to Happy Valley PA... Susan and I are here in State College to attend Delia and Kat's commitment ceremony and do a bit of marsh birding in the morning.
The drive out was a mad dash to arrive in time for the ceremony without having to leave home at dawn. Driving along the interstate at 80 miles an hour, most of the view was a blur of mountains and trees, with occasional valley views of pretty dairy farms with silos and big red barns. I'd imagine it to be gorgeous in the fall.
Parking problems caused both Susan and I to miss the ceremony, despite having arrived within plenty of time. Once the ceremony started, no one was allowed in, even though I begged and pleaded that I'd driven for 5 hours. Bummer!
Anyway, we did get to the party afterwards where I snapped this pic of the cake cutting. Then an early dinner in a local pub with a few of Delia and Kat's friends. We talked birds and made fun of each other's accents. (Mostly they made fun of mine - there's no such thing as a Jersey accent; it's all the rest of you people that talk funny!)
Tomorrow morning should be fun; Delia's planned to show us around a few of her favorite local spots for birding. Plus, Barrack Obama will be speaking at the college as part of his "Road to Change" bus tour of Pennsylvania. I'd love to have the time for that, but there's that drive home...
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