Thursday, July 21, 2016

2016 Western Trip – Day 1&2 - Paducah, KY

Our first day got underway at a respectable 9:15am and we headed west on I-40 to Nashville, then west on I-24 to Paducah, KY.  There were four of us on the first part of the trip – Bev, Pat, and me, of course, and we were joined by granddaughter Riley for the first two weeks – at 14, she is Madison’s youngest sister.  It was a 310 mile trip to Paducah for a two night stay in Duck Creek RV Park located southeast of town.  The park is conveniently located about a half mile north of I-24 on KY-1954 and it’s about 10 minutes from downtown and a couple of minutes from Walmart and other shopping needs.

In my mind, in order of increasing niceness and amenities are campgrounds, then parks, and finally resorts and I would place Duck Creek at the high end of campgrounds – I think of parks as having paved patios or parking spots or both. The roads and parking sites are gravel and very level with plenty of room and some grass between sites.  The utilities worked well as did the 24 channel cable TV and the wi-fi was better than normal for RV parks.  Check-in was quick and easy and the office guy was very friendly – we paid $70 for our two nights.  This is our pull-thru site and a shot down the row.

While not a destination park, Duck Creek was nice and plenty adequate for our two-night visit - I would stay there again.

Paducah, with a population of around 25,000, is located on the Ohio River at it’s confluence with the Tennessee River where it has served as both a river and a railroad hub over the years – the Paducah and Louisville Railway is headquartered there.  It is also known as Atomic City for it’s uranium enrichment plant and as Quilt City for the National Quilt Museum.

In 1937, the Ohio River flooded the town and as a result, the Corps Of Engineers built a 14’ tall flood wall which now protects the city – completed in 1949.  The wall has 47 openings in it and plates come up from below to seal them.  The total flood control system is 12.25 miles long with 3.25 miles of wall and the remainder as levees.

In 1996, the Paducah Wall to Wall mural program was begun by the Louisiana mural artist Robert Dafford and his team on the floodwall in downtown Paducah.  They have painted more than 50 murals addressing numerous subjects, including Native American history, industries such as river barges and hospitals, local African-American heritage, the historic Carnegie Library on Broadway Street, steamboats, and local labor unions.  By 2008 the mural project was completed and being maintained.  Muralist Herb Roe returned to the city each year to repaint and refurbish the panels.

Like many older American towns, Paducah is revitalizing the downtown area, with a slant toward artists, in an effort to attract locals and tourists.  These are shots of Broadway in the historic downtown area.

We tried the Goldrush Café in downtown for a late breakfast on our full day in Paducah.  Granddaughter Riley had bacon and eggs, Pat had the Breakfast Burger Melt, Bev had a Hot Brown Omelet, and I had Golden Bullets (Scotch Eggs).  I had read about these before but never eaten them – hard boiled egg, wrapped in sausage, breaded with Panko and deep fried.  This is my plate.

I really enjoyed the golden bullets and will be making up a batch of them for us in the near future.

After breakfast, the girls shopped downtown and I drove around making pictures.  The one thing I didn't like about this stop was the 99 degree outside temp.

We’re underway for this years big trip and hope you will follow along as we head for our ultimate destination of the Rocky Mountains high country.

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Have a great day and thanks for stopping by Almost Heaven South but headed west.


7/20 – 7/21/16 event dates

Wednesday, July 13, 2016

Hitting The Road Again - Colorado Bound

After a fun week each with two of our kids, Sweetie has been repaired and serviced, and Cindy has moved in to look after things, so we are now ready to hit the road for a little while.  Basically our plan is to head for the high country of Colorado to beat the heat but it will have to change some to deliver the lower temps we are hoping for - may have to do Montana next year.

Our travel plan begins with spending seven days getting to Denver and staying there for six full days touring around the area and visiting with friends.  From there we will head across the mountains for a week in Grand Junction as the girls liked it during our last visit and wanted some more time there – we are expecting hot in Denver and GJ so we’ll head up onto the Grand Mesa for cool.

From Grand Junction we will go south to Montrose for 10 days from which we will visit Silverton, Ouray, Telluride, the black Canyon and other points of interest.  Then it will be on to Gunnison for 10 days for visits to Crested Butte, Lake City and the surrounding mountain areas.

Next up is 10 days in Buena Vista, where we spent a few days once before, from which we’ll go to Salida, Aspen, Leadville and perhaps the Royal Gorge.   Finally, we’ll leave CO and head down to Santa Fe, NM for a week to check out what the city has to offer plus visiting Los Alamos and areas north of town – eg. Taos.

