Getaway Saturday…13 August.

Our good fortune (in friendships) for this week was embodied in the double rainbow we saw on the Lake last night.  Thanks to John Schubert for sending this photo.  We dined at the Watermark Restaurant in Mayville and had a ringside seat for a rain squall, then this marvel of nature.

Our pot of gold was the discovery of new and deeper relationships.

We headed out for three separate destinations this AM after breakfast and our departure checklist.  Schuberts to Cleveland Airport and Captiva, Roachs for Erie and Philadelphia; Staffords to Buffalo and Steamboat Springs, CO.

The addition of the Schuberts to the house on Gebbie Street was a stroke of genius…they were a very compatible twosome for the Staffords and the Roachs, who have been traveling together for almost 50 years.  Thanks, Donna and John, for your flexibility and calmness as we wandered through the week doing multiple choice decisions at each time segment and meal.  We six wove all of that together without a hint of disagreement.

Theme for the season for the Literary Society…it embodies our Chautauqua goals perfectly.

New knowledge?  Perhaps a smaller amount than in previous years, since the afternoon programming didn’t suit our search for wonder.  The transhumanist information was confusing for all of us, so we tried some new ideas for learning in the PM…or napped occasionally….good for your soul and health.

“Pushing the limits of our bodies” didn’t deliver the expected exercise improvements or the brain-training that is trumpeted in other venues.  We did find information from experts in science and medicine along with the one-day transgender dialogue.  And, Fareed Zakaria was a highlight for his insights on politics and the hopefulness of the integration of technology into our personal worlds.

Next year, the Staffords and Roachs are headed to Maine in August to celebrate a 15th wedding anniversary with our friends, Dave & Tai Pearson.  So, we will miss our “almost annual” sojourn here at Chautauqua.  The Staffords & Schuberts just spent their 4th week and the Roach’s their 8th visit.  We will definitely return again…we’d like to plan it together.  And, another thank-you to the Scotts, who provided the initial inspiration  with their invitation 10 years ago for Nancy and me.

The Chautauqua experience  is a combination of learning and visual enjoyment.  Here are some more treats for the eye as we sit in the Tom Ridge Erie Airport.


Here’s a thought for my Nancy…it’s an ideal that we learned from Eli Roach of Colorado…we are headed to see her next week.



Lifelong Philadelphia area Realtor. Now a 13-year citizen of Sanibel, Florida. Married to Nancy for 54 years. Three children (2 in Devon; 1 in Steamboat Springs, CO) and 5 grandkids (1 in college/1 working). We are helping with charities involving poverty, kids and education. Helping to lead Captiva's Chapel by the Sea.