Friday, February 28, 2014

What little remains....a train station in the woods.

I noticed this support post while driving down a parkway in New York. While many might not notice this or give it a second thought, I was immediately intrigued. I soon discovered this was the remains of a train station. I knew I needed to see it up close.

I ended up at an event nearby, and knew I couldn't head home without a quick stop to see this place. I never explore alone (because I'm a big chicken), but I had to at least see it. I parked, pulled on boots, and ran, camera in hand, down the path to find this train station. 

The platform.

Not much remains, but it was still a really cool find. I wanted to explore more, but I didn't want to wander too far into the woods alone. I will be heading back to explore more and take more pictures.

I will definitely be heading back to explore more and find out more about the history of this forgotten place.

Friday, February 14, 2014

Time to Talk About Pumpkins!

While it might be cold out now and blog posts about giant pumpkins might seem far off, but now is the time to start thinking about these giants. Growing season will be here soon, and now is the chance to get a giant pumpkin seed.

If you visited Ridgefield's Giant Pumpkin Weigh Off last September, you may have wondered if you could grow one of those giants yourself. If you are still thinking about it, now is the time to start!

Connecticut Giant Pumpkin & Squash Growers are having their seed auction this Saturday, February 15th. 

Instructions to register for the auction, rules, etc can be found at Seed Auction Information on Ridgefield's Giant Pumpkin Weigh Off Page.

A seed from this giant will be included in Lot #4.

Buy a seed, and you could watch one of these giants grow in your own backyard.

So what do the seeds look like? These seeds are from a long gourd (long gourd seeds will also be auctioned, as well as watermelon seeds). 

The pumpkin seeds look like the ones you pull out of your pumpkin when carving a jack-o-lantern, just larger. The seed below comes from the first pumpkin to break the 2,000 pound mark (that is not a typo!). One seed from that 2,000 pound pumpkin will be the last lot in the auction.

So, if you have always wondered what it would be like to grow your own giant pumpkin, be sure to join the auction on Saturday, February 15, 2014 at 8 PM. Instructions can be found here