Saturday, 10/20. It was a beautiful sunny fall day for the drive to Amherst. Unfortunately, there was lots of traffic in NYC. We gathered some things that we had left in our garage in Amherst and headed up to Chuck Dauchy's and Judy Weinthaler's. Shortly thereafter Betsy and David Mullins and Denise and Doug Gagnon arrived. It was great to see some of our friends again! We had a wonderful dinner and were going to play a game but opted just to watch the Red Sox beat the Cleveland Indians to win the American League Title.
Sunday, 10/21. We spent the night there and took a great hike up to the Mt. Toby tower with Chuck and Judy. It was another gorgeous day. Here are some pictures of Chuck and Judy and the Connecticut River Valley.
We spent 3 nights with the Gagnons and 2 nights with the Mullins. The next few days were spent like this: Sandy visiting his friends: Ron Moyer, Bill Read, Chris Van Leeuwen, and Don Spearance; playing golf with Ron and Bill, having lunch with teachers at Fort River, learning to operate his new cell phone, dealing with mounds of mail, and odds and ends. Becky had some appointments, also dealt with mail, had a massage, got her soft bifocal contacts, and odds and ends. We both visited Melissa Kroodsma (Don was still collecting bird songs in Australia). We also went on a nice hike with David Mullins and his dog to Buffam Falls in Pelham (on a Thursday - early afternoon!).
The first three days the weather was in the 70s and then more normal weather, about 60 for the last 2 days. The colors may never reach their peak but here's a picture of the maple tree in the Gagnon's backyard.
David was kind enough to drive us to the airport very early Friday morning for our American Airlines flight to Honolulu by way of Dallas.
It was a lot of fun watching the Red Sox with the Mullins. We hope they'll win the World Series again but want to post this before the end.
It was really fun to catch up with our friends. Thanks to everyone who made time in their schedules to visit. We hope to catch up with Mike and Peg Ross around Thanksgiving. [The picture above (us with Mullins and Gagnons) was taken in Ogunquit, ME this past August.]
We're off to Kauai and the Big Island! Check back in a week or so for highlights of Kauai.