Sunday, October 29, 2006

Pumpkin Party Costumes

your rock n roll hosts

Autumn and a pot-head, with munchies

Baby bear? mouse? whatever she is, she's a cutie.

a toxic lawn

Pumpkin Party Pumpkins

Thanks to Mark and Elaine for these great pictures!

Thursday, October 12, 2006

Lancaster County

Elizabeth's mom and dad were in town and we headed up to Lancaster County, PA to see the countryside and the Amish quilts and the horses and buggies. We stayed on an Amish-owned horse farm which was quite lovely. They sent us to a local smorgasbord for dinner, then stuffed us again in the morning with homemade breakfast.

We drove around a lot looking at covered bridges and such.

We stopped in Lititz to get pretzels from the oldest pretzel factory in the U.S., and ate at a great little restaurant called Cafe Chocolate.
We also stopped at a farm stand to stock up on pumpkins!

Sunday, October 08, 2006

Sugar Knob

We had a total wash-out for our two night trip to Sugar Knob cabin. Checked the weather forecast before we left and it said 30-40% chance of rain. It started raining when we got to the cabin and didn't really stop until we were back home in Silver Spring two days later.

We spent most of out time feeding the fire and playing cards.

When we couldn't take it any longer we got suited up and ventured out in the rain. The blackgums and sugar maples were bright red, really lovely.

Another highlight of the trip was seeing SIX American Chestnut trees that were dropping nuts -- neither of us had ever seen evidence of trees that had survived the blight long enough to fruit. This is a picture of a husk and some of the old catkins from one of them. Seeing trees that are fighting the blight was inspiring, and we came home to read that there has been great progress in breeding even more disease-resistant trees.