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of recent travels!
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LATEST TRAVELS TO BE POSTED:
Virginia, and Washington D.C. (April 2010)
Gem Show (May 2010)
Island and Vermont, East Coast trip (June 2010)
AZ and San Antonio TX (Feb 2011)
mile trip from South Carolina to Chicago to pick up two WOOLLY MAMMOTH
TUSKS, down to St. Louis, southern Illinois, Tennessee, then 5 days of
volunteer teaching at the Wehle Nature Center in Alabama, over to Florida
to buy shark jaws, then home. Here's Glenn and Heidi with the
biggest tusk, 8' 9" long, 16.5" circumference, 59.5 pounds
out an estate of an old friend with a similar business in Florida, it took
a 26' moving truck to bring it all home. We are sorting through
thousands of items: Teak animal wall & desk display pieces,
Bronze statues and desk displays, 4700 more shark jaws, pre-ban elephant
ivory tusks and pieces for carving, hundreds of megalodon shark teeth, 100
pounds of small modern shark teeth and SO much more. Stay tuned!
(Oct. 27-Nov. 1)
CULVER'S CUSTARD STAND IN NEENAH, WISCONSIN
What a surprise! A visit from Santa
Claus himself to the Culver's Custard Stand in Neenah, Wisconsin. A
small girl was entranced! We caught a few photos of both of them
It turns out he is a Santa Claus indeed,
Theodore Mackey (firstname.lastname@example.org)
is how Glenn spent his 65th birthday, picking up this 10 foot Alligator
from Florida (more detail on Gators page 4).
Happy birthday Glenn!
and SAN ANTONIO, Texas
for great photos of the stuff we SAW and BOUGHT while at the Biggest Gem
& Fossil Show in the World this year
(This is Glenn standing next to a huge
Amethyst geode Cathedral pair, this went to a collector in Alaska)
Convention Center, Mayday festivities
went down to go to a Gem Source that was set up at a Rock & Fossil
show at the Convention Center. To our delight, we found the entire
Convention Center was alive with activities - from the Rock Show to Arts
& Crafts to Ethnic Dances from around the world, to a Food Court of
tents outside, to displays of Art from young students, and from
professionals. What a treat!
Then we entered the
Theater, where there was African Tribal dancing on the stage. The
lively dancing, and colorful costumes, and the enthusiasm of the artists
was very uplifting. Neither of us realized how much we needed a dose
of culture, and came away from the experience with our Sense of Wonder
of the FLEET
May 1 (May day)
back from Charleston to Myrtle Beach that same day, the town of
McLellanville had a sign on Hwy 17 for the "Blessing of the
Fleet" for May Day. In all the years Glenn has lived at the
beach, he had never witnessed this event. So, we turned in, parked
and had yet another uplifting experience, along with GREAT seafood.
FROGMORE STEW (1st photo) made of corn, shrimp, potatoes, onions, smoked
Shish kebab (2nd photo), made of shrimp, sweet
red peppers, squash, smoked sausage, onions
bagpiper led the way to the pier for the Blessing, behind him is a male
pastor, and a woman pastor
pastors said a few words, then turned to the waterway awaiting the
shrimping boats to begin the prayer/blessing
view of the Marina where the shrimping boats were docked
Two of the festively flagged ships making
their way to the pier, filled with crew and families and owners
Henrietta shrimping boat approaching the pier
And receiving an individual blessing
seagull on a piling out in the waterway made for a postcard picture
|Sunset at the Washington
Memorial, April 2. The flags around the base of the Memorial are
beautifully silhouetted against the sunset. More to come!
FRYAR TOPIARY GARDEN
145 Broad Acres Road, Bennettsville, South Carolina
(3 acres, Public Welcome)
always gonna be obstacles. The thing is, you don't let those
obstacles determine where you go." Pearl Fryar
get & watch the DVD "A Man Named Pearl", it is a great way
to see this unique artist in action. The beauty of his work is that
he does not put wire to shape the trees. These are shaped just by
his loving hands and tree cutting tools. And his gardens are a Labor
of Love, signs sprinkled throughout the gardens gently encourage positive
city limits sign
tour starts at the Waffle House on the main road, which Pearl dressed up
with his skills.
the entrance to his road is also decorated with topiaries
are the Neighbors' houses. They have asked Pearl's advice on shaping
their own yards, with great effect.
