Thursday, October 22, 2015

Back at Dad's

Ron and I made it back to my father's house in PA just in time to pick up my daughters who flew in from Florida for the weekend.  We all had a great time catching up.  On Saturday, the girls and I took a hike on the famous Appalachian Trail.

We began our trek in the unbelievably adorable town of Boiling Springs where we found some nice fall color.

Unfortunately, we hiked for 1 1/2 miles before we made it to the woods.  Here are my 'Children of the Corn.'

The trail was certainly well marked around the pretty farms.

We even saw some Pennsylvania Longhorns.

(Don't worry, he was a really long way away.)

Finally we entered the woods and felt we were really hiking the Appalachian Trail!

(This is daughter Christy's picture, taken with her iphone.)

We came across a lot of these giant indentations in the ground.  Big gophers?

Of course we had already gone so far, we turned around in another half mile.  Next time we'll start somewhere closer to the woods.

Meanwhile, where was Ron, you ask?  Well, he stayed at my father's house and worked.  Let's see.  He caulked around the chimney, blew the leaves out of the gutters, replaced a missing shingle, and cut back some of the woods that was encroaching on the house.  What a guy.  And, no, he is not available for hire.  Earlier in the week, he, I, and my father cut back three feet on each side of the driveway so it no longer resembled a tunnel.  My father always complains how he can't do anything anymore.  Understandable that he would slow down at 94, but you should have seen him with a chainsaw!


  1. Glad to read that you had a good time with the girls.
    Even the experts are saying that part of the secret to longevity is keeping yourself active so your dad has nothing to worry about.
    Be Safe and Enjoy!

    It's about time.

  2. Wow, 94 and still wielding a chansaw! That is impressive.

  3. Still working at 94 is the reason your dad is a member of the Greatest Generation. They know how to keep on going and getting things done! ;c)

  4. Ron's not for rent how bout Dad? I have soooo many trees to chainsaw..its not funny. Course Im not even there yet but planning to head out next week...I think its wonderful that our 90+ parents are still ready to rumble! My Mom is 91 and I just dragged her across the country and now we are going to be heading back another adventure for her and I to enjoy together!
    OH the AT well when I hike on it back in the 90's we had to do the approach trail At Springer Mt was featured in the movie "A Walk in the Woods" and how real was their moans and groans the approach is 9 miles of agonizing elevation gain!!

  5. You all certainly worked hard. I'm sure your dad appreciated it. Glad you got to go on the hike with your girls.

  6. When the men are at work, the women will play.