In August, Mr. D and I had a great 2 weeks on the road. We took our time and stopped when we saw something interesting and had no agenda. It was fabulous! It’s a great way to take a vacation. We have spent so many vacations in a huge hurry to get somewhere which was fine at the time, but if you can this is a great way to go. We both were in agreement we will do this again. Here are the beautiful Rocky Mountains in Colorado.
Whenever anyone asks where we are from we always say Colorado. I guess because that is where we lived the longest and our kids all claim it. We lived in Loveland and still have family there also. We now live in Minnesota and as far as it looks this is where we will be staying. Our kids love it here…and I digress. Sorry about that. LOL In Loveland they have these painted hearts all over the city. It is fun to spot them with all the designs. All painted different, of course.
This is a really fun wall that is made of tiles that children who live in Loveland have painted. It is very sweet and fun to look at all the art. The creativity of what Loveland means to them is very special.
Downtown Fort Collins, Colorado is a fabulous place to go shopping and find some great eats. See if you can find the different murals around the area. If you are ever on your way to the mountains this is a great stopping place.
As we were going through St. Louis, Missouri we hit rush hour traffic and so decided to keep on going. I was driving and was a bit disappointed that we wouldn’t be stopping to see the arch. It had been years since I’d seen it. So Mr. D grabbed the camera and started taking some pictures for me. He did pretty good!
It is amazing how big this is even from the freeway. Years ago we took the kids up to the top…ya, I’m good looking at it from below.
The Hermitage in Nashville, Tennessee. The home of Andrew Jackson. It is very beautiful and actually is smaller than a lot of homes today. It was extremely hot and my mind always wanders to the women of that day. No air conditioners and having to wear petticoats and long dresses. No wonder they had fainting couches. I was in shorts and they had fans plugged in and I was still dying. It is very fascinating though to learn more about the family. The estate is gorgeous and totally worth the stop. Yes, this was one of those places we were just driving by and decided to go.
This is Andrew Jackson’s carriage. Not a replica…the real deal. It is beautiful and my mind has a hard time wrapping itself around something that he actually rode in. So cool.
Fun Fact: The United States had a $0 debt only once in 1835 – after President Andrew Jackson paid it all off.
I am still working on more pictures from our trip to the The Biltmore in North Carolina. I took so many pictures that I am trying to narrow them down.
Have an awesome day!