Saturday, June 26, 2010

D's new ride!

Just picked her up from the dealer! Putting on the temporary hand controls now so we can get her home!

Tuesday, June 22, 2010

Monday, June 21, 2010

IOS 4 - Love IT!

Updated my iPhone to IOS 4 today! Love it! I was able to get my pages down from 8 to 2 using the new folder feature. Finding all my fav apps will be another matter. I'm sure there will be some adjusting to do with regard to the layout & organization.

Also, the new unified mailbox seems pretty cool, haven't had much time to play with it yet.

I also want to take a look at the iBooks app.

The 5x zoom on the camera is ok. Probably not a feature I'll use too much on this unit but perhaps on the new one I will since it has a better camera.

Sunday, June 20, 2010

Just for a laugh...

I wish I had the patience to train our dog to act!

Saturday, June 19, 2010

Bird Condo Living

Those little suckers!!! I did not get rid of the nests and now our porch light condo and our under deck ledge condo have been sublet! Not sure who is in the porch light but there are 2 nearly full grown robins under the deck...I expect them to leave in the next few days as they barely fit in the nest anymore!

I just discovered a wren fluttering around back there this morning plus I heard some chirping under the deck so I went to investigate. Sure enough they appear to have taken up residence via a hole at the corner of the header board for the deck and are in there between the siding and the aluminum header board cover...yet another hole I need to eliminate!

Thursday, June 17, 2010

Wait for it....

Ordered and now just waiting...possibly arriving on July 15th! Now to sell the old ones...any takers?

Roadside stop - Smoky Mountains

Got this shot after climbing into the river bed at a roadside parking spot.

Great vista!

This is one of my fav photos from our trip...and I took it myself! It's at Cades Cove in the Smoky Mountains National Park. It's part of a site that was a farming community in the 1800's. We had to drive about 22 miles to get to the Cades Cove loop which is a drivable road that winds through and passes old cabins and primitive churches. On certain mornings it is only open to bicycles. It was a beautiful day when we took our trip there!

Wednesday, June 16, 2010

Inside the Cabin

Here's a little (grainy) video of the inside of the cabin.

Tuesday, June 15, 2010

Carribbean in Kentucky?

Who knew you could get Carribbean food in Kentucky! ?! Cocos Lokos in Louisville rocks!

Best mojito I ever had! Also DH loved the Pollo Guisado and the croquettes we shared pictured above were so good with a spicy sofrito and cream sauce on the side. I had the coconut shrimp pasta with some tostones (mashed fried plantains), very good. DH's entre came with rice, beans, and some maduros (slices of plantain marinated in citrus juices then fried).

It was a really unexpected and tasty Kentucky!

Monday, June 14, 2010

Laurel Falls Aka: Trail From Hell!

Sweet Jesus, Mary, and Joseph! WTF were we thinking???!!! The trail sounded doable; 1.3 miles, paved, ok not ADA grades but a 300 foot climb to the falls. Labeled as an EASY hike by the National Park guide book. What the heck, right? So we decide to give it a go with a guy in a wheelchair plus 20 pounds of camera gear, plus friggin 90 degree heat, plus a light lunch, and did I mention the 300 foot climb in elevation? Oh, and that paved trail? Yeah that sucker has seen BETTER DAYS. OMG! Most of it was crumbled away at the edges. Oh yeah the edges, the ones right next to the ridge that plunged down hundreds of feet. The path, that slanted TOWARD those ridges. The path, the guy on WHEELS is trying to use! The guy who sometimes has a problem with HEIGHTS!!! Oh MY God, what were we thinking??? These Falls better be the most amazing thing ever!

At some point, delirium kicked in and the decision to keep on going was made. The people passing us on their way back down would encourage us. They said it was beatiful and cool and refreshing up there. And that did sound nice, no matter that the wheelchair guy's left arm was giving out, or that the rubber feet fell off the tripod, or that I was having second thoughts...about having enough life insurance!!!

So on we went, stopping every 30 feet or so to rest DH's arm, catch our breath, and wipe the sweat from our brow. Now the people were passing us by telling us that there was a bear on the lower Falls and if we hurried we might see it! Oh boy! What a photo op that would be. So we kept going. Then, a group came toward us at a pretty fast clip. THE BEAR WAS ON THE TRAIL AND HEADING OUR WAY! DH and I had spent the last hour climbing to that point...WE WERE NOT TURNING BACK! So we stopped and waited and another group of people came through and made a big racket to scare the bear up the ridge from the path. As we continued on we looked up to see the bear moving along the ridge ABOVE US!

