We made a family trip to Kennywood Park this afternoon and evening. It's about a twenty-minute drive from our house in the city. I didn't go on any of the big roller coasters, but did go on some of the older rides (the auto race and the railroad train), some of the Kiddieland rides, and spent a pleasant half hour steering a paddle boat around in a cement pond.
July 2008 Archives
Today's Pittsburgh Post-Gazette has a collection of my travel sketches on page 2. You can click on the image above for a closer look at the printed page, or you can visit their website for their online version of the feature.
(These were not from my daily sketchbook - I had so much fun filling a page there on the way to Boston at the beginning of July that I decided to make lots of drawings in another sketchbook on the way home. Five pages of drawings and comments were distilled, transcribed, and rearranged for this.)
Update: Among the wonderful responses to this set of drawings was an email from railfan Patrick Rieger, who works at the amazing Miniature Railroad and Village at the Carnegie Science Center in Pittsburgh. He was able to answer a couple of questions I'd had en route:
The answer to your question about the long pause at Harrisburg
probably was a crew change, and the water tanks on the cars are topped
off and garbage removed.
The long bridge over the Susquehanna is the Rockville Bridge, built by
the Pennsylvania Railroad in 1901-1902. It is the longest stone arch
bridge in the world.
A flower which always means summer to me. We're home, and things are blooming, and the day is hot and bright.
Cheers from afar to all the amazing women at BlogHer this weekend. A dear nephew has chosen tomorrow for his wedding - I'll be celebrating with family in Pennsylvania. I'll find time and space for drawing, but may or may not get to a wifi connection in time to post on Saturday - so look for two pictures to appear on Sunday.
We went berry-picking (and mosquito-slapping, and duck- and pig-watching) at Russell Orchards in Ipswich this morning. Blueberries and raspberries - what could be better? The pears weren't ripe yet, but the trees were beautiful.
They run the tractors with biodiesel fuel. They sell homemade doughnuts in their store. My favorite sign near the barn read, "Save the planet: eat cider donuts." So we did what we could to help.
I made sketches of things seen out the window as we went along, trying also to note location and time. Had to stop when it got dark somewhere along the coast of Rhode Island, but at that point I'd run out of room on the page, anyway. (As with most other pictures on this site, you can click on the image for an enlargement.)
Arrived too late to set up wifi. Listening to the waves instead. Sketched throughout the train trip and will post that tomorrow. Meanwhile, for a set of brief verbal sketches of the journey, you can follow my twitter stream at http://twitter.com/elizabethperry.
For my new glasses. I asked for one which couldn't be confused with the other cases around the house. The woman rummaged in a drawer - and produced wonderful lime plastic instead of the usual navy or brown leatherette. No mistaking them for anyone else's. This also marks a moment of passage - my first trifocals. After muddling along with contacts and drugstore reading glasses, it's a delight to see so clearly: details at a distance and up close and in between.