Wednesday, August 23, 2017

Solar Eclipse at Sugar Mountain, NC 8/21/2017

Monday was an exciting day here at Sugar Top with our location being at a 98% viewing location for the Solar Eclipse.

Clouds moved in just before the big show began, but Ted was able to get several good shots as the Sun and Moon peeked in and out of the cloud cover.

Image as projected through binoculars on to white paper towel...

These last few photos are of images captured by one of our neighbors on her  I phone camera.

Visit to Marion, VA and Hungary Mother State Park

Camped for two nights in early August at Hungary Mother State Park near Marion, VA.

You can see our Jetta just to the left of the campground office. The sight we had was a full hookup, but at $40+(not a VA resident amount) a night was expensive site for what you got.

Had lunch in Marion with friends, Cindy, Linda, Jan, Ed and Bob(left around the table) at the Wooden Pickle.

Around Gettysburg and Eisenhower Farm

A few wrap up photos of Gettysburg National Military Park and the Eisenhower Farm Tour...

Saturday, August 12, 2017

Eisenhower National Historic Site

One of the things on our to see list has been the Eisenhower Farm in Gettysburg. We had visited Eisenhower's early childhood home and burial site in Abilene, KS several years ago, so since we were in the area this was the time to do it. 

Picture of the original farm house before the Eisenhower $200 K remodel.  The house and land was purchased by the Eisenhower's for around $40,000.

Got in on a very interesting talk by Ranger Rick on Eisenhower and D Day. 
 On June 6, 1944, the Allies invade Western Europe in the largest amphibious attack in history. During World War II (1939-1945), the Battle of Normandy, which lasted from June 1944 to August 1944, resulted in the Allied liberation of Western Europe from Nazi Germany’s control.

Ike's putting green...

The porch, where the Eisenhowers did most of their living..

Dwight David "Ike" Eisenhower was an American politician and Army general who served as the 34th President of the United States from 1953 until 1961.

Why Mamie liked pink...
Mamie Doud Eisenhower was First Lady to President Dwight D. Eisenhower from 1953-1961. But before that, she was wife to Ike the General, and they moved from base to base constantly.Whenever Mamie and Ike moved to a new posting, Mamie carried her favorite color samples with her so that she could efficiently set up a new yet familiar household. With no fuss and little muss, Mamie had her home sweet home – over and over again. Throughout all their military moves, she would carry a stick of wood with her favorite colors – green, pink and a creamy color – and use them again and again in her military housing. She could get rooms painted, roll out her rugs, and instantly call it home.

Gettysburg National Military Park

During our stay in PA we made a day trip to the National Military Park in Gettysburg.

Traveling to Gettysburg we passed fields and fields of apples. One of our friends told us that this area produces a lot of the apples for Motts the apple and pear people

Right outside the museum Abe Lincoln is there to greet us....

Saturday, August 05, 2017

The Covered Bridges of Columbia County, PA

Pennsylvania's third largest concentration of covered bridges can be found in Columbia County. Nineteen bridges are within the county, and four span the border between Columbia and Northumberland Counties.
We spent a day tracking down covered bridges near Benton. The first one we found was Stillwater Bridge on Raven's Creek Rd. on Big Fishing Creek. Built in 1849 by James McHenry for $1,124.

The Twin Bridges (East and West Paden) are the only twin covered bridges in the United States. Built in 1884 for $720 by W.C. Pennington and named for John Paden, who ran a sawmill nearby.

Above is Josiah Hess Bridge built in 1875 on Huntington Creek.

Jud Christian Bridge is still operational and was in the process of yearly maintenance  by Columbia County. We were actually able to drive through the bridge and continue on our way.

Sam Eckman Bridge, also still in use, located on Little Fishing Creek was built in 1876 for $498.

Why Were Bridges Covered?

Many reasons are suggested for covering bridges. One generally accepted reason is protection from weather and wood rot in order to make sure the bridges lasted longer. Other explanations include:

The covered bridges resembled barns so animals would be calm when passing through them.
Covers kept snow off the bridge and made for less maintenance in the winter months.
To cover up unsightly bridge trusses.
To provide shelter for travelers during storms.
From an engineer’s viewpoint, adding a roof to a bridge added stability and strengthened the entire structure. A more romantic utilization of covered bridges was as a location for courting couples to meet. Covered bridges are also known as “kissing bridges” for that very reason!