Friday, April 30, 2010
it's known for art and Strassenfest, it won't let you down,
the celebrations wind up on Sundays, but before it passes,
they celebrate in three churches with Polka Masses.
Jasper is also the county seat,
home of a company that packs meat,
it a busy place for twelve thousand souls,
and don't forget the trains that into French Lick rolls.
Bottom: Train station, trains to French Lick (home of Larry Bird)
Thursday, April 29, 2010
now prosperous, busy and nothing stands still;
home of Colonel Sanders, who was the chicken king,
and of Johnny Depp, the actor, who wore the priate bling.
It's where the last public hanging was, in nineteen thirty-eight,
and where Ames made motorcars with Bendix brakes;
Temple Adath Israel one of the oldest synagogues in the USA,
it's the BBQ Capital of the world, and river boats go anchors aweigh.
Middle: The Glover Cary Bridge over the Ohio River.
Bottom: Not in "horse country", but plenty of horses are around.
Wednesday, April 28, 2010
at least we havn't gotten rid of those yet;
and you can tour a cave, deep underground,
and do it in a boat! Boy they get around.
Or walk along the river, on the River Walk,
if you're not like me, can't chew gum and walk;
it's a pretty place here in the Kentucky hills,
it's springtime and it's nice, no chance of getting chills.
Middle: A few Chevrolet Corvettes, made right here.
Bottom: Entrace to the cave, taken from the boat.
Tuesday, April 27, 2010
nearby Fort Campbell, Kentucky, we'll explain,
is mostly in Tenneesse and provides the most...
...income in Clarksville, which is a great host.
There are other things that may interest you,
if, you like history, this is a place for you to do;
and the natural surroundings are simply top notch,
there are places Mother Nature did not blotch.
Middle: The Clarksville Museum.
Bottom: Taking a rest from a long flight in a City park.
Sunday, April 25, 2010
it's downhill to the river, which goes by in a race,
there are hill and valleys too,
a great place to visit, they'll welcome you.
It's a working place, with a growth rate going wild,
listed by Money as a great place to raise a child;
since we're having none of that,
maybe it's okay, if you just have a cat!
Top: East Main Street
Middle: The view on April 10, 2009, a lot of damage, no loss of life.
Bottom: Tenneesse has a lot of history, this old mill included.
it's the real deal, Middle Tennessee is the place to be.
It's another small town, but they're all special to me,
there's the Cumberland Caverns nearby that we will see.
There is a walkway on the outskirts of town,
that runs a good distance, it didn't let us down,
it's quite a hike with chances to stop, or even to fish,
on the Tennessee River, it puts a lot on your dish.
Middle: East Main Street, McMinnville.
Bottom: Just outside of the town, lovely isn't it?
Saturday, April 24, 2010
....Tennessee, the city with a choo choo,
and there's a whole lotta stuff to do,
go to Lookout Mountain and take in the view,
or watch the Lookouts play baseball just for you.
You can tour on a steam boat, or simply take a walk,
of course there are parks or places to sit a talk;
I don't understand why Chattanooga's not talked too much about,
so I'll just do it now, give the place a shout!
Friday, April 23, 2010
Romulus and Remus fill their needs,
the statue a gift from Mussolini in nineteen twenty-nine.
It looks kind of out of place, but this town is fine.
This was cotton country many years ago,
before the boll weevil came and stole the show,
now auto parts and tires provide a jobs here,
to the city with seven hills and three rivers, give a cheer.
Middle: Elevated view of the city.
Bottom: An old mill, very large wheel.
Thursday, April 22, 2010
Captain James Lawrence, is the one we know;
his famous quote "don't give up the ship",
is one sailors learn in boot camp, it's still hip.
Up in middle Georgia with a historic downtown,
Lawrenceville has plenty, there will be no need to frown,
from the Tibble Mill Park, pictured up above,
there are many things in Lawrenceville, you are sure to love.
Middle: Downtown Lawrenceville.
