Tuesday, July 5, 2011

Cool people and Cool tunnels

It was hard to leave our new Birthday Bash friends; we2011_0704BASH_mill0013 hung around moving from site to site as we had all weekend and traded a few more stories  and collected contact info.  As the crowd thinned , Silver trailers wound around the lake and out toward the exit.  The Scottie group was pulling in and the last word we had our Scottie friends Bill and Nora are bidding on a like new Airstream in Denver. They may soon have a foot in both camps. 

It was a short 50 mile tow to the Gaslight CG in Emlenton PA near the terminus of the Allegheny River Trail (ART).  We set up and after lunch drove to the Trailhead. 
TRAILSIGHThe original railroad followed the river closely but ice jams and slides led the owners to cut three tunnels through tight bends in the river to shorten the run and make it safer. This section includes  both the Rockland Tunnel and the Kennerdell Tunnel. 

This IS a different trail; see, Patty has her new Bash shirt on. She likes the pleasant river views , the honeysuckle and the cool breeze blowing through the tunnels.
The 28 miles after several days of intense sloth and overeating was plenty!  We returned to camp, ate and talked about our week. 

Bill Whirl shared a quote which we think bears repeating and should become part of our family “vocabulary.”
from Kurt Vonnegut
I had an uncle, my late Uncle Alex. He was my father’s kid brother, a childless graduate of Harvard who was an honest life-insurance salesman in Indianapolis.  He was well-read and wise.  And his principal complaint about other human beings was that they so seldom noticed it when they were happy.  So when we were drinking lemonade under an apple tree in the summer, say, and talking lazily about this and that, almost buzzing like honeybees, Uncle Alex would suddenly interrupt the agreeable blather to exclaim, “If this isn’t nice, I don’t know what is”.  So, I do the same now, and so do my kids and grandkids.  And I urge you to please notice when you are happy, and exclaim or murmur or think at some point, “If this isn’t nice, I don’t know what is.”
We had many occasions to use that phrase this week and I hope we can make a habit of noticing when we are happy.

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