FRYAR'S HOUSE & GARDEN
He did not come out while we were there.
Though we are so grateful that he allows the public to walk through his
residential gardens any time of day.
right side of Pearl Fryar's yard, a hint of what is to come
wonderful grouping in the right front yard
mailbox and fountain
of the house
entering the magical world of Pearl Fryar
work in progress
side of house
of my favorite areas, the "triangle" on right side of house;
perspective with Glenn next to it
arrow tree, I believe it's a fountain beneath
wonderfully sculpted shrubs, and close ups
spaceship, and a puffin. Use your imagination!
in the center
Oasis of Serenity
and footsteps to it
longer view of one of the "Courtyards"
man has made at least a start on discovering the meaning of human life
when he plants shade trees under which he knows full well he will never
-D. Elton Trueblood
statuary and graceful ironwork
stair-stepping of the bush sizes, with a real curlicue tree at the back
security light never looked so good
yard, nice to see Pearl's always busy with more topiary creations.
by the left side of the house was simply amazing
up to the sky
of the house, an archway to their patio
view of the left side of the house
very tall arched tree
up of the sculpted bushes on the left side of the house
long view of the side gardens
roller coaster of a tree
Hurts" metal sculpture
Peace & Goodwill", the words sculpted into the lawn are so large
they are best seen from the air
metal sculpture, with a John Deere sign in front
giant Sailing Ship
tree looks different from every angle
basket looking shrub
work in progress
the back yard, you see one of his trailers, and a rolling ladder.
Both have been used many hours by Pearl, I would guess.
cherry picker would get up in those trees for the kind of work he
does. Good choice
can imagine an amusement park ride fashioned after this
larger view of the back yard area
wonderfully graceful line of trees in the back yard
back up the left side of the house
Francis and the birds sculpture
mill, waterwheel fountain, birdbath
back down the driveway, we are still amazed at the precision of his work
lovingly sculpted his address in his front yard, only to have the city
change the numbering on the street, making his house number
"145". He has left the numbers in place anyway.
late afternoon view of the left side of the yard. We are sad to go.
twirly cone trees near the road
path from the front to back of the house, on the left
stretching over thin air
ongoing sense of wonder we feel at this harmonious, peaceful place
"The best time to plant a tree was 20
years ago. The next best time is now."
is a constantly changing garden. Pearl and Friends of Pearl add
sculptures and continue to shape the trees and shrubs. So a visit
each year will be new every time. We encourage everyone to walk
these gardens and feel the Peace that knows no bounds, from the hands of
Pearl Fryar and God's creations.
RIVERPARK MUSEUM & AQUARIUM, and
MISSISSIPPI RIVER MUSEUM, and Cruises
"I do not know that much about gods, but
I think that the river is a strong brown god - sullen, untamed and
intractable" - T. S. Eliot
A real gem of a find, this exciting
architectural design & complex, right on the banks of the Mississippi
River, funded by the local casino industry, is a state of the art
depiction of the history & life on the Mississippi River. We
were very impressed with the educational aspects of museum, and even the
gift shop. And the museum docents were very friendly and
helpful. We recommend this tour, if you are anywhere near northern
Mississippi or the Memphis TN area. There is also an eco-trail to
walk through 2 miles of wetlands forest on walkways.
Following is a virtual tour of some of the
areas of the museum we appreciated the most.
of the museum, where you can appreciate the unusual architecture
Treasures of the Great River Road sign in the
eared Slider turtle
Petting the blackbear (okay so it's
Extractor replica - This tool was devised in Europe to remove metal
arrows. The grooved middle blade was inserted along the embedded
shaft of the arrow. The outer tongs were then opened to spread the
flesh so that the arrow could be extracted without tearing the wound
further. Gruesome but effective.
When the Civil War began, the South built a
series of forts to defend the lower Mississippi. The North responded
by building ironclads to destroy these forts. The government turned
to James Eads to produce seven "city" class vessels. The
boats were 175 feet long. More details below:
Eads protected the boilers of the Ironclads by
putting them below the waterline and shielded the paddlewheel as
well. They had 2" thick iron plates laid over thick oak
sides. More details below!
