August 2017: The Bay and The Beach, Trip to Michigan, The Canada Side of Niagara Falls, A Total Eclipse of the Sun, Haircuts
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Most of our time at the beach this year was in the later 1/2 of the summer
Here we are with the family yacht on the Chesapeake Bay
Anya Floats. We all float here.
Sasha digs a hole for herself
Anya cups some castles
I think this was our only visit to the bay this year!
Moving on to the ocean
This day we chose our spot because there was cool beach band having a hootenanny right behind us!
Beach Band Video
Waves Video 1
Waves Video 2
Waves Video 3
Waves Video 4
Waves Video 5
Waves Video 6
Sasha, Anya and Holly head out on their summer visit to Michigan
Arrival at Grandma's house
Sylvia, Sasha and Anna: The Teenagers
Water balloon fight on the trampoline! What could be safer?
Trampoline Video 1
Trampoline Video 2
Relocating to the other trampoline
Anna flips out
Playing Dixit or something
At the family gaming table
Anya prepares for the free corn-a-copia
All the cousins are ready too! Free Corn!
The rest of the family assembles for the Mint Parade
Chair women of the parade
Both sides of the street are covered
First responders go first! Seems fair.
The Lord Marshall and some Minty Princesses
Pardon, I mean "Royalty" and of course... The Honorable Mint-toad!
Bands chasing after rolling diners
Horses chasing colonials
Old timey cars chasing horses
An elderly man mowing his lawn swerves out into the parade and targets "The Girls Who Wear Red Cowboy Hats" association
Elite dancers protest the atrocities of Columbus
The Mello Tones set a strangely agitated vibe and only another big flag can soothe the crowd
The town corvette and the marching band that accompanies the corvette everywhere it goes in town
The many, many hearses of St. Johns
I also call bullshit on "5 cent" rides, seems like a scam to me
One of the superstitious town folk attempts to offer her baby as a sacrifice to the Monsters Inc, to satisfy their hunger for the screams of children
The perplexed onlookers continue to feign interest
We don't know who Miss Curwood is or what festival she represents, but they are about to find out the hard way that the St Johns Mint Festival does not share the spotlight
OMG! The corn guy!
Two crazed Abraham Lincolns attack a kid in a go cart while a gaggle of Dairy Princesses do absolutely nothing to stop them
That old time car that Jeff has waited for the entire parade to see!
2 Cobs of corn. Was it worth it? Historians will puzzle over that for years to come.
Anya brandishes the weapon she bought at the Mint Festival
The family food pantry is stocked
The children excitedly text each other that something is about to happen IRL!
More family members gather
Prizes and snacks? That can only mean...
Bingo! You guessed it! Bingo!
The high stakes games begin... or end. I'm not sure when this photo was taken.
Jeff adds some coke to his tumbler of rum, Anya get's faced.
Bowls of stuff and plates of watermelons are passed.
Surprise Birthday Party!
A PBS Re-Enactment of Anya & Sasha's 1st Birthday: Ken Burns style!
"July 2004 or 2008, Dearest husband, we celebrated the baby's first birthdays today. The riced crispied treats were offered in the stead of cake."
"Anya rejoiced at a card that included a comical birthday wish, while Sasha unwrapped the journal of a depressed teen tormented of lies and sin."
"The journal was inscribed, so the gift could be remembered beyond this merry day."
"Deep thoughts and smiles betrayed a growing sense of unease, that was upon all of the nation at this time dark time in history."
"Yet we carry on. With gifted card vouchers and boxes of slime, until we are once again in your good company. Lovingly... your wife, Holly."
At the dairy store.
A cup and a cone!
Portraits at the Portrait wall
A random cache of Pusheens
Anya tries out all the chairs on the porch
Back to chair. The others gather.
For a good olde fashioned porch sittin
Talking about good times
Throwing up gang signs at passers by
The children retire to the trampoline
Jeff gets some quality time at his lookin spot
Tess scooter bombs the photo
Anya wanders the rooms sampling everybody's drinks
Back home in Virginia Beach Alan wanders around Mt. Trashmore at dusk, then watches TV with Hospy
Why is it sad...
Makes us remember ...
the good times we had...
Arrival at Grandma & Grandpa Wiseman's house!
Checking out the scootability of the Warren sidewalks
They are scootable!
Anya performs some of her routine
Posing with her ride
Exploring the grounds
Daddy needs Hot Chips
The Family head down to the chip factory
A D.A.Y and the D.I.A.
Getting excited for art!
Or stairs. Art or stairs.
Visiting the dead
Detroit's oldest cemetery
Elmwood. Includes notables like Lewis Cass - A General and Expansionist ( See They Might Be Giants "James.K. Polk"
A fluffy smiley dog stops by
He works as a pilllow
Loading Anya in the van. Bye Bye!
Eclipse watch 8/20/2017... Still no eclipse.
The welcoming signs of Canada!
Sasha and Anya hit the final country on their 2017 North American Tour!
You can see Seattle from Niagara? That's quite a view!
First look at the Falls
The boatloads of refugees escaping to Canada are more overcrowded every day. Sad.
An atmospheric "Bowed Rain" phenomena
Niagara Video 1
Anya enjoys the danger
Tourists right on the edge
Niagara Video 2
Heading into town
A fancy mall with a steampunk fountain
Fountain Video 4
Fountain Video 5
Fountain Video 6
Sasha toasts danger
Niagara Video 7
8/21/17 Total Eclipse Day!
But not in Canada
They don't call the eclipses there
In Canada it's an.... Eh? Clips? Take off you hoser!
Niagara Video 3
Time to put those eclipse glasses to use!
Anya gets first peek
The view without or with the glasses
Look at that moon, getting all in the suns face!
Anya witness to the glory of the celestial majesty. Sasha drinks a slurpee.
ok... back to Niagara
Rainbows continue despite the sun being 60% blocked!
Need to see the falls from a higher perspective
Heading up the incline
There, that's better!
The view from on high
This lamp gets to see the falls every day! No fair!
Way up high now
From the observation tower
You can see all the way to The United States!
Horseshoe Falls indeed!
Those Canadians call it like they see it!
The last photos of The Hornblower before they met their watery fate
As seen in this photo without the Hornblower. Sasha and Anya pause, respectfully, for a moment of silence.
A doomed rescue mission follows by the Maid of the Mist.
Anya gets buff from climbing up all these stairs to see the falls from different angles
Anya takes a mental snapshot of the falls. Ooooh! A carnival!
Back in the hotel.
Eclipse 2017: The Time Lapse Video
Earlier the same day.
In a totally different country.
Alan watches the total eclipse from home
None of the photos really capture it
My eclipse glasses were very popular with the neighbors
Everyone came out to look at it
Landscapers and even the mailman came over to see
Not very elcipsy
But something is happening
I suppose at the very least I got some nice random photos of the sun. Mission Accomplished.
Back to School Haircuts to finish off the summer. Anya got the "Ghost in the Shell"
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