On the road again; journey’s end: bits and pieces; Evan’s wedding

Don’t worry, I’m not going to have you wade through a massive amount of wedding shots. Well, maybe just a few! All the images in this post were shot with my new small, inexpensive point and shoot. It worked well for most shots, but didn’t do as well inside in the low-light room. But, I’m happy because I captured the essence of the day.

Speaking of the day, it was cold, cloudy and windy. This is not the most welcome weather for an outdoor wedding! I felt for the bridal party gals in their strapless gowns. Fortunately, the party was held inside, hence the low light. This small camera is actually fool-proof, taking charge and deciding on its own what settings to use.

And since it shoots JPEG only, it limits editing abilities in Lightroom. But, it went where no SLR could go–in my small purse! And, it didn’t interfere with the professionals and their SLRs. Overall, I’m happy with the small camera and had a terrific time at the rehearsal dinner and wedding.

Here are just a few images!

On the road again: Port Jefferson, Long Island, NY

Long Island is. It is a long island, and my cousins live about 30 minutes from each other. We visited with Morty and Mary who are my cousins on my father’s side. (Irene and Neal are cousins on my mother’s side.) Morty took us to Port Jefferson which was further down the island and to the north side. It was beautiful. We ate lunch, walked, had ice cream and walked. The bonus was the weather. Sunny!!

I’m so glad Morty and Mary are healthy and doing well. I’m younger and it’s fun to hear stories about relatives who I didn’t get to know.

Since we are leaving for Pennsylvania tomorrow, these images are the last from this very Long Island!


On the road again: Long Island, New York at Planting Fields Arboretum

When you’ve flown to the east coast what do you do? You start south and work your way north! We’ve been in Long Island visiting family for almost a week now. I’m sure my cousins feel like it’s been more than that since we are staying with them. They are gracious hosts, driving us, feeding us and fitting our needs into their lifestyle.

They took us to the Planting Fields Arboretum on a cloudy day. It seems that last year we brought extreme heat and this year humidity and rain! We did go to there last year, but at 99 degrees (Fahrenheit) it was too hot to stay. I was thrilled that this time we were able to walk most of the grounds of this beautiful arboretum and hear stories of how they’ve enjoyed the grounds for years past. Also, there were three bridal couples having their wedding pictures taken at the park. Yes, I did take some shots of that activity, but in the end deleted them, keeping one showing the bride’s gown in the distance.

On the one sunny day, we went north in search of fall foliage, and I’ll cover that in the next blog. Meanwhile, enjoy these floral images. I’m not going to caption these because I don’t know the names of the flowers. They range from orchards to cactus. I did get a small amount of the autumn colors in the trees.




Cross country: Leaving Long Island and more of Manhattan

July 21, 2013

I woke up way too early this morning, but I’ve accomplished a lot. I’ve walked the dog, did my emails for my square dance club through August, paid some bills and processed some more Manhattan images.

Regarding the images, last night I saw them on a huge (more than 50”) TV screen. Most looked great, but, in some, I could really see that I saturated the color too much. It is so difficult when working on a laptop because as you move the screen forward or back, the color and intensity changes. So, I’m asking your help. If you see that there’s room for improvement in the color, etc. of the images, please let me know. I’m learning by doing, and that means there will be some error along with the trial!

Next on my list is to find us a place to spend the next couple of nights. We were going to go into Massachusetts, but Richard is not feeling too exuberant so we will go into Connecticut to veg for a couple of days. But the RV parks don’t begin to answer their phones until 9 a.m. so I have some time for this post. Who knows where we will end up? That’s the fun of this type of trip.

So, enjoy some more of Manhattan. Maybe I’ll be able to take a nap today. Most probably, I’ll sleep as we’re driving.


Cross country: Long Island 5, Manhattan, NY and the rest of the Vanderbilt estate

July 20, 2013

We’re having a lazy day today. We were going to visit a friend in New Jersey, but the plans fell through. And, wouldn’t you know it—it’s about 10 degrees cooler. We should have gone into Manhattan today!

But, we had brunch with Irene and Neil did some shopping, and we are now resting. I’ve got some Manhattan images to show you over the next few days since we’re headed out tomorrow up to New England. Here’s the first installment and the rest of the Vanderbilt estate.

