Samantha Fish at Bluefield Blues Festival

Early summer David and I bought tickets to the Bluefield Blues Festival to see Samatha Fish.  It was over a 7 hour drive but David and I love to go on road trips.

On the way we stopped to gas up and grab some lunch.  Then we continued on laughing, talking and singing all the way to our hotel in Bluefield, WV.

Bluefield is a small town in the Appalachian Mountains.  It is a coal mining town.  You still see the coal cars loaded with coal at the railyard. They helped support the Industrial Revolution in the United States. The development of the coal industry in this area created a boom in the local and national economy, and attracted immigrant European workers and enslaved/ migrant African Americans from the Deep South to the mountains in search of industrial work. During the Great War and World War II, coal from this area supplied the navies of the United States and United Kingdom.

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Pine Grove Furnace State Park

We took Maria camping for a few days at Pine Grove Furnace State Park.  After missing our turn and going way out of our way we got turned around and found the entrance.  We found our spot and set up camp.

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Dutch Wonderland

We had been told that we should take Beka and Kate to Dutch Wonderland in Lancaster, PA.  It is only 30 miles from our house but we decided to stay at a Harvest Host on a farm.

Christina and Maria went with us too.  It was tons of fun!

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Mister Ed’s Elephant Museum & Candy Emporium

Our friend, Christina, had told us about Mister Ed’s Elephant Museum & Candy Emporium located on the other side of Gettysburg from our home in York, PA.

Mister Ed’s Elephant Museum – Homemade Fudge, Old Time Candy and Elephants – Gettysburg, PA (mistereds.com)

When our daughter, Sarah, and her family visited in February we stopped by when we were out checking out Gettysburg.  We didn’t get to check out everything outside because of the snow but the store was worth the visit.

Christina tells me she read that they had opened up a shed that is full of teapots and she would like to go check it out.  She then proceeds to tell me that she has never taken her daughter, Maria.  I told we needed to go then.

Off we go on a beautiful summer day.

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A Morning at the Park

Heather called me one Sunday morning and asked if I would like to go to the park with the girls.  I told her that there was a nice park by us that had a nice playground.

As Heather, my daughter, pulled up to the park the girls started yelling we want to go to the red one.  We couldn’t get the girls out of the van fast enough.

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Hershey’s Chocolate World

Sarah and I took the girls to Hershey’s Chocolate World when they visited us in February from Washington.  We had so much fun.

Unwrap Your Chocolate Adventure | HERSHEY’S CHOCOLATE WORLD

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Crazy Life

It has been a long time since I posted.  I guess it all started when I decided to make everyone’s gift.  I should have started a lot earlier.  I have learned from this Christmas.

Anyway David and the girls got all the leaves up during the fall.

The girls even got Dad in the leaves.  Kate thought it was fun to sit in front of the leaf blower.

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Thanksgiving 2020

Even with Covid-19  causing many to think this year is the worst ever we found things to be thankful for.  In fact, we found a lot; no one in our family have contracted Covid-19, we have a loving and caring family, we are very lucky to have 12 beautiful grandchildren, we have portal to stay connected to our family which seems to make them seem closer and many more.

David and I are lucky that we do have some family here.  That means that we went to Heather and Dan’s for dinner.  Heather and I split the cooking which made it easier on both of us.  I did cheap on desserts by buying the pumpkin pie from a local bakery and the Lemon bundt cake from Maria to support her school.  They were both delicious and I didn’t have to cook them which was nice.

When we got to their house Heather and the girls already had the table set.

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Our Last Day at Disney World

Our last day was spent at Epcot.  We arrived there and made it through the entrance one last time.

Of course, the first thing you see is the big circular structure.

I thought we needed a photo of the kids here.

The Covid-19 look with masks on.

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Goodbye Animal Kingdom

It is getting close to the end of our trip.  One last day at Animal Kingdom.  I said before this is our favorite park.  We were hoping to ride the Banshee again but with it being a weekend the line was too long.  I guess it will be on our list next time we go.

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