Friday, August 26, 2016

Adirondack Memories 2016 ~ "Loyal" Five MInute Friday #fmf


Joining the tribe of Five Minute Friday writers
for a piece in five minutes flat with a prompt of loyal
...annnnnnd 5,4,3,2,1...begin~ 


The clink of the backgammon dice on a rainy day and the splash of dockjumping and King of the Hill on a scorched, sunny one.
  The glassy lake reflecting pines and the lemon yellow and ivory lily pad flowers arching heavenwrd.....

The connect the dots pattern of mosquito bites we all bear and the roasted to perfection s’mores. The pungent aroma of a campfire through hair and sweatshirts.
And nothing says‘summer’ like that smell.

The whipsers of “Did you SEE that one?” as a midnight  meteor arcs  across black velvet sky, centuries old pine trees framing. 

And the hushed, “Hey can you find Cassiopeia up there?”
   

  And the tapestry of our family history, here, in this serenity?  Often it comes crashing with such ferocity, I am back again. It is 1973 or it is 1978 or it is 1982. And I am here as a child. 
2008

Or it is 2012. Or 2016. And these squealing, splashing, fishing, frolicking kids are mine.

Loyal? Yes, I'd label that  loyal.  The memories, the constancy,  the sameness.   And most vividly, the hushed, happy voices, familiar lilts and inflections, saying nothing of huge importance, but oh so important.  The safety net of loyalty.

2007
< < I took a few extra minutes after writing in 5 to find these pics and share!  :) >> 




I'm happy to join the tribe of FMF writers at Kate's.
Please click over to Kate's for some truly beautiful pieces of writing.....
and glimpses of hearts.
This week, Kate has details on the soon to be released FMF book!
And  can I tell you~ 
I'm SO honored to be included within its pages.....
The FMF book is due to be released on September 26th! ~~~
I'll keep you posted on purchase information, as all
the proceeds will go toward two vital charities in South Africa.

                                                          
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Wednesday, August 17, 2016

Adirondack Memories 2016 ~ Happy 100th Birthday Dad!

Many an August 17th during  the 70s and 80s
 was spent celebrating,
the strains of "Happy birthday to Daaa-aa-aa-aad"
echoing across the lake, pictures snapped,
gifts unwrapped and always appreciated,
family time enjoyed, never taken for granted.
Never.
Many a memory was created,
laughter shared, smiles beaming,
the everyday stresses temporarily abated while here,
while in this magical, mountainous spot.


Dad returned home in 1945  to civilian life and
 eventually to 5 children and 4 children-in-law,
  9 grandchildren, 2 of them--mine--he never met,
but who have heard stories that bring to life his memory,
  5 great grandchildren, all of them, who never met him.
As youngest of 5, Dad was 49 when I was born in 1965....



There's a party in heaven tonight, Dad.
And it is particularly serendipitous that I get to be here in this paradise,
spying Cassiopeia and gazing out on the lake,
just as we did many moons ago on this very day, so, so many times.
I love you Dad. Miss you always.


 


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Monday, August 15, 2016

Adirondack Memories 2016 ~ Paradise Found


Well, my version, anyway!
This is our view right now~


I know, right?
Perfect.
But only if you're into mountains, lakes, 
schedule-less days,  swimming, boating,
grilling, family time.
And gazing out onto Paradise.
You have no idea how relaxed I am right now. 
Decisions? None.
Memory making? Yup.

A scrapbook, of sorts, of our time here for the past few days.
<Haven't been able to hop online since arriving
...wifi's a bit sporadic, apparently.>

< For a variety of reasons, it's been  my practice over the past two years
 or so not to post family  pictures here on the blog. 
SO the shots are devoid of the happy smiley faces around here!>

 Sunrise over the LI Sound as we're about to cross the Throgs Neck:


and once on the bridge~~~ day breaks over the East River: 

 And five hours later....we're here~!
Let the memory making begin!
We're at a tiny lake in this general historic area of the Adirondacks~
Think Last of the Mohicans...that's where we are blessed to be.

