30 Minutes in the Life: February 2020

If you are heading to Maine, take a bit of time to visit Ogunquit, found on the southern coast of Maine.  Lying between the Ogunquit River and the Atlantic Ocean, Ogunquit Beach is a long, sandy peninsula with grassy dunes.  There are also cliff walks with coastal view

While in town, take some time to look up the Ogunquit Museum of American Art.  I visited with a friend on an overcast and damp{ish} day.  The art is unique and interesting, the gardens are beautiful, and the view over the bay stunning.  The grass was a little waterlogged but we continued on through the gardens.  Here is my 30 minutes of the exterior visit the Ogunquit Museum.

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Henry Strater was the founder of this art gallery in 1953.  This art gallery houses over 3000 pieces of artwork – prints, photographs, paintings, drawings and sculptures.

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Current exhibits at the time of writing this blog include Kathleen Speranza, Emily Nelligan, Jo Sandman and Charles Woodbury, along with Art’s Ball: Wood Gaylor and American Modernism, The View from Narrow Cove, Bicentennial Ogunquit,  and Light Southerly:  Henry Strater in Verde Valley.

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If you are planning on visiting the Museum, remember that it is closed for the season.  Open hours are Daily, 10am – 5pm from May 1st to October 31st.

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Also make sure to check out the website for their photography policy 

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We  did meander through the interior of the museum before heading on to our next destination, Nubble Lighthouse.  Sadly the Lighthouse was under construction and was covered in green cladding preventing us from actually seeing the beauty of the lighthouse.  It was also raining and out stay there was not long.

Thank you for joining me for 30 Minutes in the Life, and for traveling with me through this this small but oh so interesting museum of art.  Look out for another travel blog at the end of the month.  This time we are heading to the rugged coast of Bar Harbor. 
Just a reminder that this is a circle blog.  We have a number of new ladies join the 30 minutes group, and I would encourage you to take some time to visit my very talented friend Jess from The Art of Adventures Photography and see what she has for you this month.  Check out her Facebook  and Instagram pages as well. 

30 Minutes in the Life: February 3 2020: San Antonio Riverwalk

We traveled so much last year that I did not have time to edit all the images that I took.  So I decided to go back and do some editing today and share the photos I had not shared when we visited last year.

San Antonio Riverwalk was definitely something I had read about, and something I wanted to see.  This is definitely more than thirty minutes but I wanted to keep all the riverwalk images together in my blog. I have shared a few images on the Riverwalk last year, however, there are more photo’s that I did not share.

The hotel that we stayed at opened directly out onto the Riverwalk and so we walked out of the building and onto the buzzing walkway of restaurants and people.  Lots of people. Clearly the easy was to see the Riverwalk would be to do a ferry right, but we don’t do easy.  We walked.  To be honest it was not a lot of walking.  We ventured out for breakfast and then we were out again for dinner. Most of the restaurants were to the right of our hotel.  Some of these are the restaurant walkway and some are of the road less traveled 🙂

Meander with me as we head along the Riverwalk…..

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The restaurant area is busy.  Lots of people, lots of restaurants, a hive of activity.  There are so many places to eat at.  We had bangers and mash at Mad Dogs, Seafood at Joe’s Crab Shack, Breakfast at the Original Mexican Restaurant and we stopped for beers at Durty Nellies Irish Pub.  Oh and add a few sausage rolls to that order.

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On of the things that I really loved about the San Antonio Riverwalk was the mix of old and new.  These arched bridges give the sense of a timeless period long ago.  Similar stone was just at the Alamo and at the Missions.

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Always a favorite of mine is natural wildlife and the riverbanks and the river itself had these beautiful ducks out and about.

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This walkway headed up to another shopping center and restaurants, and was also the pathway to the Alamo.  Starbucks was around the corner and we stopped there on the way to the Alamo We also stopped by Jimmy Buffet’s Margaritaville for dinner one evening,

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The stairway took us up to the restaurants and a busy area givent

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Walking back from the shopping area we meandered down this pathway, past the waterfall and back to the busy canal.  I love the colorful umbrella’s and the pathways of green.

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All this walking definitely creates a thirst and this was a great spot to hang out and drink a local beer.  The ducks were swimming up to the edge looking for handouts.

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Heading left from our hotel, the area is quieter, more peaceful and relaxing.  The walk was more meditative.  There were no general restaurants in this area and the few that we did see were the dining areas for a specific hotel.

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Outside the Briscoe Western Art Museum was this incredible set of statues of a cowboy herding cattle.  The stairway below leads to the art village La Villita Art Village.  We meandered through there one of the afternoons.  The last image is of Rosita’s Bridge leading over to the River Art Group.

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You have the best of both worlds on the Riverwalk.  You have the hustle and bustle of patrons heading in and out of hotels, looking for places to eat, listening to music, and then on the other side you have this quiet, relaxing, peaceful walk.

This was definitely worth the visit and I was glad I could cross it off my bucket list.

