Saturday, May 24, 2014

Urbania, Nature and Cherry Garcia

Ice cream and cycling really do go together. Really. They do.

This Memorial Day weekend, I road my bike on the Augusta Rail Trail sandwiched between the Kennebec River and a set of abandoned railroad tracks here in Maine.

The blacktop path is part of the East Coast Greenway linking cities from Maine all the way to Florida.

People using it not only take in the natural beauty surrounding the trail…

but they also encounter sites typically seen in the big city.

In the picture below, the manmade structure in the background appears to have been a warehouse where trains from bygone days delivered cargo.

Large rocks out front were definitely placed there by human hands.

And although the structure and its crumbling concrete can be seen from the bike path, its graffiti cannot.

I cycled onward, passing homes and businesses butting up to the trail.

Here’s one of many establishments on a busy street nearby.

Is it just me, or are these signs grouped together all wrong?

The portion of the trail I biked on ends at a grocery store in Gardiner, so I stopped and purchased a frozen snack to savor later in the day.

Other cyclists, joggers, and walkers seemed to have come out of the woodwork as I made my way back to Hallowell. This dog lover was kind enough to let me take a picture of her pooch, Lola.

As I descended down the path into my little town, the Kennebec River came into view.

A grassy area on the shoreline was the perfect place to enjoy my frozen treat.

Yep, biking and ice cream really do complement each other.

Tuesday, May 13, 2014

Mother's Day 2014... A Long Time Coming

Aah, Mother’s Day. A day empty-nesters cherish, remembering the years with our children when they were youngsters.

Believe it or not, there was a time I thought I would never get to spend another Mother’s Day with my kids. Divorce can make a sane person think such things, especially when her soul is downcast.

I’m thankful such thoughts are rubbish. And I’m so thankful for God’s healing power in my life.

The last time I spent this special day with my son was seven years ago. This year is the first time in awhile my daughter and I will not be together. However, look what she posted on Facebook!

My senior picture from high school in New Jersey (on the left).
My mother-in-law, Kate Williams (upper right).
My mom, Jean Gallagher (lower right).

Rebecca, you make a momma’s heart happy.
I’ve included some photos from this past weekend with my son.

Zak took this photo of me standing in front of my alma mater in New Jersey.

We spent some time at a boardwalk on the Jersey shore.
Zak's a health-food junkie, but he had a hankering to try fried Oreo cookies.
One was enough.
For any pop-culture buffs out there, name the popular tourist attraction of recent years shown below. The place warrants having an ATM machine placed out front!
You're correct if you guessed the locale of the TV reality show "Jersey Shore."

Here are some more shots from a side trip to visit my nephew.
My nephew Chris gave me a tour of
the New London Submarine Base
in Connecticut where he is training.
We lunched at the Mystic Pizza place made famous
by the Julia Roberts movie of the same name.
Shopping at the Olde Mistick Village in Mystic, CT.
Not sure if the crest stenciled on this mug is the authentic "Gallagher" coat of arms.

I also had the hair-brained idea to visit Nantucket on my drive home, but...

My view as the last ferry boat of the day headed out to the island.
Oh well, that excursion will have to wait for another time.