The repairs for which the road residents were first given a heads-up for completion in October of last year (after Hurricane Michael removed most of Goose Creek) is finally happening this week. And since October we’ve been driving through water, in and out of the valley here, with wheel rims and brakes staying wet and rusty now for more than a half-year. The culvert under the concrete (poured in the early 70s) had filled with debris and could not be cleaned out. The concrete …

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Still unpacking from our whirlwind trip to and from Missouri and have a few images to share. The one above, from a favorite regular dinner stop on the way up. Last time we were there, a guy fell off a bar stool. Made for great entertainment. Not so lucky this time. But I did grab a shot across the room that doesn’t hold up so well for details of the small sign above the chunky patron. It reads.. [su_button target=”blank” style=”soft” background=”#eadea1″ color=”#1f1717″ size=”5″ wide=”yes” …

Friends in Low Places Read more »

In May 2001 we had the opportunity to travel to Ireland, the excuse being to visit our son who was an exchange student at Queens University in Belfast. We did all the touristy things, including taking the ferry across to Glasgow and the train from there to Edinburgh. Weeks before we set out for our travels, I did some genealogical snooping around because I had a strong sense that there were probably Irish roots somewhere in the family tree. From my mother’s maiden name, …

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Sorry, we have house guests and such so only a link to some images from the recent NY trip this morning. First use of a new “story-telling” app called Grapewise. Maybe I missed some of the potential for this tool on first use, but will need to see more from this to be tempted to use it further. A few images at Grapewise. Seems you can’t click from one to the next. Meh.

Kill this. Kill that. Fishkill. Peekskill. Fresh Kills. Say what? Okay. It’s a Dutch term meaning creek or waterway (a vestige of the area’s colonial past) and found its way into Catskill–ONE name for this dissected assortment of variously protected natural areas in New York State. The geology seemed familiar in places to me as someone familiar with the Ridge and Valley and Allegheny Plateau geology: Geologically, the Catskills are a mature dissected plateau, a once-flat region subsequently uplifted and eroded into sharp relief …

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