High Tide at the Angle

Gettysburg National Military Park, 1195 Baltimore Pike, Gettysburg, Pennsylvania 17325. (717) 334-1124.

Gettysburg 2017: Little Round Top and Sickle’s Salient

In this installment of my video blog documenting my recent trip to Gettysburg National Military Park, I explore key sites of the fight on July 2, 1863: Little Round Top, the Wheatfield, Peach Orchard, and Cemetery Ridge. Longstreet’s attack on the Union left flank at Gettysburg is probably one of the most famous of the war. It was only quick action by Union commanders that saved the day.

All-American Diner Tour: Blue Dolphin Diner in Apalachin, New York

The Blue Dolphin Diner, off New York State Route 17 in Apalachin, New York west of Binghamton, is a Greek-style diner with a very unique sign and a dolphin statue visible from the highway. This place is a travelers’ favorite and opened in 1989.

On my visit, I ordered blueberry pancakes and a side of their homestyle toast. The toast was great and for 95 cents, you can’t go wrong. A stack of three blueberry pancakes are $6.25. I wasn’t prepared for how large they would be and barely finished. I’d recommend ordering two unless you’re really hungry. My waitress was attentive and the food came out fast. I didn’t put on a white glove, but contrary to some reviews, I found the place clean and well-maintained.

They have a separate menu for breakfast, so I didn’t see what they served for lunch and dinner. The breakfast menu is simple, with one page covering all the classics: eggs, omelettes, French toast (on challah bread – a braided, Jewish bread eaten on the Sabbath), pancakes, and Belgian waffles. Nothing fancy here, but it’s very affordable and the portions are generous.

Blue Dolphin Diner has a 4.3/5 average out of 167 Google reviews and 3.5/5 average on Yelp. Reviews are surprisingly mediocre, which was not my experience. Google-user Scott Bigelow even went so far as to write, “If you’re in a hurry this place will do. Get something fried and avoid the bathroom.” Yelp-user Benjamin V. from Boston, MA said, “I’ve eaten at this diner a few times in my life. Now that I am older, I find the quality of food to be sub-par. Normal diner greasy spoon.”

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Gettysburg 2017: Culp’s Hill and Cemetery Hill

In this installment of my video blog documenting my recent trip to Gettysburg National Military Park, I explore key sites of the fight for Culp’s Hill and Cemetery Hill on July 2, 1863. That evening, Confederate Lt. Gen. Richard S. Ewell’s Corps demonstrated against the Union left flank, but this became a sideshow, gaining nothing but additions to the casualty roles. It’s interesting to explore the battlefield’s lesser-known quarter.

Googie and Populuxe Signs of Upstate New York

Googie and Populuxe were mid-twentieth century architecture and design styles characterized by consumerism and futuristic and Space Age aesthetics. It promised luxury for the masses, convenience, leisure, and upward mobility. Consequently, this style was adopted most often by the service industry–gas stations, motels, laundromats, diners, car washes, and drive in theaters. Colorful geometric shapes, neon lights, and atomic or space themes are identifying characteristics. How can you not love these old signs? Unfortunately, many have been sent to the trash heap since they are often considered gaudy eyesores.

Gettysburg 2017: Day 1

In this installment of my video blog documenting my recent trip to Gettysburg National Military Park, I explore key sites of the first day of battle, July 1, 1863: McPherson Ridge, Barlow’s Knoll, the death of General John F. Reynolds, and capture of Brig. General Archer. I’ve learned a lot about this important Civil War battle, but I also learned not to eat a powdered doughnut before recording a vlog.

Star Trek Original Series Set Tour

The Star Trek Original Series Set Tour is one of the most unique things I’ve seen while traveling, and I nearly stumbled on it by mistake. I was visiting Fort Ticonderoga, when on a whim I decided to check Roadside America for tips on other places to see in the area.

The listing seemed too good to be true. A replica of the original Star Trek set, built by an Elvis impersonator in an old grocery store? Crazy! It also just opened that summer, in August 2016. I didn’t realize I was among the first to get a look inside.

James Cawley and friends began building a faithful reconstruction of the set in 1997 after receiving copies of the original blueprints. They reproduced everything in meticulous detail. What wasn’t in the blueprints, they took from photographs and screen stills.

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Gettysburg 2017: The Drive

I spent a weekend in Gettysburg in early November 2017 and decided to make a vlog documenting the trip. While Gettysburg is noted for its history, and I certainly spent a lot of time on the battlefield, it’s also an interesting destination itself. I had an amazing homemade meal at the Dutch Kitchen in Frackville on the way there. Join me as I explore many aspects of the Gettysburg battlefield.