I wish we had time to have been able to stop and have lunch at this cute cafe, it was open for business too.


Looking down the main street that goes through this small town there is not a car in sight.  


What was, no longer is, as with this old gas station.


On my bucket list of things to do, is to drive through the country and see places like this.  Not just to pass by and snap a photo but to stop and take photos and to actually talk to the people and listen to their stories, and when it's time to say goodbye hand them a bottle of our maple syrup and head on down the road to the next town in Americana USA. 

having fun

Mr and I took a short vacation and headed to Nashville to meet up with some of our kids.  We decided to a bit of sightseeing along the way.  We headed south through Indiana.  We had never been to Terre Haute and thought we'd check it out.

Terre haute

We stayed in Bloomington Indiana the home of the Indiana Hoosiers.


After a night in Indiana, we met some of the kids for lunch.

We visited the Louisville Slugger Museum and Factory where we got to see how baseball bats are made.

Ernie banks

After our little stop headed down to see the Shaker Village, where we stayed the night and toured the village.

Shaker quarters

After a wonderful dinner we sat and listened to the live music out on the lawn.


Unfortunately I didn't get a picture of everyone :(


It's been such a busy summer and it's not stopping.

trip west 2014~an idaho sunrise

On our trip West in 2014 we stayed in Idaho with a blogging friend and met up with another blogging friend.  These photos were taken on our way out.

Idaho sunrise

Idaho sunrise 2

Idaho sunrise3

Unfortunately I didn't get any photos with either blogging friend :(  I'll have to do that the next time we head that way and after visiting this beautiful part of the country, we will definitely be back.

trip west 2014~lava rocks

It's about time I got to posting more photos of our trips.  I am so far behind it isn't even funny.  Here are some lava beds that we found on our way to the Boise Idaho area on our trip west in 2014.  I tried looking online for some more info on this but couldn't find any website that might have talked more about it.  So all I have is the panel here and apparently there were two but for some reason I only took a photo of one :(






In the photo below you can read a bit about the lava rock formation.


Seeing these photos really gets me itching to head west again.

great smoky mountains

On our way to Texas we stayed a night in Gatlinburg Tn.  It was the first time I had ever been there.


Leaving Gatlinburg we drove through the Great Smoky Mountains and had to stop and wait until the road we were going to take opened up.  Not sure what happened only that there was a storm and maybe a tree fell across the road. 

Anyway, we took a hike through the Sugarlands Area on the hiking tails.  We spied a couple of things along the way.

Log bridge


Most of the folks waiting for the road to open up were walking the trails, but no one seemed to walk out to the cabin in the woods, John Ownby's cabin.



We then walked out to Cataract Falls.


I definitely would like to go back and see more of the Great Smoky Mountains.

trip west 2014

Not to confuse anyone but these photos are from the summer of 2014 when we went out west.  We went two summers in a row :)

It was getting dusk when I took the photo in the previous post and the one below.  The one below is a bit blurry as it's a drive-by.


We drove till later evening and then found a campground.  We set up our tent in the dark.

Campsite 4

I woke up to coffee and bacon cooking on the fire.

Campsite 6

Campsite 1

Campsite 2

Campsite 3

Tho we were in bear country it was neat to see this wild rabbit.

Campsite 5

 Still have lots of photos to post yet ;)