Saturday, September 06, 2008

Niagara Falls....breathtaking !

We drove from North Carolina with the stop in Virginia to West Virginia. And then all the way to the Niagara Falls. This short video shows the Canadian falls. This was indeed the highlight on our East Coast Tour.....

It is no surprise to see those signs all over there...who wants to jump down there?

We did the Maid of Mist and got very close to the falls. This picture shows one boat fighting its way towards the falls.

Of course, we also wanted to get wet in the mist and got the fashionable blue plastic rain ponchos. The picture below shows the American falls in the background.

On the boat we had an amazing view of the Canadian falls as we were approaching the Canadian falls. Well, the view was nearly zero the closer we got because of all the mist. It was hard, or impossible to keep your eyes open.
By the way, I took the video from the upper right corner, when we were watching down the falls.

The Niagara falls were the highlight of our vacation! We indulged in having a very nice hotel with a room with a fall view. Waking up with this view of the Canadian falls with a rainbow is unforgettable! Because of the mist there was a rainbow most of the time when the sun was shining ....

Morgantown .. a new way to go by train

We continued our tour from Radford to visit John's sister in Morgantown. West Virgina.
One of the features of this great University town is a small almost personal train system. By selecting a destination at the station,
soon a small electric wagon shows up with room for up to 8 people - all of whom are going to the same destination. The wagon then takes off and goes non-stop to your selected destination, bypassing all stations in-between.
Something new to me. Very nice!

Friday, September 05, 2008

"Kick ass ...on grass!"

...was our motto when I played Field Hockey at the Radford University in Virginia. Onr stop was Radford, where we met up with my coach and his wife Maria. What a great thing to dive into your past and have all the great memories come back!
To keep that up and to stay in contact with former teammates, I was talking with my coach about an Alumni website. He liked the idea very much. So when returning home, I created the Radford University Field Hockey Alumni webjam. It is growing fast and there are more and more members. Check it out by clicking on the link above.
On the picture below you can see the current team at practice. All potential members of the Alumni webjam :-)

Monday, September 01, 2008

From NYC to Hollywood....

We contnued our East Coast tour and drove to friends in Hollywood, Maryland. They live right at the Chesapeake Bay. The weather was sunny and warm, perfect to enjoy the water. As it was Labor day, our friends threw a great party. Guests arrived either by car, boat or Seedoos. Was a totally different feeling, like in a movie.
Here John and I trying a
Wave-Runner Seadoo. That was a LOT fun!

As our friends live right at the water, they have a boat and their own pier. The picture shows John making his way down to their boat.

Here you can see Captain John :-)

After the party, our friends took us out on their boat to watch the sunset over the Bay. That was spectacular!