Archive for February, 2014

Sinagua Village


That’s me at the top of a Southern Sinagua village built between 1125 and 1400. David and I spent time exploring the village and grounds around it.


The stone walls remind me of my trip to Israel.

Join two born-again Christians exploring the Old City of Jerusalem without a tour group. Experience the excitement of discovering the Hebraic roots of our faith. Visit archaeological sites and museums that strengthen our faith. Discover Jewish holidays and learn their significance to Jesus and to us.

Read about thriving churches in the Old City. Mingle with citizens of the Old City. Learn how to shop the souk and communicate with vendors. Hear the call of ancient stones from the Holy Land. Worship with us as we meet with God in churches, synagogues, mosques, tombs, tunnels, ramparts, and the Western Wall.

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Bannisters Wharf was colonial Newport’s commercial lifeline. Today, it is still a lifeline for thousands who come to visit the “City by the Sea” every year. It was once the host for the America’s Cup boats.


It’s easy to find a bench to sit and enjoy people watching.


Bannisters Wharf is an interesting mix of modern touristy restaurants and shops with ministries that cater to retired fisherman who used to work this commercial fishing wharf.


I grew up in Nebraska where everybody talked about cow tipping, but the first time I ever went cow tipping, was at  Bannisters Wharf .  It’s actually a lot easier and a lot more fun than I had imagined. And I didn’t even have to worry about getting arrested. Among all the ships in this port there’s a cute little Ben and Jerry’s Ice Cream store which is in the background of this picture. They had a cow shaped tip jar with a sign that said “cow tipping encouraged.”  Of course I indulged, in more ways than one.


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At two hundred feet I could view Vermont, New York and Massachusetts. This monument commemorates the Battle of Bennington during the Revolutionary War. The cornerstone was laid in 1887 and took two years to build.


As you can see, wave after wave of beautifully colored leaves cover the landscape to the horizon. Now this is what a Fall Foliage Tour is all about!


When I think of the Revolutionary War and this time of year, when everything is so gorgeous I wonder….how could anyone shed blood on a day like today? However, I am well aware that men fought hard on days they would have liked to just enjoy the scenery.


David posing with a depiction of one of our heroic soldiers who fought so valiantly that we could enjoy life in these United States!


As you enter the monument there is a tiny depiction of the battle. Other artifacts are on display.

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This amazing structure reminded me of the Washington Monument from a distance. I’ve been to the top of the Washington Monument and this monument seemed much shorter. As we got closer, our guide told us that this monument is where the Green Mountain Boys stored their ammunition.


David and I were the first to the top, where we found long narrow windows. Because I simply have to prove that my healing from fear of heights is still in effect, I immediately leaned out as far as I could to take pictures of the beautiful landscape.


Yes, my healing is complete. I had no fear, even though we were high above the trees.


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Fall Foilage


I grew up in Western Nebraska and moved to eastern Colorado. Trees were scarce. Sure, every mile or two you might come upon a copse of trees, but not often. When David and I went to New England we saw beautiful trees, dressed in their brilliant nightgowns, as they prepare to go to sleep for the winter.


This is what I consider a typical New England fall scene.


Trying to count the colors is impossible. I must confess that pictures really don’t do the scenery justice. We enjoyed miles and miles of this type of unbelievable color. The lush forests of the summer have simply exploded in magnificent color. Hill after hill filled our eyes with pure pleasure.

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Joseph Conrad Training Ship was used in racing. And it’s built as sleek as a racing ship should be.

In 1936 George Huntington Hartford bought her, added a modern engine, and used her for three years as a private yacht. Under his ownership, the Conrad was matched against the Seven Seas in a square-rigged ship race from the United States to Bermuda and back, each winning one leg. In 1939, the Conrad was transferred by Hartford to the U.S. Maritime Commission and continued in service as an American training ship until 1945. After a two-year lay-up she became, by act of Congress, the property of Mystic Seaport.

David boarded the ship and I took pictures outside. He shot this view of the narrow steps leading below deck.

This small desk and stool made up the ship’s office and library.


On deck, the mast cast a long shadow across the water. Sailing ships need strong masts to carry those huge sails. Whenever we are near bodies of water, I want to go out on the water. I could close my eyes and feel this ship slicing through the sea.


Happy Travels!

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The Joseph Conrad Training Ship has a rich history.


The veteran training ship Joseph Conrad sailed under three flags before mooring permanently at Mystic Seaport in 1947. Built in Copenhagen in 1882 and named Georg Stage as a memorial to the young son of Frederik Stage, a prominent ship owner, the 111-foot vessel, one of the smallest full-rigged ships built in modern times, was designed to accommodate eighty boys in training for the Danish merchant service. From her launching until her sale in 1934, more than 4,000 cadets sailed in her for six-month training courses in the Baltic and North seas. Run down by a British freighter in 1905, the Georg Stage sank, taking 22 young men with her. However, she was raised and repaired and soon resumed her career.


On deck this is the view. I love the wood and wheel. This would be a great setting in a book.


Check out this cannon.


Happy Trails!

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