On The Road With Fastfreta...Pennyslvania and Beyond

Day One

I'm on the train to DC en route to Pittsburgh. This is my least favorite train, the single level, with not a lot of leisure space. There's no observation car, however there is a lounge car, but it's so cold that I had to go back to my seat. Fortunately I'm traveling overnight (8pm to 1pm the next day), with no real need to wander around the train. So off to sleep I go, or better yet off to sleep I try to go. I followed my rule of not propping my feet up, or reclining my seat, and it worked. Having a seatmate didn't bother me this time, I was actually able to get at least a few hours of sleep off and on, so no real complaint there.

Washington DC

This is my second time in DC, during my time on the road. However, this time I did some sightseeing. Actually the most impressive site was the Martin Luther King Jr., monument. Although I have pictures of other notable places, the real draw was the monument. The excitement was somewhat tempered by the impending threat of Hurricane Irene. The threat of the storm didn't prevent the city from being inundated, of course, even with that crowd, more were expected. As a matter of fact while en route we were informed that the dedication, set for the following Sunday, was postponed, so some cut their trip short along the way.

The trip to the monument was about a five mile walk from the suggested subway stop. We, I actually picked up "friends" along the way, as I always do, anyway we asked directions as we went along. Somewhere along the way we got our wires crossed, and walked around "Robin Hood's barn," (an old saying), to get there. On our way back we found that we'd walked about 2 miles out of the way. Oh yeah, it was well over 100 degrees, and very humid, but that didn't deter any from accomplishing their goal, that is to walk to the monument, and walked they did, almost like a pilgrimage.By the way my new "friends," were, a very nice couple, Brenda and Elmore Bouy, from Mississippi, and an equally nice young lady, Lenore, a flight attendant living in DC. Somewhere along the way Lenore, and I lost Brenda and Elmore and proceeded on by ourselves. Thanks to Lenore, I was able to accomplish my goal of seeing some of the sights of DC. She also saw to it that I got back to Union station, by passing me off to two very nice young men who were on their way to the station. Check out my pics below.

Pictures of My Washington DC experience

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The Martin Luther King MemorialMLK MemorialMLKArea surrounding the King MemorialMLK MemorialExcerpts from MLK speechesMLK MemorialExcerpts from MLK speechesExcerpts from MLK speechesExcerpts from MLK speechesMLK speech excerptMLK speech excerptMLK speech excerptMLK speech excerptMLK MemorialAmtrak AtlantaView from the train to Washington DCView from train to DCAnother river seen from train windowView from train to DCTrain stop en route to DCView from train en route to DCSuspicious bag left in McDonalds, DCSuspicious bag left in McDonalds, DCAmtrak  celebrating 40 years of serviceSelf explanatory DC subwayWashington DC subwayDC subwayDC subwau
The Martin Luther King Memorial
The Martin Luther King Memorial
MLK Memorial
MLK Memorial
MLK
MLK
Area surrounding the King Memorial
Area surrounding the King Memorial
MLK Memorial
MLK Memorial
Excerpts from MLK speeches
Excerpts from MLK speeches
MLK Memorial
MLK Memorial
Excerpts from MLK speeches
Excerpts from MLK speeches
Excerpts from MLK speeches
Excerpts from MLK speeches
Excerpts from MLK speeches
Excerpts from MLK speeches
MLK speech excerpt
MLK speech excerpt
MLK speech excerpt
MLK speech excerpt
MLK speech excerpt
MLK speech excerpt
MLK speech excerpt
MLK speech excerpt
MLK Memorial
MLK Memorial
Amtrak Atlanta
Amtrak Atlanta
View from the train to Washington DC
View from the train to Washington DC
View from train to DC
View from train to DC
Another river seen from train window
Another river seen from train window
View from train to DC
View from train to DC
Train stop en route to DC
Train stop en route to DC
View from train en route to DC
View from train en route to DC
Suspicious bag left in McDonalds, DC
Suspicious bag left in McDonalds, DC
Suspicious bag left in McDonalds, DC
Suspicious bag left in McDonalds, DC
Amtrak  celebrating 40 years of service
Amtrak celebrating 40 years of service
Self explanatory
Self explanatory
DC subway
DC subway
Washington DC subway
Washington DC subway
DC subway
DC subway
DC subwau
DC subwau

Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

I'm here, Pittsburgh, PA! I arrived at 11:30 pm, at which time I was picked up by my cousin. This is my first visit to Pennsylvania, I've always wanted to visit, but never took the time to do so, but here I am now.

