Does anyone else feel that time is simply flying by? There are days that it feels like if I merely blink, years have blown past me and I wonder where in the world they went? Last night I was scrolling through Facebook and saw that it was the 5th anniversary of the first couple I married (as an Officiant of course!). That wedding was a special one, those two happy young people gazing into each others eyes as they pledged to love each other for the rest of their lives. I’ll never forget it, or any of the ceremonies I’ve done since then. They are all special, but the first one . . . well, that’s one that will make me smile each time I see an updated picture of this beautiful family as they live their lives happily together. It was a wonderful way to end the week, and take me into the weekend. On that happy note, let’s find out what we shall be celebrating together.
National Trails Day – It’s a beautiful day for a walk in the woods, and what better day to do it than on National Trails Day? Today is the nation’s largest celebration of trails and all of the benefits that come with it. Whether you like to hike, bike, horseback ride, go bird watching, geocaching or any of the other activities you can enjoy in the woods, today is the day to do it! We have a lovely trail network behind our house, so never know! If we get our projects around the house done, maybe we can go for a walk in the woods! This picture was taken on one of our hikes in the Olympic Forest – tough trail for my very first overnight hike! Look at it makes me itch to get out there, pack on my back and aches in my muscles again! Celebrate National Trails Day with your family and enjoy some fresh air! Time to start planning our hiking season . . . right after our Granddaughter is born.
Belmont Stakes – I’ve never been to a horse race, which actually is a little sad since Emerald Downs is in Seattle. Maybe some day. Today is a BIG day in horse racing though, as it is the day the Belmont Stakes takes place this year. The race is held at Belmont Park in Elmont, New York. It is the final, and they say the most demanding, race in the Triple Crown. The Belmont is a Grade 1 stakes race run over a 1-1/2 mile dirt track for three year olds. To earn the legendary status given to Triple Crown winners a horse must deal with what is probably the longest distance of their racing career, as well as to a truly grueling schedule. Most high level thoroughbreds race every three or four weeks, but the Belmont takes place three weeks after the Preakness, and five weeks after the Kentucky Derby. The scheduling of the Triple Crown Races is as big a challenge to these horses as the competitions themselves. The first Belmont race was held in 1866, and is the oldest of the Triple Crown races by nearly a decade. The race is named for the 19th century financier August Belmont, Sr. and was originally run at the Jerome Park Racetrack in the Bronx. The Jerome Park track was built by a Wall Street colleague of Belmont’s, Leonard Jerome. August Belmont passed away in 1890, and Leonard Jerome in 1891. Following their deaths the event was moved to the nearby Morris Park Race Course until Belmont Park opened. The race has been held annually since then, except for 1911 and 1912. Between 1963 and 1967 there was a major renovation project at Belmont Park, so the race was held for those years at the Aqueduct Racetrack. While the Kentucky Derby is known as the “run for the roses”, the Belmont winner traditionally receives a blanket of carnations, though the title “the run for the carnations” hasn’t actually stuck since it doesn’t roll off the tongue quite right. In 1973 Secretariat clinched the Triple Crown in the Belmont with a downright dominant performance. He set a course record of 2:24 in winning the race by an astounding 31 lengths. One of the most famous images of Secretariat’s victory is the shot of jockey Ron Turcotte easing up on the horse near the finish line as he looked back over his shoulder in amazement that the rest of the horses were nearly out of sight. This year it looks like there may be the first Triple Crown winner in 36 years – California Chrome won the first two races and I am sure race fans the world over will be watching and cheering for this magnificent horse. My favorite winner of all time though, will always be a local “boy”, Seattle Slew, who won the Triple Crown in 1977. Secretariat was amazing, but so was Seattle Slew and of course I always want to sing the praises of the success of a local, be it human or horse.
