Running Behind

Beautiful moss-covered trees (GA)

Beautiful moss-covered trees (GA)

I’m a little behind with updates, but here’s the latest. Left Florida this morning, and I’m in Georgia on the way to Smoky Mountain NP.
I had a few restful days in Florida, and will have more to say about a few places in the next few updates (Red Elephant restaurant and Dali Museum). Didn’t get out a lot between the heat and lots of rain, but still had a nice visit with the family.
Tomorrow I hope to get a picture of the castle in Lexington, KY, and then stop for a few days in Indianapolis.
Lots more to come. Almost have the galleries figured out ;-)

Guacamole Overload Heaven

Okay, I’ll admit that I ate too much here. But Los Tres Amigos, in Gulfport, MS, does that to me.
I had been here before, and remembered the guacamole tacos, but thought they were kinda small. So I ordered two, along with a guac dip for my chips, and a 12 piece shrimp cocktail.
The guac is amazing. The salsa and chips that arrive on your table build up the desire for the next course, and the guac just enhances that feeling. Notice the mug of salsa in the picture? No shortages here!

Guacamole Overload!

Guacamole Overload!

Then the tacos came, about twice the size I remembered. Delicious filled with guacamole, a good pile of cheeses, and some diced tomatoes. I probably should have stopped eating there…
But I didn’t. The cocktail was excellent – 12 peeled shrimp swimming in a tomato sauce laden with chunks of tomato, onion, avocado, and cilantro. It kind of reminded me of ceviche from Peru (another story). Very, very good.
It was an excellent meal, and caused me to walk around Walmart for nearly an hour before I was un-full enough to go home.
If you are in the area, don’t miss it!

Rice Crispie Treats

I got a recipe for something called Scotcheroos from my step-mom, a version of rice crispie treat using peanut butter instead of marshmallows. These are delicious – especially when made by a special niece like Julia!

  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1 cup light Karo (corn syrup)
  • 1 cup peanut butter
  • 6 cups rice crispies

Combine sugar and corn syrup in a sauce pan; cook until mixture starts to bubble. Remove from heat; stir in PB and mix well. Add rice crispies and stir until blended. Press into a buttered 9×13 pan.
They are deliciously messy if eaten warm, but much easier if you let them cool a little.
Try this for your next picnic or after school. Really nice change of pace!

short story of my tattoo

My new tattoo

My new tattoo

No, I didn’t “really” get a tattoo. I got a henna tattoo at Boothbay Harbor as part of my memorial to Lesa. It includes a white bracelet that says “one who soars” (given to me in Lesa’s honor by Gina at the writing retreat), a henna tattoo of the Chinese symbol for eternity (see here), and my wedding ring, with Lesa’s nickname engraved inside.

Trying to decide if I like it enough to make it a real tattoo. I really like the fact that when I look at it from my side (upside down), it reminds me of the Phoenix Rising — and that’s how I feel some times. I know I shouldn’t…

Skyline Chili

chili 5 ways and a chili dog

chili 5 ways and a chili dog

If you get to Columbus, OH, stop in at one of the 15 Skyline Chili locations. Skyline has been serving chili since 1949, based on an original Greek recipe.
This isn’t just chili, though. Try the 3-way – a bed of spaghetti covered with chili and a mound of cheese. Add onions to make it a 4-way.
Not sure about the spaghetti thing? No problem, you can have the chili plain, or over potatoes, hot dogs, or fries instead. Maybe you’d prefer it in a burrito.
Skyline is like fast food with sit-down service. I sat down and ordered, and had my food within a very few minutes. Really tasty, hot, and fast – some of my favorite things.
Try it. You’ll like it!

Pittsburgh Waterfront

Steel Mill Smoke Stacks

Steel Mill Smoke Stacks

Went down to The Waterfront in Pittsburgh last night with Louis and Debbie. Neat place. Lots of shops, resaurants, bars, and a big Lowes Theater.
Had Japanese (with sushi) at Yokoso, and watched Dinner for Shmucks at Lowes. Dinner was terrific! Lowes is huge and very impressive, and it was overkill for the movie (the movie being good but not great).
Hanging out with Louis today, and starting south tonight.

Boothbay Harbor and Exit from Maine

Had a nice stop in Boothbay Harbor, ME, per Doug’s suggestion. Checked out Orne’s Candy Shop (see pics), where I ate some delightful local fudge (3 kinds, no less). Ate a late lunch on the pier, and then sadly pointed my way out of Maine.

Since Doug was so kind to suggest this shop, and since I know of another in Montello, WI (later in the trip), I’m looking for other suggestions. Know of any little candy shops like this near you? Let me know and I’ll try to stop in!

Orne's Candy Store

Orne’s Candy Store

Inside the candy store

Inside the candy store

 

Beal’s Pier lunch

I usually shy away from deep friend foods, but this one-pound seafood combo caught my attention. Haddock, shrimp, scallops, and clams, along with about a half-pound of fries. Eaten on the pier, beautiful breeze, gentle guitar music in the background, watching the boats on the water. Worth the visit!

This was at The Captains Galley on Beal’s Lobster Pier, Southwest Harbor, ME.

Beal's Lobster Pier

Beal’s Lobster Pier

a Pound of Seafood

a Pound of Seafood

Day 9 – Maine At Last

Finally got to Maine today. Took a while to find a campground – they were all full! But got one called Smuggler’s Den, which includes free showers, and even has a pool and a laundromat.

Checked in at Acadia National Park, figured out what to see, and drove around the island for a while. Had lobster in Bar Harbor (with fresh blueberry pie ala mode), and then drove to the top of Cadilac mountain. Great views, great breezes, but kinda crowded!

Slept well – rained lightly through the night…

highest point on the east coast, and windy!

highest point on the east coast, and windy!

New Hampshire and Such

campsite in NH

campsite in NH

what a great day! I started out from Starseed in MA. Drove up into VT for some famous VT cheese, and then visited the Joseph Smith birthplace. After lunch, drove into NH. Staying at Moose Creek state park (only 60 miles or so from Canada). Tomorrow I’ll finally get into Maine.
Vermont is my favorite so far – good people, neat places… But it’s kinda early in the trip ;-)