At this point DH is starting to freak out a bit, between the height, the crappy trail, and the bear...but we are so close...we keep going.

And finally...We get there! And it is cool and refreshing! Only there are A TON of people there. It's like it's Disney World or something. People are taking pictures of each other. They're sitting on the rocks, climbing all over. All the little kids are in the falls, slipping and sliding around and having a good ole time. Yep, just what we wanted, a picture of a bunch of ugly kids lolly gaggin around in water that a bear probably peed in! Where's the natural setting? My nature shot of Laurel Falls?!?!? Effed up in a major way, let me tell ya! We did manage a few pictures, but all in all, the amount of effort was not worth the view. Two thumbs down!!!

And speaking of down, that is exactly where we headed! It was easier than up but I had to play brake pedal for DH...oh my aching legs, back, neck, arms, and DH didn't fare much better! He got blisters on his hands, I got them on my feet! Mamma mia, where is the hot tub! The 10 mile drive to the cabin never felt so long!

Here are the pics:


Sunday, June 13, 2010

An ad for Deep Woods Off!

Originally uploaded by Lacubrious-One

Forest Primeval

Originally uploaded by Lacubrious-One

Look at that Escargot

Originally uploaded by Lacubrious-One

Stumbled onto this little guy at Sugarlands Trail. Thank goodness DH was there to help me with the camera settings. Adding the flash made all the difference!

Smoky Mountains Sugarland Trail


Originally uploaded by Lacubrious-One

After hitting what we thought was the right trail and dead ending at the Park Ranger HQ, DH and I hit the one ADA "trail" at the Smoky Mountain National Park. It was called the Sugarlands Nature Trail. It was a one half mile loop of sidewalk through the forest with a stream/river running along part of the path. I took the video below with my iPhone as I was "off trail" down near the river taking pictures of some butterflies. Check it out!

Saw lots of these guys around!

Originally uploaded by Lacubrious-One

So disappointed over having to miss the Roaring Fork Drive AND Clingman's Dome due to ROAD MAINTENANCE!!! Arg...everywhere we go on vacation seems to be under construction or maintenance. We will try to hit Laurel Falls tomorrow. It's not ADA but it is supposed to be paved and just 1.3 miles.

Saturday, June 12, 2010

Tranquility Point is amazing!

Day .5: Got here around 6:00pm EST. Unloaded the car. Checked out the cabin...AMAZING! DH said it's the nicest place he has ever stayed! This place has everything! Unpacked. Freshened up. Got the Baby settled. Made a grocery list. Went shopping. Came back & made some food. Chilled. Got in the hot tub. Heaven. Got out of hot tub...slowly. Changed clothes. Chilled with some tunes in the living room. They have an iPod dock compatible stereo! Awesome. Read a book. DH took some cabin pics. DECOMPRESSION in progress...

Day 1.5: It is truly peaceful here. Woke up early to the sunrise. Took care of Baby. Snoozed. Got up and made breakfast. Took a nap. Woke up to rain. Took Baby out. Checked out all the area brochures we found in the coffee table. Thought about another nap after all that work. Considered having lunch. Thought about getting in the hot tub...all in all, perfectly peaceful so far!

Sunday, June 06, 2010

Vacation Plans...

We've booked a cabin in Gatlinburg, Tennessee. It's called Tranquility Point and I think it will be marvelous!

Not sure if the weather is going to cooperate, but we shall still have a great time just getting away. The place is pet friendly, so Baby is going with us!

We're gonna check out Smoky Mountains National Park, and just meander around a bit, relax, and enjoy the views.

Outward Hound!

We picked up this dog backpack for Baby at Petsmart yesterday. Need to get a picture of Baby on here!

We are trying to use it as a tool to drain her energy on the walk as well as for carting her own water, poop bags, snacks, etc. It should come in handy when we're hiking around the Smoky Mountains this coming weekend!

Friday, June 04, 2010

Going green!

Tomato, lettuce, basil and cilantro...all a growin' nicely!