I also have to find us a place to stay near Boston Massachusetts before we go back to Irene and Neil’s for dinner. I guess I’ve had enough rest!




Cross Country: Long Island 4, The Vanderbilt estate and Planetarium

July 19, 2013

Wow, we are hot and tired. Our dear cousin Irene went beyond the call of duty to visiting relatives and drove us into Manhattan. So, you say! We were in triple digits today, and it was HOT! We walked to Times Square and to Rockefeller Center. I’ll look at those images tomorrow.

Today you get to see some of the photos I took yesterday during our trip to the Vanderbilt estate and Planetarium. While the Planetarium was typical, the estate was extraordinary. I could take pictures outside, but not inside. However, I cheated and took a few shots without flash.

The docent told us that Cornelius Vanderbilt built his empire from $100 borrowed from his mother. Could that be done today?

Anyway, there are too many images to put in one post, so this will be a two-part view. We will get to Manhattan soon. They say this heat wave will be gone next week, but so will we. Our relatives are thinking that we are bringing the heat!

Cross country: Long Island, New York 3

July 18, 2013

Success! We found help when we needed it. Instead of going back to CostCo where we bought my phone, we went to a Verizon retailer. Even though he didn’t sell me the phone, he worked for about an hour to get my calendar to sync and put all my contacts on the phone. Better yet, I found the protective case I wanted there.

Now, yesterday’s question was would we all go to the air museum together or not. If you guessed that the gals would go shopping, you were correct. It ended up being a very relaxing day.

Today, we’re going to the Planetarium. And, that’s great because we should hit record temperatures for New York! Maybe I’ll get some images of the grounds. I’m hoping tomorrow will be cooler because we are going into Manhattan. Think positive weather thoughts for us.

I’m posting images of the harbor around the View restaurant. Here’s to more success for everyone!


Cross country: Long Island, New York 2

Cross country: Long Island, New York

Yesterday was busy! We bought a new phone for me. Now, I have to spend time re-orienting myself to the new operating system. I really didn’t want to get a new phone, but for internet speed 4G was necessary.

On the plus side, we had a great visit with cousins Morty and Mary. They took us out for a delicious dinner at the View restaurant where we had a great view of the harbor. You’ll see pictures of that tomorrow. I’m sort of running behind on photo posts. Monday, we went to the Botanical Gardens  here on the Island. I’m posting some of the flowers.

Today, we are going to an air museum here on the Island. Well, maybe the guys will go and the gals will shop! What do you think will happen? Did I tell you that we’re having a heat wave here in New York? Bad weather seems to be following us. You may see more indoor photos this week!

I’ve got to run. Today is a busy day too. We have to go to the Verizon store because I still can’t figure out how to sync all my contacts to my new phone.


Cross country: Long Island, New York and the last of Philadelphia

July 15, 2013

What a trip! The trip from New Jersey was not without a few heart thumping moments. With all the great directions from Allan and our two GPS systems, we were still forced off the highway into unknown territory. Fortunately that territory was Brooklyn and not the Bronx. I used to live in the Bronx but that was 51 years ago and things change.

Back to the heart thumping moments, when you see a sign saying trucks and trailers more than 12’2” have to exit the highway and you’re 13’, you get off. But where are you when you exit the highway? Is the GPS re-routing you past the danger zone? Well, you can see how stressed we were. We knew we couldn’t go on the parkways and needed to stay on the expressways, but….!

I’m not done yet. If you’re traveling on the east coast bring lots of cash—for the tolls. It cost us $37 to cross a bridge and more for driving on the turnpikes, etc.

Enough griping. Irene and Neil met us and escorted us to our campground. We then spent the rest of the day with them and their family. You’ll meet them in my next post. Richard put up his telescope, Neil set his up and a neighbor also set his up. We had a great time with them and have scheduled some more sightseeing outings. We’re also going to visit our cousins Morty and Mary who also live on Long Island.

So, it’s going to be a busy and fun week ahead. Oh, did I mention the assorted foods I told Irene that we had to eat? Yes, there’s pizza (the real deal from New York), a malt (not a shake), Italian ices, a good hot dog and deli. I’m going back on Weight Watchers when we leave here!

Today we are going to the planetarium here on the Island. And, our trip continues!