“Outhouse”

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Holzwarth Historic site RMNP

Old bars, buildings and such have become very interesting to me thanks to my husband Jeff.  I was always more interested in the scenery, the trees, waterfalls etc ( I still am ) but he taught me to look at and wonder about old structures.  What was the story?, what happened here?, what was life like?.  I have come to appreciate the beauty of these old structures and the artistic elements they exhibit as they move away from usefulness and closer to being reclaimed by the earth.

This shot was taken at an Holzworth Historic District in The Rocky Mountain National Park.  It was the outhouse used at the site where John Holzworth Sr settled with his family in the early 1900’s.  Walking around the site made you appreciate the nature and fortitude of those settlers.

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Cable Car Memphis

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Cable Car in Memphis TN

This past weekend my husband Jeff and I were in Memphis TN. Memphis is a music town -mostly the blues but it leans at times a little R & B and rock.

Jeff and I have enjoyed the blues since we met over ten hears ago and wanted to see what the home of blues would be like. This was actually our second trip, our first being 4 years ago as a concession to having to postpone a cruise.

That first weekend was in early May and happened to be (unbeknownst to us) the weekend that the city had its annual music fest. The fest brings many people to the city since there are some rather big bands that appear on the river front park. It has a reputation for being a bit of a muddy event since it often rains this time if year. This year was no different,

We went to the river front to hear the bands, thinking it would be mostly blues, but actually turned out to be more contemporary featuring Steve Miller band and Matt Nathanson were a couple of bands we were able to see. We enjoyed them but we were Anxious to hear some blues.

We spent saturday down on Beale St. This weekend the 2-4 block long Beale st area was blocked off and filled with people drinking and partying in the street Music was coming out of the bars – the bars offered drinks at open windows . It was a party atmosphere despite the near constant drizzle.
We wandered into a bar to sit and have a beer ( and watch the Kentucky Derby) when hunger got the best of us. an order of pulled pork nachos being delivered to another table Looked awesome. OMG they were great.

We had always planned to go back to see how much activity was there on a weekend that was not music fest weekend. Although there were not as many people, you would not say it was slow.  This weekend there were still many people wandering the streets with drink in hand and Beale street was closed off to traffic. I guess that is the norm. The bars and small alcoves featured an assortment of talents where you could wander in, sit down and enjoy the music, or just listen from the street.

The trolley cars are a feature of this town and a ride on them is required. There were also many horse and carriages available for a ride around town.  It’s a small town but, I think one with a bit of flavor.

My husband, being a foodie, had heard of a diner featured on ‘diners drive ins and dives’ that was at the end of the trolley route. The Arcade Restaurant is famous for their sweet potato pancakes. Hmmm delicious.  We were able to find the Rendezvous Restaurant that had evaded us last visit.  It sits in an alley just across for the Peabody Hotel.

It was a short weekend, but we had a good time.

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