Glacier 🏞 National Park

 

 

 

We love traveling and adventures! Glacier National Park is the most beautiful place! We have loving being in Montana with low temperatures and no humidity. GNP  is a wonderful place to spend a week or long weekend! I’ll share some of our favorite places.

The first day we went to Avalanche Lake and then St. Mary’s falls. Below are some of those pictures. Also we this was our first Flathead Cherry stand stop! 🍒

The second day we booked a Flyfishing trip out of Lake Stream outfitters in Whitefish. We met our guides( we had bought our fishing license online the night before)  and got ready to go. It was a beautiful river and we had more luck before lunch than after lunch. But the best part was seeing an eagle eating a fish and then another eagle try to go get another one. 🦅

The the next day we headed to Logan’s Pass. This parking lot fills up early.  It was rainy and cloudy but we forged ahead. We hiked the Garden Wall and the Highline Trial.

The next day we toured Proof Research in Kalispell.

And hiked Whitefish Mtn.  The boys rented mountain bikes. 🚵🏻‍♂️

The National Bison Refuge was the adventure the next day. We drove past Flathead Lake which was incredible .

Whitefish Farmers Market is incredible. It is on Tuesdays from 5-730.

We tried to go back to Hidden Lake or Highline  Trail but could not find a spot in the Logan pass parking lot. My son described it as a Games of the Thrones scene. But we went west and found the Gunsight Pass/Jackson Glacier overlook. We hiked Gunsight Pass. . It is a tough hike mainly for people backpacking there for a couple of nights. But we hiked down to the most beautiful waterfall/Creek area, had lunch and then hiked back out. It was a strenuous steep hike out but also beautiful.

Here are some of our delicious dinners. It was nice for my adult children to cook most nights. We did enjoy Tupelo Grille and Last Chair. The Sweet Peaks has delicious homemade ice cream.  Also Whitefish has a very active recovery community. There are many meetings and all times every Day! The Presbyterian Church has a room just for recovery! Most of the AA meetings were open.

I highly recommend Montana and GNP for a family vacation. Get bear spray, bear bells and walking sticks. We love traveling and exploring the 🇺🇸 USA!  We have so much to be proud of and a lot of Gods creation to see!

 

A long weekend in Washington, D.C.

One of my husband and I’s favorite place to visit is Washington D.C. I loved there during college and went back after college .  We lived there again  when my husband was in his fellowship training and one of our sons was born at Georgetown,  my sister and her family live there, my son and nieces live there, and this summer my daughter is there interning!

Each time that I get to go DC I like learn or see something new! This time was the Renwick Gallery.

I had heard of it before but never had the chance to go. On Saturday morning, my son picked us up and we headed there. We got there before it opened, so we walked around the White House waiting for it to open.

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Selfie at the WH
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320 mirrored stainless steel rods that are LED LIGHTS in grand stairway.
Cool hanging glass that lights up differently each time.

The coffee mugs were made for veterans.
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David’s Best Temple. A glowing sanctuary..every tiny piece of carved wood is where people have written personal notes.

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Michael Sherrill sculpture

As well as seeing new things, I love to go back and visit some of my favorite museums. One of them is is the National Portrait Gallery – I could spend all day in there!

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Elvis

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Michelle Obama
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John F. Kennedy
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Barack Obama

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George W. Bush

My daughter is interning in a Mississippi Congressman’s office and she gave us a lovely US Capitol tour! 🇺🇸🇺🇸🇺🇸🇺🇸🇺🇸🇺🇸🇺🇸🇺🇸🇺🇸🇺🇸

My 2 children, who both work on the Hill.

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Appropriations committee room in the Capitol

One of my husband’s favorite places in D.C. is the sculpture of Albert Einstein, which is next to the National Academy of the Sciences. He makes sure that each time we visit D.C., we make a stop.

Of course, one of our favorite things to do is go to wonderful restaurants! From The Tombs to the Tune Inn to Rasika to The Plume at the Jefferson to Succotash and to Central and Rosa Mexicano — they were all delicious!

Seared tuna

Sisters

The Jefferson

Rosa Mexicana

Tune Inn Capitol Hill

Succotash


But the BEST place we ate was Rasika!
It is an Indian restaurant that was one block from our hotel .. the crispy spinach was unreal!913B52B5-8FE1-49DA-9922-2149772368E1We enjoyed our long weekend in D.C. and can’t wait to go back soon!What is your favorite place to visit/eat in D.C.? I am open to any and all recommendations!

Another trip to the Tomato Festival 🍅🍅🍅🍅 2019

Every year in Crystal Springs, they host an annual Tomato Festival. Many politicians, delicious food venders, and tons of antique cars everywhere you turned! We enjoyed walking around and taking it all in. We bought tomatoes and pork skins. We got to meet the Tomato Festival Queen and saw the Tomato decorations all over town. We went inside the beautiful Kitchen home, ate some Tomato cookies, and saw all their decorations.

