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Blended Family

When family members do not share a household, it can be difficult to get everyone together for a family portrait. Wendy, who is the mother-in-law of a young friend of mine, telephoned me late last month.  Wendy asked if I was available to take photographs of Chiana and Ben’s family, as all four children were together for a few days.  I didn’t hesitate; I provided Wendy with an affirmative response.

A moment in time.  A memory preserved.

Motorcycle Ride to Austin Dam

Bob and I belong to a local motorcycle riding group called 2 Scoop Cycletherapy.  Bob and I and some of our motorcycle riding group friends went on an all-day motorcycle ride on Sunday, July 17. The ride was planned and led by our friend Mark. Our destination was the Austin Dam in Austin, PA.

According to its website the Austin Dam broke in 1911 “and water engulfed much of the town of Austin and claimed over 78 lives.  In 1994 the Austin Dam Memorial Park Association was formed and they since have worked diligently to preserve the dam remains and to create a beautiful natural park.”  Bob and I visited the dam ruins a few years ago. Our friends had never been there.

Sykes Vista

The view of the dam ruins from Sykes Vista was overgrown with weeds. I had to stand on top of a wooden rail to get a picture of the dam ruins.

From Sykes Vista we rode into the Austin Dam Memorial Park. The entrance to the park was on the left a short distance from Sykes Vista. I should mention that the park entrance road, which I believe is a mile in length, is a narrow, gravel road that is steep in places.  The road is especially steep on the descent into the memorial park.

Mark, Bob, Scott and Paul and Debbie making the descent
into Austin Dam Memorial Park.
Faye, Donna and I walked down the steep gravel road.

We did ride 2-up on our way out of the memorial park and up the gravel road.  I asked Bob if it was a wise choice for me not to ride down that steep gravel road with him.  He said yes, as he was able to handle the motorcycle better without a passenger when driving at a very low speed.

Paul at the Flood Victims Memorial

Austin Dam Ruins

The eight of us at Austin Dam Ruins

The Nutschke Pavilion contains pictures and accounts
about the flood of 1911 on its walls and on a couple of tables.

I mentioned earlier that Bob and I visited Austin Dam one time before.  That visit as in October 2013, which you may read about here. I noted improvements since our earlier visit. There were informative maps located under glass on picnic tables in the pavilion. A park attendant was on hand, who talked about the tragedy that occurred in that area on September 30, 1911.  There were permanent bathroom facilities available, rather than a port-a-john.  The Austin Dam Memorial Association newsletters found on its website are full of information pertaining to the past, present and future of the Austin Dam.  The Bayless Pulp & Paper Co. Mill ruins are also nearby.  We passed by the ruins, while riding on State Route 872.  We didn’t stop, as Mark did not see anywhere to pull off.  According to one of the newsletters, there is a place on State Route 872, along Freeman Run, to stop and observe the ruins of the paper mill.  The park attendant informed us that a trail is being planned that will link the Austin Dam ruins with those of the paper mill ruins.  One of our friends remarked that he likes the kind of motorcycle rides that stay in your head for a while.  Our visit to Austin Dam was that kind of ride.

Ride to Benezette, PA

Bob and I went for a motorcycle ride on Saturday, June 25. We departed home at 9:30 am, en route Benezette PA. Our first stop was in Ridgway PA.

We parked on South Broad Street, beside the courthouse.

Parked on South Broad Street in Ridgway, PA

Elk County Courthouse
Ridgway, PA

As I do whenever we pass through Ridgway and have no time constraints, I telephoned a friend who lives in Ridgway. Gretchen answered my call, AND she was in Ridgway. She wasn’t at her house, though. She was at her parents’ house, which is in Ridgway as well. Gretchen gave us directions to her parents’ house. A few minutes later we crashed her dad’s birthday BBQ.

I LOVE this picture of Baby “A”, Bob and me. Baby “A” is Gretchen’s granddaughter. We crashed Gretchen’s father’s birthday BBQ so that we could meet this beautiful and precious baby girl and, of course, to see our friend. Baby “A” is 6 weeks old in this picture.  Thank you, Gretchen, for taking this picture of the three of us!

After a short visit with Gretchen and her family, we left for our next destination, lunch at Rose’s Hilltop Diner in Weedville, PA.

Rose’s Hilltop Diner

This diner was Dad’s favorite place to eat, while at his cabin in the “mountains”. I had hoped to see my cousin, Chrystle, who waitresses at the diner. We didn’t see Chrystle, as she wasn’t working that weekend. Bob ordered a Reuben sandwich with onion rings. I ordered a club sandwich. The food and service were excellent.

