June 1st, 2013
Ok well I’ve been really bad about taking pictures during my travels, but I’m determined to improve as I go. Please note unlike the blog, the photographs are ascending – so the most recent will be at the bottom. Enjoy!
Ok well we had a night at one of my favorite haunts “Frankies Wings & Things” – and stupid me forgot to take out my camera until most everyone had already left. *Duh* – Ah well, I did manage to capture some of the folks who were there to help me consume fantastic wings and multiple cold beers
I was fortunate enough to sit in with the band “It Is What It Is” – their studio although beautiful is not very camera-friendly, so I wasn’t able to really get a photo of the entire band all together – so I have pictures of the individual band members. They play a wide variety of “Fossil Rock” and are just wonderful folks.
Again I was lucky enough to attend a jam of my other former band “Riverside”, which now goes by EOM “Every Other Monday”. Originally this band used to rehearse at my studio every week and after awhile we had to change to every-other-Monday, hence the name. But now they rehearse on Wednesdays. Go figure.
Anyway – same story here, small studio, nice but not camera-friendly, so pictures of individuals instead of bands. Ah well, we do what we can!
My dear friend Dave had a birthday while I was in town, and in our true Florida fashion some of my bestest-buddies (I believe those are called BFFs now) got together at a local pub to celebrate. As you can see by the pictures we were completely successful. Happy Birthday Dave!!
My sister & brother-in-law Jim & Chris were kind enough to host me for my second week stay in Melbourne (er, Port Malabar)…and my sweet little grand-niece Jaiden was a frequent visitor….what a cutie! We played lots of cards and games (one of my favorite things to do) and I had just a wonderful time with them during my stay.
On to Kissimmee area to visit my good friend Tricia Buzzard – what a fun time we had!!
Moving on to Moorestown, South Carolina - I had a blast staying with my friends Billy & Sass and their wonderful family.
Then off for another fun filled week, this time in Hagerstown, Maryland with my Buddy Alex, who also happens to be my awesome webmaster.
We headed out to Lancaster Pennsylvania in search of Amish souls to snatch. Rumor has it that they think when you take their picture, it takes their soul. Well that is just like putting a button in front of me and telling me not to push it – of course I am gonna have to do it. Just cause. I’m funny that way.
Anyway, we went down some back roads in search of the elusive Amish. It was a rainy day so there were not many out-and-about. Here is some of the scenery – very pretty!
Ah then at last we spotted the elusive Amish buggy. In trying to be discrete, I sneaked my camera up by the car window to snap the picture as we drove by – clever, huh.
So I threw in the towel and decided to just ask one of them for a picture. We rolled down the window and asked…the guy reluctantly posed for us (well sort of – at least he didn’t run away screaming) he was obviously unhappy about it, but what the hell, I was low on my quota of Amish souls that day, so I took one …. heh heh
And of course no visit to Pennsylvania is complete without the obligatory stop at Intercourse. I took a picture of the Best Western to prove I was there.
Friday night we headed for Baltimore to check out my buddy Brad’s new place “Bradley’s of Fells Point”. A product of the television show “Bar Rescue”, it is a quaint little place with warm atmosphere, great service and excellent food.
Saturday we were gonna do some hiking in West Virginia in the Harper’s Ferry area…but it was just too darned crowded. We opted to scoot back over into Maryland and hiked a portion of the Appalachian Trail. What a gorgeous hike!
Later that night we made the fun trek to Washington DC to see the sights….it was a fantastic hike and we had the awesome Super Moon as a backdrop. Very cool.
Our first stop was the famous steps where they filmed “The Exorcist” – very cool.
Ok. Well for many years I have collected weird and wacky little things that move, sing and dance….and have received many gifts of the same. I got two little such items, a frog and a I think dog that both rap. The frog does happy birthday and the dog does jingle bells. Over the course of time when I had these little creatures displayed, I would often have them all going at once. Somehow we ran across these two sounding kinda cool together, along the same lines of music and just something to make you giggle.
Oddly enough, the funniest reaction (to me at least) was from my friend Alex – it just continually cracked him up, which continually cracks me up. So when I downsized and was getting rid of everything, I couldn’t think of a better home for this pair than with Alex. …so I shipped them off to him.
We decided to take them on this road trip and we filmed them doing their thing in front of all the monuments. It was pretty funny. Everyone around us got a kick out of them – which made it all the more amusing. We did it in front of the Capitol building (it was around 2am at the time) and finally a policeman approached us and in the nicest possible way kinda asked us what the hell we were doing…(again, nice as can be)…and he had a chuckle at our antics.
