Saturday, July 15, 2017

Playing Catch-Up

My last post was July 3rd and now it is July 15th - wow! It is hard to believe that we have been on the road for over a month - 38 days as of today. Rick and I have been posting some photos on FB but it really is hard to keep up the blog. Here is a little recap...

July 4th - 9th we were still hanging in MD. Got my blue crabs fix, got to see lots of friends, enjoy hanging out at Willow Oaks new tasting room. Left lots of art to decorate the walls. If you are in Middletown, MD go check it out and who knows you may find a piece of art to take home. Along with my art, there is work by friends: Marilu, Tracy, Homer, Christopher and Lisa. Don't forget to try the cider.

Almost forgot on our last evening in MD we had a lovely moon-rise.


July 10th - headed back on the road, car loaded, destination Columbus, OH with a lunch break at Rocky Gap State Park. Once we got back on the road, it rained and rained. Finally let up as we got ready to stop for the evening.
Rocky Gap State Park
OH in the rain
July 11th We drove through IN in the rain, lots of wind and rain. Got to Bloomington - Normal, IL. It again stopped raining as we got into town. Not the greatest adventure, and we discovered there was a train track right across from the hotel. Yes, it did run through the night.
Indiana
Train view from front of hotel
July 12th A little more rain, arrived in Madison, WI around lunch time. Yet again, the rain stopped. Had lunch in a local pub and walked around farmers market, the state capital and checked out the Frank Lloyd Wright influences. Went to a free concert on the capital lawn that evening with dinner via food trucks. It was hot and humid but nice evening.

July 13th Still in Madison, WI went tot he Botanical Gardens, lovely way to spend the morning. Went to Ale Asylum for lunch, drove around neighborhoods along the water. Flowers are in bloom everywhere and with all the rain, it is very green. Tried out a local Distillery, Old Sugar, did a tasting and after dinner at Thai restaurant went back for cocktails to end out stay in Madison. 

View of the capital in Madison, WI 

Lots of flowers at the farmers market.
Rick waiting for the music to start

Last stop in Madison
July 14th We changed up our plans, we headed to Wausau, WI. I wanted to go to Leigh Yawkee Woodson Art Museum, home of one of the best bird exhibitions in the country. It was wonderful to finally get there, very inspirational. They have a ceramics exhibit with photographs of the inspirational area that inspired the pieces. The permanent collection of bird art was on exhibit, the outside sculptures filled the spaces in-between the gardens and trees.

Kaku Hayashi, Japanese, Kegon Falls Vase
Tayiro Ito, digital photo Kegon Falls

Mitsunori Tokuzawa, Japanese, Sea Spray Breaking on Rocks
Taijiro Ito, digital photo waves crashing on rocks
Lots of photos
Raven by Pete Zaluzec, maipulated photo on Gombi paper


more photos
The Dance, The Myth Makers, Donna Dodson and Andy Moerlein site specific sculpture of cranes.

This was just the beginning of the day, after lunch we checked out the local downtown square. Finding lots of shops, newly renovated art center that use to be a bank and chalk festival was just getting set up for the weekend. Friday evening at the airport were bi-planes, hot air balloons and ribs. This event would go on till Sunday. We were happy that we kept the little blanket we generally have in the car just for those moments when you want to have a picnic or watch hot air balloons do a glow show. Another great way to end a stay in Wausau, WI.

July 15th Saturday and we are back tracking a bit, we want to go up along the peninsula starting at Green Bay. So, we did a short drive eastward, tomorrow we go north, then south and will be kind of parallel to Green Bay but on the other side at Kewaunee. 

Today, we went over to the Bay Beach Wildlife Sanctuary. The wildlife that is there can not be released back into the wild as they have been injured. It is a bit sad to see but they have a nice place to keep them safe. Rick did a little extra exploring to find the Packers Stadium.


This brings you up to date on Rick and Linda's grand adventures across North America. More to come....














Monday, July 3, 2017

What Day is it???

Really, I have lost count at this point. I spent last week in Westminster, MD teaching Common Ground on the Hill. This weekend Rick & I spent with our good friends Eric & Lori Rice. They had the Grand Opening to Willow Oaks craft cider & wine. It was a great event, on Saturday afternoon The Martin Family Band played traditional bluegrass style music. Many of the artists who have shown at the Amish style barn in the past came to help celebrate. The bonus is, the art work will stay there. It is hung throughout the tasting room, the farm stand, going up and onto the second floor. If you find something you love just ask the owners or anyone working there to help you. They will ring up the sale along with some of their fine ciders.