After lunch, we rode to Walmart in St. Marys. I purchased a lightning cable to charge my iPhone, while riding the motorcycle.  I had forgotten to charge my iPhone before leaving on our ride.  I am sure that the lightning cable will come in handy on other rides too.

From Walmart we rode to Benezette, to the old schoolhouse pavilion. We stopped at the pavilion to wish Cora and Dave congratulations on their marriage, which had taken place earlier in the day. Family and friends were gathered at the pavilion to celebrate their wedding.

Cora and I knew each other only via Facebook, via the Benezette Elk Camera Club group. We became Facebook friends in May 2012. We met in person for the first time at her wedding celebration.  I walked up to Cora, soon after she arrived at the old schoolhouse pavilion.  I said hello to Cora and asked if she knew who I was.  It didn’t help Cora identify who I was, when I said that I was a member of the Benezette Elk Camera Club.  The camera club has over 300 members, and Cora has not met everyone in the club.  When I said that I lived in Warren, I could tell there was recognition on Cora’s part.  She asked tentatively “Brenda?”.  I said close enough, that my name is Linda Gross.  It was nice to finally meet Cora in person, after 4 years of being Facebook friends.

Congratulations Dave and Cora!

Bob and I spent about an hour at the pavilion. We visited with a few other camera club group members in addition to Cora. Some of the club members we met 3 years ago at a club picnic in Benezette at the same location as the wedding celebration.  Some of the club members were new to us, known until then only via Facebook.  I am hoping that Bob and I can attend the next Benezette Elk Camera Club picnic, which will be held in late September.

From the old schoolhouse pavilion we rode to the Elk Country Visitor Center and to the elk viewing site on Winslow Hill. We didn’t expect to see any elk, given the time of day and how hot it was. We didn’t see any elk, as expected.

Oh WAIT!
We did see one elk, this one, while at the Elk Country Visitor Center.

I guess we should have stuck around for a longer time at Cora and Dave’s wedding celebration.  Cora said that two deer and a elk came to visit!

We returned home around 5:00 pm, after a stop at Bob’s Trading Post in Kane, PA for pizza and ice cream.

 

Fourth of July Festivities

Our hometown of Warren, PA throws a big party for the 4th of July holiday. Festivities began this year on Saturday, July 2.   We didn’t participate in all of the 4th of July festivities.  I will share with you the events in which we did participate.

We rode to Betts Park on the afternoon of July 3.  We arrived there close to 2:00 pm and stayed for about an hour. We saw the Budweiser Clydesdales and the Birds of Prey exhibit.

Budweiser Clydesdales

The Clydesdale horses pulled the Budweiser wagon through the parking lot a few times.

The Tamarack Wildlife Center Birds of Prey exhibit included three owls and two hawks.

This is Jasper, an Eastern Screech-Owl.  Jasper was found injured in the middle of a country road near Albion, PA and brought to the Center for medical care. With damage to one eye and ear, he was not able to be released and required surgical removal of an eye.

This is Willow, an Eastern Screech-Owl.  Willow and her family of three owlets were rescued from a city park in Erie, PA when the tree limb holding their nest was cut down. Her story received coverage in local newspapers and television. The owlets survived with no permanent damage and were released on Presque Isle once grown; their mother, however, suffered a wing fracture that would prevent her return to the wild.

This is “Spirit” the white Red-tailed Hawk.
Spirit is not releasable due to injuries he suffered when caught in a leg hold trap.

This is Sophia, a Barred Owl.  After being hit by a car, Sophia was brought to Tamarack to be treated for a broken wing. She healed well enough to have limited flight.  However, because the break occurred near Sophia’s elbow, she is now unable to fully extend her wing, and cannot fly well enough to survive in the wild.

This is Alice, a Cooper’s Hawk.
Alice was found on a farm in Cochranton,
unable to fly because her wrist bones had been severely damaged.

We saw the Betts Park fireworks display from the grounds of the Warren Manor Nursing Home, with friends visiting a family member who is a patient there.  The nursing home provided hot dogs, chips and pop for patients and their guests at a reasonable cost of $2.00 for all.  Three types of cookies were passed around to everyone as well.  I thought it quite nice that the nursing home does this for its patients.

 

On Independence Day we watched a parade and attended a picnic.

The parade was in downtown Warren and marked its 69th year.  We watched the parade on Pennsylvania Avenue, at the southwest corner of Hickory Street Bridge, across from Kwik Fill.  We watched the parade with our friends Paul, Debbie, Scott and Donna.  Our daughter and granddaughters were IN the parade. Harper and June rode their tricycles in the parade. The girls rode behind the Lather Salon van, until they couldn’t ride any longer.

