South Carolina Aquarium (Bald Eagle, Mountain Forest, Piedmont, Coastal Plain, Harbor, Liberty Square) – Day 5 Part 4

Join me for the last blog post about the South Carolina Aquarium. There are also photos from Liberty Square where the South Carolina Aquarium is located.

This is the conclusion of our visit to the Aquarium.

Here are some my pros and cons about visiting the aquarium. Continue reading “South Carolina Aquarium (Bald Eagle, Mountain Forest, Piedmont, Coastal Plain, Harbor, Liberty Square) – Day 5 Part 4”

South Carolina Aquarium (Coast, Touch Tank, Random, Salt Water Aviary, Bricks Alive) – Day 5 Part 3

After we finished being in awe of the Great Ocean Tank, we walked to the next exhibit, Coast.

One of my favorite fish to photograph is the lion fish.  It is so cool to look at, however; it is not nice in the wild.

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They had an area where the children could pretend to fish.  Even at 12 and almost 14, my boys wanted to pretend to fish.  Actually the Wee One wanted to do it while the Imaginative One just watched him.

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Here is some more of the Coast exhibit.

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The octopus on the wall is made of Lego bricks and the manta ray is made of trash found on the beaches around Charleston.

The next exhibit we visited was the Touch tank which is one of the Imaginative One’s favorite exhibits at any aquarium.

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While they were enjoying the touch tank, I went to the bathroom on the first floor.  One of the employees was educating guests about a snake.  I can’t remember what type of snake she was showing off.

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After the Touch Tank, we visited the Salt Water Aviary.  There was a heron that just stared at you.  He/ she never moved while we were in the exhibit.

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There are Lego sculptures throughout the aquarium.  Here are some of those sculptures.

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Join me next week for the remainder of the photos from the aquarium.

Have a magical day,
Traci

South Carolina Aquarium (The Shallows, Sea Turtle Rescue, and the Great Ocean Tank) – Day 5 Part 2

After everyone was up for the day and breakfast was eaten, we headed to the South Carolina Aquarium.

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College of Nursing and the Charleston Harbor

Our first stop was Hominy Grill, my favorite restaurant in Charleston.  I had the Huevos Rancheros.  So delicious.

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They have a cool window where you can order to go orders.  It made it so much easier and quicker so we could get the food before heading to the aquarium.

The aquarium is located in Liberty Square.  While you are in Liberty Square, you can also get on a ferry to Fort Sumter.

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Once we got into the South Carolina Aquarium, we went to the Shallows which gave us a view of the Arthur Ravenell Jr. Bridge.  The boys got to touch the sting rays while we were in the Shallows.

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After we were finished with the Shallows area, we went to the Sea Turtle Rescue area.  The aquarium rescues sea turtles that have been injured.  They operate on them and put them in tank “hospital bed.”  Once they have recovered, they are released back into the wild.

It was the Imaginative One’s favorite exhibit.

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Right next to the the Sea Turtle Rescue area is the Great Ocean Tank.  Enjoy this video of the tank.

Here are some photos of the Great Ocean Tank.

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Next Saturday we are going to continue with the South Carolina Aquarium.

Have a magical day,

What a Bunch of Turkeys – Thanksgiving 2017

Thanksgiving 2017 was totally different than Thanksgiving 2016.  Last year, we were in Disney.  This year we were at home.

We started the day by sleeping in.  Both boys slept in which is typical for the Wee One but not the Imaginative One.  He must be going through a growth spurt because he complained about being tired even after sleeping in longer than normal.

After watching the Macy’s Day parade, we cleaned a little bit before heading to the Senior Center to help serve food.  I wanted to help but they told the adults to stand on the side and have a drink while waiting on the boys.

The boys helped clear tables and serve some of the seniors.  Then they helped clean off the tables.  I helped with moving the centerpieces off the tables so they could be put away.

While we were there, we were allowed to have some food which was very generous of them.  So I ended up with TWO Thanksgiving meals.

Here are some photos of our time at the senior center:

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The top photo was my plate of food.  The bottom photo was the Wee One’s plate of food.  Turkey, stuffing, rolls, and lots of gravy.

Some of the decorations

After we were finished with at the Senior Center, we went home, finished cleaning, and cooked the meal.

The Wee One and the Imaginative One helped get some of the food ready.  The Wee One set up the table.