 Unfortunately, this was most of our first day:
 Still gorgeous, right?
Just hard to get the bags in the room during a monsoon!
But before you know it~ 
All was clear!
Couldn't ask for better!
 

On Sunday, we were able to celebrate my brother's birthday....
he lives not far from here and since we don't see him on his actual
 birthday a few weeks from now, we grab this chance!
Lots of catching up, birthday-ing and beaching it.


 At dusk, the campfires and the s'mores are definitely happening around here!
We're serious about the night time events that are going on!
Wish you could grab a sweatshirt and a marshmallow stick and join us!



Darkness falls.......

Since this is a family of athletes ( well, minus me....the nonathletic one )
we're tuning in to Olympic fever at night as well.
Go Mo! Katie! Phelps! Bolt!


 Another day, another morning,  full of promise, memories, a lake that awaits:
 If I can access the www tomorrow,
 I'll be back sharing more!



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Friday, August 5, 2016

On the Road Again: Wyoming Sunset ~ "Happy" { #fmf 8/5/16 }

Joining the tribe of Five Minute Friday writers
for a piece in five minutes flat with a prompt of happy
...annnnnnd 5,4,3,2,1...begin~ 

Not all our travel memories are  sunshine and unicorns.
Let's be real.
 But there are glimmers of true happiness, real, well, joy in the remembering:
Rolling hills, jagged peaks, a stray deer staring curiously at passing cars.
Vast nothingness, yet fullness everywhere
Just everywhere.
Big sky bluer than any blue.
Boundless emerald fields greener than any green,
 sweeping to the distant peaks.....the ones that scrape heaven.
Those majestic purple craggy mountains.
Hay bales stacked in neat pyramids by roadside....
Creek noisily spills and races and glistens. 
Ranchhouse silently waiting for its residents to gather within.
Sun sets and day ends and memories made.

 
  

   < a couple of Wyoming shots~ summer 2011 >

                                                               

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and glimpses of hearts.
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Go check out her giveaways.....such unique items ~!
And her announcement on the soon to be released FMF book!
ANd  can I tell you~ 
I'm SO honored to be included within its pages.....
                                                         
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Wednesday, August 3, 2016

On the Road Again: A Silent Reminder ~ Wordless Wednesday


...and this was not the only one of its kind.
Zipping down Interstate 40, 
<<where the speed limit is a whopping 75 mph,  in Oklahoma >>
on the Sunday of Fourth of July weekend, no less.
A beautiful, breathtaking, solemn site.


                                
Other posts so far in my On the Road Again, summer 2016 travel series~
 Photojournal of our 2016 Coast to Coast Road Trip!
Our 2016  Cross Country Travels By the Numbers
5 Movies You Should  Definitely See Before  Taking That Cross Country Trip
Top 5 Reasons Travel Changes You!

Descent to the Colorado:
Tips on Hiking 5000 feet and 20 miles 
 to Grand Canyon's Phantom Ranch

And if you think the title's long, try the hike.
It's no picnic. But if you're gonna do it, I've got the goods.

 
                                                   
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Monday, August 1, 2016

5 Movies You Should Definitely See Before Taking That Cross Country Trip {#5faves }


As you know, my family recently returned from a cross country trek....
annnnnnd,  there are still tons of posts
that I've planned   to share with you  the majestic 
and historic gems we visited!
If you, too, are considering heading out to see some of the wondrous features and 
immerse yourself in the history of our country...you might really enjoy this list of
"movie must-sees!"
And if this summer does not hold travel for you beyond the town pool,
the kids' day camp  and the local supermarket.....
you may still decide that a few of these look too good to pass up!

Now, you know my space here on the web would
 definitely be deemed  "family friendly,"  but in this post,
please be forewarned that the last two movies on my last are 
not at all for the kids.
I'll explain down below.

SO let's get started with the movie fun, shall we?
Break out the popcorn and lemonade
for a chat about The Best Films With Our Country As the Lead!! 


Since we're huge fans of Robin Williams, ( who isn't ?) 
 traveling the US and
camping ( not RVing--that's kind of a luxury for us--believe it or not!)  
this movie's become  a family favorite and one 
that we watch e-v-e-r-y- summer before we set out.
Not the night before...because Lord knows, there's too much to do then.
But watching it is  on our "to-do"  list  each year!


