Category Archives: Trips

What a great way to start off the Christmas season-a trip to Nashville to see a Christmas program by one of our favorites-Suzy Boguss at the Opryland Hotel.   The hotel was festooned with thousands of cascading twinkling lights, lighted trees outside and garland everywhere.  It was worth the trip just to see the hotel all dressed up for Christmas.

And, as always, Suzy Boguss did a wonderful job.

Our tour guides, Lynn and Hugh, did a wondeful job!  Planning a return trip in the spring to get the full Nashville tour from Hugh.


DSC_1315A tree inside the Opry Hotel

DSC_1346Cascading lights inside the hotel

DSC_1320Outside the hotel, all the trees and shrubs were lighted.


DSC_1324Scott with our friend Lynn

A tour of downtown, including a guided tour through the Ryman Auditorium, home of The Grand Old Opry.

DSC_1384DSC_1376 DSC_1352 DSC_1348And the opening night of Suzy Boguss performing at her Christmas songs.



Home Again!

Scott and I just returned from our trip to New York.  We had beautiful weather, overcast, but not rainy, so the driving was great.  Caught very little traffic, but saw lots of road construction going on.  Our first stop was a short visit with Tip and Debbie in Pennsylvania.  Then on to Cooperstown.  We spent the whole day at the Baseball Hall of Fame.  I think we read every sign and caption in the whole place.  It’s something we’ve been thinking about doing for some time.  Left Cooperstown and made our way to Niagara Falls.  We took a nighttime tour of the Canadian side of the falls.  The view from Canada allows you to see the full view of the falls.  We went up to the 58th floor of a building to see the falls at night with the colored lights behind the falls.  It was really pretty.

The next day we took a day tour on the American side of the falls.  After a day in Canada with the $6.00 gas and the 15% sales tax, we really appreciated our homeland even more!  We took a ride on the Maid in the Mist boat tour that took us right up to the Horseshoe Falls.  We got soaked, but it was spectacular!  The mist created by the splash will envelope you as you turn to return to the dock.  The American Falls and Birdal Veil Falls cascading onto the huge rocks below make a thunderous roar.  But, oh, so pretty!  This is definitely the best way to see the falls.  Took a trip to Goat Island which separates the US falls from the Canadian Falls.  Then we walked down some steep stairs to the edge of the Bridal Veil Falls.  Boy, is that water cold!  We couldn’t stand there too long because we were right under the splash of the falls and even with a poncho, we got soaked.  We shared the tours with some really nice folks from Kansas, Texas, Iceland, and, Michigan.

It’s definitely one of my favorite trips we’ve taken.  I’d go again at the drop of a hat.DSC_0507Cooperstown

DSC_0567The Inductees Hall

DSC_0423Rural Pennsylvania

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American Falls and Birdal Veil FallsBridal Veil and American Falls, as seen from Canada

 A rainbow forms over Niagara FallsRainbow over Niagara Falls

DSC_0644Horseshoe Falls

DSC_0587Sunset in Ohio

DSC_0420Clouds over the Smoky Mountains, just outside Knoxville.  This was the typical weather for our trip.  Nice for traveling.