Traveling in my Convertible

I love traveling in my convertible. The wind blowing through my hair is relaxing and refreshing.

I have taken my convertible twice to Colorado. I drove through Estes Park , Lyons , and Boulder Colorado. Taking pictures while you are traveling in a convertible is quite easy. I just pull over to the side of he road and take my picture and then I am on the road again quickly to my next photo opp. There are breath taking views of the mountains in a convertible that you would totally miss if you were driving a sedan. I love the flatirons in Boulder , Colorado. I never get tired of taking pictures of God’s wonderful majestic masterpieces that he has created for us to look at in Colorado and all over the World.

Sara and I were in my convertible recently in Ohio. The weather was perfect for our trip. We took pictures of wonderful old majestic lighthouses. You could really see the lighthouses well in my convertible. Backing up in a convertible is very easy  and safe because you do not have any blind spots with the top down.

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We drove to Put-in-Bay and Kelleys Island before we got on our Ferry at each destination. The drive to this area was gorgeous. I loved looking at the fields of oats and he old windmills. Travelling in a convertible is a wonderful way to enjoy and see the great outdoors. You can hear the different sounds in nature that you would miss if you were driving in an ordinary car. I enjoy listening to the various birds that each different location has to offer.

My convertible works good for two people traveling. The back seat has no room what so ever for adults to be sitting in he back seat. I use the back set for extra storage while I am traveling. Do not miss out on God’s majestic Creation and travel in a convertible on your next travel adventure.

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Bargain Hunting

I always go to the manager of the store if I want to ask for a lower price on the item that I am interested in purchasing . The workers at the store never seem to have the authority to lower the price on any items in the store.

When I buy litter boxes or heated beds for my cats I check out several places on the internet for the best price I can find on that particular item. Buy the heated cat beds out of season for the best possible price on them.

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When I purchase carpet I always buy a full roll  of carpet because their is more wiggle room for them to lower the price on the carpet. I have a few rental homes so I will use up the roll of carpet eventually. If an item is damaged in a store I always ask for a discount on it. Buying paint in five gallon buckets will generally save you the price of at least one gallon of paint. When I purchase a car without a trade in I can save from one thousand to two thousand dollars off of their asking price. You can always sell your old car on your own and get more money then what the car dealer has offered you for your old car. If the car dealer will not negotiate on the price of the car ask for a new set of tires for the car you want to buy or an extended warranty on the car. They can buy the tires at wholesale price. You will likely get a new set of tires thrown in for the car you want to purchase from them.

Antique dealers will generally take 10 % off of their asking price. Furniture stores have taken off 10 to 20 % on the new furniture in their store. Jewelry stores will normally take 20% off of their higher priced items.

You can save a lot of money buying items on line. You don’t have to spend money for gas for your car or waste time going from store to store looking for the item you want to buy.

I hope this will help you save money on your future purchases down the road.

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Fall Festival in Wabasha, Minnesota

The fall festival in Wabasha, Minnesota is a wonderful fall event for the entire family to attend. The town is decorated with wonderful fall decorations and pumpkins of all sizes and shapes. There were pumpkin carving demonstrations and face painting for the children. The houses in Wabasha were decorated nicely with gorgeous fall decorations and displays of different types and varieties. They had popcorn and candies and much more to eat. Some of the stores in Wabasha had wonderful fall displays that would work in any ones home to enhance the true beauty of the fall season in your home.

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It was wonderful to see that the old Anderson House Hotel was up and running again. The rooms are nicely appointed and each room has its own private bathroom. The suites in the Anderson House Hotel are out of this world. The suites are lovely and spacious and you could not ask for anything more in a lovely and majestic suite. They serve wonderful food when you stay at the Anderson House Hotel in Wabasha, Minnesota. The hotel has a nice gift shop.

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The town of Wabasha has many nice shops that offer a variety of different items for sale. I found a nice antique store, cardy and coffee shop, jewelry store, hardware store and more. Do not forget to visit the National Eagle Center while you are in Wabasha, Minnesota. You will learn a lot of interesting facts about Eagles that you never would have  even imagined. The size of the Eagles nest will amaze you. Be sure to watch the awesome video that the National Eagle Center has put together to show and depict the life of the wonderful majestic Eagle.

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I would highly recommend a fall trip to Wabasha, Minnesota.  You and your entire family will have an awesome time in Wabasha.

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Marblehead and Vermilion Lighthouse Located in Ohio

Marblehead lighthouse is the oldest continually operating  lighthouse on the Great Lakes.The lighthouse has been in operation since 1822. Guided tours are available May thru Oct. Th lighthouse is a 85 feet tall limestone structure that was built in eleven weeks.  Its beacon helped lead wayward ships back to the shore safely. The beacon had 13 oil burning reflective lamps originally. The lamps generally burned whale oil. The lighthouse keeper had to keep the lamps filled with whale oil which was heavy work and hard work in lifting the lamp oil up all of the stairs to the top of the lighthouse were the lamps were located. Today the lighthouse has a 20 watt led  fixture. When touring the lighthouse make sure you look at all of the historical photos and artifacts, including the last Fresnel lens to operate the lighthouse. I loved my tour of this magnificent old lighthouse that is still operating yet today. themarbleheadpeninsula.com.

