Wednesday, December 28, 2016

Tybee Beach GA




We made an escape from the cold weather - and traveled to Tybee Beach GA.


It's a cute little town, with little souvenir/flip-flop shops and bars dotting a small shopping district next to the pier.  But really there is only one reason you go to a town with "beach" in the name and that is........The ocean.



This was my first time ever seeing the Atlantic and it is just as awe inspiring as the Pacific.   Looking out at this unending stretch of water always reminds me of how small I am compared to the rest of the world.


Another thing that made me feel very small was the storm surge sign.....  I clear the category one level by only a few inches and seeing the toppled trees and damaged buildings still under repair after Hurricane Matthew (October 2016)  I am quite certain that I never want to be near the ocean when one of these storms hit.


Tuesday, November 8, 2016

POTD - Natural Falls, West Siloam Springs, Oklahoma



After a Lasik hiatus, I made a trip out to West Siloam Springs, Oklahoma to check out the Natural Falls State Park.

This late in the year, the big fall doesn't have water right now.  What is left are these tiny tendrils of water dripping down between the ferns and moss on the rock.  It was quite lovely.

I do want to take another trip out to this park early next year, while the big fall has water, but I still enjoyed taking this shot of the small drips.







Monday, September 12, 2016

Oklahoma City








This little road trip we took was quite different from our normal wanderings.

As a general rule, our travels take us away from big cities, however, this time, we had to make a trip to Oklahoma City OK.

We stayed in Bricktown and our room gave us a great view of the Devon Energy Center and the storm that was rolling in.





Bricktown is a collection of shops/bars/restaurants/entertainment along a canal.

This fountain really caught my eye.




We ventured down an alley called Flaming Lips Alley - to see Chicksaw Bricktown Ballpark, which wasn't visible from the ground.  I was able to see the park from the upper level of the parking garage.

Not being baseball people, we were completely confused.  The name of the team is the Oklahoma City Dodgers, and the road in front of the field is called Mickey Mantle Drive.

Which left us with the big question - when did the Dodgers move to Oklahoma City and when did Mickey Mantle play for the Dodgers?

After a few minutes of research - gotta love the smart phones - we figured it out.  The Oklahoma City Dodgers (despite the size of the ballpark) isn't a major league team, but the LA Dodgers purchased a part of the team, which caused the name change (prior to that they were known as the 89ers and the Red Hawks).

Oh and Mickey Mantle was born in Oklahoma, which is why his name is on the road in front of the stadium.

Tuesday, August 30, 2016

POTD - Tanyard Creek Falls




Tanyard Creek Falls is along a short and fairly easy loop trail in Bella Vista Arkansas.  

It was overcast, so the light was right for a long exposure, but it was windy.  All of the "far away" pictures of the Falls are just a blur of green over the water.

I was able to get an interesting picture by getting very close and focusing on just the rocks and the water.   I do plan on going back and getting on with the trees....maybe in the fall?


Saturday, August 20, 2016

CANDY!

Traveling along HWY 62, near Garfield AR, I came across a candy cane  on the side of the road.

This was the sign for the Martin Greer Candy Company, a several generation store, using candy recipes that have been passed down through the ages.

The candy company itself is housed is a loving landscaped, but otherwise, nondescript little building.

Garfield AR has about 500 residents, so you wouldn't imagine that it also contains this remarkable treasure of a candy company.

The candy is excellent, there is delicate fudge, beautifully melty truffles, sea salt caramels that will make you cry with happiness, and of course, my favorite of all, pralines so good that I devoured the entire box in two days (and then drove back and got more).

This is a candy company worthy of a road trip.


Thursday, August 11, 2016

Promised Land Zoo - Eagle Rock MO




This was a fun little adventure.

The Promised Land Zoo is a family owned zoo and two locations,  one in Eagle Rock MO and one in Branson MO.  We went to the Eagle Rock location.

The zoo features a drive though safari experience, where occasionally, the animals get quite up close and personal with your car. (Like this deer, who quite intimidated my son who was riding in the passenger seat)







It also has a fun little petting/feeding zoo, with goats, minature horses, donkeys and of course... my personal  favorite, baby pot bellied pigs.

Definately worth the visit, particularly with children (or those with a young heart) and anyone who loves animals.









Monday, August 1, 2016

Itsy Bitsy Spider


A  couple of days ago, this little guy moved in to the space between the screen and the window.

I am not entirely sure how he got there, but last night it was obvious that he couldn't get out.

I couldn't sit here and watch him starve to death, so I made my husband rescue him and put him outside.



I woke up this morning to this..... a beautiful  web, on my patio, right in front of our chairs.  The perfect evening mosquito catcher.

Sometimes, everything just works out nicely.