In Buffalo New York is the final resting place of Millard Fillmore, US President number 13.

Monday, July 25, 2016

The Coffee Peddlar- Harrison Ohio

A friend of mine lives in the nice and comfortable town of Harrison Ohio, just outside of Cincinnati.  We decided to meet recently at the VERY nice coffee shop in town, the Coffee Peddlar.

This place is awesome!  Many locals came in and seemed very familiar with each other, and with the staff.  The vibe here wasn't just friendly, it was familial.  I heard more than one person asking about the live music playing later in the evening- noting that they would be back to listen.

Oh, and on the day I came, my coffee was paid for by a local church!  How cool is that?

If this place were in Kentucky, it might rival The Crème in Owensboro and Purdy's in Richmond as my favorite Kentucky Coffee shop.  The Coffee Peddlar is clean and cozy.  It is in a beautiful downtown area too.  I am sure I will mention these guys again soon.

Sunday, July 24, 2016

Driving Around Lake Erie

We just got back from a trip to Niagara Falls, circling Lake Erie!  This makes the second of the Great Lakes that we have completely driven around in one trip.

In a lot of ways, this was a "revisit" kind of trip for us.  We would be stopping in communities we have been to many times before (Toledo, Cleveland, Niagara Falls, etc).  We agreed that we wanted to mainly do things in those areas that we never did before.

Time budgeting was (and always is) a factor.  I really wanted to visit the strange city of Erie PA again....  but other sites along the way won out.  We will have to visit Erie again on another day.

While living in northern Ohio, we actually made several trips to Niagara Falls, but we never did some of the standards, like the Maid of the Mist.  We really wanted to make sure we did that stuff this time around!

So, over the next few weeks I will try to organize my photos from the trip, and get some info up!

Saturday, July 23, 2016

Country Cupboard in Madisonville Kentucky

My family insisted that I go to this place last time I was in Madisonville.  So, we all went to the MASSIVE buffet at Country Cupboard in Madisonville Kentucky.

Country Cupboard is kind of hidden, but still easy to get to right behind the mall.

Anyway, we got there for an early lunch on a Saturday and we loved the place.

I have to admit, there are certain places I like to go to over and over in Madisonville.  AND, when I am in this area, I usually hit the Godfather's Pizza in the mall.  I loved that chain, and they have about the only one left that I know of.  So, I was a little reluctant to make my way to Madisonville and NOT go for pizza in the mall.

But I am glad we went here.  The food is the real deal.  EVERYTHING was perfect.  I had some chicken, BBQ, mac and cheese....  well, I had about all they had to offer and they did it all right.  Pretty sure everything was homemade.

The place has a religious vibe.  I saw a picture of Jesus up.  Our waiter was friendly and everyone was polite.  This place has a mature, pleasant vibe.

Friday, July 22, 2016

John James Audubon Memorial Museum near Henderson KY

"The John James Audubon Memorial Museum.  Located in Audubon State Park near Henderson, Kentucky, the museum contains seven galleries of Audubonia, the largest collection in the world.  Audubon did many of his famous bird masterpieces in this area."

This postcard is unused, but I am guessing it is from the 60s or 70s.

Thursday, July 21, 2016

Audubon State Park- Henderson Kentucky

I remember stopping by John James Audubon State Park in Henderson Kentucky (right across the river from Evansville Indiana) years ago.  Well, some friends were camping out there recently and we stopped by to see them.  I had forgotten how much I loved this place!

We mostly hung out in our friends camping lot, which was great fun.  It is easy to forget that US 41 is so close.  We felt very secluded.

We didn't go through the museum, but I did want to post up a few photos from around the campground.  Here they are!

Wednesday, July 20, 2016

Jackson Kentucky

Some of the sweetest people I know are from Jackson, in Breathitt County.

The area had a pretty rough reputation back in the late 1800s, early 1900s, but it seems to be a nice little country town now.

I went down to visit the other day and took some photos!

Tuesday, July 19, 2016

Daily Offerings Coffee Roastery- Lexington Kentucky

I stumbled upon a great new coffee shop in Lexington!  Check out Daily Offerings Coffee Roastery.  This is a very nice place a short walk from Rupp Arena.  In fact, it is only a couple of blocks from a chain coffee shop that is very visible downtown.

You know you need to be supporting the local guy!

I stuck my head in the other morning and I really liked what I saw.  They have a loyalty card program, AND they give ya a free cup of drip coffee if you buy a bag of beans.  For $9 I walked out with some coffee for home, and a nice cup of coffee.

I really didn't have the time to take this place in as much as I would like to, but I will be back!  Check 'em out!

Sunday, July 17, 2016

Downtown Lexington Kentucky

I like downtown Lexington a lot.  I know this sounds weird, but I especially like it when not much is going on.

Traffic can get pretty rough when a basketball game or concert is going on.  If you visit on a weekend morning though, you can feel like you have the whole area to yourself.

A couple times a year, I like to just go downtown and explore.  See whats new.  just for the heck of it, here are a few photos I took recently.....

Saturday, July 16, 2016

Lexington Legends 2016- Lexington Kentucky

There was a time when I would go to AT LEAST 30 baseball games a year.  I still love going to see minor league teams when I can, but my trips to the park have really decreased the last few years.

When we first got to Lexington, we would see the Legends at least once a week in the summer.  I still like what they are doing, but I am doing different things with my time.

I did make it out for what will likely be my only visit this year.  Here are some photos!

Thursday, July 14, 2016

The Queen Mary in New York Harbor

Sent in 1952, this greet postcard says on the back, "The Queen Mary in New York Harbor is one of the spectacular sights along the water-front.  The Empire State Building is seen in the background."

Wednesday, July 13, 2016

East River showing Brooklyn, Manhattan, and Wailliamsburg Bridges, New York City

"Manhattan is an island and is connected with Long Island by many great bridges, three of which may be seen.  In the foreground is the most famous suspension bridge in the world, Brooklyn Bridge, opened in 1883.  Behind it are the Manhattan and Williamsburg Bridges.  Foot passengers, automobiles, horse drawn vehicles, buses, street cars and rapid transit trains all cross these bridges."

Monday, July 11, 2016

Sherman in NYC

I was pretty excited to see the gold William Tecumseh Sherman Statue while in New York.  The piece was done by the legendary artist Augustus Saint-Gaudens.

It was raining and cloudy, so it was impossible for me to get that perfect shot.  Still, I was there.

Sherman is one of the most significant players in the Civil War, and one of the most divisive.  I have talked to some Georgians that still consider him to be one of the greatest villains of all time.

I do enjoy the stories involving Sherman after the War.  Confederate General Joseph E. Johnston, who surrendered to Sherman, maintained a friendship with him.  They would have dinner together, and Johnston served as a pallbearer for Sherman.

One of my favorite post Civil War stories involves Sherman receiving a letter from Confederate legend Nathan Bedford Forest.  In 1873, it was looking like the US might go to war with Spain.  Forest's letter was an offer to help Sherman out if the war happened (it didn't).  Still, the thought of the two roughest and dirtiest players on each side of the Civil War teaming up is intriguing.

Oh, we also saw this great bust of Sherman at Grant's Tomb.  Sherman is all over the place!