Thelma and Louise have not had an adventure in several months so we decided to take a day trip to Rutledge Falls. It’s a beautiful waterfall between Tullahoma and Manchester Tennessee. It’s on private land but the owners allow you to visit from dawn till dusk. They also allow fishing!
There’s the remnants of an old moonshine still on the hill above the falls.
Lynn likes to get her toes wet! And Brad and Brigid, our faithful mascots enjoyed the peaceful sound of the water.
Down the road a couple of miles is Machine Falls. It’s about a 3 mile hike to the falls. Don’t let the photo fool you, it was a lot of climbing down and up, but the falls were worth the effort. It’s amazing how many hidden gems you can find if you look. A fellow hiker told us about a book called Waterfalls of Tennessee. Lynn just got the book so we might be on a mission to see how many we can visit.
As is our travel tradition we had a nice picnic at Barton Springs on Normandy Lake. The “kids” climbed trees and enjoyed the sunshine! It’s good to get out in nature and all of this was less than two hours from Nashville!
First camping trip of 2019 for Layula! We named her after my fifth great grandmother who was a Native American from the Lumbee Nation. We are on the creek at Montgomery Bell State Park. Our goal is to stay in all the Tennessee parks. I call this glamping!
Thursday night we went to Emeril’s in the MGM. what a feast! We had the three course special. Check it out! We were not hungry when we left!
I had a lettuce wedge, yummy, lots of bleu cheese, and dan had lobster bisque.
They brought out their signature cornbread. It was a good southern sweet cornbread!
Dan ordered roasted trout and I had the short ribs. Those ribs were melt in your mouth. Our waiter told us they started cooking them at 3am! There were roasted veggies and garlic mashed potatoes.
Then came dessert, pecan pie and the famous Emeril’s banana cream pie! The slice of banana was so big. I tried my best but could not finish it. It made me sad to leave even a crumb!
Back to the casino after for a night cap and a little gambling, then up to bed. Another decadent day in Sin City!
Tuesday was more exploring. You could spend weeks going in to the different hotels and looking at the variety of themes and the design and decor. They are all little magical cities! We rode the monorail over to the Paris where Jeff and Ashley went to the framing show while we just looked. They have their very own Eiffel Tower complete with a restaurant on one of the floors. Bonjour!
Next stop, the Venetian. It was beautiful inside. The ceiling is a beautiful blue sky. It’s complete with water and gondolas that you can ride while they sing to you in Italian. Quite romantic.
Jeff and Tristan went to play in a Star Wars virtual reality experience where they were storm troopers. They said it was incredible, although it took a minute to adjust and not throw up!
You see the statue to the right in the photo above? They are living statues. I’ve seen them in Florence and Rome, Italy. I dropped a dollar in his pot and he very slowly reached out to Ashley and motioned for a photo. They are a little creepy. A group of girls came up behind us, we heard them scream. These guys are known for surprising passers by. My question is, why do they do it?
Back to MGM for a rest. Tristan and I ventured across the street after dark. Crossing the street is not easy. You must find a crosswalk above the street and that involves some tracking skills. Do not try to use Siri! Yesterday’s step count 20,490! Yay I can eat more!
Oh yes Brad and Brigid wanted a selfie at the Venetian.
Below: New York New York. You can see part of a giant roller coaster. Tristan, my thrill seeker rode it while I waited. She loved it.
One of the crosswalks.
We had to cross street, go to Tropicana, over to Excalibur, above, to get back across street to New York New York!
We went back to MGM. Tristan went up to room. Jeff and Dan went to Hooters to play blackjack. Supposedly they have $5 hands, hmmm. Ashley and I played some slots for a bit then headed up to bed. They are flying home today. Dan and I are getting a car and heading out to Hoover Dam. We still have four more days!
We left Sunday morning for Kiawah Island, home to the Kiawah Golf Club and the 2021 US Open.We had two destinations in mind. First we were going to see the Angel Oak on Johns Island. We got to the site and it didn’t open until 1 pm. So we drove over to Kiawah Island to a place called Beachwalkers Beach. You are supposed to be able to walk about a mile down the beach and watch dolphins feed almost any time of day. There is one problem. There are limited parking spaces and if the lot is full the city will turn you away. No parking anywhere else! We missed it. So back to Angel Oak. It is an oak believed to be 400-500 years old. It is unreal. Because developers began to encroach on the surrounding land, protests brought the city in and now it is protected. The pictures just don’t do it justice. As they say you had to be there.
After that we came back to Charleston and strolled down Meeting Street to the park passing old colonial mansions along the way. They are so majestic and well preserved. I love the secret gardens and fountains that were visible through the iron gates. One can imagine the grand parties and the beautiful ladies and gentlemen who attended them.
We finished the night at Tommy Condon’s Irish Pub. What’s a pub without a Smithwicks beer, right? Another fun day.
We got up this morning and the weather in Wexford was dreadful. We decided to go to Hook Head anyway. What a great day! We were on the photo walk with Paul Freeny, who is a local photographer. We started at Hook Head Lighthouse. It is the oldest operating lighthouse in world. It’s over 800 years old, and was started long ago by the monks to guide ships on the Irish sea. The new lighthouse is built over the old original lighthouse.
We went down the road a way to a spot in the road called Slade. There is an old castle that no one takes care of. Such a shame to me but I guess there are so many ruins here that they aren’t as special. The photo with the truck and castle below is at Slade.
From there we went to Loftus Hall, a beautiful old home that had fallen into ruins. About a year ago a couple bought it and are working hard to renovate and open it for tourists. It is supposed to be the most haunted house in Ireland. We couldn’t tour the house because of the work, but we did get a guided tour outside, and in one room. There is a story about a stranger who came up from the sea, and the family gave him shelter. The daughter fell madly in love with the stranger, and one night they were playing cards and she dropped a card. As she bent down under the table she noticed he had a cloven foot! It was the devil! He shot up through the roof, and it could never be repaired! The girl never married and stayed in her room for the rest of her life.
Our last stop was in Duncannon, where there was an old fort. Dunn means fort in Gaelic. From there, after a pub visit, we came back to Wexford. We met the group at T. Morrisey’s for, you guessed it, a beer!