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Biltmore Estate

Most of the time when we travel to and from the east coast we have a schedule…the urge to return to The Pearl or the tug to our heart strings to see our family, especially our grand children. This trip on our way home from spending Thanksgiving with our family in Pennsylvania we decided to take a side trip to explore Asheville, North Carolina and the Biltmore Estate…we had a wonderful time.


Facebook Photo Challenge

Facebook has been full of black and white photos…part of a photo challenge. The instructions given to me were: Seven days, seven black and white photos of your life. No people. No explanation. 

I was also suppose to tag someone each day to invite them to join, but I decided most of my friends probably wouldn’t take part, so I just posted my pictures. I followed the rules other wise and posted my photos without an explanation…although it was a little difficult not to add a caption.

Sept. 23 – Forks Farm Market

Orangeville, PA

“Many people lose the small joys in the hope for the big happiness.” —Pearl S. Buck

Regular blog readers know we love farmers markets…it’s our favorite way to spend a Saturday morning. We’ve visited large and small markets all over the country and I know I’ve said we’ve found our favorite in the past, but I think we’ve found another favorite. The market we visited with our son and his family in Pennsylvania is a true farmers market…it was located on local farm. Forks Farm hosts a farmers market about twice a month with the local farmers in the area. 

Anchored Strong

I saw this poem on a fellow blogger’s Facebook page the other day…it’s from a Hallmark card and seems prefect to share considering what so many of us have been through this fall. Things may be broken and out of place and lives disrupted, but we all stand strong with foundations that are deeper than the destruction on the surface. It’s a time for reflection on what really matters in our life and be thankful for the family and friends we have. 


Sept. 21 – The Pearl is Hibernating

Beacon Bay Marina

“It’s during the worst storms of your life that you find out who your true friends are.” –Unknown

We knew the cruising season was short up this way, but it got even shorter thanks to Hurricane Harvey. We lost half of August, all of September and the first weeks of October this year…a good seven or eight weeks of time we had planned to explore the Adirondack, fish for salmon, enjoy fall festivals and the changing of the leaves and especially spend more time with family. All those things can wait and we’ll definitely be spending more time in New York in the coming years.

Signs of Fall

“Autumn shows us how beautiful it is to let things go.” –Unknown

Fall is arriving in upstate New York. The hills are slowly changing from the deep, cool shades green to the warm colors of red, gold and orange…it’s beautiful. Unfortunately we won’t be in the area when the peak of fall colors arrive this year, but we’ve enjoyed the changes we’re seen. Hopefully next fall we can stay longer. 


Sept. 15-17 The Captain’s Birthday

Allan H. Treman State Marine Park

“As I grew older I thought the best part of my life was over…then I was handed my first grandchild and realized the best part of my life had just begun.” -Author Unknown
We had a great weekend celebrating Stan’s birthday. It started Friday with a picture perfect weather day. We started the day with coffee on the flybridge, something we haven’t had time to do much of lately, but truly enjoy. Later we drove up the lake to the Thirty Owl Winery for lunch. They have a wonderful little bistro that over looks the vineyard and Cayuga Lake. Their menu is small, but the items are all made with locally grown ingredients and it was one of the best meals we’ve had in the area this season.


Finger Lake Wineries (Part III)

Allan H. Treman State Marine Park

“Don’t postpone joy.” ―Edie Windsor

I had this post ready before we headed home for hurricane duty…so I guess I might as well share it now. Our adventures on The Pearl are over for this year, but we’ll be back to upstate New York next year to explore a little more. We’ll be home in Texas for the fall and winter…new adventures await us there.

The Finger Lakes region of New York is gorgeous…no matter where we go, it’s impossible to find a bad view. We’re having fun visiting different wineries, having a glass of wine and soaking in the scenery. It’s a great way to enjoy a beautiful afternoon, so here’s the third installment of Finger Lake Wineries. 


Life Post Harvey

“If you want to touch the past, touch a rock. If you want to touch the present, touch a flower. If you want to touch the future, touch a life.” ―Author Unknown

It’s been a long, stressful three weeks. We are back in Ithaca, NY for a short time as we get The Pearl ready winter storage. I thought I would share a few pictures from the past few weeks…some were posted on our Facebook page during the past few weeks and some are new. Just a little insight to our life after Hurricane Harvey.

The Aftermath of Hurricane Harvey

Rockport Harbor

“Life is 10 percent what happens to you and 90 percent how you react to it.” —Charles R. Swindoll

It’s been a long week and our family was lucky, truly blessed that we all survived and so did our homes and boat, but the devastation that has taken place in our special little town of Rockport and to the rest of Texas is heart wrenching. The total loss of so many homes and businesses is unbelievable and almost unimaginable. One day everything is just as it’s always has been…and the next day the world as you knew it has been turned upside down. Our mind knows how all these places should look, but your eyes are now seeing something totally different. We are Rockport strong…Texas strong and these places will come back.

In September 2015 I did a blog post called Going for a Walk: Rockport Harbor it showed our wonderful little neighborhood around the marina…here’s a look at it today after Hurricane Harvey. I have included before and after pictures.

Aquarium at Rockport Harbor

Marley was moved to the Texas State Aquarium on Thursday before the storm. I hope he’s doing well in his new home.

This giant hermit crab was always my favorite…he survived and was released a few days after the storm.

Rockport Art Center

 The building was heavily damaged but the sculptures in the Sculpture Garden looked wonderful.

 This sculpture is named “Into the Wind”. She faces the bay…she faced the eye of the storm and remained strong. 

This crab stood at the entrance to Rockport Beach…hopefully it can be placed one day.

The Bay Education Center looks like it survived the storm…not sure of any damage inside.

The Texas Maritime Museum also looks like it fared well…just a little roof damage.

One of the things we really enjoy about keeping our boat in Rockport Harbor is being able to walk over to one of the bait shops for fresh shrimp…I know they’ll rebuild but we’ll miss them until they do. This is Flemings…our favorite place to get fresh shrimp. 

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