Île d’ Orléans

Leaving Montmorency Falls, we crossed over the St. Lawrence River to l’Île d’ Orléans. This island is loaded with apple trees and instead of wineries they have “cideries.” We stopped to buy cider and apple liqueur – it was like a wine tasting – and we also bought some apple butter. Our next stop was … Continue reading

Cincinnati

We left Pennsylvania in the late morning and drove through Amish country, but didn’t see any Amish out, although we did see a number of horse-drawn carriages sitting in yards. Then it occurred to us that it was Sunday morning and they were probably all in church. Anyway, it was a nice drive through the … Continue reading

Busted!

We spent yesterday afternoon and this morning in the archives of Logan County, Kentucky, researching my Paisley and Driskill ancestors. The Archives are in the former County Jail. The people that work there are all volunteers and they were very helpful. You can see that they’re really serious about protecting the old records. The walls … Continue reading

The Hermitage

This afternoon, we went to The Hermitage, Andrew Jackson’s plantation, just outside of Nashville, Tennessee. Andrew Jackson was the 7th president of the United States, from 1828 to 1836, serving two terms. He was a frontiersman and a rugged individual, who became, in turn, a lawyer, a militia general and war hero, a congressman and … Continue reading

Culture Shock

We crossed the border from Tennessee into Alabama and the first thing we came to was “Big Daddy’s Hunting Supply Store.” it was a real culture shock! They had guns for everything: assault rifles, shotguns and even kid-sized rifles painted pink for little girls! Weird. They had stuffed trophies everywhere and I’m not lion.