After the table was set, the boys decided to watch Moana because we had watched it exactly the year before at Disney Springs.  The Wee One knew a lot of the lines of the movie.

I had gotten the plates and bowls at the Dollar Tree.  They were made in Canada not China so the dollar a plate is a good deal.  Both the Wee One and the Imaginative One are notorious for breaking plates, bowls, etc. . . so it is a good idea to have $1 plates and bowls.

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Then it was time for the big meal.

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Appetizers
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The food plus the burnt green bean casserole that went in the trash.
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Gathered around the table
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My meal
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Dessert
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After dinner – the Imaginative One was pretending to be his dad. 

 

I hope you enjoyed my Thanksgiving day.

What did you do on your Thanksgiving day?

Have a magical day,
Traci

Monday Morning Walk on the Beach – Day 5 Part 1

I woke up early on Monday morning so I decided to walk on the beach.  The problem is I was still wearing my pj’s.  Not many people are up at that time so it really did not matter what I was  wearing as long as I was decent.

There is not much to say about these photos because they will speak for themselves.  The sunrise was gorgeous.

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When I got back up to the house, my family was beginning to get up for the day.  Hubby and my niece were outside.  In fact, Hubby decided to take a dip in the ocean before breakfast.

My niece took photos of me in my pj’s with Hubby in the background.

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When I got back to the house, the sun was completely up and was absolutely beautiful.

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Join next Saturday for photos of the South Carolina Aquarium.

Have a magical day,
Traci

Finally the Beach – Day 3 Part 2

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We finally got to Folly Beach. It took us 20 to 30 extra minutes at the very end of the drive.

Folly Beach is a barrier island with only one road going in and out of town. Since it was Saturday afternoon, tourists were traveling to the beach for their vacations or local people were going to the beach.

We got stuck in the traffic because of that back up.

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The sign welcoming you to Folly Beach

Since we were the first of our family to get to Folly, we picked up the keys and headed to the house. When we got to the house, there were two vehicles in the parking area. We were confused until Hubby went into the house. The vehicles belonged to the cleaning ladies. Whoever rented the house the week before had left a mess. It was taking them longer to get it clean.

So what did we do while they were cleaning? We went out to the beach. The Wee One was anxious to get into the ocean.

A little bit later, my mother-in-law showed up with food for us to cook. It was interesting trying to figure out how to use a gas stove because neither of us had ever used a gas stove before.

We sent out Hubby to the local store to get butter, ketchup, mayo, and mustard because we didn’t have any of that in the house. He came back with everything but butter. He heard the b sound so he thought we said buns.

As we sat down to eat, my sister-in-law and her family showed up. Fortunately, she had frozen some butter and had brought it down. She saved the day because we were eating corn on the cob with our dinner.

The rest of the evening was spent unpacking, walking on the beach, and sitting on the porch.

Here photos from the beach that evening.

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We had to be careful on the beach because there were loggerhead turtle nesting areas throughout the area. The Imaginative One even said he saw the flipper imprints of a loggerhead turtle close to one of the nesting areas. So cool.

Join me next Saturday when I attend church at the Folly Beach United Methodist Church.

Have a magical day,
Traci

South Carolina Travel Blog Posts

South Carolina – Day 1 (Trip down to North Carolina)

South Carolina – Day 2 (Greensboro Science Center – Aquarium and Zoo) Part 1

South Carolina – Day 2 (Greensboro Science Center – Ropes Course and Zoo) Part 2

South Carolina – Day 2 (Greensboro Science Center – Museum) Part 3

South Carolina Trip – Day 2 (Greensboro Science Center – Aquarium once again) Part 4

South Carolina Trip – Day 2 (Greensboro Arboretum)

Mine, Mine, Mine – Day 3 Part 1

Mine, Mine, Mine – Day 3 Part 1

Join me on Saturdays for posts about our South Carolina trip.

Today we are going to visit the Reed Gold Mine in Midland, North Carolina. It’s located about 30 minutes away from Charlotte. Best of all, it’s free except for the gold mining which was $3.21 per pan.

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I often take photos of the boys when they have to sleep in the same bed on vacation. The Imaginative One was actually awake but pretended to sleep.

Then Hubby decided to jump on the bed so he could wake up the Wee One.

