Life in the woods

A day at the beach

I’m sitting at a local library in Westlake Corner, VA. It’s books time for Nadia, play time for Alex and shopping for Agnieszka. I have a few minutes and a decent Wi-Fi connection for this short update. We’ve been living in this beautiful Smith Mountain Lake State Park for almost a week now. The temperature has been in the mid ’80 and there’s only been a few other campers beside us. That gave us the opportunity to participate in all the programs the park has to offer. We’ve been hiking and running in the woods, we’ve been watching bats and owls, learning to use a compass and cook in a campfire, playing ball on a beach, swimming, canoeing, boating and even knee boarding. We’ve been busy playing, but we didn’t forget about school. We did most of the lessons in Discovery Center, where Nadia was crunching Math and practicing English and Polish. We’ve been reading The Story of the World and other books rented from local library. Nadia even started her own journal!

11-Sep-2011 00:12, PENTAX Corporation PENTAX K100D , 5.6, 45.0mm, 0.008 sec, ISO 200
11-Sep-2011 00:03, PENTAX Corporation PENTAX K100D , 8.0, 200.0mm, 0.004 sec, ISO 400
11-Sep-2011 00:12, PENTAX Corporation PENTAX K100D , 8.0, 200.0mm, 0.004 sec, ISO 400
 
12-Sep-2011 19:04, PENTAX Corporation PENTAX K100D , 6.7, 75.0mm, 0.004 sec, ISO 200
12-Sep-2011 19:06, PENTAX Corporation PENTAX K100D , 8.0, 300.0mm, 0.002 sec, ISO 200
12-Sep-2011 21:16, PENTAX Corporation PENTAX K100D , 5.8, 300.0mm, 0.003 sec, ISO 200
 
12-Sep-2011 19:40, PENTAX Corporation PENTAX K100D , 8.0, 300.0mm, 0.008 sec, ISO 400
12-Sep-2011 19:08, PENTAX Corporation PENTAX K100D , 8.0, 300.0mm, 0.006 sec, ISO 400
12-Sep-2011 21:16, PENTAX Corporation PENTAX K100D , 8.0, 200.0mm, 0.002 sec, ISO 200
 
13-Sep-2011 22:34, PENTAX Corporation PENTAX K100D , 8.0, 200.0mm, 0.167 sec, ISO 800
13-Sep-2011 22:38, PENTAX Corporation PENTAX K100D , 8.0, 135.0mm, 0.167 sec, ISO 800
14-Sep-2011 16:29, PENTAX Corporation PENTAX K100D , 8.0, 200.0mm, 0.022 sec, ISO 800
 
14-Sep-2011 01:02, PENTAX Corporation PENTAX K100D , 3.8, 28.0mm, 0.022 sec, ISO 400
USA, Smith Mountain Lake, VA - Widok z parku na jezioro (Fot. Robert Bajan)
USA, Smith Mountain Lake, VA - Widok z parku na jezioro (Fot. Robert Bajan)13-Sep-2011 22:48, PENTAX Corporation PENTAX K100D , 11.0, 28.0mm, 0.003 sec, ISO 200
14-Sep-2011 19:51, OLYMPUS IMAGING CORP. u850SW,S850SW , 4.0, 6.7mm, 0.003 sec, ISO 64
 
USA, Smith Mountain Lake, VA - Widok z parku na jezioro (Fot. Robert Bajan)
USA, Smith Mountain Lake, VA - Widok z parku na jezioro (Fot. Robert Bajan)14-Sep-2011 16:42, PENTAX Corporation PENTAX K100D , 8.0, 28.0mm, 0.004 sec, ISO 200
USA, Smith Mountain Lake, VA - Pień drzewa wyrzeżbiony przez Yellow Bellied Sap Sucker (Fot. Robert Bajan)
USA, Smith Mountain Lake, VA - Pień drzewa wyrzeżbiony przez Yellow Bellied Sap Sucker (Fot. Robert Bajan)14-Sep-2011 17:06, PENTAX Corporation PENTAX K100D , 6.7, 70.0mm, 0.017 sec, ISO 800
15-Sep-2011 15:53, OLYMPUS IMAGING CORP. u850SW,S850SW , 3.5, 6.7mm, 0.017 sec, ISO 64
 

With our busy schedule, the consequence of sleeping longer and walking slower is simply that… the days became much shorter. Living this simple, frugal life is so exciting, that it is hard to believe how fast time passes by.

