Life takes some turns now and then

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I think about my blog. I have neglected it big time lately. My last trip included the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in Cleveland, Ohio and Gettysburg, PA. My laptop holds all my travel photos and it is falling apart. I am typing this on my iPad which is slow going.

I was helping Brian with leaf raking and wow, my knees and feet got really painful.We tried several visits to a chiropractor (Brian is suffering also). He could only do so much. We went to the orthopedic knee doctor just this week and he said my knees are worse from last year. He gave me a shot in both knees…ouch! We both need to get our backs checked out too. Thanksgiving was so hard for me being on my feet. I tried to pace myself that day and it didn’t help. Felt like someone was hammering on my legs. Everything seems to take effort. Decided it was time to see the doctor. Being around the children at the church where I work 2.5 (mostly)-5 hours a week brings me joy.

I will add a few new travel posts soon, but putting on those traveling shoes anytime soon will be difficult for us.  I guess I can turn to my crafts and books and hope for a little relief from pain. I’ll post when I can. Love to share my crafts too!

One thousand geocache finds and Waterloo Village New Jersey

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White Clay Creek and then Tyler Arboretum

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Ringing Rocks County Park-hammer time!

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Before we headed to Ocean City, the three of us went about 70 miles to Ringing Rock County Park in Bucks County. A hammer was found and loaded in the car! Sean had just gotten his new car and wanted to take it for a test drive. It was one of those places that you have heard about and needed to see in real life. Plus it was an earth cache! We got there a little late, but the parking was close to the big field of rocks. Apparently their content of aluminum and iron makes them have a bell like sound when struck! Brian and I stated on the perimeter while Sean climbed a bit more into the main area. Brian didn’t have flexible shoes on and I just can’t climb that well. I got to hit a few rocks though. The field of boulders is in 7-8 acres of the 128 acre park. Apparently there is a waterfall too. We all agreed to go, not knowing it was 70 miles. I guess we travel enough to think that isn’t too far.

This is what we saw after a short hike!

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I was hamming it up for the camera knowing I needed to post a photo for geocaching.com

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Sean getting into the field

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Brian had a rough time in his work boots.

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No one is sure why these rocks are here, but it’s been forever!

We later went to Pizzeria Uno and grabbed a few caches. Just a fun different thing to see.

Shame on the park for having one, stinky porta potty! We couldn’t get within a few feet of it.

Some late summer shots from Ocean City, MD

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Sean had a meet up group on Sunday, the 9th, so I tagged along. He didn’t spend the entire time at Seacrets! We went out to dinner after the afternoon meet up and had a yummy dinner at Peaky’s, a restaurant on the 8th floor of Fenwick Inn a few miles down the road. I love meal coupons (thanks to entertainment.com) and had $15 toward my dinner. I had prime rib and lobster tail and Sean had two lobster tails! We hadn’t eaten for a while (brought BLT to stop and eat) and we dove into our meals. I also thank Trip Advisor for their reviews. The prime rib was perfect! The lobster was good, but a little dry. Sean said both of his were fine.

Here are a few nice shots of mainly our view from the top floor.

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View from our table. The ocean changed as the sun set from that medium blue to steely gray.

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Bay view

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Please ask for permission if you want to use my photos. Thanks!

We headed to the boardwalk to see a laser show, but couldn’t find parking. We didn’t want to park in the inlet, which proved an unwise choice as that’s where the sphere on the beach with the laser show was!

We enjoyed watching this fellow make bubbles.

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And some other scenes from the boards

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The next day we did some geocaching. Actually we stopped in a few spots and got 5 Sunday and 5 Monday. We had stopped in Milton, DE for lunch and a few caches. First we found the Doghead Brewery and a cache was near there. Sean was interested in that. Then we located the historic society where another cache was.

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Tree house at the Dogfish Brewery

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Where we ate our Sunday lunch.

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Milton Historical Society

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Bethany Nature Center. We didn’t go in this one either.

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Goodbye seashore. Our visit was brief, but we know we’ll be back to explore other new places nearby.

Earth caching on a beach trip

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The second week in July, Sean and I climbed in his ‘old’ hot car (the a/c had gone on it last month) to visit the Cape May, NJ area on a day trip. I did a little research so we could snap up a few earth caches. With these, you usually have to answer a few questions or take a photo of where you are. We headed down to Sunset Beach, the beach furthest south. It’s part of Cape May, but a beach where you can collect  ‘Cape May Diamonds’. a clear quartz that can be cut to look like diamonds. The tiny ones on the top are the ‘diamonds’.

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We indeed found some. We wrote our names in the sand too, but there, and not up the beach where the coords were on the cache page-oops. The sand was actually better to write in where we were. We did eventually go up in the area and find a physical cache.

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Sean standing near the sign. Behind him is the wreck of the S.S. Atlantus.

After a storm, this cement ship got stuck there for good!

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Looking up the beach where the real sand earth cache should have been written.

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An old bath house

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You can’t go any further than this in NJ

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Outside the nice gift shop. They have Cape May diamonds that look like real diamonds here.

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Look how much of the shipwreck is in this photo!

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Look out/fire patrol tower near Sunset beach. Also a cache here at the Vet’s memorial.

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We sat on Sunset beach a while, though it was warm and I was in a skirt. I really didn’t plan on sitting on the beach at all!

We headed up to the beach near the town of Cape May, but didn’t go shopping there. We then hit Wildwood and Sean wanted to get a Wildwood t-shirt for his collection. Someday I’ll be making him a t-shirt bed cover!

We were getting hungry for dinner and found a place on Yelp! in Ocean City. We sat at a picnic table and Sean treated me to a lobster dinner. As it wasn’t fancy, it was cheaper, but most of the meat was in the tail anyway.

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Ocean City, NJ scenes Love the mansion!

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Sean signing the Vet’s memorial cache and the memorial itself.

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We looked for a lot of caches that day! We didn’t know it would be our last little trip in his 2005 Taurus. He was waiting to see how he fared in his new job before he looked at another vehicle. A few days ago, we all went car shopping. We stopped at one place and got ignored. We started to drive past another place and I pointed out a model he was interested in. Well, after test driving about 6 or more Hyundai makes, he picked a 2013 Elantra  in bronze, the last test drive he did! He liked the added features of blue tooth and heated seats. It had low mileage too. So happy for him. We took a day trip yesterday to a cool park in Bucks County. That will be my next post!