Congrats Steph and Bob
The faces. A week alone with dad and without me?
Dog likes her gift
Annual silly family picture
Making Christmas cookies.
That afternoon, we decided to visit the Eastern State Penitentiary – the advertising says it was, “once the most famous and expensive prison in the world, but stands today in ruin, a haunting world of crumbling cellblocks and empty guard towers.”
I was skeptical about “the ruin” part was very surprised at how well they are keeping the feeling of decay.
The self guided audio tour is very well done, with added audio stops at different areas.
The medical ward.
There are several exhibits in the museum, including multimedia films and a look at incarceration rates in the US versus the world.
Cindy Stockton Moore’s “Other Absences” reminds us their are victims, these images are some of the murder victims by former inmates at Eastern.
This was a great surprise and wonderful museum, worth the time when in Philly!
Family day in Philadelphia.
Family pix in front of Rocky.
Then art and statues.
Joan of Arc
Auguste Rodin’s Thinker
Adam doing Adam.
After lunch – flank steaks (Cheese Steaks) at The Bishops Collar, a great dive pub near the art district. We said goodbye to Dawn and family…. sadly they choose to vandalize my truck after we left…..
Birthday gift’s and dogs deciding who is Alpha.
and birthday girl.
Hike #49 #52hikechallenge – 2 dogs made it more of a pull…. Goddard Park Avondale, PA
A sign along a morning bike ride on gravel and dirt roads.
Then off to find a waterfall I looked for before, but didn’t get to.
Thunderhole Falls – Hike #42
The trail to the falls is unmarked and requires a little bush whacking.
But worth the effort.
This is only the top, it has a lower fall section too.
Remember the bushwhacking part? This is the climb up, I don’t know if we could have made it without the rope!
after the hike we went driving looking for color and dirt roads. Old NC 105 follows a ridge and includes this overlook of Linville Gorge at Wiseman’s View.
Taco and Silvervale Falls.
Hike #41 Bass Lake
Sam finds her inner Ansel.
It’s Friday! I get off work on time and Sam is locked down at school for a Tornado warning (watch?) so I decide to take a quick nap as a thunderstorm starts to hit the area…. but No No (the cat) is going nuts, howling, etc. Finally Deb decides to follow him to the basement thinking they must be out of food, nope the food is covered in water, the basement has flooded from the storm – read no nap today – we make a lot of progress when Sam calls and she can be picked up. I drive through what feels like Noah’s Ark rain (4 inches in less than 1/2 hour) only to get home and find the basement flooded again. I have been picking at Deb to go through all her boxes down there, now I know how to make her do it! I know this isn’t Houston flooding but what a bad way to start a 3 day weekend!