Travel to: The Palace Theater

Last week, I was finally able to visit the Palace Theater in Albany, NY. I’ve heard many people talk highly of it and I had an opportunity to check it out for myself.

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For my husband’s birthday, I got him tickets to a Rob Zombie concert. It was a great show
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The theater was amazing! It was ginormous! It was built during the depression in 1931 and was the largest theater in the city. It still has the old fashioned architecture which is a marvel to look at. There were paintings throughout the theater that were stunning as well.

I didn’t have an opportunity to photograph the outside, unfortunately. Being that it was a big name concert, professional photography gear was not permitted inside so I could only use my phone to take pictures. I’m glad I could at least get these photos though!

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I hope you enjoyed this sneak peek into the Palace Theater. If you’ve never been there, I am now one of those people that highly recommends it.

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Rob Zombie put on an amazing show! Honestly, it was the best concert I’ve ever been to. What’s the best concert you’ve been to and where was it held? Share your story below in the comments!

Until next time,

“Now raise your goblet of rock. It’s a toast to those who rock!”

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Travel to: Saratoga Monument

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Atop the tallest hill in the area of Old Saratoga (Schuylerville, NY), sits the Saratoga Monument. The obelisk reaches for the clouds at a towering 155 ft! What is this monstrosity doing in a tiny town, you ask? It’s to commemorate the American victory of the Battle of Saratoga, during the Revolutionary War. This area is rich with history and the Battle of Saratoga is said to be one of the most important battles within the last 1000 years.

The monument was not built after the battle in 1777 but rather a hundred years later from 1877- 1882. A group of citizens banded together and after acquiring the plot of land, built the monument to commemorate the American victory and to teach and remind people of the American Revolution.

On each side of the monument, resides a statue honoring the generals that had a great influence on the war. Facing north is General Heratio Gates, to the west General Daniel Morgan and to the east General Philip Schuyler facing the direction of his home (another historical site I will explore and share at a later date). But wait, that was only three statues. Facing south is an empty niche recognizing the leadership of Benedict Arnold.

There is a staircase that leads all the way to the top of the tower. I have yet to check out this feature but hopefully soon I will be able to see it for myself and share my photos with you!

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I hope you enjoyed my mini tour of Saratoga Monument. There is much more to learn and see. If you are ever in the area, prepare for a history lesson!

On a side note, a few weeks ago was the Turning Point Parade to honor those who fought in the Revolutionary War. This is an annual event and another reason to visit Old Saratoga.

Thanks for reading! I hope you enjoyed learning a bit of American history. Have anything to add? Leave a comment below!

Until next time,

“Aim small, miss small.”

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This isn’t how you leave your mark in history. Please don’t vandalize!

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Sources: www.revolutionaryday.com , www.nps.gov

Things To Do: Turning Point Parade

A couple weekends ago, the annual Turning Point Parade passed through town. This is the second year I’ve spectated with family and friends. The weather was beautiful and the parade seems to get better every year! The Turning Point Parade commemorates the American victory at the Battle of Saratoga on October 17, 1777 during the American Revolutionary War.

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Until next time,

“Americans love a winner and will not tolerate a loser. Americans play to win all the time.”

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To learn more about the Turning Point Parade & Festival and what it represents check out the website: www.turningpointparade.com

 

Travel to: Kelley’s Island

There are several islands resting in Lake Erie. I’ve circled around West Sister Island a time or two. It’s a wildlife refuge for wading birds in the area. It was amazing seeing so many different flocks of birds flying around the island. Access to the island is only permitted for research purposes so we’ve never been able to step foot there.

One island that does invite the public is Kelley’s Island. It’s over four square miles and is 2016 KI0922the largest island in Lake Erie. There are wildlife preserves, hiking trails, camping, water related activities such as kayaking and scuba diving and much more. My family and I made
a day trip of it. We rode the ferry over and drove around the entire island first, to get a feel for it. We stopped at the winery to grab a map and adventured through out the rest of the island checking out the shops and sites.

One of my favorite attractions was the glacial grooves. It’s a 400 ft. by 35 ft. crater where the Wisconsin glacier gouged2016 KI1137 through the limestone over 30,000 years ago. There were fossils all along the edges. It was a beautiful formation.

It was a quaint little village with a great family atmosphere. We got some ice cream, went for a swim, and had an awesome day overall. If your looking for a calm and relaxing day out, Kelley’s Island is a great place to start.

Have you ever been to an island before? Which one and what was your favorite thing about it? Share your story below in the comments! Thanks for checking out my latest post!

Until next time,

“You’ve been chosen. The Island awaits you.”

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Travel to: Lake Erie

 

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If you happen to end up in one of the four states that touches Lake Erie, your going to want to make your way to the water. Every year we manage to head out on my father’s fishing boat for an all day fishing excursion! We keep the perch for a delicious dinner and release everything else. My son always ends up with the biggest catch of the day! I’ve heard stories of the ginormous sturgeon that lurk at the bottom, though I’ve never had the pleasure of catching one yet. There are islands all through out the waters. One of which I will be 2016 lake erie0867sharing in my next blog post. There are so many different birds to see! I love trying to get photos of each one. The seagulls are the most popular, waiting for us to drop some minnows or crackers in the water. The boat ride itself is always fun, gliding through the water, the back splash spraying behind us leaving a trail of waves. The entire view is blue as the water and sky meet to become one. The air is cool and fresh! I love spending the day on Erie.

