Monday, March 16, 2009

Heads Or Tails #82 - Point

Heads Or Tails

You can play this at Heads Or Tails.


We were on vacation last week and saw many points of interest. We set out with the goal of visiting the Shiloh Civil War battlefield in Tennessee. I admit battlefields aren't the cheeriest places to visit, and standing on ground where this kind of history took place is always sobering.

This was a small cemetery we found on a side road in Mississippi.
Most of the markers were for "Unknown Soldiers."
Confederate and Union.


From Shiloh:

Confederate soldiers at these cannons were shooting
at Union soldiers across a field near this fence.

(Left) The fighting at Shiloh began near a church.
The original one was burned, but this replica was built in the same spot.

(Right) General Johnston was the leader of the Confederate army. This
marks the spot where he died from an injury. His death was only one of
the 23,746 lives lost at Shiloh over a two day period.



The next day we took the scenic drive over the Winding Stairs mountain pass in eastern Oklahoma. This almost turned out to be a bad call.

As we got higher up I started noticing there had been a recent fire in the area. Then I noticed it hadn't been too long ago because there wasn't yet any new vegetation growing. Then I saw some trees still smoldering. Yikes! Just a little bit higher up there was fire, yes FIRE, about ten feet from the side of the road. (No, we didn't stop for the photo op.)

We started wondering if we should turn around and head back down.. but continued on. We made it out safely and unharmed.

(Left) Part of the road winding up the mountain.
(Right) A view from the mountains before we found the fire.


On almost any vacation we go on, we always seem to find something funny to point at and giggle about. We saw this sign in Arkansas for a park with a unique name..


I think the high point of our vacation though was stopping in Missouri to meet my friend Misty face to face for the first time!


I know this has been an extremely long post already, but my DIL asked me to point something out on my blog. There is a raffle to win a house located in Rockford, Michigan. The raffle tickets sell for $50 each. The seller of the house needs all the tickets to be sold before drawing a winner. (Selling them all will equal the house's worth.) If they are not all sold, people will get their money returned.

My son and DIL would love to win this house. Their chances are slim if all the tickets are sold, but their chance is nonexistent if they don't. (I bought one!)

You can read more about this HERE. Below are a few pictures I snitched from the slide show link to entice you...


Oh and one more thing I need to point out then I'll let you go. I promise! I'm struggling with med issues again and may not be able to make the rounds to visit everyone.



anthonynorth said...

It's always so poignant to visit the site of an old battle.
You take care of yourself.

Mom Knows Everything said...

What gorgeous pictures! I would have loved to visit the old grave yards...oh yeah and Misty too. ;o)

Anonymous said...

What a great post!
Looks like spring there.
I hope you had a wonderful time!
I also hope you get your meds re-adjusted and feel great once again.

Mine will be up at midnight.

Kim said...

Your road trip sounds like a lot of fun, and I must point out that I hope your son and daughter in-law win that house. :] Prayers are with you guys! If you get a chance, feel free to check out my blog and HoT.

Rinkly Rimes said...

That dreadful Civil War! And now you ask yourselves 'What was the Point?'

Anonymous said...

Sounds like just the kind of trip Poor Hubby would like!

Where do people think up those kinds of names??

You take care, lady. ((hugs))

Anonymous said...

You tend to yourself and get feeling better.

Cool that you got to meet Misty.

I felt the same way at those places. Lots of lives were lost for things they believed in.

I hope your kids win the house.

Lucy said...

great pics and post! hope your dil wins!!
although this reminded me of that email with the dead donkey... I will look for it and send it to u! haha
(no prob. if u don't read me skitts!)

Reba said...

Whoof!! I'm glad you had a nice trip and I hope you feel better soon. Big Dog licks to you.

Hootin Anni said...

My hubby would LOVE all the points of interest you shared!!!


Tina said...

i think the pics are wonderful, even the miserable grave yard ones lol. good job. hope you had a nice time

Misty DawnS said...

The whole fire thing would have freaked me the heck out!!!

You took some great photos of your trip - I expecially like the mountains!

Listen... I would love to write more in this comment, but I'm too busy admiring how even your sidebars are!!! :-P

The Curmudgeon said...

We'll see you when we see you. I did a little catching up yesterday evening... but it looks like things are getting better.

I hope they are, at least.

Robyn Jones said...

I love the name of the park...made me giggle! Toad Suck...who comes up with this stuff...

It is really cool that you were able to meet Misty too....

I hope you are taking care of yourself Barb...Your are the only you you've got...


Tumblewords: said...

Great post - looks like you had a wonderful journey...Good luck to the 'kids' for a house win. Wouldn't that be terrific? Neat that you met Misty. How fun was that!!

Anonymous said...

I love informative posts like this! The pix were great, the civil war was sad and you got to meet Misty in PERSON! She really exists. Yea!!

Slow and steady. Hope these meds are the perfect combo and you are feeling okay very quickly.

Happy St. Paddy's Day!

Tricia said...

Lovely photos! And so many great points.
I'm glad you could see my little video, it took 1 hour to make and 5 1/2 hours to figure out how to post it to my dang blog. It's moments like that I almost wish I was still on blogger.
Take care of yourself!

Tabbikat's Thoughts

Anonymous said...

Love the points of interest! So glad you had a good trip and visit with Misty - that's so neat! Good luck with the meds and thanks for sharing in my lament from this morning's post (and it's ok that you giggled - one day, maybe I will to :-))