Sunday, July 27, 2014

The Jefferson Davis Monument

The Jefferson Davis Monument is located in Fairview, Kentucky and was constructed in memory of the only Confederate President -Jefferson Davis. 

The monument is 351 feet tall and is the largest unreinforced concrete obelisk in the world.   Construction began in 1917 and was completed in 1924, with walls that are 7 ft. thick at the base and 2 ft. thick at the top.  When you stand at the base and glance upwards, you can't help but be impressed with it's height.  Believe me, you will see it from miles away as you drive.

I was surprised to discover that there's a working elevator to the top, although it may possibly be the slowest moving elevator I've ever been on.  It took about 2 minutes to get to the top.  The foyer has 2 beautiful plaques and check out that door....

 The view looking up from the bottom of the elevator....

The inside of the elevator was really cool, with brass trim and windows so we could see the cables as we slowly inched upwards....

Once we reached the top we were able to get out and walk around.  There really wasn't a lot of room, but the views from the top floor windows let us see for miles.  It was really windy up there too!

The Jefferson Davis Monument is located on the grounds of a Kentucky State Historic Site.  There were 2 park rangers on duty the day we were there and one of them accompanied us on the tour.  Along the way she shared interesting information about Jefferson Davis and The Civil War. 

The windows were beautiful and are still the original windows...

Next to the monument is a museum and gift shop that we also toured.  They have a great exhibit there, with wonderfully large detailed posters and exhibits about Jefferson Davis and the major events in his life, as well as The Civil War.

The gift shop was well stocked with Civil War memorabilia and I'm sorry I didn't go back in after the monument tour to purchase a book.  But I got side tracked because after the elevator ride back down, we sat and tried to figure out the co-ordinates to a 2 step geocache.  We had to get some information from the top of the monument, then do some calculating.....

And even though we are convinced our calculations were correct, the cache, hidden somewhere near this wall, eluded us.  I guess that just means we'll have to make another trip to the monument to find that geocache, right?

You can read more about the Jefferson Davis State Historic Site here.  If you're in the area, stop by and do the tour.  I suggest you call ahead and check their open days and times because there were discrepancies between what's listed on the website and the current hours of operation.

Thursday, July 24, 2014

Meeting Pam from Nomadic Newfies

Yesterday Chablis and I had a real treat - we finally got to meet fellow blogger Pam from over at Nomadic Newfies

We've been following each other's blogs and chatting for awhile.  For the past several months we've been trying, and having the hardest time, scheduling a day to meet.  Tinkerbell must have waved her magic wand because yesterday our schedules miraculously cleared and we met for lunch and a hike.  Finally!!

Since we live a little over an hour away from each other, we picked a spot about half way for both of us and had lunch first.  Over pizza and pasta the three of us chatted non-stop about hiking, photography and camping.  Chablis and Pam discovered they have a mutual love of Gatlinburg and had plenty to talk about.  Since I've never been there I had to sit and take notes of all the places I'd now like to see there.  Note to self - add Gatlinburg to my bucket list.

After lunch we decided to drive to the Ryerson Conservation Area and do a little hiking.  Ryerson Woods is noted in Lake County history because the first European of the area settled there.  In the 1920's several families bought the property and built weekend retreats, and then eventually donated 257 acres to the Lake Country Forest Preserves.  Today it's a spectacular preserve that supports a wide variety of state endangered species.

We strapped on our hiking boots and took off down a gorgeous woodland trail.  Well manicured and lush, it was also teeming with killer mosquitoes.  We doused ourselves liberally with bug spray, twice, and those little suckers were not deterred.   It must have been all the Italian spices that attracted them to us.  At any rate, we only lasted a couple of blocks before we turned tail and made a beeline for the open meadow.

We walked past some of the old buildings on the property and found another trail that led more around the perimeter of the forest.  It was much less buggy and we were able to walk and snap some photos while we talked. 

Pam is well versed in a wide variety of native flowers and she pointed out all the different varieties and impressed us with her knowledge.  You really need to go check out her blog because she takes fantastic close up photos of flowers on her many hikes.  Here's a link to one of my favorite recent posts.

Unfortunately we picked the hottest day of the year to meet up - it was about 95 degrees in the shade and dripping with humidity.  After an hour of hiking and dodging the relentless  mosquitoes we decided to call it quits and retreat to our air conditioned cars.  We really had a great visit though and promised to meet up again this autumn and give it another try when the colors start changing.  I'm looking forward to joining Pam again and I'm really happy we finally got the chance to spend the afternoon together.

Stop by and check out her blog, Nomadic Newfies.  I think you'll enjoy meeting her.  She did a post about our meet and greet here.

Wednesday, July 23, 2014

Estate Sale Finds July 19, 2014

We've been pretty busy in general, combined with hanging out at the lake with family, so our estate sale shopping has been pretty sparse lately.  Chablis and I have been itching to go look at some junk, so this past weekend we hit up a couple of estate sales.  We didn't find a whole lot, but here's what we did get...

