Weekly Randomness

Time for another blog of total randomness encompassing my week:

Ma and Pa Heritage Village/Railroad Visit – Last Sunday my dad and I spent the afternoon visiting the Ma and Pa Heritage Village and Railroad.  He originally wanted to ride a train in Strausburg but I found this historic village which not only offered a train ride, but various buildings to explore.  They host special events as well.  Sunday was Early American Autos which was a great time to visit for my car-loving dad.  I treated him as an early birthday gift, and we spent the afternoon exploring, learning about the village during the early 1900s and enjoying a very nice 45 minute train ride for only $7 each.

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Halfway to being Aunt Tracy – I don’t believe I actually posted it when I was told the news, but my sister is expecting her first child in November, 5 days before my 33rd birthday.  She had her 20 week ultrasound on Monday and “Baby Z” is growing well.  Kasey and her husband stuck to their guns in choosing not to find out the gender until the baby is born.  After seeing the ultrasound picture I’m guessing it’s a boy.

Physical Therapy Completed – Wednesday I had my final physical therapy visit.  The assistant put me through a series of strength movements and while my left hamstring is still a tad weaker than the right, I had made enough progress to be released.  I no longer feel any twinges when I run or workout and very rarely feel any while sitting for long periods of time.

Trivia Night – Wednesday night Jason and I joined my parents, running buddies Todd and Armand and their wives, and surprise visitors Kyle and Chelsi (Todd’s son who I graduated high school with and daughter-in-law) at John Wright restaurant for pizza and trivia on the patio.  Our team started off strong, but as the rounds progressed we got fewer answers correct.  We ended up 7th overall.

July 4th – The holiday was very low key in my house.  Jason and I completed a flexibility workout, ran an errand then spent the afternoon eating homemade popcorn and watching Independence Day.  We also began the new season of Stranger Things.

Daily Studying – Every day I’m completing something related to earning my NASM personal trainer certification.  I took my third quiz yesterday and will be starting the 4th module’s readings today.  It is a lot of information to process, but I’m enjoying learning.  My biggest challenge is learning the various muscles by scientific name (ex the main calf muscle is the soleus) as I never took anatomy in high school or college.

Rained out Bonfire – My parents intended to host a July 4th bonfire last night for a few friends.  Unfortunately, not long after most guests arrived the pop up storms rolled into the area and chased us into the garage for the evening.  We had hoped it’d clear out, but instead of being the usual 10-15 min storms we’ve had, it persisted all evening.  Fortunately there was good food and good company to enjoy.

8 mile week – I met dad and Armand Sunday morning and completed 4 miles from John Wright up along the river and back.  Yesterday morning I completed 4 miles to the high school track and back, this time a bit faster thanks to decreased humidity.  I plan to run with my usual group on Wed. and bump up to a 5 mile run.

Have you ever visited a historical village/road a train?  Have you ever attended a trivia night?  Did you do anything to celebrate the 4th of July?


About Tracy

Runner. Writer. Reader. Environmental and Indigenous Peoples advocate. Work from home Workforce Specialist. NASM Certified Personal Trainer. Assistant Varsity Track Coach. Fascinated by the ocean, waterfalls and Christmas lights.
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16 Responses to Weekly Randomness

  1. swosei12blog says:

    Taking the train from NYC to Montreal (through the Hudson River Valley) was one of my best train trips. I did it because National Geographic (at one time) put this trip on its list of top ten scenic routes in the US. It’s beautiful because the trip takes you through this valley, and you can see the pretty colors as the leaves change from their green colors to a mixture of red, yellow, orange, and everything in between. However, the trip was about 12 hours long. Needless to say, it’s something that you do not need to do more than one time . . . unless you are in to fall foliage. My subsequent trips to Montreal were via air. Timing is also kind of tricky because if you go too early in the fall, all the leaves are green; and if you go too late, then the tress will not have any leaves.

    • TracyNicole says:

      That sounds like a really pretty trip though I agree a rather long one! We took a train from Lancaster to NYC the other year to get our cruise; it was the first train I ever rode that wasn’t a historical/tourist type one. I know what you mean about fall foliage because that was mid Sept and we were visiting New England/Canada ports and expected the leaves to have changed colors since it was farther north and unfortunately they hadn’t. I’d like to visit Montreal sometime, I’ve only been to St. John New Brunswick and Halifax Nova Scotia on the cruise.

      • swosei12blog says:

        I will say that Montreal is one of my favorite North American cities. Quebec city is nice too but you need to have some knowledge of French or Quebecois.

  2. AJ says:

    Sounds like a great week! I’m with your dad- I love train rides!

    • TracyNicole says:

      We chose to sit on an open air car which was fun especially since the weather was so nice! The train went faster than we expected, I think the conductor said around 10-12 mph which certainly feels fast when you’re out in the open like that!

  3. I’ve been on a few trains, one as a kid on Amtrak from Orlando, FL to WV, which was pretty terrible really. As an adult I took trains around Italy and it was a whole different experience- much better. But then again, in none of those cases was I taking a train for the experience, so I guess it depends on your perspective and goal.

    • TracyNicole says:

      I was ok with our Amtrak ride from Lancaster, PA to NYC for our cruise other than stopping twice due to switch issues… I was paranoid we wouldn’t get there on time to get to the cruise terminal! Fortunately it all worked out. I imagine trains in Europe are entirely different as it seems to be a bigger form of transportation than we have here.

      • Trains in Europe are so much more efficient and affordable than here in the US. I really wish the US would catch up with the rest of the world when it comes to our train system.

      • TracyNicole says:

        I agree! I read travel blogs and what people pay for trains in Europe is so much more reasonable than what we pay. When we docked from our cruise it was a lot earlier than expected and I wanted to change our train ticket to an earlier one and they wanted to charge almost as much as the ticket itself cost just to change it! We ended up hanging around Penn Station and getting lunch and just bringing our original train home.

  4. Laurie says:

    So glad to read that you graduated from PT and that your hammie is better! I love the John Wright restaurant. I didn’t know they had a trivia night! I am going to have to give that a try sometime! Sounds like fun.

    • TracyNicole says:

      I think it’s 99% better at least. After my 5 mile run yesterday I felt it a tad when I stretched and a bit later when I was sitting down but I guess as long as it doesn’t cause a lingering pain or keep happening I’m good to go? Trivia is Wed. night on the “pizza patio” and starts at 7pm. We always make a reservation as it’s very popular!

      • Laurie says:

        My hamstring still hurts too, but not when I run, just when I stretch it. Thanks for the John Wright info. We will have to give it a try some Wed.

      • TracyNicole says:

        That is interesting to hear about your hamstring. I feel like we need to stretch them particularly because of any scar tissue forming but I fear overstretching it at times and getting re-injured. I try to just mildly stretch it now. I ran 3 miles yesterday and didn’t feel it quite as much after.

      • Laurie says:

        My ortho guy said to really stretch it. I was skeptical too, but he knew what he was talking about. He got me running pain-free again.

      • TracyNicole says:

        Good to know, I mean they are the experts right?! My physical therapist said it’ll be normal for me to feel that area slightly for awhile and as long as it goes away by the next day and isn’t any kind of sharp pain then I’m good to keep pushing.

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