Saturday, October 3, 2015

Patsy Cline's House in Winchester, Virginia

I should change the name of my blog to, "I go on cool road trips and then remember to blog about them months later." Why am I so bad at posting regularly? One of the houses Patsy Cline lived in is now a small museum in Winchester, Virginia. So of course that was on our road trip schedule. There were no photos allowed inside, but it was the cutest house ever. 

It was a guided tour so check the webpage for the times, or you might be waiting around for a while. The tour was about 45 minutes. They took us around the house and told us stories about Patsy, and showed us all the things in her house. There was a good mix of things that actually belonged to her, and things that were added later. Her music was playing through the whole house. Everyone working there was super sweet and very knowledgeable. 


Saturday, August 15, 2015

Meet Phryne Tuppence

I was out of town for work this week when my sister sent me a picture of a cat that needed to be adopted and that someone in the family had to get it. I don't actually need another cat, and figured someone would have adopted her by the time I got back. When I got back we checked on a whim to see if she was still there. She was, and I now have a new kitten. Her name is from Miss Fisher's Murder Mysteries, and Tuppence after the Agatha Christie books. Her little mustache is just her disguise when she's trying to solve some mysteries. 


Thursday, August 6, 2015

Dinosaur Land in White Post, Virginia

 My sisters, best friend, and I went on an epic road trip over the last few days. Our first stop was Dinosaur Land in White Post, Virginia. We have been wanting to go for a while, and finally had the chance. It's a collection of dinosaur statues in the woods. I'm not sure if they are life size, but they were pretty huge. It was so hot that day, but between all the shade and our cute sun hats, it was totally manageable. The gift shop was fun too, we came away with matching cowgirl hats and fireworks. It took about an hour to walk through everything, and we could have easily stayed longer if we didn't have a busy schedule for the day.

Friday, July 10, 2015

Circus Performers in My Family


I have several generations of circus performers in my family. I'm not sure if this is a distant aunt or cousin, but I'm related to this this cool lady. My great grandparents met because my great grandpa was learning how to be a fire breather, and got injured. He was rushed to the hospital and ended up marrying his nurse. The last picture is my favorite. What are some of your cool family stories? 

Tuesday, June 30, 2015

KOA Campsite in Natural Bridge

I wanted to post a little more often than I have this week, but I ended up getting vertigo. It was the weirdest sensation, but I'm feeling a lot better. On to reminiscing about the rest of my road trip, specifically camping. 
This part of our road trip can only be explained by me having a mid-life crisis/birthday meltdown. We were looking at different hotel options, and the option of camping in a small cabin came up. I am not a camping girl by ANY means, but it seemed like a really good idea, and it was!

"Camping" ended up being so much more fun than a regular hotel would have been:
  • More room than a usual hotel room, plus a kitchen
  • It was a brand new cabin so everything was perfect and new 
  • We were right by the playground 
  • It was cheaper than going rates at nearby hotels
  • The location was right in the middle of everywhere place we wanted to explore 
  • We could be slightly more loud there than in a typical hotel room without disturbing people
  • There was a game room and lot's of places to walk around

 We even made a fire and cooked dinner outside, so in my mind that totally means we went camping even though we also had cable
 KOA campsites have a lot of unique places to stay around the country. Tree houses, vintage trailers, and even train cabooses are just a few examples. I can't wait to road trip to them all...or just a lot. I'm really glad I decided to try something new!

Wednesday, June 24, 2015

Caverns, Abandoned Antique Stores, and Amish Romance Books

I'm not joking when I say there is so much to do in Natural Bridge, especially for such a small area. The last day of the road trip we went on a tour of the caverns. Taking pictures in a cave was kind of hard, everything just looked the same. I'm mildly claustrophobic so there were a few times I was regretting my decision to do this, but it was alright in the end. It was one of those experiences where I was glad I did it, but I'm in no hurry to do it again. 

It's a little ironic that we went all the way to Natural Bridge, and never actually went to the Natural Bridge. They were doing tours, but there were too many dangerous icicles on the formation so they weren't going to take people all the way to it. It seemed like a waste of money to not see it up close. On the way back to our cabin we saw a few signs for an antique store. We got close, but we never did find the entrance. That was the second store we stopped by where there wasn't a person in sight. At least there was a cool view and building.

 This was just a random picture of some books in one of the gift shops. I don't actually know what they're about, but the covers were cracking everyone up. There was a really creepy looking wax museum that sadly closed forever about two weeks before our visit. 
Birthdays are rarely a big deal for me, but I'm so glad I tried to plan something "big" this year, and it actually went off without a hitch. I can probably quit birthdays now, because nothing will ever top this trip. I can't recommend Natural Bridge enough if you're looking for quirky, weird, and fun things to do. Everything is so close together you could easily see everything in two or three days.

Monday, June 22, 2015

The Crimson Field

This show was put on my radar last night. It premiered on PBS yesterday, but I missed the first one. It seems to be about nurses in WWI. Has anyone seen it, either last night or when it was on the BBC the first time around?  There are so many good period pieces coming out this summer, especially ones focused on women's experiences. Girl Power!