Delaware River, New Hope, PA
Above: Franklin Mills Mall, Franklin Mills, PA
Photos by Brooklyn Beat/TN
For some reason, Pennsylvania proved to be our target state this summer. Back in May, we didn't anticipate spending much time on the road, but we did, as far as Pittsburgh and now New Hope. We didnt anticipate the intense heat and humisdity that the summer broguth, either. Consequently, it was good to get away, with and without the kids. While away, we also drove to a cool mall in Northeast Philadelphia, patrolled by security on Segway, with a little bit of the yellow brick road feel to it. Wandered around looking for that special something... We made our way to New Hope, took what turned out to be a private boat ride on the Delaware, saw a blue heron and a snowy egret, and walked a cross the bridge to Lambertville, NJ. The important role of rivers and bridges in Pennsylvania is unmistakable from the road. We did a lot of walking, hiked along the trails at Washington Crossing, had a few nice meals, talked about the year past and what's coming up ahead (as far as we can see), got to do some reading and writing.Visited the small galleries in Lambertville, lunch at the Lambertville Station pub which makes a nice salad and a nice Bloody Mary, bourbon street style. Taken by the Woodstock-y ambiance of New Hope.Went into Type B, a fun tie-dye shop in New Hope, where the friendly proprietors were making shirts and listening to the Grateful Dead. Had a romantic lunch at Marsha Brown's , a Cajun-Creole place, located in a former church in New Hope.
|The upstairs dining room at Marsha Brown, in New Hope, PA|
Along the way, I was reading about Max Frisch's 1957 novel Homo Faber, and then stumbled across a newish copy in Farley's bookstore on Bridge Street. That was a nice surprise. A few moments to think, enjoy some quiet time, and just be...
Oh Well, seems like another summer is nearly gone.
This seems to fit the mood. Wicked Game by Chris Isaak.