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Spring Travels 2016 – East Coast #2

After Williamsburg we headed north making our way to Lewes, Delaware where we will spend a night. This is Dogfish Head micro-brewery country a must do is to check out this famous brew. An unexpected highlight of the trip was the 23-mile drive over the Chesapeake Bay Bridge-Tunnel. After Lewes the next stop is son Paul in Downingtown, PA. There is a very convenient RV park to set the RV just outside of town at the Brandywine Creek Campground.

Dogfish Head great craft beer

Dogfish Head great craft beer

Paul and Marty always manage to feed us well and keep us busy. Over the years one of the favorite adventures has been Longwood gardens. It is a premier horticulture display on over thousand acres. It has impressive grounds and fountains although the main fountains are under reconstruction. In the past we visited there in the summer and fall so this is our first spring visit. Interestingly it is located in an area where the native Lenni Lenape Tribe lived (also known as the Delaware Indians). My great-great-great-grandparents are from that tribe. Last winter in my genealogy research found link which was a surprise.

This part of the post is all about the pictures.

Longwood Gardens exceptional grounds

Longwood Gardens exceptional grounds

Jan and Paul at Longwood

Jan and Paul at Longwood

One of the many fountains

One of the many fountains

Threatening rain clouds in the background

Threatening rain clouds in the background

Nice photo opt

Nice photo opt

Paul in the tree house

Paul in the tree house

Larry at the tree house

Larry at the tree house

Longwood

Longwood

Longwood

Longwood

Longwood

Longwood

Longwood Foxgloves

Longwood Foxgloves

Longwood

Longwood

Spring at Longwood Gardens

Spring at Longwood Gardens

Longwood Gardens

Longwood Gardens

Longwood Gardens

Longwood Gardens

Paul Longwood Gardens

Paul Longwood Gardens

Conservatory Longwood Gardens

Conservatory Longwood Gardens

Conservatory Longwood Gardens

Conservatory Longwood Gardens

Conservatory Longwood Gardens

Conservatory Longwood Gardens

Paul and Jan enjoying the Conservatory

Paul and Jan enjoying the Conservatory

Larry and Paul enjoying the day at Longwood Gardens

Larry and Paul enjoying the day at Longwood Gardens

Conservatory Longwood Gardens

Conservatory Longwood Gardens

The next adventure for Larry and Paul was the National Watch and Clock Museum located in Lancaster County. The museum was interesting and there was a very large collection. There were many one of a kind displays as well as themed exhibits. It was curated with lots of text which we did not have time to get through. Of course there was a Micro-Brewery Columbia Kettle Works Craft Brewing close by that warranted a stop on this afternoon outing.

The National Watch and Clock Museum Lancaster, PA

The National Watch and Clock Museum Lancaster, PA

Conservatory Longwood Gardens

Conservatory Longwood Gardens

One of a kind traveling mechanical machine, yes we saw it in action...

One of a kind traveling mechanical machine, yes we saw it in action…

Watch store exhibit

Watch store exhibit

Plenty of educational curation on the world of clocks and clock making

Plenty of educational curation on the world of clocks and clock making

Really enjoyed seeing these old clocks

Really enjoyed seeing these old clocks

Columbia Kettle Works craft brewery nice stop at the end of the clock tour

Columbia Kettle Works craft brewery nice stop at the end of the clock tour

Jan and Marty had their own adventure heading off to Winterthur, a DuPont Museum (estate) in Delaware. The focus is on Americana in the US. This home was built for display by Henry DuPont who was an antique collector and horticulturist. It is always a worthwhile stop. It had been several years since we visited the museum. Pictures follow…

Winterur - Dupont Estate

Winterur – Dupont Estate

Winterthur - Dupont Estate

Winterthur – Dupont Estate

Winterthur - Dupont Estate

Winterthur – Dupont Estate

Marty Paul and Jan with Larry behind the camera

Marty Paul and Jan with Larry behind the camera

Brandywine Creek, photo taken on an early morning walk

Brandywine Creek flows through the RV park

Brandywine Creek flows through the RV park

Next stop is Jersey City, NJ and the Liberty RV Park and Marina. The trip north on the NJ Turnpike is always interesting for us Midwestern’s who are not use to 10 plus lanes in one direction especially with a RV in tow. The turnpike and the Holland Tunnel extension takes us right into Jersey City. Actually the trip is fairly easy now that we have done it many times. If you follow this route to the park, make sure you get off at the right place or you end up going through the Holland Tunnel under the Hudson River. The Liberty Marina is a great place to stay as it is close to New Jersey Transit system and links with the NYC subway system. It is also right next door to the Statue of Liberty State Park. Although we miss the park this time due to the rain.

