Karen and I left the States on April 3 and did not return until June 20 traveling across the Atlantic on a repositioning cruise, a cruise around the western Mediterranean , 8 days in Portugal, a Viking River cruise of the Duro River and 3 weeks in Italy, followed by a fantastic Safari in Tanzania with our daughter and family.
WE NEEDED A BREAK!We returned to the back porch at 36 East Middle Street in Gettysburg for a two month stay. We also used the front porch as well, greeting our neighbors as they went to work each day.
We also needed to do annual visits to doctors, dentists, hairdressers and of course our Gettysburg friends. We have both lived in this town longer than anywhere else so friends are very crucial.
Karen also got a new pair of eyes. Everyone gets cataracts if they live long enough; Karen did and the fine folks at Johns Hopkins in Baltimore fixed her up nicely!This was eye #1 yielding a 20/15 vision to her absolute delight. Number two followed two weeks later purposely set just a little near-sighted so she can now read menus without glasses.
After wearing the same set of clothing for roughly 2 1/2 months we visited our 10 X 10 storage locker and traded clothes so that we will look like different people on our next adventure. I was tempted to burn Karen’s raincoat.
It was also good to get back on our bicycles for the first time since February when we were in Florida.This photo was taken at a toll house along the Chesapeake and Ohio tow path which has been one of our favorite places to ride. This national park is a treasure that follows the Potomac River from Washington to Cumberland Maryland for 183 miles. One of our objectives on this visit was to complete two sections missing from our bicycling “curriculum vitae”. We achieved this and now have a contiguous 135 miles along this beautiful pathway.This is the site of a lime kiln used to produce cement for the construction of the canal and later produced some of the cement for the completion of the Washington Monument. This park owes its existence to the efforts of Supreme Court Justice William O Douglas who fought commercialization of the Maryland side of this scenic river.
We took several trips during our stay here, visiting a sister in Danville, Va and friends in the Philadelphia area. One of the really cool places we visited was the site of a tile factory which is now a state park called Font Hill.In Doylestown PA the founder of the Moravian Pottery and Tile works built this unusual castle to demonstrate the uses of decorative tiles to builders of the era. It was made entirely of concrete covered with thousands of tiles. The owner even set a fire on the roof to prove that concrete homes don’t burn down.