We were located down the street from the University of North Carolina. Once I realized we were driving past it, I could only take one photo of a random building on the campus.

So what is the Reed Gold Mine? It’s actually the first place in the United States that found gold. Gold was found in 1799, 50 years prior to the California Gold Rush. In fact, there are many former gold mines in the Piedmont area of North Carolina.

I thought of the Pocahontas song,

We went on the self guided tour of the area.

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Walking to the underground area of the mine – Such a beautiful area

Here is the inside of the mine:

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The Wee One did not want to go in the mine but changed his mind.

We enjoyed checking out the Upper Hill of the mine area. It’s above the underground mine so we had to be careful because there is still some open shafts. Fortunately there was signs reminding us to be careful or there were fencing around the open shaft areas.

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We decided to have an impromptu photo shoot in front of the 1895 Stamp Mill.

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This is the 1895 Stamp Mill. A family from Springfield, Ohio decided to try to revitalize the Reed Gold Mine. They did find some gold but were not successful.

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Some signs and equipment on the land

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After exploring the mine, we panned for gold. Actually I watched the boys and Hubby pan for gold. They allowed me to get on the other side of the trough so I could get photos.

We found two gold flakes worth a few dollars at most. Still it was a cool experience.

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After we got done at Reed Gold Mine, we traveled down to Folly Beach.

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Taking photos at the Welcome Center to South Carolina. I love how they used the frame prop.

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Random Shots

Top – Outside the welcome center – They did not want to take the photo. I told them that one day they will appreciate it. The lady in the next swing said “Yes, you will.”

Bottom Left – They had Google Maps on a big screen.

Bottom Right – The Imaginative One was bored of my taking photos.

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Taking photos in front of the South Carolina map

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Beautiful flowers outside the welcome center

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The BBQ chicken wings and fries that the Wee One and I shared from Zaxby’s. Yum!

Join me next Saturday where I’ll finally be on Folly Beach.

Have a magical day,
Traci

South Carolina Travel Blog Posts

South Carolina – Day 1 (Trip down to North Carolina)

South Carolina – Day 2 (Greensboro Science Center – Aquarium and Zoo) Part 1

South Carolina – Day 2 (Greensboro Science Center – Ropes Course and Zoo) Part 2

South Carolina – Day 2 (Greensboro Science Center – Museum) Part 3

South Carolina Trip – Day 2 (Greensboro Science Center – Aquarium once again) Part 4

South Carolina Trip – Day 2 (Greensboro Arboretum)

Grandpa’s Favorite

6. Share a favorite quote (or group of quotes) that you enjoy and describe what they mean to you.

I’m actually going to share a hymn not a quote.

This summer I had a chance to visit many places.  One of those places was Letchworth State Park in Castile, New York.  It’s been rated as the number one state park.  The park has been described as the Grand Canyon of the East.

We stopped throughout the park so I could admire the views.  Lots of photos were taken during our time during the time we were in the park.

The lyrics from “How Great Thou Art” haunted my mind during our visit to the park. Is though the lyrics were written about Letchworth.

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This was taken at the bottom of the Helena Trail.  So beautiful and peaceful.

“How Great Thou Art” was my grandpa’s favorite hymn so anytime I hear the words I think of him.  He was a father figure of mind who was one of my heroes.  I was fortunately to have him in my life for 28.5 years.

Have a magical day,
Traci

 

Mama’s Losin’ It

Visiting your sister’s grave sucks

It’s been almost a year since she died.  I haven’t been where she is buried in that year.  I’ve been close but have not had the strength to go there.

Yesterday I took the time and visited her and my grandparents.  (Their ashes are buried in the same plot/ area.)

As I cried, I listened to the woodpecker pecking on the tree.  I felt the sun shining on my leg.

I asked for a sign from her.  She has shown herself to me as a Monarch butterfly at least 7 times.  On the beach, she touched my shoulder.  She is with me.

It was not until later that day that she showed herself.  I was working at the fair tent for the DeMolay/ Rainbow girls.  All of the sudden, a Monarch flew into the tent and immediately out of the tent.

She is with me.

Visiting your sister’s grave just sucks.  However, there is peace knowing that she is walking this journey called life with me.
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Have a magical day,
Traci

 

South Carolina – Day 1 (Trip down to North Carolina)

Join me on Saturdays for posts about our South Carolina trip.