Willow Oaks has a large wrap around deck with some tented areas for shade. In the afternoon, the whole side is in shade and lovely to sit with a cool glass of cider watching the cows roaming the rolling hills. Apple orchards are within sight, and the willow oak tree is hanging right by the entrance. It is a sight worth seeing. Come explore, bring a picnic, look at some art and relax into the day.

Rick & I will be around for a little bit on Saturday and all day on Sunday. Monday we are back on the road. Hope you can stop by and catch up before we have to leave. Oh and Willow Oaks is famly friendly and handicapped accessible.

http://www.willowoakscraftcider.com
 6219 Harley Rd., #Middletown, #MD
Sat. & Sun. 11-5



Friday, June 23, 2017

Clouds - Trees - Along The Way

We are about 18 days into our cross country trip. We are on the east coast, have been for a for about a week, GA, S.C. crossed through N.C. into VA through W.V. and now MD. We will be in Maryland for a while, this week I am teaching a workshop at Common Ground on the Hill at McDaniel College, Westminster, MD. Follow by Grand Opening of our friends Eric Rice and Lori Leitzel Rice new tasting room, Willow Oaks in Middletown, MD.

As we have been driving down the road, the highways, much of the scenery looks similar. It is green with trees lining the road, big billowy clouds and for the most part blue skies. Feeling the humidity now that we are east. It has been warm some days, hotter others. I have sketch some of the trees along the way, a few clouds too. I play with my camera as we drive, or while Rick drives. Some photos turn out pretty well, others, well, nice to have that delete button.

Here are a few byway pictures can you tell which state we were going through just by these pictures?

Fredericksburg, Texas

Austin, Texas

Along the road LA

Welcome to AL

Crossing into N.C.
Middletown, Maryland 

Thursday, June 22, 2017

Rolling Through Roanoke

June 22, Thursday, Rick and I had to go into Roanoke, VA for the afternoon. Roanoke has some interesting street art, public art. There are a couple pieces side by side in neon which you see better at night but not too bad by day. They are a Dr. Pepper cap and H&C coffee pot. They signs date back to 1946 and is on the historic landmarks listing. Off in the distance is the Roanoke Star high up on the hillside, it has been around since 1949.  Just below that on a wall in parking lot is Coke Cola mural.

There are interesting buildings, with trains running through the town, highways and byways near by and on weekends a farmers market in the square in town. Here are a few pictures from the rooftop of the Taubman Museum. To find out what was in the Taubman check out my art blog on Saturday at http://www.lharrisonparsons.blogspot.com




Monday, June 19, 2017

GA for the Weekend

Crossing the southern region of the U.S. of A. It is very green, lots of trees along the highways. Lots of white billowing clouds and moisture.

We have passed through or stayed in N.M., TX, LA, MS, AL and spent the weekend in GA. We are 12 days into our adventure, so far, so good.

When the roads allow I have been sketching some, writing some and taking pictures through car windows. It has been harder to get photos posted and blogs written but I am trying. We have been visiting with family this weekend. Stayed with Beccy and Wayne in their new home in GA. Went down to the local square to check out the farmers market, have had dinner there one night and brunch on Saturday. Sunday we went to the Aquarium for Father's Day. Monday on the road to S.C.

Here are a few pictures from GA.






Thursday, June 15, 2017

Rolling

We had breakfast in Dallas,Texas, lunch in Louisiana and dinner in Mississippi. We are rolling across this country. Stayed in the small town of Clinton. Heading out this morning for Birmingham, AL will be there by early afternoon. We may get in a little exploring today. Last night was a work night checking emails and setting up handouts for my workshop. We did have a short but wonderful visit with our friend Micheal Haid in Dallas. Driving across LA was green with farming, trees and rivers. Long couple days of driving in order to get to GA for the weekend.

Tuesday, June 13, 2017

Texas Stars

Our last day in Austin we spent walking the city. We went through the State Capital and around the grounds. The architecture in the city is somewhat of a blend of styles. The heavy Mexican influence, some German European  and a touch of Frank Lloyd Wright. State Capital grounds all around the country have sculptures generally surround by old trees and young flower gardens. Which was the case here too. Not going to get into the politics or history which is full of details.

