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May 29, 2018 - After Memorial Day

Hopefully everyone had a relaxing and enjoyable Memorial Day weekend and spent a few minutes thinking about the reason for the holiday. Most of those in my generation had a parent, uncle, or other relative directly involved in WWII and the Korean War fortunately for our family we only lost one relative, my father's cousin Walter. He was in the Army, Company L, 135 Infantry Regiment, 35th Infantry Division, and killed in France on November 13, 1944. I included Walter in our family tree, but never knew anything about him other than he died in...

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May 25, 2018 - Fat Man and Thin Man

In between playing with the kids today, I needed to fix the front leveling jack on Winnie so we can leave on Tuesday. I had a helper in Annie's Dad. Fortunately there is a complete tool shop here at the farm so I was able to borrow a 5 ton hydraulic jack to jack up the front of Winnie. Along with the 2 ton jack I carry around with us I was able to get front end of Winnie lifted high enough to scramble underneath on my and push the leveling jack back into its cylinder. After securing the retractor springs with tie-wraps I was able to begin...

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May 24, 2018 - Arriving at Big Spring Farm

We made the short drive to the farm this morning and met Cindy there. I went to get Winnie plugged in to the electric and found out my extra electrical cable was missing. I can't remember the last time I used it, but where ever it was it must be still there. While Sue and Cindy went the grocery store, I went out looking for a 25 ft. 30 amp electrical cord. There's a campground just down the road which was my first stop, but all they had were 10 ft. cords. They recommended a camp store back near the campground we left this morning....

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Aug 2, 2015 - Big Spring Farm 2

A great week end at the farm - family time and wonderful weather. This was the first time since we left Delaware in May that we did not need to use the Winnie's air conditioners - 70's during the day and chilly 50's at night. It was great to get together with our growing family and hope to be able to make this an annual event if Cindy is willing to host it. Everyone had a wonderful time swimming, fishing, playing a rousing game of croquet, relaxing, and chasing the 19-month old Finn around the pond. Finn got the most attention from me in...

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2015 Texas Trek

Jul 30, 2015 - Big Spring Farm

We moved from Hickory Hollow Campground to Big Spring Farm to meet the family. The normal drive is about 10 miles, but when I say "normal" there is always a story. We left the campground with Sue following in the Fit and drove 4 or 5 miles, when I missed the turn that goes to the farm. As soon as I passed it I realized that I had missed it. Unfortunately there is no place for Winnie to turn around on the road we were traveling so we had to go to the next town, Confluence, PA which was about 15 or 20 miles from the farm. It's just as well as...

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2015 Texas Trek

Sep 16, 2014 - Falling Waters, Mill Run, PA

We have always loved Frank Lloyd Wright's creations and we had always wanted to visit Falling Waters, so we drove to Mill Run, PA to visit the home. As we drove to Falling Waters, we visited two covered bridges. Fallingwater is the name of a very special house that is built over a waterfall. It was built between 1936 and 1939. It instantly became famous, and today it is a National Historic Landmark. Why is it so famous? It's a house that doesn’t even appear to stand on solid ground, but instead stretches out over a 30’ waterfall. It...

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Jun 6, 2014 - A Day in the Sun

Sue and I spent today relaxing at the farm. The sun was out and the temperature was in the low 70’s, a perfect day for outdoors activities (relaxing). Before heading off to the Three Rivers Arts Festival with Mom and Dad, Finn got some “quality time” with Grandpop and Nanny. After that I played with the granddogs, Ramona and Leo. They had a chance to swim in the pond and go for a walk in the woods. About the only bad thing to happen was that I dropped my camera onto the asphalt from Winnie’s top step. It’s damaged enough that it needs to go...

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Jun 4, 2014 - Arrival at Big Spring Farm

After leaving Cross Creek this morning we passed through Sunbury, OH where the Ohio Fallen Heroes Memorial is located. The Ohio Fallen Heroes Memorial was founded in 2005 by several local Veterans who wanted to build a memorial to pay tribute to all of the Ohio men and women in uniform who have died in the Global War on Terrorism since September 11, 2001. It was dedicated on June 30, 2007. There are some 280 crosses at the memorial today with the most recent date of a soldier’s death of July 2013. Pictures and an obit for each are displayed...

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Sep 10, 2012 - Fallingwater

This morning we headed over to see Fallingwater, one of Frank Lloyd Wright's most famous homes. We had visited a modest Wright home in Ohio so we decided to see one on the other end of the spectrum. We had made a reservation for a tour of the house over the internet as it seems like in the summer you might not get in if you just arrive without tickets. We registered at the counter and found that we could take the next tour but we decided to have some lunch first in one of their two cafes. We couldn't decide what we wanted so we decided to...

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Jul 20, 2012 - Fallingwater

It was raining when we got up this morning and it looked like it was going to remain cloudy most of the day. We were heading to Fallingwater. It is one of Frank Lloyd Wright’s most famous houses. It is a house built in the 1930’s not looking at a waterfall but built on a waterfall and made to look like a waterfall. It is located in southwestern Pennsylvania near the town of Mill Run. Our GPS actually took us south into Maryland for awhile and then we headed back into PA. It stopped raining about an hour away. The last 30 minutes was through...

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2012 New York and PA

Oct 6, 2011 - Ft. Necessity

In the mid 18th century the rivalry between France and England for control of the area between the Appalachian Mountains and the Mississippi River river boiled over into what ultimatley became the French and Indian War, or, as it was known in Europe, the "Seven Years War". A young George Washington played a key role in the start of that war on the American frontier. In the winter of 1753-54 a 21 year old Lt. Colonel George Washington was sent west by the Royal governor of Virginia to tell the French they must leave the area of the Ohio...

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Oct 6, 2011 - Falling Water by Frank Lloyd Wright

Our visit to Falling Water was great. What an amazing house and what an amazing design. Edgar Kaufman's son, Edgar, Jr., was studying architecture under Frank Lloyd Wright. That is how the senior Kaufman met the architect and asked him to design a house for the land he had purchased. Mr. Kaufman thought the house would be built with a view of the falls. He did not realize that Wright planned to build the house over the falls. Wright believed in organic architecture - placing a building in a natural setting without destroying the setting...

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