I’ve been out on the road, but it’s been awhile since I’ve taken the time to write. Today I finally put Nessie to the test and headed out to Grand View Point. As I mentioned previously, it’s been over two years since I stopped by and I was so happy when I got there today. I’ve got quite a few pictures to share so if you’re not as fascinated with the little gas station that could as I am, I’m going to provide a summary of what it’s looked like over the years before the onslaught of documenting every minute detail of what’s happened to the building since I saw it last. But before all that, a few shots of the road along the way and also of my favorite place in Pennsylvania to stop for lunch, The Bonnet Tavern!
Because it’s such a long drive from where I live (approximately 4 hours, 210 miles) I headed out on the turnpike and then came back along the Lincoln Highway.
After driving so long I knew just where to stop for lunch! The Jean Bonnet Tavern is a long-time favorite of mine ranking right up there with the Spread Eagle Tavern in Ohio.
I forgot to mention this above, but I actually reserve the right to take the trip and post a zillion more pictures in the future due to the fact that I did not have my camera with me and was relying on my phone to document this trip. This is sort of evident in the candle picture above and also in some of the gas station pictures. Incidentally, I also took pictures of my delicious food (filet mignon sandwich and five layer chocolate cake) but they didn’t come out at all due to the lighting in the dining room.
And, on to the illustrious summary shots. Here’s what’s been happening since the ’30s through today.
First up is the postcard image of the gas station in its’ heyday.
Next is my picture from 2005.
Next up is 2009.
And here are actually two pictures from today. The first one is better for comparison even though it wasn’t taken at the exact same angle and the second one is the classic shot, but due to not wanting to stand in the middle of the road and get run over because my zoom was severely lacking the second image is the same ‘pose’ but quite a bit blurry.
So. That was my summary. Beyond this point I’m going to post the pictures from the remnants of the Ship Hotel and then all the other pictures that I took of the gas station. Feel free to scroll on down or stop reading at this point.
It was certainly a beautiful day to “See 3 states and 7 counties.”
Once again, my picture here is lacking detail, but I took this shot because this is the first time that I’d noticed that this tree is charred on one side from the fire.
Beautiful, beautiful day. And, as you can see, people coming from everywhere stop to admire the view. While there today I met a father and son from New Jersey stopping to take a look.
The remnants of one of the lighthouses as featured in the postcard tribute to the ship hotel that I linked to above.
Here’s the remnant of the other lighthouse.
Oh yeah, almost forgot…
Every time I stop by I pick up a few little souvenirs as such…
And, now for the grand finale… 50 billion pictures of my little gas station. But first, Nessie finally comes home…
And, last a few pictures for my dear friend Joyce, just in case she’s forgotten what Pittsburgh looks like. (Somewhere in the background I swear I hear the Moody Blues playing.)
And so, my friends, this portion of my journey ends until the next time. Here’s to Grand View Point, here’s to you, and here’s to the road…