Saturday, June 8, 2013
We left early this morning for a whirlwind trip to my hometown, Altoona, PA about 300 miles west of Atlantic City. After torrential rains all day yesterday, this morning was bright and clear -- the rain had cleansed the atmosphere of the pervading pollen.
We arrived shortly before noon and had lunch at Tom & Joe's in downtown Altoona -- Ralph ordered lunch, but I had breakfast and ordered scrapple, something I miss traveling around and living in Florida. And I must say it was delicious. Probably the worst food you can eat, but it was soooooo good.
We popped by to visit our dear old friends, Ken and Linda Noonan. After catching up on a year's worth of "stuff" we took a look at Ken's latest project, rebuilding a classic MG -- and I can't remember the year, but somewhere in the 1950s. He's doing a beautiful job restoring it. It is very cute...and very small.
We then drove across town to Juniata to visit my big sister, Gretchen and had a nice visit with her, the visited with my brother, Girard and sister-in-law, Bonnie, and their family who live across the street and we had dinner with them. It's such a blessing to be able to visit with them and to catch up on all the family news...we, indeed, are getting older. And every time we come back to Altoona, things are so changed from the time before. We're glad to always catch up with my siblings and dear friends...that is the best part -- and never changes!
Here are some photos from Saturday:
|The former elegant Penn Alto Hotel now City Hall Commons Apartments|
|Altoona City Hall|
|Ken's class MG|
|Noonie and his new project|
|My grandniece, Kori and me -- she's 23 now|
|My sister Gretchen and me|
|Self photograph -- Ralph, Gretchen and me|
|Gretchen's cat, Roxy|
|Bonnie, Girard and me|
|Ralph, Bonnie and Girard|
|Jarrett and me|
|Linda, Ralph and Noonie|
|In the parking lot of the Courtyard Marriott where we always stay|
|Tom and Joe's|