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Saturday, May 01, 2004

Heading Home 

Now we are really heading home. We left the Cape on Thursday, then spent a delightful night in Altoona, PA with Richard and Alice Flarend. Richard, a student of David’s a number of years ago, now teaches and does research at Penn State Altoona and is building a timber frame addition to his home.

The girls are very excited to be heading home. Amanda complains when we have to stop for anything. I look forward to being home, but I would be happy to spend another few months on the road. It has been interesting and life has seemed simple except when maneuvering in narrow spaces.

Janet

Wednesday, April 28, 2004

Woods Hole and Cape Cod Beaches 

We started the day by dropping David at WHOI, then drove into Woods Hole to explore. We visited the WHOI exhibit center and learned about the various devices used to explore the ocean bottom. The mockup of Alvin reveals how tight the quarters are and one wonders how they can observe anything through such a small porthole.

We had lunch and made a brief visit to the aquarium. The aquarium is small but extremely informative. There are displays showing the growth rate of lobsters and how they can grow a new claw when one is lost in a fight. There are tanks will local species – even a blue lobster (a fairly common mutant).

We tried to stop in at Handmade (a local craft store like our co-op in Lafayette), but they were just putting out some stock for the opening of the season and didn’t want browsers. Too bad, I was in a buying mood.

Janet


Today we dropped Dad off at his work and we looked around Woods Hole. We looked at the museums and the wharf. After lunch we went to pick up Dad, and we drove out to the end of the cape. It is BEAUTIFUL! Mom says that she would love to live on the cape EXCEPT for in the summer. It is the tourist capitol of the world, and the little two-lane road is jammed all the way to the tip. Well, that is what she said. Today there was very little traffic.

The beaches are great, but the dunes aren’t as big (or white) as those at White Sands Monument. We read a plaque that said that the entire cape was forested until the Pilgrims came and cut down the trees and let their cattle graze. With no vegetation, the sand was able to move around and the dunes started to form. Grass is beginning to grow on some of the dunes, so maybe some day they will be gone.

WE SAW WHALES! When we were walking along the beach Dad claimed that he saw a spout, and Mom said that it was probably a Right Whale. She said that they are endangered and that there were only about 300 left in the North Atlantic. In Baja we saw 300 whales IN ONE TRIP!! We got out the binoculars and I even saw a body go a little out of the water! It was a long drive home, but we made it back for a late dinner. It was a fabulous day.

Amanda

Tuesday, April 27, 2004

Kapell Cranberries 

Today we went to Jeff and his wife Alex’s house for dinner. Jeff owns a cranberry bog in Plymouth. He showed us all his machinery and trucks. It was really amazing. He has over 40 acres of bog!!! They are beautiful - flat and sort of a reddish color even though there are no berries yet. After the tour we went back to the house.

We made pizza!! We flattened out our dough, spread the toppings, then we cooked and ate. DELICOUS! It was Jeff’s birthday so then we had cake. Luckily we had brought flowers so we didn’t feel too bad about forgetting his birthday.

Amanda

Monday, April 26, 2004

Seafood and More Seafood 

When we arrived in Cape Cod, we saw fish shops up and down the street. YUMMY!!! I love seafood and so does everyone else (except Emily who we can’t get to eat even one scallop) so we went to a nice place for fast food sea food. I got clam chowder, shrimp, and bacon-covered scallops. Mom and Dad got fried clams. Emily got a hamburger and chips. We shared all and still had WAY too much food so we are going to have seafood for lunch too.

The guy who served us the food was really nice. He got a lobster out of the cage to show us, it was 6 and ½ POUNDS!!!!! It was humongous and that is without claws because it had lost them in a fight!

I like Cape Cod except for the rain!

Amanda

Sunday, April 25, 2004

Visiting Concord MA 

Emily and I visited Nora for one week while Mom and Dad visited for only four days. We slept in her basement, went to school with her, went to her track meet, played with her cousins Ab Ab and Mi Mi , jumped on the trampoline, slept on the trampoline, played in the woods, and managed to fit everything else you can think of into one week!!! We had a blast!! In the woods we built a bridge ten feet long over water that was one foot deep. We played Inklink on the computer.

On Saturday night when Page and Charlie took our parents to an auction, we took futons out to the trampoline. It turned out to be a FREEZING night, and we would have been very cold if someone hadn’t come out and put more blankets on top of us (Page and Charlie). We had a great time and didn’t want to leave!

Amanda

Monday, April 19, 2004

Visiting "Philadelphia" 

We went to Mama Dot, Chip, and Fla’s house for a few days. We had a great time. Emily and I worked really hard on a jigsaw puzzle for Chip and Fla, but we didn’t finish it. They had to finish it, which they did once we left. On Sunday Chip took us to the YMCA to swim while he had his workout. We had a blast. It is an Olympic sized swimming pool with beach balls and rings and a basket ball hoop. The deep end is deep enough for diving which I didn’t do much of because of all the old ladies there.

On Sunday we also went to see Aunt Liz and Uncle Mike's new house. It is big and beautiful.

Dad and Chip put up shutters for Mama Dot at her house (550 Rutgers). While we were there we got some of Philly’s famous hoagies which were DELICOUS!!!! Yum yum yummy.

Chip and Fla have a new cat named Corry, and she is BEAUTIFUL…everyone loves her long bushy tail which is almost as big as her body. And she will play peek-a-boo with you which is a great game!

Amanda

Wednesday, April 14, 2004

Washington Art Museums 

Today we went into Washington to see some art museums. Again it rained (Maryland is about to float away). We enjoyed the Hirschhorn and the National Gallery but skipped others that we wanted to see because of the long walks in the pouring rain.

Janet

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