Thursday, November 26, 2015

Lake Keuka Picnic with the Road Scholars

When you travel with the Road Scholars you are in for a treat.  Great food, wonderful people and adventure await you.  Be prepared to learn a great deal about your surroundings.  On one of our days of exploration, we visited Lake Keuka.  So pretty.  It was a beautiful day in Sept.  The lake itself was a lovely blue.  I remember a lady  swimming and a man  fishing.  I went up and touched the water.  Yes, it was cold but not freezing.  If I would have had my bathing suit on I would have jumped in...
""Keuka Lake (/ˈkjuːkə/ kew-kəis one of the major Finger Lakes in the U.S. state of New York
It is unusual because it is Y-shaped
"This body of water possesses large and healthy populations of lake troutbrown troutrainbow trout, landlocked salmonsmallmouth basslargemouth bass, and yellow perch. The productive fishery is supported by huge numbers of baitfish, most notably alewives (sawbellies), 
and is a very popular lake with area fishermen."
I don't know why I was surprised to learn there were salmon in the waters of the lake.  I guess I assumed they were only in Alaska.  Shows how much I know about fish. When I was young I did fish with my Dad off of Ocean City Maryland.  We would take a 2-4 hour ride out into the ocean and fish  for marlin or bluefish, and whatever else we could find.  Dad loved it:-)

"Keuka means "canoe landing" in the Iroquois language 
and "lake with an elbow" in the Seneca language."
I can never resist taking a photo of a flower:-)
 "The lake is about 20 miles.  A depth of 186 feet."
 The Road Scholars took such good care of us.  They provided a lovely picnic lunch in the small park there at the lake front.  Sandwiches and fruit.  Delicious.
"Hammondsport lies at the south end of the lake. Hammondsport was the home of Glenn Curtiss, a pioneer of naval aviation, and is now the site of the Glenn H. Curtiss Museum."
Another great day with the Road Scholars.  I need to plan my next trip.
Happy Travels everyone!

Sunday, November 22, 2015

the 2015 NC State Fair in Raleigh NC. The Cakes....

One of the highlights of the NC state Fair is the cake exhibit.  People come from all over to line up to view the beautifully and creatively decorated cakes. I joined the line and of guests and waited expectantly.
Below are photos of some of the 2015 cake contenders along with quotes and stats found online.
 “To buy a cake... to howl at the moon... to know true happiness... I am happy.” 
― C. JoyBell C.
Peter Guber
Lisa Loeb

Emeril Lagasse
Jeff Conaway
 “Love is like a good cake; you never know when it's coming, but you'd better eat it when it does!” 
― C. JoyBell C.
 “Out of love I made you a cake. Also out of milk, eggs, flour, sugar, and vanilla.” 
― Jarod Kintz
 “My favourite food is cake.
What kind of cake?
It doesn't matter. All cake.” 
― Jenny Han
 “How I wished all my problems were just a piece of cake. Eat it entirely and then it's all gone.” 
― Joe Mari Fadrigalan
 “The only way cheese is dessert is when it's followed by the word cake.” 
― Michele Gorman

  • The average cost of a wedding cake is $543, according to The Bridal Association of America.
The term "cake" has a long history. 
The word itself is of Viking origin, from the Old Norse word "kaka".
Another great season of decorated cakes at the NC State Fair.  Such talent.  Wish I had that ability. When I bake a cake I like to make a sheet cake because it is easier to spread the frosting:-)
Get out and explore.  You never know what you may find.

Friday, November 20, 2015

Glen Curtiss Museum...The Cars and More

This will be my last post on The Glen Curtiss Museum.  It was a very interesting place.  Lots to learn and see.  I will share my photos and some quotes from The Detroit News and From the American DMV.
"The very first gasoline-powered vehicle driven on the streets of Detroit was built by engineer Charles Brady King in 1896. It went as fast as 20 miles per hour, which was described in the newspaper as "tearing along the street at a lively rate, dodging people and teams."
Detroit News
In many ways, Detroit was the first city to transform the streets and the minds of people from the age of horses to the new, fast-paced age of motor vehicles, but it was a battle that took decades to win.Detroit News
 "The main cause of motor vehicle accidents was seen as excessive speeding. Until 1909 there was no regulation of street traffic in Detroit. The courts and police decided to address the problem with a simple approach: Set the speed limit to match the pace of horse-drawn wagons, such as 5 miles per hour. Make the streets as slow and safe as they were before cars."
Detroit News
 "Joyriders" stole open cars and took off at reckless speeds, typically abandoning the vehicle or destroying it in an accident. "Road hogs," "speed maniacs" and "Sunday drivers" began appearing in the newspapers. "Juggernauts" were cars out of control that plowed through crowds of people waiting for a street car"
Old Law From DMV in America
It is illegal for a driver to be blindfolded while operating a vehicle.
You must have windshield wipers on your car. (But you don’t need a windshield.)
No vehicle without a driver may exceed 60 miles per hour.
 It is illegal to shoot jackrabbits from the back of a streetcar.
Persons classified as “ugly” may not walk down any street.
It is illegal to wipe one’s car with used underwear.
 Though it is illegal to spit from a car or bus, citizens may spit from a truck.