The comedy genius of Williams.
The  classic scenery of The West.
  Jeff Daniels, who's jaw dropping 
in any movie..... whether humbly expressing profundities in Gettysburg
  or effortlessly goofballing in  Dumb and Dumber
Add it all to  lots of laughs and great fun.
Don't look too hard for the message....it's there but it's so lame you'll miss it.
Just enjoy. 
If you homeshcool, add a star. 
And you need to watch to the very end to see why.






Wow. Just wow.
The sweeping landscape of the Dakotas, the eerie, memorable soundtrack.
The history, the characterizations, the heart breaking plot.
This spectacular film set against the post Civil War mid west. 
If you haven't seen it, you must.
If you've seen it already, it's probably been quite some time;
so you'll likely be adding this to your must-watch list, won't you?

And by the way I am so not a Kevin Costner fan. So not.
Yet, I love it.
I can't imagine how much MORE I'd appreciate the film
 if it starred a different actor. 
By the way, if you travel the Black Hills of South Dakota, 
 you can actually tour the grounds
of Fort Hayes, a stone's throw from Mt Rushmore, Crazy Horse,
 the Badlands and Jewel Cave, where the movie was filmed!

 My kids, in front of the fort/movie set.
 July 2011






Who wouldn't  love a movie featuring adorable personified animals
set against the panorama of San Fransisco and The West?
Okay, it may be a  little nerve wracking at first for the small ones who might
 worry that the pets won't meet up with their owners.
But once they cleverly forma  plan and band together, it's all good!
 There's nothing not to adore about this film!



 Thelma and Louise

Thelma & Louise

I hate to admit it, but this is one of my faves.
Oft quoted and referenced, albeit rough and racy...
it is definitely deserving of its R rating. 
It features a lengthy list of stars parading
across some of the best scenery our country can boast.
And I positively love how NO ONE gives away the end.
Seriously, THIS movie and The Sixth Sense are just  not discussed, am I right?
No one talks.
How great are people at keeping secrets?
Just watch it.



Son of the Morningstar 




For such a young country, we certainly have had more than
our share of shameful episodes.
Slavery, the Salem Witch Trials, the blatant <  but never included
in history books> abuse of suffragettes, 1973's Roe v Wade decision...
the list goes on.
One horrific chapter is portrayed in Son of the Morningstar
Who hasn't  heard of Custer's Last Stand?
If you go to the actual spot though...you'll be moved beyond words.
Literally.
No. One. Speaks. at that small piece of grass in Montana....
an otherwise unremarkable, un-landmarked area in the northwestern  USA, 
 which is shockingly  uber crowded, but not frequented by Americans.
It seems our European, Australian and Asian friends
 revere this place more than we do.
If you're an American at Little Bighorn National Battlefield,
you're in the minority.
Says a lot doesn't it?  

Gary Cole gives an outstanding performance as one of the 
most hated and  heartless generals in history....
So much so, that we all had a hard time enjoying Hop
<Yes, he's the Dad. >
It's certainly not an uplifting movie, 
but it does depict a brutal and vitally important
 period in our country's story, 
ironically culminating on our Centennial, July 4, 1876.

 More on the topic in this post one of my most visited~~



And, hey, for those of you who are thinking,
"SOMEDAY I'll get out and see some of the amazing places our country has to offer...
buuuuuuuuut I just can't make it happen now........"
hold that thought!
It saddens me greatly to hear that people with a wanderlust
fear the expense of a trip.
There are practical  steps  you can  take r-i-g-h-t  n-o-w to get
planning and  get out the door  with your family to explore
the natural and historic jewels of  America!
I'm not an expert in much, but on this, yes...so take my advice, okay? 
Here you go~

 And if you've a minute and would like to peruse some of our journeys,
All our travel posts...from sea to shining sea!


I'm happy to join the weekly #5faves linkup
 Please click over to peruse many bloggers' favorites...
                                        and thank you, Bonnie and DeBalino, for hosting!
   Friends, as always,  
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