Sunday, August 21, 2011

Cincinnati Reds Museum

On the 3rd day of vacation we went to the Reds Museum (Tuesday Aug. 2nd ).

This is a really neat museum and if you have a sports fan in your family they will love this place. There is alot of thing's to see and do. You can see how fast you can pitch a baseball which by the way I am not good at. You can announce a ball game or a play so you will find alot to keep you busy. The exhibit they have now is Johnny Bench: A celebration of Baseball's Greatest Catcher. This is the 2nd time I have been to the museum and I have to say this time I was excited to see the exhibit they have on Joey Votto I mean come on now every girl wants to see a hottie with a body :)
I am a big fan of Sean Casey and I was not happy when the reds traded him. At the museum they have his shirt so it is nice to see they still include him at the museum. I will post some pics. I think if you are in the Cincinnati area you should check the museum out. I am not a big sports person but I love it..Oh and by the way I will include a pic of me and a cut out of the hottie with the body and booty Mr. Votto..lol..

The museum is located on the west side of Great American Ball Park along Joe Nuxhall Way. Their web page is mlb.com

Helocopter Tour Of The City

The next day of our vacation Sunday July 31st we took a helicopter tour of the city. I have done alot of thing's and I have to say this was one of the best experience I have had. It was AMAZING to see the view of the city from a helicopter. We took the tour with Stratus Helicopter. These people are wonderful. They were all very sweet. They offer scenic helicopter tours of the Greater Cincinnati area departing from Newport Riverfront heli pads in Newport, Ky. You will fly in a Robinson R44 helicopter which can accommodate up to 3 passengers per flight. And every seat is a window seat as a matter of fact the front seat has no doors. I gave Doug the front seat and I was in the back but I still had an amazing view of everything as you will be able to see from the pictures and video I will post. They have 5 tours you can chose from ranging in price from $30.00 to $295.00, they even do custom tours so you can chose what you want to see. This was something I would recommend to anyone who wants to do something fun and different and if you do take the tour don't forget your camera you will get some breath taken photos. Not only do they offer tours they also have a class you can take and when you are finished with the class you get to fly a helicopter for 30 minutes..I think I will do that next it looks like alot of fun. Stratus Helicopter is located on Riverboat Row Newport, Ky. They are also in Ohio at 654 Wilmer Ave. Cincinnati, Ohio (Lunken Airport ). Their web page is stratushelicopters.com

Gangster Tour Of Newport, Ky

We went on vacation the first week of August so you know me, I had to find some strange or different thing's to do. So to start our vacation on Saturday July 30th we went on the Gangster Walking Tour Of Newport, Ky. Let me tell you this was an AWESOME time. We had a blast. We had two tour guides and they were great. We learned so much about the history of Newport. For those of you who may not know it Newport was the first Vegas. It was around before Vegas. It had the gamblers, the gangster and the woman of the night. It grew to be the premier gaming destination of the United States. This is a 2 hour tour that starts with a presentation inside the Dueling Piano Bar. Then you will hit the streets with your tour guides for a great tour that last about 90 minutes. The tour guides will keep you entertained and if you get the tour guide Mac The Knife you will not be able to stop laughing at him. I will post a picture of me and him and some more pics on here. This tour was voted Best Of The City- Best Walking Tour by Cincinnati Magazine. One of the top 10 thing's to do in Kentucky by Southern Living Magazine. Tour times are Saturday 10:30am 1:30pm and 5:00pm. They are at 18 E 5th street Newport, Ky. The webpage for them is http://www.americanlegacytours.com/

If you can you really should check them out it is an awesome tour and they also offer some other tours. We also did another tour with them The Underground tour I will post a blog about it also.

