Jul 15, 2013 - Thoughts, Trips    No Comments

The Wife and Girls Leave For Trip

Today there is no pictures for the first time in a long time. And for the first time in quit awhile I waved good bye to my wife and the girls. I normally go on vacation with all of them but this time I stayed back to work.

Really where they are heading I really didn’t care to visit. They are going to visit The Cake Boss or at least the bakery. They will be driving about 7 hours to buy some cupcakes and lobster tails.

But as with my trip to Walton’s Mountain, this trip is on my wife’s bucket list. And let me be the first to tell you the readers, if you have a place in mind go NOW! Don’t wait until you are to old and make that statement my dad always made. He would say son I really wished I would have done this or that. Now with his passing last November I never say NO.

Sorry about no pictures today but at least we have some daily thoughts.

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Jul 12, 2013 - Beers, Brewing, Cooking    No Comments

Getting Ready To Brew

On our recent trip we ran into a great new taste to us called Hard Apple Cider. This is really just normal everyday Apple Cider with sugar added then yeast. You leave it brew in your brewing buckets just as you would beer to create the alcohol content. On the way home from our trip I stopped and bought all the ingredients I needed.

Once home I pulled out the brewing gear and sterilized it in preparation for the brew.

My new Hard Apple Cider is now brewing away in my basement. After about 3 weeks I will let you know how it turns out. I may even do a video on the taste testing.

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Jul 11, 2013 - Cooking, Food, Thoughts, Trips    No Comments

Find The Out Of The Way Diner

When you travel try not to eat the normal fast food. We always try to find little out of the way places where we can enjoy local conversions and a good home cooked meal. Most of the time we find that the prices are close to what you would pay anywhere else.

This is one of those places. This is in Point Marion PA. Little hard to find but plug it into your GPS and you will be guided to the food of your dreams. Great food and better yet great owners. We almost felt like we were at home.

Here is a pictures of the outside of their building.

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A Visit To Natural Bridge Virginia

As we were driving home we decided to visit Natural Bridge Virginia. We found the brochures at a rest stop I thought when will be back to ever see this? We made the turn and drove almost 60 miles out of our way.

By the end of the day we visited the Natural Bridge, the wax museum and the caverns. So was it worth driving 60 miles out of our way to visit this attraction? YES YES YES! When ever you go anywhere I would say to take an extra day and visit the sites around or on the way to your destination.

This is a picture of the Natural Bridge.

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To see more of the pictures from this location please use this link.

http://www.flickr.com/photos/jacksphotos/sets/72157634645429440/

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Jul 9, 2013 - Thoughts, Trips    No Comments

A Day In Walton’s Mountain

Today was the day of our big tour of the Walton’s Museum and Earl Hamner’s childhood house. As I said before this is been a place I wanted to visit ever since I found out it really existed.

I first told my wife that the entire tour looked like it would take about a half hour. I was wrong. The real reason for being wrong is that there are just some many pictures to see of the old cast and some scenes from the shows, you just had to stop and look.

Then we paid for a open tour of Earl Hamner’s childhood home. I could not have driven this far and not take a walk through the house. I has been restored by a local women who bought it for $122,000.00 and then looks like show put another $100,000 into it to complete the restore. We were impressed that they just hand you the key and say take as much time as you like. Very nice place to visit.

Here is a picture of me sitting at the very desk and in the very room as Earl did when he created his first book that started the Walton’s series. Thanks to Earl Hamner and the entire Walton cast for all of the year’s of memories with my father and my own family.

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Jul 9, 2013 - Pictures, Thoughts, Trips    No Comments

Waking Up In The Mountain’s Of VA

I know this is going to sound kind of funny; but waking to the Mountains seems to feel like the air is fresher and somehow cleaner. It feels like nature has a way of cleansing her self.

All of those years watching Walton’s Mountain and hearing the narrator talking about waking up in the mountains just somehow hits home now that I have experienced it for my self. I did however watch the ground closely while shooting some pictures this morning in fear of rattel snakes.

This is a shot that I grabbed from behind our road side Inn. I will be shooting more today as we make our way to the museum.

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Jul 8, 2013 - On The Road, Trips    No Comments

The Drive To Walton’s Mountain

Driving to visit Walton’s Mountain felt like one of the longest trips we have ever went on, even though we have went much further in the past. I think it was all of the two lane roads that we were on for hours. Then you can make life even worse when you get behind a big rig going up hills at a snails pace.

What was really funny is that we went to the wrong hotel. Try that one on sometime. I walked into the hotel and asked if they had my reservation? It was funny to see the puzzled look on the clerks face. I was told that the hotel I was looking for is another hour and a half away, what a shock to the both of us.

We drove and found where we are suppose to be staying. My wife said she wished that we would have stayed where we thought we were suppose to be. The hotel we are in is clean, has no whirl pool bath, and has no pool, but we did bring our suites! Anyway that is the price I have to pay to be closer to Walton’s Mountain Museum. I have been wanting to come here for years and now we are finally on the mountain.

This is a picture I shot on the way.

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Jul 5, 2013 - Day Trips, Thoughts    No Comments

A Night At The Fireworks

Tonight I went to a local festival with my wife and daughter. We go to the same location each year to celebrate the Forth Of July.

We did however get a little smarted this year. We didn’t park in the closed in baseball field; we instead parked down the road in a businesses parking lot. This saved us hours after the display was over, we made it home in record time.

This is a picture of me that my wife grabbed as I enjoyed the fireworks. If you never tried to watch fireworks with sunglasses on I would recommend it.

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Jul 4, 2013 - Cooking, Food    No Comments

Forth Of July 2013

Well the Forth of July was a day to stay at home and have a cookout. My daughter invited her boy fried to the house to have a cookout with us. I first had to make sure he liked hot sausage. As you can see by the picture we had a fest!

We shall wait for the fireworks until tomorrow.

Here is the picture of our feat as it is cooking on the grill.

4 July 2013

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Jul 2, 2013 - Day Trips    No Comments

A Day With My Daughter

Today I spent the evening with my daughter. My wife was going out with her daughter to a concert; so I thought I would take my daughter to a movie and dinner.

We first went to see Monster University. I know this is geared more to kids, but we are all kids at heart. This is a real gem of a movie a real Pixar treat.

After the movie we went out to eat at Quaker Steak and Lube. It was wing night but we both know we could not eat enough wings to make that worth while. We both ordered regular orders, and both had the Louisiana Lickers. I thought they were a little spicy; but my daughter loves hot things so she thought they were great.

I did have to have a beer with dinner. I thought it was a sign of the times when my daughter said drink dad I can drive home. Funny how as we get older we have some benefits that we never thought we would have.

It just would not be a post by me without a picture. This is a pic of my beer.

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