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In Search Of … Loons

I wasn’t feeling my usual chipper self yesterday morning.  I don’t know what made me feel down … the colder than usual temperatures perhaps. It has felt more like Winter than Spring the past few days. Getting out of the house in the afternoon, though, revived my spirits.

I accompanied Bob on a few errands (taking cardboard to a recycling center, purchasing fluorescent tube lighting at Howe’s True Value and buying whiskey at the liquor store), and he drove me around town in search of loons. According to a Facebook post by the Allegheny Center for Arts, loons have arrived in the area and were seen in downtown Warren on the Allegheny River. We didn’t see any loons downtown along the Allegheny River.

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There wasn’t much activity at Crescent Park, on the Allegheny River.
We didn’t see any loons, but we did see these three ducks.

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We found more interesting ducks across from The Point on the Allegheny River.
No loons, but the Red Headed Merganser Duck was cool to see!

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We even drove to the Big Bend Recreation Area, just below Kinzua Dam, in search of loons.

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I didn’t see anything to photograph on the Allegheny River at Big Bend Recreation Area.  There were lots of robins, though, flying around.

_LG13942 4x6Can anyone please tell me if this is a photograph of a robin or could it possibly be a catbird?

 

We drove on River Road in Starbrick (western part of Warren), along the Allegheny River, in search of loons.

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Again, we didn’t see any loons.  We did see a bird I hadn’t seen personally though, when we turned around at the end of River Road.  Bob chased this killdeer bird out of a mud puddle.

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We saw a swan, too, while driving on River Road.

 

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We gave up our search for loons.  It turned out to be a pretty nice day, so we drove to Washington Park before returning home.

 

_LG14003 8x10Washington Park provides a bird’s eye view of Warren.

 

A Day Spent with Cynthia

Bob’s sister, Cynthia, was in town last week.  Cynthia spent the past week doing genealogy research and meeting up with some family members and a few friends.

Cynthia arrived in town on Sunday, November 4, and did not tell Bob and I that she was coming to town.  That evening  Bob and I went to Perkins Restaurant for dinner.  Of all people to run into at Perkins, we ran into Cynthia.  We would not expect to run into Cynthia anywhere in our hometown, as she lives about a 12-hour drive away from us.  Cynthia was on her way to our house to surprise us, when she spotted us on the highway.  Cynthia turned around and followed us to Perkins Restaurant.   Bob noticed that someone was following us.  He became a little concerned when the person who was following us pulled into the restaurant parking lot and began flashing their bright beams at him.  Bob pulled into a parking spot.  The car following us pulled up behind us.  Bob and I were both very surprised to see Cynthia behind the wheel.  We invited Cynthia to join us for dinner.   The next time we saw Cynthia was almost a week later.

On Saturday Bob and I spent part of the morning and afternoon with Cynthia. Our day began at the Horton House Bed & Breakfast, Cynthia’s lodging for the week.  Craig Scalise (one of the owners of the Horton House) and Cynthia gave us a tour of the Inn.

Horton House B&B

According to its website, the Isaac Horton family built this completely wooden (7,500 square feet) home in the late 1800’s. During the 1970’s upon retiring from Blair Corporation, N. Anthony (Tony) Scalise purchased the home as a retirement project. Due to ill health, the project was not completed. Anthony passed away in 1995. His wife, Silvia and their sons (Antonio & Craig), wanting to share this magnificent home, decided to open the Horton House Bed & Breakfast Inn. Today, the Scalise Family continue to reside in and operate the Horton House as the finest in overnight accommodations and breakfast.

Front Door View

Dining Room

The Music Room

This is one of the world’s largest playable electric guitars.
It was built by “Uncle Al” in the 1980’s.

Original Ballroom
Used now for ping pong, darts and games
Serves also as conference room for meetings

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The Horton House is a beautiful mansion.  Bob’s sister enjoyed her 1-week stay there very much.  I am certain that you would too.  So, if you are ever in the Warren area and looking for a place to stay, be sure and check out the Horton House Bed & Breakfast.

Our Saturday continued at Seneca Allegany Casino in Salamanca, New York, where Cynthia treated us to lunch. After lunch Cynthia doubled her money playing a slot machine.

Our day together ended taking in the view of Warren from the lofty vantage point of Washington Park.

Bob and his sister, Cynthia, with our hometown (Warren, Pennsylvania) in the background

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