Jon Crispin's Notebook

Willard / Meadville Trip / Conneaut Lake Park

AMeadville Trip with Peter September 2018

After living in D.C. for the past 5 years, our son Peter has moved home for a bit to take some classes and do GRE prep.  It is nice to have him around.  Soon after he returned to Massachusetts we planned a quick trip to Meadville and Pittsburgh to catch a Pirates game.

Meadville Trip with Peter September 2018

The Willard employee reunion dish-to-pass event was happening on the Saturday that we drove out, so he and I stopped to say hi to old friends.  We had time afterwards to go to the cemetery which is always a very moving experience.

Meadville Trip with Peter September 2018

The sign at the Jewish part of the cemetery is looking a bit run down and could use some help.

Meadville Trip with Peter September 2018

The little stone marker is still there.

Meadville Trip with Peter September 2018

Here is one of the numbered graves in that part of the cemetery.  It makes me so sad that #43 has no name.  The state of New York could remedy this if they cared enough to publish the names of the patients who are buried here.

Meadville Trip with Peter September 2018

Before Peter and I continued on to Meadville, we stopped by the Romulus Historical Society building to see the recent exhibit updates.  It was nice to see Craig Williams and Debbie Nichols who had been a nursing student and then a nurse at Willard.

Meadville Trip with Peter September 2018

Here is Debbie sitting next to her actual uniform.  It is a great little museum and well worth a visit.

Meadville Trip with Peter September 2018

I’ve been stopping at the Angola Rest Area on the New York Thruway for as long as I can remember.  It is so nice to walk over the highway to get to the main building.

Meadville Trip with Peter September 2018

The first stop was a visit to Eddie’s Footlongs on the lake road outside of Meadville.  I had 2 with the works.

Meadville Trip with Peter September 2018

Next stop Hank’s Frozen Custard.  I had 2 here as well.  Chocolate.

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On Sunday morning we got word that the Pirate’s game was cancelled due to rain, so we checked out of the motel and drove to Allegheny College to see the tree we planted in honor of my Dad.

Meadville Trip with Peter September 2018

My sister Karen chose a lovely Winter King, and it is thriving.

Meadville Trip with Peter September 2018

It was a rainy Sunday morning and after breakfast at the Meadville Market House Grill, we drove out  for a last Hank’s and then around Conneaut Lake.  The amusement park was not surprisingly deserted, but it was strange that country music was playing through the loudspeakers.

Meadville Trip with Peter September 2018

There was no one there to yell at us to stay off the rides, so we wandered and took some pictures.

Meadville Trip with Peter September 2018

Ugh, clowns.

Meadville Trip with Peter September 2018

On the left above is the Blue Streak roller coaster.  I was never keen on riding it, but once Judy Jacoby who was my girlfriend for a short time convinced me to go on it.  It was fine.

Meadville Trip with Peter September 2018

It is difficult to know for sure, but I think the park is still open.  But it was a bit eerie to walk around with the music blaring and nobody else there.

Meadville Trip with Peter September 2018

The coaster car is pretty classic.

Meadville Trip with Peter September 2018

A Century Flyer made in Dayton, Ohio.

Meadville Trip with Peter September 2018

Here’s the entry into the first tunnel.

Meadville Trip with Peter September 2018

The master controls. ↑

Meadville Trip with Peter September 2018

Peter and I actually rode the Devil’s Den many years ago.  The “Infamous Gum Wall!! is just that.  People started sticking chewing gum on the wall when the ride slowed down and it became….well infamous.

Cristine and I are off to Nepal on Friday.  I hope to post regularly from Kathmandu.

Cheers everyone and thanks for following.

 

 

 

New York Thruway (Eastbound)

Posted in Automobiles, Bridges, Travel by joncrispin on 01/12/2012

As I was driving home from Brockport yesterday afternoon the light was similar to that in my previous post, though at a different time of the day.  As my film-maker friends might say, “magic hour”. / I seem to have come down with a very nasty chest cold.  I know it is all about the virus, but I can’t help wondering if  lack of sleep and being in hotel rooms didn’t make it worse.   So I’m drinking lots of fluids and sleeping as much as I can.  If anyone else is in the same boat, let me know and I’ll post my hot toddy recipe.

Hanley Road, Columbia County, NY

Posted in Bridges, Landscape, Travel by joncrispin on 29/02/2012

I couldn’t count the number of times that I have been on Interstate 90 in New York State.  About 2 years ago, I started noticing this view from the Westbound lane just before the turnoff to Albany.  There was something about the look of this rural road that always made me happy.  About a year ago I knew that I wanted to photograph it, but stopping on the highway seemed a bit foolhardy.  On Tuesday I was at the museum shooting suitcases and realized that I would have time to take a side trip on the way home.   I have a New York State Atlas & Gazeteer in my car so I pulled it out an figured out where I could access this road.  I am quite directionally challenged, but after some trial and error, I found the spot.  The above view is taken from the bottom of Hanley Road where it forms a T with State Route 32.  From where I took this picture it is Columbia County, but up the hill it becomes Rensselaer County.  Coming from Albany, I went to the town of Nassau on Route 20, turned south on 203 and then left onto Hanley.  It is really beautiful on the top part of the road; lovely farms with sizable ponds.

This view is looking West on SR 32.  The semi is on the eastbound section of the 90.  As I was heading home, I drove through the small town of Chatham and was happy to see a church that I had photographed for Craig Williams years ago.

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