Pittsburgh is turning out to be one of the most relaxing legs, and believe me I needed it. I'm trying to tell these old bones not to give out, but they just won't cooperate, I try to tell them that 64 is not that old, but they're not listening, and want to rest too much for me. I try to tell them you can rest when you're dead, again they won't listen, so periodically rest I must. I'm sitting on this very lovely and relaxing porch, reading, writing, and listening to music. Oh joy of joys.

My two beautiful cousins, Anna and Doris, are so good to me. They won't let me do anything, they're spoiling me, oh well, I'll take it. Let me tell you my normal routine since I've been here. I wake up at whatever time I wake up. I come down stairs, get me a cup of coffee, go back to my room, relax, read, listen to music or watch a little TV, play a game or two on my tablet, and later in the morning, I go back down to an already prepared breakfast. After breakfast I go to the porch for a little of the same as the morning, reading, listening to music, but this time I add a little writing. The porch seems to be so conducive to writing that I now do most of my writing out here.

Sunday Pittsburgh

After an uplifting spiritual meeting, I go back to the house, and ready myself for remainder of the day. Anna took me to Mount Washington, commonly called, "Lookout Mountain." I have a touch of acrophobia, (Phobias-Phobias-PhobiasOh-So-Many-Phobias), so you can just imagine how I must have felt when approaching the edge of the lookout, but I braved it, and I was fascinated to say the least. The city sits for the most part on hills overlooking waterways. I found this to be quite fascinating, see pics below.

Downtown Pittsburgh held more interesting sights. The most fascinating of all was the totally glass structure, standing in the courtyard you're surrounded by the structure, which I now know is the PPG building, (Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, Glass). In that same courtyard was a very interesting set of dinosaurs figures, one representing Heinz Ketchup, aka.,(catsup) the other two, I don't know what they represent. Anyway, all in all the center was very interesting.

Various views of Pittsburgh

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Typical Pittsburgh neighborhoodPittsburgh neighborhoodAnna on Mt Washington's overlookMe, on Mt Washington, overlooking the cityAnna and MeAnna and MeAnna, at Mt WashingtonMe, on Mt. Washington overlookPlaque explaining overlookOverlook plaqueHome on Mt WashingtonHome on Mt WashingtonHome on Mt WashingtonHome on Mt WashingtonOverlook at Mt. WashingtonMt. Washington overlookTunnel View of the cityInteresting sight, looks like grass growing on the side of the businessView of downtownView of downtown PittsburghView of downtown Pittsburgh, PPG buildingDowntown PittsburghPPG buildingPPG building, courtyardHeinz ketchup bottle dinosaurPPG buildingPPG buildingAnother angle of PPG buildingPPG building
Typical Pittsburgh neighborhood
Typical Pittsburgh neighborhood
Pittsburgh neighborhood
Pittsburgh neighborhood
Anna on Mt Washington's overlook
Anna on Mt Washington's overlook
Me, on Mt Washington, overlooking the city
Me, on Mt Washington, overlooking the city
Anna and Me
Anna and Me
Anna and Me
Anna and Me
Anna, at Mt Washington
Anna, at Mt Washington
Me, on Mt. Washington overlook
Me, on Mt. Washington overlook
Plaque explaining overlook
Plaque explaining overlook
Overlook plaque
Overlook plaque
Home on Mt Washington
Home on Mt Washington
Home on Mt Washington
Home on Mt Washington
Home on Mt Washington
Home on Mt Washington
Home on Mt Washington
Home on Mt Washington
Overlook at Mt. Washington
Overlook at Mt. Washington
Mt. Washington overlook
Mt. Washington overlook
Tunnel
Tunnel
View of the city
View of the city
Interesting sight, looks like grass growing on the side of the business
Interesting sight, looks like grass growing on the side of the business
View of downtown
View of downtown
View of downtown Pittsburgh
View of downtown Pittsburgh
View of downtown Pittsburgh, PPG building
View of downtown Pittsburgh, PPG building
Downtown Pittsburgh
Downtown Pittsburgh
PPG building
PPG building
PPG building, courtyard
PPG building, courtyard
Heinz ketchup bottle dinosaur
Heinz ketchup bottle dinosaur
PPG building
PPG building
PPG building
PPG building
Another angle of PPG building
Another angle of PPG building
PPG building
PPG building