Bottom: Gwinnett County Courthouse, in the center of town.
Wednesday, April 21, 2010
and a lot more important things that are good for you,
music is important, there's a list with many names,
from the Allman Brothers to P. Diddy, and Little Richard, all have fames.
And the cherry blossom festival gets the town in gear,
and other fairs and festivals continue all the year.
Robbins Air Force Base is the major source of jobs,
and there are seven colleges to increase the odds.
Top: The skyline at night.
Middle: The one and only Little Richard.
Bottom: Cherry Blossoms line a street, nice.
Tuesday, April 20, 2010
who could have imagined "...moonlight through the pine",
that in itself is reason to visit this city and view..
..just what's here to see, taste, and go to for you.
There's a huge base of the logistical sort,
not open to visitors, it's not a resort;
it's a major center for the U S Marine Corp,
supplies and repairs, imagine the roar.
Middle: A 'tow truck for tanks' being overhauled at the USMC logistics base.
Bottom: The Lincoln Oak, I believe it's gone now, this photo from the 1950's. It's not trimmed that way!
Monday, April 19, 2010
one of the states famous cities, the first we've seen;
also know for turpentine and lumber at prices that vary,
and Wild Adventures Park, with rides that are downright scary!
Long history here in cotton, which used to be king,
until the boll weevil came in and did it's thing.
Now pine trees cover much of the land,
in a tradition that was carefully planned.
Middle: The County Courthouse, sits in the center of town.
Bottom: The approach in autumn.
Sunday, April 18, 2010
.....Florida, Thoroughbred horses here, want to race?
Well Mister Man then you found the right place.
Here in central Florida horse farm abound,
maybe you should come to the Kingdom of the Sun and look around.
Ol' Larry has a daughter, she's a mom too,
Rhonda and Nick and Stu - howdy to you!
They've been there for so very long,
getting the chills - when Ol' Larry feels warm.
Bottom: A downtown horse, in local colors.
Saturday, April 17, 2010
...Florida, what a nice surprise,
such wonder here, I couldn't believe my eyes,
formerly the winter home of the Red Sox and Tribe,
they couldn't keep 'em here, and they didn't bribe.
Long time home of Cypress Gardens that now are gone,
making room for Lego-land, that's a reach beyond;
there are lots of lake here, waterski school abound,
Abby wants to try it, I'm staying on the ground.
Middle: Legoland Florida will be like this, only bigger - opens in 2011.
Bottom: Good morning: sunrise in Winter Haven.
Friday, April 16, 2010
watching it zooming on a night launch would be so cool;
but much more is on the island that the race for space,
it's on the Banana River, how's that for a place?
There are many birds, all different in some way,
and, or course, the beaches - for a place to play;
the sun is warm, the day is lazy, time to take a break,
we won't be long, be on our way - get up for goodness sake!
Top: A shuttle stands ready.
Middle: A spoonbill look for lunch.
Bottom: The Town of Merritt, say this looks like a good place for a runway.
Thursday, April 15, 2010
right up there in that picture, near the flight line,
those little bity dots near the bottom of the hexagon, not dome,
are cars in the parking lot, waiting to go home.
It was pretty easy duty that Ol' Larry had,
Jax in the summer, Iceland winters aren't that bad,
sometimes that reversed, went to the beach for a swim,
it was good while it lasted, but I know now, what I didn't then.
Middle: Planes fly in formation over Jax in this 1948 photo, no! I didn't take it.
Bottom: The City of Jacksonville at night, reflected in the St. Johns River.
Wednesday, April 14, 2010
....Florida, a city at a cross roads, a very busy place
located on the Suwannee River, so why the rat race?
I guess it's called location, you've heard of that before,
now we must remember to take time to explore.
It's a service center in a melon growing state,
add to that the lumber, peanuts that are great,
cotton and tobacco grown around here too,
and don't forget the lakes, fun for me any you.
Top: Down on the Suwannee River, there it is!
Middle: Alligator Lake
Bottom: A section of the downtown area.