07.22.16 Goat Island at Niagara Falls, New York

Friday, July 22, 2016 – Goat Island is an island that splits the Niagara River, causing it to flow along both sides of it to form the American Falls on one side and the Horseshoe Falls on the other.  This is a good picture showing Goat Island’s location.  You can either drive onto the island and park, or walk over a bridge to get there.  The parking on Goat Island in one of the two parking lots is $10 for the day.  On Tuesday of this week Roy and I visited there to experience more of the amazingness of Niagara Falls.


We enjoyed a beautiful day there walking all over.  We saw the horseshoe falls from a different perspective.  Last Monday when we saw them it was from the Canadian side and Tuesday we saw it from the American side.

20160719_125516 I loved the beautiful purple flowers right on the edge of the rushing water!20160719_125341 20160719_125154 20160719_125126 Not only did we get to see the Falls from the American side, we also got to walk away from the Falls on a lovely walkway along the Niagara River and see it up close as it was rushing to the Falls.   It was absolutely amazing not to see people swept up in the rushing river going over the falls since there is nothing that stops you from just walking into the river.  Even a tiny fence at one place was easily walked around and right now to the water!!



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A good ways along the walkway we came upon an area where you could turn off and walk to Three Sisters Island, a series of small islands with a walkway between each island.  The views from each of the walkways of the river rushing by cascading over small falls and the final island was breathtaking.

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We took a ride on the Niagara Falls Trolley all around the island and the rest of the Niagara State Park to give our feet a little rest!


When we were finished with all our seeing we enjoyed a delicious meal at the Top of the Falls overlooking the Falls.

20160719_161519 20160719_152057 20160719_151659 I did not want to leave there that day.  I was absolutely mesmerized watching the falls and the rushing water.  God’s handiwork is displayed here in all its glory! I think I took so many photos so that I’ll always be able to look at them and remember our amazing time here!  We bought a Niagara Falls puzzle so I’ll get to play around with that soon!

This was our treat after a long day and a photo of the beautiful back roads here in New York.

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We’ll be leaving this area on Sunday morning headed for Accord, NY where we’ll stay for nine days.  Don’t know what there is to see around there so we’ll see.

After that we’re headed for the FMCA (Family Motor Coach Association) Convention in West Springfield, Massachusetts where we’ll be joining my boss Curtis to represent RVillage there.

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07.20.16 The Museum of Neuroanatomy at the University of Buffalo in New York

20160720_12395120160720_124344Wednesday, July 20, 2016 –  I have a deep personal interest in the human brain, what it looks like, what makes it work, and what does it look like when it doesn’t work.  When I found out that, near our RV park in Buffalo New York, a museum with actual brains existed I wanted to go!  I contacted the Professor, Dr. Christopher Cohan, curator of the Brain Museum as well as teaching 2nd year medical students about the human brain.  He was quite nice, and said yes we could come visit which is what we did today.

Remember all the photos are clickable to see them larger.  Who wouldn’t love to see a brain larger!!!

The University of Buffalo, South Campus is a really nice campus and it was kinda cool to be back on a college campus.  What I remember of our old Biology building was that it smelled like formaldahyde, this one didn’t!!

He allowed me to actually hold a human brain (with gloves on of course).  It was heavier than I thought it would be and really cool! Kind of looked like molded cooked chicken!

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I had to throw these next two in just to show you I did enjoy holding it!  It took a bit to get use to thinking I was holding a brain!20160720_124102 20160720_124101Chris spent two hours with us explaining so much about the brain as we walked throughout the museum.  It’s such a complicated body organ.

The Museum of Neuroanatomy is dedicated to the study of the brain.  It consists of specimens, models, photographs, x-rays, brain images and other exhibits.  The museum serves as a learning experience for medical students as well as being open to the general public.

The museum’s collection focuses on the anatomy of the normal human brain in undissected and dissected preparation.  Imagine a whole room full of brains both normal and diseased. Somewhere around 90 to be a little more exact.

