Before we moved to New York state many years ago we never thought of it as a beautiful place since we illogically equated the whole state with New York City. Then when we first drove in we were unreasonably surprised to discover how beautiful it was!
Well, that hasn’t changed. Recently we dropped our son off at a Civil Air Patrol Encampment near Albany and decided to take the scenic route back along Route 20. As it turned out, we wished we had allowed for an extra day because it was so beautiful. Being out of practice with leisurely road trips we didn’t stop nearly as often as we should have to photograph the interesting things we saw, and we really needed an extra day because we ran out of time and daylight! One particular place we saw was so interesting that we turned around and went back.
It began with a friendly wave…
Then we noticed the tree that the dog was looking at and realized…
…aliens had landed!
However, the M&M guy assured us the visitor was harmless,
although he couldn’t vouch for these two characters.
Paddington and Paddington, Jr. assured us we would get a better reception from the two ladies, who were a chatty pair.
They were friendly and helpful, and in turn said we should next go meet and talk with the Woodman across the way.
We were greeted with open arms and he introduced us to his friends, the Yard Guard.
A spider led the company while an ancient Soldier stood at his post and let her host, a slightly disquieting experience given her size.
When we left, we looked back on the faithful Soldier keeping his eternal silent vigil.
Kilroy was there to watch us as we left to continue our journey homeward on Scenic Route 20,
and a sunflower gave us a saucy wink good-bye, and we wished we could have stayed and visited longer.