Hop, skip, and a jump

How could we come back to the US and not stop for a quick visit with old friends? Traditional Philadelphia, upper-west side Manhattan, and rural New Jersey. Three quick stops followed our visit to Washington, DC.

We lived in Philadelphia for many years and consider it a special place. It’s a city like no other. We lived near Fairmount Park, one of the largest urban park systems in the US. We headed down to a section of the park bordering the Wissahickon Creek for several walks with friends, Debbie, John, and Ann. The park is beautiful no matter the season.

We climbed slightly to an overview where we found a pile of artistically placed-by-nature rocks.

We climbed slightly to an overview where we found a pile of artistically placed-by-nature rocks.

While the leaves had faded from their most brilliant along the Wissahickon Creek, they still offered a lovely sight in the last days of Fall.

While the leaves had faded from their most brilliant along the Wissahickon Creek, they still offered a lovely sight in the last days of Fall.

nn brought carrots for Libby, her Arabian horse, who is boarded in a park stable.

Ann brought carrots for Libby, her Arabian horse, who is boarded in a park stable.

Our friends, John and Angela moved to New York City. We last saw them in Morocco where we shopped in Marrakech and hiked in the High Atlas Mountains around Imlil.

Now in NYC, we walked again – this time through Central Park.

Now in NYC, we walked again – this time through Central Park.

We popped into the Time Warner Center to warm up and take in the views.

We popped into the Time Warner Center to warm up and take in the views.

From Manhattan, we hopped on a bus to New Jersey to visit Susie and Tom at their home in the woods. They had joined us for hiking in New Zealand and Spain, and now we began planning our 2016 trip to South America with them.

Susie and Tom’s home is nestled by Broad Pond.

Susie and Tom’s home is nestled by Broad Pond.

We spent a few days in front of their wood burning stove and looked out to the trees and pond as we began to piece together a trip to Peru.   The outline of the trip fell into place quickly: a week in the Manu Biosphere Reserve, a few weeks in the Sacred Valley, ending with Machu Picchu. The details all remain to be worked out after more research and in future emails, but we made a good start.

When traveling, we usually spend many weeks in a place and take our time. It’s a way of traveling that gives us time to appreciate our surroundings and conserve our energy. The hop, skip, and a jump to visit friends on the East Coast warmed our hearts and exhausted our energy reserves. Next time we’ll stay a little longer in each place.

 

December 2014

 

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Beth and Joe enjoy simple travel.
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5 Responses to Hop, skip, and a jump

  1. Annette Davey says:

    Fantastic to here you survived the “cruise” and are still having fun. Enjoy xmas and new year if you celebrate and stay safe. xx

  2. Nice to catch up with special friends and nice to be planning the next adventure. I love the photo of Broad Pond. Beautiful reflections.

  3. Wonderful eclectic combination of spots to visit while back in the US. Look forward to traveling vicariously to South America with you on your next year’s adventure.

  4. Emma Blankenbaker says:

    Beth!!! I found you. I enjoyed reading a few posts. So happy to hear your adventures. Where can I send your Christmas card? Would love to see you if you’re ever breezing back thru dc. –Emma

  5. cindy knoke says:

    Gorgeous series and it looks cold!!!!

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