Pedestrians crossing the highways at night must wear tail lights.

Illegal for a woman to drive a car unless there is a man either running or walking in front of it waving a red flag to warn approaching motorists and pedestrians.

If you are drunk and not driving your car, and the person who is driving the car is drunk as well, you may both receive DUI’s.
Here are a few more museum finds...

Happy Travels Everyone!

Monday, November 16, 2015

Monday Morning Motivation Choose Your Path

Have I not commanded you?  Be strong and courageous.  Do not be terrified, do not be discouraged, for the Lord your God will be with you wherever you go,"
Joshua 1:9
Sometimes where we find ourselves is not the most pleasant of places.  Sometimes we did not decide to be in this place but it was dictated by someone else.  Regardless of our situation we can rest assured that, as Christians, God is with us.  Maybe where we find ourselves was not our chosen path but we can choose how we react to it.  We can attempt to make a new path knowing that God is "with us wherever we go".  What a blessing!

I like a quote by Kristin Armstrong in regard to choosing our path...
"This choice not only affects you, but it can shape the legacy 
you leave for your children and grandchildren."

Our choices affect everyone.  With God's help, I pray I make the right ones. 
Happy Monday Everyone!
Enjoy Your World

Saturday, November 14, 2015

NC State Fair.....Oh the Gourds

One thing I always enjoy in the garden area of the NC State Fair are the gourds.  It amazes me what can be done with a gourd if you have the imagination.  Here are a few photos of my gourd adventures...
Sugar in the gourd and honey in the horn, I was so happy since the hour I was born.
(Author Unknown) 

Hardshells are the gourds of history, used as containers, tools and musical instruments from the dawn of history right up through today. Their hard, durable shells gave them many uses. They were the homegrown household china, crystal and Tupperware of our cave-dwelling ancestors.
NC Gourd Society

Ornamentals have thinner shells. They are the small, brightly colored gourds that appear on roadside stands and on supermarket produce counters in the fall.
NC Gourd Society

Luffa, the sponge gourd, is our bathtub friend. Many people think these are sponges from the sea, but these vegetable sponges grow on yellow-flowered vines very much like cucumbers.
NC Gourd Society

You can see gourds made into everything from musical instruments to flower pots--at the annual North Carolina Gourd Arts & Crafts Festival in Raleigh, N.C., held each September on the weekend after Labor Day. 
I have never been to the Gourd Arts and Crafts Festiva,
but I have marked it on my calendar for next year.  
Hope to see you there!
Get out and go on an adventure.

Thursday, November 12, 2015

NC State Fair 2015....Strolling Through the Gardens Plus Quotes

There are so many things to see and do at the NC State Fair in Raleigh.
Every year I like to visit the flower and garden area.
Here are a few photos of the plants and paths...

"This oasis on the fairgrounds features winding pathways through beautiful gardens grown by local organizations. More than 90 demonstrations will be held throughout the fair, with experts offering advice on such topics as pumpkin carving, flower arranging and proper plant care. Climb on the giant Adirondack chair, or pose with the Barrel Monster family for a unique photo op"
(From their website)

 "Just living is not enough... one must have sunshine, freedom, and a little flower."
Hans Christian Andersen
"Happiness held is the seed; Happiness shared is the flower."
John Harrigan

"We were born to die and we die to live. As seedlings of God, we barely blossom on earth; 
we fully flower in heaven."
Russell M. Nelson
“The earth laughs in flowers.” 
― Ralph Waldo Emerson
“God will reward you,' he said. 'You must be an angel since you care for flowers.” 
― Victor Hugo

“Without darkness, nothing comes to birth, As without light, nothing flowers.” 
― May Sarton

Yes, there will be an abundance of flowers and singing and joy! 
Isaiah 35:2a
Hope you enjoyed the walk through the garden.
Get out and explore!