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Weekending

Looking back.  (On the Northwest River Trail near Marietta, Pennsylvania.)
Looking back. (On the Northwest River Trail near Marietta, Pennsylvania.)

Every moment is precious, even the ones behind me that I often reflect upon with a reserved smile.  However… I seldom look back, only forward in anticipation of the next greater now.

~ Carl Henegan, Darkness Left Undone

Looking forward
Moving forward.  (On the Northwest River Trail near Marietta, Pennsylvania.)

How was your weekend?  Did you do anything exciting, or less than exciting but worth a mention?

Market Street on Marietta Day.  (Marietta, PA)
Market Street on Marietta Day. (Marietta, PA)

M and I left the Wabi-Sabi Ranch to visit with family and friends.  We spent Saturday morning walking Market Street with thousands of other people on Marietta Day.  Marietta is a cute little town in Lancaster County, Pennsylvania on the Susquehanna River.  Marietta Day is the town’s big yard sale where residents set up tables and sell their stuff.  There is an assortment of other vendors as well, selling art, jewelry, clothing, and food.

Time to clear out the closets and clutter.
Time to clear out the closets and clutter.

If you ever happen to be in Lancaster County, Pennsylvania, you should take a little tour of Marietta.  There are some beautiful houses there, and the river view is lovely.

One man band
One man band

Marietta was originally founded in 1718 by immigrants from Ireland and Scotland.  Because it is a river town, it spent a lot of time as a trading post in the early days.

One of the many beautiful homes on Market Street.
One of the many beautiful homes on Market Street.

Marietta is one of those small towns that has managed to retain its small town charm (and small town population).  You’ll find a mix of houses on Market Street, from mansions to working-class homes.

Window and door, skewed over time.
Window and door, skewed over time.

On Front Street, near the railroad tracks and the river, you’ll find a few bars and restaurants.  Stop in at Shank’s Tavern if you have time.  The beer selection is great and reasonably priced, the food is good and reasonably priced, and there’s a lot of history there.  It is the oldest continually operating tavern in Lancaster County, and they’re celebrating their bicentennial this year.

Over the creek
Under the bridge
Beware of the dog
Beware of the dog

There is also a hike and bike trail, the Northwest River Trail.  M and I, along with his sister, took our bikes out there after we finished at Marietta Day.  We had gorgeous weather, perfect for a bike ride.

Marietta Restoration
Marietta Restoration

Parts of the trail are still being constructed.  We rode about 10 miles all together on our outing.  There are nice views of the Susquehanna River from the trail and, if you happen to go after a heavy rain like we did, you might even get to ride through a small part of the river.

Riding along the wheat fields
Riding along the wheat fields

The water was up over the trail at one of the low lying spots.  It was about an inch deep when we went through the first time, and about six inches deep when we came back.  In fact, we hurried back after another cyclist told us we’d better get moving because the river was rising quickly.

Rising into the trees
Rising into the trees

I think I may have a few more things to show you from the weekend, but will have to come back to it another time.  I need to get moving.  A weekend away from the ranch, especially after Friday’s heavy rains, means there is work to be done.  This place gets pretty wild after a few days of neglect.

A nice open stretch
A nice open stretch

Thank you for stopping by, and joining me in Marietta for a little while.  I hope your Monday has been a good one.  Let’s meet out on the dock to watch the sunset.  Sunset is now at 8:10 PM.  I’m always amazed at how fast the days grow once spring arrives.  Or maybe it just seems fast once we get through the slow days of winter.

Back in the shade
Back in the shade

Be good, be kind, be loving.  Just Be.  🙂

Just the greens.  (Lettuces from the garden.)
Just the greens. (Lettuces from the garden.)

Today’s joys:  Picking lettuces from the garden to have for lunch; seeing the first tomato on the tomato plants; a breezy, cool, almost bug-free day; the way the pink roses are cascading over the scrounger’s garden; the irises dancing in with the breeze.

 

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Robin is a photographer, artist, writer, wife, sometime poet, mom, grandma, daughter, sister, friend, and occasional traveler currently living on the Eastern Shore of Maryland. She finished a 365 commitment to get outside every day in 2011, and has turned it into a lifelong commitment taking one or more walks each day. Robin will continue to share her walks through her words and images on Breezes at Dawn. Older posts can be found at Life in the Bogs, her previous blog. Robin and her husband are in the midst of renovating the house and property they refer to as the Wabi-Sabi Ranch, 35 acres that include marsh, a dock on a tidal creek, meadows, and woodlands. Every day brings new discoveries.

8 thoughts on “Weekending

  1. I enjoyed the visit to Marietta. (I believe there’s a town in Georgia with the same name.) It sounds fun to just get out and visit a neat small town like this. Maybe I’ll go to Marquette for an overnight this week!

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    1. There is indeed a town in Georgia with the same name, Kathy. It’s near Atlanta. I know this because I used to live in Atlanta (and near Atlanta). There is also a Marietta in southern Ohio (I used to live near that one, too). It was a lot of fun getting away for a quick trip to visit Marietta and see family and friends. You should go for it. 🙂

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  2. I lived in Willow Street, Lancaster County for a couple of years more years ago than I’ll admit to, but missed Marietta. I suspect working, motherhood and surviving got in the way. I also lived near Marietta, Ohio in my teen years.

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  3. Sounds like a fun weekend with great memories of friends and family, good eats and a lovely bike… if the good lord’s willin’ and the creek don’t rise. 😀

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