From Santa Fe, we’ll take about a week to get home and start getting our place ready for winter.

If you’ve visited these areas, we would really appreciate your advice on places to go, things to do, places to eat, and anything else you think we should know.

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Have a great day and thanks for stopping by Almost Heaven South.


Friday, July 8, 2016

Still Can’t Comment – UPDATE - FIXED - SEE HOW

Velva hit the nail on the head and when I re-enabled third party cookies, it fixed the problem - Thank you so very much and thanks to all who responded.

I mentioned on a previous post that I was having trouble commenting on some blogs and I still don’t know how to fix it so any help would be appreciated.  If you will look at: – I can comment on these whether or not I have to add my name, email, etc or it fills itself in.

Now look at: – It fills in the identity and I can comment on these, also the ones that bring up a small comment box.

Now for the ones I can’t comment on, please go to: – these are the ones with the issue and even though I select Google account, it doesn’t take my comment.  Most of these are Blogspot but some are not.  Before we cleaned up my computer, I believe my profile was already filled in.

Also, previously when I was on my home page, in the upper right hand corner, it had four tabs – Create Blog, New Post, Design, and Sign In and now it just has the first and last one – so this is telling me something but I don’t know what. 

If you have any suggestions, I would appreciate them


Monday, July 4, 2016

Antipasto For Wine Club


We belong to a small six couple wine club that is really just a social group that uses wine as an excuse to get together to eat, drink, and visit – a description of the wine being presented for tasting is often just reading what is written on the back bottle label, so not exactly wine snobs.

The most recent get together was Italian night with the hosts providing the main course of lasagna and the rest of us providing the other dishes – appetizer, salad, desserts.  Our contribution to the meal was antipasto and while not Italian, I have a definite idea of what one is supposed to look like.

Saturday, July 2, 2016

Two Delicious Banana Desserts

You know how it is with intentions, we usually have the best of them and so it was with a recent trip to the store.  Daughter, Kathy, and I were in the store to pick up a few items from a list but she kept walking around picking up items and saying “my girls love this.”  One of these items was a bunch of bananas and to my knowledge they were never touched at home and were soon in a need-to-be-used state.

Bev went searching for recipes and found one at King Arthur for Double Chocolate Banana Bread, which she made into muffins as follows:

1 cup King Arthur Unbleached All-Purpose Flour
1 teaspoon baking soda
1/4 teaspoon salt
2 tablespoons King Arthur All-Purpose Baking Cocoa, or Dutch-process cocoa
1/2 cup (8 tablespoons) soft unsalted butter
1/2 cup sugar
1 large egg
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1 cup mashed banana (about 2 medium bananas)
1/2 cup cold sour cream
1 cup semisweet chocolate chips, chocolate mini chips preferred

1. Preheat the oven to 350°F. Lightly grease two 3 1/4" x 5 3/4" mini loaf pans, or one 9" x 5" loaf pan (Bev made ??” muffins).
2. Combine the flour, baking soda, salt, and cocoa.
3. In a separate bowl, beat the butter and sugar until light and creamy.
4. Beat in the egg, then stir in the vanilla, banana, and sour cream.
5. Gently mix in the dry ingredients and chocolate chips until well incorporated.
6. Pour the batter into the pan(s) and bake for 45 to 60 minutes (bake for the shorter time for two mini loaves or muffins and the longer time for the larger loaf), until a cake tester or toothpick inserted into the center comes out clean.
7. Remove the bread(s) from the oven, and allow to rest in the pan(s) for 10 minutes then turn out onto a rack to cool completely.

Wednesday, June 29, 2016

Kathy’s Eggs

The Roden girls are at Almost Heaven South for their annual visit and it seems like the two youngest girls have grown a couple of feet since last year.  At 5’5”, Kathy always seemed reasonably tall but her girls have obviously inherited the Roden gene as their dad is the family runt at 6’2” and his dad is 6’7”.  Here they are (Kathy, Katelyn, Lauren, Jennafer) and Lauren has now caught up to Katelyn at 5’7” and Jennafer has shot up to 5’10½”.

Sunday, June 26, 2016

Repaired Meatballs and Sweetie

In the last post I mentioned that Grandma Maroni’s meatballs were dry on the inside and so when Kathy and her girls came in for their annual visit, we decided to serve the leftover ones (from the freezer) with a simple fix – cut them in half soak in the cold sauce for a couple of hours, then heat in the sauce for an hour.