ANYWAY..this is the duo at the top of the “Exorcist Steps”…another guy was hanging there with us and you will hear the typical reaction we get…too funny. This is my very first attempt to load a video, so fingers crossed that it works. Enjoy!
Just click on the words below and the video should play for you:
Ok that only took me 2 hours to figure out….but I learned how to downsize a video on Movie Maker….so I guess that will come in handy.
Anyway – Then we moved to “The Mall” and hiked about 5 miles around it, from 11pm to about 230am. Fun!
After leaving Maryland I spent an uneventful night in Pottsville, PA, (no photos, sorry) I was off to the Big Apple – well, no not really, just headed to New York State.
I spent the next three fun-filled days with my friends Maureen & Joe – what a great time we had.
We had a great dinner at Billy Joe’s Barbeque right on the Hudson River.
In the spirit of snatching souls of the Amish, I was determined to get a picture of a Hasidic Jew -so here are some pretty crappy photographs that I managed to get under the guise of a lost tourist.
We then thought we would check out some live music at a local winery – which turned out to be a no-show….but we still had a fun time
We rounded out the evening with a visit to the Captain’s Quarters in Monroe – a happenin’ spot for sure.
Ah what a fun time we had – but alas, time to move on. We had one last photo on the porch sipping a champagne toast – such wonderful hosts & great friends!
Ah the infamous Woodstock. What a collection of talented people – many, many musicians and artists….and of course many eccentric folks….goes with the territory!
Here is a short clip of the music that was played at Nathan’s Birthday Party on July 4th. I have to whittle these down to 4M to get them on the blog, so the quality of the video is pretty crappy….but the audio comes out ok. Just click on the words below and it should play for you.
This is a short clip of the band “Naked” that I saw Friday night – again, crappy video quality but will give you an idea of the sound. Enjoy!
Saturday off to Brenners Mountain and the Annual Jam:
Ok the next two videos are of the Bluegrass Band at the Harmony Bar. They are fairly short, the first one has a fiddle player and the second one has the additional banjo player. Again, please forgive the grainy quality but I had to reduce to below 4M which sadly makes it kinda crappy – but the sound comes through well! Click on the words below and video should play. Enjoy!
Here is a short clip from the Dave Mason Concert:
I ran across this lovely little creek while driving around exploring the back roads….here is the view from the bridge.
My videos of the drum circle didn’t turn out (what a shock)…but I will attempt it again next week. Luckily I took some stills as well!
Click on the words below to check out the Murali Coryell Band at the Harmony Bar:
Click on the words below to get a taste of “Electric Ruby Fish” at the Harmony Bar
Off I went to the Rosendale Music Festival that is held every summer – 73 bands in 2 days – quite a variety of music! I was only there for a couple of hours and my camera eventually got full. These are the bands I managed to capture!
And the only video I will post is the band I liked the best of all the ones I saw….Jeremy Baum. Click on the words below and it should play for you.
Back to good old Woodstock….er, well – actually this is the Celtic jam that took place at “New World Home Cooking” in Saugerties, New York. Click on the words below and check them out!
Jerry & I caught the band “Cool Gravy” at Harmony that night – this was early on in the show before it got crowded with dancers. Click on the words below for a taste…
Ah the Eagles concert. What a fantastic time. We had seats in the lawn area, right above the really expensive seating….we were front and center but sadly also right in front of a walkway….so in the videos you will see folks passing in front of us.
Just a word on the videos – I had only my phone as cameras were not allowed….and I was trying to be inconspicuous while filming…so the videos are not that great. To top it off, as usual I must reduce the size to under 4M for the blog to accept it….so that also reduces the quality of the video. And of course the longer the video, the poorer the quality when it is reduced…so my apologies for the crappy pictures – but hey, the sound is there and will give you an idea of how fabulous they sounded.
I took 14 videos and only four of them came out well enough to share – oh well. Ok without further ado – click on the song titles below to catch a little snippet of the amazing Eagles.
Well crap for some reason it won’t let me load Joe Walsh’s “Lifes Been Good”…it looks like it should work but eh, I’ll have to find out why it’s not working another time. I will add it once I figure it out.
The following pictures are the best representation of my hike up to Overlook Mountain
The following day was my trip to Hunter Mountain…I didn’t get many pictures as I was driving most of the time, but I captured this pretty setting
Ah then back to Harmony for my last night at Woodstock. What a fun time I had during my stay.
