47 Years and Counting…..©
Well, here we are back in the Pennsylvania Mountains at the quaint old cabin where my wife spent the happiest days of her childhood with her cousins and extended family. The cabin is almost 100 years old and has been in the family for over 60 years so it’s full of memories.
This is our fourth consecutive year of coming to celebrate our anniversary (this is number 47). Each year as we return, put the key in the front door padlock and swing open the handmade door on it’s creaky hinges, the big old stone fireplace gives out a visual greeting that says “Welcome back”!
This year we hit the fall color just right. Every day the landscape changes hue and intensity. As I look out the front window while I’m typing it’s unbelievable the color show that the sun and leaves are putting on for me. I wish we had this in middle Georgia!
The cabin is located in Somerset County, the highest county in PA about 60 miles east of Pittsburgh. Because of its elevation and situation in the mountains it gets the most snowfall of any county in PA and so it is also the home to several ski resorts. We haven’t actually gone down the slopes ourselves but they sure are beautiful to look at. There’s also a great smorgasboard restarant nearby to feed the hungry skiers. I think we’ll go again for dinner.
Another thing we like to do when we come here is to visit some of the 10 remaining covered bridges in Somerset County; there are lots more in PA but 10 in this county alone. They all have their own story and really take you back in time. In fact if you’d like to take a virtual tour yourself, here’s are a couple websites you can visit: http://www.pacoveredbridges.com/ about covered bridges in the whole state and then in Somerset County: http://www.somersethistoricalcenter.org/index.html.
I apologize for no column last week but a guy has to take a week off now and again doesn’t he? Last Monday, when I normally write and submit this column, we left GA early in the morning and drove to Ashville, NC where we stayed at the Billy Graham Training Center called the Cove. We were there for a conference hosted by the American Family Association. It was wonderful…..great food and fellowship as well as education and inspiration. If you ever get a chance to visit there you should definitely go.
So here’s the take away for this week: if you’re a senior still blessed to have your spouse and soul mate by your side, take the time to do something special together to celebrate each other’s companionship on your anniversary. I can’t imagine life without my beautiful bride by my side and I never want to take her for granted. I hope you don’t either.
Thanks for reading All About Seniors…..See you next week!
PS….. On the way home we’re going to stop in NJ for my 55th High School Class reunion. That will probably be the subject of next week’s column.
Bill Milby, CSA, is a Certified Senior Advisor and a Director of Visiting Angels® of Macon, a non-medical, living assistance service for seniors. If you have questions or comments about this column you can reach him at firstname.lastname@example.org