Wednesday, September 30, 2015

Road Scholar Trip.....Woodlawn Cemetery in Elmira NY

So off I went on one of the many excursions with the Road Scholars on my amazing vacation with them.   We boarded our luxury ride, I guess I will call it a cross between a bus and a van, and headed to Woodlawn Cemetery in Elmira NY.

The main reason for this visit was to see the resting place of Mark Twain.  So we stayed in one small area.  I did wander a bit while always keeping the other scholars in sight:-)
Here are some of my many photos...along with some quotes from Mark Twain.
"Woodlawn Cemetery is the name of a cemetery in ElmiraNew York.  
The most famous person buried in it is Mark Twain."
"I think we never become really and genuinely our entire and honest selves until we are dead, 
and not then until we have been dead years and years.  People ought to start dead, 
and they would be honest so much earlier.
Mark Twain

"Clothes make the man. 
Naked people have little or no influence in society."
- quoted in More Maxims of Mark, Johnson, 1927

Mark Twain
"Man was made at the end of the week's work when God was tired."
Mark Twain's Notebook

"Do not tell fish stories where the people know you; but particularly, 
don't tell them where they know the fish."
More Maxims of Mark, Johnson, 1927
Mark Twain

"God pours out love upon all with a lavish hand -- but He reserves vengeance for His very own."
Mark Twain's Notebook

"The rain ...falls upon the just and the unjust alike; a thing which would not happen if I were superintending 
the rain's affairs. No, I would rain softly and sweetly on the just, 
but if I caught a sample of the unjust outdoors I would drown him."
Mark Twain, a Biography 

Found this cute little guy running around.
"I have been on the verge of being an angel all my life, but it's never happened yet."
Mark Twain's Autobiography
If you find yourself in Elmira NY I suggest you visit Woodlawn Cemetery.  You would see the resting place of Mark Twain and his family.  If you have time check out the rest of the cemetery.  It would be interesting to read the headstones that date back to 1800's
Happy Travels Everyone!

Friday, September 25, 2015

Road Scholar Vacation. NY, Mark Twain...

One of the many things I loved about the Road Scholar trip was all the education involved.  We would have lectures and then, after learning, go out and explore.  Even when we were out and about the teaching continued.  I was amazed by all the knowledge shared by our guide.  She was amazing.
A very famous presence in NY was Mark Twain.  We learned a lot about his life and his writings on this trip.  Here are a few of my photos and some quotes, in italics, from Wikipedia. 

"Samuel Langhorne Clemens (November 30, 1835 – April 21, 1910),  better known by his pen name Mark Twain, was an American author and humorist."

He was born in Missouri.  Much of his inspiration for his writings came from the Mississippi River.

"...his pen name, Mark Twain, from "mark twain", the leadsman's cry for a measured river depth of two fathoms (12 feet), which was safe water for a steamboat."

"Elmira College has an extensive Mark Twain (Samuel Clemens) archive and is one of the only two centers for Mark Twain Studies in the world. A quaint study of his is located on campus."
His study which was moved to Elmira College from his homestead.

"Twain was an adamant supporter of the abolition of slavery and emancipation of slaves, 
even going so far to say "Lincoln's Proclamation ... 
not only set the black slaves free but set the white man free also"

"Throughout 1868, Twain and Olivia Langdon corresponded. Though she rejected his first marriage proposal, two months later, they were engaged. In February 1870, Twain and Langdon were married in Elmira, New York where he courted her and managed to overcome her father's initial reluctance."
"Olivia, called Livy, was educated by a combination of home tutoring and classes at Thurston’s Female Seminary and Elmira Female College."
I can't say enough about the wonderful trip I took with Road Scholar.  I will be posting much more in the near future.  I can't wait to go on my next trip with them.

I will leave you with a quote by Mark Twain in regard to sleep and rest.

"Wisdom teaches us that none but birds should go out early, 
and that not even birds should do it unless they are out of worms"
Mark Twain
"New Years Day" 1866

Happy Travels!

Thursday, September 24, 2015

Discoveries Along the Way.....Driving by Pilot Mountain

I was so excited.  I was about to take my first adventure with the Road Scholars.  I jumped in the car and headed north toward the Finger Lakes in NY.  I could just drive and not deviate from my destination but no, I am sure there are discoveries along the way just waiting to be discovered. And there were.  

I had not gotten to far along on my trip when I saw Pilot Mountain in the distance.  Many folks I have met like to go hiking and camping there.  I would love to visit some time but this time I could at least enjoy the view....(quotes from Wikipedia are in italics)
"rising to a peak 2,421 feet (738 m) above sea level
is one of the most distinctive natural features in the North Carolina."
"Pilot Mountain is part of the A.V.A Yadkin Valley, an American Viticultural Area comprising over 50 wineries, including a few wineries in the town of Pilot Mountain."
"Pilot Mountain has two distinctive features, named Big and Little Pinnacle. Big Pinnacle (also called "The Knob") has high and colorful bare rock walls, with a rounded top covered by vegetation, reaching approximately 1,400 feet (430 m) above the surrounding terrain." 

"Pilot Mountain State Park is for year-round recreation. Activities at the park include campingcanoeingfishingrock climbingpicnickinghiking, and environmental education."
There are all types of interesting things Along the Way.  It is fun to take the time to enjoy them.
Happy Travels!

Sunday, September 13, 2015

Statue of Liberty on the Susquehanna River??? (Photo found online, by Jag9889)

You just never know what you are going to see on an 11-hour journey to NY.  If you would have bet me $100.00 that I would see the Statue of Liberty in the middle of the Susquehanna River I would have laughed and you would be $100.00 richer......

(Photo from Jag9889,
I was driving so I could not take a picture)

So what is this all about.  I went directly to Google for the answer from Wikipedia...
"On July 2, 1986, a replica of the Statue of Liberty was erected on one of its piers in the Dauphin Narrows of the Susquehanna River. The replica was built by Gene Stilp, a local activist. It was made of Venetian blinds and stood 18 feet (5.5 m) tall
Six years later, after it was destroyed in a windstorm, it was rebuilt by Stilp and other local citizens, of wood, metal, glass and fiberglass, to a height of 25 feet (7.6 m)."
I stopped at a Perkins several miles north and asked them about the statue.  They had no idea why it was there.  I ask if there was a park where you could stop and get better pictures.  They said there is no park.
Here was an official answer from Weird
"......since it’s almost impossible to see from the nearest town, Dauphin. The best you can manage is a few seconds glimpse as you drive on Route 322—unless you’re good enough at kayaking to navigate the treacherous waters in that stretch of the river."
From my vantage point going north I only caught a glimpse.  I am hoping on my way south I can get a better view if only for a moment.

Happy Travels everyone.