“Merritt Island National Wildlife Refuge was established in 1963 as an overlay of NASA’s John F. Kennedy Space Center. Consisting of 140,000 acres, the Refuge provides a wide variety of habitats: coastal dunes, saltwater estuaries and marshes, freshwater impoundments, scrub, pine flatwoods, and hardwood hammocks provide habitat for more than 1,500 species of plants and […]

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Polly 2 on August 13th, 2011

We had a nice visit to Cobh (pronounced Cove) when we were in Ireland. Cobh was once known as Queenstown, and was the last port of call for the Titanic. We had a very interesting tour given to us by Micheal Martin, a local historian. Cobh is a very pretty, picturesque town that’s located in […]

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Polly 3 on August 12th, 2011

After a very long time in the car, we finally crossed over into the state of Florida, and what comes to mind when you think of Florida…beaches, of course! Although our goal was to see the Space Shuttle launch, we were looking forward to seeing the ocean and beaches, too! The first one we saw […]

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Polly35 on August 11th, 2011

Here I am again to tell you more about my adventures to Amish country in Ohio. Our first stop was Rolling Ridge Ranch Animal Park The brochure states that there are up to 600 animals at any given time. Most of the animals can be viewed on the horse drawn wagon tour, but they also […]

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Polly 2 on August 11th, 2011

One of the places we visited in Ireland was Glendalough, where we visited the monastic ruins. According to wikipedia: Glendalough (Irish: Gleann Dá Loch, meaning “Glen of Two Lakes”) is a glacial valley located in County Wicklow, Ireland, renowned for its Early Medieval monastic settlement founded in the 6th century by St Kevin, a hermit […]

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During the Famine period, an estimated half-million Irish were evicted from their cottages, and there were two ways that they were removed. The first one was by putting the male of the family in jail for owing back rent, and then the rest of his family would be put out into the streets. The other […]

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Polly35 on August 9th, 2011

Because we hopped around to so many different awesome places…this post will showcase part of our trip through Ohio Amish County.     Our first stop was Sugarcreek. The village was started from Amish and German descendants who were looking for farming land.  The rolling hills reminded them of the land where many of them had originated.  Thus, it’s nickname the “Little […]

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Polly 2 on August 8th, 2011

As we were driving through County Donegal, we came across a quaint little Folk Village museum in Glencolmcille. We didn’t have much time to stop and actually tour the museum, but we did check out the nearby beach, and had a quick bite to eat in the restaurant that near the gift shop of the […]

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Polly 3 on August 8th, 2011

Imagine our surprise when we came around the bend while shopping and discovered a garden filled with frogs…well, frog sculptures, that is! Located just out of Chicago in Oak Brook, Illinois, we found our frogs at the Oakbrook Center, which boasts six major department stores and 160 shops and restaurants all within a lush garden […]

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We had an absolutely gorgeous day to visit the Cliffs of Moher. Debbie and Candee visited the cliffs when they were in Ireland several years ago, but unfortunately they didn’t arrive until evening when it was close to sunset. They got some great views and pictures, but didn’t have as much time to spend there […]

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