Thursday, August 25, 2011

Joey's Mane

Recently we noticed that Joey is developing a mane. It's rare in house cats but sometimes happens with cats who have long or medium-long hair. Maine Coon cats can have manes. Joey is not of that breed but he definitely has a mane.

Joey the Cat's mane

Joey the Cat's mane

Joey the Cat's mane

Tuesday, August 16, 2011

Nachez, Mississippi Visitor Information

Natchez Historical MarkerNatchez is just 350 miles west of Pensacola -- an easy drive and a nice place to spend a few days. Check back soon for updates. No definite travel plans yet -- just listing some Natchez web sites.

(According to Google Maps)
--- Via Hattiesburg, Collins and Brookhaven
      306 miles, 5 hours and 5 minutes
--- Via Hammond and McComb
      336 miles, 5 hours and 15 minutes
----Via Baton Rouge
      348 miles, 5 hours and 26 minutes

Natchez Visitors' Guide
Natchez Wiki
Friends of Our Riverfront, Natchez

Connelly's Tavern
Natchez Trace Parkway
Rosalie Mansion
Stanton Hall
Things to do in Natchez
Trinity Episcopal Church's Stained Glass Windows

Big Momma's BBQ
Bowie's Tavern
The Carriage House
Cotton Alley Café
The Castle Restaurant & Pub
Fat Mama's Tamales
Magnolia Grill
Mammy's Cupboard
Monmouth Plantation's 1818 Restaurant (when you get to the site, scroll down for 1818 Restaurant information)
The Pig Out Inn Barbeque
Slick Rick's
Roux 61 Seafood and Grill
Under The Hill Saloon
Uptown Grocery

The Caboose, McComb, Mississippi
The Dinner Bell, McComb, Mississippi
Dixie Springs Cafe & Lounge
Justin's On The Lake and Turtle Island, Summit, Mississippi
Nikki's Country Buffet, Vidalia, Louisiana
Old Country Store, Lorman, Mississippi, 34 miles north via the Natchez Trace

Eola Hotel
Isle of Capri Casino Hotel, Natchez
Hampton Inn Natchez
Magnolia Bluffs Casino
Natchez Grand Hotel

Natchez Democrat

Natchez Trolley, c1890
Natchez Trolley, Under the Hill, Late 19th Century

Monday, August 15, 2011

World's Largest Refrigerator Magnet?

Refrigerator Magnet
This is one of the magnetic signs that was on each side of Jack's car in Peru, Indiana's Circus City Festival Parade on July 23, 2011. Earlier this week it was briefly the World's Largest Refrigerator Magnet.

Tuesday, August 09, 2011

Ken's Trip To Maine -- August 2011

Katie & Chris
Just Married: Katie & Chris

Thursday, August 4
I flew out of Pensacola at 11:00 A.M., changed planes in Atlanta and got to Portland at 5:45 P.M. I was in Augusta by 7:30 and visited with my parents until 9:00 when I went over to the Civic Center Inn to check in.

Friday, August 5
A quiet day resting up from all the traveling.

Saturday, August 6
Early in the afternoon we drove to Freeport to meet Carol at the Freeport Inn. On the way we went down Freeport's Main Street. It was jammed with tourists and shoppers. The town really looks nice these days.

We got to the wedding venue 4:30. The weather was perfect, the site was beautiful. The wedding began at 5:00; over at 5:10. Loved that.

The lawn decorated for the wedding at Glisland Farm Audubon Center

Click here for more photos.

Sunday, August 7
It was very rainy in the morning. After we chatted for a while at the hotel with all the family we set out for Augusta. We had breakfast at the Fairground Cafe in Topsham. It's a few miles north of Brunswick and Freeport. Wonderful pancakes.

Monday, August 8
For lunch we had takeout from The Red Barn restaurant on Riverside Drive in Augusta. Great shrimps, fries, fried fish and onion rings.

Early afternoon I headed to Portland to spend the night because I had an early flight in the morning. In Brunswick I got off the Interstate and took little coastal roads through tiny villages.

I originally intended to go to one of Portland's harborside restaurants and have a Maine lobster. After listening to Portland radio traffic reports I was less interested in driving into the downtown area. And back out to the airport during rush hour. There was a lot f traffic congestion in Portland, apparently more than usual.

When I got back to Route 1 just south of Freeport I decided to find a lobster somewhere out of downtown Portland, then drop the car and go directly to my hotel. As I passed the Freeport Inn, where we stayed on Saturday night, I saw the Muddy Rudder seafood restaurant. Perfect. Lobster and corn both cooked just right. And I had an easy drive from there to drop off the car.

Tuesday, August 9
Got up very early to catch the hotel van to the airport for my 7:00 A.M. flight. Huge, slow crowds at airport security, at 5:45 A.M.! Happy to report the flights were all on time and I got to Pensacola at 10:30.