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While on a recent business trip, I stopped in the sea-side city of Darien GA. This is a neat little town, where shrimp boats are docked and spanish moss grows on the trees.

A few boats from the shrimping fleet.

Darien was established in 1736, so there are several historic buildings here.

I finally had a little down-time while on a business trip and did a little exploring on St. Simons Island, in Georgia. We had a great fresh seafood meal at a little place called Catch 228 Oyster Bar and Grill. The food was GREAT and the prices were more than fair and were lower than we had anticipated.

After lunch, we went to St. Simons Pier Village. A neat area with fisherman catching the sea’s treasures and lots of shops selling clothing, seashells, antiques and everything else you can think of. This is also where the lighthouse is located.

There are several place to stay in this area, all of which seem to have a great view.

Some of the bridges in the area are spectacular.

There were several local fisherman working the pier.

Hopefully, I have time to visit this neat place again…when I have a little more time to explore.

I spent a few entertaining hours at the Kansas Star yesterday afternoon, with 4 other friends. We ALL came out ahead…one hit a $1000 jackpot. We beat the odds and had a lot of fun in the process. We only took a small amount each, about what we would have spent if we’d all went out to a nice dinner and a movie.

Pretty neat place, especially considering it’s at the temporary location. I was also amazed at seeing 30+ friends there, all having fun.
After going to several casinos in Oklahoma, it was fun to see the Kansas Star has the Vegas style slot machines.
Can’t wait to see the final location finished in the next year or so.

A close friend, Tim Mitchell, had never been to Vegas and after he received a kitchen pass from his wife, we headed east.

Mirage Hotel & Casino:

Venetian Hotel & Casino:

We were lucky enought to score tickets and solo-backstage passes for The Blue Man Group.

We also stopped by the “Pawn Stars” Pawn Shop. The guys were filming off-sight, but Tim did sell a silver half-dollar to the shop.

Some of the shirts they were selling…

I also managed to get a shot of the Pawn Stars “Bouncer”, who was working the door that day.

Here is a shot of the Eiffel Tower, at the Paris Casino & Hotel:

I hit a straight flush on a table at the Fremont Casino, downtown, along with a couple of smaller jackpots elsewhere. Otherwise, I managed to nickel and dime my way through the trip. We saw a lot of sights and when it was all over (hotel, Airfare, gambling, food, shows, transportation …), I arrived home $8 richer then I was when I left; another good trip to Vegas!

We took a trip to Tanganyika Wildlife Park this weekend, located in Goddard KS. It was the prefect day for it too, with a little cloud cover and the temperature in the 80’s.

There were lots of exotic animals to see and interact with. Reagan also got to ride a camel.

Some of the animals were as curious about us as we were about them. This Ring-tailed Lemur thought he was part of the Sparks Family.

To see a few other shots from this trip, CLICK HERE

A friend of mine, Ken Davis, and I decided to do a little sightseeing and picked Beaumont Kansas as our destination…about 40 miles east of Wichita, KS. They have a really neat bed-n-breakfast, where we grabbed a bite before shooting a few pictures.

This was the old train stop, still looking good but it hasn’t been used in quite a few years.

Beaumont has a lot of neat scenery nearby, including a wind farm.

To see the full photo set, CLICK HERE

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