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Thanksgiving 2012

We spent the Thanksgiving Day holiday in New Hampshire with Bob’s sister, Cynthia, Cynthia’s husband Larry, and Larry’s mother Marion.   Except for witnessing a three-vehicle accident in Vermont on Thanksgiving Day, while traveling Route 9 en route New Hampshire, and wintery conditions for the last 100 miles on our way back home on Saturday, driving conditions were good.  The traffic accident was a little too close for comfort.  I am thankful that Bob and I were not involved in the accident and that there were no serious injuries as a result of the accident.  We encountered white-out conditions on Interstate 86 / Route 17 in New York on Saturday on our way back home.  I am thankful that the first 400+ miles were driven in good driving conditions and that we made it home safely!

We had a great visit with Cynthia, Larry and Marion.

Larry carves the turkey, while his mother prepares the gravy

Table set; ready for Thanksgiving Day dinner

On Friday Bob, Larry, Cynthia, Weezie and I went for a walk at the Ponemah Bog Wildlife Refuge.

Larry and Weezie on boardwalk trail leading to pond

3-acre pond

Cynthia, Larry and Weezie on one of the pond’s viewing platforms

It was really cool that we saw a great blue heron, while at Ponemah Bog!

We returned home around 7:00 pm last night.  I hope everyone who reads this had a great Thanksgiving Day holiday as well!

Family Visit with Cynthia and Larry

This past Sunday Bob and I drove to Kennerdell, Pennsylvania, to visit Bob’s sister, Cynthia, and her husband, Larry. Cynthia and Larry chose the Kennerdell area for a two-week vacation. The drive from our home in Warren to Kennerdell is approximately 1 1/2 hours.  Please click here for a map of our route.

On our way to Kennerdell, we stopped for a short time at the Tidioute Overlook.

Tidioute Overlook
Scenic View of Allegheny River

Tidioute Overlook
Scenic view of town of Tidioute

Cynthia and Larry’s “home away from home” was Camp Kingfisher, a three-bedroom cottage located alongside the Allegheny River.

Camp Kingfisher

There is easy access to the river and Allegheny River Trail from Camp Kingfisher.

Larry had traveled the trail by bicycle to Emlenton the morning of our visit. He said it was 10 miles one way to Emlenton.

Cynthia and Larry at Camp Kingfisher

Bob and Cynthia

We enjoyed our visit with Cynthia and Larry. Our conversation topics included house projects, work, family, and present and future vacation plans. We also enjoyed a delicious meal that Cynthia prepared. Our main course was lasagna and salad, followed by chocolate cake for dessert. Cynthia had prepared two pans of lasagna, with the intention of giving us one pan to take home. We took home one pan of lasagna, which I promptly cut into individual portions and froze. We’ll be enjoying Cynthia’s lasagna for several days to come!

Before beginning our drive back home, Bob and I drove a short distance to the Kennerdell Overlook, which provides a scenic view of the Allegheny River.

View of Allegheny River from Kennerdell Overlook

This was Bob and my first visit to this part of Pennsylvania. We hope to make a return visit one day and explore the area in more detail!

Family Dinner

Bob’s sister and her husband are visiting this week. They are staying in the village of Lakewood, which is located along the southern banks of Chautauqua Lake in Western New York.

Cynthia & Larry’s Vacation Home

I took this picture in May, last year. Cynthia and Larry stayed in the same rental this year as they did last year during a week-long visit.

Yesterday, Cynthia and Larry hosted a family dinner at their vacation home. In addition to Bob, Cynthia, Larry and I the dinner party was attended by four of Cynthia and Bob’s cousins and their spouses: Paul and Ann, Sue and Bruce, Dale and Tim and Chuck and Jess. Each couple brought a dish to share. We enjoyed a delicious dinner.

After dinner we sat around the dinner table (and later in the living room) and shared family photographs and stories.

The Guys

The Girls

Thank you, Cynthia and Larry, for hosting this dinner party. We had a good time visiting with everyone. Safe travels to you both on your way back home.

The Day After Thanksgiving

Friday, the day after Thanksgiving, was a full, pleasant day. As planned we went to Cynthia and Larry’s house for breakfast. We arrived at their home around 8:30AM. Breakfast, which included broccoli and cheese omelets, sausage links, orange juice, and toast, was delicious. The rest of the morning we hung around the house and visited with Cynthia, Larry and Marian. We played with Weezie too.

Around 12:30PM we went out to lunch. Cynthia and Larry treated us to lunch at the Mikato Japanese Steakhouse and Sushi Bar. It was Bob and my first experience eating in a Japanese restaurant. Besides the five of us there was only one other couple in the restaurant. All other potential diners must have been taking advantage of Black Friday specials. Larry asked that we be seated at the hibachi table. A waiter took our drink orders. When the waiter returned to our table with our drinks, he took our orders for lunch. Cynthia ordered prime rib; Larry ordered shrimp; and Bob, Marian and I ordered chicken. Our hibachi chef was really fun and personable. He put on an entertaining show as he prepared our meals of meat, rice and vegetables. It was a great lunch all around.

After lunch we took the scenic route back to Cynthia and Larry’s house. We ate dessert (a choice of peanut butter or chocolate fudge, pumpkin roll, pecan pie and cherry pie) and visited some more.

Family Portrait
Marian, Larry, Cynthia, Weezie, Bob and I

Weezie, about to jump through the hoop

Weezie, jumping through the hoop!

We left for the hotel at 4:30PM. We had a great visit, albeit a short one, with Cynthia, Larry and Marian. We are happy that we were able to spend the Thanksgiving holiday with them.

Thanksgiving Day Part 2

On November 25th I wrote that we were on our way to New Hampshire to spend the Thanksgiving holiday with Bob’s sister and our brother-in-law.

We arrived at Comfort Inn in Merrimack, New Hampshire around 11:30AM. After checking into our hotel, we relaxed for a little over an hour before driving over to Cynthia and Larry’s house. Soon after arriving at Cynthia and Larry’s house we sat down to Thanksgiving Day dinner. In addition to the four of us, we shared dinner with Larry’s mother (Marian). Dinner was delicious. Cynthia and Larry prepared a bountiful feast of turkey, peas and onions, mashed squash, green beans, stuffing, gravy, corn pudding and cranberry salad. For dessert we had a choice of two kinds of pie — pecan or cherry — and pumpkin roll. We visited for a while after dinner and played with Weezie, Cynthia and Larry’s two-year-old dog. We happened to be at Cynthia and Larry’s house for Thanksgiving two years ago when Weezie first joined the family. Weezie has grown a LOT since 2007!

Weezie, in November 2007

Weezie in November 2009
Looking out the front door

Weezie in November 2009
with favorite toy, Bear

Weezie in November 2009
Isn’t she super cute!

Bob and I left Cynthia and Larry’s house around 6:00PM with plans to return at 8:30 the next morning.

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