Wednesday, May 02, 2012

An Uneventful Rainy, Drizzly Foggy Drive!

Would you believe it that I only took time to stop at ONE Antique Mall my whole way up to Poughkeepsie?

It’s true ---- I only took time last evening to wander, at the place where the second diving helmet in 3 days was found in Virginia.

I was emailing my friend Lori about the strangeness of these items – and maybe it’s not so strange being in a coastal state like North Carolina or Virginia --- but I bet it would be more rare to find antique diving gear in places like…umm.NEBRASKA?! I do think these things are cool, it’s just something you don’t see every day, and the fact that I saw one Sunday and saw one in another state on Tuesday – what’s the odds of that?!

Yeah, right! And what’s the odds of me winning the jar of jelly beans at the chiropractor’s office?! :cD

When I left Virginia after breakfast this morning – it was 70 degrees. Don’t you love the view of the mountains in my rear view mirror? Sometimes the view behind you IS prettier than the view in front of you --- so I just had to snatch that photo.

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This was the view in front of me – see that drizzling rain? It never really poured, but it was hazy, and the farther north I got, the farther the temperatures dropped.

Yesterday as I was returning from dinner, the car thermometer said 87 degrees. 87!!

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I continued up I-81, crossing over a corner of West Virginia, skating across just a small portion of Maryland, and into Pennsylvania --- all the while, the clouds gathered thicker, and temps dropped, and dropped and dropped! At the lowest temp it was about 52 and windy ---

Where was my jacket? At home of course! I had to make a side run into a local Walmart to find a sweater that will do me through the weekend! (($7 on clearance --- good deal!))

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The clouds and moisture are just hanging over Pennsylvania as I made my way north up I-81 and onto I-84 ---MAN --- that Pennsylvania is a BIG STATE! I thought I’d never reach the New York State Line!

I even made a pit stop in a small town just before reaching New York ---I left North Carolina yesterday morning before my local post office was open –and planned to mail a few book orders while on my way. They got mailed today in a little town somewhere in the Poconos!

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I FINALLY crossed into New York – and I knew I was getting close.

This was really the better way to drive rather than fighting my way up I-95 and dealing with toll booths every few miles. I hate that New Jersey Turnpike! This may have taken a bit longer, but the scenery was beautiful and restful ---I just listened to books and unwound.

OH! I listened to Janet Evanovich’s “Explosive 18” OH. MY. GOODNESS! I was laughing so hard I almost wet myself --- seriously. The gal that does the narrating does all the voices SO GOOD! I was sad to have that one end already ----fun stuff.

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How about this for a foggy/rainy overlook just over the New York line?!

Of course I was north bound – the south bound lanes are right up at the overlook and don’t have to photograph expanses of road when viewing the valley --- so maybe on the way back I’ll get better photos --

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I’ve checked into my hotel. The girls from the American Sewing Guild are picking me up for an Italian dinner in about 10 minutes. I’m hungry and tired!

If any sewing gets done tonight at all – it will be a couple bindings/hanging sleeves that need finshing –or maybe --- I’ll crash early!

Tomorrow – it’s a Cathedral Stars workshop with the Hudson Valley chapter of the American Sewing Guild!

Have a great Wednesday evening, everyone!


  1. If you think Pennsylvania is a long state, you need to drive either the length of Illinois or the width of New York State...nice country but when I was heading to Massachusetts years ago, I didn't think we'd ever get across NY!
    Love the pics and the play by play.
    Anna in IL

  2. Anonymous7:28 PM EDT

    Darn...i should have done a quilt drive by when you came through Wilkes-Barre on 81N. I hope you noticed me waving to you from the casino while I was on my work break. :-)

  3. Oh, I would have met you for a break in PA! I'm not too far off 81 and 84! I'm glad you enjoyed our view, though. It's much nicer than toll booths.

  4. Anonymous7:47 PM EDT

    I love traveling I 81 south to FL, such a restful drive compared to I 95. My favorite place is Ravine, PA...the name really fits the spot...you go off I81 and down, down, down to the fuel station and eatery. I try to stop there every time through just cuz I like the name.
    I love the overlook from NY heading south to PA, the view is great as is the view coming North to Wilkes-Barre. Such open vistas.
    Enjoy your time in NY

  5. Anonymous7:52 PM EDT

    We travel 81 and 84 when we go to Maine from Tennessee every summer. It is a pretty ride! Hope you have fun in New York!

  6. Anonymous8:35 PM EDT

    If you crossed in to NY on 81 you were in a small town. LOL my GPS Malfunctioned up there in Hop Bottom and had me driving in circles around the town. Thought I was in an old twilight zone flick.

  7. I have traveled that route from Maine to Lynchburg Va many times. Wish I could have been with you. Last few times I have taken the Amtrak. More restful than driving.

  8. Be glad you weren't driving across TX

  9. Be glad you weren't driving across TX

  10. Be glad you weren't driving across TX

  11. Be glad you weren't driving across TX

  12. Be glad you weren't driving across TX

  13. i love her books and they always have me in stitches they are so funny

  14. I love listening to Janet Evanovich books while I am working. They are a riot. Most of the ones I have listened to are read by C. J. Critt. She is a wonderful reader. That makes a huge difference in an audio book. You might also like the Deborah Knott books by Margaret Marron; also read by C. J. Critt.

    Loved the photos. I haven't been to that part of the country in years, but it sure is beautiful.
    Hope you have a wonderful time!

  15. Sherry from southeast Texas(schoolnu76@gmail.com)10:29 PM EDT

    You should try driving through Texas!!!

  16. See you in the morning! I'm packing fabric now.

  17. they driving helmet are haunting you u either need one or need to go driving,,,when you came to Hershey pa be sure to bring a sweater along other weather has been messed up

  18. Nope, can't say I've ever seen one of those antique dive helmets here in Nebraska. But now that the image has been planted in my head I imagine I'll be tripping over the darn things every time I turn around! :)

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  20. I've been at that overlook, and, depending on where you stopped in PA (if it was just before NY, I've been there, too -- Matamoras!).

    That section, just across the bridge from Matamoras into NY ... if you stop there for gas -- nominally Port Jervis, NY, the Vallero is in NJ. :)

    Port Jervis was half-way to my son in Keene, NH. [He's now living in Nebraska! Funny place for a sailor to settle, no?! ;) Now, if he only had a diving helmet!!!!]

    If you have time, I suggest stopping in Newburgh, NY to visit Orange County Choppers -- if you're at all interested in that kind of thing. :)

  21. Thank you for taking us with you on your journey!


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