Saturday, April 28, 2012

Road Trip 2012 - Day 9

Monday, April 23 - Charleston, SC

At 5:30 a.m. we were awakened by truck noise. Lots of loud truck noise. Not only was it trash day, but there were also huge dumpsters full of construction debris that were being emptied. Joy! Joy! Joy!

We finally rolled out of bed at 8:15 a.m. At 8:30 a.m., the phone rang advising The Husband our breakfast would be delivered soon. It was very nice to get advance warning before the knock on the door!

After breakfast, we opted to walk to the Visitors Center. Silly us. The walk was longer than we anticipated. The Visitors Center was very busy. Lots of people in line waiting for information and tour tickets. We waited in line at least 30 minutes, perhaps longer, to purchase our tickets for the 2 hour Gullah Tour, conducted by Alphonso Brown.

We both enjoyed this tour. Alphonso is a funny, informative guide and we learned so much about Charleston's history. We also developed a keen appreciation for Philip Simmons, Blacksmith. He was the maker of many of Charleston's iron gate works of art. If you ever visit this fine city, we recommend you take this tour. You will not be sorry.

The tour ended at the Visitors Center and we caught the free trolley back to The City Market. I was more than a bit disappointed by the majority of the vendors in the market. I thought it would be primarily hand made, locally grown or vintage items. Unfortunately, it was primarily new tourist items. There were, however, a number of Sweetgrass Basket vendors, who were friendly and happy to educate us on the time honored craft. We did not purchase a basket during this visit to the market, but I knew I would not leave Charleston without one!

We had a quick lunch at Toast and repaired to our room for a short rest.

After our rest, we walked through the graveyard at the Circular Congregational Church, two blocks from our B&B. I love graveyards. I think they are places to remember and celebrate the people who have lived before us.

See the large tree in the background?


Here we are at the base of the tree. A sweet, older couple took our photograph and told us on their guided tour they were told that experts believe the tree to be 350 years old. They could take a core sample and determine the exact age, but have opted to refrain for fear of killing the tree. A good decision, in my opinion!


After visiting the graveyard, we continued our walk in the neighborhood and came upon a couple of basket creators. (We were told on the Gullah tour that they do not "weave" the basket, but prefer the term "sew.")

I carefully selected a basket to purchase and here you see the sewer signing and dating it for me.


We returned to the room and prepared to meet The Friend and The Wife for dinner. She is just as nice and easy to converse with as her husband. We had such a fun evening.


We walked to the Peninsula Grill for a pre-dinner drink and then moved on to dinner at Hank's Seafood Restaurant. After dinner, we walked to Charleston Grill and enjoyed a drink along with the music of a live jazz combo.

If you ever visit Charleston, you want to have a friend like The Friend. He knows all the cool and happening places and is a great drink and food guide for the city!

This was a day we did not even see our car, much less take it out of the garage. Walking everywhere made for immediate slumber once our heads hit the pillows!

Thursday, April 26, 2012

Road Trip 2012 - Day 8

Sunday, April 22 - Asheville, NC to Charleston, SC

We slept late again, not awakening until 8:45 a.m. We left the hotel at 10:15 a.m. with the odometer reading 36,069. We stopped for a fast food breakfast (which was not good) and filled the car with gas.

I thought it was a boring drive to Charleston, SC. It was treed on both sides of the highway, so there was no view of houses or towns as we passed through the countryside.

Here is our obligatory photo at the state welcome center.


We arrived in Charleston and checked into The Elliot House Inn at 3:30 p.m. The inn has an outstanding location, right in the heart of the historic district. Everything is within easy walking distance.

We took the opportunity to rest (nap!) because we were meeting an old friend of The Husband's for drinks. The Friend lives in the area and, in addition to recommending where we should stay, also made dinner reservations for us for the following two nights.

These guys had not seen each other in 35 years and just recently reconnected via e-mail. When they saw each other, it was as if no time had lapsed. They picked up where they left off with comfortable and enjoyable conversation.


The Friend and The Husband

The Friend took us on a stroll of the neighborhood, beginning with drinks at The Bar at Husk Restaurant. We loved that the bar is a freestanding building adjacent to the restaurant. The second floor is a cool cocktail lounge. The first floor is a standard bar.

