Posts Tagged ‘vacation’


Where was I traveling?

August 26, 2014


Here for a meeting and for some vacation . . .

Gvggenhein Hall of Hovsehold Arts Colorado State U

The Gvggenheim Hall of Hovsehold Arts

on the campus of Colorado State University in Fort Collins

new belgium barels


bottle chandelier

Also in Fort Collins we toured the New Belgium Brewery and saw the production facilities, a bacon statement tee shirt on one of our tour group and a marvelous chandelier of hand blown glass bottle shapes.

chairlift2 Breckenridge

On to Breckenridge and Keystone

This is the chair lift at Breckenridge – I was white knuckled.  Said my companion, “when the last time you were on a ski lift?” My response, “NEVER!”  Needless to say, I did not take this picture.

wildflowers 4 Breckenridge

wildflowers Breckenridge

Some wild flowers at 11,000 feet.

Bison Burger Idaho Springs

Bison burger at The Buffalo in Idaho Springs

idaho springs waterfall2

Idaho Springs

Brown Palace Clock

The Brown Palace Hotel in Denver.  I love this place.

AF Tree

AF wildflowers

AFAcademy dramatic sky

Scenes at the Air Force Academy near Colorado Springs.

It was a good trip!


Who discovered what today?

July 29, 2014

10_Samuel de ChamplainLake Champlain was discovered by Samuel de Champlain on July 29, 1609, during one of his expeditions to North America.

lake champlain1

The lake was named after the French explorer Samuel de Champlain, who encountered it in 1609. While the ports of Burlington, Vermont; Port Henry, New York; and Plattsburgh, New York are little used nowadays except by small craft, ferries and lake cruise ships, they had substantial commercial and military importance in the 18th and 19th centuries.

For some fascinating information about Samuel de Champlain, click this link.

The Champlain Valley is the northernmost unit of a landform system known as the Great Appalachian Valley, which system stretches from Quebec to Alabama. The Champlain Valley itself is a physiographic section of the larger Saint Lawrence Valley, which in turn is part of the larger Appalachian physiographic division.

lake champlain ferry

Lake Champlain Ferry – Burlington, VT to Port Kent, NY





What am I watching?

July 8, 2014


Seen in Burlington, Vermont, on the way to the ferry dock.  These are some of the flying monkeys of Burlington.

A few more:



Created by sculptor, Steve Larabee, to augment a Burlington business called the Emerald City, these iconic statues have found a home on top of the building One Main,  other flying monkey statues have been added to several other Burlington edifices over the years.

The best place to see them is on the approach to the Burlington-Port Kent ferry against the backdrop of Lake Champlain and the Adirondack Mountains.  They are a landmark I always look for when making the trip to and from Maine.

More information here at Kuriositas.

It’s Tuesday – is there a tattoo to go along with this post?  But, of course!

flying monkey4


What am I sappy chipmunk blogging?

July 1, 2014



While traveling on vacation, we ran into this little fellow in State College, PA at the Berkey Creamery.  Someone’s misfortune provided a welcome snack for this chipmunk who slurped up some melted ice cream that had spilled onto the sidewalk outside the creamery.





What am I wondering?

May 7, 2014

before facebook

With thanks to Wrong Hands.


What was my surreal experience?

September 1, 2013


Today was a travel day for me.  I left sunny San Diego (and my Sweet Patootie) in order to get ready for work on Tuesday. The SD airport was pretty crowded. Even though we left in plenty of time for my flight, I was held up because after scanning they wanted to pat my bottom and then to sniff my fingers.

My frightfully stylish capris have embroidery on the back pockets with embellishments –  that probably prompted the patting, but I have no idea what the mechanical hand sniffer was all about.  It’s a good thing we had not been to the shooting range, I guess, because my flight was loading when I arrived at the gate.

Houston was also a busy place. However I did score a row all to myself on that connecting flight.

I got into Cleveland Hopkins about 7:30 pm. I was amazed that the place was a ghost town. All the shops and restaurants were closed and there were only three departing flights listed on the schedule board. That does not bode well for the chances of Cleveland continuing to be a hub for United.

Vacation was terrific

Here are few photos. I have more, but that will have to wait. I’m off to start the laundry.


This is a street scene outside a little cafe in San Francisco.


And this is a farmers market in Portland, Oregon.


What is tattoo Tuesday about?

June 18, 2013

maine tattoo

We are getting ready for vacation and will be bound for the east coast in a few days.  In that vein, today’s tattoo offering is the Maine state crest with a couple of retro cuties as supporters.  Dirigo!


Whose shorts am I grabbing?

July 28, 2012

Bermuda’s, of course – commemorating the settling of this island territory on this day in 1609 (more or less.)

Bermuda is located in the Atlantic Ocean; it’s capitol, Hamilton, is 32°18′N 64°47′W.  It’s closest neighbor is Cape Hatteras, NC.

Bermuda remains a British territory and has an affluent economy based principally on tourism.  Bermuda is best known for its shorts and its triangle.