Thursday, 31 May 2012
May 29-May 30 Hop Bottom, PA to New Paris, OH
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Tuesday we spent the entire day in Pennsylvania heading west on I-81 and I-76 to the Pittsburgh KOA. It was being renovated and was very muddy. However, it still had the typical high price for a KOA. Wednesday we stopped to see the Columbus Park of Roses. All kinds of trees helped set off the roses. There were acres of roses. 

After Columbus we continued west and south to Spring Mill State Park in Indiana. What a great place. Lunch was at a Jewish delicatessen in Germantown as we couldn't find a German restaurant. The tower in the photo at left was across the road from the delicatessen.

Then we drove to New Paris, Ohio and stayed at an excellent park built around a quarry called Natural Springs Resort.

  

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Posted on 05/31/2012 12:44 AM by Bob Duthie
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Tuesday, 29 May 2012
May 25-28 Clayton, NY to Kingston, ON to Brockville, ON to Hop Bottom, PA
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Friday and Saturday were nonstop partying with my classmates from Engineering '62. Quite a few married Queen's girls so Mavis had a great time as well. We parked in the Holiday Inn parking lot beside Lake Ontario and went overnight to a very good campsite at nearby Rideau Acres. Friday night was a class party with a slide show. It started on a somber note showing photos of all the class members that are no longer with us. One wag came up with the perfect line when it was over "I'm glad I didn't see my name."  Saturday I was re-convocated by the University at a full scale ceremony with robes, a piper, Scottish dancers, and the Queen's brass band. I played in the same band 50 years ago. (See photo with the dancers). We all received gold medals. I think I will wear it to Rotary and write it into my resume. I can't think of any other uses but feel free to make suggestions. Saturday night was a huge banquet for the 50+ year graduates. We learned that Queen's will have the biggest fund raiser in history this fall. Surprise, surprise!  Chancellor David Dodge is the former president of the Bank of Canada and spoke several times during the day on innovation and how it requires risk and acceptance of failure. Sunday we headed for Brockville our home for 13 years and visited old friends. We rode in Herbs beautiful 1997 Jaguar Vanden Plas. We stayed at Lou and Marg's home on the St. Lawrence River and admired their newest boat, a 45 ft BlueWater. The Tall Ships Landing condo project on the waterfront is well underway. We received the sales pitch and toured the model home 4 years ago. It will make a spectacular addition to the waterfront. The Katy Leigh would look great beside this building. Today, Memorial Day, we headed south on I-81 and wound up at Hop Bottom. Near here we went under the largest concrete railway bridge in the USA.  It has 10 arches and is 2375 ft long by 242 ft high. Built in 1915 it is named the Tunkhannock Creek Viaduct. The best photo was on a poster in the campsite's bingo hall which modestly declares the bridge as "One of the True Wonders of the World".

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Posted on 05/29/2012 3:41 AM by Bob Duthie
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Tuesday, 29 May 2012
May 25-28 Clayton, NY to Kingston, ON to Brockville, ON to Hop Bottom, PA
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Highland Dancers at Reunion Dinner Re-convication Medals 

Friday and Saturday were nonstop partying with my classmates from Engineering '62. Quite a few married Queen's girls so Mavis had a great time as well. We parked in the Holiday Inn parking lot beside Lake Ontario and went overnight to a very good campsite at nearby Rideau Acres. Friday night was a class party with a slide show. It started on a somber note showing photos of all the class members that are no longer with us. One wag came up with the perfect line when it was over "I'm glad I didn't see my name." Saturday I was re-convocated by the University at a full scale ceremony with robes, a piper, Scottish dancers, and the Queen's brass band. I played in the same band 50 years ago. (See photo with the dancers). We all received gold medals. I think I will wear it to Rotary and write it into my resume. I can't think of any other uses but feel free to make suggestions. Saturday night was a huge banquet for the 50+ year graduates. We learned that Queen's will have the biggest fund raiser in history this fall. Surprise, surprise! Chancellor David Dodge is the former president of the Bank of Canada and spoke several times during the  day on innovation and how it requires risk and acceptance of failure.

Herb's 1997 Jag Vanden Plas Tall Ships Landing 

Sunday we headed for Brockville our home for 13 years and visited old friends. We rode in Herbs beautiful 1997 Jaguar Vanden Plas. We stayed at Lou and Marg's home on the St. Lawrence River and admired their newest boat, a 45 ft BlueWater. The Tall Ships Landing condo project on the waterfront is well underway. We received the sales pitch and toured the model home 4 years ago. It will make a spectacular addition to the waterfront. The Katy Leigh would look great beside this building. Today, Memorial Day, we headed south on I-81 and wound up at Hop Bottom. 

