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

 

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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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Free Spirit Familiars

11189779_1572719099654707_1006592493_nWith being such a big animal lover, I figured it was time to introduce you to my familiars. First, let’s start with Sasha. Sasha is our 15 year old white German Shepherd. My husband belongs to her. She is quite a queen bee, of course she is at that wise old age. She gets whatever she wants, whenever she wants it. Mainly because she won’t stop bugging until she gets it! We got her when she was about six from my husband’s aunt. His aunt was moving to a place that didn’t allow dogs. Who could turn down a beautiful white shepherd…for free! So we took her home and she has been a part of our family ever since. She was a great nanny to my son while he was a baby. She would always lay near him and lick his cheek, ever so gently, when he cried. Now that he’s older, she can get the special treatment! She’s content as long as my son says hello to her everyday when he gets home from school. On our walks, she has to say hello to every person that passes by. She is also quick to remind us when it is feeding time as she brings her bowl to us and drops it on our toes! Ouch! Thanks Sash! Though she is quite demanding, I couldn’t imagine our family without her!

11189515_975629605788727_1554221993_nNor could DeSoto. I’m DeSoto’s human. I got him as a pup, not more than six months old. He was the runt, always very timid. He is my best friend. He is always right up my butt, especially when I first get home. He is frantic and hyper and simply cannot control his excitement! He isn’t that young anymore, passing his ninth birthday this year! I still see him as my young pup though. He’s always eager to go on a nice car ride with me. His favorite thing to do is run like a banshee through the woods. I’ve never been one for leashes and collars so I set him loose with his blue bandanna ’round his neck and he takes off! He likes to act all big and bad when other dogs come by but he is seriously afraid of his own tail. Although he be a coward, he has proven several times that he will protect me if I am in danger. He really puts me on a pedestal and for that I treat him as my familiar.

They are the best canine companions any human could ask for. Now don’t get me wrong, they can really push your buttons. In the end though, my life is richer having them be a part of it!

Who are your fuzzy friends? I would love to hear about them! Leave a picture or a comment below!

Until next time,

“Ya won the jackpot! Charlie, I’m proud of ya.”

These are the portraits I did of them in 2008. I think it’s time for some fresh ones!
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Mother Earth

I hope everyone had a magnificent Mother’s Day! Unfortunately my mother and I live about 600 miles away from each other so I was not able to tell her in person. Thanks to my brother though, she did not have to spend the day alone. IMG_0377

My son woke me with a sweet voice and a warm message. We spent the entire day together. He accompanied me to the art store so I could get more paper for my projects. Afterwards, we went on a nature walk at Bog IMG_0388Meadow Brook. It was a great adventure. Within seconds of being on the trail, we spotted a snapping turtle chillin’ in the
water. He was close enough to touch, though we kept our distance. He eventually grew tired of our gawking and
burrowed himself out of sight, beneath the waters edge. I brought my camera along, of course. Though yet again, my failure to check the battery before leaving the house left me with a dead camera. At least I had my phone
handy so I could get some kind of photos!

 

 

As we continued on, it felt like we entered a snake pit! They slithered away from this side and that side! They were everywhere. We would stop to admire one slithering away, not IMG_0376realizing we nearly stepped on another behind us! I’m not afraid of snakes but I will admit, I got the “willies” from seeing so many at once.

Our final wildlife find was a pileated woodpecker! I didn’t notice it until it took off from a tree overhead. It’s body looked to be about a foot and a half long. I was unable to get a photo. It took off faster than most birds I have seen!

It was quite an exciting day! How did you spend your Mother’s Day? Share a comment or photo below!

And don’t forget…

“Adventure is out there!”

 

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