Here's a piece of one of the Ironclads:
of New Orleans, moss-draped cypresses rise from the Atchafalaya Basin
swamp. Photograph by Sam Abell
And a fog shrouded swamp, backlighting a crane
Canoe, Native American, made of Yellow Pine, 24' long x 18" wide;
circa 1100 A.D., a discovery by Charles Greene.
Link to read more about the discovery:
gorgeous wildlife diorama of trees, deer, birds, etc. and lighting to
highlight the area, 3 stories tall.
of deltas all over the country. The Mississippi delta is SO deep,
you can see it goes all the way to the 1st floor (last photo).
Observation Deck overlooking the Mississippi River, and the Cruise boats
King of the World!
The park & cruise ship marina below looks
so unreal, and beautiful. But it is real, and well designed:
progressive view of (1) Glenn in front of a standing black bear, (2)
realization of what's behind him, and (3) horror, what do I do now
Lynx taxidermy. Hilarious, actually.
Glenn, what a fun goof.
hilarious bear, this time in the gift shop
Ditch story brings national attention to Tunica. Our chef
advised us to read this article carefully. In 1985, Jesse Jackson
visited Tunica County's "Sugar Ditch", where residents lived in
poverty, the "poorest county in the U.S." The documentary
startled the nation. Many changes were made, cementing the ditch and
building a 48 unit housing complex. So their greatest shame turned
into a work of pride.
Tunica, we were dismayed to see the American flag below the Confederate
MARIE, downtown Tunica
What a gem of a restaurant, serving
Mississippi grown catfish from local farm ponds. Historic brick
building (1913), they hope to have a hotel restored on the 2nd floor.
Chef Eddie MacGregor spoke with us about his ongoing plans for the
restaurant and hotel
Glenn devouring his catfish lunch, it tasted
more like LOBSTER
catfish ponds, as seen from the airplane heading out of Mississippi, where
Chef Eddie gets his great catfish. None like it.
Ornamental Metal Museum
Never let it be said that we ferret out the
ordinary. Instead of the Jazz & Rock N Roll Museums in the area,
we searched out this quiet spot with a killer back view over the
Mississippi River, and didn't regret a minute of our choice. No
photography allowed within the museum, but okay anywhere else. It is
the only institution in the U.S. devoted exclusively to the preservation
and promotion of final metalwork.
There is also an "All Metal Library" containing many rare
and first-edition books, some dating from the 17th century. More
than 2000 volumes and 10,000 slides. Open by appointment to
scholars, artists, students & architects.
& BACK YARD of Museum
Remember, everything you see is made of metal
metal flower outside
on a fence
is looking at a long display with a metal human skull
(metal) Chicken in a cage
copper gate of a cornfield
Holly bush, just a pretty accent in the garden
weathervane above the Riverbluff Pavilion
Made from salvaged iron from a historic Beale
St. mid-1800's building.
pillar, gator below, with a copper head peeking from the top
tall pod plant
Ornamental front to the Schering-Plough Smith
(Blacksmith Workshop) in back yard of the main museum. Here in the
sound of metal on metal and the fever of the fiery forges, you can witness
the violent origins of graceful works of art. Working metalsmiths
demonstrate how it's done and answer questions.
Above - gecko lizard on the brick wall.
Also on the grounds is a private
state-of-the-art conservation and restoration laboratory named Chestnuts
Inc. (no photos of this). These metalsmiths were responsible for
works such as restoring the gates for Elvis' Graceland, reproducing an
Etruscan suit of armor (on view at the Vatican Museum in Rome), even
devising a crown for a goat in Ireland.
Designed by Englishman Richard Quinnell,
classic scroll pattern, studded with scores of rosettes crafted by more
than 180 metalsmiths from 18 nations. My personal opinion? We
spent more time photographing this gate than anything else on the
property, it was so impressive. No two rosettes are alike.