On June 22, we left for our South Carolina trip. The first two days of our trip were going to be spent in North Carolina before heading down to South Carolina.

Continue reading “South Carolina – Day 1 (Trip down to North Carolina)”

Our Rainy Drive Home

Photos from our rainy drive home from Kentucky.

Join me on Saturdays where I’ll share my photos from my road trip with my mom.

The Way Down

The First Night

Artisan’s Center, Town, and Hands

Berea College Tour

Thursday Afternoon – Noodles Nirvana, Old Town, Farm Store, and Random Statues

Jammin’ on the Porch

Continue reading “Our Rainy Drive Home”

Jammin’ on the Porch

Join me on Saturdays where I’ll share my photos from my road trip with my mom.   During my spring break, Mom and I took a road trip.  I allowed my mom to pick where we were going to visit.  She decided on Berea, Kentucky because she had a friend who lives there. Berea is […]

Join me on Saturdays where I’ll share my photos from my road trip with my mom.

The Way Down

The First Night

Artisan’s Center, Town, and Hands

Berea College Tour

Thursday Afternoon – Noodles Nirvana, Old Town, Farm Store, and Random Statues

After we had a picnic supper in our hotel room, we went to Jammin’ on the Porch.  On Thursday evening, various people gather and play bluegrass or country music.  Everyone gets a chance to play their instrument and sing a song of their choice.  Some played guitars, fiddles, or even washboards.

During the summer, it is actually held on a porch in Old Town.  During the winter months, it is held at a local center.

The musicians gather in a large circle.  They go clockwise one after the other twice.  We only stayed for one round because there was a threat of a bad storm coming.

Out of respect for the musicians, I don’t have any photos of the actual musicians.  Instead I have some photos of the center that it was held in.

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Here is a link for more information about Jammin’ on the Porch.

Join me next Saturday for more of our visit.

Have a magical day,

Traci

Noodles Nirvana, Old Town, Farm Store, and Random Statues

Join me on Saturdays where I’ll share my photos from my road trip with my mom.   During my spring break, Mom and I took a road trip.  I allowed my mom to pick where we were going to visit.  She decided on Berea, Kentucky because she had a friend who lives there. Berea is […]

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The First Night

Artisan’s Center, Town, and Hands

Berea College Tour

After the college tour, I went to pick up my mom.  We went to the Old Town part of Berea for our lunch.

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Old Town is known for their artistic expression.  It reminds me of Yellow Springs, a town close to where I live.

We ended up at a place called Noodles Nirvana for our lunch.  We loved the Pad Thai there.  Delicious.  I’m glad I looked up restaurants for us to eat at before we left.

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After we left Noodles Nirvana, it was time for dessert.  We went to a Fudge shop in Old Town for our dessert.  We got fudge and some chocolate treats for the Imaginative One.  I got myself some chocolate ice cream.  I forgot to mention that it was 80 degrees on that Thursday.  It was extremely hot for late March.

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We then went to an Amish deli to get our food for supper.  Mom had a lot of fun looking at all the different foods at the deli.

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The Birch beer we got at the deli.  Yum!

Berea College also has a farm store.  We stopped there to get the remainder of our dinner.  I got myself hummus, lettuce, and an apple while there.

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My dinner – Lettuce wraps with hummus, hard salami, and bacon cheddar cheese.

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While we were driving around, we found this statue.  I had to stop and take photos of it.

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Join me next Saturday for more of our visit.  That evening we went to Jamming of the Porch.  What’s that?  You’ll find out next week.

Have a magical day,

Traci

Rolls in His Sleep

3. The last thing that made you laugh.

Last week, I wrote my Writer’s Workshop post on my phone.  This week I’m back to using my PC.  So much easier.

While we were on vacation last week, we had so many laughs.  When you are in a house with a 12 year old, an almost 14 year old, a 14 year old, and a 15 year old, there is sure to be some laughs.

I think the moments that made me laugh the most was the time the Imaginative One decided to call me Madam Gasho with a French accent.  He supposedly worked at the hotels in both Greensboro and Charlotte, NC leaving chocolate on pillows.  Since it was so hot outside, the only chocolate he could leave was tootsie rolls.

His payment for the job was buckets of snot.  I know gross but he’s almost 14 and a boy so we hear a lot about farts, snot, and poop at our house.  Sorry.