After the drink, we took a walk "South of Broad" (as Charlestonians say). It was an amazing trek through blocks of historic, beautiful homes. Scattered amongst the homes are churches, many with small cemeteries full of ancient graves. The Friend shared tidbits of information about the neighborhoods, specific houses and the history of Charleston.

The turning point of our walk was when we reached The Battery. As we promenaded the seawall, we could see Fort Sumter in the distance. 

As we headed toward our inn, The Friend ducked into an alley and like magic we were having another drink at the bar at McCrady's Restaurant. With this drink, we each had a deviled egg as an appetizer.

They cost $1!
For a deviled egg!
Which was 1/2 of a whole egg!
Oh!
My!
Goodness!

Suddenly, we all realized it was late on a Sunday night. We hustled back to the area of our inn, only to find that the restaurant where The Husband and I had planned to have dinner was closed. Fortunately, The Bar at Husk Restaurant was still open and was happy to serve us a sandwich.

At that point, The Friend left us in the capable hands of Weaver, the bartender, and Darrel, the bar back. In addition, we met Jay. A nice young man who was in town for a conference and ended up at the bar for a cocktail.

After enjoying our split BBQ pork sandwich, we walked the long distance (50 yards?) to our B&B.

Our end of day odometer reading was 36,347.

We parked in a garage across from the B&B. It will be interesting to see if the car comes out while we are here, since this is such a walkable area.

Monday, April 23, 2012

Road Trip 2012 - Reports

I just wanted to check in and tell you that it may be a couple of days before daily posts resume.

We are in Charleston, SC.

In addition to enjoying the tourist attractions, we are spending time with one of The Husband's old friends, so my writing time is limited.

I'll be back soon!

Sunday, April 22, 2012

Road Trip 2012 - Day 7

Saturday, April 21st - Asheville, NC

Neither one of us woke until almost 9:00 a.m. We were both up until nearly midnight the previous night and after our full day of activities, we were tired.

As I was getting ready for the day, The Husband brought breakfast to the room.

While picking up breakfast, he had to report that the lock on our room door was not working. I forgot to mention that in my last post. We returned to the hotel after the baseball game and The Husband pushed on the door, without using his key, and it opened! How special. Not!

We got ourselves ready for the day and gathered up all our dirty clothes. We spoke to our new friend Michael, from Maintenance, and he promised to fix our door. We told him we are not usually this needy when we stay in a hotel and he just laughed.

Typically we have good experiences at Best Westerns. This has been our worst in a long time. In addition to the leaky faucet causing a wet carpet and the malfunctioning door lock, we now have that lovely moldy/musty smell from the carpet. I know we could request another room, but what's the point now? We are looking forward to checking out on Sunday and moving on down the road.

We left the hotel at around 11:15 a.m. with the odometer reading 36,048.

We leisurely toured a series of antique shops located in a large warehouse at 120 Swannanoa Road, Asheville, NC. The shops were filled with pretty and interesting things, which were priced accordingly.

I have enjoyed checking out shops on this trip, because I'm comparing content, quality and pricing to what we see in Oklahoma and what I have in my booths. Now, I need to find some flea markets, estate sales and garage sales for comparison purposes!

We stopped for lunch at Village Wayside Bar & Grille, which is located in the historic 1896 train depot for Biltmore Village. We shared a tasty French Dip sandwich, with fries and macaroni salad.

It was rainy and cool when we finished lunch, so we drove around Biltmore Village to find a couple of local restuarants we were considering for dinner. Biltmore Village is nice, but is filled with chain stores. Coldwater Creek, Talbots, J. Jill, Jos. A Banks, etc. It would have been nice to see some unique, locally owned shops.

Afterwards, we headed to a local laundromat to wash 3 loads of clothes, because that's what you do when you've been on the road for a week!


Laundry completed, we returned to the hotel for a nap. First, however, we made a dinner reservation at Rezaz.

We arrived at Rezaz at 8:00 p.m. for our 8:45 p.m. reservation. After checking in with the hostess station, we moved to the bar for a cocktail. Jonathan made great drinks for us. We were entertained watching him make drinks for others and trying to obtain clean glasses for his bar.

We were escorted to our table on time and met our waiter. Mark was very personable and his recitation of the daily specials made our mouths water.

