Sunday, July 16, 2017

Sunday Funday: Summer Vacation, Book Haul, and Spider-Man: Homecoming (2017)


Happy Sunday everyone!  This weekend I thought I'd share some of my favorite photos that I took while on vacation during the first week of July (that's why I was a bit absent - I sure am glad I can schedule posts ahead!), books I picked up on my travels, and my thoughts on Spider-Man: Homecoming (2017)!  During my vacation I traveled from my home state of Ohio through Pennsylvania, New York, Vermont, New Hampshire, Maine, and Massachusetts.  Before this year, I had never been to Vermont and aside from fascinating sights and breathtaking scenery I was really interested in solving some mysteries involving family history in the state - I may do a post about this in the topic in the future because I've found out some some really cool things about one of my ancestors!  Anyway, I took a ton of pictures during that week, but the eight photos below are from my favorite places  that I had the opportunity to visit.


Bennington Battle Monument in Bennington, Vermont - This monument commemorates the Revolutionary Battle of Bennington (August 16, 1777) which is considered to be a major turning point in the war.  Construction on the monument was completed in 1891 and it stands 306 feet and 4.5 inches - that would have been something to see back then!



View into Bennington from the Monument - From the monument you can even see Massachusetts and New York!  The white steeple of the church that you can see belongs to the Old First Church of Bennington.  


Robert Frost's Grave - The four time Pulitzer winner is buried in the Old Bennington Cemetery which is adjacent to the Old First Church of Bennington.  The librarian in me couldn't miss this!  Also check out that epigraph - "I had a lover's quarrel with the world."


Quechee Gorge, Quechee State Park in Quechee, Vermont - The Quechee Gorge (pronounced: Kwee-chee) is the deepest gorge in Vermont at 165 feet.  Some of the best views of the gorge can be be seen from the Rt. 4 bridge where it goes over the Ottauquechee River which is where my photo was taken.


Quechee Gorge, At River Level - At the state park there's a walking path to go down to the riverside and see the gorge close up.  One of the other visitors, a regular, said that the water level was actually quite a bit higher than usual due to all of the rainfall they've had lately.  See that stacked up pile of stones in the top left of my photo - yeah, with all the water rushing by like that now you wouldn't be able to stack them up without having your feet taken out from under you.


Portland Head Light in Portland, Maine- I've actually been hear before, but as I was going to be in that area on my route home I knew I needed to stop and take in the sights again!  Beautiful!



Kinzua Bridge Sky Walk, Kinzua Bridge State Park in Mt. Jewett. Pennsylvania - I have to admit that I just randomly stumbled upon this one on my way home through Pennsylvania - and it was one of the coolest things I had the opportunity to see this week.  This bridge was originally the longest and highest train viaduct in the world when it was built in 1882 (it was later rebuilt in 1900 with stronger materials) at 301 feet high and 2,053 feet long.  For perspective, the Statue of Liberty stands at 305 feet tall.  Anyway, back in 2003 a tornado tore down a portion of the bridge, and remaining section was redesigned and fortified as a pedestrian walkway and viewing platform.  Spectacular views all around!



Kinzua Bridge Sky Walk, The View from the End of the Viewing Platform - You know that tornado I mentioned?  Well the wreckage and ruins of the other end of the bridge were never removed - and it looks just plain awesome that way!  See those two rows of concrete pillars going all the way to the other end of the photo - those are the concrete footers for the viaduct and they'd actually be over your head in height if you were standing down there beside one of them!

 

While I'm on vacation, I've always enjoyed going into local shops of all types and antique shops to see what I can scrounge up.  Of course, I always have my eyes out for books and I think I found some real winners this year:

Dragonwyck by Anya Seton - Ever see the 1946 movie of the same title starring Gene Tierney and Vincent Price?  Well this 1944 novel is the story that inspired the film.

The Big Eye by Max Ehrlich - This 1949 sci-fi novel is set in 1960 and while everyone's worried about atomic war, they realize they have bigger problems - another planet is on collision course with Earth which will bring doom in two years time.  I watch a lot of classic sci-fi movies and this seems quite promising.

Bootleggers, Lobstermen, and Lumberjacks: Fifty of the Grittiest Moments of the History of Hardscrabble New England by Matthew P. Mayo - This sounds like it's going to be a good collection of stories, plus I have to admit I have a hard time resisting a good list.