The Family

Maybe I'm biased, but I can say I have a very lovely, and loving family. The family of the house consisted of Anna Louise, Doris, and Deanna,(picture to come), Anna Louise's, daughter. Of course the other members of the immediate family lived elsewhere they are, the twins, Louie and Lewis, and wife Beverly, Charlene, Doris' daughter, her husband Tony, and their two grandsons, Michael, and Nashir.

I want to warn you, if you're ever invited to this home, Don't Go! You won't want to leave, because they will thoroughly spoil you. They won't let you cook, clean or do anything but rest, and idle your time away. So, if you're not up for that Don't Go. Needless to say, that's just what I did, Idle my time away, and I must add it was refreshing, but that got old, so I had to leave, LOL! No, really I didn't want to leave. I found the key to continuing a journey such as mine. That's not to stay too long in one place, especially if you're enjoying yourself, and enjoyed myself I did, so much so, as I said, I didn't want to leave.

Oh, I didn't tell you, these two sisters can COOK! I couldn't believe I could eat so much. Let me tell you, Anna made a chicken salad that I'm still salivating over now. I even took a sandwich with me on my trip back to Atlanta. Then there's Doris' mustard pork chops, yum, yum. You see I had to leave or I'd be too fat to fit in the clothes I took with me. Oh, that's not all, but I wouldn't want your mouths to water, and you not be able to do anything about it. Again, I say don't go there.

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Tony, Charlene, Michael, and NashirThem Scott FamilyLouieMichael, and NashirTony and LewisTony and LewisAnnaLewisLewis and his lady loveLewis and his "Ride"Lewis' rideDorisDorisAnnaAnna and Me
Tony, Charlene, Michael, and Nashir
Tony, Charlene, Michael, and Nashir
Them Scott Family
Them Scott Family
Louie
Louie
Michael, and Nashir
Michael, and Nashir
Tony and Lewis
Tony and Lewis
Tony and Lewis
Tony and Lewis
Anna
Anna
Lewis
Lewis
Lewis and his lady love
Lewis and his lady love
Lewis and his "Ride"
Lewis and his "Ride"
Lewis' ride
Lewis' ride
Doris
Doris
Doris
Doris
Anna
Anna
Anna and Me
Anna and Me

Back to Atlanta

My train to DC is late, purposed departure, 4:50, we finally leave at 6:30. My kind of train, double deck. For the 8 plus hours on this leg I spend most of it in the observation/lounge car with a very lovely woman named Mary. Mary, and I spent hours chatting, both learning interesting things about each other. Mary had a very interesting and captivating life, she'd just come back from seeing her one, and only grandchild. Mary swore she didn't take good pictures, but to her surprise she made a very lovely picture, after all she was a lovely woman. She offered, and I accepted, to buy my lunch, (see what kind people you meet on the train). This time allowed my seatmate the needed time for a long nap. She'd been in the station all night, so she really needed to sleep. But during the last hour I went back to my seat, and had stimulating conversations with the latter half of the train., (about 8 of us). So stimulating that we, didn't hear the attendant tell us to disembark. My very lovely seatmate Janice was so engaging I wished I'd spent more time with her.

