Cummer Museum of Art & Gardens Calendar of Events: December 2017

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Riders of the Storm!

Riders of the Storm!
I’ve been keeping a close eye on the weather channel since Hurricane Harvey is threatening the Gulf Coast. I have family in Houston and Channel View, Galveston, Friendswood – all through that area that have chose to ride out the storm. A little intense but I suppose they know what they want to do! Me, I’d take this opportunity for a road rip farther inland! The tornado and flooding risks are enough for me, let alone the impact of Hurricane Harvey.
Riders of the Storm!
All of you that chose to ride out the storm, stay safe. Keep plenty of water and crackers and canned meats on hand; flashlights and batteries and charge up your laptops and phones… Keep in touch with the outside world.
Riders of the Storm!
If you do ride out the storm, send us your photos and videos… marcies1960@gmail.com.

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Riders of the Storm!

Spring Break – A Family Affair on the Alabama Gulf Coast

Alabama Family Traveler

By Carol M. Weaver
If you gathered the family and asked each member to list the attractions each would like to find at the perfect spring break vacation destination, what would that list include?
Would there be recreation activities such as fishing, boating, golfing, tennis, water skiing and swimming? Would there be nature activities such as hikes, walks and visits to parks or zoos? Would there be science and history activities such as trips to museums or forts?
Would there be thrill-seeking activities such as parasailing or hitting the amusement or water park? How about shopping? Dining? Sleeping in? Staying up late? Family time? Alone time for mom and dad?
There is one destination that promises — and delivers — all this and more. It’s the Alabama Gulf Coast.
Spring break is almost here, and with just a little homework, a family of any size and combination of ages and…

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Adventure Trip Ideas: Buckle Up and Take Deep Breaths With These Amazing Adventure Trip Ideas!

By Chris Thompson
Looking for something different to do for your vacation? Something unique and thrilling? Something that will make memories that last for a lifetime? Here are some exciting adventure trip ideas to break the hum drum and get your heart pounding and your adrenaline pumping.
Head off to New Brunswick Canada for some lakeside hunting with friends. A bear camp alongside Long Lake complete with cabins for groups of up to eight friends is the perfect way to enjoy a vacation. Bring your guns, your love of tracking, nature and wildlife and head off with an experienced guide to hunt black bear, deer, ruffled grouse and more. In the evenings, relax by a campfire and exchange stories (you can even throw in a few facts if you want!) with your friends. Although it’s a little cold for most people, this is seems to be the most popular of all adventure trip ideas.
For truly heart-pounding adventure, that will leave you breathless, do some kite skiing across the Northwest Passage of the Canadian Arctic. Wild, frozen and wonderful, this land holds opportunities to ski over vast open areas. Do some night skiing with only your headlamp and the stars for light. Maybe you will even see the aurora borealis. You can dog sled or do some ice fishing. Sea kayak to Bear Island. One of the coldest adventure trip ideas, the Arctic, is barren and beautiful; the perfect place for an adventure vacation.
If you prefer warmer climates, head off to the Florida Keys for some interesting interactions with sharks. Cage diving is a thrilling way to see Tiger, bulls and lemon sharks and others in their own habitat. The Gulf Stream is home to warm waters and loads of sharks. Step into a cage that floats on top of the water. From there you can safely view these beautiful carnivores as they swim right up to the bars of your cage. Be sure to book with a quality outfit to get the best experience. Take an underwater camera for selfies with the sharks- guaranteed to be the talk of your next office party!
One of the hottest adventure vacation ideas, Dominica is the place to be. A hike to Boiling Lake is a 7-8 hour trek that covers hot springs, steam vents, mud pots and Sulfur vents all bubbling up from a flooded fumarole. Morne Trios Pitons National Park holds this volcanic treasure. Grab an experienced guide for this dangerous and strenuous trek.
Cascading is a popular and daring sport in the Dominican Republic. The Cordillera Septentrional mountain range is perfect for engaging in this activity of rappelling down sheer cliff faces, climbing waterfalls, jumping into fresh-water pools from heights of up to 25 feet and swimming through rivers. This extreme sport will test your endurance and physical as well as mental abilities.
Spelunking, heli-skiing, pearl diving- no matter what adventure sport you choose, there is a great big world out there full of fascinating things to do and see. This year, use your vacation to satisfy that inner yearning for adventure. Strike out to any part of the world to find your newest sport love. Go ahead and get ready to take let it all out with one of our adventure trip ideas.
Chris Thompson currently resides in Mobile, Alabama and has been an entrepreneur & seasoned traveler for many years. Aside from his business, he is busy tending to his wife and three (3) children. Chris is a proud contributing author and writes on several subjects, including growing your own home based business in the travel industry. You can find out more about the exceptional business opportunities by visiting:

Tourist Attractions in Alabama: Coon Dog Cemetery

By Virginia Brown Wright 

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Recently, while traveling, I looked up tourist attractions to visit in Red Bay, Alabama. On the Internet I read about a cemetery for dogs, that was somewhat of a tourist attraction around these parts. Key Underwood Coon Dog Memorial Cemetery in Northwest Alabama is worth the trip if you are passing through. I have never been to a dog cemetery before, nor have I ever owned this breed of dog. However, I have owned dogs that were extremely dear to me. What they say about a dog being man’s best friend is so true. For many, losing a dog is like losing a family member. It is touching to see this cemetery and the tribute to such loved and dedicated hunting dogs. The first dog to have been laid to rest in this cemetery established by Key Underwood is his special friend and coon dog, Troop, on September 4, 1937, after more than fifteen years of hunting together. The coon dog cemetery is the only one of its kind in the world, and only coon dogs (a coon dog is any dog trained to hunt raccoons) can be buried there.

 

The spot that this faithful dog was buried was once a hunting camp that coon hunters from all over the area gathered. Underwood marked the grave with a rock that he hand chiseled out Troop’s name, and the date, using only a hammer and a screwdriver.

 

Other hunters began burying their coon dogs in the same cemetery where Troop was laid to rest. There are in excess of 185 dogs now, from all across the United States buried in the cemetery. That I could tell, the last coon dog laid to rest in the cemetery, was in 2015.

 

As I began walking around the cemetery, initially, my first impression was reminiscent of a “traditional cemetery” with engraved headstones. But the further I surveyed this special cemetery, I found nontraditional grave markers such as wooden slats with the name gouged or burned into the wood, some of the grave markers were rocks that had names etched in the stone with a hand chisel, others were homemade concrete blocks where fingers in the once wet concrete wrote the inscription of their beloved dog.

 

Some of the graves in the cemetery have dog memorabilia on the burial sites, for example, one has a stainless steel dog dish, another has a dog collar, and more than one has a dog leash draped across the gravestone. I looked at all the graves as I walked around and noted the names of a few that were inscribed on the stones, including Easy Going Sam, Bean Blossom Bommer, Old Roy, Buck Shot, Squeak and OL Lou. The headstones are etched with heartfelt messages such as “Ashes of 3, Good Coon Hounds, Friend, and If he Treed in a mailbox you’d better open it and look because he’s got em.”

 

In addition to grave markers and memorabilia, flowers adorning the graves were everywhere as far as the eye could see. Knowing how much these coon dogs meant to their owners was truly touching, and was evident in the sentiments etched in the gravestones. If you are in this area, stop by and visit such a special cemetery, and don’t forget to sign the guestbook. I did!

 

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