Archive for December, 2019

This morning was the start of the third day of Pennsylvania’s primitive Deer season. The dark hours began with a not-so- good event for me. While traveling to my hunting area for the day I started one of my coughing and choking spells. This is asthma related and I have them from time to time. I had to quickly pull aside to complete this bout. These events are scary and I feel, almost, to the point of black out at times. Luckily the don’t last long. However, I feel weakened for a time afterwards.

I climbed a hill enjoying the cool air in my lungs. I set up on a rock and waited for an hour until the day was bright. I then started a still-hunt method of sneaking around nd watching for bedded or feeding deer. I saw a number of deer this day, but none offered any chance of a shot. The first day, December 26, allowed for three doable shots, but I didn’t take any shots. I am still working on confidence building after some time of having seeing my flintlock sights. The three shots were around fifty to fifty-five yard shots and I hoped for closer action.

The second day found enjoyment with turkeys. Early I began to hear turkey chatter and eventually heard fly-down wing beats.  Minutes later gobbling was heard as the birds climbed the hill towards a fifty-foot right-a-way. (I got a big gobbler near this site last spring.) Other turkeys began yelping and gobbling behind me.

I set here for almost two hours and just had to stand and stretch my buttock muscles. While standing I noticed turkeys at the top of the right-a-way. I was in a bind. My camera was in my shoulder bag on a log. Periodic rain caused me to keep the camera within safe cover. Now I couldn’t move to retrieve the camera. I remained frozen in place.

A mature gobbler gobbled behind me and the thirteen turkeys above me started to run down the slope before taking flight. They landed approximately twenty-twenty-five feet from me.  I remined still. The gobbler gobbled again and all these young gobblers gobbled in sink. What an adventure being part of this and so close.

Today, at another site, I saw some turkey heads at a round top. I assumed the birds had seen me, but as I moved over this round top all I could see were turkeys running, flying…some going left, some going straight, and some going right. I had a turkey break! I had to set down and call in birds.

The turkeys didn’t start to call until one and a half hours went by. However, one bird came in silent early on. Once the birds began calling I crawled into a depression and readied the camera. I had turkeys almost run me over. I couldn’t keep a clear focus. Later on I heard one and then another  and called this gobbler in. What a grand time I had.

During my time afield I saw lots of squirrels, barred Owls and a Red Fox.

I had been feeling very anxious recently with so much going on. Friday evening I had to call Pittsburgh office concerning federal jury duty. I hate going to the city for I know little about that place, traffic is always an issue. Parking is a pain. every morning the news talks of recent shootings. No I prefer to say away. Luckily for me, I was not selected for this coming week. I still have to deal with anxieties for I have to call again next Friday.



Owl pellet



Bedded doe from last week.



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The General Jackson

Laurie and I spent some time on the General Jackson. The General Jackson is a paddleboat that has entertainment and meals on board as the travel moves along the Cumberland River. I have been on other such events and have always enjoyed them. The last such boating experience was on the Ohio River in the Cincinnati region.

As stated entertainment is part of these deals. The entertainment on this boat was top-notch. Lots of Christmas music and later country-style music was enjoyed by those aboard.

One look at me and this young lady was mesmerized beyond words.







Cumberland River

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One evening while in Nashville, Laurie and I enjoyed a great meal and Christmas concert by Trace Adkins. Trace Adkins is a well-known country singer, but this evening he performed Christmas songs. he had a great band behind him leaning strongly with a Celtic-style flavor of music. Great show!




Music Row at night










Traditionally, Music Row featured old country music performers and many others performing within the local honky tonks to attempt to be discovered by passing record-producers. Well, that hasn’t changed at all. Anyone walking along the streets can easily hear and see bands set up on postage size stages seeking fame and fortune. Music was everywhere!

One of the most well-known, and famous honky tonks of Music Row is called Tootsies. Many of the old, and often deceased, country singers started by performing in this place and others. It has appeared in movies. Across the street is country music legend, Ernest Tubb’s place. A young Loretta Lynn walked into this honky tonk many years ago and sang and played. Ernest Tubb happened to be present that night and she became the star of country music she is today. Sissy Spacek was filmed in this place for the movie entitled, “Coal Miner’s Daugters”  In the movie, Loretta’s husband, played by Tommy Lee Jones went across the alley to the bar to hear his wife singing on the Grand Ole Opry radio station. (WSM)

I laughed when  a young fellow came down from the third floor of Tootsie’s  as I was about to go up. He asked me if I was an agent. I, jokingly, said yes but quickly told him I was “funnin'” him. I guess my age made me look distinguished. Most people in these places are much younger than I am.

A few years back, Country singers, George Strait and Alan Jackson had a hit called, “Murder On Music Row.” The song was a protest towards the country music producers leaving behind traditional country music and moving towards today’s style. Thankfully, there are many traditional country music singers out there. However, you don’t hear them on most country radio stations. Such are: Teea Goans and Amber Digby.




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A few Christmas light photos from the grounds of the Opryland Hotel in Nashville.






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Elvis Presley’s car.

Dwight Yoakum had a hit years ago called, Guitars, Cadillacs and Hillbilly Music. Anybody visiting Nashville will quickly realize the truth of the words to that song title. Laurie and I visited the Country Music Hall of Fame Museum to see what all we could find.

The museum featured many items from country music history. Clothes of the past singers like Hank Williams and many others were on display. Guitars were everywhere from the music archives. I took many photos of these relics. After all I am a guitarist.

Waylon Jennings’ telecaster guitar. I saw him play this one in person.

Walls of gold and platinum albums were present to see. When I say walls, I mean walls!

There were two old cars in the museum. One was a Cadillac owned by Elvis Presley. This car had gold hardware o  it. the back seat area had a television, recording equipment and a radio. WOW! The other car was once owned by Web Pierce. This car featured handgun door handles, both in the exterior and interior of the car. Rifles were anchored along the sides of both rear fenders. A handgun hood ornament was in place, too. He must have loved his guns. His dash and console were covered with silver dollars. The console was, also, done in a miniature leather saddle. It was, also covered with silver dollars. Must be nice to have money!


Hank William’s boots and suit and Eddy Arnold’s guitar.


Charlie Daniel’s axe


Buck Owen’s telecaster

Don Ric’s guitar. He was Buck Owen’s lead player and died in motorcycly crash.














Webb Pierce’s car


Hank Williams’ guitar


Michael Martin Murphy’s guitar.


Old Bob Wills’ poster. He was huge in the day with western swing music.


Earl Scruggs’ banjo. Remember the Beverly Hillbillies’ theme song?



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All over the woodland landscape various orchid and other flowers were in place. Laurie loves orchids, and I have to admit they are beautiful. I took many photos of them as we walked about. I am not very knowledgeable on tropical species so these pics are here to enjoy.








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Photo from the boat.

While we visited the Nashville area we stayed in the well-known, Opryland Hotel. This hotel site is huge featuring acres of lush vegetations, waterfalls, beautiful brick trails among this all. One area has an island. Anyone who knows anything about an island should realize by now that this island was surrounded by a quarter of a mile river. Laurie and I took a boat tour of this island area.

The mazing aspect of these forest sites within the hotel is the fact they are all enclosed under glass and maintained at certain temperatures and humidity levels. I heard there are about nine acres of these woodland, trails, waterfalls and flowering sites.

The interior, as well as, the exterior of the hotel lands were decorated with many, many Christmas lights. Poinsettias and decorated Christmas trees could be found throughout the hotel. I will do a separate entry with the flowers and orchids of these sites.

A handful of photos below. (Just a few of the many photos I took.)

Inside gazebo






Our room was on other side of this waterfall.




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