In the City we will catch up with Karl and Cully and in Brooklyn with Grand Daughter Fiona and John.

Liberty Marina and RV Park Jersey City

Liberty Marina and RV Park Jersey City

From the park you can see the World Trade Center Complex and the Statue of Liberty. Also very interesting was the German rolling hotel…we saw this last time we here as well.

Rotel tour bus is an interesting concept for group travel

Rotel tour bus is an interesting concept for group travel

Very convenient to the RV Park you can catch two PATH trains into NYC. The destination stations are 33rd Station and the World Trade Center. Karl works in one of the World Trade Center towers, I think he said the 47th floor?

World Trade Center

World Trade Center

Inside World Trade Center

Inside World Trade Center

We love poking around the city the Chelsea market is a frequent stop. Interesting fact is that the building is where the Oreo Cookie was invented and produced.

Chelsea Market

Chelsea Market

Chelsea Market

Chelsea Market

Chelsea Market

Chelsea Market

Chelsea Market

Chelsea Market

Chelsea Market

Chelsea Market

Chelsea Market

Chelsea Market

Chelsea Market

Chelsea Market

Another favorite thing to do is the High Line linear park. It is constructed on an old elevated railroad spur. It is a great walk with many views, lots of flowers, interesting paths and always a place to take a photo or two. It calls us back each time we get to the City.

High Line Park New York City

High Line Park New York City

High Line Park New York City

High Line Park New York City

High Line Park New York City

High Line Park New York City

High Line Park New York City

High Line Park New York City

High Line Park New York City

High Line Park New York City

High Line Park New York City

High Line Park New York City

High Line Park New York City

High Line Park New York City

High Line Park New York City

High Line Park New York City

High Line Park New York City - Hudson River in the background

High Line Park New York City – Hudson River in the background

High Line Park New York City end at the river

High Line Park New York City end at the river

Here some NYC shots that caught my eye as we wandered the streets of Manhattan.

In the City parking can be complicated

In the City parking can be complicated

NYC Photo Opt

NYC Photo Opt

NYC Photo Opt

NYC Photo Opt

NYC Photo Opt

NYC Photo Opt

NYC Photo Opt

NYC Photo Opt

NYC Photo Opt

NYC Photo Opt

Macy's on Broadway

Macy’s on Broadway

Soho color

Soho color

NYC Photo Opt

NYC Photo Opt

Soho color

Soho color

Jan's favorite spice store...it is impressive

Jan’s favorite spice store…it is impressive

Always looking for a different place to eat. Easy to do in the City. Here are a couple of our lunch finds

Great spot for our lunch

Great spot for our lunch

Another good eating experience

Another good eating experience

Since we have done most of the main museums in NYC, the target is now some of the smaller ones. This year was Museum of the City of New York. Jan and I both enjoyed it a lot. However, some of the humor and displays went over our head as I think you had to be from the City to get. Coming out of the museum we encounter the ladies who were having a spring fling in Central Park…lots of color for sure… That is why we love coming to the Big City when we can.

Museum of the City of New York

Museum of the City of New York

Central Park spring show has a bit of color

Central Park spring show has a bit of color

We caught up with Karl and did a walk in Central Park. Never get tired of seeing the park, it is an amazing place. It was even good in the rain.

Central Park along the lake

Central Park along the lake

Central Park New York City

Central Park New York City

Central Park

Central Park

Central Park

Central Park

Central Park

Central Park

Fiona and John invited us for pizza. There we had a nice evening with Karl and Cully, Mark was in the City and Marty came down from PA for the family event. It was good to see where Fiona and John live and be with family. But this was Wednesday night so some of the more distant working folks got left out.

