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Thursday, February 21, 2019

Crazy, All-Over-the-Map

 
Marie and I are back at her house, but she's gone to a meeting. At least I get to wind down a little. This whole escapade began with a medical emergency for Marie's friend, Selma, who is 90 and very independent. However, she has macular degeneration and she developed a bad infection in her good eye. The first consequence was to find a local doctor who would see her immediately. He gave her medications, but she had to go the very next day to her own doctors in New Jersey. So we set off yesterday morning on a trip south.

The doctor's appointment was long. I got to sit and read and stay up to date on the weather, but Marie had to go in and deal with all the medical responsibilities for an older person. By the time they were done, the earlier snow was changing to ice. Selma's daughter lives only about a half hour away, so we bailed out and went there. We didn't have overnight stuff with us, but we are campers. We know how to make do!

The ice did develop as we sure could see this morning.

ice on trees

It was beautiful, but the temperatures were rising, and by the time Marie and I left the roads were wet but clear.

ice on trees

One of the perks of staying at Ann's house was to play with four dachshunds. I only got picture of two of them. This is Hamilton (back) and Oliver the puppy.

dachshunds

Selma stayed there, because the doctor wants to see her every day. This is really pretty serious. If they can't get it cleared up she's going to lose the little sight she has left. Ann will take over for now.

So Marie and I drove back to NY through the lovely mountains.

Catskill mountains

Then we had to go to Selma's house anyway to get her regular medicines and overnight them down to Ann. Selma lives near the Ashokan Reservoir, surrounded by the mountains I showed you two days ago.

Ashokan Reservoir

Then we ate, did shopping, and came home. Marie had a meeting and I did laundry. Crazy.

I'm hoping Selma will be well before we leave so I can take her picture with us. Right now, with a red, swollen eye, I know she wouldn't want me to share.

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Tuesday, February 19, 2019

Loving the Mountains (and the Moon)

 
Marie lives practically at the base of the Catskill Mountains. These surround the Ashokan Reservoir. I may have a chance to get more pictures tomorrow.

This is High Point Mountain, at just over 3000 feet.

High Point Mountain, Catskills

Just to its north is a series of peaks, left to right: Hanover, Balsam Cap, Friday, Cornell, and Wittenberg Mountains. The highest is Cornell Mountain at 3800 feet. I know lovers of the west look on these peaks with disdain, but I love them.

Cornell Mountain, Catskills

On an even smaller scale, the rocks by the grocery store parking lot are lovely covered in snow yesterday.

rocks

Today I was able to get a long shot to show how that tilted bed of stone lies right beside the road. More on how I reached this vantage point in a minute.

tilted rocks

We ended the day with the just-past-full Super Snow Moon. Really bright. It's supposed to be the brightest full moon of 2019 because the moon is the closest to the Earth.

Super Snow Moon February 2019

Most of the day was spent with another friend, Selma. We were planning to celebrate her 90th birthday with a lunch. Well, we did that, but we also took her to the eye doctor as she was having a fairly serious emergency. The office was on the 3rd floor, so there were some great views of the same peaks that can be seen from the Reservoir. Tomorrow, we are taking her to her regular specialist in New Jersey, because her eye needs immediate attention.

I was able to do some writing, and am REALLY close to finishing Chapter 12, "The Adventures of Alice in Central New York." I'm going to try to get that done before I fall asleep. See you tomorrow, probably with adventures from a New Jersey jaunt, but mostly seen from a car.

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Monday, February 18, 2019

Lower Enfield Glen

 
These pictures are from several days ago while I was still in Ithaca. Today was calm and great, but not a huge picture-taking day, so I'll share more of these.

Lower Enfield Falls is the largest falls on the creek (not the tallest, but we couldn't get there in winter). You can see the Lower Falls in the distance.

Lower Enfield Falls

Here's Elaine, with the falls in the background.

Lower Enfield Falls

I just liked the contrast of the falling water with the layers of snow-covered rock.

Lower Enfield Falls

Here's a view of the top of the cliff wall to the right of the falls.

Lower Enfield Falls

Snowy branches looking sculpture-ish.

snow covered branches

And for some reason, I think the red guard rail with icicles against the free-flowing water is appealing.

Lower Enfield Falls

I got back to writing today. Managed about 1000 words on Chapter 12. Marie and I walked at the mall, got some groceries, did a puzzle, chilled. Nice day. I needed some calm.

You may see more ice and water pictures another day.

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Sunday, February 17, 2019

Into the Catskills

 
I've moved again, this time to Marie's house where I will be for the rest of my time here.

This meant a drive south through the Catskill Mountains. Pictures taken from the car, on the fly. Not the best quality, but you can get the idea.

catskill mountains

I love the way the big houses are shoehorned into the hills. Look ahead of the car.

houses in catskill mountains

The Delaware River was parallel to us for most of the driving route.

Delaware River

Hoping to get back on some sort of modified schedule tomorrow. We'll see.

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Saturday, February 16, 2019

Upper Enfield Glen

 
I'm taking you back to a few days ago with some pictures of Upper Enfield Glen in New York. The trails to the most spectacular of the waterfalls is closed for the winter, but this falls is visible from the parking area. They consider it so ho-hum, it doesn't even have a name.

waterfall at Upper Enfield Glen

I liked how the snow and moss and ferns were clinging to the rock walls.

snow and rocks at Upper Enfield Glen

This also unnamed falls is on a tributary, Fish Kill Creek. That funny "hood" is an ice cover that formed when the temps were so low and then partially washed away leaving a bridge.

waterfall at Upper Enfield Glen

There was a hamlet here, formed around a mill. When I was a kid, the mill wheel was still in place. It's now been removed but most of the gears are still there and visible.

mill gears at Upper Enfield Glen

And this mill stone is a study in shapes and tones.

mill stone at Upper Enfield Glen

Let's not talk about today's author event. See you tomorrow. I'll be on the move again. Back with Marie.

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