We got to see what a brain looks like after a major stroke.  The one we saw has a large hole in it from the dead area affected by the stroke.

20160720_120148 20160720_120153We also got to see what an Alzheimers brain looks like.  I now have better understanding about the grey matter that is so important to healthy braining functioning but is slowly eaten away over time for someone with Alzheimers.

20160720_124550 20160720_124543 We also got to see what a brain tumor looks like.  Knowing that a friend of mine is experiencing this made it more important to me.


Seeing is a big part of understanding and seeing today the various parts of a brain that are not exactly perfect in my brain was very helpful.  Chris explained things in terms of what a specific part of a brain is responsible for rather than just using the name of the part.  I can imagine that his medical students love having him as a Professor.  Here he is in front of the showcases.

20160720_124841There is a section in the museum about aneurysms with examples of aneurysms on brain parts and in a blood vessel.  There was a small display that showed what abdomen, heart and brain stints look like and how much they cost.  He opened up the showcase to take out the tubing with wiring in it that is used by neurosurgeons to get to damaged brain parts.  He pulled the tiny wire out of the tubing and then pushed what’s inside the wiring out.  Wow, it could get into even the tiniest of spaces.

First picture is a vein Aneurysm.


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Roy went today for me, but I believe he came away having learned a lot and enjoyed himself!  If you’re ever in the Buffalo, NY area and are interested in a tour send Chris an email at ccohan@buffalo.edu.  Give him as much notice as you can, preferably a week.

Thanks Chris for the great tour and all you allowed us to see and do!

On Tuesday we went to Goats Island by Niagara Falls and saw all of it from a different perspective.  The brain visit was so cool I had to publish it first!

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07.14.16 Niagara Falls in New York – Part Three, the Canadian side

Here’s the map again to help with where everything is located.

Thursday, July 14, 2016 – If you haven’t read the first two parts of this three part blog post, here are links to those.  USA side – Part OneMaid of the Mist – Part Two

Now on to part three which will cover all we saw and did while on the Canadian side of the falls. WARNING: It may take a while to load all the pictures and videos.

I said last time that the Canadian side is as different from the USA side as night and day.  The main reason is that the Canadian side is totally commercial with some nice walking trails mixed in.

In Canada the view encompasses all of the falls.  There is a 1.25 mile walkway between the Rainbow Bridge where you cross into Canada and the end where the Horseshoe Falls are located. The photos below are in the order as we saw them.  First are photos of us getting to Canada from the US walking over the Rainbow Bridge.

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Finally we’re in Canada.  This is our first time in Canada ever! This next part will show you how commercialized this side is.  Shopping everywhere, place after place wanting your attention and your money.  I’m not knocking it, it was cool, just very different than the US side.

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Looking back up Clifton Hills from the walkway by the Falls.20160711_151806

Finally we entered the park like area and started walking down the path along the Niagara Gorge where we could see the falls the best.

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And the photos that you’ve probably been waiting for are here!  This is the first look of what the falls look like from the Canadian side.

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The American Falls and Bridal Veil Falls from the Canadian Side.  You really can see all their beauty from Canada.20160711_153658 20160711_154115

Because of the distance we covered on the walk, we sat down as often as we could.  This is what the falls look like from a sitting position!!!20160711_154914 20160711_155743

The Horseshoe falls with a Maid of the Mist heading into the mist.20160711_155957

Hotels lined the other side of the street from the walkway.  Every hotel you can imagine is here.20160711_160235

Looking down the walkway – you can see the large amount of tourists on this side.20160711_160434

Getting closer to the Horseshoe falls.  I couldn’t help but snap a photo every few feet.  Over 100 photos were deleted from the blog post about the Canada side leaving over 50 here.20160711_161041

After getting soaking wet on the Maid of the Mist it all came back as we got closer and closer to the Horseshoe Falls.20160711_161825

We were able to get right next to and on top of the falls.  This to me was one of the most amazing experiences.  In the pictures below you can see the very edge of the falls with the water flowing over it.  20160711_162152 20160711_162421 20160711_162758

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This is on our way back down the 1.25 mile walkway looking back at the American Falls.20160711_163008

Since you’ve seen the falls over and over and over in the photos I don’t think you need me to explain what these videos are showing.  There are several and each time I went through them I determined they all need to be shared so here they are!

