In Quest of Punxsutawney Phil

         February 2nd is Groundhog Day here in the United States (and Canada.) Although the tradition begs for a relatively large imagination, lore has it that this particular rodent, Phil, who lives just outside town, can forecast the weather. As it was my wife’s birthday, we added this somewhat iconic town, Punxsutawney,  to our weekend road trip through parts of Pennsylvania. So, despite some issues with snow, we did join the throngs of Phil worshippers, and made it back home by nightfall.  Oh, and he did NOT see his shadow, indicating an early spring!

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Swiss Army Knife meets Mt. St. Helens

         Lately, I seem to be hung up on Swiss Army Knives. See here.  Originally, in that post, I wanted to compare the enormous display with my real knife. Unfortunately,  I couldn’t find the knife. But …here it is. I had used it as contrast to the ash from the Mt. St. Helens explosion, nine years earlier.  The two pictures below, from our vacation in August, 1989, were taken on the banks of the Toutle River some 30 miles downstream from the catastrophic event which literally blew the top off the mountain.

ABOVE: A few miles east of the Mt. St. Helens Visitor Center in Washington State, Rt. 504 crosses the Toutle River, (located near “Toutle” on the satellite image below.)  BELOW: Topless Mt. St. Helens is visible from Interstate 5, about 35 miles away.


                    The Visitor Center is between “Castle Rock,” and “Toutle.

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Fun in Downtown L.A. Then and Now

Family Vacation, 32 years ago. American Airlines 747 from NYC’s Kennedy Airport to LAX. After the image below, is the story of  “Early A.M. in L.A.  on 11/10/87”   

 Images: Above: Giant Swiss Army Knive at Museum of Contempoary Art, Downtown L.A. – and L.A. as seen from Griffith Observatory, 11/11/87 with  City Hall to left – 5.6 miles (9 km) distant.
Above, the iconic L.A. City Hall, known at the time as “The Dragnet Building.”

Twelve hours after landing, I would be exploring Los Angeles by foot before the morning’s rush hour, while the family slept off jet-lag in the Holiday Inn about a mile away. An awesome two hour adventure into an “architectually diverse” downtown, with parks and plazas, and… WHAT??? – a Giant Swiss Army Knife???   Yes indeed!  

 

And, not far away, …Swinging Cars!hi

Years later, and of course living 3000 miles away, I wondered exactly where these two photos were taken. I searched maps, and photos where I could, without success – until now. Thanks to the remarkable 3D satellite image and orientation tools available on most any smart phone and/or computer, I “flew” between the buildings and first found the cars: W. Fourth street, and S. Grand Ave.  See it below?

The Swiss Army knife was a lot harder. In fact, it’s not there anymore. BUT, by looking at the photo I took in 1987, and specifically for the glass pyramid in its background,  I zoomed way in on the “Tom Tom” 3D map, and searched until noticing the glass pyramid structure. Below is from today’s mapping app, zoomed in showing that same glass pyramid. A “new” contempoary display is in the exact place where the knife was 32 years ago. 

Above: The Plaza at The Museum of Contemporary Art, on S. Grand Street, L.A. (From Tom Tom Maps,  Apple I-Pad)

Below, another photo of downtown Los Angeles on that beautiful morning.

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No Particular Place to Go – On the Road in Florida

Tooling around Florida after the wedding, (see previous post here) the two of us would spend some time on St. Petersburg Beach…

DSC_0547 - Version 6Our son and Grandson flew in for the wedding and would spend the next day with us afterward. Here, the art of “catching” is demonstrated… in this case, either a small seagull or a tennis ball!

Then, visiting friends, and eating out on Long Boat Key, and Punta Gorda…

IMG_7066An alluring on-water restaurant, (Mar Vista) sitting amongst sprawling Silver Buttonwood Trees, Whitney Beach, Long Boat Key

And then, two nights inside Disney World, doing the entire day in between within Epcot, each of us walking about 22,000 steps (about 10 miles – 16 km!)

DSC_0621A last-minute call for any available room on this Spring Break weekend succeeded in getting a very reasonable “yes” in the Pop Century resort. 🙂
IMG_7128The iconic “Spaceship Earth,” Epcot

The last post in this series will cover our rainy drive back to New Jersey.

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Wedding on the Beach – St. Pete, Florida

DSC_0286.jpgThe main event of our recent Florida Vacation was our nephew’s wedding to his beautiful bride on the stunning beach at St. Pete, Florida, …a perfect day!

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A hint that something extraordinary was about to happen!
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Friends and relatives gathered.
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And as the wonderful ceremony proceeded, beach people watched…
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The event was awesome. The beautiful blessed couple shined in the late afternoon sun, and the people cheered and partied into the night.
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On the Road: Saint Simons Island, Georgia

Our March 2019 Vacation continues …Saint Simons Island

Above, looking across inlet to Jekyll Island. Note the horses!

Saint Simons Island is about 60 miles south of Savannah, Georgia …just north of Jekyll Island

“Google Maps”

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On the Road – Alexandria Va., from N.J.

   March 10, 2019

King Street in Old Town Alexandria, Va,

 

Market Square, off King Street

           

King Street and the Potomac River, looking 6 miles north

 

The George Washington National Memorial – Located 1.5 miles west.

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M 🙂