Thursday Doors – Galena Wrap-up

As promised, I am posting photos of some wonderful doors on some gorgeous houses from our Siblings’ Canadian Thanksgiving Holiday Adventure and Roadtrip to Historic Galena, Illinois, circa 2019.  I was going to have t-shirts printed up with that moniker, but we are all kinda too skinny to fit it on a single t-shirt, and there aren’t enough of us to print 1 word per shirt…. okay, Onward and Upward!

After The Mrs & I enjoyed a delicious repast at restaurant “Fried Green Tomatoes”, we decided to sally north from the historic downtown area and explore the residential area on the hillside above. On the map, you will note the Compass graphic in the lower right-hand corner, and you should also be able to locate Fried Green Tomatoes…

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Up… This is the side of a cement stairway on Hill Street leading to the residential area. It was constructed in 1931.

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And the view back down the stairs to downtown…. This stairway took us to Prospect Street where we conducted our residential doorway safari.

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Our First Stop was in front of the Grace Episcopal Church because: 1) The Mrs is named Grace; 2) It has a wonderful red door; and 3) It illustrates the slanty-ness of the street!

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West of there, and up the hill, we passed by the Lamberson Guest House. We both thought it looked inviting for a stay!

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And we also admired the Edwards House;

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and the Felt Manor Guest House;

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and the quaint little Osprey’s Nest;

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and this (apparently) unnamed home;

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next to this (apparently) unnamed home;

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next to THIS (apparently) unnamed home;

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which took us to this “doubly-named” building, which WAS the High School, but is now apparently apartments/condos, “Galena Green Luxury Lofts”.

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At this point, I was certain we were done with doors for the day, but as we walked down a wonderful little pathway to the west end of downtown, I spotted this door with a  fabulous companion round window hidden amongst trees and behind a huge stone wall and other obstructions. I stood on tip-toe and raised my camera over my head to get this image…

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This little journey through Galena’s Door Land is inspired by Norm 2.0 and all the other Door-o-philes throughout the world who celebrate doors every Thursday. You can see Norm’s Doors and links to everyone else’s doors HERE.

Thursday Doors – Wind Down Doors

 

My Thursday Doors for this week feature the doors to our room during an overnight stay at the Glacier Park Lodge in East Glacier, Montana. We were on the Wind Down of a 2-week “active vacation”  (can a retired guy truly take a vacation?) wherein we had spent several days hiking in and around Glacier National Park. Background first, then doors, & a bit about our trip…

Construction on the Glacier Park Lodge was begun in 1912 after the Great Northern Railway negotiated the purchase of 160 acres of land from the Blackfeet Indian Reservation at the eastern base of Marias Pass in the Rocky Mountain Front in Montana. The Mrs and I stayed in the original part of the Lodge on the 2nd floor. Oh, and we chose to stay here because we traveled by train (Amtrak) from home (Springfield, IL) to Montana and back. The Lodge is located within spitting distance of the Amtrak Station in East Glacier, and a Frog-jump from The Dollar Car Rental, where I dropped off our rented car shortly before the Empire Builder train pulled into the station.

The first door is the room door as seen from the hallway, and it appears the latch handle may be the original latch! (Which means it is older than me!!)

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Next, the same door from inside, and you can see the painted over transom above the door.

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Directly opposite the hallway door is the door to the outside shared balcony.  This also appears to be the original door with the original latch. The deadbolt lock on the hallway door is pretty new, whereas the one on this door is pretty old.

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Opening the balcony door reveals a screen door between the room occupant and the incredible view of the mountains!

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Finally, lest I forget, the bathroom door!

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Last thought – Glacier National Park in Montana runs right up to the Canadian border, and if you look north and east across the border and squint REAL hard, you just might see Norm 2.0 hard at work rallying door enthusiasts from around the globe every Thursday. You can see HIS preferred doors for this week HERE, and other door offerings will be found attached in the Comments Section of his posting… Check it out!!