To start, we ultimately decided to share:

Crisp Shrimp & Calamari - Sweet Sour Spice Glaze, Scallions & Sesame Seed

It was fantastic. The Husband particularly liked the light breading and we both thought the glaze was outstanding. I loved the texture and taste of the sesame seeds.

For dinner, I elected to have the small serving of:

Paella Mariscos - Scallops, Shrimp, Mussels, Squid, Chorizo, Sofrito, Lemon Aioli

The Husband selected:

Hot Smoked Duck Breast - Tomato Risotto, Brussels & Leeks, Cranberry Vincotto

We both enjoyed our dinners. The food was expertly prepared and extremely tasty.

Mark was attentive, but not intrusive. We enjoyed a couple of laughs with him about the large bachelorette party (15 girls) in our area. Girls just want to have fun in those situations, but invariably the word "penis" is mentioned loudly and there are various "penis" shaped items that suddenly appear.

We had a lovely evening at Rezaz and would happily return if we are ever in Asheville, NC again.

End of day odometer reading = 36,069.

We are moving on down the road on Sunday. Where do you think we will land?

Saturday, April 21, 2012

Road Trip 2012 - Day 6

Friday, April 20th - Asheville, NC

We were up early this morning and had the hotel breakfast. Most of it was okay, but part of it was just plain strange. Specifically, the eggs shaped into a preformed patty (like sausage). That's just not right!

After breakfast we met Michael, the maintenance man. He had to work on our leaking sink. I found the leak last night when I was barefoot and stepped on wet carpet. Awesome. He fixed the pipes and promised to bring in a fan for the day.

We left the hotel at 9:10 a.m. with the odometer showing 36,022. We headed to Biltmore Estate for the grand tour. Here I am just before entering the house. I was beyond excited to be there.


Of course, they do not allow photography in the house. Which was okay, because there is no way I could ever photograph the beauty of the place. Besides, not worrying about taking pictures allows you the time to focus on the tour.

We rented the audio tour headphones. It took us a little over three hours to complete the self-guided tour. There are 43 rooms and/or areas of the house you are allowed to visit. The Husband turned on his pedometer at the beginning of the tour. We walked 3/4 of a mile in the house! (I would love to return to Biltmore and take the behind-the-scenes guided tours.)

After the tour, we lunched at The Stables and shopped in the gift stores. We then drove to Antler Hill Village and toured The Biltmore Legacy exhibit. Afterwards, we enjoyed a bit of ice cream from The Creamery. By this time, it was almost 4:00 p.m.

Back to the hotel for a nap!

After a short nap, we headed to McCormick Field, home of the Asheville Tourists. Who did we meet immediately upon entering the ballpark? Why Ted E. Tourist, of course. Ted E. was excited to hear we were Driller's fans from Tulsa, since the Tourists are also associated with Colorado Rockies.


We found our seats and what did we see on the field? Another mascot named Mr. Moon. When Ted E. came by to check on us, I asked him "What's the deal with that other mascot? Who is the number 1 guy here?" Ted E. assured me it was him.


Mr. Moon came by to visit us later. The Husband looks a little concerned about two mascots, doesn't he?


Our dinner consisted of ballpark dogs, peanuts and beer. It was a perfect night for a game and the Tourists won. What a great end to our day.

Back to the hotel by 9:30 p.m. with the end of day odometer reading 36,048.

Friday, April 20, 2012

Road Trip 2012 - Day 5

Thursday, April 19th - Knoxville, TN to Asheville, NC

We both woke at around 7:45 a.m. after a hard sleep. Vacation is work, don't you know! While I was prepping for the day, The Husband so kindly fetched a plate of breakfast for me from the buffet. I ate in the room, while we both were on-line.

With the odometer reading 35,885, we left the hotel at 10:10 a.m. and headed toward Asheville, NC.

We made a quick stop at Memory Lane Antique Mall in Sevierville, TN. Oh my.

If you are a serious collector of specific patterns of crystal, china, pottery, etc., this is the place for you.  It is stuffed to the rafters with wonderful items. For example, this is a table of linens in one booth:


And this is a cabinet full of thimbles. Just thimbles.


If you are ever in the area and are a collector, this mall is well worth a stop. It's a bit pricey, but for a true collector what's a little money?

We drove The Great Smoky Mountains Parkway, through Sevierville, Pigeon Forge and Gatlinburg. Think Branson on steriods x 3. Overwhelming! Nerve wracking! Busy! We could only imagine what it would be like in the height of the summer season. CRAH ZY!