Oh, a very interesting twist to this last leg to Atlanta, (Washington, DC, to Atlanta), I met someone who could possible be a relative. Just so you know, I am not afraid to engage anyone, that will let me, in conversation. Here's what happened, I asked as I always do, where this very nice, and personable, young lady lives, what she does, etc, and mind you, I do listen, because I'm interested in the lives of all I meet. Anyway she mentioned a place that most of my extended family hails from. So, from that we are going to investigate whether we're related, or not. I actually did that once, and found a distant cousin all the way out in California, so you just never know. See pictures below. All in all this was a very nice leg of the trip.

Sights and Interesting People en route from Pittsburgh to DC

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Amtrak, Cumberland, Maryland
Amtrak, Cumberland, Maryland
Cumberland, Maryland
Cumberland, Maryland
Cumberland,  Maryland, USA
Cumberland, Maryland, USA
Hi Patricia
Hi Patricia
Scenic River, Somewhere, Eastern USA
Scenic River, Somewhere, Eastern USA
Scenic River, Eastern USA
Scenic River, Eastern USA
Amtrak, Cumberland, Maryland
Amtrak, Cumberland, Maryland
Beautiful Patricia
Beautiful Patricia
Another river somewhere Eastern USA
Another river somewhere Eastern USA
Running river, somewhere between Pittsburgh and DC
Running river, somewhere between Pittsburgh and DC
Cumberland, Maryland, Amtrak
Cumberland, Maryland, Amtrak
Amtrak Stop between PA, and DC
Amtrak Stop between PA, and DC
Harpers Ferry, Amtrak
Harpers Ferry, Amtrak
Beautiful Patricia
Beautiful Patricia
Harpers Ferry, Amtrak
Harpers Ferry, Amtrak
Bridge, somewhere between PA, and DC
Bridge, somewhere between PA, and DC
Bridge, somewhere between Pittsburgh and DC
Bridge, somewhere between Pittsburgh and DC
Union Station, Washington, DC
Union Station, Washington, DC
DC Union Station
DC Union Station
DC Union Station
DC Union Station
DC Union Station
DC Union Station
Potential relative, DC to Atlanta
Potential relative, DC to Atlanta

Pictures of my cousins home

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The front porchView from the front porchThe clothesline, which I actually usedView from the backyardView from the front porchMysterious pipes embedded in the backyardMysterious pipesMystery pipeWhat are theyFront porch viewMy front porch sanctuaryFront porchThe house from the backyardThe back porchThe house from the frontView from the front porchFront porch viewMysterious pipes embedded in the backyardBackyard Back porchAnother back porch viewThe very inviting front porch
The front porch
The front porch
View from the front porch
View from the front porch
The clothesline, which I actually used
The clothesline, which I actually used
View from the backyard
View from the backyard
View from the front porch
View from the front porch
Mysterious pipes embedded in the backyard
Mysterious pipes embedded in the backyard
Mysterious pipes
Mysterious pipes
Mystery pipe
Mystery pipe
What are they
What are they
Front porch view
Front porch view
My front porch sanctuary
My front porch sanctuary
Front porch
Front porch
The house from the backyard
The house from the backyard
The back porch
The back porch
The house from the front
The house from the front
View from the front porch
View from the front porch
Front porch view
Front porch view
Mysterious pipes embedded in the backyard
Mysterious pipes embedded in the backyard
Backyard
Backyard
Back porch
Back porch
Another back porch view
Another back porch view
The very inviting front porch
The very inviting front porch

Conclusion

Okay, so I did make this one a little long, but it seems a lot went on in that one week to Pittsburgh, and back to Atlanta. I hope you at least took a look at the pictures, and part of the explanation. Well, I'm headed back to California in about a week to take in the Los Angeles County Fair, and another of my annual events, "The Taste Of Soul, Los Angeles. I'll fill you in on those after the fact.

So, goodbye for now, stay tuned, more to come.

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Scribenet 5 years ago from Ontario, Canada

I do love that front porch you enjoyed! Such lovely memories of friends, families,sights and sounds you are gathering...priceless!


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jean2011 5 years ago from Canada

Lovely sights and pictures! Congratulations. I have voted the hub to be beautiful.