  • The green bottle with the pasta crammed in it is a vintage WB Hays soda water bottle.  It took us about half an hour to pry all the dried pasta out of it, but it cleaned up very nicely.
  • Brand new rolling pin.  I don't know what it is with me and rolling pins.  I keep buying them and I don't really bake.  What's up with that??
  • A Roseville crock in mint condition.  I found it but Chablis somehow ended up with it in her bedroom.  Hmmmm.......
  • A double thick 9" x 9" aluminum baking pan.  I didn't really need it but I rarely see the double thick ones and with my reputation for burning baked goods, it's a win-win.
  • A metal shoe horn.  Do they even make metal shoe horns anymore?  This one has the name of a shoe store on Halstead in Chicago engraved on it.
  • A glass sugar/creamer.  I've already filled it with creamer and have it sitting at our coffee bar.
  • A 9 cup Pyrex tea pot.  My grandma had a teapot just like this and my mom now has it.  I have always wanted it, but mom wasn't giving it up.  Any time I've ever see one at an estate sale it's priced too high.  The woman wanted $ 25.00 and I talked her down to $ 15.00.  I rarely spend that much on one item, but I splurged because I've wanted this for so long.
  • A blue Marshall Fields tea tin.  I'm a big tea drinker, my grandma always took me to Marshall Fields in downtown Chicago, and this tin said it was made specifically for the Chicago store.  Score!
  • Loved the huge glass Lance jar.  They had another matching one at the same sale and it had the glass lid and they wanted $ 45.00 for it.  There was no way I was paying that.  I was digging around on some shelves in the basement and found this one, without the lid, shoved back in a cabinet.  I offered $ 2.00 for it since it didn't have the matching lid and they took it.  I almost fell over.  I'm using it to hold my Keurig coffee pods, so not having the lid isn't an issue for me and so worth 2 bucks. 
  •  I was out in the garage and the man pointed at a small attached room and told me there was more stuff in there.  On the back wall, under a ton of cobwebs and behind a rake, was this bird picture.   I immediately recognized it as an Audubon print because I had done a review on Audubon's Aviary.  It was in pretty rough shape and the frame was horrid, but I love Audubon.  They were asking $ 8.00 and I got it for $ 5.00.

As soon as I got it home I carefully removed the paper backing, released the print, and cleaned it off.  Then I painted and distressed the frame, inserted the print and re-backed it.  It's now hanging in my office.  Love it!!

I have my nephew, Kyle, to thank for my Snoopy garbage can.  He happened upon it last week and grabbed it for me.  It's a little banged up and rusty, but hey, it's Snoopy and Charlie Brown.  Thanks Kyle!

The inside is pretty bad, even though I scrubbed it.  But like I said, it's still a vintage Snoopy garbage can!!

One thing I saw that I didn't buy was a nice chenille blanket.  Does anyone know how to tell if they are vintage or not?  This one was in really good condition, but since it was the first day of the sale, the owners wouldn't come down in price at all.  They wanted $ 15.00 and I wasn't about to pay that.  They told me to come back on Sunday and if it was still there, they said they would maybe lower the price.  I never went back.  What would you have done?

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Tuesday, July 22, 2014

I've Been Featured - Julie's Little House

Yesterday I got up and had a nice surprise - I found out that I was being featured on Julie's Little House as one of her favorite blogs.  I was just as flattered as could be.

Julie is doing a series where she's been introducing blogger's to some of her favorite blogs.  Isn't that a great idea?  I was surprised to see that I already follow some of the blogs she's recommending.  That means we've both got good taste, right?

Julie and I have become good blogging friends and I always enjoy reading about the things she's doing.  She's recently retired, and when she's not cooking up something mouth watering in the kitchen she enjoys knitting, takes beautiful pictures, likes to garden, and always has something interesting to say.  We share a mutual love of Pyrex and comfy porches.  Oh, she lives in Canada too.

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So please stop over there and say hi.  I think you'll start following her if you do because you'll quickly see why I like her so much.

Thanks for featuring me Julie.  That was so sweet and made my day!

Monday, July 21, 2014

Rocking U Riding Stables

One of our favorite things to do when we're at the lake is to go horseback riding and we like to drive to the Rocking U Riding Stable at LBL Wranglers Campground.  They offer either 30 minute or 90 minute guided rides and we've done both.  Personally I prefer the 90 minute rides only because I like to be on the horse as long as possible.  The trails are beautiful and wind in and out of dappled shade in the woods with glimpses of the lake here and there.

They have a large string of horses that are beautiful and healthy looking.  You can tell that they take good care of their horses.  The stable area is clean and the staff is friendly.  We had to cancel our trip at the last minute because of rain, and when I called, they were accommodating and quickly fit us into their schedule for the next day.  Everyone I spoke with either on the phone or in person was pleasant and out going.

Our guide was Miss Audrey, and she was as sweet as can be.  She and I spent the entire time talking and she went out of her way to be sure that all of us were comfortable with our horses.  Along the trail we came upon a large turtle in our path, and Audrey carefully picked him up and relocated him before we continued on.

I could honestly spend half the day riding the trails here.  We had a fantastic time out in the open air, with horses that were well behaved and easy to manage.

I'd like to thank Miss Audrey for being such a pleasant young lady.  She was cheerful and entertaining and I could tell how much she loves her job and the horses.  She is a real asset to Rocking U.  Thanks again Audrey!

Visit their FB page here.

If you're in the Kentucky Lake area and want to go horseback riding, I highly recommend Rocking U Stables.  From their website:

•  Trail Rides leave on the hour with the exception of 12-1pm
•  Rides are available for up to 15 riders at a time for ages 6 and up
•  Pony rides available for ages 6 and under
•  Riders under 12 must wear helmets, which are provided
•  Long pants and closed toe shoes are recommended
•  Cost is $18 for a 45 minute ride and $30 for a 90 minute ride
•  Rocking U accepts cash or traveler's checks
For more information or to make a reservation call 270 924-2211 .
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