Chuck and I drove to Vermont on October first to visit Dave and Nancy Shipps, our dear OLD friends from California/Colorado. It has been 8 years since our last meeting on Lake Hortonia.
They did take a boat trip. Their agility seems to fade along with their hair color.
And Chuck finally caught the big one:
Look at this beautiful chicken we saw while on a drive:
We also went to a pumpkin patch:
And we saw some of the devastating damage from Hurricane Irene. This empty space was once occupied by a pizza shop.
One of my favorite reasons for visiting Dave and Nancy's cabin is watching the little chipmunks. Honestly, isn't he adorable? Dorian? What do you think?
Thank you, dear friends!
Then we drove to Connecticut to stay with Birdie and Dorian Olivera.
Birdie is a fabulous cook!
Note to self: Get her tomatillo chicken recipe.
And the lasagna.
And the apple spice cake.
When we lived in Connecticut, I loved to take an October drive to Rogers Orchard in Southington. Normally, the fall colors would be magnificant, but not this year. We barely saw a glimmer of color this year. But the orchard was great.
Love the apple displays at Rogers:
The second night, the "old gang" joined us for dinner.
Aside from the bone-chilling cold, which I blame on the apparent blood-thinning that chemo has provided, we had a great trip!