Monday, October 31, 2011

Happy Halloween

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Graphic courtesy of Janice at The Vintage Cottage.

Sunday, October 30, 2011

Silly on Sunday :: Tana Grows Moss

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Man washed Tana's awning recently.  We had not used that awning once in the entire 8.5 months of THE Trip.  Never.  In fact, I am not sure either of us remembers when we did use it last.  Yes, it was rather dirty.  Yes, it needed cleaning.  In fact, it was so dirty that the awning was growing moss on the leading edge.  Gotta say, that is a first for us.  Below, see it there, that speck of green??

Below, another photo, a bit closer:

Yea, I know, unreal.  By the way, that awning is vinyl.  Not sure what the white binding material is.   Guess there was enough dirt in that corner to allow the moss spores to get in there and grow.  There obviously was enough water, look how green that moss is!

*Yes, THE Trip posts will return soon to a blog near you, err, to Reflections.  Been busy with a few other things in my life, like trying to clean off my desk, so maybe we can get Tana rolling again in a few weeks.  Right now there is 1/8th inch of ice on my deck and we had a very heavy killing frost last night, even the pond had ice skimming over the top this morning.  Have a wonderful day dear readers and friends.

Saturday, October 29, 2011

Saturday's Sorrow in Pink

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One of the things I really enjoy when I am wearing my family researcher/volunteer hat is walking and recording cemeteries for the local genealogy society.  The other afternoon I visited one near by us to review the layout and compare some of the records we have in preparation for working on typing the records for eventual publication.

This is what I found:

Below, why would any one need chalk on a stone that is so legible??

Below, look at the residue, obviously this stone was heavily chalked down.  I think it will be a LONG LONG time before Mother Nature can wash this off.

Sad, very sad,  Carol is full of pink sorrow.


Friday, October 28, 2011

Autumn Marriage of 1814, the 111th Carnival Of Genealogy

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The subject of the 111th Carnival of Genealogy is Autumn Weddings, featuring weddings that took place in the autumn months of September, October, or November.  Thanks to Jasia at Creative Gene for sponsoring the COG.

In early September of 1814 in Thornbury, Devonshire, England Man's 3rd great grandparents were married.  Richard Lashbrook took as his bride Ann Newcombe.  The parentage of both has been researched, there are suggested lineages for Richard and Ann, by virtue of some baptismal records.  I have never added the names of the possible parents to my data base, I am not sure I will ever find the documentation or proof that will make me comfortable enough to add them.

I do have a copy of the marriage record of Richard and Ann, which I obtained in person from the Devon Record Office in Exeter England.  They have clearly stamped on the side of the document "Further reproduction prohibited", so I am not going to publish an image of that record here. Here is the best transcription I can do, the copy I have is extremely hard to read.  The staff at the Devon Record Office was wonderful, but, the best copy they could make me was marginal at best, leaving several of the words and names illegible.

Richard Lashbrook of this Parish
and Ann Newcombe, a resident of this Parish
were married in this church by Banns with consent of
this sixth Day of
September in the Year One thousand eight hundred and fourteen.
By me Roger Kingdon, Clerk
This marriage was solemnized between us: Richard Lashbrook
The mark X of Ann Newcombe
In the Presence of The mark X of ?? Lashbrook
The mark of X of ????
No 3

During that visit to Devonshire we also had the distinct pleasure of meeting another Lashbrook descendant, George Lashbrook, now deceased.  George was quite the character and took us for a Lashbrook tour of Devonshire.  George actually took us to the very church where Richard and Ann were married.  Their 5th child would be baptized in this very same church some 8 years later.

Below: St Peter's Church Thornbury Devon England, the records from this church contain the marriage record of Richard Lashbrook and Ann Newcombe.

And, inside:

The church is not heated, nor does it have power for lighting.  The baptismal font is from the Norman time frame, and was still in use when we visited in 1999.

Six months later, almost to the day, according to the records and data I have gathered on Richard and Ann and their family, their first son, John was born.  There would  be 10 children born and baptized in Devonshire, in three different churches.  About 1830 they would leave Devonshire and England and cross the pond.  It is family tradition that they had another 4 children in America.  Despite hours of research I have never found any evidence of the last two, Jacob and Elizabeth.  I have not done a count of Richard and Ann's descendants, but, recently when I did a descendant list from my data base it was 76 pages long, one line per person.

And to think, it all started at an autumn wedding in 1814.

