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2012/282: Portage River Light

Also called Jacobsville Light. This lighthouse is privately owned, and it wasn’t clear whether or not they offered tours. One website said they did, another said they didn’t. We decided to stop anyway (and at least take some pictures) and were greeted by the owner. We asked about tours and she said that we were welcome to climb the tower and sent us to meet her husband, who was already up there, and he gave us a nice history of the lighthouse and the area.

44 feet above the ground

2012/281: Solitude

2012/280: Sand Hills Lighthouse

Sand Hills Lighthouse is in Ahmeek, Michigan and run as a bed & breakfast. They don’t offer tours, but that didn’t stop us from looking at it from the outside.

2012/279: Eagle River Falls

Eagle River Falls was another easy-to-find roadside waterfall. Of course the girls were especially happy, because that meant not having to hike who-knows-how-far to get to it 😉

2012/278: Brave

Found this little butterfly right next to Jacobs Falls and had a little photo shoot while Greg and the kids were busy picking thimble berries.  He (she?) was truly brave because I got to get within about half an inch with my iPhone and olloclip. These photos, however, were taken with my Nikon and macro lens.

2012/277: Jacobs Falls

Jacobs Falls was very easy to find…it was right next to the road, and you couldn’t miss it.

2012/276: Italian Car Fest (6)

1952 Triumph Limousine
Don’t think this was actually part of the Italian Car Fest, as it was parked outside, in the “Italian Car Parking”. Didn’t stop me from taking pictures, though 😉

For anyone who’d like you know what’s written on the sign in the first photo, here are the car facts:
Engine: 4cyl 2088cc
Transmission: 3 speed
Wheel base: 111 inches
Horsepower: 68 BHP
Top speed: 77.5 mph
Max torque: 1300 in-lbs.
0 to 60 in 25 seconds
Cost: £1440 ($4032)
190 cars manufactured, 17th car built
Build date: 20 January 1952, Registered in Coventry
Restored in 2006, Imported in 2012

2012/275: Italian Car Fest (5)

The Italian Connection:  1964 Triumph TR4  (design by Michelotti)

2011/305: Bonus – Spider!

Can’t have Halloween without a creepy little spider, can we? 😉

2011/304: Happy Halloween!

Seems the trees in our front yard have become the home of a few ghosts…

Oh-oh, this one noticed that I was taking pictures… should I be scared?

2011/303: Sulphur Spring

Chickasaw National Recreation Area, Sulphur, Oklahoma.
Got real close to the water to get these shots, and lets just say the smell wasn’t exactly pleasant. The sacrifices we make for the sake of a few pictures…

2011/302: Sulphur, Oklahoma

The kids didn’t have school this past Monday, and Greg took the day off work. I had just gotten some Oklahoma travel guides in the mail, including Oklahoma Fall Foliage Tours.
A long week-end, and the possibility of fall colors…. the perfect excuse reason for a little getaway!
Our first stop was the Chickasaw National Recreation Area, just south of Sulphur.

Yes, the water did have a certain smell to it, but it wasn’t too bad.

2011/301: Cannstatter Volksfest

Oh, how I miss it!
Some of you may know that I grew up in Stuttgart, Germany. Bad Cannstatt, to be exact, which is a suburb of Stuttgart. 
The Volksfest is a big carnival (October Fest), starting in late September and ending in mid October, lasting for three weeks.
It was something we looked forward to, and we met our friends there after school several times in those three weeks. We had son much fun! Admission is free, and you only pay for the rides you want to go on.
This year, my best friend sent me a little surprise in the mail… a gingerbread heart from the Cannstatter Volksfest. I thought about saving it, but then decided to eat it 🙂

(Here’s a little more about the Volksfest history if anyone is interested)

I think those yellow globs with the white globs at the top of the heart are supposed to be beer glasses.

2011/300: The Edge


2011/298: Fenced

I hate being stuck at home on week-ends. Seems more boring than being stuck at home during the week.
Thankfully this past week-end wasn’t one of those stuck-at-home ones.



“Thoughtfulness is to a friendship what sunshine is to a garden”
~ Anonymous

2011/295: Berries (Orange)

2011/294: Berries (Red)

2011/293: October Photo Hunt

This post is for Karen’s October Photo Hunt. The theme? Idioms.
I wasn’t sure how to tackle it, so I took it literally (can’t wait to see what her other participants came up with). And thank goodness for the link with the list of idioms, Karen posted, because I probably only would have been able to come up with one. Maybe two. Requirement was three photos, and I got… well, let’s just say I made up for all the photo hunts I didn’t participate in. I’m getting extra points, right? 😉
OK, here goes…

Come rain or shine

Don’t count your chickens before they hatch

She’s got a chip on her shoulder (and it’s a PITA, too!)

On the fence

X marks the spot (in this case, a coffee spot on my kitchen counter. Texture added to make it look less boring)

Let the cat out of the bag (or don’t)

Wear your heart on your sleeve

Tying the knot (although it looks like this knot has already been tied!)

That’s how the cookie crumbles (can you think of a better excuse reason to buy cookies than for a little photo shoot?)

On pins and needles (ouch! Glad I didn’t have to be the model for this one!)

The last straw (and also the last idiom photo hunt picture)

Bonus: “Show me Halloween!” Thank goodness this didn’t have to have anything to do with idioms, because I searched and searched, and couldn’t find a single one! So here’s two of the cute scary little ghosts, that are haunting our trees.

This was fun!! And if anyone wants to participate, there’s still time. Due date is Oct. 31, 2011!

2011/292: Woodpecker

Came home from the store, and as I got out of the car, I heard little tapping sounds. Looked around to see where they were coming from and what they were, and found this little guy in one of the trees in front of our house. I hurried inside to get may camera, and was lucky enough to snap a picture or two as he made me chase him around the tree for a better angle.

2011/291: What Am I?

Haven’t played this game in a while. Any guesses what this could be? It’s an easy one, isn’t it?
The first person who guesses correctly wins….. the SmartyPants Award!  (aka bragging rights)  😉

2011/290: Toppings

At the local Yogurtville. I usually skip the toppings, though.