Monday, December 8, 2014

"Where Are You Reading in 2015?"

This is a "Reading Challenge" hosted by Sheila at Book Journey. It challenges us to keep track of where in the world  the book we are reading takes us. 
1. Alabama
2. Alaska
3. Arizona
4. Arkansas
5. California..."Pieces of Happily Ever After" by Irene Zutell
6. Colorado
7. Connecticut
8. Delaware
9. Florida
10. Georgia
11. Hawaii
12. Idaho
13. Illinois
14. Indiana
15. Iowa
16. Kansas
17. Kentucky
18. Louisiana
19. Maine
20. Maryland
21. Massachusetts
22. Michigan
23. Minnesota
24. Mississippi..."Bless Her Dead Little Heart" by Miranda James
25. Missouri
26. Montana
27. Nebraska
28. Nevada
29. New Hampshire
30. New Jersey
31. New Mexico
32. New York..."The Key" by Jennifer Sturman
33. North Carolina..."The Last Word" by Ellery Adams
34. North Dakota
35 Ohio
36. Oklahoma
37. Oregon
38. Pennsylvania
39. Rhode Island
40. South Carolina..."Sanctuary Cove" by Rochelle Alers
41. South Dakota
42. Tennessee
43. Texas..."Texas Sunrise" by Fern Michaels
44. Utah
45. Vermont
46. Virginia
47. Washington
48. West Virginia
49. Wisconsin
50. Wyoming
51. Washington D.C.

Other Countries
1. England
2. France..."I Heart Paris" by Lindsey Kelk

Friday, January 17, 2014

"Where In The World Am I"

Photo by Gigi Ann
The Iowa River, Iowa USA
The Iowa River is a tributary of the Mississippi River in the state of Iowa in the United States. It is about 323 miles (520 km) long[1] and is open to small river craft to Iowa City, about 65 miles (105 km) from its mouth. Its major tributary is the Cedar River.
It rises in two branches, the West Branch and East Branch, both of which have their headwaters in Hancock County, each about 38 miles (61 km) long and which join in Belmond.[1]
The Iowa then proceeds roughly in a southeast direction, passing through the city of Iowa Falls, through a scenic valley to Steamboat Rock, then through the cities of EldoraMarshalltownTama, and Marengo, and through the Amana Colonies in Iowa County. In Johnson County, it becomes impounded by the Coralville Dam in the Coralville Reservoir, which turns southward to the spillway. The river runs generally south and passes through Iowa City and the University of Iowa campus. A lowhead dam at Burlington Street in Iowa City is the last dam before the river's confluence with the Mississippi. South of Iowa City, it is joined by the English River, and then in Louisa County it is joined by the Cedar River to flow into the Mississippi.
The Iowa River is noted for recreational and commercial fishing. Game fish include largemouth and smallmouth basswalleyenorthern pikechannel and flathead catfishcrappie and other panfish. The Coralville Reservoir is commercially fished for carp and buffalo fish.

Wednesday, July 24, 2013

"Where In The World Am I?"

Photo by Tony Wengerd
Deep Creek Lake, Maryland

Deep Creek Lake is the largest inland body of water in the state of Maryland.  It spans over 3,900 acres and has approx. 69 miles of shoreline.  It is a man-made lake that was constructed in the 1920's for hydro-electric power generation.  The lake is now owned and managed by the Maryland Department of Natural Resources (DNR).  The lake is home to a wide variety of freshwater fish and aquatic birds, and is a year round retreat for sportsmen, boaters, vacationers and outdoor enthusiasts to enjoy.

Power boats and jet skis are permitted, though you can always find a quiet place to launch a canoe, kayak or water board.  Summer water sports include swimming, tubing, water skiing and wakeboarding.  The lake freezes in the winter - an average thickness of 18 inches - and is great for ice-fishing, cross-country skiing and even snowmobiling.  DCL is home to a diverse range of fish - bass, walleye, northern pike, crappie, perch, bluegill, rainbow & brown trout and pickerel.

July, 2013 we visited the lake one Sunday afternoon. As a youngster I spend many an afternoon in this area with friends. It was a fun time in my life, so wanted to visit the area one more time, before heading home to Iowa. It was a beautiful day for a lazy Sunday afternoon drive with the hubby. Wonderful memory.  

Monday, July 1, 2013

"Where In The World Am I"

Photo by Rhonda Snyder
Muddy Creek Falls
Swallow Falls State Park has re-opened after the devastation caused by Hurricane Sandy with limited access to the falls. Not all areas of the park or the trails are accessible as storm cleanup efforts continue. For your safety, please adhere to signs indicating what areas are open and do not go beyond posted signs.

This mountain park is located nine miles north of Oakland, Maryland and contains some of Maryland's most breathtaking scenery. The Youghiogheny River flows along the park's borders, passing through shaded rocky gorges and creating rippling rapids. Muddy Creek Falls is a crashing 53-foot waterfall – a spectacular sight. Tall hemlocks dominate the silent woods. The meandering trails through Swallow Falls guide hikers to some of the most breath-taking scenery in Western Maryland.
Rock formations at Swallow FallsThe Youghiogheny River and Muddy Creek are white water rivers that contain severe natural hazards, such as waterfalls, violent rapids, swift currents, deep pools, underwater hydraulics, cold water, slippery rocks and rough terrain. Injuries and deaths have occurred in and around these waters. Visitors should be alert for these hazards and EXERCISE CAUTION to protect themselves and any children from potentially life threatening accidents.

This is such a beautiful park, a wonderful place to hike through the rocks and trees. As a youngster I loved visiting this park and hiking with my friends to while away an afternoon. Bringing along a picnic lunch, was a most wonderful way to spend a lazy hazy summer afternoon. My last visit to the park was July 7, 2008, I loved it, but couldn't run through the trails the way I did as a teen-ager. I had to stop and rest a few times. But it was a fun memory with my granddaughter, Mercedez.