Monday, March 22, 2010

Hartford through the windshield...

and the driver's side window.

We took our son, aka Kid Two, back to school at the University of Hartford yesterday. It was a quick week off for spring break..I hope he got enough rest (and food!)

Kid One was already there because she had had a three-day vacation traveling with the pep band and women's basketball team to North Carolina. She had a lot of fun with her friends, and enjoyed touring the campuses of Duke and University of North Carolina.

Unfortunately our team lost to Louisiana State University, but the women did a great job this season that qualified them to play in the tournament.
Regular readers know I take photos as Ralph drives, and yesterday afternoon was no exception.
There was an emergency of some sort that forced us to take a short detour, and I snapped three photos of sights I wouldn't have seen if not for the detour.

City scene ~ not sure what that building is in the background.

We traveled down Farmington Avenue and I was lucky to catch a photo of part of the stately Mark Twain House through the driver's side window as we passed by. It's a beautiful mansion. Twain lived there from 1874 to 1891. I visited twice on field trips when I was a kid and remember being impressed. Kid One and I plan to visit there someday.

I spotted this interesting-looking tree trunk as we were stopped at a light. Do you know what kind of tree it is? I do - "old."

ha ha

Hope everyone has a great Monday.


Linda said...

Is that green grass that I see around the Twain House? Already?? Woot!!

I haven't been there since I was in 8th grade (gee, was that back when Twain still lived there?!?) and I've always wanted to go again one of these days. Perhaps I should put that on my list of "Things I Wanna Do This Summer If Time and Money Permits". I could combine it with a trip to the big cemetery in Hartford that I've been meaning to get to that reportedly has some really cool gravestones. I just can't remember the name of it right now because I'm a) old and b) haven't had enough coffee!

And may I just say that your Passenger-Side-Photography has gotten really good with the new van - smoother ride perhaps?!?!

Barb said...

I never realized Mark Twain was that old, Patti! hahahaha!

Empress Bee (of the High Sea) said...

that was pretty funny patti! ha ha ha is it a birch?

smiles, bee

concretenprimroses said...

I was trying to see the old leaves on the tree, can't quite make them out (for id purposes.)
Very good outof the window photography. I thought the tree was a statue of a person that you just took the torso. What a wild trunk

LDH said...

I looked and I looked but I didn't see anything besides a very unusual knotty old tree But, Concretenprimroses was seeing stuff!


You get the best photos from the van window!

happily retired gal said...

Wonderful views here and nifty red berries for Ruby Tuesday too. Sorry to be so far behind, but I'm doing what I can to catch up today. Love the OLD tree trunk ;-)
Hugs and blessings,