than they used to be due to polar warming, and warm water fuels hurricanes. For a long time I thought climate change would cause problems in the future, but weather now is definitely more extreme than it was during my first four decades. We need to be prepared for more weather disasters.
October 30, 2012
October 29, 2012
October 28, 2012
October 27, 2012
Spooners Farm so Frank borrowed a jacket from Doug. A light drizzle started as we entered the corn maze but it didn't seem like a problem because rain is practically a daily event in the Tacoma area.
The maze had a circus theme.
October 26, 2012
October 25, 2012
October 23, 2012
|With a major election just two weeks ago, I am getting tired of the web ads, junk mail, and phone calls promoting this candidate or that one. So I don't want to add to the noise too much here, but I will state that I feel that protecting the environment is an important issue and I vote accordingly. Also I support some environmental organizations which are involved in politics such as the League of Conservation Voters and the Virginia Conservation Network.|
If you don't know why protecting the environment is essential, I won't waste my time trying to convince you. Perhaps you have another planet that your grandchildren can move to after this one becomes hard to live on.
October 22, 2012
These first two pictures are from a September visit to Shenandoah River State Park. The last one is from a visit in October, when we took Frank's brother to see the park.
I have been going to Virginia's state parks all my life and I am so glad our state has preserved these natural areas and made them visitor-friendly.
|Marie visited many of our fine state parks when she was working on The Best in Tent Camping: Virginia. (Disclosure: If you buy a book from Amazon through my link, I get a small credit toward a future purchase.)|
See also my 2006 post, 70th Anniversary of Virginia State Parks.
October 21, 2012
|A few days ago I posted two pictures I took at this overlook along with other images from when Frank's brother visited us recently. However, Frank and I had visited the state park a month earlier and were impressed by the view.|
|A sign tells us that much of the land below us to the left was once a farm owned by Everette and Nettie Cullers. In 1999, the state of Virginia purchased acreage from one of their sons adding two miles of scenic river frontage to Shenandoah River State Park.|
I don't know why the name Everett(e) is spelled two ways on the sign.
|View in September (Compare to October Scene)|
October 20, 2012
|Like many park visitor centers, this one has exhibits showing many of the animals you might see in the park. This first one is a fox squirrel.|
Children especially enjoy viewing the stuffed animals and the shells and skulls.
October 19, 2012
|The South Fork as Seen from Cullers Overlook|
|One of the nice things about having guests from out-of-town is that it gives you a reason to go sightseeing. Last week we took Frank's brother to a number of local attractions. One was the state park south of Front Royal, Shenandoah River/ Andy Guest State Park.|
|Landscaping at the Visitor Center|
October 18, 2012
senior pass so we don't have to pay the entrance fee. Otherwise a park visit of an hour or less would be too wasteful.
October 17, 2012
October 16, 2012
Moreland Gap Road runs from U.S. 11 at Meems Bottom into the Massanutten Range. We drove there Sunday as part of a scenic route home from Mt. Jackson. As we emerged from the gap into Fort Valley, we turned left and enjoyed the remaining 23 miles through that pretty little valley.
October 15, 2012
October 14, 2012
October 13, 2012
I spent so much time on photos from our brief trip to New Jersey and the Eastern Shore that I've gotten behind on my other pictures.
|And now the season has changed! Frank is sad that he won't be able to get sundaes at this stand in Strasburg after this weekend. He loves ice cream!|
You can see a little bit of fall color from our back yard. But drive up on the Massanutten and you'll see bright leaves of red and yellow!
|These trees are in Edinburg Gap. I drove a short distance on a forest service road near the top of the mountain and found a safe spot to pull off and take a few pictures.|
You may like: Today in Edinburg Gap, 10/20/2007