Thank you for joining me for 30 Minutes in the Life, and for traveling with me through this incredible journey in time.  I so enjoyed the mix of the old and new world.
Just a reminder that this is a circle blog.  We have a number of new ladies join the 30 minutes group, and I would encourage you to take some time to visit my very talented friend Crystal from Crystal Bella Photography and see what she has for you this month.  Check out her Facebook page  as well.   I am pretty  excited to learn more about these wonderful ladies from all over the world.  I would certainly encourage you to visit their pages.  

Happy New Year: 2020 is here!

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Happy New Year.  I find it hard to believe it is 2020.  I feel like I just started out with 2019 and now it is gone.

I could sum up the year in just a few words, family, travel, work, and photography.

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We spent an enormous amount of the year traveling. In March my brother came over to a conference and the whole family headed up to Orlando to spend the weekend with him. We visited Epcot and managed to last the whole day, finally seeing the fire works at the end of the evening.

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My boss, a work colleague and I also headed up to Lakeland Florida for an overnight scouting trip to view a new system.

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In April my brother was back again, and we headed to San Antonio to meet him. We got to do the famous Riverwalk, explore the city, view the Alamo, however my favorite part of the trip was the missions. Each one that we visited had such incredible history, and the beauty of each mission was amazing. I love that they have kept them restored and that some of them even function as an active mission.

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In May we took our new son in law on his first camping trip to Bahia Honda. It was hot and there was not enough shade. We were camped at the edge of rocks and that made cooling down an interesting exercise in rock climbing. He says he enjoyed it.  Kudos to him for sticking it out.

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In June I headed to Rochester New York with 2 of my work colleagues for training. I convinced them to fly early (even early for me) and I agreed to drive the 2 hours to Niagara Falls. What a spectacular sight it was and well worth the hours behind the wheel. I am so glad I had the opportunity to see these incredible falls.  The view from the Canadian side is apparently better but from the boat it is just as nice seeing it from the US side.

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We were into the second half of the year and my brother was back again. He was going to be in Philadelphia. However, he also wanted to go to New York. So, we skipped Philly and rented an apartment in Brooklyn and spent 4 days exploring New York. We did a lot of walking, my feet were tired, but it was great to see for the first time. There is a lot to see and do in New York.  We did not touch the surface of it and I have yet to finish editing the images I took, but I will make the time to do that.

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October Rich & I squeezed a short 3-day trip to Cumberland Island in Georgia. I had heard that there were wild horses on the island and research showed me there were some ruins as well. The horses were not so wild, and the ruin were awesome, and we walked that island. The beach was gorgeous.  We also stopped off at Fort Clinch and walked through what was once an active fort.  It appears that they have re-enactments on the weekends.

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In December we impulsively did an overnight trip to St Petersburg in Florida. We stopped at the John’s Pass boardwalk, Fort de Soto Municipal Park and the Sunshine Skyway for a night shot.  We both agreed we would like to go back, but for a little longer next time.

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The last trip of the year was back to Orlando to where my son and his wife had moved to. The weather was iffy and so we headed to Disney Springs Outdoor Mall and meandered around and had some dinner.  The next day the weather turned nasty and we headed home earlier than I had anticipated.

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We also did a day trip down to Viscaya, Miami, to the beautiful home of John Deering. If you are stopping in Miami, this is one home you may want to visit.  Every corner you turn has something unique and different.  You will love it.

From July, through December I worked on a huge project at the office customizing an EMR system.  It was a real learning curve.  I enjoyed the project management aspect of it.  It kept me busy and it took a lot of personal time to meet the deadlines. Suffice to say we did enough to have the staff actively working in the program in December.  There is still work to do but a lot of the pressure is off.   

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Part of me wants a slower less stressful 2020 but the other part wants to travel just as much.

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So what does 2020 look like. Chances are we will have a quiet first half of the year. Perhaps some long weekends out of town. Our big plans come at the end of August when we are joining Amy and Daniel on a trip to Macedonia.  Whether we travel by plane, train, automobile or boat – that is still to be decided.  They are finally heading over there to have a reception for his family and friends. While his friends and family were able to watch and celebrate their wedding it was via the internet and not the same. So that is our goal. We are going to spend time meeting all of his family, exploring Macedonia and possibly head to Croatia or some other country around there.

I wish you all the very best for 2020. Take time to remind those you love that you love them. Time is too short to waste it. I become more conscious each year how time is rapidly slipping away. I hope your year is good. That it is filled with family and friends, old and new. I wish you love in a very challenging world. I wish you laughter and joy to counter the sorrow. I wish you adventure and the opportunities to see and do new things. I wish you those moments of quiet reflection and time to rejuvenate. May the Lord bless you and keep you. May his face shine upon you.

New Year 2020

From our house to yours, Happy New Year.

Tell Me a Story: June 2018

It’s time to blog and I am sitting without a computer so I have pulled up some photo’s from last year that I had edited but not posted.  Last year we did an impromptu trip to Maine.  I happened to be chatting to my work colleague about how I needed to use up some vacation time but really hated wasting vacation time on a staycation.  She told me she had a cottage in Maine that we were welcome to use.  Having never been to Maine we jumped at the opportunity.  We headed up late September.  The weather overall, except for our whale watching trip, was fantastic.  Not hot not too cold.  The whale watching trip was bitterly cold out on the ocean, and it was foggy.  We did not see whales, in fact we saw practically nothing.

