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The Lincoln Highway Experience and other stops along the road

This is the second of two posts written about my birthday trip.  After spending some time at Grand View Point I took a leisurely drive back home.  As you can see from the pictures, I stopped at a few antique stores along the way.  I also got the chance, finally, to stop at the Lincoln Highway Experience!!!  When I walked through the door I was pleasantly greeted by Kelsey who is an intern at the museum.  But when Olga came through the door and saw my Lincoln Highway t-shirt she came over and gave me a big hug!

I’m so glad that I got to visit with them.  The video that they have playing in the dining room featuring Brian Butko is warm, friendly, and informative.  The artifacts that they have on display are all very interesting – especially those from the Grand View Ship Hotel itself.  And the Johnston house which the museum is housed in is truly a treasure.  Since it was my birthday and since I am an artist of sorts, I was happy to support the artists of the Handmade Along the Highway program by buying myself the lovely copper ring that you see.  Amazingly enough, the first ring that I picked up fit my finger perfectly and I’ve been wearing it ever since.

So, if you’re in the area, please take the time to stop by and visit the Lincoln Highway Experience.  You’ll be glad that you did!

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Self Portrait at Rt 30 Antiques

Self Portrait at Rt 30 Antiques

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The Johnston House

The Johnston House

Two lovely ladies!  Olga and Kelsey :)

Two lovely ladies! Olga and Kelsey :)

The entryway at the Lincoln Highway Experience

The entryway at the Lincoln Highway Experience

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Oh no!  They've decapitated him!!!!

Oh no! They’ve decapitated him!!!!

The video in the dining room

The video in the dining room

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An original chair from the Ship Hotel - how cool is that?

An original chair from the Ship Hotel – how cool is that?

Of course I liked this for two reasons, it's silver plated and it's from the Ship Hotel

Of course I liked this for two reasons, it’s silver plated and it’s from the Ship Hotel

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My beautiful ring!

My beautiful ring!

Self portrait at Pottery City in East Liverpool

Self portrait at Pottery City in East Liverpool

Stay tuned for my next post.  I made it to the public opening of MassMu’s latest exhibits and all I have to say is, wow, have they been busy!

So until we meet again, here’s to the road and here’s to you…

 
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Posted by on June 26, 2013 in Uncategorized

 

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Birthday Morning at Grand View Point

Birthday Morning at Grand View Point

A few administrative words first…  I’m splitting my trip today into two separate posts, one solely dedicated to Grand View Point, and the rest to include other stops along the way including The Lincoln Highway Experience (!) in Latrobe, PA.  Also, if you’ve read my Grand View Point posts before, you’ll know that no one in the world is as mesmerized by the poor little old gas station as I am.  So, please forgive the 47 bazillion pictures that I take of it. :)

Now, onto my trip and those 47 bazillion…

So, as you might have guessed, yes, today is my 39th birthday and I decided that it would be a good day to visit Grand View Point.  Thankfully, it turns out I was right.  The day was absolutely beautiful.  I had hoped to do this as a walking blog and to walk down to the Old Shot Factory, but after looking at the road, I think I’d feel safer doing that if I could walk down and have someone drive me back up.  But I can tell you that I walked a total of 2.52 miles today.

This is the first time that I’ve been back to Grand View since I was here last with my late boyfriend, Dave.  As you can see in a couple of the pictures, I left something there in tribute to him.  Never having been a graffiti artist before, I have to say, it’s hard to look casual while you are bending over, rear end in the air, writing surreptitiously on property that isn’t yours, namely, the guard rail.  If he was watching, and I suspect he was, I’m sure he was amused.  I was also pleased with the end result.

First, just out of curiosity, let me put up some comparison pictures from previous years as I have done in the past.

Gas Station at Grand View Point

Gas Station at Grand View Point

2013

2013

2011

2011

2009

2009

2005

2005

Now, onto all the rest of the pictures.  Actually, if it was winter there might be more, but I was afraid to roam too far into the tall grasses.  Let me remind you that you can click on each picture to look at it more closely.

So, yet another trip to Grand View Point…  Always a joy to reach this destination.  Tomorrow or the next day I’ll work on my other post about other stops along the Heritage Corridor.  Until then, here’s to the purple sharpie that I should have brought along…

 
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Posted by on June 21, 2013 in Uncategorized

 

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A present…. for us all

A present…. for us all

Last night was the Cruise-in at the Lincoln Highway convention and I promise that I will have more to say about it soon when I have a bit more time.  However, for now just let me say that I had tons of fun and my two favorite parts were finally picking up a copy of Brian Butko’s book The Ship Hotel: A Grand View along the Lincoln Highway and also getting to meet Cece Otto from American Songline!  More on both of these later…

So, as today is my birthday I thought I’d share a little present for us all.  For many years I have enjoyed the work of artist Jodee Rose and have asked her to paint quite a few things for me and my business.  I love her work and her style so I recently asked her to recreate something very near and dear to me.  Yes, of course it was the Grand View Ship Hotel!  If you’re interested in having Jodee create something wonderful for you just follow this link to her blarg (blog) where you’ll find lots of fun stuff and her contact information, too.  Thanks, Jodee!

And so, I give you our present!  (Be sure to click on the picture to see it full-sized, it’s awesome!)

Until we meet again, here’s to the Ship Hotel, and here’s to you, too…

 
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Posted by on June 20, 2012 in Uncategorized

 

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Winter has come to Grand View Point

Here’s a little slideshow of pictures from my trip in December.  These were taken the same day that I visited Mister Ed’s.

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Here’s to the Winter, and here’s to the road…

 
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Posted by on January 4, 2012 in Uncategorized

 

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Look out Grand View Point, here I come… soon!

Look out Grand View Point, here I come… soon!

It’s been almost two years exactly since I’ve headed to Grand View Point near Bedford, Pennsylvania.  I’ve planned and postponed the trip several times, I’ve waiting and waited, but my time is coming soon.  As soon as my vehicle is roadworthy once again, I’ll be on my way. :)

In the meantime, though,while cleaning out some things in the basement, I ran across a bit of my Grand View Ship Hotel Memorabilia, so here’s a bit of a teaser for you…

Grand View Point was the home of the famous Grand View Ship Hotel which, sadly, was destroyed in October of 2001.

Here’s a copy of a photo sent to me by my Lincoln Highway friend Randy Davis from when the Ship was still in it’s heyday.

And here’s a simply stunning picture taken by Randy after the ship had fallen into disrepair.  The quality of my picture isn’t so great because I’m taking a picture of his picture, but it’s still quite wonderful.

Here’s the article from the local newspaper after the fire.

This is a piece of tile from inside the ship… Somewhere I have a few other bits and pieces floating around the house, but I’m not sure where they are right now.


Also, I’ve taken pictures of a few Ship Hotel postcards that I found this morning.

And here’s the current object of my fascination, since it’s basically the only thing left.

This is the view from 2005.

And here’s what it looked like in 2009.

Stay tuned to find out what happens next…

Here’s to the road and to Grand View Point!

 
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Posted by on May 20, 2011 in Uncategorized

 

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