Family gathering hosted by Fiona and John

Family gathering hosted by Fiona and John

Family get together in Brooklyn

Family get together in Brooklyn

Marty Karl and Cully

Marty Karl and Cully

John Mark and Jan in conversation...

John Mark and Jan in conversation…

This year we took on the Brooklyn Bridge for the first time. It was a nice experience, plenty of views and lots of foot traffic. As we were headed to Brooklyn anyway this fit in the schedule nicely. During the walk you see the Statue of Liberty, the Manhattan Bridge, action on the Hudson and great views of the skyline, picture to follow…

Brooklyn Bridge walk

Brooklyn Bridge walk

Brooklyn Bridge walk

Brooklyn Bridge walk

Brooklyn Bridge walk

Brooklyn Bridge walk

Brooklyn Bridge walk

Brooklyn Bridge walk

Brooklyn Bridge walk - Padlocks on bridges symbolize love with couples names enscribed

Brooklyn Bridge walk – Padlocks on bridges symbolize love with couples names enscribed

Statute of Liberty off to the right

Statute of Liberty off to the right

Manhattan Bridge to the left

Manhattan Bridge to the left

One of the more eclectic experience is the New York Transit Museum. We did this several years ago and really enjoyed the experience. The museum is in an old Brooklyn Subway stop. Good information on the subway system the how, what, when and where. One of main exhibit was the plan to deal with disasters and other emergencies which both of us found it very educational. The tour is also a flash back in time as you wander through all the old vintage cars with the advertising banners still in place. These banners show us a glimpse into life in the city as well life at that specific time period.

New York Transit Museum in Brooklyn

New York Transit Museum in Brooklyn

New York Transit Museum

New York Transit Museum

New York Transit Museum

New York Transit Museum

New York Transit Museum

New York Transit Museum

New York Transit Museum

New York Transit Museum

New York Transit Museum

New York Transit Museum

New York Transit Museum

New York Transit Museum

New York Transit Museum

New York Transit Museum

New York Transit Museum

New York Transit Museum

New York Transit Museum

New York Transit Museum

New York Transit Museum

New York Transit Museum

New York Transit Museum

New York Transit Museum

New York Transit Museum

New York Transit Museum

New York Transit Museum

New York Transit Museum

New York Transit Museum

New York Transit Museum

New York Transit Museum

New York Transit Museum

New York Transit Museum

New York Transit Museum

New York Transit Museum

New York Transit Museum

New York Transit Museum

New York Transit Museum

New York Transit Museum

New York Transit Museum

New York Transit Museum

New York Transit Museum

New York Transit Museum

New York Transit Museum

New York Transit Museum

New York Transit Museum

New York Transit Museum

New York Transit Museum

New York Transit Museum

New York Transit Museum

New York Transit Museum

New York Transit Museum

New York Transit Museum

New York Transit Museum

Of course what you do in the City, you eat. Thursday night we caught up with Karl and Cully for dinner. Interesting place with the theme of faux meat. Actually it was very good and would go back.

Dinner with Cully and Karl at the Red Bamboo

Dinner with Cully and Karl at the Red Bamboo

Jan and Karl

Jan and Karl

Next stop is Kingston, NY to catch up with son Mark and Kevin. Mark and Kevin bought a house there and this will be our first visit. It is an easy drive from New Jersey to Saugerties, NY where we will be staying at the Rip Van Winkle RV Park. This area there has many references to Rip Van Winkle as the legend starts here in the Catskill Mountains of NY.

Mark at home in Kingston, NY

Mark at home in Kingston, NY

First on the list was a tour of Moresca by Kevin. This is where he works. Moresca is a clothing and costume shop. It has been around for over 40 years making Medieval, Renaissance, Fantasy Clothing and costumes. The tour blows one away with it depth and breadth of products. In addition, the old building and grounds had a creative flare all by themselves.

Tour of Moresca by Kevin

Tour of Moresca by Kevin

Moresca

Moresca

Moresca

Moresca

Moresca

Moresca

Moresca

Moresca

What do you think?

What do you think?

