On the 4th day of our vacation (Sunday, May 24) we checked out of Best Western Concordville Hotel and left en route Ken and Annette’s house. Annette is Bob’s 3rd cousin. Annette’s grandmother and Bob’s grandfather were 1st cousins. Bob and Annette are 3rd cousins because they have the same great great grandparents. Bob and I met Annette for the first time in September 2007, when she and Ken stopped in Warren on their way, I believe, to a toy show in Ohio.
Ken and Annette’s house was approximately 85 miles from our hotel in Concordville. On our way to Ken and Annette’s house, we stopped briefly in West Chester. We drove through West Chester the previous day, on our way to Victory Brewing Company. I admired the architecture of the Chester County Courthouse. I thought we would drive through West Chester on our way back to the hotel; however, the GPS took us a different route. We programmed the GPS so that it would take us to Ken and Annette’s house via West Chester. We stopped briefly in West Chester. I took a photograph of the courthouse, and we continued on our drive to Annette and Ken’s house.
What caught my eye as we approached Annette and Ken’s house was a mountain ridge, the Blue Mountain. It has the appearance of a great wall.
According to Wikipedia, the web-based encyclopedia, “Blue Mountain is a ridge that forms the eastern edge of the Appalachian mountain range in the U.S. state of Pennsylvania. It cuts across the eastern half of the state from New Jersey to Maryland, providing a distinct boundary between a number of Pennsylvania’s geographical and cultural regions. To its northwest side are the southern and central mountains and valleys, the “coal region,” and the Poconos. To its southeast side are the Cumberland Valley, the “capital region,” Pennsylvania Dutch Country, and the Lehigh Valley. The ridge of Blue Mountain runs for 150 miles through Pennsylvania…”
Soon after arriving at Annette and Ken’s house we walked over to the next door neighbor’s house, where we all had been invited to a BBQ. Annette and Ken’s neighbor hosts this BBQ each year during the Memorial Day weekend. Guests include family and friends. Bob and I were invited back next year 🙂 We met so many people, I cannot remember their names. I can’t even remember the names of our hosts. Everyone was very friendly, and we had a great time. I particularly enjoyed conversing with Chris and Cecilia.
Cecilia is from Seoul, South Korea. She came to the U.S. with her parents some time ago. Our conversation centered around our hosting a South Korean exchange student, although we talked about other things too.
Another activity that I enjoyed was playing “Sevens”, which is a card game for 3–7 players using a standard deck of 52 cards. The dealer selects the seven (hearts, diamonds, clubs or spades) that will start game. All cards are dealt to the players. The owner of the selected seven begins by playing it. Everyone else deposits a nickel into the kitty. Similarly, the other three sevens may later be played as the first cards of their respective suits. After that, cards may be added in sequence down to the ace and up to the king. A player who cannot play a card deposits a nickel into the kitty. The game is won by emptying one’s hand before the other players. The winner receives the kitty.
Up until the fourth day of our vacation we had no rain. Thankfully the rain held off for the majority of the time that we were at the BBQ. When the rain came, though, the storm was a doozie. First came the thunder, booming off the mountain, and the lightening and the rain. Then came the wind. The wind was quite strong, blowing the chairs sideways on the patio.
Bob and I spent the night at Ken and Annette’s house. Before leaving the next day for the last leg of our vacation, I took a couple more photographs of Ken and Annette.
Thank you, Ken and Annette, for your hospitality. We enjoyed visiting with you very much and look forward to seeing you again!