After we walked from one end to the other and back we heard from the Ashliman’s that they were in our area.  Walking across the parkway we saw them!  We walked up Clifton Hill (the area that is similar to Las Vegas) with them stopping for the children to play with the giant marble Roy previously played with.  They took photos with the tall man I took a photo with earlier.

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Roy, myself, Ron, Nichole, Trevor, Melanie and Holly had a great visit at Ruby Tuesdays.  It was wonderful to see the children, now three years older, and their parents.  They were so kind to us when we visited them in Decatur, Indiana three years ago and we’ve kept our connection through Facebook since then! Here’s Nichole, Holly and Melanie!


Here we all are after visiting!


Here’s a link to the two blog posts from back then.

Church, Party and Parade (where we met the Aschlimans)

God sat us in the right place – October 2013

After telling them goodbye we walked around a bit exploring some of the shops, especially the Hershey’s store!

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Being almost totally exhausted we took the walk across the bridge back to the US!20160711_190527 20160711_190734 20160711_191010

Our time in Niagara last Monday was wonderful.  We’ll be in the area until Sunday, July 24th so our plans are to rest for a while and then head back to see Goat’s Island which has a different view of the falls, a nearby city Niagara on the Lake, and maybe eat at the Top of the Falls.  I guess you can tell if I could camp out long term at the falls I would!!

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07.13.16 Niagara Falls in New York – Part Two, Maid of the Mist Boat Tour

If you missed the first part of this three part blog post here’s a link to it!  Niagara Part One20160711_122750Wednesday, July 13, 2016 – After touring the USA side of Niagara Falls we went for a ride on the “Maid of the Mist.”  As they say on their website:

Hear the crashing waves. See the breathtaking views. Soak up every drop of powerful spray aboard the Maid of the Mist.  Build mist-covered memories that will last a lifetime. Soak up every moment of natural and historical amazement — like millions before you have. Journey into the heart of one of North America’s most powerful waterfalls. Hear the thundering roar of 600,000 gallons of water falling right before your eyes. Feel the mighty rush of the mist on your face aboard the Maid of the Mist. It’s the only way to experience one of the world’s most amazing natural wonders right here in the U.S.A.

The tickets for adults are $18.95.  If it was triple that it would have been worth it!  You will be able to see exactly how happy we were in the photos below. There is a Maid of the Mist that leaves from the Canadian side as well.

The first step was checking out the The Tower’s Observation Deck which extends out over the Niagara Gorge and is the only place in the Park to view both the American and Horseshoe Falls at the same time!  Once you view all that, you take an elevator ride down 200 feet to the side of the water.  There you receive your blue rain coat and board the Maid of the Mist.  Our elevator is the first photo below – yes I took a photo of the elevator!  Remember, all photos are clickable to see them larger.


This is the Observation Tower from down on the water.20160711_120729The Maid of the Mist boarding area


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The Rainbow bridge we walked across to get to Canada as seen from the water.20160711_120647One of the Maid of the Mist vessels.


So that you will know what you’re seeing, the first falls you’ll see are the two in America, the American Falls and the Bridal Veil Falls.  The ones that seem to surround us and have the most mist that hit us are the Horseshoe Falls which are Canadian falls.

The boat goes slowly in front of the American falls and when it gets to the Horseshoe Falls it pauses for several minutes while we took in the experience.  The force of water from the falls on the sides and in front cause the boat to not sit very still which made for an exciting and quite wet experience.  You cannot prepare for when you need the rain coat hood on so it is probably best to wear it all the time. I didn’t and ended up looking like a wet rat.

These first photos are leading up to and seeing the American Falls and the Bridal Veil Falls.