Moresca Warehouse

Moresca Warehouse

Moresca Warehouse

Moresca Warehouse

Moresca Warehouse

Moresca Warehouse

Moresca Warehouse

Moresca Warehouse

Moresca Grounds

Moresca Grounds

Moresca Grounds

Moresca Grounds

Moresca Grounds

Moresca Grounds

Mark and Kevin fixed us a late breakfast but first we rounded up the ingredients at the Saturday morning Kingston’s Farmers Market. We also got a tour of the town which has an interesting history as it was once the capitol of New York. They also took us on a hike along the Hudson River.

Mark and Kevin in their Kingston digs

Mark and Kevin in their Kingston digs

Kingston Farmers Market Shopping for Breakfast

Kingston Farmers Market Shopping for Breakfast

Kingston Farmers Market Shopping for Breakfast

Kingston Farmers Market Shopping for Breakfast

Kingston Farmers Market Shopping for Breakfast

Kingston Farmers Market Shopping for Breakfast

Hike Along the Hudson River

Hike Along the Hudson River

Hike Along the Hudson River

Hike Along the Hudson River

Hike Along the Hudson River

Hike Along the Hudson River

Hike Along the Hudson River

Hike Along the Hudson River

Historic Kingston

Historic Kingston

Kingston the Artistic side

Kingston the Artistic side

Mark being Mark

Mark being Mark

Kingston City Park has a Trolley

Kingston City Park has a Trolley

Along the Wallkill rail trail in the middle of the woods is this place that sells food. We sampled their goodies from the outside wood oven. It was very good.

Pizza oven along the Wallkill Bike Trail

Pizza oven along the Wallkill Bike Trail

Strong recommendation for the Rip Van Winkle Park for those staying in the Catskills area. It is well run and has a beautiful setting. Mark and Kevin came out for dinner and a campfire. The first real fire this time out.

Rip Van Winkle RV Park Saugerties, NY

Rip Van Winkle RV Park Saugerties, NY

RV Photo opt

RV Photo opt

Dinner at Rip Van Winkle

Dinner at Rip Van Winkle

After dinner campfire

After dinner campfire

Ending the visit was a trip to a nearby town, Rosendale for a fun dinner outside (a bit cool but fun). Here are Mark, Jan and Kevin posing for the last family shot. Looking forward to the next time we can get back to Kingston and the Catskills.

By Water Bistro, Rosendale, NY

By Water Bistro, Rosendale, NY

After dinner shot Mark, Jan and Kevin

After dinner shot Mark, Jan and Kevin

Once again it was time to get back on the road heading north. Still a week left on the road before getting back to Michigan.

God Bless,

Larry and Jan

Traverse City Summer 2015

Wecome back from Gulf Shores

Wecome back from Gulf Shores

The flowering Iris welcomed us back from the Gulf Coast. We love being in Traverse City but when we are in the South or on the road it does not call us back. However once we get here it is home and we settle in very quickly. Not sure if it is age or just our self inflicted schedule that makes the time pass so quickly. Anyway there is always next year as we are getting ready to hit the road again.

Summer time, relaxing on the deck

Summer time, relaxing on the deck

We love sitting on the patio looking at the view and watching the weather over the bay. Everyday around six we take time out to wind down and enjoy where we are.

Not relaxing on the deck

Not relaxing on the deck

First post, replacing the old line fence

First post, replacing the old line fence

This project was all about small rocks and big roots

This project was all about small rocks and big roots

Finally, the last post - Hope this fence lasts 35 years like the last one - then not my problem!

Finally, the last post – Hope this fence lasts 35 years like the last one – then not my problem!

That being said as usual we had “the” plan which called for replacing the decking on the deck and replacing the old line fence. Our house is showing its age. It was built in 1981 so subsequently there is now a five year list of projects lurking out there and competing for our time and money.

Early spring and it is beginning to look like summer

Early spring and it is beginning to look like summer

Life is good after the summer shower...

Life is good after the summer shower…

Easy chair summer entertainment

Easy chair summer entertainment

Summer marches on...