(Daniel) Boone Day – It was on June 7, 1769 that Daniel Boone first saw the forests and valleys of what is now Kentucky. For more than a century this day has been celebrated as “Boone Day”. He was born on November 2, 1734 in Berks County, Pennsylvania. Much of his youth was spent hunting and trapping on the North Carolina frontier. By the late 1760s he had ventured into the Cumberland Gap Region. Even though the westward opening in the Appalachian Mountains had been identified by a Virginia explorer in 1970, the French and Indian War discouraged exploration and settlement of the Kentucky territory. After the war, the lack of manpower or resources to protect the trans-Appalachian frontier, the British prohibited westward migration. Daniel Boone was among the many settlers who ignored the Crown’s ban. In 1775 Boone worked with Transylvania Company to establish a trail through the Cumberland Gap. With about thirty associates he constructed the Wilderness Road, which soon became the settlers primary route to the west. Mere months after it was finished Boone’s wife and daughters traveled the new trail to the new settlement of Boonesborough, becoming the first Anglo-American women to settle in Kentucky. During the Revolutionary War, Kentucky was organized as a Virginia county and Daniel Boone served as captain of the militia, put in place because the settlers feared both the Indians and their British Allies. Boone was captured by the Shawnee in 1778, but escaped in time to warn Boonseborough residents of an impending attack, which enabled the settlement to survive. He was, and always will be, an American legend.
VCR Day – Do you remember your first VCR? It seemed miraculous, to be able to set a show to record, and watch it when you had time! No more scheduling events around your favorite shows! The world of movies at home was opened up to us, and we felt so advanced. The world’s very first video cassette recorder (VCR) for home use was the Phillips Model 1500 that was introduced in England in 1972. It was huge at 22″ side, 6.5′ wide and 15″ deep. They were so expensive that we didn’t get one at our house until after I was already an adult and moved out of the house. The prices had started coming down, new models were coming out, and if I remember correctly we managed to find a used one for not too much. With the entrance of DVD’s and DVD players, and now DVRs that can record 5 or more shows at a time, videos have been rendered obsolete. How many of us have stacks of video cassettes of all of our favorite movies stored somewhere, not quite able to get rid of them, but knowing we’ll never have another VCR again? It’s a little weird to think that children born today will probably spend their entire lives without ever seeing a VCR tape, much less watch one. Now I know what my Grandparents felt like when I’d ask them about things that I’d never heard of that they used to have in their lives!
This Day In History –
1775 – The United Colonies make a name change and become The United States.
Food Celebration of the Day –
National Chocolate Ice Cream Day – Chocolate Ice cream is America’s second favorite flavor of ice cream (vanilla is 1st)! I’m sure that we don’t need any extra incentive to eat ice cream, but heck throwing a celebration into things can only inspire us! Summer weather is here, which only makes a lovely, creamy bowl of chocolate ice cream even better. Now, if I had my personal preference we’d throw some peanut butter swirls into the bowl too, but that’s probably a different holiday. Do you know when ice cream originated? The answer may surprise you! Ice Cream was first documented back in the 4th century B.C. when the Roman emperor Nero ordered ice to be brought from the mountains and combined it with fruit toppings. This decadent dessert has come a long way since then, but I’m sure we’re all grateful for its humble beginnings. My very favorite, local ice cream treat is at a candy store downtown. They take vanilla ice cream bars and when you place your order they dip them into melted gourmet chocolate, then roll it around in toffee and nuts. Oh My Goodness! We only have about one a year, and every single bite is worth the caloric splurge. Yum. I’m going to have to plan my next cheat day . . . soon!
Mexican Frozen Hot Chocolate Pie
Chocolate Peanut Butter Ice Cream
Double Chocolate Shake
Dairy-Free Chocolate Almond Ice Cream
Cherry Chocolate Chip Ice Cream
Chocolate Coconut Ice Cream
Well, there’s our fun celebrations of the day! Sorry for how late this is . . . I kept getting side tracked with stuff around the house. Easy to do on a beautiful Saturday! Enjoy your day, no matter what you do with it. God Bless You and I’ll see you tomorrow!