We learn something new each year we go, so this year we got there early to be sure that we got to get some tomatoes🍅

2 of my friends went really early to do the 5K. It was HOT, but they survived! 🏃🏼‍♂️🏃🏼‍♂️ The weather was nice and the festival was in full swing around 10 when we arrived.

Crystal Springs seems vibrant with the landscaping and downtown area looking great!

This year we took a tour of the sawmill and the beautiful farms outside of town. Of course we stopped off at Arva Lees to see all her rooster collections and her decorated tree.

Tomato Festival Queen
Tomato shaped cookies.

Eula Mae

The Pyron’s

The Abrahams

FarmGirlFlowers for our 30th anniversary

58148178689__23f50809-3b91-4b84-84fc-40761262d7b1It has been an amazing 30th wedding anniversary year. We celebrated in March in Hawaii with a 10 day trip!

Our oldest son got married and that brought back so many memories.  I had the best time looking through our wedding album before his wedding. His wedding reception was at the same venue where ours was and they left in the same getaway car 🚙. It was a special time!!

Then on our actual day June 3rd I got the best surprise in the USPS mail!

My husband had heard of FarmGirl Flowers from Brene Brown. He went online and ordered them! What a great thing! They came wrapped in a super cool burlap bag.  They even put a candle and some nuts in the box.

They lasted almost 2 weeks! The peonies were stunning!

It was a gift that I’ll never forget!

 

Cossar State Park – annual family reunion 2019

The weekend after Memorial Day every year has been a 3 day family reunion in Oakland, MS. It is across the highway from Charleston, Mississippi, where the Cossars are from. It is at a beautiful State Park in North Mississippi named after my grandfather, whom we called ‘Papa Keet.’  https://www.facebook.com/cossarstateparkfriends/

Finney and Harper playing golf

Tallahatchie Tervis (double solo cup)
At EN house. Probably 1983.

Picture of a Papa Keet

It used to be Yocana Ridge State Park but in 1979 the Legislature renamed it George Payne Cossar State Park. (https://law.justia.com/codes/mississippi/2010/title-55/3/55-3-83)

My grandfather started the family reunion tradition in the 60’s. We used to gather at the Holiday Inn in Grenada, MS.

Holiday Inn Grenada

At Cossar State Park, we rents cabins – we try to get them all next to each other so it is easier to visit all day long! There are several things we like to do each year. On Thursday night, as everyone is arriving my cousin Walter serves crawfish and everyone eats either inside the cabins or on the porches!

His mom (My Aunt Litup) used to have the best tomato and onions drizzled with Italian dressing. On Friday at noon she served gumbo to whoever didn’t play golf. (She always got the crab bodies from Billy’s Seafood in Bon Secour because the crabs sweetened the gumbo). Walter And Katherine also bring a delicious Boston Butt.

Uncle George and Katherine And Walter Becker

2015 George and Chip
Meggie And Luci 2015

Joe Perry, Connie, Pepper And Bob Taggart 2019

On Friday nights is the Catfish fry. My uncle Greezer and Angie do all of the work! It is delicious. After dark a stick fire is made. ( A stick fire is also know as a small bonfire).  Marshmallows are roasted and smores are made. . There are many memories happening and stories being told as the night goes on.

On Saturday the family sometimes goes to my uncles farm and fishes . It is in Teasdale Mississippi and called Pebble Creek. It is a beautiful piece of property.

Jimmy and Sanford fishing 2015

This past year the trot line was brought back to life and the biggest catch was made!

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Girl cousins !

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Harper, Finney and Kristen
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Stickfire
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Anne Love ,Kristen And Finney

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Bones and Greezer and girls
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Pontoon boat riding
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Fancy Trotline
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BIG Catfish caught by Lee Cossar Taggart

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Connie And Uncle George 2015
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Uncle George
Bones and Greezer 2015
Lunch at BTC 2015

 

 

A Visit to the Big D-Quick Weekend

It was such a fun weekend trip!

First stop was the new Hazen Jewelry storefront! Wow. What a beautiful store!

Frances Phillips at Hazen Jewelry

We had a great chat with Frances Phillips! We also made a few purchases They had recently opened up a storefront in Dallas!

Then we drove out to Fin and Feather which is a neat fishing camp that was started in 1800s. It is about 20 minutes from downtown Dallas. It is private but reminded me of Mississippi lakes ..with very cool cottages built around one of the lakes.

Next we played tennis on a public court right in the middle of Highland Park/University Park. It was beautiful court surrounded by lush green trees and bushes!