We went to the Bullock Historical Museum which is just a few blocks down from the Capital. They had a special exhibit here a hint: "Pride and Joy". Did you guess who it is, think music...okay it was on The Texas Blues of Stevie Ray Vaughan. His brother Jimmie put together the exhibit filled with music, videos of his brother playing in Austin. The pride of Texas he was born in Dallas and died too early at 35 in a crash. He left behind major influence in music. The city is filled with his sounds, all the old and new musicians played at least two of his sounds with each jazz club we went to while in Austin, which was four.

On our way out of Austin we will have his music to carry us on the road. Good-bye Austin, next stop Dallas to visit a friend, then moving on to our next state.





 

Batty in Austin

We drove all day Saturday to arrive in Austin, TX in time for dinner and a show. We dropped into the Elephant Room for a bit of jazz. Nice way to end a long day on the road. Sunday, we took a walk over to Lady Byrd Johnson Park. The water way was filled with boats of all types and a special area just for the dogs to enjoy a swim. Enjoy a picnic lunch watching wildlife, geese, heron, egrets, and turtles. Did a little people watching too, some new to canoes ended up in the water, which on a hot, humid day did not seem to upset them as they just hung in the water and a few others joined them.

After dinner we walked back over the Congress Street bridge to watch...BATS! Who knew, we would see another bat show. After the bridge was built the bats found the construction just right for sleeping. In the evening thousands of them come flying out in swarm behavior. The bats from the Carlsbad caverns did the same flying patterns, they come out swirl in a circular pattern before starting to fly up into clusters. There are mathematical algorithms to explain some of this pattern behavior but I am not going to research that, it is interesting to watch. I never thought that in less than one weeks time I would see so many bats. And by the way, it is very hard to get a picture of bats as they fly around and out. Between the dark background from the water the bridge, the speed in which they fly and the low light from sunset not a lot of opportunities for a good close up. I did get some distant pictures which look a lot like bird murmurations.

That I kind of hope is the end to our bat stories. We ended the evening going over to "Friends" and listening to a jazz jam. Austin does have a lot of music venues to enjoy. More on music another day.




Sunday, June 11, 2017

Road Trip

Well, lost the last post I started so will just start over. Our second day we spent the afternoon in Carlsbad, N.M. We went to Carlsbad Caverns, a pretty amazing place. You can hike around the caverns on a self guided tour. You enter a large opening with switchbacks, cave swallows are zooming in and out making lots of noise. The sound gets more intense as you enter the cavern. Gives you the feeling you may be walking into a Hitchcock movie. Once you get into the dark the birds disappear but somewhere deep inside there are bats...more to come on that.

We did the hike down via The Nature Entrance trail, you can take an elevator. If you are okay with hiking about 1 1/2 miles down a steep incline I recommend taking the long way. You arrive at the Big Room. There are two sections again just a couple miles and pretty level terrain but the formations are worth doing it all. With every section the speleothems (stalagmites & stalactites) have something new see experiences.

Later in the evening we returned to see the Bat Flight. At the Nature Entrance the bats make their way from 4 miles deep within to come out at night to find moths (apparently their favorite) and other bugs. There are about 200,000 this year, in past years there have been hundreds of thousands more. It is one of those moment I just love nature. Watching the bats come out and circle at the entrance, slowly peeling off in groupings and curving one way then another before heading out to distance places. It is their own dance, strange and beautiful.

If you ever have the opportunity to go to Carlsbad to explore the caverns and need a place to eat, drink or stay check out Trinity. We did not stay there but went in for wine tasting, dinner and enjoyed it so much we went back for breakfast Saturday morning before hitting the road to Austin, TX.




Friday, June 9, 2017

crisscross part II

Day 2 - We made it to Texas but we are kind of crisscrossing into New Mexico too. We were in El Paso, today in Carlsbad, N.M. We are going to explore the caverns today and tonight. There is a special Bat Flight Program and there will be a full moon. Hoping to get some good pictures to share. This should be interesting.

Most of Day 1 was on Hwy 10 not a lot to see but a few interesting mountain formation and a sculptures along the road.

Giant road runner sculpture along the highway in N.M.
Hello Mexico from Texas

Texas



Playing Catch-Up

My last post was July 3rd and now it is July 15th - wow! It is hard to believe that we have been on the road for over a month - 38 days as...