Summer marches on…

Love those sunrises over Grand Traverse Bay

Love those sunrises over Grand Traverse Bay

Fires in Canada make for nice Sunrise in Michigan

Fires in Canada make for nice Sunrise in Michigan

All sunrises are not the same

All sunrises are not the same

Once the building and grounds projects were put to bed we got on with our summer. The weather was a bit cooler than average with nice rain falls early. Everything was green and for the entire summer we only used the AC once. Being an early riser and off for the morning workout was able to capture many sunrises.

Getting back in touch with Aunt Laura

Getting back in touch with Aunt Laura

My Aunt Laura now lives nearby. Over the course of the summer we managed to find interesting places to eat.

The Snyder's hangout together - Yes, we still all like each other!

The Snyder’s hangout together – Yes, we still all like each other!

Snyder campfire the last night - Sister Marilyn far left

Snyder campfire the last night – Sister Marilyn far left

Brothers Four

Brothers Four

We spent a long week end on the lake at Brother Dale’s cottage along with the rest of my siblings. Check out my previous post.

Closing down the farm after over 100 Years...

Closing down the farm after over 100 Years…

Jan’s family farm is going up for sale. The house was sold which resulted in clearing out the tool shed. The farm has been in the family for over 100 years. It was like a walk back in time cleaning it out. Again, Brother Dale came to the rescue as he took on the project. See the picture of the first load with many more to follow.

Awesome view at the end of the Treat Trail

Awesome view at the end of the Treat Trail

Treat farm house...a mile in from the road

Treat farm house…a mile in from the road

Treat Barnstead

Treat Barnstead

Treat out building - Cement and Steel

Treat out building – Cement and Steel

Treat root cellar

Treat root cellar

Trilliums Dune Treat Trail

Trilliums Dune Treat Trail

Treat farm trail late May

Treat farm trail late May

With limited time we did manage to get out and enjoy the region. There were several trips to the Sand Dunes (Sleeping Bear National Park). One of our more favorite hikes is the Treat Farm Trail. It is not on the official trail list for the park so gets very little traffic. The old farm which sits a mile off the road and it can congers up in one’s mind who did lived here and why.

Thunder Birds - Cherry Festival

Thunder Birds – Cherry Festival

…of course there is always the Cherry Festival with several hundred thousands of people… Yes, we enjoy it but at a distance.

Jan on the Wharf at Petoskey City Park

Jan on the Wharf at Petoskey City Park

Petoskey waterfront

Petoskey waterfront

Hunting for Petoskey Stone in Little Traverse Bay

Hunting for Petoskey Stone in Little Traverse Bay

Sunset over Little Traverse Bay at Petoskey Magnus Park

Sunset over Little Traverse Bay at Petoskey Magnus Park

Legs Inn - Note the old stove legs the porch

Legs Inn – Note the old stove legs the porch

Legs Inn root art?

Legs Inn root art?

Legs Inn personality

Legs Inn personality

Legs Inn gardens after lunch, just off the patio

Legs Inn gardens after lunch, just off the patio

Then there was Petoskey again…more pictures!

Crystal River early morning kayak run

Crystal River early morning kayak run

Crystal River at Glen Arbor

Crystal River at Glen Arbor

Trip down the Crystal River was a great experience even with the bugs…

Ionia Free Fair - One of our first dates over 50 years ago - first time back...

Ionia Free Fair – One of our first dates over 50 years ago – first time back…

Fifty year later and no, we no longer do the rides...

Fifty year later and no, we no longer do the rides…

Ionia Free Fair - Midway - My kind of ride

Ionia Free Fair – Midway – My kind of ride

Over 50 years ago when Jan and I were dating we attended the Ionia Free Fair…we went back to see how things changed. I know we have!