What’s your favorite thing to do at the lake? Have you ever been to Lake Erie before? Share your story in the comments below! Thanks for reading!

Until next time,

“It has been three weeks since my last fish, on my honor, or may I be chopped up and made into soup.”

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Travel to: Oak Openings Preserve Metropark

 

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One of my favorite places to go in my home state is Oak Openings Preserve in Swanton, OH. There are trails for just about every kind of activity you can think of…walking, biking, skiing, and horseback riding to name a few. As a child, I had the pleasure to ride on many of the horse trails. In my most recent visit to Ohio, my family and I took the bike trails! Out of the 4,000 acres of wildlife preserve, you can venture over 50 miles of trails! We didn’t do 50 miles on the bikes, I assure you. If I had to guess it would be closer to seven! There are beautiful lakes and an abundance of wildlife. Nearly every time I go there, I see deer passing on the trail; as well as birds, butterflies, and other small critters. It is a fantastic place to get a dose of nature! The forest is lush, quiet, and cool. You can hear the birds sing you a song through the stillness. It’s very relaxing. I will never turn down a trip to Oak Openings!

What’s your favorite thing to do on the trails? What’s your favorite part of a good hike? Share your story below in the comments! Thanks for stopping by!

Until next time,

“The forest went on forever.”

 

 

Homeward Bound

highway mntYet again, another long haul from Ohio back to New York. It’s quite a drive at eleven hours but I embrace it. Extended road trips are always exciting for me. It’s beautiful watching the scenery change before your very eyes when crossing states. I usually get to enjoy the sun falling from the highest point in the sky and witness the vibrant sunset live and die right in front of me. Although this time, it rained….and it kept sunsetraining….and it poured….and it stormed….until you just thought it was going to end and a light sprinkle turned back into a pour! I saw two odd looking tour buses that were driving through it all. The top was open and I felt really bad for the drivers. The tourbusbuses were cool looking though! I ended up losing a little time due to slow traffic, but I made it out safe and the rain eventually stopped.

Compared to the next turn of events, the rain was nothin’! As I was heading down the darkened highway, out of nowhere a huge black critter scurried right in my path. Thump, thump! Oh no! I felt awful! I am usually very aware of any creatures around me but it was so dark and it’s like the animal magically appeared in front of me. I never saw it coming! What was it, you ask? Well, immediately after, this horrific smell engulfed me. I felt like you could see a green stench cloud following my vehicle as I continued to cruise. Houston, we hit a skunk… and it was bad! I couldn’t tell if it was better to have the windows up or down. There really wasn’t a “better” way. It was just plain awful! And that smell followed me all the way home for the last three hours of the drive. Luckily it had faded by morning. I’m sorry for hitting the skunk but it got me back sky homewardgood!…..but bad!

Throughout my drive, I also saw a few planes landing, a powered parachute gliding across the sky, and many odd, “tricked” out vehicles. It was like everyone was putting on a show for me to watch!

Besides a few mishaps, overall it was a good ride home. If you think the drive home was exciting, just wait until I share what my family and I did while we were in Ohio! More posts and pictures to come about Lake Erie, Kelley’s Island, and Oak Openings Nature Preserve!

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What’s your best (or worst) road trip story? Share a comment below and tell us about it! Thanks for reading!

Until next time,

“There’s no place like home.”

On The Road Again…

…to my hometown in Ohio. It’s been about a year since I’ve been back and I’m excited to see my family again! My son and I are traveling by car so we have a long road ahead of us. We’re staying for about a weeks time and have many adventures coming our way. I can’t wait to share them with you! I figured I could share some photos I’ve taken in the past in Ohio.

 

 

 

Have you ever been to Ohio? Leave a comment or photo below and share your story!

Until next time,

“Like a band of gypsies, we go down the highway!”

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Happy Independence Day U.S. of A.! No one wants to sit at the computer and read blogs on the Fourth of July so I figured I would share a photo journal of all my past fireworks and flag photography. Enjoy your barbecues, have fun with your family, oooh and aaah at the fireworks, and remember those who have fought for our freedom!

Until next time,

“Quite impressive for a farmer with a pitchfork, wouldn’t you say?”

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Home of the free, because of the Brave.

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Gettin’ Busy!

Spring is well in bloom. The animals are twitterpated. The sun is hot and beaming. The work load has increased and….what was that thing I was suppose to do? Oh right! Have a post ready for Monday! I’m sorry I’m late folks but this season has been go, go, go since it started. I’ve been meeting tons of new people, working outdoors all day long, creating art all night long, and spending time with my family. My life is so packed right now and it’s quite awesome to be honest. I am very tired, of course, but the more I achieve the more I want to do! I’ve started a new drawing which I will post about later this week. I also completed a wedding gift earlier this week. Again, I will post this later so I don’t give away any surprises. So for today, I hope you will enjoy some images I have taken recently through out my busy life.

What spring projects are keeping you busy this year? Share a comment below. Thanks for reading!

Until next time,

“Yes. Nearly everybody gets twitterpated in the springtime.”

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The owner of this piece calls this “Penelope’s Bum” after the sculptor who created it, Penelope Jencks. It really cracks me up!
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Been watching this guy and his siblings grow up in a friend’s tree.

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All the pollen/seeds falling from the trees. It’s like walking on clouds.
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All those little black dots are tadpoles. This was only a small portion that speckled the entire pond.
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Peaceful.

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