ON THE GO 2017 January thru June
We had 37 again this year at our annual New Year's Party. We have had a great two week vacation at Lake Beebe but will return to Florida on January 3. Below is Don's Inukshuk and our 110 acre ice skating rink.
On Sunday January 15 we had lunch at the Turtle Club on Vanderbilt Beach in Naples.
February 5, 2017 was Super Bowl Sunday. The Boston Patriots came back from a 3-25 deficit against the Atlanta Falcons and winning in the first ever Super Bowl overtime 34-28 with Tom Brady winning his fifth Super Bowl with 43 completions and 466 yards! We played bridge with Don's cousin Doris Bell and friend Mark in Ft Myers today. Doris won. Today her brother, Art Burton is 95. Art was an All Ohio guard in football at the University of Findlay.
On Saturday, March 18,2017 we had saurerbraten and a veal cutlet at Old Europe. The patachinka desert is great.
We drove to the Turner River Road - no birds. Had a nice lunch at the Rod & Gun Club on the Baron River in Everglades City.
We had lunch at the Turtle Club below on Wednesday March 22, 2017 and again on Monday March 27, 2017 with Amy and Tom.
On Sunday March 26, 2018 we visited the Baker Museum with Amy and Tom.
On Saturday April 1, 2017 Gary Wells checked out Mary and our air conditioner filter.
We then had a nice lunch at the Bonefish Grill.
Mary's brother John Towne and his wife Connie are renting for a month in McGregor FL. They joined us for lunch on Sunday April 7, 2017 at the Crows Nest in Venice, FL for our annual luncheon with Dave Wakely and his wife Fran who live in Bellair FL. Dave was from Woodville OH, and was a sophomore at U of Michigan in Ann Arbor when Don was in graduate school. Don picked Dave up when Dave was hitchhiking to Woodville OH. They were roommates in Hartford the summer of 1955. and have been friends ever since.
And here is an April 2014 picture of Dave & Fran plus Don & Mary
On April 16, 2017 we saw an outstanding performance of Cabaret at the Phil.
On Friday April 21, Don and Alan Walters played a two session event at the Bridge Deck at the Catholic Rec Hallon Rattlesnake Hammock in Naples. The building will be torn down and bebuilt starting next Monday. We were first in the morning, but less than 50% in the afternoon. Had a great sandwich at Larry's Lunch Box.
We played Bridge with Don's cousin Doris Bell & her friend Mark Boyer at Lexington CC in Ft Myers. on April 23.
The Second Worldwide Pickleball Championships were held again in Naples, Florida the last week of April 2017. Naples is now labeled the World Capital of Pickleball. More than 1,300 pickleballers signed up for the event from 42 states and 15 countries. But Johns and Jardim didn’t have far to go to earn gold medals and championship prize money at the second U.S. Open.
Here is a license plate.
Jennifer Dawson became the U.S. Open’s first triple crown winner in Pickelball, taking home a bonus for winning gold in senior pro singles, doubles and mixed doubles. The tournament offered acash prize to any men’s, women’s or senior pro who can accomplish the feat. “It’s been such an amazing tournament,” Jennifer Dawson, 50, said. “It’s been a lot of fun.” The Dawsons first met as tennis players at the University of Oklahoma in 1985. Jennifer later transferred to the University of San Diego to finish her collegiate career. Both are teaching pros at the Bobby Riggs Tennis Club in San Diego. Her husband Steve Dawson won the gold for the Senior Pro Doubles.
See www.pickleballtournaments.com/cinfo.pl?tid=855 for final results in all categories. Kyle and Sarah Yates a brother sister act from Ft Myers won gold in the age 19 category. Kyle Yates won the men's single title last year, but was runner up to Ben Johns this year. Estero resident Ben Johns knocked off Fort Myers native Kyle Yates to win the men’s pro gold medal. Just 18 years old and a senior in high school (he’s homeschooled), Johns has only been playing pickleball for 14 months. Yates has been playing for a few years, and he’s had the crowd firmly behind him at both U.S. Opens. Naples resident Simone Jardim won the women’s professional title.
