Papa’s World – hiking the trail with the Myers family – grand daughters!

Debby Sarah Sherry Maddy Papa Mike Ella

I love this picture – I told Sherry we need to get it blown up and framed!

And – it all happened in a space of two or thee minutes!

Maddy took her phone – while we all just sort of found a place –

put it up and braced it on a tree limb –

set the timer for 6 seconds and “BOOM”

there it was!

We went back to the new trail – but this time – the whole family went!

This family hikes all the time – that is their form of family time together!

Mike will take the older two – Maddy and Ella – overnight hiking!

He would take Sarah – but she is into more like N.Y.City hiking!

Sarah – but she is the adventure type – always climbing – swinging from vines – exploring woods and meadows.

She is the one I think really likes it but has aspirations of one day dancing – acting – fashion –

But once you do get her out there – no boundry is off limits – being the free spirit she is!

Ella – come on – follow me!
Ella is 5 ‘ 8 1/2 ” Sarah who just turned 14 – I think will be taller – both taking after their grand mother Sherry – who is 5’ 9″

We made it a family day hiking – where Debby – Sherry and I had gone the day before!

A new trail within the city limits of Winchester Va.

When it is completed – with all the side trails and loops

you pretty much can get a easy five miles in!

YEP! there are also pastures and cows!
Walking the trail – Ella Maddy Sarah Mike Papa the trail is made of crushed limestone the whole way! Easy to walk on and not trip!

This day was somewhat cool but warm in the Sun!

And we made a day of it as long as we could.

Many volunteers keep this project going

helping to clear out brush

and maintaining the cut area’s!

There is a farm silo – which you can walk into – and look up and see this. A hand crank on the wall – makes these turn in opposite directions – providing the look of birds soaring in the clouds!
A old farm tractor just sitting there offering a photo opportunity!
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Sarah on one of the many standing sculptures along the path!
Daughter and Mother – living life to the plus – one day at a time!

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A DAY HIKING THE TRAIL WITH THE MYERS FAMILY!

Papa’s World – one last day at our daughters house!

We spent a last day before we leave and go to South Carolina

at the house of Mike and Debby’s

with the two granddaughters!

Ella pushing Sarah on the tree swing

And we spent the entire day outside – chilly but bright sunshine.

This is how they live – hiking – sports – outside – campfires!

Their home is beautiful – set in the fringe of the woods.

The girls have lived here for 15 years

He has a complete backyard with different skill learning activities

A fire pit

There is also a zip line and in winter – a run to slide in the snow.

A trampoline – hiking trail –

Soccer practice equipment

It also was the second weekend of the community wide garage sale!

We helped them set up and take down.

Had to wear my jacket as it was in the low 60’s!

We planned this so we could spend one last time before we leave.

It is never easy to say goodbye

but the upside will be a place to come and visit

and being retired we will come back often

we are keeping our doctors – and dentist –

Mother and daughter
Bonding mother and daughter
This goes for both daughters Debby and Tammy! LOL!

We took them out for dinner the night before

sharing one last meal

missing our oldest granddaughter

who is away at college!

Sarah you just never know what she will do! LOL
Ella and her mother

Life is never easy – leaving will be hard – but – it is time.

We have all been close in NVA.

For over 21 years.

Proud of Debby – she gave up creamer!!!!

Our last day was spent just like we expected

outdoors – blue skies – sunshine –

a little chilly – campfire the night before

eating healthy –

loving life and watching the girls

have so much fun togehther

laughing – playing –

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Papa’s World – meet up in Berkeley Springs!

We had planned this for months –

A childhood friend – Bob and wife – PJ –

were going to travel through our area on their way back to N.H.

So – we arranged to meet here in Berkeley Springs , W.V.

fpr two nights and stay at the historic Country Inn.

Sherry Papa (Tom) PJ ( Pam) Bob

A year ago they had traveled with their RV and stayed a couple nights

at our home in Brambleton. Va.

Bob and I went to grade school and high school together

played football together and other sports.

He would stay overnight at my house and me at his house.

And – of course – many stories of beer on the hill sleeping out

with a couple of our other friends!

We have a lot of history together.

