November Daily Photos – Part One

November’s Daily Photo Theme is Colors……..So, here we go……

RED

ORANGE

YELLOW

GREEN

BLUE

PURPLE

PINK          AQUA          NAVY

Ooppss – I let three days pass by without taking my Daily Photo……so, I went back to my archives and made this collage to represent “Pink”, “Aqua”, and “Navy”….all caught up, now! hehehe

October Daily Photos – Part Five

OK – let’s finish off October’s “Free Choice” Theme…….

MEGAN IS HAPPY TO BE HEADING HOME…..

AUTUMN IN WNY

MY BURNING BUSH IS ABLAZE

MY REWARD FOR A HARD DAY’S WORK

A VISIT FROM A FRIEND WITH A BELATED BIRTHDAY GIFT WAS A WONDERFUL TREAT, TODAY

FROM THE ARCHIVES: PERFECT FOR HALLOWEEN – HAUNTED ASYLUM HALLWAY

ROLLING HILLS ASYLUM

November’s Theme is COLORS:

October Daily Photos – Part Four

This installment of the October Daily Photos are all from my trip to DC this week…….more photos from DC will come later and I know I still need to post the photos from my Colorado and New Mexico trip……JEEZ…..I’m getting bad!!!

HERE COME DA TRAIN!!!

FOUND ON THE WALL AT THE US HOLOCAUST MEMORIAL

BREAD LINES DURING THE GREAT DEPRESSION

FDR MEMORIAL – NATIONAL MALL – WASHINGTON, DC

I FOUND DORY

SUNRISE OVER THE US CAPITOL BUILDING

TAKEN FROM OUR TAXI ON THE WAY TO UNION STATION TO CATCH THE TRAIN HOME

One more week of photos for this month…….that will end our “Free Choice” month! November’s theme will be colors!

 

October Daily Photos – Part Three

Third installment of the October Daily Photo shots……

I FOUND WALDO

ICING ON THE SILO

DO I HAVE TO COME INSIDE, MOM?

AUTUMN RAIN

END OF THE SEASON HYDRANGEAS

DIGGING DEEP FOR THE PRIZE

FINALLY FINISHED READING “WAR AND PEACE”!!!

Not many photo days left in October…….let’s see what “free choice” shots round out the month in my next Daily Photo Challenge post!

October Daily Photos – Part Two

More October “Free Choice” Photos:

GONE BUT NOT FORGOTTEN

PEEK-A-BOO

CATCHER OF THE RAIN

AND SO IT BEGINS

ROSES AT DUSK

STICKS ON THE PATH

See you next time……

50 and Done Club Member Right Here!

Over the last couple of weeks, I finished work on a HUGE Bucket List item…..one I’ve been working on for the better part of my life, but more diligently since I retired in 2011. It was a long time coming, but I’m DONE! I have now visited ALL 50 states plus the District of Columbia!!! I have also seen all five Great Lakes, both oceans that border the US (Atlantic and Pacific), both gulfs that border the US (Gulf of Mexico and Gulf of Alaska), four major state named rivers (Mississippi, Ohio, Missouri, and Arkansas), and both countries bordering the US (Canada and Mexico)! I was able to completely color in the state map (except for Cuba and Russia, which are shown on the map…..maybe someday I’ll color them in, too)!  The two “orange” colored states are states I actually lived in – NY most of my life and NC for 26 years in the middle.

Some states I traveled to through my younger years and some I traveled to for work, but the majority of them were all visited since I retired. Some I flew to, some I cruised to, some I traveled to/through by train, and some I traveled to/through by motor home or automobile! My criteria for considering a state could be colored in and “counted” was: I had to either spend at least one night and/or spend significant time in the state and see or do things the state has to offer. So — layovers in airports didn’t count and flying in for a meeting and flying out same day didn’t count, either! But, driving for several hours through a significant portion of the state and stopping to see/do things that caught my eye did – even if I didn’t spend the night. Many states I have been to multiple times and most I spent multiple days doing as much as I possibly could on at least one trip. I do have a short list of states I want to go back to either because I didn’t feel I did my visit justice or it has been many years since I was there or there is something I really want to do there that I wasn’t able to for whatever reason. Those states are: Texas, Tennessee, Iowa, Vermont, Hawaii, and Montana. Utah was on that list, as well, but I was able to knock it off on my last trip by spending quite a bit of time there on a tour while in New Mexico.

This year, my goal was to color in the last three states – Kentucky, which I visited in August and loved – and Colorado and New Mexico, which I visited the last week in September and the first week in October. Here I am at the Four Corners Monument – the only place in the US where four states physically border each other – Colorado, New Mexico, Utah, and Arizona – I am standing with one foot in Colorado and one foot in New Mexico – my last two states!

So, now I can wear this shirt with pride……I feel like I accomplished something truly amazing……I am a Charter Member of the “50 and Done Club”!

So, what now? Well, I have a pretty good start on some of the countries in our world – I’ve been to Canada, Mexico, Bermuda, Jamaica, Bahamas, Portugal, Ireland, and England! So, I think it’s time to start expanding that list some and there are a few other Bucket List items that will help with some of the states I’d like to return to and there are also some favorite spots I’d love to see again! So……..my traveling (and adventure blogging) days are FAR from over!!! Let the adventures continue and get better and better!!!

And, speaking of adventure blogging…….I’ll be starting posts from my Colorado and New Mexico trip soon!!!

October Daily Photos – Part One

Let’s start off October with some “Free Choice” Daily Photos…..

TOTEM POLE AND DANCERS ROCK FORMATION

A WELCOME SIGHT AFTER A LONG DAY ON THE ROAD

VOTE AGAINST PROHIBITION GHOST SIGN

FLYING ABOVE THE CLOUDS

SOMEONE IS HAPPY TO BE HOME

SUNFLOWER SCARECROW

What else will catch my eye in this Free Choice month?