It’s been a thunderous week. As I write this late on Wednesday, there’s rolling thunder and cloudbursts overhead, and that’s pretty what was going on this time last week, too. For those who think that the vagabond life is all sunshine and blue skies like this:
Sometimes, it’s more like this:
The two photos above were taken 2 hours apart on the same day. It’s definitely been a weird weather summer in the east!
I spent a lovely three days at Locust Lake State Park in central Pennsylvania. The lake is small but beautiful and the walking path that circumnavigates it includes some lovely views as well as a walk across the earthen dam that keeps the water in the lake.
Between rainstorms, it was hot and humid. How hot? How humid? This is a great blue heron sticking his tongue out, trying to get cool on Saturday. I couldn’t figure out what was wrong with the bird, I’d never seen a heron with mouth agape. Luckily for me, the ranger was snapping photos, too, so I asked her. She’s a heron expert and explained that a gaping mouth and flapping wings are the only ways the heron has to cool down. I felt for the bird. My mouth was agape, too!
Sunday morning, bright and early, I headed back to what has become one of my favorite spots, Gettysburg. I was here a year ago and realized a brief day trip wasn’t going to cut it, so I went back for 4 days this time. I’ve done my homework over the last year, so I knew the big points of the battle and could appreciate what I was looking at and the monuments I saw.
In the photo above (and the cover photo, a more panoramic view), I am standing where the Confederate Army started their attack on July 3, 1863. That tall spire in the distance marks the Union Army line up on Cemetery Ridge. Between those two points was hellfire and death, the battle of Gettysburg. (I’m working on a longer post about Gettysburg, so consider this the preview photo.)
And to go from serious to silly, I met my friend Peg for lunch today and we did a tour of the Utz potato chip factory in Hanover. Yes, we got to see exactly how chips are made. I saw more chips in one room than I think I’ve eaten in my entire life! It was fun, though, and I got a free bag of chips at the end, too.
Meanwhile, back at the trailer, I’m fighting an ongoing issue with my trailer brake controller where the wireless remote in the car randomly connects to the controller on the trailer, or not. My dad, the car mechanic, and QA engineers I’ve worked with have taught me well: I methodically eliminated this, and that, and the other thing over the last few days. Finally called the manufacturer’s tech support line, and they literally said “wow, we have never seen one of our units act that way before!” Awesome being the first 🙁 So they are sending my brother a new one and next week when we meet up, I’ll test it out and see if the unit itself has been the cause of my brake woes. Fingers crossed it is, and I can see the end of this little issue.
The dogmas of the quiet past are inadequate to the stormy present. The occasion is piled high with difficulty and we must rise with the occasion. As our case is new, so we must think anew, and act anew.
Abraham Lincoln, December 1, 1862