Saturday, July 24, 2010

Civilian Conservation Corps

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The Civilian Conservation Corps helped build the roads, retention walls, trails, and other buildings that make Letchworth a lovely park. These hard working men and perhaps women, were employed by a Federal Government initiative during the Great Depression to put people back to work. Because of their contribution, they are honored at the park with an attractive statue. Several elderly men at my daughter's church, Rochester Christian Reformed Church in Penfield were part of this Civilian Conservation Corps and have told her of about their experience with the Corps during those hard times. Being employed by the Corps helped them and their families make it during that time of horrendous unemployment and lack.

Thursday, July 22, 2010

Sweet Moments at Letchwood


I thought these were some of the loveliest things I saw there. If you would like to order any of the pictures, let me know. I am going to put them up on
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Wednesday, July 21, 2010

Big Trouble!


Don't do it! Follow the rules! Those signs are up there for something. Something may appear solid, but it is really undermined. How many times have I learned this lesson in real life? I really need to heed advice. The ranger later told me that some of these ledges appear sturdy but really aren't and can give way. And the way down is real far down, I may add.
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More Letchworth


Which picture do you think I got in trouble for taking?
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Letchworth Park, New York


We left Penfield about 11 o'clock in the morning and got there about an hour later, hungry and ready for lunch. Fortunately they have a Mc Donald's on the way to the park surrounded by lovely farmland. We got some lunch and took it up with us for a picnic in the park. There are numerous places to have a picnic with reasonably clean sturdy picnic tables which overlook some of the prettiest places I have ever seen. I can just imagine how lovely it looks when the leaves are changing in the fall.

For those who have never been, you can choose to spend the day or the week, either in a tent in the campsites or even rent out a cabin. There are many amenities including a restaurant near the lower falls and also a soda shop. I know I am not mentioning everything because there were many facilities that we did not have the time to explore, but I saw several swimming pools including one that is under repair. The trails are also numerous and range in difficulty.

Animal watching is plentiful. While we were there we saw numerous insects creating a symphony, bird singing, a chipmunk, and some turkey vultures flying overhead. So be ready with your camera but also be sure to take "Off" or other insect repellent because this is nature at its healthiest and there are plenty of bugs.

So we crossed the whole park taking in the breathtaking gorge with the river below, well situated trails and overhangs, as well as, several waterfalls. In my eagerness to take some pictures, I got in trouble!! I did something daredevilish and immediately got caught. I stepped over a ledge and immediately a Park Ranger saw me do it and stopped his vehicle and came over and gave me a lecture. He said very sternly, "How much is that picture worth to you?" That he had just three days before, pulled a man's body from a cliff on the other side of the park because he had done the same thing. He also added the man was intoxicated, but that made no difference. He explained that some of the ledges appear to be solid but are in fact undercut underneath and could easily give way. I told him he was right and that I promised never to do it again. I was in truth very grateful. He might have just saved my life and my granddaughters who in the future might have tried this same stupid stunt and have hurt themselves. I should have known better than to have done that!!

But anyway, here are just a sampling of the tons of pictures I did take. I have more and will put them up.
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Sunday, July 18, 2010

Driving Across Michigan

Beautiful day for driving. We left Holland at about nine thirty and drove straight pass Lansing and got on Interstate 69 to head towards Flint. It was almost twelve noon there and we made an uneventful stop at a McDonald's and had some lunch.

What I was quietly thinking was about how lovely the scenery is during the summer. The area is full of lush vegetation, the fields are filled with row upon row of growing cornstalks which are already growing cobs. Then there were fields of soy, and some lovely golden fields where something else had grown and others were golden because there were grasses that would later be collected and bound in hay stacks. I saw rivers, soft rolling hills, a multitude of red barns, gray barns, green barns, some aluminum barns, and a good share of old rusty barns. All of which have a story to tell and a history to share. The old Red, White, and Blue was often seen and photographed as well as many Oaks, Maples, Birches, Douglas Firs, and Blue Spruce. I even caught a glimpse of a road named Elba!! It's been a fun day, and I am getting accustomed to having family around, and it's so good.

Well, got to go and get some sleep here in Sarnia, because we have a full day of roads in Canada before we stop in Niagara for a few and then to Penfield. What a wonderful summer, and what wonderful daughters, and family. Dios los bendiga! Love you very much!

Future Photographer!


Ready! Set! Go!
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