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The Vermilion lighthouse is a replica of the original that was moved to Lake Ontario. Vermilion was without a lighthouse for 63 years. The lighthouse is located next to Main Street Beach. You can walk around the lighthouse but you cannot enter it. I was impressed with the beauty of this smaller lighthouse.

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The town of Vermilion had a lot of old shops and stores that looked like they would be very interesting to go into. I was very impressed with this small town. People were sitting next to the beach eating ice cream cones and relaxing an having a good evening. The stores were all closed as we entered Vermilion because it was ten minutes after 5 PM. I would like to go back to this town when all of the stores and shops would be open for business. Vermilion.net.

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I love to look at all kinds of lighthouses and discover the vast history of these tall majestic beauties hat helped saved the lives of many people over the years.

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Lanterman’s Mill Located in Youngstown , Ohio

I had the privilege of taking a tour of Lanterman’s Mill with one of the descendants of the original builder of the mill . I always love to look at the mechanical workings of a Grist mill. It is fun to watch the grain move along the conveyor belt into the grind stone area of the grist mill. You can observe the ingenuity involved in the early production of meal and flour. You can smell the aroma’s that the freshly ground flour gives off. I love the gentle sound of the water as it flows towards the water wheel. In their gift shop area you can purchase stone ground cornmeal, buckwheat, and whole wheat flour that are preservative free. Some of the local stores sell their flour also.

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Lanterman’s Mill , a historic landmark, was built in 1845 – 1846 by German Lanterman and Samuel Kimberly. The mill was restored in 1982 – 1985 through a gift from the Ward and Florence Beecher Foundations. The mill is a community treasure that represents one of the many pioneer industries developed along Mill Creek and operates today as it did n the 1800’s grinding grains into flour.

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Walking around the mill is wonderful with breath taking views of the mill and bridges. There are plenty of beautiful flowers to look at. Explore Mill Creek Gorge for a dramatic peek into the area’s geologic history. Gorge Trail is a beautiful two – mile loop along Mill Creek bordered by rugged outcrops of sandstone. A boardwalk spans 1000 feet of this trail.

In 1933 the first floor of the mill was converted into a nature museum, then into the Parks historical museum in 1972. Lanterman’s Mill was entered into the National Register of Historic Places by the United States Department of the interiors in 1974. The renovation of Lanterman’s  Mill was no small feat. Many obstacles had to be overcome during the costly and painstaking renovation which began in 1982. I am very glad that people had enough interest in this grand old mill to save it and get it back into working order again for generations to come to love and enjoy as much as I did.

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African Safari Wildlife Park Located in Port Clinton, Ohio

I was provided tickets to the African Safari Wildlife Park Located in Port Clinton, Ohio to facilitate my review . All thoughts are 100 % honest and my own.

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We were provided a large cup of food to feed the animals just before we entered the park. Alpaca’s ran up to our car to great us. We threw out some food to them and they ate it up quickly. We could watch them through the car windows or you can have your windows down on your car. The Alpaca’s would literally stick their heads in your car and look at you. As we drove through the park a lot of small deer came up right next to our car  and we feed them also. Later on the White Bison ran up to the car and looked at us. A car in front of us had the Bison sticking their heads in their car waiting for them to feed them. I liked looking at the two humped camels and the Scottish Highlander cattle. Some people had purchased carrots from the man at the gate to feed the Giraffe’s. The Giraffe’s would stick their heads down over the fence and eat up the carrots that they were given. I found our drive through the park very interesting and educational. I was not aware of the fact that these animals would be as gentle as they were.

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We did the walk thru part of the park also. The White- Handed Gibbon’s entertained us with their acrobatic movements. They would swing on the ropes and sway back and forth on the ropes. I loved looking at the Red Kangaroo in the park. I found the White American Alligator interesting to look at in the fact that it was all white. Their were many more animals to look at. They have a pig race for the kids and camels that the kids can ride on. For more information on the park go to AFRICANSAFARIWILDLIFEPARK.COM.

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Merry go round musuem located in Sandusky, Ohio

I was provided tickets to the merry go round museum  located in Sandusky, Ohio. All thoughts are 100% honest and my own.

I enjoyed looking at all of the carousel items. I found out that the rooster was a very rare carousel item as compared to the horse or the tiger.

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I enjoyed riding on the old Merry go round at 9 miles per hour. Most Merry go rounds go around at 5 miles per hour. It was my 50 year anniversary of riding on a Merry go round. I enjoyed my ride again after a fifty year wait. At the Merry  Go Round Museum, relive your childhood excitement as you ride the fully restored Allan Hershel carousel. They have a lot of the old carousel tigers, horses ,etc. that the great carousel masters took lots of pride and joy in making them. The admission is only $6.00 for adults and $4.00 each for children 4 to 14 years of age and free for children four and under. You receive a token for a free ride on the Merry Go Round with your admission price. I loved all of the craftsmanship that went into the horse that I sat on on my merry Go Round ride. The carving of the wood and the paint was spot on.