Looking back at the boat launch.20160711_121445

The amazing American Falls.  They are the majority of his area.  The Bridal Veil Falls are the area on the right after a rock wall separation.  It can be seen better in some of the photos.20160711_12154020160711_12155520160711_12165120160711_12165920160711_12175020160711_12180720160711_121853After those two falls is a several hundred foot stretch where there are no falls.  Seagulls and other beautiful birds fly around the area and seem to make their home on the water’s edge there!

This photo below shows one of the wooden walkways that you can pay to see the falls closer up on.  Perhaps next week when we return we’ll try that one out!



I do not think anything can prepare you for the exhilaration of entering the mist near the Horseshoe Falls.  The Maid of the Mist sits in place there for several moments and then turns in place to head back.  I have nothing to compare the experience to! The photos and videos may look like a lot of white but it’s beautiful white when you’re there!





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After turning around we headed back in front of the American and Bridal Veil Falls.20160711_122902 20160711_122834

Here we are pulling up to the boat launch ready to go back up to the top of the Observation Tower and then over the bridge to Canada!


Next, we went across the Rainbow Bridge to the Canadian side and it is as different from the US side as night and day. This video is looking down on the Maid of the Mist turning around from the Canadian side.

We were quite blessed while we were in Canada to get to visit with the Aschliman family.  We first met them three years ago while watching the Callithumpian parade in Decatur, Indiana.  To find out they were also in Niagara Falls when we were was amazing, and we took advantage of this opportunity to visit them in Canada.

While we are in Niagara Falls our son Chip and his family are enjoying time with Mickey in Disneyworld!  More on our visit with the Aschliman family and our visit to Canada in part three which I’ll put together tomorrow!

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07.12.16 Niagara Falls in New York – Part One, the USA side

20160711_110303Tuesday, July 12, 2016 – Monday was one of the most amazing days of our life!  Niagara Falls is the bomb!!!  If it’s not already on your bucket list, it should be!

This experience will be presented in three parts.  1)  Niagara from the USA side, 2) The Maid of the Mist boat tour by the falls and 3) Niagara from the Canadian side.

The two side of Niagara are different and I found a article that explains the differences well.  You can read it by clicking here!  We followed their recommendation at the end for how we saw the falls and it all worked out fine.  There are many different things to see and do and we didn’t do all of it.  We feel 20160711_104521like what we did covered most all of what we really desired to see.

We’ll be in the area until Sunday July 24th so there will be lots of time next week for us to go back and see other things!

We started out at 10:00 am for the hour drive to get us to Niagara Falls.  As we started seeing Canada and Niagara signs I started getting happy!

First, parking can be a challenge.  The lot we chose to try out was full so we drove around a bit and came back.  They had some openings and were able to go in.  Absolutely the perfect parking spot!!!  We were able to return to it a couple of times and unload our loot!

It costs nothing to see Niagara Falls except for the two quarters it costs to return to the USA side.  Doing things other than looking do cost but it is truly amazing that you can see it for no cost.  The parking on the USA side is $10 and on the Canadian side is $20.

20160711_111328After walking through a very attractive state park we entered the Visitors Center which is a multi level building that contains information, a museum and a gift shop.20160711_112828 20160711_113944 20160711_113957When leaving the visitors center this is the first sight we had of the falls.  It is much less crowded on the US side than the Canadian side. 20160711_114420I was totally unaware of the layout of the area and found a map that is helpful.  On top is the United States, on the left is the Rainbow bridge we walked across to Canada and the bottom is Canada.


Here we go!!!!!  The photos.

