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The historic grain silos along the Buffalo River

Grain Silos-Buffalo NY

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Lyft station

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Tuk Tuk

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Reddy

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Three options to get you home safe after drinking a six pack or two of Labatt’s Blue.

Riverworks, Buffalo NY

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Cee’s black and white challenge-Signs

Alice

 

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Morning beach walk

Sea creatures left behind by high tides create curiosity to area visitors

Hilton Head, South Carolina

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Before the crowds morning beach walks give you the freedom to swim in your “jammies” and hope for a glimpse of sea creatures before they hide away for the day.

Sea Turtle Nests

After a rough night, some make and some don’t

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Big enough to nibble on your toes

Seagulls and ravens

Sand fun

The coastline is a beautiful place.  The salt air and the sounds of the breaking waves naturally calms the mind.

Folly Field Beach is a beautiful place to visit and stay awhile.

Winters are mild and short….Mid November – mid February

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Alice

Jo’s Monday walk

Titanic Museum

The Titanic Museum in Pigeon Forge TN , something to put on the bucket list

Pigeon Forge, TN

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This past week’s unplanned, no agenda, road trip landed us in Pigeon Forge Tennessee. Famously known for “Dollywood” and tucked away in the beautiful Smokey Mountains.

My fascination with the Titanic and the impressive detail of the architecture of the museum made it my first choice of tourist sites for the day.

Upon purchasing our “boarding pass” we were identified as a passenger.  Photography was not allowed in the museum until just before exiting.  We were given headphones to listen to crew members tell the stories of the areas of the ship, artifacts, passengers, and crew.  They were very easy to use and self- controlled to select what you listen to.  Visitors are admitted in small groups which allowed  space to feel the emotion of the tragedy.

The over 12 years of age ticket cost is $26.  I will say it was every penny worth it.  Different group and family tickets are also available.

Some of my favorite parts of the tour:

Reading  letters that passengers mailed home in the first days on the ship

Looking at actual photos taken onboard

Looking at the architectural drawings of the ship

Seeing real artifacts that have been recovered

The recreation of the grand staircase only used by first class passengers

Putting my hand in the 28◦ water to really understand what the survivors felt

Reading the story and viewing the photographs of the musicians that played to the end

I would also rate it as family friendly, definitely more for older children and adults but they had some areas interactive for young children.  I would plan at least two hours once you enter.

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Alice

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Hop off the Interstates, there’s so much to see 🙂

 

Firefly Village

Anakeesta-Smokey Mountains-Gatlinburg TN-

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In an effort to escape the heat wave of Coastal Georgia, a trip to the mountains seemed to be a good idea.  It didn’t exactly work out that way because the high temperatures extended inland, but we kept looking up, hoping to catch a breeze.

We started our day on a chairlift that took us up to an elevation of 1290 feet.  As the chair  slowly moved along the cable above the rooftops of the homes below, my legs began to tingle.  I held onto the lowered bar and decided to just look straight ahead for the remainder of the trip. There was absolutely no way off  at this point.

The resort offers a small colorful village and a walkway showing off the sensational view of the Smokey Mountains.  There is a “blue mist” that hovers over the peaks and valleys that is formed from a vapor given off by the millions of trees and vegetation and the blue light of the sky.

Zip lining was a definite “no” for me

The Tree Canopy walk with 16 hanging bridges 40 feet above the forest was a “yes”

To sum it up, after tingling toes, walking on the edge, persons flying over my head, I do admit the bouncing of the bridges completely turned me around and I soon found myself not knowing which way I was going.

Anakeesta is a Cherokee word referring to high ground, literally meaning “the place of balsams”

As a mother of five I would rate this as “big kid” friendly , not much for the little tots.  I would also suggest the enclosed gondola cabin for transport up and down the mountain,

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Alice

Cee’s which way challenge

 

Georgia State law effective July 1, 2018

Holiday travelers through the State of Georgia alert. As of July 1st “hands free” for all

via July 1, 2018-Hands Free driving in Georgia — EffinghamMoves

On the Boardwalk

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Port Royal South Carolina, Cypress Wetland Trail and observation tower

Okeefenokee

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Okefenokee Swamp
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Okefenokee tower

Okeefenokee Swamp Waycross Georgia, Boardwalk trail  and observation tower

 

Cee’s which way challenge

 

Lights out-Save the sea turtles

 

 

Not only is it unkind to disturb the nests along the South Carolina coast it is also illegal.  Loggerhead turtles are considered to be an endangered species. Here are some simple ways that you can help assist with their survival and the new baby turtles while enjoying a beach vacation.

  • Comply with the “lights out” policy if you are staying in an ocean front building
  • Remove your beach chairs and umbrellas from the beach in the evening
  • Do not leave any trash or plastic on the beach
  • Return any sandcastles or holes to the original surface when leaving the beach
  • Never disturb a nest, a nesting turtle or a hatchling

Doing these things will help the turtles from getting disoriented, tangled, trapped or unable to reach the nest.

If you are a new visitor to the beach, after taking a short walk you will likely find it preposterous,  that anyone would want to disrupt the lives of wildlife.

 

 

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Photo credit: South Carolina Department of Natural Resources

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