Hiya Blogland!!! How is everyone’s weekend going?? We’ve been having a wonderful one here!! Yesterday I took Gracie out for her first “car ride”. I have a thingy that hooks to the seatbelt and her harness to secure her. She was a perfect angel–just laid on the seat good as gold.
We went down the road from our house to the C&O Canal Park. My town, Sharpsburg, is bordered on somewhat on 2 sides by the Antietam Battlefield National Park and on another side by The C&O Canal National Park. Sharpsburg is also a canal town in addition to a Civil War site.
A mini history lesson:
The Chesapeake and Ohio (C&O) Canal is one of the most intact and impressive survivals of the American canal-building era. The C&O Canal is unique in that it remains virtually unbroken and without substantial modification affecting its original character for its entire length of 185 miles. The C&O Company was chartered in 1825 to construct a shipping canal connecting tidewater on the Potomac River in DC with the headwaters of the Ohio River in western Pennsylvania, thereby providing an economical trade route between the eastern seaboard and the trans-Allegheny West.
In the late 1870s the canal trade began to decline as many of the Allegheny coal operators began to ship over the B&O Railroad, the canal’s greatest competitor. This development, together with the effects of the nationwide economic depression in the mid-1870s and major floods in 1877 and 1886, again put a severe strain on the finances. In 1889 an enormous flood forced the canal company into receivership, and the B&O Railroad emerged as the majority owner of the company’s bonds. In 1924, by which time the railroad had captured almost all of the carrying trade, another damaging flood struck. This time the repairs necessary to resume operation were not made, and the active era of the canal came to an end.
In 1938 the railroad, hurt by the Depression, sold the entire canal to the United States government, and the canal was placed under the National Park Service. In 1961, President Eisenhower proclaimed it a national monument. An act of Congress in 1971 authorized the acquisition of additional land and establishment of the C&O Canal National Historical Park.
The canal survives as an excellent illustration of 19th-century canal-building technology. The magnitude of the engineering achievement is exemplified by the length of the canal, its 74 lift locks to accommodate a rise of 605 feet, the 11 stone aqueducts spanning the major Potomac tributaries, 7 dams supplying water to the canal, hundreds of culverts carrying roads and streams beneath the canal, and a 3,117-foot tunnel carrying the canal through a large shale rock formation.
Gracie and MrBill, aka The Tootsie Roll of Love, are getting along famously. Every evening we take a short jaunt down the sidewalk and around the ally. MrBill is getting back some of his mojo!! They are almost always together around the house.
Here’s some more pictures of Gracie. She has adjusted so well it’s like she’s always lived with us!! I’ve started her off wearing bandana’s I’ve made her from my stash. She’s too tiny for the Diva’s wardrobe (the Diva was more voluptuous) so I’ll need to see what can be altered and I guess this mean’s SHOPPING!!!Friday was another simple DIY skirt and Tshirt day. I’m planning on continuing a bit this coming week in the same vein.
Sunday I pulled out a maxi dress as it was miserable humid out. This is the dress I scored discounted as-is for about $5 at Kohl’s! and LOOK–pasty chicken wings on display!! And as you can see I got upstaged by someone awfully cute!! She’s very interested in the camera!
I’m off for a walk around town with Miss Social Butterfly. She loves to visit folks as they are sitting out on their porches in the evening. And of course-all the other doggies in town! Truthfully speaking it hurts to walk but we chug on because it’s good for both of us.
I’ll be linking up with the stunning ladies for Visible Monday!!! Come by and check out the most stylish ladies around!!
I’ll be back on Tuesday with some 70’s fashion fun!! Get out your disco balls and platforms!!