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
How was your weekend? Did you do anything exciting, or less than exciting but worth a mention?
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Be good, be kind, be loving. Just Be. 🙂
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.