If you read my blogs, you will know that when I travel I am a bit of a planner.  I see very little point in going somewhere blind.  Yes I know there is spontaneity in doing thing impulsively and I am game for that, but I also want to have some idea of what I want to see and have some kind of plan.  If we don’t get to see it, all fine well, if we do and it is on my list, I am super happy.  There is nothing worse for me arriving in a unknown place, as a co-pilot and trying to find where to go.  Don’t ever asking me to do Amazing Race.  GPS is my best friend.

On of the places on Richard’s list was to go up to Bar Harbor, and Arcadia National Park.

Here are a few of the images I have already edit.  When I get to the rest I will have to come back and share them.

As we meandered up the coast we pulled into little towns that appeared to have places of interest or we just thought we would mosey on through.

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Rockland Breakwater Lighthouse was one of those places we decided to visit.  It turned out to be an interesting stop.  As we started to walk down to the lighthouse there was a group of volunteers handing out garbage bags.  They were asking visitors to do some cleaning up along their walk.   We did not walk all the way out to the light house.  I was still healing from foot surgery and long walks were still a bit of a struggle, but I did enjoy seeing the beautiful bay and watch the dogs playing in the waves.

 

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We stopped in another small town along the way and I loved seeing this older couple walking together along the edge of the water.  I hope someday that I will be able to do that as well.

 

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Arcadia National Park was stunning and I do not do it justice with this images.  They were edited for a particular purpose.  Hoever, I loved seeing the fall colors for the first time in my 18 years of living in the USA.  We hiked down through the trees to get to lower areas, and up through the trees to get to higher areas.

 

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From the top of the hill in the Arcadia National Park we looked down over Frenchman’s Bay.  On the edge of the photo is one of the very big cruise liners that we spotted in the bay.  While this spot look tranquil and maybe a bit lonely, it was honestly bustling with too many people.  I love those places were I can go out and enjoy the quiet and this was not one of those spots.

 

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I made a new friend, or rather my lunch made a new friend, lol.  I am facinated by how big those birds grow up north.  Our gulls down south seem a lot smaller.  These guys parade around like they are in charge of the show.

 

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The parking was up the top, and we hiked down to a very beautiful rocky bay.   The walk was so pretty with it beautiful colored leaves all around you, and there was a coolness to the air that made the walk rather pleasant.

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This is just one of the many bay images taken. At one point I was standing at the edge of the rocks looking down to try and capture the water rushing up into the gulley area.  The ebb and flo of the water had me thinking I may just go over the edge.  Quick step back

 

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One of the images I had seen while researching was a sunset at Jordans Pond.  Sadly we were not there at sunset, however, the area was beautful and I loved getting low down to get this image.  Just above this quiet spot, is a bustling restaurant, where you can sit outside and enjoy bar type food and beer.  We did take a bit of time to enjoy a cold one.

 

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Bar Harbor was a quaint and bustling little town. We walked all over and I have to be honest, food wise this was probably my favorite meal – lobster tails and calamari.  Portsmouth came second with their lobster roll.  We only stayed one night, so early the next morning we rose before sunrise and headed down to the harbor area.  Watching the sun say hello to the day was special.  If you look in the background of the pic you will see the fog that we seemed to see a lot of on this partiular trip.

 

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We had two options on how to plan our day.  Explore more in the Arcadia National Park and then head home or explore the adjacent island and then home.  Given how touristy Arcadia was I suggested that we head to the next island and see what there was to see.  If I have to be honest, not too much.  This, however, turned out to be one of my favorite images, and one that placed relatively well in a competition I had entered it into.

 

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Southwest Harbor was nothing really to rush out to and beyond that it was mainly housing.  So that probably was not the best decision that I had made but you make choices and you live with it.  So we were back on the road and headed to Wells Beach.

 

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Our last stopping point was at Orchard Beach.  When researching I found what looked like a very interesting pier.  Of course, finding parking was no fun, and my co-pilot was all ready to give up but we eventually foound a place to stop.  This was indeed an interesting pier, and while I was going for the silhouette look here when I edited, the pier is actually bright and colorful.  We walked through the pier to the very end where we took a break, rested our weary feet and cooled our throats.  Of course, we watched the locals swimming in the ocean and thinking that they were crazy, the water was freezing for these Floridians.

Hopefully by my next blog I will have a working computer, but who knows.  I pushed the button, hit send after a 3 hours self debate of was I ordering the right piece of equipment.  That said it is now ordered and along with that a 34 inch monitor, so I cannot wait to play.  I am just hoping that the tech guys will manage to transfer the data and images off my laptop, since I just realized that my San Antonio images were on there and I don’t think I have a disc with them on.  Bummer if they are all gone.

Thank you for joining me on this very quick and impromptu trip along the Maine coastline.  This is a circle blog so I would encourage you to visit my friend Mindy and see what she has for you this month.