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Thanksgiving Week Vacation Day 1

Today, November 21st, is the first day of our Thanksgiving week vacation.  We departed home at 6:10 am en route Chincoteague, VA.  Bob programmed the GPS to avoid highways.

About an hour later we stopped at Sheetz in Ridgway to pick up breakfast….egg burritos and coffee for Bob; egg sandwich and orange juice for me.

We made a brief photo stop in Biglerville, PA at the Historic Round Barn & Farm Market, a family owned and operated farm market that was built in1914.  It is one of only a handful of truly round barns surviving today. 

The Historic Round Barn

This barn is located only 8 miles from Gettysburg, which we have visited several times.  We saw this barn for the first time today.  We didn’t go inside today, but we did stop and shop on our way back home (more about that in a later blog post).

Our next photo stop was at Fisherman’s Park at Conowingo Dam, where we saw several eagles, lots and lots of vultures and a couple other birds.

The Conowingo Dam is a hydroelectric dam in the lower Susquehanna River, located near the town of Conowingo, Maryland.

Three vultures in a row

There was a sign at the dam that warned “Vultures may cause damage to vehicles. Park at your own risk.”

I have shown only four vultures.  There were lots and lots and lots of vultures everywhere you looked.

a lone cormorant

A Great Blue Heron flew by.

The highlight of the stop at Conowingo Dam, though, were the eagles.  I had seen photographs on Facebook of the Conowingo Dam eagles.  I read that the end of October to the beginning of January is the time to visit the dam, if you want to see eagles.  I have wanted to see the Conowingo Dam eagles for sometime now.  I was not disappointed.

These two eagles were perched in a tree near where we parked our car.

I took several photographs of eagles in flight.

Eagle in Flight

Eagle in flight

Eagle in flight

Two eagles in flight

and my favorite eagle picture …

Two Eagles, one with a fish

From Fisherman’s Park we drove over the Conowingo Dam.  It was a short distance to our hotel.

We checked into the Best Western North East Inn in North East, MD around 2:30 pm.  The hotel is our home for the night.  We will drive from here to Chincoteague, VA tomorrow.

Tonight’s dinner was take-out at Hunan Wok, located across the road from our hotel.  Bob ordered shrimp with broccoli; I ordered Sweet n Sour Chicken.  Both meals were served with Roast Pork Fried Rice and Egg Roll.  Our meals were reasonably priced and tasted good.  We ordered by phone and drove across the road to pick up our take-out dinners.  We ate in the comfort of our hotel room.

7 Responses to “Thanksgiving Week Vacation Day 1”

  1. Richard Ward Fowler

    Thanks for sharing Linda. Great shots, interesting subjects as usual. Am envious of your road trips. If I
    live long enough(am 78) would Iike to do this when my wife retires(four more years or so if the effects of COVID on employment doesn’t interfere with those plans. In the meantime our trips to Ohio’s southern “Amish country” always give us great views and relaxing rides. The effects of COVID on
    my ability to sell my plhotos has made me wish I had a website. Am going to look into that.
    The best to you and yours.

    Reply
    • Linda G.

      Thank you so much for taking the time to comment. Be sure to check back for future blog posts. We spent much time in nature during Thanksgiving week.

      Reply
  2. seniorhiker

    You got your vacation off to a great start. Your pictures of the eagles in flight are marvelous, but all of the pictures of the birds you saw at the dam are excellent.

    Reply
  3. Betsy

    Looks like a great first day of vacation. We cancelled (hopefully postponed) our beach trip this week due to Covid… It is ALL around us. We are afraid to go much of anywhere right now…. Scary times.

    We see those old ugly Turkey Buzzards when we visit Mt. Nebo in Arkansas… BUT–they do a good job of cleaning up everything that nobody else wants!!!! ha….

    Love our Eagle and other pictures… AWESOME.

    Hugs,
    Betsy

    Reply
  4. Beatrice

    I am a bit late in catching up with blog posts, Linda, but will look forward to traveling on your Thanksgiving vacation trip to an area we know well from our years of living on the VA eastern shore. You certainly did get some great eagle shots, lucky you! Vultures are really not a handsome bird at all and hope one didn’t sit on your car too.

    Reply

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