 

 

 

Hungry Horse Thursday Doors

For this week’s Thursday Doors, I am offering all you starving Door-Folks a small selection of Doors we discovered in the little town of Hungry Horse, Montana. Hungry Horse is just a short drive from the West Entrance to Glacier National Park, and just about 30 miles south of the Canadian Border…

The day we arrived in Hungry Horse, we walked from our lovely B&B (Hungry Horse Hideout) to the grocery store. On our way back, we wandered around and found some interesting doors. I started this gallery off with the door to the shed in the backyard of our B&B. It looks pretty new, but already it is showing a bit of weathering! Then as we walked, we saw this great green door fitted neatly to the front of a little green bungalow! And, of course, one green door deserves another… the next one the entryway through a stockade fence. Look closely through the screen in the closeup and you can see the vertical logs of the house, and just a snippet of the front door of the house. Since a green door can be used in the fence, why can’t a gate in a fence be used as a door? And since a rustic gate has qualified (in my mind anyway) as a door, why not the barely visible chain link gate?

To see what the DoorMaster, Norm, considers to be a door, as well as other Door Watchers from around the globe, go to Norm2.0  home of Thursday Doors...

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Shed door @ B&B
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Green door on green house
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Green screen door in fence…
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Rustic gateway (call it a door please)
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Chain link gate

 

Thursday Doors – Going Postal

This week, due to vision issues, I decided to find doors that are near to home that are, FUN, INTERESTING, and DOORS. And did not require driving to find them…

 

The two doors I am highlighting this week are Mailbox Doors. They are hinged entryways, so meet the definition of a door! Interesting, in that they were originally plain and boring featureless constructions. Following the application of brightly colored paint in various patterns, they are now interesting AND fun! (Painting courtesy of my sister-in-law & mother-in-law…)

Thursday Doors is a weekly event for those who send, receive, or ignore snail mail in all its valuations. We are aptly postmarked by Norm of the Great White North, and you can find Him HERE At the bottom of his page you will see a blue rectangular box with a postage-free frog. Click on this cute feller to see more doors throughout the world!!

Thursday Doors – Caisleán Bhun Raithe (Bunratty)

I made my first visit to Ireland in June of 1994. I flew from Chicago’s O’Hare Airport to Shannon Airport where I met up with my parents and my older brother. We hired two cars at the airport, one for the parents and one for us “kids”. Our pre-planned scheduled itinerary consisted of: Day One – Visit Bunratty Castle and have dinner there, then stay overnight at a B&B where my parents made reservations before we left. Days 2 through 5 -Follow the sun. Days 6 & 7 – Stay at a B&B in Dublin then fly home.

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From left clockwise – My brother, Nik, my Dad, and my Mom invading Bunratty Castle, 1994

We drove to Bunratty Castle, County Clare for a tour & banquet….

Okay, so here is something I just discovered right now (or just remembered after 17 years)… see this sign?

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See the last paragraph where it mentions Admiral Giles Penn, and his son, William? THE William Penn who was founder of the American Colony, Pennsylvania? Well Giles Penn had a sister,  Hannah (William’s aunt). Hannah is my maternal great, great, great, great, great, great, great, great grandmother… A family connection to Bunratty!!!!

I have one other picture with any sort of door from this trip, and I believe I took it in the  Bunratty Castle Folk Park…

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Thursday Doors is a weekly challenge for door-seeking souls (some of us sometimes steal door-thunder from the REAL Irish members of this grouping…) in search of group-inclusiveness. It is the blog-child of Norm 2.0. Want to see more doors from around the globe? Go to his site HERE and travel past all his wonderful door pics and click on the blue-rectangle-encased-frog…

Thursday Doors – Kilauea

The Mrs and I were married in September, 2006. For our honeymoon, we chose to travel someplace neither one of us had ever been before – Hawaii. My Thursday Door is from that trip. We were on the island of Kauai and visited the Kilauea Lighthouse and Wildlife Refuge.

