Papa’s World – cruising the Rappahannock – family.

While staying at The Tides Inn on the Rappahannock river

For the birthday’s of Tammy – Cassidy and Taylor

We decided to rent a electric boat

called the Duffy 18.

We were told where we could or could not go –

Stay in the large bays and not the main river!

The combined bays are really large and provide a lot of scenery.

The electric boat was quiet – large and comfortable

affording all of us room to sit

a table and places to put our numerous coolers and snacks.

We had the boat reserved for three hours

and we used every bit of that time

we had a roof to keep the hot sun off

and all the plastic sides were lifted up

so we had a breeze!

My son in law Marcus was the captain

but he allowed each of the three kids turns at driving!

I just relaxed and enjoyed the cruise as they all drove.

Sometimes we had a breeze

out in the open bay –

but once we went up the coves

it disappeared!

OSPREY NESTS WERE EVERYWHERE!
Everyone moved around to different seating

At one point we came across a couple dolphins

and we would tag along with them.

Here the twins are on the lookout for them.

This went on for about a half hour and made for a exciting time!

Cruising the RAPPAHANNOCK BAYS with a electric Duffy boat!

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Papa’s World – another chapter on being homeless

“THE GOOSE WHISPER”

You look out the window – and there they are – 50 to 100 strong!

“GET OUT OF MY YARD” he shouts!

And out the door he runs!

They can wreck havoc on your yard! Leave nasty deposits –

so when walking in shoes or bare feet

you can feel it as you step on it!

Carol and Mike

We moved in almost 34 or 35 years ago –

right behind them at our old home in WNY!

We were neighbors for 12 or 13 years!

Sherry and Mike

We shared many moments of laughter –

racing riding lawn mowers –

playing friendly jokes on each other –

and me trying to compete with his beautiful lawn!

Sherry driving Mike’s boat

He has his own business – starting by himself

and today his crews go nationwide!

Carol now works with him after retiring from the college scene!

Together with their son – they have built this business

into a first class operation.

They purchased this home a year ago and then the boat.

We have all gotten together at various times –

but this is the first time in WNY at the lake house.

And it is beautiful!

Long dock leads to the flags and then the house.

Friends all these years – jokes – laughing –

he will never retire –

he loves what he has started and adding to all the time.

Just like his lawn all those years ago –

not one blade of grass – out of place – no weeds –

green – manicured to perfection.

“THE GOOSE WHISPER – CAPTAIN MIKE”

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Papa’s World – our travels being homeless – continued!

Not only is Mike captain of the boat – but head chef in the kitchen!

This couple – who have been our friends for almost 34 years –

have provided all of us first class digs – eats and fun for a long weekend

at Lake Chautauqua in North Western N.Y.

A Native American name meaning “Bag Tied In Middle”

or “Where the fish are caught”!

It is a natural lake some 27 miles long!

We all grew up in NWNY & NWPA and were friends and neighbors

before we moved away – but Mike & Carol still live here.

We get together every so often – that’s what friends do.

We have fun – laugh – some beer – wine and a few shots –

good eats and now – as guests at their lake house

they purchased a year ago!

Carol & Mike

We had planned this trip months ago – long before the pandemic.

We made sure everyone was healthy – having all practiced social distancing

and self isolation looking ahead to our long weekend together.

Jim Mike Sherry

Sherry – Buck & I are retired – Carol has retired but chooses to help Mike

in his owned business which is country wide.

Cindy and Jim will be next to retire and then Dottie!

Mike – well he could right now –

but as he says “WHAT WOULD I DO” ?

He said he will never retire – why should he?

He comes and goes and now every weekend is at the lake.

Captain Mike – Dottie – Cindy – Sherry – Carol and Buck

FRIENDS – for over 34 years all of us.

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Papas World – adventures of the homeless – continued!

We had planned this weekend for a very long time.

The lake is in Western New York – by Jamestown –

and is called Lake Chatauqua – a Native American name.

It is natural and 27 miles long!

Our friends were our neighbors for 12 1/2 years before we moved –

and we have gotten together nunerous times along with our other friends.

Now when we are together we do have a few drinks –

a lot of laughter and fun!

This time – it was BOATING – 8 hours worth in 2 days!

And a few shots to get us going – hard to sip on the boat!

We were so relaxed that we choose boating over golf!

And being together as friends –

Sherry driving the boat – which had a 300 HP. V8

inboard – outboard motor – and it would fly!

