National Garden Railroad Convention (NGRC)

I spent this week learning about what I don’t know about garden railroads. I am in the San Fransisco Bay Area (specifically Santa Clara, CA) attending the NGRC convention.  There are about 1200 attendees this week.  The mornings start off visiting 5-7 layouts at people’s houses and the afternoons typically at clinics to learn how…

Visit to Altoona Pennsylvania – Family History

I recently visited Altoona PA with my daughter Erin.  We were there for a family reunion with the Wolf family, from my mother’s mother’s side of the family.  While there I took the advantage to check out a train museum and the famous horseshoe curve.  The museum was fantastic and I learned the history and…

Krakow City Visit

We walked into the city on Monday night and found a great restaurant with a Polish band playing.  Mikey practiced his “clinking of the glass”.  We enjoyed some polish dishes.  We had some wine but with an earlier experience with Polish wine, we opted for some Italian and Australian wine.  Nana Sue showed us a…

The Salt Mines

Off to the salt mines to see the oldest continuous working salt mine.  The mine operates 24 hours a day and has been working for 700 years. It is mainly a place where tourist’s visit now and they have over 500 employees just supporting all of the tourists. We dropped down into the mine in…

A surprise visit with the Cardinal

We arrived at the Archbishop’s Residence in Krakow on Monday and I was surprised that we were received by Cardinal Stanistaw Dziwisz.  Cardinal Stanislaw was part of Pope John Paull II’s life throughout his involvement with the church.  He talked about Krakow, blessed us, and gave Mikey two candy bars.  Mikey was thrilled to death.…

On the tour with Mikey

One of the joys of this pilgrimage is to be with my family and my grandson, Michael Murry, who we call Mikey.  Mikey has been in a great mood the entire trip. Not that he hasn’t had a few meltdowns but was a joy to be with.  His Aunts took very well care of him,…