Saturday, July 18, 2015

A few highlights from my recent trip

This is a picture of me standing in front of the gazebo that was used in several scenes from one of my grandkids' (mine too) favorite movies "The Sound of Music" near Salzburg, Austria. It was in a park right next to the tree lined road leading to one of the houses used in the film.

We also visited Kehlsteinhaus, also known as the Eagle's Nest, which was Hitler's mountain retreat, built by the Nazis as a gift for his 50th birthday. It is located just over the border from Salzburg near Berchtesgaden, Germany. This is the only Nazi structure that was not destroyed by bombs after the liberation of Germany after World War II. I took this picture from the terrace.

I climbed all the way up to Neuschwanstein Castle which is located above the German village of Hohenschwangau in the Bavarian Alps. I took this picture while standing on a footbridge on the way up to the castle.

Zugspitzblick is the mountain on the left in this picture. It is in the Tyrol region of Germany and is the highest peak in the Bavarian Alps. We stopped here while traveling through the Fern Pass. You can see part of a pretty alpine lake near the bottom right in the picture.

Please note: I will be extending my blogging break because I will have all of my grandchildren with me for a few weeks during the rest of the summer. We are planning many exciting adventures, so I don't feel that I can devote the time I usually do to my blog. I hope to be back soon!

Wednesday, July 1, 2015

July Theme Day: Upside Down

I don't need to even bother to turn on the TV when my three grandchildren are at my house. They are all the entertainment I need. Sorry for the little bit of blur. It's hard to keep those little feet still!

The first day of the month is Theme Day in the City Daily Photo Community. This month's theme is "Upside Down". To see other members interpretations of this theme, please visit the CDP Theme Day page here.

Note: I'm taking another break from my blog to do a little world traveling with my son. Not looking forward to spending almost 11 hours on a plane, but I'm sure it will be worth it once I get there. I will be back soon with some pictures of my adventures!

Tuesday, June 30, 2015

Our World Tuesday

I took this picture about a month ago, so these blooms are long gone by now. I just love that vivid yellow color! Linking to Our World Tuesday.

Monday, June 29, 2015


The plaque next to this fountain at Dorothy Oven Park says "Relax and Be Comforted, Enjoy the Rippling Water". So I did!

Sunday, June 28, 2015

Pretty Bench

I found this colorful bench in a shady spot at Dorothy Oven Park. It was nice to sit and rest here until the mosquitoes found me and I had to start moving again!

Saturday, June 27, 2015

Saturday's Critters

When I was visiting my sister in Maryland a few weeks ago, we enjoyed getting to watch a family of bunnies living in her backyard. It was hard to get a picture of the babies because every time they came out, they darted back under the trees before I could get a good shot. I did manage to zoom in on one of the parents munching on some grass though.

Linking to Saturday's Critters.

Friday, June 26, 2015

SkyWatch Friday

We had some pretty blue skies with just a few white puffy clouds last weekend for our boat ride on the Wakulla River. My two oldest grandkids were too busy looking for alligators in the water to look up though.

Linking to SkyWatch Friday.

Thursday, June 25, 2015

Good Fence at Wakulla Springs

Wakulla Springs is one of the largest and deepest fresh water springs in the world. The water temperature remains a relatively constant 70 degrees (F) year-round. On a day as hot as last Saturday was, how could I say no to my grandchildren when they wanted to cool off? I told them they could wade at the edge of the water since we had not brought their swim suits, but as you can see from the pictures, that didn't last long. They were drenched by the time we were ready to leave! I'm linking this post to Good Fences only because of the rope with the blue floats that is separating the swimming area from the deeper part of the river. That is sort of a fence right? It does let the alligators know to stay out of the swimming area. In the last picture, you can see my grandson waving to the people on the passing boat, which is one of the same boats we rode earlier in the afternoon.

Wednesday, June 24, 2015

More Wakulla Springs

This sign was near the swimming area at Wakulla Springs State Park. Yes people swim in the same water with the alligators I showed you yesterday, but no worries, the alligators know they are not allowed in the swimming area! We didn't see any manatees, but they live there too. Linking to signs, signs.

This Anhinga was standing on an old cypress stump drying his wings as we passed by on our boat ride down the river.

We also passed a Great Blue Heron and White Ibis toward the end of our boat ride. Linking to Wild Bird Wednesday.

Tuesday, June 23, 2015

Our World Tuesday

I'm back from a fun but exhausting break and had a wonderful time having all three of my grandkids with me last week. Last Saturday, I took the my two oldest (11 and 7) on a boat ride at Wakulla Springs State Park which is located just south of Tallahassee. My grandson says he counted 16 alligators on our little trip, but I think there were more. I managed to get a few pictures of some of them, but I apologize in advance that they are not as clear as I would have liked. It's difficult to zoom in on a moving alligator from a moving boat while trying to keep your grandkids from leaning too far over the side and falling in the water with the gators (not to mention snakes which I did not take pictures of). We had so much fun!

Linking to Our World Tuesday.