July 3, 2017

Grand Hotel Mackinac Island, Michigan

The Grand Hotel on Mackinac Island is always showing it's country pride with the flag.
The  4th of July is an opportunity to remember the sacrifices and battles fought
to make us a great country.
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June 28, 2017

Notre Dame ~ South Bend, IN The Main Building

In a little side trip I had the pleasure of checking out some of the Notre Dame campus.
The Main Building 
The golden dome and Mother Mary shine from every direction.

You can feel the blessings being poured out to all those below.

Even from behind the golden dome stands out above all else.

Even the stairs give you a regal feel.

Even the side views show off the Indiana brick.

June 26, 2017

Castle Rock St. Ignace, MI

I see it, I must try to climb it!
For a fee of $1.00 you too can climb Castle Rock.
Stop by St. Ignace in the Upper Peninsula of Michigan!

Look down to St. Ignace, Michigan and out across Lake Huron.

Take a 360 degree turn and look across the Upper Peninsulas' vast pine tree collection! 

Sitting patiently at the bottom of Castle Rock Paul Bunyon and his buddy Babe the Blue Ox
will wait for you.  A fellow guest told us that when he was a youngster they used to climb
upon Paul and Babe, but today the fence is protecting them for further generations.

Did you lock your car before the climb?  
No worries Paul and Babe will make sure all is safe.

At almost 200 feet below you can view the next climbers starting to make their trek!
Around the World today!

May 25, 2017

Martha's Vineyard

We had a choice:
Martha's Vineyard

Martha's Vineyard won out this time.  Neither island was on the vacation list
this time, but because of the wretched heat we decided a day near or on the 
water would be better spent than the day in Boston.
Boston is definitely fun to discover, but when the mercury is to go over 100,
anything related to water, sounds wonderful!

May 24, 2017

A Hot Day at the Ball Field ~ Fenway Park

This way for an exciting and hot day full of baseball!
105 Degrees!

After eating some great food throughout the city, there was no room left
for baseball food, but you could surely have your choice along Yawkey Way!

The Red - I mean 'Green' Monster.
I do wonder why the Boston 'Red' Sox would have a green monster instead of a red one....

Looking for our seats, we came across a red one!
Section 42, Row 37, Seat 21
Good ole Ted Williams managed to slug a ball to this point in 1946 at 502 feet!
It was the longest home run ever hit in Fenway Park.
It's quite the famous seat before and after a game.

America's most beloved park...
What do the Pirates, Phillies, and Orioles fans think?
How about the Yankees?
Or my favorite the Giants?

Wally the green monster was making sure one of the first pitches was good!

I always have a place in my heart for the pitcher...

The Boston skyline was in full flair!

Can't find the ball field?
The CITGO sign is the primary land mark!

May 23, 2017

St. Mary's Church ~ Newport, RI

Exquisite doors of St. Mary's in Newport, RI
The wedding of John F. Kennedy and Jacqueline Lee Bouvier is the historical event
to give reason to see this beautiful Church.

From the early 1800's this Church has witnessed the coming and goings of 
the Newport societies.

The original steeple is now displayed in a side garden.

Fluer De Lis
Look around it seems to show up everywhere!

A side entrance is just as quaint as the front entrance. 

May 22, 2017

Belleville Farmers Market

I'm from the area of all black Amish buggies.
In Belleville  you can find some colorful choices.

Everyone needs a pickup to take home their bigger purchases.
The Amish have their version of a pickup truck too!

There's hay for sale!

On this auction block you can purchase your garden plants for the year or buy 
some delicious vegetables grown for you.
How about a good pecan pie?
How much would you bid?

Things were looking a little sheepish in this pen.
Can you see a warm sweater among these sheep?

Waiting for a new home.

Farms, silos and mountains.
What more could you want in life!?

Farm Country!
Thanks to my friend Susan for sharing her part of the world with us!

What else is going on around the world today?

May 19, 2017

Round Barn of Adams County, PA

From high on the hill at Hauser's Estate Winery you can look across a large portion of 
Adams County in Pennsylvania.  On this occasion the air had such a crispness.
The Round Barn was so vivid compared to many other times.
If you're ever a visitor near Gettysburg, PA both the Round Barn and Hauser's 
deserve a visit!

Because I save my phone photos to an App that sometimes stylizes my photos for me,
I thought I'd share their stylized version of the Round Barn too.