Thursday, April 24, 2014

Nash Vegas



It's said that you can catch live music 24/7 in downtown Nashville. You want a little Merle with your eggs? You've got it! Want some Florida-Georgia Line covers at happy hour? Nashville has that. And a Garth wannabe at the Wildhorse Saloon to dance to? They have that too.







If you're a country music fan, then downtown Nash Vegas will make you happy. If you're not, there is plenty of live music that isn't country. One of my favorite cities should be able to please everyone!             
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Thursday, April 17, 2014

Lost in Edinburgh





Edinburgh is a friendly, walkable, beautifully historic city and I've never met anyone who didn't like it. The first time I was there was years ago - and involved an air traffic controller's strike, a sheetless bed and breakfast, lost luggage and a sinus infection. But that's a story for another time.

The most recent time I was there I was visiting my oldest daughter who was spending a semester studying at the University of Edinburgh. On the first day I was on my own while she was in class. I decided to do what I usually do in a big city and have lots of ground to cover - I hopped on a double decker bus for the hop-on/hop-off tour. After riding around and hearing the tour for about an hour, I decided to hop off and visit Edinburgh's iconic castle. I got off at Grassmarket and climbed what seemed like a bazillion steps up to the Castle. Unfortunately, it was a school holiday in the British Isles and the line to enter was out the door. So I walked back down to wait on the bus. After what seemed like a very long time, I decided I would just walk the short ways back to my hotel. After walking a ways, I came to a fork in the road and once again, unfortunately, I took the wrong fork. It was quite eerie as I was the only one around on the back roads of Edinburgh. But the one great thing about this city is that it has lots of signs. I knew I was running parallel to the Royal Mile, which I knew started with the Castle and ended with Holyrood House, the Queen's house in Edinburgh. I kept following signs for Holyrood House and finally was able to turn to get to the Royal Mile.

And happily, my next day in Edinburgh I had my own personal tour guide who knew her way around - my daughter!

I'm linking up to walkingontravels.com/2014/04/17/friday-postcards-royal-maestranza-de-cabelleria-de-ronda/

Thursday, April 10, 2014

Maine - The Way Life Should Be

Last summer friends of ours rented a cabin on a lake in Maine and invited us to go along.
The cabin was in Windsor, Maine on Three Mile Pond

We did some dock sitting -


Some kayaking -


Some brewery visiting -

Three Tides and Marshall Wharf Brewing Co. in Belfast, Maine

Some coastal walking, more brewery hopping, and lobsta eating



Oxbow Brewery in Newcastle, Maine

Lobster Bake at Hideaway Diner

We even did a little shopping -

They really did have all 3 of those items - including a whole bridal department

We took a day trip to Moosehead Lake and enjoyed eating outdoors on the lake -

Moosehead Lake

The Black Frog on Moosehead Lake



Maine is one of my favorite places. And Maine with good friends makes for a perfect vacation!


Friday, April 4, 2014

Carhenge

I am a quirky traveler. I like to see new things, unique things, well, just about everything. If you want to check out the largest ball of twine - I'm your girl.  The wild ponies of Chincoteague - I'm with ya.  The Atomium - you got it.  Luckily, Mr UR and my kids humor me. Alot. They stop and take pictures at "Welcome" signs without being asked. They will try out new foods (usually more than I will) and Mr. UR will stop the car anytime I ask to take a picture of something he doesn't really get why we have to take a picture of it. On an 8 state road trip adventure to the Western US I wanted to find something unique on our path in Nebraska. And I found Carhenge -
According to it's website," Carhenge is located just north of Alliance, Nebraska.Formed from vintage American automobiles painted gray to replicate Stonehenge and  built  by Jim Reinders as a memorial to his father,  it was dedicated at the June 1987 Summer Solistice."


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It is open everyday, all day and admission is free though they ask for donations if you are so inclined to give one. There is a gift shop with restrooms which is open during the summer months. 

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There is also a sculpture garden built from old cars and parts of cards. And if you're interested, on August 8, 2017 Carhenge will be in the direct path of the Total Solar Eclipse at 10:49am MT.


It's not easy to find - we had to find a phone number to call and ask for directions as it's not easily picked up by GPS. But it was a fun place to stretch our legs and for members of my family to humor quirky ole me with lots and lots of photos.

Whaddya think - would someone in your family like Carhenge?