The historic Country Inn

We got together a few times at our five year reunions

And just nine months ago –

started the same health journey that Sherry and I are on!

And in that short time looking at this picture

I can tell it is working!

Another close by resort we visited and had dinner

They will go back to N.H. to their condo

having left their RV in Nashville at their sons home

and after Christmas – drive back and pick it up

and spend the next four or more months in Florida.

We also visited Cacapon State park and golf course

This course was lush in green and in really good shape

I wanted to just play it but we had no clubs with us!

So – we sat on the deck – watching players and drank a few beers!

Berkeley Springs
Deep in discussion!
Walking Cacapon
The girls social distancing from us so they say! At Lake Holiday!

We had a very good two days all be it way too short.

When good friends meet up

it always seems short.

Berkeley Springs – we had never stayed here but had toured it before

The weather got a bit chilly –

but we had fun.

60 some years later still friends

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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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Papas World – staying with our daughter – 4th of July

I am glad I had my HIPPIE YEARS all those years ago! YIKES!

All those years later – we have sold our home

and are spending time back and forth between our daughters homes.

Here – we are at Debby and Mikes at Lake Holiday – Cross Junction.

We have come for the 4th. of July – and the fireworks on the lake

at a friends of theirs dock!

Sarah

We have been coming here for the past 14 years to be with them

The three oldest grand daughters!

The friends boat and dock
Debby with the girls out in the water
Debby and Sherry
We all are a family of healthy eating

Sherry is a senior sales cordinator

and Debby a Qualified National Marking Director.

Both for the same company –

The Juice Plus Company

and both certified health coaches.

The peaceful setting – ducks on the water – speed boats –

and pontoon boats pulling tubes and skiers.

fire works at dusk
all the boaters gathered at the marina

We had a excellent view – and had watched the boats headed to the marina.

Observing is my nature – I like to watch – listen –

and I as I get older – I am learning –

looking and feeling the vibes of others.

Ella relaxing
the moon casting light for the boats to navigate
Sarah
Fireworks on Lake Holiday

I found this funny – but wife may not agree! Lol

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Life with Debby and Mikes family
Lake Holiday – Cross Junction Va.
The three oldest grand daughters
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Papa’s World – Cross Junction Lake Holiday – Va.

There is a place in the quiet countryside of Va.

A place on route 522 –

South of Berkley Springs –

North of Winchester Va.

Lake Holiday –

GOOD MORNING

Our daughter and family have called this home for thirteen years !

We actually had a house built there

but sold it –

as it would of been too far to drive !

Lake Holiday and dam

The lake itself is not huge – around 227 acres –

But it does have three beaches –

with WHITE SAND !

Most boats you see are Pontoon boats –

But power boats are also there.

Power boat towing

There is a very large clubhouse and also a Marina –

Where there is a waiting list for slips.

Beach Two

There are several sand volleyball courts on the two main beaches –

The third beach is somewhat secluded

and used mostly to set off fireworks – fishing –

or a destination spot for boats to anchor and swimming.

Beach one

Beach one is the main expanse of beach –

All events are held there and at the clubhouse-

which has a huge outside deck wrapping around it.

It covers underneath it for events in case of rain

and the boat marina is right there also.

Beach one looking toward the dam

There are hundreds of houses situated all around the lake

And at one time had a 18 hole golf course

where a host of homes still exist on the open fairways.

Almost all the streets are named in connection with the course.

Beach two

Beach Two contains camp grounds – play ground – volleyball court.

And is much more quiet and a place to dock up to three boats

On a floating dock system.

Swimming area
beach two

A no wake zone for all the beaches and coves exists

And the entire lake is protected by a security force.

There is a guard shack with gate lifts that you must stop and be checked out

You have to provide ID and must be called in by a owner

in order to be admitted

The entire area is monitored 24 / 7 365 days a year.

Beach tow with floating boat slip and dock

All in all – it is a very nice quiet community –

when lakefront homes do come up for sale

They generally go very fast.

There still are homes being built although most are off the lake.

Beach three side is mostly undeveloped –

Mainly because no infrastructure exits on that side of the lake.

Although you can purchase lots –

people then build decks – docks and use it to dock their boats.

Fall along the lake

This is a four season area in the Shenandoah Mountains

Although most Winters it does not freeze entirely.