& donkey? in heart
holding cup of tea, and Acorns
of the earth
& snake, star
blowing with puffed cheeks
blowing with puffed cheeks, sideways
& tongs, sorry it's not clearer
with glass doorknob center
the view from the Riverbluff Pavilion in the back yard of the Metal
Museum, overlooking the Mississippi River. What an awesome sight.
barges of coal being moved on the Mississippi River, near a major
bridge. Heidi is warm in her mink sweater coat (from Alaska), a
perfect frame for the Polish amber lily necklace she is wearing.
Next door to the Museum was a huge,
empty Armory building that commanded our attention.
Across from the Museum and Armory is
a huge park. One large tree had burl formations on it that looked
bear carrying something? With a dog head on the bottom? Use
the side of a pig's face
to Memphis, Pyramid Arena
Can't explain it, we love the
graceful aspects of bridges. The Pyramid was a bonus.
Downtown Memphis, famous
worldwide. Horse-drawn carriages, the famous B.B. King Jazz Bar, and
all the barbecue you can eat.
struts, Beale St.
View of Beale St.
B King's Blues Club
wearing yet another goofy hat, this one is a PIZZA PIE
At the vintage Schwab Mercantile store
- Pork with an Attitude Restaurant
also known as "The Pig on
167 Beale St.
1950's decor, checkerboard floor, formica tables, and vintage movie
posters. And a killer sweet barbecue sauce, on a tender pork
sandwich to die for.
Some of their trophies for their barbecue,
voted Top Ribs in Memphis. We remember them from seeing the BBQ
Pitmasters cookoff on TLC (NBBQA).
sights & sounds of Memphis
World Famous Fried Chicken
Though we had just eaten at the Pig on Beale,
we couldn't resist this, and we weren't disappointed. Chicken fried
only when you order, hot and fresh, mmmmm!
sure I want to know where this sign leads!
GEORGIA AQUARIUM, and sites of ATLANTA
Heidi's 55th birthday, no less
visit to the Aquarium wouldn't be complete without first visiting The
Varsity restaurant. First the parking lot on the roof with a view of
the Flame part of the sign
then the restaurant itself
R. Crickets Restaurant has a cute Cricket Man atop its sign
offices of Peter Law has an Atlas statue of hammered aluminum, holding the
like a postcard, the school of Jacks swimming past the viewing area
ray (Rhinoptera bonasus), named for its distinctive head shape, this ray
glides over the ocean bottom in search of shellfish. It crushes the
shells with its strong tooth plates to get at the soft meat inside.
Max size: 7 feet. Near threatened
Seadragons (Phyllopteryx taeniolatus), one of nature's most incredible
creatures found in Australian waters. My opinion! They
camoflage so perfectly into the seaweed.
crab, huge creatures that always draw a big crowd
eels, they rarely leave their burrows. They sway with the current,
and may look straight at you. How entertaining a critter is this!
can never resist the jellyfish, they are mesmerizing, especially with the
changing colors in the tank
a daisy pattern in one, how beautiful is that?
truly living art
anemone and Clownfish
spotted fish (perhaps an angelfish)
orange fish is a Canary rockfish (Sebastes pinniger)
small-clawed otters (Aonyx cinerea), they were so active and endlessly
cuddling with each other in their appropriately Wow habitat. They
loved the green fabric strips to play with
beautiful, big sand tiger shark
costumed greeter was fun!
main attraction is always the immense whale sharks. First
photo shows TWO. What a beautiful pattern on the backs of the whale
sharks. We happened to luck out and be there at feeding time, which
made for plenty of activity in the main aquarium. Last photo shows
one of the food buckets.
Notice how large the whale shark's mouth opens
to eat the food
Example of the food for all the fish including
slide show explained the delivery of 4 of the whale sharks
date, this is the heaviest animal payload that UPS has ever transported
is the delivery truck, and acclimation slings
two occasions UPS transported their whale sharks from Taiwan to
whale shark was transported in this specially designed UPS life support
care was used i loading each 25,000 pound container onto the UPS 747
takeoff and landing, the animals' gills could not be out of the water
transport time was over 30 hours covering 8000 miles
to UPS they now have four whale sharks in the Ocean Voyager
with DINOSAURS - Live Animatronic event
Columbia, South Carolina
on Fossils Page 14
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