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The view of the falls from the Boardwalk way above the falls.  You can see both the falls on the US side and some of the falls that wrap around the end from USA to Canada.  The mist coming up from there at the end can be seen from miles away and feels like rain when you get anywhere close to that area!20160711_115649 20160711_115652

You can start to see the walkway that leads up the side of the falls.  That is an attraction that you can pay $14 for.  It use to go under the falls but a rockslide and some other damage they found showed it wasn’t safe so now it runs up each side of the US falls.20160711_124029 20160711_124519

One of the Maid of the Mist boats (it looks so tiny here) from up on the Boardwalk.20160711_124623Some of the walking area down right by the bottom of the falls that leads to the walk way up to the top.20160711_124627The Canadian side (a small bit) and the bridge we crossed to get from USA to Canada and back.20160711_124756

The suds and other things created by the falls hitting the river going under the bridge we crossed.  It is all so beautiful, even this.  The water is an amazing bluish green and even lighter on the USA side due to a water fall that empties into the river at that end.20160711_124759The rock walls on the US side.20160711_124803Looking down from the boardwalk to where people are getting their blue rain coats before boarding the Maid of the Mist.  We were one of those folks just a little bit after this!20160711_124836In this picture you see the walking area and the walkway up next to the falls, the falls and the viewing area from the US side.

20160711_124938Across from the parking lot is a large glass building serving as a Welcome Center.  Mostly they sell souvenirs and food.  Not one bite of American food, however.  There was Indian food, Italian food, Mexican food, Chinese food, and more.  Not only was there no American food but it was all horribly overpriced.   One of the things I would have wondered is why Indian food?  Well at least one out of every two visitors to the Falls is Indian.  We’ve found over and over as we’ve traveled that more people from other countries visit these places than our own Americans.  Can’t quite figure that one out. 20160711_131827 20160711_131831Our parking lot To the left is the large glass building you just saw, behind the trees in the back is the US State Park leading to the falls.  Behind us was the Pedestrian walkway to Canada.

At this point in our day we went on the Maid of the Mist and we went to Canada.  So that I can keep everything we did or saw on the US side together here is what we saw and did after visiting Canada when we got back to America.

When you return to America or just go into America there is a turnstile that wants fifty cents.  If you only have dollars you can get change in machines in the same room.20160711_191304

In the middle of the bridge going from country to country is a place showing where the International Boundary Line is located.20160711_192122

This is taken looking towards the automobile border crossing behind me.20160711_192351

We enjoyed a delicious burger at Hard Rock Cafe in Niagara Falls, NY.  Very cool place and we loved the food!20160711_204319

I thought this was cool.  As evening started getting darker the half moon at the top and the mist from the falls at the bottom looked so neat I had to take a photo!20160711_210843These are photos as the sun went down and the colors were turned on at the Falls.

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Some of the Canadian skyline in the evening.20160711_212118

In my next blog post I’ll share our experience on the Maid of the Mist going down the river and pausing for a few minutes in the middle of the horseshoe falls where the mist was the thickest.  We did not get home until almost midnight so you can tell there is a lot more of our experience to share! This is a really good photo I found that shows the horseshoe falls from the air.  Puts it into great perspective.


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07.10.16 MLB Hall of Fame in Cooperstown, NY – Part Three

NB_HOF_logoBack in January of this year Ken Griffey Jr. and Mike Piazza were elected to the Hall of Fame.  Their induction will occur two weeks after we’re there. Ken Griffey Jr. has been our son Chip’s favorite play all his life so this will be a big Hall of Fame induction for for him!

Some of the Museum stores items and a look at the store.

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Remember you can click on any photo to enlarge it!  All that I’ve included in these three blog posts is just a tiny bit of what all we saw.  I took photos of things related to players I like so your experience probably would be quite different.  If you’re a baseball enthusiast I recommend going there one day.

One of the absolute best things about our visit was hearing dads and sometimes moms share stories about players achievments with their sons and daughters.  What memories that’s creating!

20160708_163940That wraps up our visit to the MLB Hall of Fame in Cooperstown, NY.

As I finish up this on Sunday afternoon we just arrived at Three Valley Campground in Holland, NY.  Either Monday or Tuesday, or maybe both, we’ll go to see the amazing Niagara Falls from both the US and the Canadian sides!