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VENZKHVAM 5 years ago from Milk way galaxy, trying to find a more adventurous place in another galaxy with my great followers

NICE PHOTOS . I LIKED ALL THE PHOTOS IN YOUR TRAVELL


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jacqui2011 5 years ago from Leicester, United Kingdom

Wow. What a very interesting hub about your travels. Well written and I loved all of your photographs. Voted up and rated awesome. (If there had been an "amazing" button, I would have used that!)


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Rochelle Frank 5 years ago from California Gold Country

The PPG building looks like a cathedral. What an interesting adventure you are having. Very lucky to have friends and family scattered so nicely across the country.


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CASE1WORKER 5 years ago from UNITED KINGDOM

I would love to be sitting on the front porch, it looks so lovely, especially with such lovely people, you must be having a great time.


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Rebecca E. 5 years ago from Canada

love this hub, make Washington a must see place.


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fastfreta 5 years ago from Southern California Author

Thank you all so much for stopping and taking the time to read and leave such lovely comments, I'm so encouraged by all the outpouring of interest and love all of you are showing me.

So thank you Rebecca E, CASE1WORKER,Rochelle Frank, Jaqui2011, VENCKHVAM, Jean2011, and Scribenet, please stay tuned, more to come.


Tricia Voorhies 5 years ago

It's so exciting reading about your travels. You are one person who can take lemons and make lemonade. Bravo!

I look forward to seeing you when you return to SoCal for the County Fair. Call me. Best


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fastfreta 5 years ago from Southern California Author

Thanks Tricia, you're too sweet, I look forward to seeing you in the next few days.


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quildon 5 years ago from Florida

Sounds like you're having a ball. I like the fact that you're travelling by train. It's much more leisurely and you get to make friends, like you did. Lovely pics. I'm looking forward to reading about all your trips.


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fastfreta 5 years ago from Southern California Author

Thank you so much quildon, I am having fun. I'm getting ready to return to California, so you'll be able to read about that trip soon. I hope you've read the previous articles related to this series. I look forward to hearing from you again. Again thanks for stopping.


Wooded 5 years ago

Wow, you are really out there having fun! Good for you!!! I have to catch up on all of your travels. Gorgeous pictures!


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fastfreta 5 years ago from Southern California Author

So far Wooded, I am having fun, but I know I've got to come back down to earth one day, however till then I'll be on this journey, and yes, having fun. Stay tuned, more to come


Ashbubala 5 years ago

Beautiful job as usual, very interesting and well written. I'm glad to see you're having fun and living your dream. I have recommended this blog to my friends on Facebook!


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fastfreta 5 years ago from Southern California Author

Thank you soo much Ashbubala, stay tuned, more to come.


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howtomodify 5 years ago from usa

nice i like it


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fastfreta 5 years ago from Southern California Author

Thanks howtomodify, please come back, and welcome to HubPages.


dj 5 years ago

Everything looks good and everything sounds good. Wish I could travel. Here's looking at you kid!!!


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Dolores Monet 5 years ago from East Coast, United States

Hi, Freta - I guess I'm just an old homebody at heart because my favorite picture was (like the first commenter) your relatives front porch. What a lovely place to hang out with the folks you love. I am so enjoying your adventures. Voted up and beautiful.


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fastfreta 5 years ago from Southern California Author

That was a very relaxing part of the trip. I almost didn't want to leave. I tell you, I stayed out there late into the night, one night I even fell asleep out there.

Thank you so much for stopping, Dolores, and I'm glad you at least enjoyed that part of the trip. (Smile)!


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Veronica Allen 4 years ago from Georgia

Fast Freta you have such a lovely family! Isn't nice to be spoiled at times. :) You deserve it.


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fastfreta 4 years ago from Southern California Author

Thanks Veronica, I agree, and boy was I spoiled. I may never end this journey, LOL! So nice to see you back on the "Pages."


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cam8510 2 years ago from Columbus, Georgia until the end of November 2016.

Hello Freta, I enjoyed your hub about Pennsylvania. I am in Philadelphia working for several months and will have the opportunity to visit Washington DC. I'll be sure to take in the MLK Memorial.


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fastfreta 2 years ago from Southern California Author

Thanks Cam8510 for stopping, nice meeting you here.

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