You are never too old to do the dune climb...we have been doing it for over 50 years

You are never too old to do the dune climb…we have been doing it for over 50 years

Dune trail does have a big uphill climb but worth it

Dune trail does have a big uphill climb but worth it

Dune Trail, the view never stop - this is a great hike

Dune Trail, the view never stop – this is a great hike

Dune trail hike...beautiful day

Dune trail hike…beautiful day

Next section of the Heritage Trail at Sleeping Bear Park

Next section of the Heritage Trail at Sleeping Bear Park

Vista from the Alligator Hill hiking trail

Vista from the Alligator Hill hiking trail

Sunset Sleeping Bear National Park

Sunset Sleeping Bear National Park

Sunset at DH Day Campground

Sunset at DH Day Campground

Stocking drive overlook...it is 450 ft down to the water

Stocking drive overlook…it is 450 ft down to the water

Stocking drive trail to the overlook

Stocking drive trail to the overlook

Larry at Stocking overlook for Sleeping Bear Point

Larry at Stocking overlook for Sleeping Bear Point

There is now a bike trail at the Dunes called the Heritage Trail. I tried out this year’s new section from Glen Arbor to Port Oneida. The trial is now 15 miles and I would recommend it to anyone who likes a hilly ride.

Again we made several trip to dunes to take on the different trails and of course I took my camera.

The summer quest was to explore all the local micro-breweries...there are 12 now

The summer quest was to explore all the local micro-breweries…there are 12 now

Hop Lot Brewery (new this year) quickly became a favorite

Hop Lot Brewery (new this year) quickly became a favorite

Mackinaw Brewery - Downtown Traverse City

Mackinaw Brewery – Downtown Traverse City

Right Brain Brewery an old favorite

Right Brain Brewery an old favorite

Jolly Pumpkin Brewery which use to house the Bowery

Jolly Pumpkin Brewery which use to house the Bowery

Jolly Pumpkin Brewery - The last stamp on the Beer Trail summer tour.\

Jolly Pumpkin Brewery – The last stamp on the Beer Trail summer tour.\

One of our new passions is checking out the micro breweries in the region. The local promotion was to visit all ten brew pubs and get a free glass. I made it to the last one the day before we left for the summer with Marty’s help (Our Daughter-In-law). She came to visit us just before we left. If you come to Traverse City I can now take you to the best of the pubs based on personal experience.

Marty and Larry stop at Clinch Park along the bike trail

Marty and Larry stop at Clinch Park along the bike trail

Taking a shot at the old rail bridge along the bike trail bridge

Taking a shot at the old rail bridge along the bike trail bridge

Bike Trail - over 100 kayaks on the paddle and brew outing

Bike Trail – over 100 kayaks on the paddle and brew outing

Marty and I did a couple of nice bike rides.

The Rpod at 9846, the replacement for the 5th Wheel

The Rpod at 9846, the replacement for the 5th Wheel

The last trip in the Rpod

The last trip in the Rpod

The Rpod replacement

The Rpod replacement

Bringing the RV home to Northern Michigan in june

Bringing the RV home to Northern Michigan in june

RV living is a great life style even in a small trailer

RV living is a great life style even in a small trailer

If you read my previous post, you know we ordered and picked up a new RV (Rpod by Forrest River) to replace the 5th wheel. The unit looked great but once we used it, we found it too small for our traveling life-style. To make a very long story short at the end we sold it and bought an Airstream. This took a lot of our time as we had outfitted the Rpod already. We did two trips to check things out. Needless to say we were working things out right up to the last minute. The Airstream is great and looking forward to many future adventures.

Last look at the flower garden before we hit the road again!

Last look at the flower garden before we hit the road again!

The yard is looking great, then we leave

The yard is looking great, then we leave

Our last two weeks were a blur. For some reason things started to break down like the truck, the refrigerator, the garage door and several smaller things. It almost seemed like our trip was doomed as we worked through the trials and tribulations for the fixes.

Everything fell into place right at the end. There is always something that pulls at us not to leave Traverse City. The weather is great, the yard looks great and there are still many things that we could do.

Our new church home - St Michael's of Traverse City

Our new church home – St Michael’s of Traverse City

This year we moved our church membership from Redeemer at Interlochen to St Michaels in Traverse City. We will miss Redeemer (not the Sunday morning drive) and we now love our new church home.

Nice end to a summer shower and our time in Traverse City

Nice end to a summer shower and our time in Traverse City

We have been on the road for two weeks. One of the items to do before we left was to do our summer blog post. For some reason that never happened so now here it is ready or not! In the next week there will be an update on our travels to west to Utah and points beyond.

We love being on the road again!

