Visit Craig, Penn State and its famous ice cream!

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On the train
Today we said goodbye to the big apple and headed for State College, Pennsylvania. We took public transportation, subway to Grand Central, then train to Chappaqua. Actually that's a stop further than where the airplane is parked, but my friend Nora offered to drive us from Chappaqua to West Chester, so we jumped on the offer. Nothing beats a friend who goes out of the way to give you a ride! Thanks Nora!

State College is only a short hop away. Our friend Craig picked us up and took us right to Penn State campus. Passing the big stadium where a game between Penn State and Michigan is to take place the next day, and the camping fans for both schools. We went to the creamery where great ice creams were being sold for about $2 each! One size fits all (a huge portion more than most of us can eat).
Nora and I at the airport before we flew out of West Chester County for State College
With 110 flavors, I ordered the strawberry (at least I didn't get vanilla this time), and I must say it's the best strawberry ice cream I have ever had. Craig had shipped us ice creams before (packed in dry ice), so they arrive rather frozen. But "fresh" ones were even better.

After making a stop at Craig's home, we set out to see the birds at the nearby Shaver's Creek Environmental Center. Many birds of prey (hawks, eagles, owls, vultures) who were not able to be released back into the wild after their injury were housed here for educational purpopses. We enjoyed seeing the birds and know that they were being taken care of.

We had dinner with Craig, his wife Eileen, another friend John and his wife Alice at a nearby town Boalsburg, in the restaurant called Kelly's. Despite having a cow on its roof, it's a good restaurant, and I had delicious French onion soup and Cajun style mahi-mahi fish. The appertizer of warm goat cheese was surprisingly good, and Kevin's lobster ravioli was also tasty.
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On the train
On the train
Nora and I at the airport before w…
Nora and I at the airport before …
The huge stadium at State College
The huge stadium at State College
Inside the famous creamery at Penn…
Inside the famous creamery at Pen…
Kevin and Craig getting ready to o…
Kevin and Craig getting ready to …
What we ordered! The cone is the o…
What we ordered! The cone is the …
View of State College from a nearb…
View of State College from a near…
The birds were hereA
The birds were hereA
A red tailed hawk
A red tailed hawk
A Barred Owl
A Barred Owl
Caught a Great Horned Owl winking
Caught a Great Horned Owl winking
Nearby pond at sunset
Nearby pond at sunset
My French onion soup
My French onion soup
sorry, we already dug into the che…
sorry, we already dug into the ch…
Lobster ravioli dinner
Lobster ravioli dinner
Cajun mahi-mahi with mango salsa
Cajun mahi-mahi with mango salsa
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photo by: portia