Friday, October 30, 2009

The Bridges of Ashtabula County

In route to New Jersey for the third time, we stopped to visit a great friend in Ohio. After learning about a neighboring county having over 20 covered bridges Tony couldn't help trekking out to take some pics.

Cell service is non-existent there so finding the bridges using his iPhone became a problem. He found some maps after stopping by a bar and a winery. Weather and time only permitted him to photo 3 of the bridges, but the last one became an opportunity for some long exposures and a really cool bridge.

Saturday, October 24, 2009

River Views in Toledo

In search of a micro-brewery in downtown Toledo, we stumbled on a small park in downtown Toledo that fronted the river. The brewery didn't open until much later in the day, and since we had to work, we skipped the beer and settled for some picture taking instead.

Wednesday, October 21, 2009

Glass Bowl Made by Mary Lane of Toledo Glass Pavilion

We enjoyed the Toledo Glass Pavilion immensely. Toledo is know for glass making, and we thought we'd drop by and look around and take in one of the exhibitions. It was done by Mary Lane. She was very informative, entertaining, and talented.

After the demonstration Robin wished that we had asked her to see about purchasing the bowl she made. We didn't so we forgot about it.

A few weeks later we went by a bead shop (go figure), and next door there was a glass gallery. I wandered around in there and began visiting with the owner, Les, and asked if the glass was done by local artists, and he said many of the pieces were his, and some were by Mary Lane. Small world.

After some discussion, Les suggested he contact Mary and see if she could make a piece just for us. He had time rented, and if our schedules would work we would do it.

We had to stay up after working all night, but we met Les and Mary and you can view the pictures of the process. It was a thrill and we love the bowl.

Sunday, October 11, 2009

Branson, MO with family

We got to go home for a few days and took the family to Branson. Had a great time. The grand kids are really fun to spend time with. As well as my son and daughter-in-law.

Saturday, October 10, 2009

MMA Bout in Pocahontas, AR

We don't get to be home much so when we are we try to squeeze as much in as possible. We got home on Friday night and my son, Bobby, told me he was going to an MMA training in Pocahontas, and asked me to tag along.

Cool, I smelled a photo opp.

Well we were both surprised. Upon arriving we found out they were actually going to be having regular bouts of sorts. Three, 3 minute rounds in your weight class, they said. Ohh boy.

Well, Bobby had been doing this a grand total of 2 days, so I was a little concerned. This wasn't like watching basketball or little league baseball. These boys were trying to hurt each other.

Anyway, Bobby fought and won. The fight was called early in the 3rd round due to knock down. He was pretty sore, but learned a lot. And I got some great pics and video. Check out the YouTube video below as well.

Sunday, October 4, 2009

Toledo Squirrel

When visiting the Toledo Museum of Arts and the Toledo Glass Pavilion we were greeted out front by a friendly squirrel. He ran from tree to tree and stopped to pose on several occasions.

This was my favorite.

From Toledo Squirrel