A trip out West

So ,ive been gone from WP for almost a year. just busy i guess. between funerals, weddings and vacations.  so i thought id post about the most amazing adventure we took over the end summer.

we first took a jet  from New York City,  yep that’s the 911 memorial down below

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next stop…. San Francisco  we only had 36 hours to catch a few glimpses of the wonders…

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had to go to fisherman’s wharf. spent the day there, since we Ubered every where.

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ive always wanted to see Alcatraz. ever since i was a little girl, all the movies with this big rock .. i wasnt leaving till i saw it. we didn’t have time for a whole tour, so we did the next best thing.. took  a boat ride, went under to 2 famous bridges, and circled around “The Rock” it  was an amazing, if i ever get back there, i will find time to do the whole tour.

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i learned so much, it was like a little city, i wasnt aware, when the prison was open, everyone stayed on this big rock. families of the guards included. they had their own farm, a store, a church.. you name it.

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we also saw a Great White Whale, while on the boat. every one has seen the clouds that cover the bay bridges, so i wont go there 🙂

so the next day we caught a bus that took us to the train station.and there we caught the Zephyr. a train line that goes from Chicago  to San Fan.  we thought it’d b more fun to go from San Fran. to Col. where our Daughter lives.

 

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the seats were pretty comfy for the most part. the food wasnt bad, and the scenery was unbelievable. although … it was a very long trip.. to Colorado, 2 long nites. we thought we’d be fine WITHOUT a sleeper, well live and learn is all we can say 🙂

 

a view from my seat. the cars ahead are the sleepers (in the first photo) the train was so long, and there were so many curves, and steep hill and mnts. sometime we were going 5 mi. an hour.42834882414_f71aa3aa08_o28129_pe

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and tell you, the first nite, we were stuck in the desert, for what seemed to be forever, and dusk was setting in, and i swear it seemed as thought the tumble weeds were growing. ….. to be continued.

if you happened to stop by thank you, in advance.

Part 2 my Adirondack vacation

The Adirondack region was one of the last areas of the northeastern United States to be explored; the headwaters of the Hudson River near Lake Tear of the Clouds on the slopes of Mount Marcy were not discovered until more than fifty years after the discovery of the headwaters of the Columbia River in the Canadian Rockies. Although a few sportsmen had shown some interest earlier, the publication of William H. H. Murray‘s Adventures in the Wilderness; Or Camp-Life in the Adirondacks in 1869 started a flood of tourists to the area, leading to a rash of hotel building and the development of stage coach lines. Thomas Clark Durant, who had helped to build the Union Pacific railroad, acquired a large tract of central Adirondack land and built a railroad from fashionable Saratoga Springs to North Creek. By 1875 there were more than two hundred hotels in the Adirondacks, some of them with several hundred rooms; the most famous was Paul Smith’s Hotel

it was essential to make a living .. and farming the earth was almost impossible
it was essential to make a living .. and farming the earth was almost impossible besides honey and maple syrup , they raised sheep  and of course logging
things were mighty tough back in the day.. still loggers have a difficult job even today
things were mighty tough back in the day.. still loggers have a difficult job even today
Raquette lake trail
Raquette lake trail

The Great Camp tradition has analogs in the western United States, especially in the Rocky Mountains. Closely tied to the dude ranch tradition, elaborate private lodges and cabins owned by groups of wealthy Easterners were constructed in the wilderness. Often families originated from New York or Chicago, and traveled by train to spend long periods in summer in the high country. Some lodges in the West were built by railroad interests, who were able to pick the best land while surveying potential railroad routes.The early Great Camps started life as simple tent camps, often on land initially leased from hotel owners, as hotel guests sought a more authentic wilderness experience. The tent camps evolved into tent platforms or lean-tos and then into compounds of rustic cabins. Even in the early stages, some of these camps became quite elaborate. In 1883 one of the first families on Upper St. Regis Lake, the Anson Phelps Stokes, would arrive in a “special parlour horse car direct from 42nd street to Ausable for $100.” The party consisted of ten family members and an equal number of servants, “three horses, two dogs, one carriage, five large boxes of tents, three cases of wine, two packages of stovepipe, two stoves, one bale of china, one iron pot, four washstands, one barrel of hardware, four bundles of poles, seventeen cots and seventeen mattresses, four canvas packages, one buckboard, […], twenty-five trunks, thirteen small boxes, one boat, one hamper”, all of which was then transferred to wagons for the 36 mile ride to Paul Smiths, and thence by boat to their island campsite.

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the “wheel”house
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boards were often laid to cover small ponds, easier access
can you imagine??? i cant!!!
can you imagine??? i cant!!!
ohh lookie there me:)
ohh lookie theres me:)…the Big Girl
the last time we went to this musei=um these steps called the romanic steps were open, and if you look carefully at the top you can see another building
the last time we went to this museum these steps called the romantic steps were open, and if you look carefully at the top you can see another building. its been shut down. to much to repair 😦
encase you still dot know where i am.. the Olympics were held in the Adirondacks in in 1932 and then again in 1980
in case you still dot know where i am.. the Olympics were held in the Adirondacks in in 1932 and then again in 1980
an out of the way farm house, not very close to town
an out of the way farm house, not very close to town
a typical cabin. i was surprised to see so much color
a typical cabin. i was surprised to see so much color
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the only entertainment
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we walked and walked we were as high as we could go at the museum
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an idea of where we were, see inlet is wayyyy over in the corner
time to head back to our own "camp"
time to head back to our own “camp”
even the dog spotted me in town
even the dog spotted me in town
yep making friends at the bar.. they live a few towns over from us. nope never saw them b4 in my life
Meet Barb and Mike….yep making friends at the bar.. they live a few towns over from us. nope never saw them b4 in my life
and back at the Motel... this is a family owned place here we have the Husband and the 2 kids.. wife ran to the bakery to buy the morning danish. which they do every morning BTW.
and back at the Marina Motel… this is a family owned place here we have the Husband and the 2 kids.. wife ran to the bakery to buy the morning Danish. which they do every morning BTW.
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all kinds of things to do on a rainy day.. there a TV over on the other corner, with cozy furniture
 this is their hospitality room, lots to do down here, if you have kids. they are also animal friendly
this is their hospitality room, lots to do down here, if you have kids. they are also animal friendly

thank you for stopping by, have a pleasant week-end

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