Monday, February 27, 2012

Some of the Waterfalls of Michigan's Marquette and Baraga County


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A quality time road trip to Michigan’s Upper Peninsula where the road ends on the shore of Lake Superior.

DSC_0234NAVIGATE This is an actual photo of the Garmin mounted in my car as we arrived on the shores of Lake Superior. Linda wanted to rest up.

DSC_0015The binoculars came in handy.


We are in Canadian Shield country. This rocky and rugged landscape features the highest point in Michigan, Mt Avron, and many waterfalls. The waterfalls  in this area are not particularly high, but many of them are quite scenic. The cabin we stayed in was about 2 miles from Mt Avron.


Today I will show you a few photos of the smaller “roadside falls.”

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“A strong man and a waterfall always channel their own path.”



“Romance often begins by a splashing waterfall and ends over a leaky sink” After that thought we had better head on down the….



“Leisure is a form of silence, not noiselessness. It is the silence of contemplation such as occurs when we let our minds rest on a rosebud, a child at play, a Divine mystery, or a waterfall.”

Extreme Earth: Waterfalls


The Waterfall A graceful ballet dancer, Leaping off the stage,Twirling amongst the audience above.A vibrant entertainer, sparkling,Waving at the crowds,Singing of joy and showering harmony. Just look below:::


GREAT LAKES WATERFALLS AND BEYOND.. If your interested in waterfalls this is a great link.

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Important info: “If the water is turbulent,the mosquito larvae won’t make it to the top to suck in air.”



Next a photo from the “Picture Rocks”


A photo of Jacobs Falls::Location: Keewenaw Peninsula, on MI-26, east of Eagle River.


An easily visited roadside waterfall, that is far more interesting than it first appears. A nice stop if you are headed to or from Copper Harbor. While your “stopped” right next to the falls you will find:


DSC_0156Visit::  Jampot Online……………AND/OR…………………………… The Joy of Jams, Jellies, and Other Sweet Preserves: 200 Classic and Contemporary Recipes Showcasing the Fabulous Flavors of Fresh Fruits…..Probably should have stayed away from the “Rum Cake.” LOL  Well it has been a long and dusty road trip.


Maybe we will get a little rain to wash the dust from the car.

DSC_0158 No rain just the rainbow in the distance.. We will end the day and this post with a great sunset over Lake Superior.


JOETODDSAYS210Hope you enjoyed the visit and will stop back soon.Would really appreciate you sharing this post. Most of the quotes from Think/Exist

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Saturday, February 25, 2012

After years & years of practice, I know how to be an Ohioan.

Most of this written “Ohio Guideline” came in an E-mail. Thanks to whoever put it together. The photos are mine except the casserole. I tried to talk my wife Linda into making the green bean casserole just so I could take a photo of it. She said no. Usually, I have such great ideas she just says, “Wow…OK”….  A MY QUALITY TIME POST FROM LANCASTER,OHIO…. I’ll link up with SCENIC SUNDAY where you can find some great Blog Posts

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Get used to food festivals. The Ohio General Assembly, in an effort to grow bigger offensive linemen, passed legislation years ago requiring every incorporated community to have at least one festival per year dedicated to food. Thus, Sugarcreek honors Maple syrup, Beavercreek loves popcorn, Waynesville adores sauerkraut, Troy delights in Strawberries, Bucyrus has a bratwurst
celebration, Circleville has a pumpkin festival check it out. Reynoldsburg has the Tomato Festival, Jackson has an apple festival, Deerfield has an apple butter festival, Rio Grande has the farm festival, and Gahanna, seeking an edge over other towns,
has recently introduced the Triglyceride and Low-density Lipoprotein Festival. In addition to festivals, each county has a fair.The above photo shows the Lancaster County Fairgrounds. It is your duty as an Ohioan to attend these festivals/fairs and at least buy an elephant ear. Don't forget
the Port Clinton Walleye Festival!


While winging your way to Florida

Get to know the geography.... Of Florida , I mean. I've run into Ohioans who couldn't tell you where Toledo is but they know the exact distance from Fort Myers to Bonita Springs . That's because all Ohioans go to Florida in the winter. Or plan to when they retire. Or are related to retired Ohioans who have a place in Sarasota . We consider Florida to be the Lower Peninsula of Ohio. Take a second and visit Fort Myers a quality time road trip

Life is a Trip: The Transformative Magic of Travel

If you can't afford to spend the winter in Florida , use the state excuse, which is that you stay here because you like the change of seasons. You'll be lying, but that's OK. We've all done it.