Funny thing, we stopped at the last traffic light in Gatlinburg and when we crossed the intersection we were immediately in the calm, cool Great Smoky Mountains National Park. A world away from the commercial, tourist scene.


We stopped at the visitor's center, stamped our NPS Passport, chatted with a park employee who gave us a short hike recommendation and departed with a trusty map.

We were told the hike to Laurel Canyon Waterfalls was 1.3 miles, paved and flat. Okay. We can do that.

People who live in Tennessee have a very different definition of flat than people who live in Oklahoma. Does this look flat to you? It's not. It's an insidious slope upwards.


At this point, I told The Husband to go on without me. He said "No, you can do it." I did, but it took us a while.

Can we say "out of shape?" At least no one passed us on the way up the trail!

About 2/10ths of a mile from the falls, the grade changed to downhill. At this point, I called "Bullsh*t!"


Bullsh*t re-enactment

I can't walk uphill to the falls and then downhill to the falls and then be expected to walk uphill again to go downhill, can I?

I did. And, I made it.
    

We stayed for a while and took photos. Of course, we stayed for a while! I wasn't leaving until I was good and ready!



Here I am after leaving the falls and hiking the 2/10ths of a mile uphill to get to the downhill slope for the rest of the trail. Thumbs up!


On my way down the trail, I met a girl struggling up the trail. I told her I had been her just the hour before and to not give up, she could do it! That's me, motivational speeches at the drop of the hat.

We got to the bottom of the trail, finally. Hike accomplished. Whoo Hoo!

We continued the long and winding drive through the park. We saw a couple of wild turkeys. We saw a lot of beautiful scenery. Unfortunately, we also saw a lot of dying trees.

We stopped here at one point in the drive.


This lookout is one of the places where you can enter The Appalachian Trail. We discussed hiking all the way to Maine, but considering my recent bellyaching about the 1.3 mile hike to the Laurel Canyon Falls, we opted not to at this time.


We did meet "Captain" who started on the trail March 9th in Georgia. He's hoping to hike all the way to Maine. He has until October 5th to make the journey, when the trail is closed for the season.


Good-bye "Captain." Good luck and happy hiking!


We drove on and eventually entered the spectacular Blue Ridge Parkway.


The mountains are beautiful. We would love to return and rent a cabin here for an extended time. Perhaps we can do that in the future.

We eventually made it to Asheville, NC and checked into our Best Western at 5:30 p.m. No, we are not in room 201 this time. That would have been too freaky!

We drove through downtown and it was busy, busy, busy, with no easy parking. We ended up having dinner at Chili's, not far from our hotel.

End of day odometer reading = 36,022.

Thursday, April 19, 2012

Road Trip 2012 - Day 4

Wednesday, April 18th - Chattanooga, TN to Knoxville, TN

We both woke shortly before 9:00 a.m. Which, according to our Central Time Zone body clocks, was 8:00 a.m. It was a hard sleep for both of us and we felt good for it. We got ourselves together and left the Best Western (room 201, important detail later) at 10:20 a.m. The odometer reading was 35,753.

We picked up a bite to eat (for me) and filled the car with gas. It was cloudy, with a chance of rain, and in the low 60's.

Where did we head? Off to downtown Chattanooga. Guess where we went? The minor league baseball park, AT&T Field. Guess who was having a game that started at 11:15 a.m.? The Chattanooga Lookouts, that's who!


We sat 3 rows back from the Chattanooga dugout. Fantastic seats, not protected by a net, necessitating extreme alertness when the batter was up!


The Husband thoroughly enjoyed himself.


We saw a marriage proposal on the field, during the "dizzy bat" contest. The announcer handed the microphone to the guy and he proceeded to ask his dizzy girlfriend if she would marry him. She said "yes!"

Between the two of us, we managed to consume a beer, a bottle of water, a bag of peanuts, a hot dog and a cup of vanilla ice cream.

During the 7th inning stretch, The Husband made a new friend - Lookie, the mascot. How cute are they?


We left shortly after this photo was taken. The Lookouts were behind 8-4. Ultimately, they lost 9-8.