Tunkhannock Creek Viaduct

Near here we went under the largest concrete railway bridge in the USA. It has 10 arches and is 2375 ft long by 242 ft high. Built in 1915 it is named the Tunkhannock Creek Viaduct. The best photo was on a poster in the campsite's bingo hall which modestly declares the bridge as "One of the True Wonders of the World".

    

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Posted on 05/29/2012 3:57 AM by Bob Duthie
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Friday, 25 May 2012
May 24 Phelps, NY to Clayton, NY
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1924 Elco Raised Deck Cruiser

Deck House looking aft Clayton was one of our favorite towns along the Great Loop and here we are again minus the Katy Leigh. We are still early in the season so it is not crowded. We parked at the Antique Boat Museum and walked downtown to Bella's Bistro for a late lunch on the deck overlooking the St. Lawrence River. It was excellent and I had the silk pie (silk=chocolate + whipped cream) for desert. I spent the afternoon at the boat museum and Mavis went shopping. The museum is better than ever with a neat new exhibit on canoes. Trunk Cabin 

I also spent time aboard a 1924 42 ft Elco raised deck cruiser with a trunk cabin aft and an enclosed deck house. It is a lot like our boat the Katy Leigh. The galley was in the v-berth where the servants were housed.

On the way up we took the coastal route along the eastern end of Lake Ontario. We stopped at Henderson Harbor and admired the fancy summer homes and gardens along the harbor road.  We received the great news tonight that the Eggner's Ferry Bridge knocked down by a large ship on January 26th will open Friday at 1:00PM just 4 months after the disaster.

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Posted on 05/25/2012 12:50 AM by Bob Duthie
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Thursday, 24 May 2012
May 21-23 Navarre, OH to Phelps, NY
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50 Winnebago View/NavionsAmish Family Bakery Sale 

The Rally was a lot of fun and there were 50 motor homes like ours. Navarre is near the center of Amish Ohio. We saw two horse drawn buggies on the way to the campground. The campground was Baylor Beach Park. The beach was a tiny pond. However, the sites and facilities were first class. The whole area had gone all out with a front page story in the local newspaper and a lighted sign at the Football Hall of Fame.  Winnebago sent an design engineer  in a new 2013 model to get feedback. Monday night was pot luck and after dinner an Amish family came in their buggy and sold bread and pies. It was a mob scene but I managed to get a loaf of bread and a rhubarb pie.

Tuesday instead of seeing the sites, Mavis caught a bad cold and I had to fix the galley faucet.  The hot water tap would only produce a trickle of water. So I spend the best part of the day on my back under the sink. There were a number of experts whose advice ranged from buy a new faucet to just clean the crud out of the tap. The latter advice was the best but I went after complete removal and replacement only if I couldn't fix it. Whatever was plugging it up disappeared on its own.

Meeting Hall at Baylor Beach Park That evening I did my Newfoundland slideshow complete with music over the PA of the Newfoundland National Anthem. The talk was well received by one man who said how much money I had saved him because he was no longer planning to go. He was the exception as many others said they wil continue their plans to do the maritimes and Newfoundland.

Today was a lot of driving to Phelps where the GPS took us to a location on the north side of I-90 while the campground is on the south side. The road was cut off by the interstate. I told the front desk they needed to change their address so GPSs would get it right.  She said it is a common problem.

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Posted on 05/24/2012 2:21 AM by Bob Duthie
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Monday, 21 May 2012
May 20, 2012 On The Road Again to Kingston, ON
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Great Blue Heron Ready to Swallow a Large FishThis short 2 week trip is to attend my college class 50th reunion at Queen's University in Kingston. We picked up the View in Murray and spent Friday and Saturday nights on the Katy Leigh. The big event was to film a Great Blue Heron swallowing a large fish. When the camera turned on the heron had speared the fish and jumped up on our dock. The fish was the wrong way around to swallow, so he dropped the fish and before it touched the dock he had flipped it around the right way. He raised his head and before you know it the fish was down the hatch wriggling away bones, head and all. When I was filming it I thought he had dropped it in the water. Only watching the film did I realize what he had done. Watch the video here. 

Garmin Chart with Radar Overlay & Depth

Saturday was gorgeous and we went out and tested the new Garmin electronics. Over the past 3 weeks I installed a new touch screen chart plotter, AIS (shows the position, speed and direction of tow boats), radar, and depth sounder. There is quite a learning curve to use all this stuff but the basics come quickly.

Hwy 68 Eggners Ferry Bridge - new span. . . new look

The new Eggner's ferry bridge is now in place and the concrete deck was poured today. If all goes well it will be opened for traffic next weekend

Saturday night was a Grand Lakes Yacht Club party. This morning we left at 7:20 AM and drove 372 miles to Wilmington Ohio. Tomorrow we drive 188 miles to Navarre, OH for a two day rally of Winnebago View folks.

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Posted on 05/21/2012 12:16 AM by Bob Duthie
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