Friday, July 29, 2011

Staying in Altoona...


There is a feeling I get when I finally zip my duffel bag shut and start carrying stuff downstairs to load into the car.  It’s a feeling of both satisfaction and anticipation.  We’re going on a road trip.  I like travel of all kinds pretty much, but there is something fundamentally fulfilling about a simple road trip. 
 
It’s a good thing for me that I like it.  After all, I chose to live about 800 miles from my family.  And although these days we could probably fly that would take so much of the fun out of it.

What I like is tooling down the road to see where and how people live.  Of course, that means getting off of the highway now and then.  When time is no object, that’s what Greg and I do.  At our ages now, we also have to stop somewhere along the line and take a night off.  We just can’t do that 13+ hour drive straight through anymore. 
 
Greg and I decided to stay for two nights in Altoona, Pennsylvania, and take in an Altoona Curve baseball game, go to the Railroaders Memorial Museum and check out the actual Altoona Curve, a horseshoe curved railroad track that is billed as “one of the world’s most incredible engineering feats.”  In spite of the horrendous heat, we had a good time doing all of the above.  Here are some of my shots from our stay to Altoona…

Breakfast at Tom & Joe's

Inside the Railroaders Memorial Museum

The Knickerbocker Building

Inside the Knickerbocker Tavern

How many ballparks have an old wooden roller coaster in the outfield?? 






4 comments:

TexWisGirl said...

love the ceiling in that tavern. and the ballfield is cool!

Kerri said...

How Fun!! LOVE that diner shot ..... I wish I had the courage to take shots like that.

barbara l. hale said...

I try to be stealthy about it. But I figure if the faces aren't showing it's ok. That's a great diner!!

Stratoz said...

love the baseball photo.