Archive | April, 2012

Day 30 Sunday

30 Apr

Today is Philly. The liberty bell and Independence Hall. The cheese steak battle of our own

9/11 Memorial

30 Apr

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Day 29

28 Apr

My first metro ride is great. Bill and I got up early and hit the station by 8:00 it is already packed. So many people to watch and things to see. I am not sure how but people are sleeping while the train starts and stops. First stop Grand Central Station this place is great beautiful and even breathtaking. The ceiling, the light, the walls all of it is hard to take in
Next we walked over to the Empire State Building. It is hard to think this was built so long ago. The designs on the building the work that went into the exterior walls, the floors and the windows. Buildings are not made this way anymore.
From there we went by subway to the 9/11 memorial but wait I forgot to print the tickets. So we head out for an internet cafe, but guess what they are not open and time is running out. So I decided to walk into one of the large hotels and use their business center. If you act and look like you belong no one will question you. So into the Business center I went. It took a few minutes (like 15) to get on a machine and print out the tickets, then off to the memorial.
Long lines again, search back backs and body scan. We waited in line for about one hour, but it was worth the wait. The new building are beautiful and far more completed than I thought. The fountains are very calming to see. All the names are large and easy to read. We walked around both pools. They planted white live oaks which is really cool since that is the wood the Constitution was built from. The only other tree there is called the survivor tree. It is a pear tree that stood in the mall of the world trade center. When it was found among the burning wreckage the branches were gone and the bark was burned. They replanted it and nursed it back to health. Then a large storm tore it up by the roots. Again it lived and even thrived. It was returned to the 9/11 memorial as a sign of survival and the ability to overcome hardships.

Day 28

28 Apr

Plymouth here we come. Going to see the Mayflower
And the “rock”.
The ship is smaller than the last one we saw but almost twice the size of the Nina, Pinta and the Santa Maria. I can not imagine crossing the ocean on those for over 3 month with everything for the new world including animals.

Ok we made it to New York City. Our hotel is in the middle of a working real new york neighborhood. This is too cool. It only took one turn around the block to find it. After we checked in we walked the blocks around the hotel. Found out how to do the subway and eat dinner at a place right down the street. The food was great but no one spoke english very well. I guess I should have studied harder.

Day 27 Boston

27 Apr

Off to boston today, only 3.5 hours so we should have a good day. We mapped to the museum and headed straight there. We parked in the garage across from museum and walked over to the ship. As we arrived there was a group of french students headed in also. These students are so noisy,they have no inside voice. So the security here is about the same as StLouis. Take off the belt,empty your pockets, and have your bags scanned. After we make it thru the scanning we had to wait for the guided tour. STILL WITH THE KIDS. We tour the top deck of the ship and then we saw the sleeping area for the crew. Thee cooking area and the work spaces are so small. It is hard to imagine over 500 people living and working on this ship. This ship is over 200 years old and still afloat. Amazing.
The museum was ok to walk thru but the ship was better. I am sure kids enjoy the museum more than I did.
Early night to the hotel and then dinner.
We went to the Lobster Hut in Plymouth MA. The food was ok but if I am spending $43.00 i would rather have steak. NO REFILLS ON FOUNTAIN DRINKS, they were $2.00 each and only about 12 oz cups with ice now that was not right.
Good night and tomorrow we see Plymouth Rock and the Mayflower. I can not wait until I see the size of the Mayflower.
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Herkimer diamonds

27 Apr

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Day 25 Tuesday

27 Apr

So we are off today We planed on staying here again tonight and see the Amish Country, but the hotel can not let us stay in the same room so if we are packing. Everything we might as well hit the road.
Well we are off to Nigeria Falls. I had forgotten how beautiful upstate NY can be. But I mostly saw it under snow. The toll roads are still everywhere. Every time we get off one, we go to another one.
Almost to the falls and we can see the mist forming from about 10 miles from the falls. It is $10.00 to park and then the look out area is free. If we wanted to go up on the high observation deck it is $2.00. Every thing is extra from the boats to the movies. It is really cold outside, about 47 degrees. We are bundled up and feel the cold on our faces. We walked around the rim for about one hour and then around the visitors center. We are hitting the road to Herkimer NY to home to be in the fields by noon.
Boy am I messed up, i just discovered I never posted this.

Day 26 Wed

27 Apr

So wake in Victor NY. The weather is not bad, we have hale but it is small.
So Bill went in and paid the fee and headed out to the fields. Bill found a spot that he thinks may be a pocket. I am working on a different spot but I am digging the small rocks and the mud. I have found a few small small diamonds. I went down to the local Wal-Mart and picked up some small zip lock bags and chisels to help break open his pocket. About 1.5 hours of hitting rocks Bill broke into the pocket. He found a double with material inside it that is shapes like a heart and a few small ones. We put the rest of the mud and “rocks” in to a baggie to clean later.
We are both really dirty and have no more clean long pants. So to the hotel and in my sweat pants and tee shirt do all the laundry. While the clothes wash a quick trip to Denny’s for dinner. A hot shower, clean clothes and a warm bed. I am done for the night. Tomorrow we hit Boston MA.

Day 24 Monday

24 Apr

So today we really overslept. We hit the road to see the Air Force museum in Dayton. This place makes the others look tiny. Way to much to see in one day. I was trying to read each placard but I lost track of Bill. I learned so much about immigration. We ended up spending over 3 hours walking thru and still did not see everything. On the way out Bill suddenly stopped and turned the blue beast around. He saw an old lamp post that we think is the one his Dad donated to the museum when they moved. Pop won the lamp in a Guinness contest in England and when they move to Ohio had it shipped. We will need to write the museum to confirm, but Bill looked at it and could see the original paint that he remembers from his garage in Centerville.
We headed out toward Buffalo NY but stopped in Asheville Ohio and hope to wait out the Nor’easter that has hit the northern states. But we have picked up 2 new thermal hoodies just to be safe.

Sky Deck View

24 Apr

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