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07.09.16 MLB Hall of Fame in Cooperstown, New York – Part Two


Saturday, July 9, 2016 – On to the rest of the second and third floor of the National Baseball Hall of Fame! Here’s the map of the three floors.  Click on it to see the full size map.  They recommend that you start on the second floor, go to the third and then end at the Hall of Fame on the first floor.  That is what we did and that is why the floor maps are not in order like you’d think they would be.

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20160708_160641These fabric-mache sculptures of baseball fans, represent one of the greats of the National Pastime: the love of the game by their fans!  Most of these portray specific people, but they also honor every fan who loves the game.   20160708_160521As baseball reached the last 20 years it seemed to become a whole new ballgame.  The love of baseball was renewed and new fans like us came into the baseball fold!


As America reeled from the terrorist attacks on September 11, 2001, Commissioner Bud Selig suspended the baseball season.  Play resumed six days later – not because America had recovered but precisely because it had not. When the teams returned, they bore special caps and jerseys with American flag patches and the date “0-11-01.”  Mike Pizza of the Mets signed his Jersey from that date and it is now in the Hall of Fame.


The Atlanta Braves are our family’s favorite MLB team.  The amazing men who played for them in the good old days have some of their memorabilia here in the Hall of Fame.  Click on the three photos below to see what some of those things are. Tom Glavine’s shoes, Bobby Cox’s Atlanta Cap, John Smoltz’s game winning ball, Greg Maddux’s shoes. 20160708_160115 20160708_160102 20160708_160056

Baseball grew twice in the 1990s, and all four new clubs quickly earned postseason success.  The Arizona Diamondbacks took just four seasons to with their first World Series.  The Florida Marlins accomplished the feat in five, the Tampa Bay and Colorado Rockies teams made multiple playoff appearances and won a pennant during their first fifteen years, feats that have eluded many established clubs.  Three of the newer team’s caps are below. 20160708_160032My favorite hunk of a player was Jose Canseco.  My sons and hubby put up with my crush and have had a lot of good natured fun at my expense reminding me that a ball bounced off his head in the outfield causing a home run for the opposing team!20160708_155848

Mark McGwire and Sammy Sosa home run race kept America watching every game they played in . Click on the second photo below to learn more about “Chicks Dig The Long Ball”20160708_155841 20160708_155825

Some of the interesting exhibits about what make baseball great.  The Field of Dreams poster is in the upper left corner of the first exhibit below.  We visited the site of the Field of Dreams movie a few years ago and loved it!20160708_155639 20160708_155527Chipper Jones’ jersey he wore in 2012, the last of his 19 big league seasons.  The jersey you see me wearing is a Chipper Jones jersey!!!   He was an amazing player and man.  We loved watching through the years!20160708_155445

Stan Musial’s Locker – you know you’re something when they have your locker here!20160708_154812 The Yankee Jersey Lou Gehrig wore in his final year, 1939. 20160708_154709 Women’s Baseball had its own area which was really interesting to walk through. 20160708_154420 20160708_154314To Ted Williams, hitting was a science.  On each of the 77 baseballs displayed below he has assigned a batting average.  Each indicates what he believes his own average would be, if pitches were delivered in those areas of his strike zone. 20160708_154044The New York Yankees launched a new dynasty that saw them win 15 pennants in 18 years.   This is the 1950 team. 20160708_153949

Cy Young’s memorabilia20160708_153731

20160708_153326 Back in 1949 this was how flip down sunglasses were worn – bolted to the cap!!


Here’s for my friend Cat who is an avid Chicago Cubs fan! I thought I had another pic for ya but I don’t. 20160708_152441

One of my favorite exhibit was the large glass case with baseball gear from the 1800s and early 19002.  I encourage you to click on this picture to see all these cool things in a larger form. 20160708_151952 Me, wearing my Chipper Jones jersey, checking out the different team’s cages.   20160708_151348

I end this blog post with the first thing we saw when starting our tour.  Each Major League team has a cage holding information on the team and some of that team’s memorabilia. 20160708_151149Close up of some of the Brave’s information including those players whose jersey’s have been retired.


