Travel Theme: Still

Ailsa’s travel theme this week at Where’s My Backpack? is: still.  Still what?  Still nothing, just still.  Har har.  I make funnies.

Sorry, this is what happens when blogging while sleep deprived.  Anyway.  On to the theme!

This was taken at Keuka Lake during a day of rain and fog.  The rain stopped but the fog remained, and the lake was completely silent.  Even the birds were kind of hiding out.

Nothing to do but sit back and enjoy a glass of local wine.  :)

Nothing to do on a day like this but sit back and enjoy a glass of local wine. 🙂

While in South Carolina to visit family, we went to lunch at Caledonia, a golfing-and-fishing club.  I neither golf nor fish, but I do like to eat lunch.  Calendonia has that Southern tradition “thing” by the heaping bucketsful, and everyone there is charming and nice.  But I had no idea there were still places that garnished a grilled cheese sandwich with olives speared on the ends of toothpicks.

Oh for a gentler time, when olives on toothpicks were the height of sophistication.

Oh for a gentler time, when olives on toothpicks were the height of sophistication.

At home, this squirrel sat very still on the steps of the post office and let me take his picture.  I think he wanted a moment in the spotlight.

The squirrel is ready for his closeup, Mr. DeMille.

The squirrel is ready for his closeup, Mr. DeMille.

Ahh, Boston.  Beloved Boston, and the beautiful Public Garden therein.  For some reason (which to this day has never been adequately justified to me), Boston has no shortage of human statue street performers.  I.  Don’t.  Get.  It.  But I always see at least one, standing around somewhere.  Like in the middle of the Public Garden.

But seriously. Why?

But seriously. Why?

And speaking of gardens, we go back to South Carolina.  Near Myrtle Beach there’s a gorgeous formal garden facility called Brookgreen Gardens.  At this time of year they do their Nights of a Thousand Candles exhibit, and the gardens are strung from end to end in glittering lights and floating candles and lanterns and luminaria.  It was amaaaaaaaaaaaazing.  And despite the riot of lights and the crowds, there were parts of it that were incredibly serene.

Put this on your must-see list.

Put this on your must-see list.

So there you have it.  Hope you enjoyed the pics.  Go check out the rest of the still-blogs at Ailsa’s place!

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21 responses to Travel Theme: Still

  1. Ann Keeler Evans

    lovely! love all of this. and mmmm. olive on a toothpick… (if you can’t have have them on the sandwich.) and squirrel, taking his bow. nope wasn’t a pic or a thought i wasn’t crazy about. keep noticin’ life, dear one!

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    • beyondpaisley – Author

      Thanks! Oh my word, those lights…we had to leave because we were with a few elderly family members who were getting cold (even in South Carolina, the temperature dips) but I could have wandered around there for hours and hours more. It was surreal.

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  2. “Oh for a gentler time, when olives on toothpicks were the height of sophistication.”
    You crack me up! Without fail. Love the photos. The Nights of a Thousand Candles reminds me of a Halloween thing that has recently become an annual event in my neighbourhood: everyone who has carved a jack-o-lantern brings it to the park and lights it on the Saturday night following Halloween. There is a big saucer-like wading pool, which is empty, and they create a giant swirl, using the lit pumpkins, starting and the centre and working its way out, circling toward the edge. Apple Cider is served, of course.

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  3. Holy smokes, that Keuka Lake photo is awesome! I would have loved to lay in bed looking through a cabin window to get a shot of that scene. I think it’s inspiring yet equally amazing!

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    • beyondpaisley – Author

      Thanks so much! When we first found out that it was going to be a rainy week while we were at Keuka Lake, we were initially kind of bummed. But the weather forced us to slow down, take an actual rest (instead of having one of those vacations that you cram so full of activities that you need a vacation from your vacation), and completely recharge. Plus, fog and rain and deep blue evenings are beautiful. I took some pictures I’m really proud of during that week. When I went back to work people inevitably asked, “And how was the weather?” Crappy, I told them, and they always made that scrunchy-nosed “awww, too bad” face, so I found myself explaining that really, it was fine, we had a great time. It’s all what you make of it.

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