So farewell Woodstock, Hello Queensbury! My buddy Kitty took me on a Riverboat trip around Lake George on the “Minnie Ha Ha”
Later that night John played bartender and mixed up a luscious concoction with fresh blackberries and all these other yummy ingredients. I think they were featured on his blog – very nice!
We headed over to the Saratoga Springs Racetrack for a day at the races – what fun!
We had a wonderful dinner at the “Uptown” Restaurant in Hague, New York.
Click on the words below to see a small sampling of the spectacular July 4th Fireworks Show in Hague (postponed until August – Yay!)
Although I loved staying with Kitty & John, the adventure continues – so off I go – a lovely drive up SR22 to Essex, where I was to catch the ferry across to Vermont.
Ok I took about a gazillion pictures of Maine and actually narrowed it down to just a few….although it may seem like more than that! I just couldn’t help myself – it was knock-your-socks-off gorgeous.
The next day I drove all around the state – through the center and down to the coast – I just couldn’t get enough of the phenomenal scenery. Pictures simply do not do justice to how gorgeous it all was!
Made it to the coast – had a Lobster Roll and found the Atlantic Ocean – mission accomplished!
Well I hit New Hampshire and evidently didn’t get many pictures that afternoon. It rained the following day so no real photo opportunities – but I did run across “Calef’s Country Store” which was opened by some distant relative many, many years ago (my mother’s maiden name is Calef). I did go inside to try and track down someone to chat with about that…but the guy who would know was sadly off that day. The other employees seemed fairly unimpressed with my story…eh, can’t say that I blame them. But I did get a picture of the place anyway…
Well from New Hampshire I was off to Rhode Island, but didn’t get any pictures. Oh well. Then off again to Connecticut, where I got many, many pictures. What a gorgeous state. I narrowed it down to a few – Enjoy!
The next day the weather was just gorgeous which allowed me to put the top down and enjoy the magnificent scenery.
Well I finally made it to the coast – I found this rare un-busy street to snap some pictures….
Well I loved Connecticut, but time to hit the road and head a bit more south. I wandered around New York for awhile, and drove through Bear Mountain State Park. I went up to Perkins Memorial Tower to check out the view – quite spectacular!
Hello to lovely Delaware! I didn’t get many pictures, but here’s what I did get….
From Delaware I traveled to lovely Maryland to re-visit my buddy Alex.
The following pictures are from my day trip through West Virginia.
Now off to the “big city” Baltimore!
Well on the road again…off to West Virginia. Sadly the weather didn’t co-operate very well, so I didn’t get any scenic pictures. Good thing I got some earlier! I did manage to get a snapshot of new friends….
The next day I was off through Virginia, heading for Abington to get close to “Camp Sequachie”…er actually Camp Sequoya. I ran across some spectacular scenery on the way!
So I arrived at Camp Sequoya and was able to sneak in as the lawn crew was there….I tried to be somewhat inconspicuous, so I wasn’t able to get many pictures….but I managed to get a few!
Ah at last – back to my beloved Tennessee. Linda & Paul were kind enough to host my return until I could find a place of my own.
Well I finally found my new nest…..so after a long and busy day, with the help of my buddies Nancy & Mike I managed to cram all my stuff into my new abode.
Well I managed to get many boxes unpacked….of course I still have two bedrooms full, but until I get more shelving, dressers, etc. I have made the house a bit more, shall we say “functional”. I have three card tables set up as a funky large desk….and bins of clothing where my washer & dryer will go…and still a bunch of boxes in general to go through. Sigh. Ah well, it’s a work in progress…..
Yeah I forgot to take pictures of the outside….but I will get to it. I have a gorgeous rose bush in the front with beautiful peach colored roses…..and another pretty blooming plant next to it that just died in the freeze we had last week. Wah. Ah well, it will probably come back next year.
Well ya know I’m actually going to end this page here. It covered my journey from leaving to returning to Tennessee…..what a long, strange trip it’s been! I have created another page that will have all the photographs I have taken (and will take) while I’m here. I will create an additional page for the next portion of my journey – most likely that will happen in the spring…but eh, you never know – I will keep you posted should I get that wanderlust again anytime soon.
Thank you so much for allowing me to share this incredible journey with you - I hope you enjoyed looking at the photos as much as I have enjoyed taking them. Please do check out my additional Photograph page - it will feature the changing of the leaves as well as all of the other wonderful things that made me want to once again call Tennessee my home. The adventure continues!!!!