Have a great summer…

God Bless,

Larry and Jan

The Snyder Weekend

In June Dale and Bonne hosted a weekend at their cottage on Forrest Lake for the brothers and of course Marilyn the favorite sister. Regulars at the cottage, Jason, Trish, Chloe and Gerrit joined the weekend activities. It was great to see Jeff who made the trip north from downstate. Dale and Bonnie are the perfect hosts to take on such an event always going on an above the call. The weather was outstanding adding to the picture perfect weekend.

Pictures to follow:

Captain Dale Touring on the Pontoon with Chloe and Bobbie

Captain Dale Touring on the Pontoon with Chloe and Bobbie

Kicking back Uncle Duane and Toby

Kicking back Uncle Duane and Toby

The Pontoon got plenty of water time.

Plenty of space for the four RVs

Plenty of space for the four RVs

There was plenty of space for the four RVs and as many cars. Dale even had several 30 amp hook ups to add to the quality of life for those in the RVs.

Maggie Mae - Hosting Visitors Bella and Toby

Maggie Mae – Hosting Visitors Bella and Toby

Bella and Toby kept things moving...

Bella and Toby kept things moving…

Maggie Mae, Toby and Bella added to weekend experience.

Chloe's team won the championship game

Chloe’s team won the championship game

Many of us went to Chloe’s Champion game and of course her team won. For some reason there are no pictures of the trophy…

Mr Gerrit... the next generation

Mr Gerrit… the next generation

Gerrit stealing the photo opt, technical issues in the background

Gerrit stealing the photo opt, technical issues in the background

Gerrit made the most of the time together…

Another great garden by Bonnie

Another great garden by Bonnie

Yes, there was some wildlife

Yes, there was some wildlife

Ready for flight

Ready for flight

The Pirate Ship...the project from last year's gathering.  Still looking good!

The Pirate Ship…the project from last year’s gathering. Still looking good!

Here is another outstanding garden by Bonnie. As you can see plenty of creativity and lots of hard work has gone into pulling off this project.

Aunt Marilyn and Uncle Vic

Aunt Marilyn and Uncle Vic

Aunt Marilyn and Uncle Duane enjoying the moment

Aunt Marilyn and Uncle Duane enjoying the moment

Trish showing Gerrit how it is done

Trish showing Gerrit how it is done

Uncle Ray and Aunt Bonnie

Uncle Ray and Aunt Bonnie

Aunt Bobbie and Uncle Dale catching up on things.  Toby does not seem to be interested

Aunt Bobbie and Uncle Dale catching up on things. Toby does not seem to be interested

Must be something interesting go on down there?

Must be something interesting go on down there?

Time for some "girl" talk...

Time for some “girl” talk…

Round table meeting

Round table meeting

Family time is always rewarding. Catching up one on one keeps the home fires burning. Of course there is always a bit of humor and may be some ribbing going on…

Jeff and Jason were the master chefs for the week end.  Breakfast fare was outstanding!

Jeff and Jason were the master chefs for the week end. Breakfast fare was outstanding!

What is a Snyder weekend without Uncle Ray's B-Q Ribs

What is a Snyder weekend without Uncle Ray’s B-Q Ribs

Outdoors sit down dinner...the food for the weekend was outstanding!

Outdoors sit down dinner…the food for the weekend was outstanding!

The amount of good food was impressive. Jason and Jeff looked good behind the grill. What is a family gathering without good food and a bit to drink!

Team work getting ready to launch!

Team work getting ready to launch!

The Snyder guys off for an adventure

The Snyder guys off for an adventure

Forest Lake...a nice setting with a wilderness look and feel

Forest Lake…a nice setting with a wilderness look and feel

Toby wanted to take part too!

Toby wanted to take part too!

Rehashing the adventure...

Rehashing the adventure…

Jeff came out to check on the "old" guys in the Kayaks

Jeff came out to check on the “old” guys in the Kayaks

Yes, the Snyder guys hit the water in the Kayaks and once again sister Marilyn said she was left behind.

Sharing stories around the evening campfire

Sharing stories around the evening campfire

The group picks up around the fire for morning coffee

The group picks up around the fire for morning coffee

The campfire time is a fun time to share the past, present and future. As you can see Dale was well prepared with lots of firewood. May be we will be invited back next year…