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Eating Out…

December 13, 2014 — Leave a comment

Old time NJ Resturant-1

I can remember the first business trip I took to the NYC area in 1970. We had dinner at the famous Bahrs Restaurant. It was a lavish place that looked out on a bay of the ocean. Being from the Midwest I was astonished by the seafood available on the menu. Of course since then the nation is now filled with franchise fast food restaurants to gobble up so much of the eating-out dollar. I still go to Bahrs when I am in the area…

Pleasant Hill….

June 21, 2014

One of the most peaceful places I have found on this earth is at Pleasant Hill Shaker Village near Lexington KY. It is a recreated village from the 1800s.  One of the concepts I have adopted from my Quaker friends is the idea of “centering down”. That is to clear your mind of all the clutter of daily activity in order to listen for the messages of our creator.  I find Pleasant Hill an outstanding place to do just that.  I don’t mind the idea of melding the best of two religions together to come closer to God. Pleasant Hill is peaceful beyond description. I have spent several days staying at one of the rooms in the village just taking in the ambiance.

If you are ever in the central Kentucky area stop by for a visit. You will remember your time there for the rest of your life.

(As usual click on any of the images below to get a bigger picture)

 

Williamsburg VA….

June 14, 2014

Being a U.S. history buff Williamsburg VA is one of my favorite places to visit. I first visited there during my senior trip in high school in 1965. Of course back then I was more interested in other things so even though it impressed me on some level it was “no big deal”. It would be over twenty years later that I thoroughly fell in love with the place. Most of the pictures below were from that visit.

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NYC….

June 7, 2014

We will soon be off to another visit to New York City. It is on my wife’s bucket list to see the 911 Memorial and to visit Central Park one more time.  We lived in central New Jersey between 1996 and 2000. Over that time we made several visits escorting relatives into the city. Our last trip to the World Trade Center was in January 2000 when we ate at the “Windows to the World” restaurant at the top of one of the towers.

I pulled some photos of WTC and Central Park out of our archive to commemorate our visits.  Of course many more will be added on this trip.  By the way, that beautiful lady posing at Ellis Island is my wife . (click on any picture to see a larger version)

 

 

Niagara Falls

May 18, 2013

Niagra Falls

 

I had my first and only visit to Niagara Falls in the Summer of 1999.  The falls were impressive and yes I did put on the rain coat and toured them close up via the little boats shown below.

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Mesa Verde 2Yet another picture of my favorite vacation place and that is Mesa Verde National Park in Colorado. You get good exercise hiking to the many ruins and when you get there it has a definite spiritual quality. I enjoy just sitting at the ruins and taking it all in.

Bent’s Old Fort…

January 19, 2013

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Bents Old FortJuly 2009 – Bent’s Old Fort      One of my favorite places to be…

Mackinac Island

December 22, 2012

 

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Island House HotelIsland House Hotel – A nice place to stay while visiting Mackinac Island.

 

Patience and Simplicity…

February 20, 2012

 

I can’t imagine the patience it takes to make one of these stone walls found at the Pleasant Hill Shaker Village near Lexington KY and there are hundreds of feet of them there.

The Mayowood mansion was the home of the founders of the Mayo Clinic.