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Weekly Photo Challenge: Wanderlust

The Wanderings Of Iris With a Camera

Never go anywhere without a camera.  You never know what you will find.

And always wander.  A right turn here, a left turn there.  It’s so much fun!

Things like…

An interesting street sign like Purgatory Lane in Missouri

and colorful metal palm trees in Arkansas.

Funny road signs.

Near Amarillo Texas above

and New Mexico below.

Sometimes businesses and churches put up signs that just can’t be ignored.

And sometimes you just need a picture to prove that you saw something.

Springfield, Missouri

Rural Nebraska

Northwest Arkansas

Western New York

A Japanese sports drinkAlong I-44 in Missouri

Southern Minnesota


Vintage Thursday

Leavenworth, Washington


old leavanwIn 1959 Leavenworth, Washington was a dying logging town.  Through the vision of two Seattle business men, Leavenworth slowly transformed into a Bavarian village during the 1960’s and 1970’s.  As part of the transformation, Leavenworth began holding festivals such at Art Fest, Maifest, the Autumn Leaf Festival and the very popular Christmas Lighting Ceremony.  The dying little town of 1959 is now one of Washington State’s most visited small towns with about two million tourists visiting every year.  You can read about the transformation at the link below.

Wandering Iris Tuesday Pik



This restaurant opened in 1995, but this cliff has a much longer history.  It was a road in the 1800’s then became a general store in 1928.  See more about this at

And the menu

A little to the east of Highway 71 south of Joplin, MO and north of Neosho, MO


Travel Find Thursday – Crockett Tavern ~~ Morristown, Tennessee

crotav14The cabin type tavern is a replica that was built in the 1950’s. 


The original site of the Crockett property was located in 1949.  A replica of the Crockett family water well was built on the site of the original water well.  The Hamblin County Chapter of the Association for the Preservation of Tennessee Antiquities (APTA) decided they wanted to build a Museum on that same site for the 1955 Morristown City Centennial celebration.

The Museum is in the form of a replica of the tavern that was owned by John and Rebecca Crockett, the parents of Davy Crockett.  The Crocketts built the tavern on a stage coach route.  The tavern also was the Crockett family home, where John, Rebecca and their nine children lived. 


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Wandering Iris Tuesday Pik – Nashville, Tennessee

When you say Nashville, Tennessee, most people think Country Music.


A lot of people don’t know that this same Nashville also has the only full size replica of the Parthenon in the world (yes, the famous Greek Parthenon).

We got there early on a recent Sunday morning, a rainy Sunday morning, it was not open, so we did not get to see the full size replica of Athena inside.  It opens at noon on Sundays.  Here are our photos.

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A little history ~~

A full size replica of the Greek Parthenon was built for the 1897 celebration of the 100th birthday of Tennessee’s statehood.  It was the centerpiece of a 5 acre fair.  The original was built of wood, plaster and brick.  Along with other structures built for the fair, it was not intended to be permanent.  Most of the other buildings are gone.  (There was a pyramid next to the Parthenon.)  The Parthenon was such a popular attraction that it was decided it should be permanent.  

A project was started in 1920 to rebuild the Parthenon on the same spot, but in concrete this time.  The outside was finished in 1925 and the inside was finished in 1931.  A full size replica of the Athena statue was added in 1990.

The building has been used for several Hollywood movies such as “Nashville” and “Percy Jackson & the Olympians: The Lightning Thief”.

These days the building is primarily used as an art museum.

Travel Find Thursday – Jerusalem Mill Village, Maryland

Jerusalem Mill Village,

located on the north bank of Little Gunpowder Falls

is about 25 miles northeast of Baltimore, Maryland.

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The Mill

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My only regret is that we were here “Out of Season” and on a weekday.  On weekends “In Season” there are volunteers dressed in period costume.  That would be wonderful to see.

 The Village

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