Monday, May 1, 2017

What a family

I love markers.   They generally tell an off the wall and/or obscure historical happening.

Apparently the Benders of Kansas, created a sort of rest and re-supply area, in order to lure people to their deaths.

Lovely Family.

So what did Kansas put here to replace the Bender's Travel Stop?

A rest area....


Fortunately, there isn't any food for sale.

Tuesday, March 21, 2017

POTD - Captain Alligator



I have been back from Louisiana  for over a week and due to computer malfunctions, I have just barely started editing my swamp pictures.  

All along the channels, there were many things slowly being reclaimed by the water and foliage.

One of the first I saw was this rusty boat, slowly disintegrating and becoming one with the swamp.  It also appears to be a great place for little alligators to sun themselves.


Monday, January 23, 2017

Orlando FL




I know what you are thinking....how exactly is Orlando, premier destination for all things theme park, but I assure you, there is a back road here.









Finding ourselves overwhelmed
by the crowds of mouse-eared children and wanting to do

something besides sit by the pool at the hotel - which we did plenty of - we looked around for something fun.


The hidden treasure we found came in the form of the Harry P. Leu Garden - containing 50 acres of beautiful plants and because it is Florida, a great many were in bloom.







The place is so beautiful and seeing flowers in the middle of January soothes the soul.    This turned out to be our favorite place during our trip.









Monday, January 16, 2017

Savannah




I was tremendously excited to go to Savannah GA, particularly during the winter - as it is so much warmer than my hometown.

One of the major draws to this city is the architecture.  Savannah still has Colonial era buildings, which is somewhat of a rarity in the South.  Most of the major Southern Cities were heavily damaged during the Civil War (or the War of Northern Aggression, depending on how you see it).



These stairs, leading to the Riverwalk, is an example of some of the Colonial remnants - we took these stairs, they are about 3 inches deep.  I couldn't imagine navigating these in a skirt, much less a hoop-skirt, bustle, and 20 pounds of petticoats.  The women of that time period were brave souls.















The cute little cellar doors, built under the stairs were another fun detail we saw.

and as macabre as it sounds, I really enjoyed walking through the cemetery, with the above ground (due to the water table) vaults surrounded by twisted, contorted trees covered in old man's beard.  Before the sun went down, it was pretty, but I imagine that late at night this could be quite a spooky place.






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.