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    • September 24, 2018 7:09 AM EDT
    • The Finger Lakes Live Steamers Open House was well attended, as the weather was almost ideal in the upper New York Canal area.  This ends our 2018 season at FLLS and we leave this morning for Murphysboro, Tennessee and the International Barrel Racing Competition.  We have one our Son's daughter's competing in the 12-18 year old age group.  Should be a great week, but little railroad involvement.  7.25 inch gauge equipment is put in storage or is being packed to haul south for maintenance.  Fall is in full swing here and the heat of Summer has finally passed.   We are very blessed to have such a chance to enjoy this great Country.

    • September 22, 2018 7:12 AM EDT
    • R.J. DeBerg said:

      Rick need to head to Diamond Head in Jan and join us for some good finger burning time.  Later RJD

      Hey RJ, Good Morning,

      We did Diamond Head many, many years ago, as we explored New Orleans and a trip on the "City of New Orleans".  There are so many avenues of this hobby and you need to clone yourself to enjoy them all.  January, is becoming the best time to be in Florida as the temps are cooler and more seasonal to our liking.  Keep the rails shiny my friend.

    • September 21, 2018 1:17 PM EDT
    • Rick need to head to Diamond Head in Jan and join us for some good finger burning time.  Later RJD

    • September 21, 2018 9:25 AM EDT
    • Sean McGillicuddy said:

      What no knee pads ?

      No beard or knee pads .. where did Ric go ..

      The beard is back, or at least it was when he was here....           

    • September 21, 2018 8:00 AM EDT
    • What no knee pads ?

      No beard or knee pads .. where did Ric go ..

    • September 21, 2018 7:53 AM EDT
    • Big Open House Weekend at the Finger Lakes Live Steamers, stop by if you are in the area.  Be sure and say "Hey".  I'll be the one in the lime green shirt.  Wait a minute, all of the guys are in lime green shirts.  Better ask where I'm working.

    • September 20, 2018 7:18 AM EDT
    • We stayed overnight just below Cleveland and it is considerably cooler this morning, 58 degrees.  Highs around Finger Lakes seems to be low 70's   - high 60's.  It was in the 90's all the way across Illinois, Indiana and Ohio, yesterday.  l've had enough of the heat, this year.  Actually planning to delay going south this Winter, just too much warmth.  I'm sure Jan will change my mind, first sign of frost.  Thank GOD for air conditioning.  All is well.

    • September 19, 2018 9:54 AM EDT
    • The weather should be cooler up there since it's cooled down considerably down here. 

    • September 19, 2018 7:52 AM EDT
    • Wednesday, September 19, 2018 - Today, we head back east to the Finger Lakes Live Steamers, Fall Open House, this coming weekend.  I fyou are in the area of Syracuse or Rochester, New York, come join us for the fun.  We had come back to the Midwest to participate in the September Bluestone Southern OPs.  It was suppose to be cooler, but the Summer weather held on with intense heat and sunshine.  Hopefully, FLLS will have cooler temps, finally.  Fall Open House at the Finger Lakes Live Steamers.  10 to 4 both Saturday and Sunday, come on out and enjoy the fun.  If you need directions contact me. 

    • September 8, 2018 7:28 AM EDT
    • Rooster, the thread is 9 months old because September is the 9th month of the year.  We aren't dead , yet.

    • September 7, 2018 6:18 PM EDT
    • I'll echo Bruce on that.

    • September 7, 2018 5:08 PM EDT
    • Is there some other definition of "rants"? 

      Sounds more like "posts of a great trip" to me...

    • September 7, 2018 9:46 AM EDT
    • Thanks for reading my rants, guys.  The White Creek Railroad was very interesting and I think we will put it on our extended visiting list next year.  Big excitement to me was that they ran 6 passenger trains an hour and they went many different routes, some overlapping, allowing transfer of passengers.  Lots of freights for the car card/waybill operation of placing and picking up rolling stock.  Huge property built on the edge of a retirement or summer housing development.  It looked like the development was under the same ownership, since you went through it to get to the railroad.  The railroad was around a large set of lakes and was entirely surrounded by a 6 foot high chain link fence to keep poachers, snow mobiles and 4 wheelers out.  The engine house/winter facilities were any hobbiest's dream.  The trees were huge and their was a pile harvested that looked like there was a side business of selling timber.  Quite impressive and something to look forward to in our future travels.

      We are now outside of Bloomington, Illinois, prepping for a grandson's band concert in the rain tomorrow evening.  Grandparent's Day is Sunday and for that we need to be in Carlyle.  Check mail, pick up parts, participate in the Bluestone Southern Ops, next week and then hit the road for one last time this Year to Finger Lakes Live Steamers for the Fall colors.  Already making plans for the winter in Florida.  As Bruce said, "Living the Dream", that is until it becomes a nightmare.  We are very blessed.  

    • September 6, 2018 9:47 PM EDT
    • Ah.   Living the dream. 

    • September 6, 2018 8:29 PM EDT
    • Nice area. By brother lived in Muskegeon, not far from Grand Rapids for a few years in the 70's.  When I got into the sound business we went up to GR to tour the plant of a speaker manufacturer that I had gotten a dealership for.

    • September 21, 2018 10:56 PM EDT
    • Very cool Ray

    • September 6, 2018 11:54 AM EDT
    • you are right, it is always funny

    • September 6, 2018 1:39 AM EDT
    • That "dog tease" video is one of my favorites! I've watched it dozens of times and it always makes me laugh.

       

       

    • September 5, 2018 7:13 PM EDT
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      Since were talking pets here thought I would add this....it's old but a classic !