The Scalpel of Scotland yard: The Life of Sir Bernard Spilsbury by Douglas G. Browne and E.V. Tullett - Of all of these, I expect this is biography is going to easily be the most fascinating - as one of the best forensic pathologists in newly emerging field.


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Last Sunday, the last day vacation, I was able to see Spider-Man: Homecoming - I have to admit, I was really hyped up for it going in, especially after Tom Holland's turn in Captain America: Winter Soldier!  While this movie wasn't my favorite MCU film, it's still a lot of fun and it's quite funny to boot.  I loved the first two Tobey Maguire movies, and while Spider-Man 2 is still my favorite, I think Spider-Man: Homecoming is truly a breath of fresh air.  Aside from the awesome action scenes, stunts, and CGI, a lot of this comes down to Tom Holland's performance as Peter Parker and his alter ego - he's got the act down.  Plus, it's nice to see that the actor portraying the character is so much closer in age to a real high school student!  The real scene stealer of the movie though is Ned, Peter's school friend, played by Jacob Batalon - I'm really looking forward to seeing more from him in the future.  By the way, did you notice that Flash is played by Tony Revolori, aka Zero from The Grand Budapest Hotel?  Overall, if you're a fan of Spider-Man, you need to see Marvel's newest outing!



Next up: Dunkirk & Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets


As always, thanks for visiting my blog and perhaps even commenting down below!  Happy Sunday!

16 comments:

  1. Looks like you had an awesome vacation! I love Robert Frost's epigraph! I haven't seen Spiderman: Homecoming yet, but plan to soon. Spiderman 2 is also still my favorite. I don't know if I'm going to be watching Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets... I like the premise, but the trailer didn't sell me on it.

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    1. It was a fantastic getaway - it was hard going back to work after all of that! :)

      Personally, I'm really hoping that Valerian is going to be better than Jupiter Ascending...

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  2. Wonderful photos!! Thank you so much for sharing them! :) I also got to see Spiderman this week. I loved it! I totally agree that Tom Holland nailed the characters persona and that Ned stole the show! I can't wait to see more with this cast!

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    1. Thanks! :) Woot! I'm really looking forward to seeing them all again.

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  3. These pictures are beautiful. I have been wanting to go to VT since I read a bunch of Sarina Bowen's books. She definitely sold me on it. And it's cooler there than here too.

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    1. It's a beautiful place! It took me a while to get used to the elevation changes, though, and my ears kept popping!

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  4. I agree, Spider Man 2 is probably the best one, but this was such a fun movie! I liked how easy it was to laugh while watching it. And your vacation sounds like a bunch of fun! Those pictures are so awesome.

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    1. Yes, it is! :) It was a great week that ended far too soon!

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  5. Great pics. Spiderman looks a bit strange...or is it me?
    sherry @ fundinmental Sunday Memes

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    1. Thanks! That's actually Peter's friend trying the mask on. :D

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  6. I love those pictures ! I haven't watched the movie, I stopped watching Spiderman a long time ago. Tobey Maguire will always be Spiderman to me haha

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  7. Lovely pictures, Lauren! It sure looks like you had a great time, which is exactly what a vacation should be about. :) Also, wow! I agree, Maine is BEAUTIFUL! That should be on one of my "someday" list of places to visit.

    Thanks for sharing some Spider-Man thoughts. I'll see it (probably on DVD), but am always wondering, "Um, do we need a re-book of Spider-Man?" I mean, flaws and all, I do like the "oldie" movies. That said, like you, I like that this actor is much better suited to the life of a high-schooler and as I'm a BIG Marvel fangirl, I'm still excited.

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    1. Thanks, Rissi! That's exactly what it's about! I hope you get the chance to visit Maine someday. :)

      I know exactly what you mean, but Holland does a fantastic job bringing the character to life!

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  8. "I had a lover's quarrel with the world." Wow. Every Frost poem I read I LOVE, so I should probably buy a book of his!

    A dragon novel written in 1944 sounds amazing??? I WANT IT. Tell me how it is!!!!

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    1. On that note, I probably should too. :)

      Well, it's more like a gothic novel with an estate named Dragonwyck, but still.

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