He told us that he should not have signed that contract.

Fortunately I took a video of him talking about the contract.

During the first night, he ended up sleeping on the floor of the hotel room because he did not want to sleep in the same bed as his brother.

The second night, he did sleep in the same bed as his brother.  He hated it.

If you sleep in the same bed as the Wee One, he will poke at you through out the night.  He also moves around in his sleep – A LOT.  The Imaginative One was not too happy about sharing a bed with his brother.

Here is a video of him explaining why he did not enjoy sleeping in the same bed with him.

Those were only some of their antics last week.  I wish I had a video of them running the hotel as though they were a T-Rex or the dinner time conversations at the beach house.  Those were hilarious.

I wouldn’t trade these moments for anything.

Just so you know, I’ve started writing posts about our trip.  They will begin on July 29.  A new post will be posted every Saturday.  It’ll take at least 6 months or more to get through all of our trip because of all we had done during the 10 days we were gone.  I only took 3,500 photos.

Have a magical day,
Traci

P.S.  Laugh a little every day.
Mama’s Losin’ It

Berea College Tour

Join me on Saturdays where I’ll share my photos from my road trip with my mom.   During my spring break, Mom and I took a road trip.  I allowed my mom to pick where we were going to visit.  She decided on Berea, Kentucky because she had a friend who lives there. Berea is […]

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Artisan’s Center, Town, and Hands

 

 

Berea College is a tuition free college.  Each student who is enrolled in the college has to work a certain hours per semester.  Graduates end up having two different transcripts – one for their academia and one for their work.

In 1855, John Fee started the college.  He wanted a college that accepted ALL people – men, women, black, or white.  Soon after the Civil War, his college became a reality.

From the 1860’s until the early 1900’s, the college was not segregated.  Then a law in Kentucky stated that higher education was to be segregated.  All of the black students were sent to Lincoln Academy (I think that’s the name of the place.)

In the early 1950’s, Berea College was once again not segregated.

Currently Berea College has students from 40 states and 60 countries.  36% of the student population is not white.

 

A lot of the college was built by the students – both buildings and furniture.

Enjoy the photos from my tour.

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The hitching post from the early 1900’s.

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This building was used as the woman’s gymnasium in the early 1900’s.

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The President’s House

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Every week on Thursday afternoons, they hold a convocation / church service in this building.  The students are required to attend a certain amount of them during a semester.

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My tour guide – She is a sophomore studying nursing.  She is from California.

Join me next Saturday for more of our visit.

Have a magical day,

Traci

Artisan’s Center, Town, and Hands

Join me on Saturdays where I’ll share my photos from my road trip with my mom.   During my spring break, Mom and I took a road trip.  I allowed my mom to pick where we were going to visit.  She decided on Berea, Kentucky because she had a friend who lives there. Berea is […]

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The next morning, Mom decided she wanted to stay in the room so that I could go out and get photos of the college and Artisan Center without her hindering me.  (It takes her longer to walk around.)

Before I left, I had breakfast.  The motel had a continental breakfast.  I could not eat much of the food.  I took some eggs and sausage. Then I cut up an apple I had brought with me and warmed up some water for my oatmeal.

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The first stop I made was to the Artisan’s Center.  We usually stop there on our way to and from Disney.  When we stopped there in 2009, we began to listen to Harry Potter.  The Imaginative One ended up listening to all seven books in the next 6 months.

There is always interesting crafts there.

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After I left the Artisan Center, I drove to the town once more.  As I was driving to town, I found a decorated hand at a local bank so I stopped so I could get photos of it.

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I went to the town after visiting the Artisan’s Center.

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I found more of the decorated hands while in the center of town.

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I also stopped in a soap store.  The lady who was working in the store was so sweet.  I ended up getting some soaps and this bath bomb.

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Once again I took photos of the beautiful flowers in the center of town.

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I stopped in the college bookstore and signed up for a tour of the college.  It was a free tour.

While I waited for the tour, I walked around the artisan area of the bookstore.

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Join me next Saturday for more of our visit.  I’ll share more about the college in that post.

Have a magical day,

Traci

The First Night – Dinner, Town, College, and Sunset

Join me on Saturdays where I’ll share my photos from my road trip with my mom.   During my spring break, Mom and I took a road trip.  I allowed my mom to pick where we were going to visit.  She decided on Berea, Kentucky because she had a friend who lives there. Berea is […]

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After we got down to Berea, we went and got dinner because we really did not eat any food on our way down so we were starved.

