Snapshot Saturday 2013 #23 – Cruise Dinner Buffet

Carnival Cruise buffet

Carnival Cruise buffet

One of the funnest parts of cruising is all of the fantastic food. The elaborate buffet is quite a site. Every food is cut to a certain design, flower or put together to make a beautiful display. Then it is topped off with an ice sculpture or two, or three! We were able to get a kitchen tour where we watched as someone was carving an ice sculpture, which is a real talent. The buffet line moved slowly as most of us were taking pictures along the way.

Snapshot Saturday 2013 #21 – Fall Colors

Fall colors in Minnesota

Fall colors in Minnesota

Fall in Minnesota is a beautiful time of year and October is my favorite month for a few reasons. First, I love all of the colors, when they are on the trees and when they blanket the ground. The temperature is usually perfect, I like the 50-60 degree range. Some years we can get snow in October, but it’s not typical. Halloween is another fun part of the month, I enjoy going to haunted houses, corn mazes, etc. Fall is also the best time for decorations, hay bails, corn husks, pumpkins, mums and then of course, the Halloween decorations.

My Snapshot Saturdays haven’t been the most consistent, neither has my blogging, but that will be changing! I have combined the images on this post and I was wondering what your thoughts are. Do you prefer just one photo and some information about where it was taken, or do you like the combination?

Snapshot Saturday 2013 #20 – Fort Abraham Lincoln State Park

Blockhouse

Blockhouse

Fort Abraham Lincoln State Park is located 7 miles south of Mandan, North Dakota. The park was established in 1907 by Theodore Roosevelt and includes Custer’s house, the blockhouses, On-A-Slant Village with the earthlodges and a visitors center. Continue reading

An American Marvel ~ The Biltmore Estate

Biltmore Estate

Biltmore Estate

The Biltmore Estate in Asheville, North Carolina had been on my bucket list for a long time. Since my husband and I were “driving by” on our way to Hilton Head Island, this was the perfect opportunity for a visit. The weather was perfect so we were able to see the rolling hills that the mansion sits on nestled in the Appalachian Mountains. Continue reading

Snapshot Saturday 2013 #19 – The London Eye

London Eye

London Eye

The London Eye is the tallest Ferris wheel in Europe at 443 feet and it was built in 1999. It was officially opened by Tony Blair on December 31, 1999 but didn’t open to the public until March 9, 2000. They have many different options for your experience, from the standard ticket, to a wine tasting experience, Hotel Chocolat tasting experience, champagne experience or you can book an entire capsule for your special event.

Eating Our Way Around Cannon Beach

Tuna Sandwich at Morris' Fireside Restaurant

Tuna Sandwich at Morris’ Fireside Restaurant

I recently spent the weekend at Cannon Beach, Oregon and one of best parts of the trip was all of the food we enjoyed. One of our first meals was at Morris’ Fireside Restaurant, the service was a little slow since it was a very busy weekend with all of the people flooding to the coast for the warm weather, but that was understandable. Continue reading

Cannon Beach, Oregon

Haystack Rock and The Needles at Cannon Beach

Haystack Rock and The Needles at Cannon Beach

This post will mostly be photos from my last trip to Cannon Beach, Oregon. Cannon Beach is a cute little tourist ocean side town located 80 miles west of Portland. Cannon Beach was incorporated in 1957 and has a population of about 1,700 with 750,000 visitors annually. Continue reading

Snapshot Saturday 2013 #17 – Cannon Beach, Oregon

Haystack Rock and The Needles at Cannon Beach, Oregon

Haystack Rock and The Needles at Cannon Beach, Oregon

I was visiting family and friends in Portland, Oregon and my two aunts and I spent a few days at a rental house in Cannon Beach and the weather last week was unusually high, the temperature was in the 80s. There were a lot of people on the rocks and tide pools around Haystack Rock at low tide looking for starfish, sea urchins and sea anemones. They were all out to enjoy the great weather at the beach. Some of them stayed and made fires on the beach to enjoy the sunset.

Snapshot Saturday 2013 #15 – Tulum, Mexico

Tulum, Yucatan Peninsula, Quintana Roo, Mexico

Tulum

Tulum is a Pre-Columbian Mayan city in Quintana Roo, Mexico in the Yucatán Peninsula. Tulum was one of our shore excursions on our Carnival cruise in the Caribbean. It is located up on the cliff about 39 feet above the water, which you can go down to and take a dip in the ocean to refresh yourself from the heat.