Thursday, October 16, 2014

Final Week in WashPA

I recently read an article in an RV magazine by a fulltimer who commented that they had grown away for their old friends in their home town when they went on the road.  That sure is not true of us and that is why we like to stay here for two months so we have a chance to get together with so many people.  Now that all our projects are done we are spending all our time with friends and family.  There were several people we had not had a chance to see and others we wanted to see one last time before heading out. Of course that usually means going to our favorite area restaurants.
Here are Tim, Di, Jim, Nanc, Judy and Mike at Speers Grill.  We had a great meal and had a chance to get caught up with stories about the trips they had taken out West.  We love see people and hearing about their trips and always get ideas for future trips.
Always on the must see list is our neighbor of 30 years, Dorothy.  She has moved into an apartment but is still as sharp as a tack and going strong at 91.  When we lived in a stix and brix she was our second mom and did her best to keep us in line.  Not an easy job. 
Another day another get together with the old euchre club for dinner and an evening of laughs and swapping lies.  Here are Georgie, Tom, Nanc, Jim, Mary Lou, Mike, Sherri, Di and Tim. 
We always see Nanc's sister Judy in Florida when we winter there, but had not gotten together with them here on this visit.  Since she and her husband Bill are leaving for Florida this week we decided to meet in Ohio for a late lunch to get caught up with what they have been doing this summer.  Our nephew Scott and his girl friend Doris joined us for a nice three hour lunch. 
One last meal at the Union Grill with Tom and Georgie and our favorite bartender, Jimmy.  The Grill advertises that it is "Where Friends Meet" and that sure is true.  It is a local institution where we always see many people we know.
I did make the leap this week and took advantage of the Verizon trade-in program and got a free iPhone 6.  I'm usually at least one or two models behind with the latest technology, but since several of my apps were no longer working on the old phone I made the move. I'm sure they do that on purpose to force you to make the move. 
Another day, another friend.  On Sunday we had Gail over for dinner.  She is a great friend who we knew even before we moved to WashPA so we go way back.
Nanc cooked up some of our halibut for a great meal at the best place in town to eat.
No doubt the greatest thing about our traveling lifestyle is not only the chance see old friends but make new ones.  On Monday morning we got a message from Bill and Gisela that they were traveling through WashPA on their way from Indiana to Virginia.  We met them at Betty's several years ago and have crossed paths a couple of times since.  We had dinner at the Union Grill and then came back to our place to share travel stories.  They have been to Alaska and went to Newfoundland this summer so we had fun talking about places we had both visited.
One last night at Al'an Rubens with Darlene.  It was great spending the evening with her and hearing a bit of jazz here for another year.  We also had dinner with my brother Rick and his wife Denise.  And of course the Wednesday retired teachers Out to Lunch Bunch but I failed to get pictures.  It has been a great visit back to our old stomping grounds around WashPA and getting caught up with friends and family but we are looking forward to new travel adventures.

When we lived here we went out to dinner almost every night so we have several local restaurants that are our favorites.  One thing they all have in common is that they are locally owned and you will usually find the owner in the building.  The Union Grill, Al'an Rubens, Burgh's Pizza and Wings, Speers Grill and the Back Porch are some that we frequented back then and always return to.  Since going on the road friends have found a couple of others the we can now recommend, the Kopper Kettle near Washington and Someone Else's in nearby Castle Shannon.    If you are in the WashPA area and looking for a great meal be sure to check out these great establishments.  At most of these places if you say Jim and Nanc recommended them it will not get you thrown out:) 


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

We don't understand the losing old friends bit either! You only lose them if you don't make the effort to keep in touch.

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

We don't understand it either, but you do have to make an effort.