Went camping at Letchworth last weekend. Yeah!!! It was great fun. I am an old camper and traveller in the outdoors since I was knee high. I’ve never been camping at Letchworth, just have visited it. I went with a Meet up group and we had a good time I think. I love tent camping, though would do camper too maybe the pop up kind. I still do not have a camping stove. I want and try to cook over wood if I can. After all how many chances do I get to do that? It’s so primitive and simple, taking me back to how we have all lived until barely 100 years ago. Cooking and heating over open wood fires. Maybe coal fires for warmth. and I love sleeping on the ground. My campsite was a bit soggy in some places. But I pitched my tent (my dad’s old tent) in a grassy area under trees. It rained Friday night but I did not get wet at all. But the ground was not the most comfortable, roots around nor smooth and even ground. I found a better spot on Sat night and was fine. I wish I had a friend to go camping with more often, every 2 months or so. Male or female or a group of friends it doesn’t matter. yes I wish I could find a good camping boyfriend, one who likes to tent camp. I am a member of the Adirondack Club but I haven’t really met or gotten involved with it. For one thing I’m not a heavy duty hiker.
I went for a good long hike on Sunday, only in my sneakers, and I was sore in my ankle the next day, very stiff and sore. I hiked along the rim trail on my own. Found plastic bottles along the way which I picked up to dispose of properly. This is something my dad did, and I always remember that about him. He was very kind and gentle and caring. He was a boy scout when he was young too. Loved hiking and backpacking in the outdoors. Now I have his tent. I need better hiking boots to do hiking really.


Joplin MO

So sorry to hear about the terrible tornado and devastation in Joplin, MO. It is a lovely town. My heart goes out to all those suffering. It must be horrible to deal with that. However it is a gift to be alive, and things can be replaced.

I stayed in Joplin on my cross country trip 6 years ago in 2005. I remember Joplin and liked the town very much. I was wandering up Route 66 when I could, sometimes taking detours. I stayed in Joplin which was in my Route 66 guide book. This is a town with a downtown in need of some boost, like many cities. It had a nice feel. At this point in my trip I was trying to stay in the least expensive but still clean and not-seedy motels. However I had determined to not stay in any motel with the word Econo or Budget or anything like that. Didn’t have to be mom and pop, but cool. Like the Blue Swallow in Tucumcari, NM, another famous Route 66 landmark.

So I tried this motel in Joplin. It was clean enough, and there were other motels along the way, didnt’ seem like a seedy area. But it was the worst motel / motel room I stayed in. It was late however, so I just stayed there for the night and made the best of it. Seemed like it was a “long stay” motel that rents by the week. It was probably $25 or $20 so what did I expect? It was a game I was playing to stay in the cheapest motel I could find that I could handle. But the mirror was cracked and stuff like that. the shower was clean at least, as were the sheets. But after that I didn’t skimp on motels. I tried to find good deals but not demeaning places.

The next morning I walked around the downtown a bit and went into a shop and even bought some earrings. Which ones are they? do I still have them? I liked their downtown a lot. It had a cool 30s feel. I think this area had wealth from mining maybe in the 1800s then it petered out… or maybe was a stop on a railroad, a place to change trains somehow?

From there I went to see Laura Ingalls Wilder home in Mansfield, MO. Then stayed the next night in Jefferson City, MO, which I liked too. Never realized the Ozarks are real hills! the highway went up and down and up and down.

Jefferson City MO to Traer Iowa (where grandmother was from), where I stayed for 3 days. My gr-gr-grandfather settled near there in 1854 and my great-grandparents and grandmother were born there. After that no more meandering, just kept on to Rochester in 2 days. Stayed in Indiana for 1 night, can’t remember the town, it was just to sleep. Then next day to Rochester to see my mom (it was around Mother’s Day) and have been in Rochester or Plattsburgh ever since.

Another town I went through that looked really cool was Galena, IL.

However I lost so many pics from this trip – real film in a camera and the film got exposed to light so no pictures. Next trip I am going to take pictures.

Future trip: Drive Route 20 across the U.S. from Boston to Astoria, OR.

Platform 9 3/4

Goin to Hogwarts

My friends Ailsa and Alan with her car Hector


Ready to cold weather to end. I guess I am sick of winter. Been sick too. Need to get out of town! Went to see the Lion King – it was great! and to see August Wilson’s Radio Golf. Fantastic. now back to same old same old. Too cold don’t feel like even going for a walk. supposed to warm up this week some.

Want to get rid of some furniture, tune up my piano, get spring cleaned up! go walking but not in cold.

What I’m reading:

  1. E.L. Doctorow‘s World’s Fair
  2. Love for No Reason by Marci Shimoff

Next on Netflix: Cousin Bette (Jessica Lange!)


Rockefeller Center

Rockefeller Center

Originally uploaded by Lucky Carol

i love the swirls in the ice surrounding the golden head.

LA Donut Shop2

LA Donut Shop2

Originally uploaded by Lucky Carol

i admit i ate a donut or 2 from here. who could resist?