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I especially love carousel tigers, lions, and the more unusual variety of animals. I love the old carousel pump organ music that reminds me of my early childhood days. There are not that many old carousels left in the world for us to enjoy anymore. I love the fact that the merrygoroundmuseum.org  in Sandusky, Ohio takes great pride in preserving these great wooden masterpieces on the carousel rides.

I truly enjoyed spending part of my afternoon at the Merry Go Round Museum I saw people their with their children having an awesome time.

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Kelleys Island, Ohio

We were provided free boarding passes on the Jet Express to Kelleys Island. We were also provided the use of a golf cart from Lil Casino to facilitate my review. All thoughts are 100 % honest and my own.

The Jet Express is the fastest way to the islands. The seats on the Jet Express were soft and comfy . There rates are reasonable and you make it to your island in only twenty minutes. The Jet Express was very clean. jet-express.com.

We picked up our golf cart from Lil Casino . Our golf cart worked fine and it was a breeze using it on Kelleys Island to get around safely and quickly. kelleysislandcasino.com.

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Kelleys Island, Ohio’s largest island, is an outdoor-lover’s delight. The island has awesome views, hiking trails, coastline and quarries. It is very relaxing and enjoyable to ride around Kelleys Island in a golf cart.

The island is home to 600 acres of state park land. We looked at the Glacial Grooves, which are the largest exposed glacial grooves in the world. The island has hiking and biking along the shore line with magnificent coastal views.

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There are a lot of places to eat an ice cream cone. You can dine at an outdoor patio and eat some of Lake Erie’s finest walleye or perch. I had a perch sandwich and it was absolutely delicious. I love the architecture of the homes on Kelleys Island. The entire island is on the National Register of Historic Places. I was fascinated with the architecture of the older homes and buildings on Kelleys Island.

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I loved shopping  and looking in the various stores on Kelleys Island. We went to the Glacial Grooves and I was absolutely taken back with what nature can do over a period of time to rocks. I would highly recommend looking at the Glacial Grooves. I loved the peace and tranquility that I felt while I was on Kelleys Island. It is very rejuvenating to spend time on Kelleys Island.

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Maritime Museum Located in Sandusky, Ohio

I was provided a free pass to the Maritime Museum located in Sandusky,  Ohio. All thoughts are 100% honest and my own.

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I was very impressed with the knowledge of our tour guide at the museum. I could definitely tell that he had a passion for old Maritime items and how important they are in our history. Sandusky  has a rich Maritime history.Through their interactive exhibits and educational programs you can learn a lot about boat building, ice harvesting, commercial fishing,  shipwrecks, wetlands, Sandusky’s role in the Underground railroad, recreational boating, commercial shipping, passenger boats and much more.

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I learned that it takes ten pounds of ice to keep one fish fresh while it is in transport. Some of the main fish in he area are Perch and Yellow Bass and the local restaurants offer them for sale on their menus.

Kids can make their own little sailboat to take home with them. Young adults and their parents can build a small boat to take home with them. The class provides all of the material for the boat and the class on how to make the boat for a total cost of only $300.00. Young children can learn howto make and tie Maritime knots.

There are a lot of old time wooden boats on display that are in mint condition, A lot of the boats were made in Sandusky, Ohio. The reason they stopped making these wooden boat beauties was because of fiberglass and aluminum which did not take the maintenance to maintain that he wooden boats take to maintain.

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The museum has a lot of old Maritime tools and equipment. They also have a collection of items from the  Underground Railroad. They have chains and shackles and pictures of the houses that helped with the Underground Railroad network. They have educational films on the Maritime Industry and the Underground Railroad. To learn more go to sanduskymaritime.org.

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Skyline Fencing – Skyline Tree Service Located in Riceville , Iowa

I hired Skyline Tree Service to remove a lot of my trees in my groove and trim some trees up around my building site. I was very impressed with Skyline Tree Service that is located in Riceville , Iowa. They did an awesome job. My trees look well manicured now. They were very careful in not tearing up my yard as they worked on my trees. They take a lot of pride in their work and they work quickly and in a very professional manner. They pushed the trees up into a big pile that was easy for me to burn.

Thy did a fantastic job of thinning out the trees in my groove. The trees in my groove were planted to close to each other so they thinned them out. The trees they left in my groove can get a lot of sun and air filtration now so they will do much better in the future. They explained to me how a tree will fill out more and remain a healthier tree with the proper air filtration and sun.

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They trimmed up my evergreens so they could get more air movement through them which helps to prevent needle cast. The evergreens are not touching the ground any more and therefor they will dry out a lot quicker after a rainstorm which makes for a healthy and sturdy evergreen.

Skyline Tree Service also trimmed up several of my bushes for me. My bushes look really nice now. By not letting your trees touch each other you can prevent a lot of tree diseases from spreading from tree to tree. They trimmed a lot of dead branches out of my trees also. I was very impressed with Skyline Tree Service located in Riceville, Iowa. I would highly recommend them to all of my friends and family.

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