Speaking of Ohio weather, wear layers or die. The thing to remember about Ohio seasons is that they can occur at anytime. We have spring-like days in January and wintry weekends in October. April is capable of providing a sampling
of all four seasons in a single 24-hour period. For these reasons, Ohio is the Layering Capital of the World. Even layering, however, can pose danger...Golfers have been known to dress for hypothermia (just as my wife) and end up dead of heat stroke because they couldn't strip off their layers of plaid fast enough on a changeable spring morning. How about a good golf joke (CLICK)

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Another festival the Circleville Pumpkin show.

Green Mountain Coffee Pumpkin Spice, K-Cup Portion Pack for Keurig K-Cup Brewers, 24-Count

Now, a little more about geography: Don't take Ohio place names literally. Upper Sandusky is below regular Sandusky . Circleville is square. East Liverpool has no counterpart to the west. Also, if a town has the same name as a foreign capital... Lima or Berlin or Louisville , for must not pronounce it that way lest you come under suspicion as a spy. Hence, it's not LEE-ma as in Peru , but LYE-ma as in bean, and it's BER-lin, not ber-LIN, like in Germany . Louisville in Ohio is pronounced Looisville, not looeyville as in Kentucky .


Become mulch literate. Ohioans love mulch and appreciate its subtle differences. Learn the difference between hardwood, cypress and pine bark at a minimum. Researchers think the state affinity with mulch derives from its relatively flat terrain. People have a subconscious need for topography, and when it can't be supplied naturally, they are more likely to make little mulch hillocks in their front yards. Make sure to visit the Dawes Arboretum.

MB900432487 In order to talk sports with obsessive fans in Ohio , you have to be knowledgeable on three levels -- professional, college and high school. The truly expert Ohio sports fan knows not only the name of the hotshot quarterback at Canton-McKinley High School, but also what college he's interested in, how much he bench-presses, who he took to the prom and what he got on his biology quiz last week. Oh.. there is only one The Ohio State University……………

The best way to sell something in Ohio is to attach the term "Amish" to it. The product need not be genuinely Amish. This would explain the existence of Amish moo shu pork. Make sure to visit Millersburg & Shreve. Check out the Quality time road trip to Amish Country

The Amish Cook's Baking Book It says Amish so buy it

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Know the State casserole. The State casserole consists of canned green beans, Campbell 's cream of mushroom soup and dried onions. You can safely take this casserole to any social event and know that you will be accepted. In fact, Neil
Armstrong almost took this casserole to the moon in case he encountered alien life there. NASA nixed the plan out of concern that the casserole would overburden the Apollo rocket at lift-off.

In Ohio we have a parade for everything. We celebrate everything from the Honey Bee to the Fourth of July.

HOWDTDOODY1 Have a great day.Cold one in Ohio no golf today.LOLBookmark and Share

Check out:: Classic Hollywood Squares

“This is old stuff and you've probably seen it (or something similar) before, but it's still hilarious. It's from the original Hollywood Squares TV show. The host, Peter Marshall, would ask the questions, and the stars would ad-lib some great answers”



Wednesday, February 22, 2012

Postcards from Monticello for Postcrossing

Wishing everyone a great day from Lancaster,Ohio


Today I mailed seven postcards showing scenes from Monticello. Monticello, a 5,000-acre plantation, was the home of Thomas Jefferson, author of the Declaration of Independence, third president of the United States, and founder of the University of Virginia. Monticello is the only historic house in the U.S. on the United Nations' World Heritage List.


Postcards sent to: Winnert,Germany..Vitsebsk,Belarus..Asbest,Russian Federation..Morphett Vale SA,Australia..Fukuoka,Japan..AH noordwelle,Netherlands..Krakow,Poland………

To see some of the cards I have received check out: Post Crossing:: A My Quality Time Post……


Two buy some postcards check out:: I Feel a Sin Coming On: 30 Postcards ..… Vintage Postcards from Vanity Fair: One Hundred Classic Covers, …1913-1936…...  Greetings from the Onion: 100 Rectangular Postal Cards Suitable for the Futile Act of Corresponding with Other Miserable Inhabitants of Earth…….

BEAM ME UP Have a great day. Good thing I’m not delivering the mail. LOL…..