Nan and Walt's Spring and Summer 2005
We've had a very active spring and summer.
April and May: The
flowers of Highland Park
Our spring always includes multiple trips to nearby Highland Park with
its glorious flowers. We have some magnificent ones as well in our yard.
Memorial Day weekend: Toronto
with Ann and Aiden McNamara-
Our friend Ann McNamara had a workshop in Toronto just before Memorial
Day weekend. We joined her and her brother Aiden there for a
little tourism and relaxation, including attending a concert by Keane.
May 13: Our
retirement party along with Peter Anderson
- RIT made Walt a medical insurance offer that we weren't certain we
could refuse, so we decided to move up our retirement plans by a couple
of years. Our departments threw us a wonderful, party. It
was nice that so many people were able to join us.
Weekend of June 4: Clayton,
NY - Walt has taken up radio controlled sailboats in a big
way. His club, the Rochester Area Model Yach Association (RAMYA), were part of the
Clayton Antique Boat Museum's
open house in early June. RAMYA held some races and made their
boats available for the public to try. My sister, Karen, is
pictured trying one of Walt's boats. The other photos are of the motel
where most of the folks stayed.
June 11-18: Trapp
Family Lodge, Stowe, VT -
Jack and Adriana Slutsky and Matt Shea joined us for our timeshare week
at Trapp Family Lodge. Here we're wading in the stream to take a
look at Moss Glen Falls. Of course this was an unanticipated wade
so we had no walking sticks, water shoes or insect repellant! :-(
:-). Late in the week the weather took a turn for the worse, so
we visited the Shelburne
Museum, VT with Matt Shea. The Shelburne Museum
is an open air museum on the order of our local Genessee Country
Museum. Walt and I have been passing it for years, but this is
our first visit.
June 30-July 8: Bethel,
- My sister Karen was able to join us for the second summer in a row
for a trip to a time share location. This time it was in Bethel
Maine. Matt Shea also joined us. The River View Resort
has barely that but it is in a beautiful location. The river is a
short walk away and the resort provides complimentary canoes which we
took full advantage of. We also did a lot of wading in local
rivers where Karen and Matt collected LOTS of rocks. (Matt had to
drop Karen's in Rochester and then we arranged for someone else to
deliver them to her. :-)) We also did a bit of antiquing and made a
trip to Bath, ME where Karen and I went to the ocean (her first time!)
while Walt and Matt went to the Maine
Maritime Museum. This was followed by a costly visit to the
L.L. Bean outlet in Freeport. :-)
July 9: 40th
- Nan's 1965 Indian River Central High School (IRCS) graduating class
gathered in Alexandria Bay for their 40th reunion. Our math
teacher and principle, Sam Jones, was able to join us. It was fun
to see those who came again and to do a little catching up. Our
graduating class was quite small, around 100, so we had a good turnout.
July 24: The
National Museum of the Amerian Indian in Washington, DC
- Nan went to Washington, DC to review proposals for the National
Science Foundation (NSF). I was booked on an early morning plane
with activities starting in the evening and therefore had a free
day. I took advantage of the time to visit the National Museum of the Amerian Indian
which opened last year. It was interesting to see sunflowers and
corn growing so close to the capital. Unfortunately it was a
bright sunny day so even with adjustment the contrast is not what I
would like. The building is beautiful and the exhibits are
interesting, although there doesn't seem to be as much as I'd expected
from the outside as there are lots of wide open space inside.
They also have an EXCELLENT cafeteria. I apologize for the
fuzziness of some of my shots!
September 7: Matt
Shea's Tree House
- If you've read this far, you'll have seen mention of Matt Shea.
Matt is in the process of building a tree house for his summer living
near Schoharie, NY. We stopped to see the site and his progress.
I believe there are some 17 trees involved. A second platform is
September 8 and 9: Martha's
Vineyard - From Matt's we drove to Woods Hole, MA where we spent
the night at the Woods Hole Inn.
We took the morning freight ferry to Vineyard Haven on Martha's
Vineyard for a two day visit with Carol and Andrew Kitchen and Phoebe
the big dog. Our photos include the "Camp Grounds" in Oak Bluffs,
Menemsha, and the Alabama (which grazed the dock knocking off it's
anchor!) in Vineyard Haven, along with some of Andrew's pictures of and
from the beach area where they stay. We had stupendous weather,
good company, and lots of good food.
September 10-16: Cape
- From Martha's Vineyard, we went to Osterville for a visit with Marla
Myers whom we hadn't seen in several years. Marla is in the
process of selling her parent's home and renovating her home nearby.
Nan especially enjoyed brainstorming with Marla about the new house! We
had a lovely visit which included lots of walks (several on the
beaches), a visit to Provincetown (where we watched a cormoran trying
to catch fish for some time as you'll see) and the Marconi Site, and a visit to
the Cape Cod Maritime Museum in Hyannis, the Osterville Historical
Society's Boat House, and the Toad
Hall Classic Sportscar Collection with it's windmills, frogs, and
very friendly cats which is located at the Simmons Homestead Inn in
Phew! And, now we're home until Thanksgiving when we'll visit
Stacy in TX....that is assuming Rita has left them a home! (We just
heard that a neighbor has phoned saying that all appears to be well!!!!)
Nan C. Schaller
Rochester Institute of Technology
Computer Science Department
102 Lomb Memorial Dr.
Rochester, NY 14623-5608
24 September 2005