We had eight people and there was seating for another 3!

We all took turns and it was awesome!

The boat is stored on a lift under a canopy –

and another cover is snapped on to keep the insects out!

It is 23 feet long –

makes one want to boat!

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To be continued!

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Papas World – adventures of the homeless.

We have started on our journey of being without home ownership!

We were invited to spend a long weekend –

at a house on a very long lake in Western New York State.

It would be a weekend with friends – and a little R&R.

The view of the lake and boat was fantastic.

Speaking of the boat – we had eight people and everyone had a seat.

With a couple more seats available!

The lake is a natural one – 27 miles long!

And it seemed in the total of 8 hours we were on it

we about covered every inch of it!

The house was beautiful – views everywhere.

It was a beautiful lakefront home with dock and boat lift.

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To be continued!

Papas World – Beach 2 at Lake Holiday!

New homes built across from beach 2

Our daughter and her family live at Lake Holiday in Cross Junction Va.

When we visit – instead of going to beach one

we head to the less crowed beach two.

The beach here has less sand and more gravel

but once you are in – it is calm as there is a no boat wake

and it sits between two coves.

There are docks for boats and future marina – number 2 –

will go in around the corner –

there also is a camp ground but no utilities.

It is peaceful and quiet here with new houses that are beautiful.

Many boats will come into the cove –

and tie down and float and raft and swim.

This is a man made lake of about 227 acres with a dam.

It is a gated community with 3 beaches –

Beach 3 is off grid tent camping and where they set off the fireworks.

Beach one has the community center and large events building.

The beach there is also way bigger and all sand.

Mike and Ella coming in with the board and paddle boat
Ella
A calm day – water warm
Family Mike Debby Sherry

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another day and another family adventure

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Papa’s World – The other side Reston’s hidden gem.

” Do you want to go to the farmers market ” ? she asked.

A farmers booth


Farmers booth

” Of course” I said – “where are we going” ?

“I will drive” she said.

That means – where ever it is –

it is easier for her to drive than tell me how to get there !!!!!

The Original Reston – “NEW TOWN ” Lake Anne Village

Today – it sits quietly hidden –

across the highway

from what is known as ” RESTON” town center.

A conglomerate of high rise office buildings – hotels – stores –

Huge parking garages

and what is now the last stop on the Silver Line Metro

( SEVEN MORE STOPS WILL BE COMPLETED BY 2021)

Lake Anne and the planned community- a large condo unit

It was one of the first PLANNED COMMUNITY

in the Country –

And it reminds me of the housing

FRANK LYOLD WRIGHT built –

Today – it is listed as a HISTORICAL SIGHT –

the entire town and surroundings

then- 1961 – it was planned as a area where you worked – lived and played !

Houses with shops below them

You buy a “HOUSE ” and along with it –

a retail space on the first floor !

The houses are two to four bedrooms –

the retail space you either lease out –

Or run your own business !

And – in the middle of all this a Lake

and down the street

a 18 hole golf course.

This concept was way beyond it’s time !

View of the square from one of the stores

The lake also has numerous homes –

all listed in the millions –

with their own docks and for the most part House boats !

I THINK PARTY CENTRAL IS THE MIDDLE IF THE LAKE !

The lake with paddle boats – kayaks to rent

You can rent paddle boats – kayaks – or just walk the miles of trails.

Architecture of the ’60 ‘s
You can see the housing with the store fronts under them.
One listed for $900,000.00
Part of the bricked streets
Lake Anne – tranquil – stand up paddle boats
Sherry and Ginger along the board walk of Lake Anne
Sherry with the statue of the creator of Lake Anne New Town

It is hard to believe that when you are at Reston Town Center –

That right across the street this all exists –

as it is surrounded by huge old growth trees –

and you can not see any of it !

Yet – it remains – a testament to a dream of planning –

Today – I share this with you –

it has been years since I have been here.

We almost always go to the CITY OF RESTON –

We catch the Metro there.

But just beyond the trees –

a Historical little village looms –

And on Saturdays –

HUNDREDS OF FARMERS –

They come from Maryland – Penna. and Va. – West Va.

set up their booths

and the quaint becomes bustling –

yet it remains quiet as NO CARS are allowed on it’s streets –

but you can walk – rent a boat or just sit and relax –

Tom – Sherry and Robert E. Simon Jr.
Founder and planner

Or lean in and kiss the one you love –

AFTER ALL – VIRGINIA IS FOR LOVERS !

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