Harper and June tuckered out just before reaching the Hickory Street Bridge.  They rode their tricycles a long, long way.

Harper and June rode rest of the way in the parade in the back of the Lather Salon van.

The parade began at 11:00 am and ended around 1:45 pm.  The following slideshow contains about half of the photographs that I took, while watching the parade.  The slideshow is about 8 1/2 minutes long.  I hope that you find it enjoyable!

At 3:30 pm we went to our friends’ house for a picnic, which was attended by ten additional friends as well as family and other friends of our hosts. We sat around a campfire, enjoying each others’ company, as well as hot dogs and a variety of dishes brought to share. It was a comfortable and relaxing couple of hours and a great end to a wonderful 4th of July holiday.

Four Rides

My husband and I belong to a local motorcycle riding group.  We call ourselves 2 Scoop Cycletherapy.  Frequently our rides include a stop for ice cream.  Since June 26 we have ridden four times with some of our 2 Scoop Cycletherapy friends.  Two rides included lunch; one ride was for ice cream; and the latest ride began in the early morning and included breakfast.

 

On June 26 at 7:15 am I received the following Facebook message from Paul, one of our group members:

“Short notice! We’re meeting Scott and Donna at 9Am at their house … then riding to Corry to meet my brother at the flea market in the parking lot by McDonald’s. From there we will just ride…”

At 8:00 am Bob and I decided to ride with our friends. Paul, Debbie, Bob and I met up with Donna and Scott at their house.

Preparing to leave from Scott and Donna’s House

At 9:00 am we rode to Corry, where we met up with six more riders: Paul’s brother John, Robin, George, Trudy, John and Carol.  The ten of us departed Corry en route Woodcock Creek Lake around 10:30 am.

Preparing to leave from Corry, PA

Woodcock Dam, located a few miles southeast of Saegertown PA, was within an hour’s ride of Corry. We stopped at an overlook of Woodcock Creek Lake Dam.

We arrived at the Woodcock Creek Lake Dam around 11:30 am.

Woodcock Creek Lake Dam Overlook

I would like to make a return trip to Woodcock Creek Lake.  The pathway across the dam is around 1 mile in length.  I’m sure that there are some picturesque views from that pathway.  Across the street from the overlook was a sign for a nature trail.  The trail interests me as well.

We departed Woodcock Dam around noon and rode to Fat Willie’s Wing House in Edinboro PA.

Fat Willie’s Wing House

After lunch at Fat Willie’s Wing House, we departed for Corry.

We stopped at TJ’s in Corry for ice cream.

We stopped for ice cream at TJ’s in Corry.

One of our friends asked for ice cream in a cup.
His ice cream was scooped onto a cone.
What a mess!

From Corry we made our way back to Warren and home.

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On June 29 at 6:00 pm five motorcycles and eight riders departed from the North Warren playground parking lot en route Peaches & Cream in Randolph, NY.  We rode through Scandia and along the Allegheny Reservoir to Route 394 into Randolph, NY.

We rode by the Onoville Marina (NY) on the Allegheny Reservoir.

Arriving at Randolph Peaches & Cream

Peaches & Cream is a popular destination for our ice cream rides.  It was the first time ice cream there was a disappointment. The hard ice cream was a bit soft.

We made it back home before 9:00 pm.

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On July 2 at 10:00 am we departed from the North Warren playground parking lot en route Bob’s Trading Post in Kane, PA.

Bob’s Trading Post

As I was preparing to take this photograph of everyone at Bob’s Trading Post, a man asked if I wanted him to take our picture.  Sometimes I carry a tripod, when we ride with our 2 Scoop Cycletherapy group friends.  I didn’t carry the tripod with us on any of these four rides.  A great big THANK YOU to this nice man at Bob’s Trading Post, as I was able to be included in our group photo.

The twelve of us enjoyed lunch, while sitting on the front patio (located behind us in the above photograph).  Thank you, Shawn, for suggesting a lunch ride.  It was wonderful sharing lunch with our friends!

After lunch, we rode around the Allegheny Reservoir to Marilla Reservoir and back home. We made two stops, the first at Sugar Bay and the second at Marilla Reservoir.

Sugar Bay is located in McKean County, PA on the Allegheny Reservoir.

Sugar Bay

Marilla Reservoir is located along Rt. 346, approximately 12 miles west of Bradford, PA.

Marilla Reservoir Covered Bridge

There were eight of us for this portion of the ride.  Four riders had prior commitments and weren’t able to join us.

