Category Archives: travel

Headlands Beach State Park, Ohio

We visited the Headlands Beach State Park, Ohio again over the weekend to collect beach glass, and I snapped this photo.  It was a gray day when we arrived, but the sun came out.  Yes.  The water looked THAT blue.

Headlands Beach State Park, Ohio

Headlands Beach State Park, Ohio

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A Visit to Lake Erie

I have lived in Northeast Ohio my whole life and I had never explored this wonderful resource that we have – Lake Erie.  I took a class recently at Grand River Beads to learn how to drill glass, and we used Lake Erie beach glass.  The glass is beautifully etched by the waves and washes up onto the beaches.  Well, I decided that I had to go collect some of that glass myself.

We decided to go to the Headlands Beach State Park and it was great fun finding the glass.  Most of the pieces were small, but we did find some nice pendant size ones.  Just being at the beach was a new experience, with a nice cool breeze and moderate waves.  I know that people swim there, but the water was still too cold.

Headlands Beach State Park, Ohio, Lake Erie

Headlands Beach State Park, Ohio, Lake Erie

There were birds there that I don’t see in my backyard.

Lake Erie Beach Bird

Lake Erie Beach Bird

My kids were surprised at the vastness of the lake itself.  Although only the 4th in size of the Great Lakes, Lake Erie is the 10th largest lake in the world.  It is 9940 square miles – which is larger than any one of these states: Vermont, New Hampshire, New Jersey, Connecticut, Delaware, or Rhode Island.

We were there early in the day, there weren’t too many people there.  We had “hard time” finding our car. [/sarcasm]

My Lonely Car

My Lonely Car


PV2 Daugherty – Day 2 – Graduation

The ceremony itself was quite impressive. Each individual platoon stood and marched to a cadence (lead by their Drill Sargent) onto the stage. Then each individual soldier stepped forward and announced their rank, name, and hometown and walked off of the stage. Families were encouraged to walk to the front and take photographs or video if they desired… which I did indeed desire.

I have a fine video.  I use a Mac and I am embarrassed to admit that I don’t know how to edit it to put a clip onto here.  Isn’t that the kind of thing that a Mac user is supposed to just inherently know?

Daniel and Denise ar Fort Leonard Wood

Daniel and Denise at Fort Leonard Wood


On the Road – Gateway Arch in St. Louis

While traveling, my family visited the Gateway Arch, a part of the Jefferson National Expansion Memorial, in St. Louis. It is a fun place to visit, and we did the required things: see a movie and ride the tram to the top of the Arch.

On the way in, we took a traditional family photo at the base of the Arch.

Bunny Ears at the Gateway Arch

Bunny Ears at the Gateway Arch

The tram to the top was a bit crowded.  We fit 5 of us into it, and we are not small.  My husband was taking this photo and we were encouraging him to move fast to get in before the doors snapped shut.

Tram at the Gateway Arch

Tram at the Gateway Arch

Although it was a rainy day, the view at the top was still spectacular. We took some memento photos – bunny ears inside the top of the Arch.

St. Louis from the Gateway Arch

St. Louis from the Gateway Arch

At the Top - Gateway Arch

At the Top - Gateway Arch

What really got us excited however, was the fact that we could see our rental van from the top of the Arch.  Seriously, how exciting is that?

OMG - The Rental Van

The Rental Van


On the Road – Roadside Curiosities #2

Huge Cross

Huge Cross

Near Effingham, Illinois where I70 and I57 intersect, there is a very large cross.  It’s 198 feet high and hard to miss.


On the Road – Roadside Curiosities #1

Huge Candle

Huge Candle at the Warm Glow Candle Outlet

The Warm Glow Candle Outlet Store has a huge candle out front.  Well, not a real candle, but it looks like a candle.

I guess that goes well with my theme of the outrageously large ornaments.

Finally, a family tradition – an obligatory photo with bunny ears.

Bunny Ears at the Candle

Bunny Ears at the Candle


On the Road – The One that Got Away

Yesterday, I wrote about the Warm Glow Candle Outlet Store. My only regret about stopping there? I wish that I would have gotten this ornament too. It’s a flat candy mint; I would have had it hanging in my house all year long!

The One that Got Away - Candy Mint Ornament

The One that Got Away - Candy Mint Ornament

Check out my glass beads – (they totally do not resemble these ornaments!) at Etsy or my Spawn of Flame website.