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 –



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 !!!!

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 !


” 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 !


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 –


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

And now it begins

A small celebration of the Birth of a Nation –

Caught through the lens of a camera –

Family Time

Three generations –

Swedish decent



Grand Daughters


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Papa’s World – Harper’s Ferry – Brewery – a little history.


As the birthday celebration of my wife Sherry continued –

Hosted by our daughter Debby and her husband Mike –

We drove to Harper’s Ferry in W.V.

along with the three oldest grand daughters.

Sarah gazing at the river

We were going to hike a trail to the summit of a over look !

However – it was HOT !

Like 95 degrees HOT and very humid – no breeze.

Ella – Maddy – Debby and Sherry

We gathered before walking across the rail road trestle –

Knowing it was going to be a lot harder than we thought-

They ( the family ) had done this before –

in much cooler weather.

On the trail

After crossing across the river –

we hit the trail along side the remains of the old canal.

Along the old canal

This part was mostly flat – but in full Sun.

While this was hot – it was easy walking –

we walk three miles every day –

but stick to the shade as much as we can.

At the beginning of the climb

We started up the mountain – in the shade – but no breeze !


We walk upward for a half hour –

Sweat – no air movement – we had climbed over a mile –

View from the rail road trestle

After a pause – checking our heart rates –

We – Sherry and myself decided

before heat stroke set in –

to turn around and walk the two plus miles back to the trestle.

It was just so hot and no air.

On the trestle – we watched dozens of tubers floating down the river.

Ella – Sherry and Maddy

It was the right choice –

even back in the town – it got hotter –

in the high 90’s !

We walked around and explored the streets –

having been here a couple times before –

we went to the train station to cool off in the AC.

Sherry and Sarah went to the wax museum

The Brewery

Looking for a place to have lunch – we decided to drive out of town –

and go up into the mountains to –


Harper ‘s Ferry Brewery

This actually occupies the same area

as the rentals for the tube rides and rafters.

Buses take them down to the river

here they float down and through the rapids.

Hundreds of people stop on the big rocks in the middle of the river –

We could see them as we looked from the brewery.

Maddy – Ella – Sherry – Sarah and Debby

There were two food trucks – the regular one and a guest one –

From our area called FORD’S FISH SHACK –

a very popular place to eat – esp. sea food !

I counted over 30 taps for their beer in the brewery –

And we did a beer tasting flight of six of them

Debby – Ella – Taylor -Maddy – Sherry – Sarah and Mike

Then it was the trip back to the house at Lake Holiday –

Where Tammy – Marcus – Taylor – Cassidy and Bode –

drove back from their vacation in Maine –

to surprise Sherry !

Cassidy and Bode

The three oldest had made Swedish horses out of cement and tile for Sherry

As stepping stones in her flower beds

Having painted them and in different sizes according to their own age.

Blue – Maddy Orange – Sarah Red – Ella

They actually inlaid these with different tiles.

Lake Holiday

Today it will be back to the beach two at Lake Holiday –

where we can swim and cool off !

Beach Two

It has been a great birthday celebration

Family gathered

It is coming to a end

Harper’s Ferry – The Brewery – Lake Holiday

All organized by Debby & Mike

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