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07.08.16 MLB Hall of Fame in Cooperstown, New York – Part One

NB_HOF_logoFriday, July 8, 2016 – Today we visited the National Baseball Hall of Fame.   It is an American baseball history museum and hall of fame, located at 25 Main Street in Cooperstown, New York, and operated by private interests. It serves as the central point for the study of the history of baseball in the United States and beyond, displays baseball-related artifacts and exhibits, and honors those who have excelled in playing, managing, and serving the sport. The Hall’s motto is “Preserving History, Honoring Excellence, Connecting Generations.” The word Cooperstown is often used instead of the longer name of the National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum.

The town of Cooperstown is so much more than the Hall of Fame and Museum.  There are many other museums here, lots of shopping opportunities and the short drive from our RV park and back was amazingly 20160708_143015beautiful.  This is the first of three posts about the National Baseball Hall of Fame.  Way to much to cover in one!  The pictures I chose show just a little part of the place.  So much history is covered and so many amazing players’ memorabilia are on display.

The second and third floors are the the museum and the first floor is the Hall of Fame.  Part one and two will cover the trolley ride there, second and third floors  Part two will cover the Hall of Fame. All of the photos in today’s blog post are clickable and will enlarge if you want to see something better. 20160708_142914

There are three trolley pick up places on the Village Trolley Route.  You can park at any of them and for $2 take a ride to several different drop of points, one of which is the Hall of Fame.  The $2 covers the round trip. We got off the trolley a couple of blocks before the Hall of Fame so we could see some of the shops in the area.  There are parking lots in the city of Cooperstown that are between $12 and $14 a day.  We chose the trolley ride and loved it!

The Trolley


Inside the Trolley


A very little bit of what we saw strolling down the streets.   20160708_150055 20160708_145909downtown-cooperstown-cooperstown

Every little town around this area has these balls of flowers hanging from their light posts throughout the town.  Each town has a different color flower ball.  Such a beautiful site to see!vfiles8496 I was a baseball mom for many years, now I’m a softball Grannie, so this tshirt spoke to me quite loudly!!20160708_144840 Here we are walking up to the Hall of Fame building.  It is a very large three story building.



Inside the Hall of Fame and Museum.  It was $15 for seniors and $12 for old military guys.  I believe the regular cost to get in is a little over $20.     20160708_150701

Representation of the “Strike Zone”


Babe Ruth has his own area within the Hall of Fame. So cool seeing all that he did!

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Babe Ruth lugged this 36 inch, 43 ounce Louisville Slugger to his his 57th and 58th home runs of 1921. It takes a strong man to carry a bat like that!20160708_153016

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There was a special room where the Who’s on First video was shown.  If you have never heard the Who’s on First hilarious story, or haven’t seen it in a while, here’s a link to it: Click here

A glass case showed off pins, penants and rings from each year the World Series has been played since 1903.  Here a photo of some of the recent years and information about the 1903: The first modern world series. 20160708_162258 20160708_162136

When Greg Maddux played for the Atlanta Braves he was my very favorite pitcher.  He was called “The Professor” by of his deep knowledge of the intricacies of pitching and known as “Mad Dog!”20160708_162035

Javy Lopez was our oldest son’s favorite player in his younger years.  Javy was an excellent Atlanta Braves catcher as well as a phenomenal hitter.  He was always fun to watch.  I don’t know if he’ll be inducted into the Hall of Fame but he was recognized here!


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Hank Aaron had his own section as well.  He’s one of the amazing Atlanta Braves players from days past!

