Tuesday, June 22, 2010

"Having a wonderful time, wish you were queer"

Ha ha.  Well, that's the cleverest title I could come up with.  Sean and Jeffrey have been wonderful, gracious, accommodating hosts.  Sean has news, info, and pictures at his blog.  So glad he didn't post the picture of . . . .  well, never mind.

Sean wrote about my camera's encounter with gravity, so it may be a while till I have some pictures.  But I shall.

Albany was great!  Washington Park was designed in the style of Frederick Law Olmsted by John Bogart (who had worked with Olmsted and Vaux), and by John Culyer. But it looks so Olmstedian! And, we got to stroll along the Hudson River.  I didn't know the Hudson was estuarine up that far! Again, amazing!  There are some great examples of Richardsonian Romanesque as well as Beaux-Arts style in downtown.  I know, you probably never thought about any of those things. And may never have cared! But I am easily amused!

You see, this is all such a big adventure for me because I'm getting to do things no one else much wants to do (at least, few and far between).  Usually, I've traveled with family - and they seldom want to see such things (and have had little patience with me).  And, supreme graduate-level pleaser that I am have been, I always put those things aside.  Except for a bit of a rushed schedule, I've not had to make excuses and miss such in order that we might find just the right chicken nuggets for lunch.  This is a big adventure!

Today, I've made my way through New York, into New Jersey, and Pennsylvania, stopping to visit with Lemuel for lunch.  Then To Maryland and a stay with Jeff and Isaac.  Bless them for their hospitality!

Tomorrow, some stops in DC (with no one to tell me that they've seen enough of the National Gallery).

13 comments:

Tobey said...

It's so good to read how you are having such a great time....very well deserved!

Ultra Dave said...

Glad you had fun! I'm so envious of Sean and Jeffery!

Jeremiah Andrews said...

What a breath of fresh air, reading about your trip. No drama, no kids, just you and yourself and your kind hosts.

Isn't it grand to be living life today? Wish I was there with you.

Keep writing and be well.

Jeremy

Ur-spo said...

I very much enjoyed seeing you on other blogs. it was nice to see your photograph/ see you having a good time. I hope someday to me to myself.

Lemuel said...

Boy, I a so familiar with those kinds of family vacations! They have their place, but so does the kind of journey you are making. I am so happy for you that you have been able to make that journey -- and *so very happy* :) that you stopped by here for a visit!

jim said...

I read your account of the trip and then Sean's (with pictures) and it really sounds like you had a great time!!

Good for you!!

-jim

Breenlantern said...

I don't want to say I have black mail pictures BUT you may want to consider devoting one post a week to how wonderful I am *snicker* Thanks for visiting buddy. I had a great time!!!!

Cubby said...

I'm so happy you are having a great journey. See, nothing to fear. You're among friends.

Birdie said...

You look mighty fine in that kilt. Will you be posting more pictures?

Ice John's World said...

Great to know that you are having a great time so far! Safe trip!

A Troll At Sea said...

BT:

glad to know that you've made it this far north. I just had my car towed in NYC last weekend, or I might have headed south again to catch you.

We keep talking about making an NC trip (the Goat has racing friends in your neck of the woods) but so far one thing or another--usually work--has gotten in the way.

Here's to an end to work.
Well, the Goat is well out of it, but I've got another seven or eight years to go, and it seems longer every day...

So glad you're having a good time.
T@*]C

K-A said...

It's wonderful to see you so relaxed and enjoying yourself. Bravo! Safe travels.

Will said...

My first trip into Albany was part of meeting blogger Alan Ilagan. I was also impressed by Albany architecture.
My parents had always told me what a deadly dull town Albany was but I could have spent a good deal more time than I had exploring.