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On July 3 at 6:00 am four motorcycles and seven riders departed the North Warren playground parking lot on an early morning ride.

Preparing to leave on our early morning ride

We rode counter clockwise around the Allegheny Reservoir. We made two stops, one at Sugar Bay and the other at the Riverview-Corydon-Cornplanter Cemetery.

The fog was lifting off the water, while at Sugar Bay.

A bonus sighting, while at Sugar Bay, was a beaver.
I took this photograph with a short focus lens.
I hurried back to our motorcycle to change camera lenses.
When I returned with my long focus telesphoto lens, the beaver decided it was camera shy.

In addition to the beaver we saw five deer cross the road and two foxes (one alive along the side of the road and one dead on the road), while on our ride.

The fog lifting off the water at Sugar Bay made for a breathtaking picture.

Our next stop was at the Riverview-Corydon-Cornplanter Cemetery, located on a bluff overlooking the Allegheny Reservoir. The individual cemeteries were moved here in 1964 before they were flooded by the Allegheny Reservoir, which was created when Kinzua Dam was completed in 1965. The Riverview-Corydon-Cornplanter Cemetery contains the remains of relatives and descendants of Seneca Chief Cornplanter, along with residents of Corydon and the surrounding area.

Riverview Cemetery

Corydon Cemetery

This is the Cornplanter Cemetery. The tall structure is Cornplanter Monument.
The remains of Chief Cornplanter are supposedly buried under the monument.

Our final stop, before returning home, was at the Route 62 Diner in Russell, PA.

Our arrival at the Route 62 Diner

Another 2 Scoop Cycletherary group friend, Bill, met us there.  So we had a party of 8 for breakfast. Bill’s timing was impeccable.  He had arrived within moments of our arrival.

This was Bob and my first time eating at the Route 62 Diner. Our breakfast entrees were very good; the price was good; and service was great.

We returned home around 10:00 am. It was a chilly, but great, ride. The temperature was in the mid 40s for the most part during our ride. We want to go on another sunrise ride, but on a morning with warmer temperatures!

 

I wonder where our next ride will take us?

 

Dinner Ride

We went for a motorcycle dinner ride with friends yesterday evening. We met Paul and Debbie and Scott and Donna at the North Warren playground parking lot, departing from there at 6:00 pm. We rode to The Pad in Kennedy, NY for dinner.  If you click on the link, you will note that The Pad has many positive reviews.

Our arrival at The Pad

The Pad sits by itself along a country road. It has indoor/outdoor seating and bars, a good amount of parking and a pond with a fountain. We sat outside on the patio. Debbie, Paul and Donna ordered burgers; Bob ordered a Reuben sandwich; Scott ordered wings; and I ordered a grilled ham and cheese sandwich. Service was somewhat on the slow side.  When we received our meals I discovered that my grilled ham and cheese sandwich was delivered without the ham. How could they forget the ham on a grilled ham and cheese sandwich! I told our waitress the grilled cheese sandwich was was OK but to change the order slip to reflect what was served, a savings of $1.00. Everyone else got what they ordered.

Paul said his experience last year wasn’t great either. He waited over 2 hours for a taco on taco night and still didn’t get it.

Although I wasn’t impressed with The Pad, the ride and being with our friends was great!

R.I.P. Les

I met Les in 2012 on August 26, while photographing at the Kinzua Heritage Festival in Russell, PA. We had seen each others’ posts on Facebook, in the “You grew up in Warren PA if…” group but were not friends on Facebook. Les approached me at the festival and introduced Introduced himself to me, saying that we share the love of photography. After talking with Les for a few minutes, I took his picture.

 

We became friends on Facebook and developed a friendship, based mainly on our mutual love of photography. I will miss you, Les.

Obituary for
Charles L. “Les” Vanderhoof, Sr.
Warren, PA
(obtained from the Donald E. Lewis Funeral Home website)

Charles L. “Les” Vanderhoof, Sr., 66, of Warren, PA, died Tuesday, June 7, 2016 at his home following a brief illness.

Born on January 23, 1950, Les was the son of Gerald Miller and Barbara Ann Prather Vanderhoof. He was a graduate of Titusville High School. Les served with the U. S. Navy in 1969 and was formerly employed as a licensed practical nurse with the Bradford Regional Medical Center, the Warren State Hospital, and was last employed as a nursing supervisor at The Rouse Home. Les was an avid photographer and was a member of the Camera Club in Jamestown, NY. He was also a member of Alcoholics Anonymous.

R.I.P. Les.  I will miss you.

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