Posted in 2019, Aging, Poland, Travel, Uncategorized, Yes

Salt Mine in Wieliczka Poland

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This is a short day trip from Krakow, about 1 hour by car, but as they warn you 800 steps down.  Oh my.  It is/was a major salt deposit from an ocean that dries up several million years ago.  Once it was discovered it has been mined for over 700 years.  This was a major source of income to many of the kings of this country, today it still produces income for all the people who work there.

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I never in a million years would have imagined a salt mine would be a delightful trip.  I would probably do this trip another time and enjoy it just as much.  At first I was a little intimidated at the thought of 800 stairs.  When I read a little more I saw that it was broken up in stages.  After a series of doors that close behind your little group to assure the hot air from ground level does not make it down into the mine.  You start down the stairs.  They are well built sturdy and  the groups move slowly due to congestion on the stairs in the summer. These are not scary and it’s 1/2 flight then a platform and another 1/2 flight down.  I am not sure of the exact number but it is well over 300.

 

 

Once at the bottom of these stairs you begin the first part of the tour.  Each tour must have a guide who regularly counts the people in their group to make sure they have not left anyone behind.  The groups are broken up by language and  each guide speaks the language,  Polish, Spanish, English, French, Italian etc.

 

The crystals on the chandeliers and walls, ceiling and floors are all salt, as is all the carvings, and all made by minors who worked in the mine.  We see modern day tourists turning the giant screw that was once used to move salt up to the surface, pre-electricity.

Posted in 2019, Aging, Birds, humor, music, Sewing, tie dye, Travel, Uncategorized, woodstock, Yes

Woodstock 50 in 2019

I was not at the first, but I was able to go to this one, and yes it did happen.  Two venues were vying for the public and I’m sure there are enough music fans to support two events the same weekend.  It was pretty much a festival of peace and love and some rock n’ roll.

The venue is right next to the original and a lot of homage paid to the original.  Rain was a threat or a factor all 3 days, no huge mud slides, that might have been difficult with the walkers and wheelchairs in attendance.

The entire process to an old hippie like me was pretty magical.  I am sure many people came with their own agenda and expectations.  Being able to attend and be in the moment to absorb the vibe met and exceeded any expectation I had about Woodstock.

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Near where I live in Illinois we have a music venue that has been here for a long time, Ravinia.  Always a home for Peter, Paul and Mary as well as the Chicago Symphony Orchestra or Bernadette Peters.  Great music, outdoor setting, food out on the lawn, the two were comparable.

Happy Woodstock.

Posted in 2019, Aging, Birds, County Fair, Food, humor, Rambling thoughts, Travel, Uncategorized, Yes

County Fair 2019

Enjoy the sights from our county fair.

Recently went to our local county fair with my granddaughter and great-granddaughter.  I am very proud of our little fair, this county is fairly rural and lots of small farms that have not been eaten by malls or highways.  We have the animals on display and tractors everywhere.  Displays of winning produce and hay along with hand made items, a demolition derby and a beauty queen.  All things that I enjoy seeing on display.

We have a chainsaw wood carving on display and all the yummy carnival food  you can handle.  I have in the past taken home a rabbit or two who became members of our family so we no longer look for the animals available to purchase.  My great-grand loved the bunny with red eyes.  Not sure if she thought it might scare her friends or what.

Part of the tractor parade that shows you how wonderful the old ones sound.

One of the 4-H exhibits and our beautiful chainsaw carving on display.