This is a little bit about a quiet place

A place we have been visiting for thirteen years

Where our three oldest grand daughters live

LAKE HOLIDAY – CROSS JUNCTION – Va.

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Papa’s World – Family time- Lake Holiday – Va.

Walking to the dam to see the fire works –

Decorations for the 4 th.

Celebrating Sherry’s birthday –

FAMILY TIME !

GOOD MORNING

For the next three and one half days –

we will be at our daughters house in Lake Holiday – Cross Junction , Va.

By the time you read this – a week has passed –

As I have LEARNED how to write and schedule !!!!

THREE GENERATIONS
Debby – Sarah – Maddy – Sherry and Ella

First night here – walk to the Dam of the Lake Holiday –

Where one car and chairs were placed around NOON !

You have to do this because hundreds of cars and twice as many people

Park here to watch the fireworks at dusk !

And a lot more than that are at the beaches and club house !

The water around the point – is crowded by 50 to 100 Boats !

MOR MOR

” LOOK AT ALL THOSE DECKS ” on that house she exclaims !

Five or six decks!

Sherry has the field glasses –

and bringing into view the houses with all the decks !

DECKS

When we arrived – Mike and I drove the second car down –

The area had become almost full

Cars and chairs everywhere.

The reflection off the water –

A few kids swimming –

Our view sitting on the dam
Ella and Maddy

Getting excited as the darkness sets in.

Maddy and Ella
all those years ago

Conversing with neighbors –

Watching the boats –

Wishful thinking on buying a Pontoon Boat !

Sarah sitting on the rocks
Sarah in the bottom middle

The rest of the family joined us later-

Celebrating Sherry’s birthday –

Waiting

And then the first burst – that long waited moment has arrived!

And now it begins
REFLECTIONS

A small celebration of the Birth of a Nation –

Caught through the lens of a camera –

Family Time

Three generations –

Swedish decent

Mother

Daughter

Grand Daughters

FAMILY TIME FOR THE FOURTH OF JULY 2019.

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Papa’s World – after breakfast – campfire with the family

GOOD MORNING

After spending the evening celebrating Debby’s birthday

in which Mother and daughters and two grand daughters

stayed up until 1:00 AM. conversing

We had a early morning breakfast and then to the firepit

in the back yard !

Sarah – our 13 year old grand daughter
had made the fire
and continued to clean up
around the area

All three oldest grand daughters are into camping – hiking

and out door activities-

taught to them by their parents Debby and Mike .

Sherry and Debby
with Bode and Ella
in the background

They live between Winchester Va. and Berkley Springs W.V.

at a guarded community called Lake Holiday.

This morning was a day in which there was a chill

in the air and sitting by the fire felt good.

But – alas – we had to leave early –

and only had a few hours to enjoy it !

Maddy and Bode
He loves the two oldest girls

He tells me that they are his favorites

because Sarah plays with Taylor and Cassidy

but sometimes he sneaks in to be with them !

Sherry – Sarah – Maddy – Debby – Ella with Bode
Bode adores Ella
tagging with her
where ever she goes
and she is so good with him !

Mike was busy off and on moving things with his tractor

Mike up the hill
to put air in the tires
Sarah Mike Sherry

Sarah has a ” TREE FORT ” complete with a mail box

Marbella – next door neighbor –

they drop off mail to each other in the mail box !

The ” TREE FORT ” with the Mail box !

Their whole back yard was made into a obstacle course

when they both were doing the Spartan Races –

Mike hurt his knee so they had to quit

but all three girls use it to strengthen their selves

and also running !

The back yard also has this seating area with the firepit

iT is cozy and in the early mornings you can see deer –

foxes and other wildlife

A favorite place to just talk and relax.

Hammocks
in the trees
Sarah cleaning

Ella gave bode a old sweat shirt from her young soccer days

that she could no longer fit into

He put it on right away

He so likes his ” ELLA” !!!
one more week with
a walking boot
as he broke his
leg four weeks ago
Everywhere she goes
Bode is there

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On the swing
in the front yard
Maddy – Ella and Bode

The time soon came to leave

to make the 65 mile journey back home

Taking Bode with us.

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