On Thursday April 27,2017 Don watched the gals Bonnie Williams (bronze in Singles) and Monica Burnett (silver in Mixed) win the Women's Pro Bronze Medal at the Pickleball Championships in Naples. They are below.
On April 28, we flew to CT and stayed two nights at Amy's. On Saturday April 29 we went to Karla's to celebrate Eric's birthday.
On May 5 we drove by Pico.
Why? We then had a super dinner at the Red Clover Inn.
On May 7 we played bridge in Burlington. We then stopped at Paulines for Banana Fosters for Don and Chardonnay for Mary.
On May 11, 2017 we had many daffs in bloom but only a few tulips..
Eagle Rock Racquet Club got a haircut last fall. Looks great in mid May 2017.
On Wednesday May 24 we drove to Garden Time in South Queensbury NY and purchased five flats of Impatiens and some herbs for our whiskey barrels. We then had great German food at the Heidelberg Inn.
Here is a picture Tom Kullgren took at the outlet from Beebe Pond on May 13 - below.
On Tuesday May 16, 2017 we drove to Ottawa, Ontario and spent 2 nights at the Four Points Sheraton across the Ottawa River in Gateneau (formerly called Hull), QE. We went for the Tulip Festival. We did some sightseeing and had dinner two nights at the Cellier in Gatineau. We then drove to Montreal, went to the Botanical Garden and had dinner at Chez la Mere Michel (above right), a terrific French Restaurant that Nick Bauer, an actuary from Montreal introduced us to many years ago. See https://www.yelp.com/biz_photos/chez-la-m%C3%A8re-michel-montr%C3%A9al-6?userid=E2oq_BwdQmq_Vyte65icNg We then returned to Vermont via the Heroes. Stopped at Gardener's Supply in Winooski, and had lunch at Pauline's in South Burlington. See photo album.
Taconics Mountain Ramble State Park in Hubbardton had visitors get stuck in the parking area on Memorial Day weekend.. Read about this new State Park.
Below: June 1, 2017 at Killington.
On June 8 Don Mary & Karen had a nice dinner at the Red Clover Inn in Mendon, VT.
High Pond Ski Area in Hubbardton. It has not been in operation for years. The 190 acre parcel was sold for $1.1 million last year, many buildings, including Douglas Burden's home have been torn down. I remember our first day of skiing at High Pond. Our family quickly graduated to the Snow Bowl in Middlebury and then to Pico where many of us had Season Passes from 1968 - 1988. We moved to New Jersey in 1989.
There is a web site that mentions High Pond a Lost Ski Area http://www.nelsap.org/vt/highpond.html Douglas Burden originally owned and developed the High Pond ski area and subsequently gave most of the surrounding property he owned in four towns to the Nature Conservancy. Burden was a very wealthy man who financed a trip to one of the islands of Indonesia and brought back some giant lizards (Komodo Dragons). Burden also developed the first “Sea World” … the one in Miami, FL. He owed a home in Cornwall, VT on Lake Champlain and is buried nearby in Cornwall’s beautiful cemetery on the east side of Rte. 7.
The ski area property that his son (Christopher) inherited was sold for $1.1 million in 2016 to an individual who tore down the large farmhouse, the buildings by the ski lift, as well as Burden’s 5000 sq ft home above Wallace Pond. If money is not an issue, the owner can afford to tear down the house. Here is a write up of the property. To see ten pictures in the sales brochure and three pictures of: i) the buildings near the old ski lift that have been replaced by look a likes ii) the site of the missing house, and iii) the Barn that remains ... click here.
Apparently the new owner will build a nicer home on the site where Burden’s home was located. He will supposedly put in a new lift and he and his family and friends will use it … probably when they are not skiing in places like Vail or Kitzbuhel. I look forward to watching the construction this summer.
In late June Karen and Duncan sent their furniture and cars from San Francisco to Boston as Duncan has new job in MA. They have leased an apartment in Boston. They then headed to Maine and Nova Scotia for a week as they cannot move in until July 5. Here is Karen conducting on site research in Kennebunkport Maine's Historic District.
Late June we had dinner with the Kullgrens in the Pig Room at the Victorian Inn in Wallingford.
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