Howe Caverns Revisited Wednesday, Sep 3 2008 

Auntie M first visited Howe Caverns when she was a little girl and super-impressed.  The next time shes was there she took Paramedic Son, who was 7 at the time. Through his eyes, it was still impressive.   Today with Doc?  Not so much. . .

For the exorbitant (I thought) sum of $18/person, we got an 80-minute tour, part walk, part boat ride, with a knowledgeable guide, along with sixteen other people.https://i2.wp.com/www.panoramio.com/photos/original/461720.jpgOh sure, Auntie M thinks stalagmites and stalactites are neat geological formations.  But the WOW factor was long gone.  The ice cream on the way home was the highlight.

All has led to Auntie M’s conclusion that she is Getting Old.  Signs of this have been occurring for a while now, but Auntie M is nothing if not a spectacular ostrich ignorer.  Tomorrow should be much more fun: at least a part of the day is going to be spent at a Border’s going-out-of-business sale/40% off everything.

Now THAT is right up her alley~

Hammock Lessons Monday, Sep 1 2008 

Doc and Auntie M are having a great time in the Catskills.  Our grandcats are adorable, Hamilton and Pumpkin, two feral cats Wife and Middle Son took in and treat royally.  There have been nice sunny days, NOT hot, and my deodorant hasn’t had a workout yet.  At night sleeping under the open windows to a cool breeze has been heavenly.

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Today our plans were thwarted by closing on Labor Day, so we flexibly made Tuesday’s plan for Monday and it worked.  After outings to a few local farm stand that WERE open, we will have homemade crab cakes tonight (from NC crab Doc caught and we picked and brought up), fresh salad with homegrown veggies from the gardne up here, local sweet corn, and multigrain bread Middle son made in his bread maker today.  Oh, and fresh tomatoes with fresh mozzarella and basil from our garden.  Bliss.

This afternoon saw me heading for the hammock strung between two shady trees, research book and notebook in hand.  Now, Auntie M hasn’t actually been in a hammock in a few years, BUT it must be like riding a bike.  Once you learn, you never forget.  How hard could it be to get into it?

I backed into it as instructed and promptly flipped ass butt over head onto the other side of the grass, hat flying off, ditto sandals, crunching my neck and shoulders.  I came up laughing and not a little bit embarrassed…with Middle son holding the side, I managed to wedge myself into it a bit better.  And was afraid to move.  Finally I relaxed, and two hours later, with stripes from the ropes on my back, the research is done, that book packed back up, and NOW I can relax and read the brain candy books I’ve brought along.

Travel Geeks Monday, Sep 1 2008 

Early on Saturday morning, Radar and Murray were left at the great kennel we use and off we headed on our trip to the Catskills to see Middle Son and his Wife.  My usual role of navigator had been taken over by a GPS with a female voice Doc named “Matilda.”  When we digress from her planned route she chides us with a slighly exasperated by always well-modulated “Recalculate.”

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Thanks to Sirius radio we spend the trip channel-surfing, checking weather and news, the Sinatra channel (yes, we are geeks) and by mid-morning are on to a jazz channel from NC over the Chesapeake Bay Bridge Tunnel into VA.  This combination of two tunnels and two bridges is a wonder of man-made engineering.https://i0.wp.com/www.pbs.org/wgbh/buildingbig/wonder/structure/images/chesapeake1_bridge_1.jpg

Seeing the bridge just disappear into the water used to freak me out but I’ve gotten used to it now.

When jazz starts to wear thin we find the Broadway channel.  Through MD, DE, into NJ and up the Turnpike, we sing along to Broadway’s best.  Being Labor Day weekend, they are playing back-to-back tune of Tony Award musicals, from 1957 on, Fiorello to The Heights. We sing along gustily. When we are hungry, I reach into the back seat and make us fresh wraps.

Those of you who know Auntie M can attest to her desire to BE Julie Andrews from age 7-16.

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Doc’s parents were both teachers, his dad a principal, and he regales me with stories of the many shows and stars they took him to with teachers passes, the great luminaries of live theatre he saw on stage in person, from Ethel Merman in “Gypsy” to Mary Martin in “The Sound of Music” and yes, he saw JA in “My Fair Lady.”  I’ve always been envious of that.  The one that got to him most emotionally, he recalls, was  “Man of La Mancha.”

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When this one comes on, I see him get lost in his memories.

Looking over at this man I adore, who has been by my side for 23 years, my husband for over 17 now, who else would sing to musicals with me, whistling when he doesn’t know the lyrics?

He’s the perfect traveling companion, and this is just Day One of vacation~

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