Monday, August 5, 2013

More Fun Times in WashPA

The fun times continue here in WashPA with friends while we are getting more housekeeping chores done.  Our time to hit the road is drawing near and we are scrambling to get everything done and see a few more friends.  You think you have so much time, then the end just creeps up on you and it is hard to get everything in that you planned to do.   
On most Thursdays this summer Nanc and the girls have gotten together for an afternoon of lunch, shopping and games.  Here are Sherri, Nanc, Mary Lou and Georgie.  Di could not make it that day. 
One of the things I miss the most while fulltiming is the chance to go fishing.  The cost of an out of state license in most states makes it cost prohibitive.  The only places other than Pennsylvania I have gone fishing are North Carolina and Texas.  Here in PA I am now the happy owner of my last license, a lifetime senior tag.  Mike and Sherri invited us to the lake for a weekend of fishing and while we did not catch a lot of fish it was still a fun time.   
Here are Mike and I showing off a couple of catfish we did land.
A must see attraction at Pymatuning Lake is the spillway where you can feed the fish and birds.  I have been here many times going back over sixty years to when my grandmother lived nearby and it is still something to see.
Thousands of large carp and birds fight for the bread thrown by tourists. If you are ever near Linesville, PA make sure you stop to see the unusual sight of the ducks walking on fish.
I got a second trip to the lake with Mike and his grandson, Alex.  As you can see there was more than fishing going on.  Al learned the "art of spooning" from pappy.  In return, he schooled both Mike and me in the art of fishing when he landed a new boat record, 14 fish in one day.  While the adults were happy with the number of fish we caught, we did not get anywhere near Al's record catch.
On another evening we went to another Pirate game with Patrice (not pictured), John, Kim and Bill, front row and Nanc, David, Jackie and Dave.  We rode the T (Pittsburgh's trolley line) to the game and avoided all the game traffic at the sold out game.  That is a great way to get to PNC Park.
It was a beautiful evening at one of the most beautiful ball parks and cities in the country.  We got to see the Pirates kick the Cards butt 9 - 2 for the first of four wins that week that put the Bucs back in first place.  Pittsburghers are really supporting this team and everyone is finally seeing the light at the end of the tunnel of 21 straight losing seasons.
LET'S GO BUCS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Just like when we lived in a stix and brix one of my household chores is to clean the basement.  Everything came out and I vacuumed the floor of our 20 inch high basement.  I got rid of a few things we have been carrying and not using so we have a bit more space.  This is a job all fulltimers need to do every couple of years.  It really is amazing how much you can accumulate. 
We got together with Gail, left and Mary Lou, right for an evening.  We go way back with Gail and it is always great getting caught up with what is happening with her, her kids and grandkids.  Mary is a snowbird and we have gotten to spend time with her in both Florida and WashPA.
Another fun evening with several retired teachers.  Here are John, Georgie, Nanc, Jim, Tom, and our hosts, Donna and Ed.  As I have said so many times, the best thing about our lifestyle is the chance to get together with friends.


Doing It On the Road(Part II) said...

Ducks walking on fish, now that's a new one!

Bobbie and Jim said...

Very enjoyable read, Jim. Love the photos. You are both missed!