October 21, 2003 New England

When Riley wrote Saturday after we got back to the RV from the D.C. visit, I was just too tired to add anything, so will do so now. Though we don't have an Internet connection at the moment so not sure when this will get sent--maybe tomorrow.

The fall foliage in New England deserves another mention. I was truly amazed at the brilliance and abundance of colors. The trip through the Adirondacks, Vermont and New Hampshire was especially notable. One day in Vermont, my skillful navigation had Riley turn too soon and we went down a back road that we had not meant to travel. It was a narrow, winding road through beautiful farms, and was lined with trees at their peak colors--in this case mostly yellow. It was a sunny day with a bit of a breeze, and the leaves glinted gold in the sunlight and showered on us like falling coins. It was truly a remarkable sight. One we will not forget, even though we took no pictures on that road. When we said our usual "I always wanted to go this way" when turning on the wrong road, we meant it. :-)

Shannon lives in a very pretty area east of New Haven. There is a town square/park right in front of her apartment, and many convenient shops nearby. I learned a lot more about her work--she runs a coumadin (spelling?) clinic at the VA hospital there in New Haven. Not exactly the usual type of work for a pharmacist--more like a doctor! She finds it very rewarding and is quite happy with it.

Pictures of Riley & me on beach at Cape Cod:

D.C. was the first place we did the normal tourist things like visiting monuments, etc. The atmosphere there was quite exhilarating. I think that was as much from the wonderful weather as the history. It was a cool, bracing day with lots of sunshine. It is sad that so many of the monuments are there commemorating war and those who died in them. It was hard not to cry walking past all those names of men who died in Vietnam on the Vietnam Memorial--quite moving and impressive. We were disappointed that the reflecting pool in front of the Washington Monument was empty. This was due to the construction of the WW II Memorial, which looks close to being finished. We had fun; at the time the long walk did not seem that tiring, but once we quit and got on the subway to head back to the RV, the muscle aches and tiredness set in.

We are now spending a few days in the Shenandoah National park at Loft Mountain campground. Skyline Drive runs along the crest of the Appalachians and is another road with spectacular scenery. We were told this was the peak time for Fall leaves here in the park, but believe it must have been last week. It's nice, but nothing like we saw in New England, which was at prime time. We have walked along the Appalachian Trail once today and will do so again later. I got out of the walking habit for the last couple of weeks and am trying to get back to it. We aren't hurrying to get anywhere, so are enjoying taking it easy and getting back into regular routines.

I have been working on a sampler quilt since we were in Colorado. I decided to add an extra row to make it larger and am working on those squares now--have about 10 more to go. Only problem is, I've started running out of the basic materials I was using--leftovers from all the baby quilts I've made, so mainly pinks and blues. I may have to go buy some to finish up. I have more scraps, but suddenly changing to new colors doesn't seem a good idea. We'll see how it goes. I had some material that I thought would work for the strips to combine with the blocks, but I finally got around to actually figuring the yardage, and I don't have enough of it. I will probably start using it in the squares.

As Eric is fond of saying, "just another day in paradise."

Love to all,
Margie & Riley

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