We Hit the Road!

Bajan's Family Quest

I’m sitting in an empty hotel room writing this short update. The rest of the crew is at breakfast, I’m enjoying just the morning coffee. We are in Altoona, Pennsylvania. No, there is no particular reason to be here, other than the weather. We got caught in a center of a really large and slow moving storm. That gives me a chance for a quick update on our whereabouts.

After we returned from the small trip around Europe, we stayed the rest of the time in Silesia. The only trip we’ve made was to Lubliniec, a small town north from Chorzów, to visit our friends spending the summer there. We returned to Livonia on August 29th. The flights were all on time and everything was rather smooth, except for Nadia’s stomach problems. The poor thing got bitten by a tick in Austria and a week later developed some strange rush around that spot. We visited a doctor in Poland, who prescribed her antibiotics. Shortly after she began taking them, she started complaining about stomach aches. At the same time she was vomiting quite frequently, which is really no fun, especially when you’re in a plane and you need to use a paper bag during landing. When we eventually got to Toronto, Wiesiek was already waiting to give us a lift to Livonia. Once we arrived, Małgosia and Sławek took a very good care about us for another three days. Thanks all of you guys a million! Without you, we wouldn’t be able to make it this far.

On September 1st 2011, after two days of packing and repacking and reshuffling our belongings between the car and the storage unit we were ready for take off. The first stop was Buckaloons Campground near Warren, Pennsylvania. We stayed there for five days and got bitten by mosquitoes and other insects living in that woods. We were all itching and smelling like DEET, but certainly enjoyed the time together with our friends.

02-Sep-2011 15:54, PENTAX Corporation PENTAX K100D , 5.6, 28.0mm, 0.022 sec, ISO 200
02-Sep-2011 15:59, PENTAX Corporation PENTAX K100D , 5.6, 28.0mm, 0.011 sec, ISO 400
02-Sep-2011 17:15, PENTAX Corporation PENTAX K100D , 8.0, 200.0mm, 0.006 sec, ISO 200
 
USA, Warren, PA - Najlepsi kumple (Fot. Robert Bajan)
USA, Warren, PA - Najlepsi kumple (Fot. Robert Bajan)05-Sep-2011 19:08, PENTAX Corporation PENTAX K100D , 8.0, 108.0mm, 0.05 sec, ISO 800
06-Sep-2011 19:50, PENTAX Corporation PENTAX K100D , 8.0, 70.0mm, 0.008 sec, ISO 800
USA, Warren, PA - Wtedy jeszcze nie wiedzieliśmy o pijawkach (Fot. Robert Bajan)
USA, Warren, PA - Wtedy jeszcze nie wiedzieliśmy o pijawkach (Fot. Robert Bajan)02-Sep-2011 17:10, PENTAX Corporation PENTAX K100D , 5.6, 28.0mm, 0.008 sec, ISO 200
 
02-Sep-2011 17:16, PENTAX Corporation PENTAX K100D , 5.6, 200.0mm, 0.004 sec, ISO 200
02-Sep-2011 17:14, PENTAX Corporation PENTAX K100D , 8.0, 85.0mm, 0.003 sec, ISO 200
02-Sep-2011 16:55, PENTAX Corporation PENTAX K100D , 5.6, 200.0mm, 0.033 sec, ISO 800
 

Yesterday we turned south and headed towards Seven Points campground on Raystown Lake. Unfortunately, the weather got really bad here. The slow moving front seems to be looming above Altoona and State College. Instead of waiting for the weather to clear off, we’ve decided to move on. After spending a night in a dry hotel room and sleeping in a comfy bed, we’re about to leave Pennsylvania and enter West Virginia. I’m yet to find an exact destination, but thanks to a free internet access in the room, that should not be a problem. We still have an hour until checkout.