20160708_16113420160708_161343The locker used by Hank Aaron, at Atlanta Stadium in 1974.  Atlanta Stadium was the Braves home park from 1966 to 1996.  20160708_161317  20160708_161250 I’m going to end today’s blog with one of the wildest and funny mascots.  The Phillie Phanatic is the official mascot of the Philadelphia Phillies Major League Baseball team. He is a large, furry, green bi-pedal creature with an extendable tongue. I’m including him and the Philadelphia Phillies cage showing lots of their memorabilia to say hi to the really nice ladies I had the pleasure of visiting with a couple of evenings ago.  They stayed in the spot next to us and we had a really nice time getting to know each other.  They are on vacation in an RV and love the Phillies!  So thanks ladies for being so nice and we surely did stay away from the Baseball Wax Museum!!!  Thanks for the Tip!!



To my Chicago Cubs buddy Cat Davis, I got a couple of photos of Cubbies things for you, coming up in the next post!

Ya’ll come back now for Part Two, ya’ hear!



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06.23.16 Olde Mystic Village, Seaport and Sea View Snack Bar in Mystic, Connecticut

i_love_new_england__32594.1378922315.1280.1280_1Thursday, June 23, 2016 – We left Connecticut this morning on our way to New Hampshire and Maine which means I’m catching up now on what we did this week while in Connecticut.

After touring the USS Nautilus on Monday we went to the Olde Mystic Village.  At the Village you can stroll the beautiful lanes and enjoy shopping in distinctive buildings designed to represent a New England Village of about 1720.  There were picturesque settings of flowers, trees & duck ponds that surround you as you relax and unwind. There are many benches and rest areas to catch your breath, unwind, enjoy the beautiful surroundings and let your mind slip pleasantly back to another era. Roy patiently strolled with me as I shopped and enjoyed all this Village had to offer! Their address is 27 Coogan Blvd, Mystic, Connecticut.

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These are for my niece, Dana, who loves nautical decorations.  You would have absolutely loved this particular shop.  So much of the shopping around here is nautical stuff!20160620_151549 20160620_151938 20160620_152334 20160620_153916 20160620_153924Some additional photos I got off the internet.  I’m having glare problems with my photos so a lot of mine did not come out.

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Munson’s was a cool shop that made delicious looking chocolates.  We can’t ship chocolates right now (heat… melting)  so we bought some lobster shaped gummis for our granddaughter Kallie!

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Slices of pizza made from chocolate!!20160620_154057 From here we drove through Olde Mystick seeing the seaport where we stopped at the Sea View Snack Bar.  This was no snack we had there, it was a full blown meal! We’ve heard about Lobster Rolls from some of our friends and found this to be one of the top places in the area for delicious lobster rolls.

Where we eat chicken salad in Louisiana, they eat this similar food with lobster instead of chicken.  And it is served on a nicely toasted bun that looks like a hot dog bun but tastes way better!  They served it with french fries and a soft drink for $20 each.  A bit pricey for a snack shack but like I said it was a full blown meal and was quite delicious.


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Not only was the lobster roll delicious but we had the company of a very friendly seagull as we ate our lobster rolls by the sea!

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And here’s Boots in Mystic, Connecticut!20160620_163200

I love cemeteries, Roy does not, so I capture shots when I can.  This one was very cool!


02-newport-jury-2006-award-gdapThis wrapped up a beautiful day of exploring in Connecticut.  On Wednesday we went into Rhode Island to the incredible Ocean town of Newport.  So many amazing photo opportunities that it will take me over night tonight to go through them all!

My new Kindle Paperwhite was waiting for me at the Post Office in Mystic this morning (Wednesday) so I’ll be back to my avid Kindle reading self!  After crunching my regular Kindle Paperwhite, I’ve been reading on my Samsung phone for the last two weeks until we could get to a place where I could have the new one delivered General Delivery.

We’re hoping our new extra phone batteries reach us at our next stop in New Hampshire so we’ll be set for more photos in the next few weeks in New Hampshire, Maine, Vermont, New York, Philadelphia and Massachusetts. Can you imagine how much my phone/camera batteries are put through with all the photos we take and how much we depend on the GPS when we’re on the road.

I truly love New England.  It is everything I thought it might be.  If I could move my family to Connecticut and could afford to live here I would!

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