* I have no photos of Richard or Ann Lashbrook even though both lived past 1880.  I believe in my heart that they had their photos taken, but, I have never found one.  I continue to hope that someday - - -

Thursday, October 27, 2011

THE Trip, Heading to Kodachrome Basin State Park

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May 16, 2011

After leaving Grosvenor Arch we had to drive the 11 miles of dirt/gravel roads back to the pavement and Kodachrome Basin State Park.  Here is part of what we saw, but first, a photo of a photo found on a sign at the beginning of the unpaved road.  It explains to travelers what not to do while driving the back roads of Utah.  I think it says a lot.  Ohhhh, that was a few years back if you look at the car and the clothes, but, it does tend to get the idea across, doesn't it?

The next 3 photos are of the same formation/area, taken from different vantage points, take a moment to note the road conditions, steepness included.

Below, see the tree growing W*A*Y up there, on the second plateau from the left.  Mother Nature, provides some "different" scenes for our viewing pleasure.

Below, at this point the road splits and crosses this wash twice.  This section was a bit rough on the way in, so we decided to try the other section on the way out.

Below:  We pick this section of road, but it was still a bit rough.  The amount of water was not concerning, it really was just a dribble, but, previous rains and snow melts had made a sharp divot, down and back up, a little jarring to the bones.  Drove through without slowing down too much, of course we were not going very fast to begin with, but we did not want to end up like that dude in the first photo, eh??  LOL  Remember, as much as we love Big Butt, it is not a 4 wheel drive vehicle, and is actually the worst vehicle we have ever driven in snow.  The worst!  Slip sliddin' away - - -

Below:  Looking back up the wash.  I'm gonna take a stab at this and say that when the water is really running deep and hard it would cover all that is white in the photo, what cha think??

Special contrast, red, white, magnificent.  Sometimes it reminds me of sand art.

It sure seems that every mile brought some new experience, a new view of spectacular scenery, a new challenge to the senses.

I am soooo ready to go back, if only, maybe, I can dream right, THE Trip, Part Two???

But, first I must finish showing you this trip, next up, Kodachrome Basin State Park.  Just wait - -


Wednesday, October 26, 2011

THE Trip, Grosvenor Arch

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After a couple of hours of driving Man and I have finally reached Grosvenor Arch in the Grand Staircase - Escalante National Monument.

There is a nice paved walkway from the parking area to the base of the arch.  As you walk the view changes, the angles change, and Sony and I took a lot of photos, as usual.

Below, Turn here, 1 mile more.  Man and I skipped driving the 30 some miles to US 89 (believe it is all dirt roads, that is a LONG drive on roads with these conditions).

Below:  first sighting, don't see an arch, yet.

Ah, there is the arch!  We knew we had the right place!

Walking around the base you get different perspectives, each interesting in their own way.

I think I like the last few photos the best, as they frame that portion of the formation that is behind the arch.

Was it worth the drive, we believe so.


Tuesday, October 25, 2011

THE Trip, Grand Staircase - Escalante National Monument, Driving Kodachrome Basin State Park to Grosevnor Arch

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May 16, 2011.

Man and I have managed to reach the road to Grosevnor Arch.  It is 11 miles from the entrance to Kodachrome Basin State Park to the Arch.  Unpaved!  Also, narrow, hilly, and totally scenic.

Within minutes of "hitting the dirt" we see these signs, I think they just want to remind you:

And, the road:

Below:  about mid photo is a white streak, it is a washout area, when it rains, it fills with water, running water.

Below, photo does not show this real well either, but this section of road was rather steep and caused a bit of spinning wheels, spitting gravel and sand, slip sliding away, just a little.

And, when you get to the top, this is what you see.  Ya, WOW.

Below, what went  up, must go down.

Below, more downhill, and a slow turn, believe me 15 MPH was not too fast.

Below, still a few miles to go - -

We are almost to Butler Valley, full of cattle, grazing right along the road, one must slow down or you will be paying for a side of beef.  

Yes, we will reach the arch, in just a couple more miles, I promise - -


Monday, October 24, 2011

THE Trip, Grand Staircase - Escalante National Monument, Driving to Kodachrome Basin State Park

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On May 16, 2011 Man and I continued our exploration of the Grand Staircase - Escalante National Monument by driving out towards Grosevenor Arch.

The first part of our ride once we left the Visitors Center at Cannonville took us to Kodachrome Basin State Park.  The ride was about 11 miles, paved road, it was a pretty ride:

Right at Kodachrome Basin State Park the road changes, we will continue our ride, down the unpaved 11 miles from there to the Grosvenor Arch next time.