We went to Cracker Barrel for dinner.  I had chicken with an apple cranberry topping, baked apples, and a sweet potato.  Mom had fish, cooked cabbage, baked apples, and cornbread muffins for her dinner.

I loved the rocking chair wind chimes.

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After dinner, we went to the center of town.  I learned quickly there is one route that gets traffic jams because of the lights.  I avoided that route during the next two days.

Here are some photos of the town.

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While we were in town, we stopped at the Berea Coffee and Tea shop.  I visited there 3 times during the days we were there.  I got an iced latte with mint at the coffee shop.  It was delicious!

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Mom headed back to the car after we got done with the coffee shop.  Meanwhile I walked around Berea College taking photos before I headed back to the car.

(I’ll have more photos and information about the college in future posts.)

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The flowers were in full bloom that week so I took a lot of photos of the flowers.  (Ohio’s flowers were lacking at that point.)

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After we visited the town, we drove over to my mom’s friend’s apartment.  We ended up on a road that was basically back roads – windy and a single lane.  Luckily we only saw one car on the roads.

I don’t have any photos of the visit with my mom’s friend.

When we got back to our hotel, the sun was setting so I got a few photos of the sunset.

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Join me next Saturday for more of our visit.

Have a magical day,

Traci

Mom’s First Time at Second Street Market

My mom had never been to Second Street Market.  I had a chiropractor appointment on the first.  I had not been to the market for a while so I thought that after the chiropractor appointment I would go down there for lunch.

I decided a Thursday afternoon close to the opening of the market would be the best time for my mom to experience the market for the first time.

She had a blast while there.   Continue reading “Mom’s First Time at Second Street Market”

The Boys’ Last Day of School Photo Shoot

May 31st was the boys’ last day of school.  My tradition is to take photos on the first and last day of school each year.

When the Wee One walked into the house, he informed us that he was going to relax the next day and then start cleaning the day after that.

Enjoy the photos. Continue reading “The Boys’ Last Day of School Photo Shoot”

The Way Down

Join me on Saturdays where I’ll share my photos from my road trip with my mom.

 

During my spring break, Mom and I took a road trip.  I allowed my mom to pick where we were going to visit.  She decided on Berea, Kentucky because she had a friend who lives there.

Berea is an hour south of Lexington.  It’s located off of Interstate 75.

We opted to take a different route instead of taking the more direct route of Interstate 75.  It took longer to get there.  However, we were glad we took the indirect route because we got to see some interesting places on our drive down.

Jungle Jim’s is a favorite of ours.  I was so excited to see the other Jungle Jim’s because I had only been to the one in Fairfield, Ohio.  The second stop of the day was at Jungle Jim’s.  (The first was the McDonald’s in Waynesville.  My mom had never been to Waynesville which is a cool little town.)

Mom opted to wait for me in the car while I ran into Jungle Jim’s since I was going to go in and out.  Enjoy the photos of my quick visit to Jungle Jim’s.

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The next stop on the way down was at Ulysses S. Grant’s birthplace in Pt. Pleasant.  The house was closed for the season so we were unable to visit the house.  However, we enjoy seeing the outside of the house.

The original bridge over the creek next to his house was built in Brookville, Ohio.  My mom lived in Brookville for 20 years so that tidbit was interesting.

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We continued down the Ohio River scenic byway.  Mom and I enjoyed reading the different signs.  One of our favorites was “Fat Man’s Dream Restaurant.”  We also saw a house that looked like a steamboat.  I wish there was a place to stop and take a photo of that house.

Our next stop was Ripley, Ohio.  Ripley is known for the John Rankin house.  John Rankin with the help of John Parker helped slaves escape from slavery.  It was one of the most active stops on the Underground Railroad.

We did not stop at the Rankin House because we knew it was closed for the season.

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While we were om Ripley, we stopped at a place called Rockin’ Robin.  It was an old fashioned soda parlor.  Soda jerks made the sodas just like soda jerks did back in the 1950’s.

I ordered a marshmallow Coke.  It was delicious.

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We did not stop anywhere else during our drive down to Berea.

Join me next Saturday for more of our visit.

Have a magical day,
Traci