Archive for the ‘Travel’ Category

Crooked Tree Outdoor Art Fair!

July 28, 2018

CTAC_logoIt is the last Saturday of July which means that it is time for the Crooked Tree Outdoor Art Fair on the campus of Northwestern Michigan College in Traverse City, Michigan.  In its 58th year, this juried art fair brings together more than 100 artists from all over the country to exhibit their works which includes the following media: Painting, Drawing, Collage, Graphics, Leather, Sculpture, Jewelry, Fiber, Wood, Metal, Glass, Photography, Pottery, and Mixed Media.  The fair runs from 9 AM until 4 PM today.

I have been fortunate to acquire a great many works from this art fair over the years and I am anticipating the treasures that I will discover this year.  Fabulous Michigan artists that I have collected from this particular event include: Katie Chichester Mester, Deborah Hoover, and John Fletcher, to name a few.

Post-Travel!

June 18, 2018

Happy Monday!  And, for me, Happy “First-Day-Back-To-Work-After-a-Weeklong-Absence!”  And, while I was away on business attending a conference, rather than away for pleasure, I’m experiencing what is commonly called the vacation blues (or the holiday blues in some countries), or sometimes even referred to as post-travel depression [PTD], a much less common phrase, but actually a more accurate description of my current return.

Following a quick search of the internet, I have come to find out that this is a commonly written about phenomenon.  Who knew?  Here are some recent articles to get you started (and there are many, many more).

The good news for me, there are a few of the common suggestions that I already incorporate into my routine: start planning the next vacation, return a couple of days prior to having to return to work (and continue relaxing, but in familiar surroundings), and exercising while away

Stay Safe Out There!

June 4, 2018

Now that Memorial Day has come and gone, the summer travel season has officially started.  So, be careful when you are out and about and never risk driving drunk (or buzzed), it is just not worth it!  Here is an infographic that highlights some of the dangers.  And, while the statistics referenced in this infographic are a bit old (2012) you can always get more up-to-date statistics from the National Highway Traffic and Safety Administration (NHTSA).

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Unheeded Warnings!

April 14, 2018

Despite receiving numerous warning of sea ice, it wasn’t until her lookouts actually saw the ice that the danger was realized and by then it was too late to take evasive action.  The Titanic struck the iceberg at approximately 10:40 PM and began sinking on this date in 1912.  A tragic event indeed.   When they made the movie “Titanic,” I’m sure the Hollywood took more than their share of liberties with the story (for entertainment value, of course), but the theme song, “My Heart Will Go On,” by Celine Dion continues to stir my emotions.

The Pony Express!

April 9, 2018

The Pony Express, utilizing horse and rider teams in relay fashion, was an early mail-delivery system between St. Joseph, Missouri, and Sacramento, California (more than 2,000 miles).  But did you know . . .

  • they were more than twice as fast as their competitors?
  • they were a financial failure and only remained in business for nineteen months?
  • there was a weight limit on the riders?
  • the riders were required to take a loyalty oath?
  • the mail was carried in a specially designed saddlebag?
  • the cost kept ordinary people from using the Pony Express?
  • one rider completed a 380-mile run in less than two days?
  • the riders didn’t have the deadliest job?
  • Buffalo Bill Cody was not a Pony Express rider?
  • the transcontinental telegraph is what put the Pony Express out of business?

Source: www.history.com

Oops!

February 22, 2018

Luckily this has never happened to me (yet), but I can only imagine the sinking feeling if it ever did.  And, while this is meant as a joke, I wonder how many times in a day that this actually occurs?  Enjoy!

A woman went to the airport for a flight to Omaha. She joined the long line at the security checkpoint for Concourse B, and waited. By the time she reached the head of the line, it was clear that she would miss her flight if it took off as scheduled.

The guard took a look at her ticket, and said, “I’m sorry. You’ve got a problem here.”

“Yes,” she sighed. “It looks like I won’t make this flight to Omaha.”

“No,” the guard explained. “This is the line for missing the flight to Houston. The line for missing your flight to Omaha is at Concourse C.”

Necktie of the Month – January 2018!

January 3, 2018

Necktie - Fireplace ReliefHappy Wednesday!  Here is the latest necktie that I have added to my collection. This one represent an architectural design (courtesy of Frank Lloyd Wright) and is titled: “Fireplace Relief.”  I found this particular necktie while visiting the Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art back in September.  I had just completed a wonderful holiday weekend in the Eureka Springs (Arkansas) area and strategically planned a trip to this museum on the way back to Tulsa.  So, while perusing the assorted art-related items in the gift shop, I came upon several neckties and ended up taking this one home.  I also found an amazing table lamp that I purchased (will post this lamp sometime next month). This necktie will pair best with my browns and other earth-toned dress shirts.  Shown here with my beige shirt, it should also go well with my brown shirt for sure (not quite the same brown that is the background of the tie, but it should compliment this hue quite nicely) as well as my standard white shirt.  And for that really bold look, my bright orange shirt (or possibly even the pale orange one) will really make this necktie pop!   Woohoo!

Fields of Gold!

December 10, 2017

MosaicBack in September (over the extended Labor Day weekend) I had the occasion to revisit Eureka Springs (Arkansas) with a friend and discovered that a work of art I had taken a liking to on a previous visit (but had not purchased) was still available.  Needless to say, I was not about to leave this shop a second time without securing this piece for my collection.  The artist: Fran Carlin, the title: Fields of Gold, the medium: glass mosaic.  Fran discovered mosaics working under the master, James Hubbell, and later studied in Ravenna, Italy.  Her work is positively stunning and I am delighted to have had this opportunity to add one of her pieces to my collection.

A Couple of Recommendations!

October 25, 2017

If you ever find yourself in the Eureka Springs area (northwestern Arkansas), there are several neat things to see and do.  Disclaimer: I certainly have not seen or done everything that there is to see or do in Eureka Springs, but there are a few things worthy of mention as “not to miss” if you get the chance (and depending on your interests).  In addition to the numerous art shops and galleries (always worthy of visiting in my opinion), I would highly recommend a visit to the Thorncrown Chapel.  Whether you are interested in the architecture (or not), or just merely want to enjoy the beautiful setting, it would be time well spent.

Another activity that was really well done and that I totally enjoyed was the Great Passion Play.  I’m not exactly sure I was surprised by this but it really exceeded my expectations tremendously and was a very enjoyable way to spend an evening (especially if you arrange to take advantage of the buffet dinner preceding the play).

Another really unique attraction: Quigley’s Castle, aka, “the Ozarks strangest dwelling.” Very unique indeed, but very interesting as well.

Or discover your own “treasures” and favorite attractions in this quaint and charming community nestled in the Ozarks of northwestern Arkansas!

The Narrows!

September 21, 2017

Zion_NarrowsFor the last several days I have enjoyed being in and around Zion National Park (Utah) where we had the opportunity to hike “the Narrows” as well as several other short hikes along some other trails in the park.  What an awesome experience!   We opted for the top-down hike from Chamberlain Ranch (16-mile trek); our planning began several months ago since we needed to arrange for permits to hike in this direction.  We also were hoping that by going in the fall, despite the possibility of slightly “higher” and colder water, that the weather would be a bit more stable — i.e., less rain and a lower chance of flash flooding hazards. From here we will be heading up to the north rim of the Grand Canyon to hike for a couple of days before returning home. Ah, the joy of being disconnected . . . a little therapy, courtesy of nature!