Tuesday, July 4, 1995

1995 Midwest Trip VII (7/3-4/1995)

Monday, July 3, 1995
The next day, we first made a stop at "Roadside America", an extensive miniature display with several villages depicting several eras. All kinds of transportation modes, and things one could operate with switches. We even stayed through a "night".
Brynne and Tamiko at Roadside America Miniature Village
Brynne and Kent at Roadside America
Roadside America Miniature Village
Note the Amish horse and buggy
Tunnels and bridges
Roadside America Miniature Village
We then went to Ringwood State Park in New Jersey, and walked through the NJ Botanical Gardens.
Skylands Manor (1922, by John Russell Pope in Tudor Revival style)
Kent by the Pump House
Brynne and Kent in the New Jersey Botanical Garden
Brynne with the Swan Fountain
New Jersey Botanical Garden
Nymphaea sp/Water Lily
See the tadpole in the center
near the top of the photo?
Kent and Brynne
New Jersey Botanical Garden Bench
Water lily pond
Ringwood Manor (c 1810, added to c 1864, remodeled c 1878,
exterior renovations c 1900)
Brynne and Kent with the Civil War mortar gun
Tamiko's family with the mortar gun in 1968
We saw a black water snake at Ringwood Manor.
We stayed with my brother, Phil, and his wife, Gale. They took us to a wonderful fireworks display to celebrate the Fourth.

Tuesday, July 4, 1995
Finally on July 4th, we headed back to RI via the more scenic Bear Mountain Bridge, and our most favorite pizza restaurant, Angelo's, in Groton, Connecticut. We had traveled a total of 3451 miles.

Sunday, July 2, 1995

1995 Midwest Trip VI (7/1-2/1995)

Saturday, July 1, 1995
The next day began the pleasant sunny and not humid weather. We drove to Columbus, OH, another state capital.
Ohio Statehouse (1839-1861, composite of designs by Henry Walter,
Martin Thompson, and Thomas Cole, in Greek Revival style)
We visited the Columbus Zoo.
Eagle sculpture "In memory of Joe Davis, who
spent 18 years helping create the new Columbus Zoo,
July 4, 1914- February 4, 1980."
Since our RI Zoo membership was getting us free admission to all the zoos and aquariums on this trip, we decided we could splurge and rent a wagon for $5! That way Brynne did not complain about being hot and tired, and we were actually able to move faster.
Brynne and Kent at the Columbus Zoo
This zoo was nicely landscaped, and as we discovered with the wagon, everything was accessible! We saw warthogs (children all pointed at "Pumbaa", a warthog character from Disney's "The Lion King"), white tigers, a bald eagle, petted a baby alligator, and saw one of the largest reptile collections in the US. Lots of snakes!
These Pelecanus erythrorhynchos/White Pelicans
appear to have caught something to eat
Varanus komodoensis/Komodo Dragon on the move
Alligator mississippiensis/American Alligator
Pongo sp/Orangutans
Panthera tigris tigris/White Tiger
Litocranius walleri/Gerenuk
Cygnus sp/Swan family
Boa constrictor/Boa Constrictor
Our next stop was to visit the Cs in Murrysville, Pennsylvania just outside of Pittsburgh. They apologized that their air conditioner was broken, but the nights had been cool. I worked with Anita at my first physical therapist job in Buffalo, NY and knew her husband Yun-ko. Their son Michael is now 18-years old. It has been 11 years since I saw the Rs and Cs.

Sunday, July 2, 1995
On July 2nd, we headed for Harrisburg, PA, another state capital.
Pennsylvania State Capitol (1902-1906, by Joseph Miller Huston
in Beaux-Arts and Renaissance Revival styles)
I was not able to find the house where my family used to live in Mechanicsburg, PA. We drove on to Hershey, PA to visit the Indian Echo Caverns.
Indian Echo Caverns entrance
"The Wedding Cake"
We also went to the Chocolate World tour ride, and ZooAmerica before going out to the M's farm in Annville, PA. Brynne and I had visited the farm a year ago last spring.  Now we saw it in the summer. They are having a barn raised by the Amish. I had roomed with Sue during a 3-week therapy course, and later we traveled together in London, England and through Scandinavia. I met her husband last year. That night the bullfrogs kept us awake! Brynne liked all the animals including 10 cats, 1 dog, and 2 horses.
Brynne feeding the cats
Brynne sleeping with Sue's plush polar bear
Next: Midwest Trip VII.