Big Bone Lick Park

Everyone who is from the Northern Kentucky and Ohio area knows where Big Bone Park is and most likely have been to it but did you know it is haunted?? You know that a specter or disembodied can pop up any where. A house, a tavern, a cemetery sure but how about throughout a 546 acre park, much of it registered with the National Register of Historic Places. This is the case of Big Bone Park in Union, Ky, a habitat that has been rumored to be haunted for years. When you first visit the park, you wouldn't likely expect that there has been so much paranormal activity taken place. Year after year, there has been numerous accounts of unexplained sights and sounds all throughout the place, everything from full bodied apparitions to little girl's voices to light shows of the paranormal kind. The park's name is translated from the Shawnee Native American tribe, which named the park Big Bone Lick because of its salt spring deposits. It is a nationally recognized treasure and official stop on the Lewis and Clark trail. This area holds not only the bones but also, perhaps, the spirits of a long time ago. A time during the Pleistocene Epoch era when woolly mammoths, musk ox, and giant sloths (and those who hunt them) were drawn down south toward the warm salt springs bubbling forth from within the earth; when a massive sheet of ice covered the earth from the Ohio River all the way north to Canada. The salty springs were a magnet for massive animals, some of which ended dying entrapped within what was once called "jelly ground". Their skeletal remains were left behind and were first uncovered in 1739. Both Benjamin Franklin and Thomas Jefferson knew the area quite well and had personally examined the fossils from the park. These incredible fossils have been shipped across America and studied by many. Big Bone is the sight where, in 1795 Mary Inglis was able to escape the clutches of the Shawnee and embark upon her amazing trip home to Virginia. Although high depleted now, the Big Bone salty springs area still present in the park, recognized by the scientific would as the "Birthplace of American Vertebrate Paleontology". The park is worth a visit if not for the haunted part of it but for the history. It has a fishing lake, campground, dense wooded areas, a herd of bison (yes they are real ), a community and nature center, the Big Bone Lick Museum, and a self-guided trail that educates walkers as they stroll through portions of the park. True to form for the haunted part, it also has a cemetery. It is a one of a kind place, and perhaps that is why so many refuse to leave; even after they have departed. According to an article in the Boone County Recorder by Paul McKibben, dated October 26,2006, some locals and even some of the park employees believe that something unexplainable has been going on for years at this incredible locale. So much so that the park's naturalist, Todd Young, led a group of over fifty individuals on what looks to be a one time, unique tour on a crisp October night. One of the buildings on the sight is the Big Bone Methodist Church, cira the nineteenth century. This white wooden building illuminates the entrance area of the park's grounds with its impressive stature. The church has been well taken care of and the strength of the faithful that erected the building still reverberates across the parkland. Additionally, it appears that footsteps also reverberates from the upper floor when no one is found to be upstairs. The organ on the second floor has also been known to suddenly play by itself. Another building on site is the Park Nature Center. Volunteers at the center have claimed that they have heard a small girl's voice calling out inside the building. The park naturalist in the Recorder article, also indicated that he has witnessed shadows and "balls of light go across the field". Locals have said that they have witnessed human shapes pacing in the field after dark. Native Americans who were camping at the park for the annual Salt Festival, reported rising one morning and witnessing other Native Americans traversing through the field by the park's entrance, dressed in the Native American garb that was worn long ago. No other Native Americans were present at the time. Big Bone Lick State Park is filled with fossils, history, and hunting's as well. It is a beautiful place to visit and to camp and who knows who or what you might see while you are there. The park is located at 3380 Beaver Road. Union, Ky.

Boone County Oldest Church

Bullittsburg Baptist Church. This is the oldest church in Boone County. This church was founded in 1794 when the area was still a wilderness. Members recently observed the church's 217th anniversary. The first church building was made of log and constructed in 1797. The current building was built in 1819 and has been expanded over the years. Why I have put this on my blog is for the fact that on the church grounds in addition to the sanctuary there is a cemetery, a burial vault that was built in 1878, and an outdoor baptismal pool built in 1873, which is used frequently in the summer. Once one of the only churches in the wilderness "preaching stations" were set up around the area with ministers who were part of the church. This church has been through every U.S. presidential administration. We went to visit this church and I did not get to see the baptismal pool but I did see and go in the burial vault. It was a neat experience to see something that has with stood all of these years. You get a creepy feeling when you enter the vault because you know this is where the use to put the people before they buried them. It is not a big building as you will see from the pictures that I took of the outside and the inside of the vault. If you would like to go and see the oldest church in Boone County it is at 2616 Bullittsburg Church Road. Petersburg, Ky. It sits close to Interstate 275