Dinner was at Mr Messro which is now Doce Mesas! You can come as you are. They have The best guacamole and cerviche! It is apparently also a place to see Troy Aikman .

Saturday we walked the Katy Trail via the SMU campus. SMU was very well laid-out and lush! The Katy Trail a super cool 5 mile trail right in the middle of town. It was very well maintained and easy walking. We stopped at Mashburn and then walked to the Ice House.

We stopped off at

Beautiful flowers

Central market

Central market
Cool spices

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Coffee beans
Blue Print
Ice House

IceHouse. Cool lights
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Katy Trail
Off Katy Trail
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Blue Print and then Neimans on the way to dinner, we ate at Honor Bar. The tip there is to go early! It was delicious but always a line to get in. It’s in a cool shopping area called Highland Park Village .

Next was Central Market. This is similar to Whole Foods and also Trader Joe’s but way more! I could have stayed there hours! I bought some Hawaiian coffee with coconut plus a few other things!

Sunday was the highlight! We attended church and worshipped at The Men of Nehemiah service. It was a very spiritual! It is a very impressive program in Dallas.

I recommend going to Dallas ! It was such a beautiful place!

After long walk on Katy Trail,

Pic from my sons wedding from a month ago!

Hawaii 🇺🇸🇺🇸🇺🇸

img_0639It is everything you imagine and more! We had the most wonderful time.

We stayed 10 days. The first 4 were in Honolulu at the Hilton there. I felt like it was New York City. We moved out to a VRBO in Kailua from Monday to Saturday.

We explored and did a lot of hiking, beaching,reading,eating and going to Open AA meetings. We discovered what a wonderful AA community is there and LOVED the 7 am beach meetings. Jimmy got his 9 year chip there! Kailua was definitely our favorite!

Here is link to vrbo.

http://www.manumele.net/map.html

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View from top of Diamond Head Crater at sunrise

 

 

New Orleans via Amtrak 🚆

Amtrak is the way to get there! You end up right in the heart of everything!

Bring your own food and drinks. You can check your big bags. It is super comfy and we love the observation car. We usually hang out there visiting,reading,snacking.

We always enjoy staying at The Montelone! It’s a great location and very comfortable!

We ate at 3 great places while we were there!

Willa Jean is a must for breakfast. We had dinner at Compère Lapin and brunch at Bywater American Bistro. Get reservations at all of those!

The Christmas decorations were not up at the Roosevelt(weekend before Thanksgiving); yet but the Ritz looks fabulous! The Montelone decorations were being put up while we were there and they were also wonderful!

The lobby of the Ritz

#visitneworleans. #neworleanswedding. #Montelone. #Ritz #amtrak

Yellowstone Adventures

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My first time to Yellowstone was an adventure! The fields and farms we passed en route to Yellowstone were the most amazing color of gold! We entered on the Western side.  It was a girls trip and we did the whole Western loop in 24 hours. We stayed in the Park at a very eco friendly hotel called Canyon Park. I stuck a picture of the cute bear soap from the room! It was new and nice. Alot is closed this time of the year. The whole park closes next week!

We stopped in Ashlan Idaho for a root beer float at Frostys drive-in on the way . We think it has been featured on Diners,Drive-in and Dives.

Then on toward the Park! We saw bison first! Then elk . It was a great grandfather and 5 ladies. No one was pulled over looking at them. I’ve never seen anything that big. The grandfather( I assume) hid so it was hard to see him or get a picture. I think his horns were the size of a small WV. We saw a lot more elk but nothing compared to that first group we saw! When we were leaving we did see a male elk bugling and chasing 2 female!

We came upon 8 or so cars pulled over next. and it was a mama and baby grizzly! They were amazing to watch. They were right next to the road!img_1901

We were on the way to see Old Faithful and had to get there on time. It erupts every 90 minutes. There are MANY geysers in the Park but this one is the most predictable.img_1902

I highly recommend going to Yellowstone. But go when the tour buses aren’t around. This was a great time! It is a wonderful National Park and makes me proud of America! 🇺🇸

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Grand Canyon of Yellowstone

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Crystal Springs Tomato festival🍅🍅

First of all you need to get there early to buy any locally grown tomatoes!🍅

Second of all it is small town America at its best!🇺🇸

This is my second trip to the festival. The whole town decorates and welcomes all visitors!

The downtown area is very quaint . The whole square is filled with people. There are booths that sell everything from leather belts to baby clothes to jewelry! There are politicians everywhere and yard art to buy!

The produce section has all kind of veggies and local honey and jams. Like i mentioned get there early. It opens at 9. We got there around 1030 and most were sold out.

There is a band playing and a car show! If you see someone selling fried green tomatoes get them, they were delicious!

Here is an article from USA Today .

http://traveltips.usatoday.com/crystal-springs-tomato-festival-109677.html