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Long view cuz the lighthouse is just too cool!

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I assume if you are a woman/girl from Australia, you are allowed beyond the sign…

Thursday Doors is a weekly challenge for door-seeking souls (some of us perpetually on vacation…) in search of group-inclusiveness. It is the blog-child of Norm 2.0. Want to see more doors from around the globe? Go to his site HERE and travel past all his wonderful door pics (9 this week I believe) and click on the blue-rectangle-encased-frog…

 

Thursday Doors… COOL!

I guess this is a “re-purposed” door, now serving as :

a) a billboard?

b) an advertising “hook”?

c) a public notice?

d) a cheap way to limit pedestrian traffic?

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Thursday Doors is a weekly challenge for door-enlightened souls (even the cool and icy) in search of group-inclusiveness. It is the blog-child of Norm 2.0. Want to see more doors from around the globe? Go to his site HERE and click on the blue-rectangle-encased-frog…

Another case of… Water-Dooring!!

It is Thursday, and I am actually going to post my Thursday Doors on a Thursday this week! Awesome, right?!

The Background…. We launched The Mrs’s pontoon boat this week! I had to buy a new battery for it first, but everything else was ready to go (for the most part). So we took a nice putt-putt around our end of the lake, into a couple coves, and I snapped a few pictures of doors that are only visible from the water. Hence, Water-Dooring!

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Log Boat Cabin – It’s a Two-fer!!

 

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Cute, but has seen Better Days….
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The Blue Heron House… See the visiting Goose (from Canada no less)?
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A 4-fer?? or Quad-fer????

My Hilu ended up in the rip rap at this house the time I fell off and the Hilu sailed away all by herself…

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We decided the white gourd thingies are also Purple Martin Houses…
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These don’t count as doors, I assume…

Thursday Doors is a weekly challenge for door-enlightened souls (even if we are water-logged) in search of group-inclusiveness. It is the blog-child of Norm 2.0. Want to see more doors from around the globe? Go to his site HERE and click on the blue-rectangle-encased-frog…

Thursday Doors… NOLA

The Mrs & I just returned home yesterday evening after almost 2 weeks on holiday in coastal Alabama and Louisiana. We packed up the van with all sorts of travel and vacation stuff. Pretty much anything we imagined we could want, need, use. Well, everything except my FujiXP digital camera with full charged battery and totally empty 32GB memory card. I dutifully left it sitting next to my computer as we left the house. So, my Thursday Doors photos were taken with my old-dumb-flip fone “camera function”. I think the image quality is measured in Crayola-MessyBits…

All these photos were taken in the Garden District of New Orleans on Tuesday, March 14th. We walked just about 10 miles this days…whew…

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I confess I noticed the ivy growing on the steps before I noted the door…. (sorry Norm)

NOLA corncob house

This last doorway, as well as the attached house/mansion AND metal corncob fence, is for sale, FYI…

Thursday Doors is a weekly feature allowing door lovers to come together to admire and share their favorite door photos from around the world. Visit Norm 2.0 for more doors and details. When you get to Norm’s site, look for The Blue Frog rectangular box thingie and click-it.

 

Thursday Doors – Alabama

This week I am featuring the Oceanside face of a “beach house” in Orange Beach, Alabama. The Mrs &I saw this house on a morning run while vacationing, and I pointed it out to her, saying I was going to return with my iPad to photograph it. I would have used my digital camera, but it was safely back in Illinois where it would not get too hot!

Thursday Doors is a weekly feature allowing door lovers to come together to admire and share their favorite door photos from around the world. Visit Norm 2.0 (   https://miscellaneousmusingsofamiddleagedmind.wordpress.com/2017/03/09/thursday-doors-march-9-2017/)for more doors and details. When you get to Norm’s site, look for The Blue Frog.