Sunday, June 12, 2016

From Tioga, Pa. to Emilie's Graduation in R.I.

From our dry camping site in Ives Run.
This Ring-Necked Pheasant lived nearby and would pass by Lady Blue every day.

Not easy to get a picture, though.
This is through the screen door.

This is from our back window on a very rainy day.
The view is towards Hammond Lake and the sunset.
I decided to focus on the raindrops on the window rather than the outside scene.
Our route was one similar to other years.
We head south to Mansfield , Pa and then east on Route 6.
This stop is at Winding Hills Orange County Park in Montgomery , New York.
From here we latch onto Interstate 84 , over the Newburgh Bridge.
From there it is Route 691 in Connecticut towards Meriden, then Route 66 to Route 147
and Route 79  south to Hammonasset Beach State Park in 
Madison, Ct.
This is a great park.  558 open sites like our dry camping spot above.
All are within walking distance of the beach.
There are some significant new additions to the park this year.
There is a giant new combination shower and concession stand building.
There is also a new renovation of their Meigs Nature Center.
We always look forward to getting together with Jan's sister Marsha and her husband Mark.
Avid bicyclists, they took time to take us on a tour of the Thimble Islands in Stony Creek , Connecticut.
A nice, sunny day with a little bit of wind.
The islands are part of Long Island Sound.
Our 45 minute tour takes us to see 25 inhabited islands.
The largest is 17 acres and the smallest is just big enough for a gazebo.
The islands are of a sturdy pink granite.
Some that are close to shore have water and electric from shore.
As you might imagine, we are talking about multimillion dollar real estate.
Some have been placed on pilings to avoid a repeat of the devastating 1938 hurricane.
All of these are occupied only in the summer.
Even if you do not take the island cruise, the small town is a beautiful visit.
Not what we expect sometimes close by the hectic Route 95 corridor.
But actually, there are a number of small coastal towns that are well worth a visit.
But , of course, our main reason for being here right now is to see the graduation of
Emilie, our first granddaughter.  
Her last performance with an accomplished concert band with a great conductor.

The ceremony was very nicely done at Ryan Auditorium at University of Rhode Island in Kingston, Rhode Island.
Here is the proud graduate, ready to take on the world!!!
A lot of good friends in this class on a very happy day.
Is Gary a proud Dad?  You bet!
As is Mom Patti!
Grandma is super happy and proud!

Mom and Dad and Emilie.
Emilie was very creative with decorations on her cap.
After graduation a wonderful meal at Two Ten Oyster Bar in South Kingstown, Rhode Island.
Here is Grandma, Emilie, and friend Kyle.
Here is a link to the restaurant. Check it out for pictures that will make you instantly hungry.
What a great weekend for graduate, parents, and grandparents.
Way to go Emilie!!!!

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