We hit the road, headed toward Knoxville. Once again, we were impressed with the pretty Tennessee countryside. Being from Oklahoma, it is cool for us to be in mountain areas. The Appalachians aren't the Rockies, but they also aren't the Osage Hills we are used to seeing!

As we drove through Sale Creek, TN on Highway 27 South, we spied the Small Town Antique Mall. The Husband quickly turned in and we took a tour.

Let me just say this is one of the nicest antique malls we've been in for a while. It was bright, clean, spacious and full of quality merchandise at good prices for individual collectors. The two ladies who were working (I neglected to get their names!) were so welcoming, friendly and personable. They are having an open house Friday & Saturday (4/20-21). If you are in the area, I encourage you to stop in! Regretfully, we left the antique mall without making a purchase and moved on down the road toward Knoxville, TN.

At approximately 4:00 p.m. we saw something we hadn't seen on our entire trip. We saw blue sky and sun! It was glorious, but short lived. It's been gray, overcast and rainy the entire trip. It hasn't impacted our fun at all, but it would be nice to see a bit more of the sun in the days to come.

We arrived in Knoxville at 5:30 p.m. and checked into a Best Western. We were assigned room 201. Which is the Best Western room number we had the night before in Chattanooga. Freaky!

We settled into the room. The Husband checked e-mail and the news. I took what we fondly refer to as a "coma nap." The Husband woke me after an hour and we went to dinner at a locally owned chain restaurant. We had a tasty meal and the staff was very friendly.


We returned to the hotel and our end of day odometer reading was 35,885.

Wednesday, April 18, 2012

Road Trip 2012 - Day 3

Tuesday, April 17th - Corinth, MS to Chattanooga, TN

Monday night's sleep was deep and restful. So restful, in fact, I woke up at 6:15 a.m. and popped out of bed at 6:45 a.m. On vacation, mind you!

The Husband and I sat down for breakfast on the front porch at 8:30 a.m. We look eager, don't we?


Breakfast was served and while it was good, it was not what we expected from a B&B that advertises itself as one of the top 10 B&B's in the state of Mississippi. Our breakfast was 2 biscuits, butter, strawberry jelly, scrambled eggs, a preformed sausage patty and orange slices; a solid breakfast to be sure. It was not, however, a breakfast that compares with ones we have enjoyed at top notch B&B's in our previous travels.

After the meal, we took a short walk in the rain to photograph some of the historic houses we saw on our neighborhood stroll the previous evening.

Did I tell you it was raining? It was raining.


I loved this garden, which was one block from the B&B. The symmetry appeals to me.


Me with the B&B in the background.


We packed up our belongings and drove away from the B&B at 9:30 a.m. The odometer reading was 35,510.

Our next stop was the Corinth Civil War Interpretive Center, which is part of the U.S. National Park Service. We enjoyed the center, watching two films and viewing the exhibits. It was a good stop to set the stage before visiting the Shiloh Battlefield. Plus, I got to stamp our National Park Service Passport! Do you have a NPS Passport?

After leaving Corinth, we drove approximately 20 miles to the Shiloh National Military Park.

The park is very, very impressive. One of the park rangers told us that the battlefield is one of the best preserved in the US. They have worked hard to ensure the landscape closely mimics the landscape as it was 150 years ago. The biggest difference is 150 years ago there was less underbrush in the treed areas because the landowners grazed cattle there prior to the war.

This is a picture of a treed area today. Beautiful, isn't it?


We drove the 13 mile battlefield tour during a steady rain. We were simultaneously impressed by the courage and fortitude displayed during the battle and horrified by the resulting carnage that ended with 23,746 killed, wounded or missing over 2 days.

The National Park Service has done an outstanding job of placing signage at key locations on the battlefield to explain what was happening where. This sign explains their system.

We ended the battlefield tour with scenes from the cemetary. Words do not express the appropriate feelings.



We left the battlefield at approximately 1:30 p.m. and headed toward Chattanooga, which involved a winding road, 2 lanes in many places, and rain the entire time.

The Tennessee landscape is beautiful. Lush and treed. Plains and mountains. Beautiful lakes. And, did I mention lush and green?

We entered the Eastern Time Zone at 4:34 p.m Central Time. There was a sign on the highway, but it took us by surprise and we didn't have time to pull over for a photo.

We arrived in Chattanooga at our Best Western at 6:30 p.m. Checked in, settled in the room and started searching for a dinner spot. Luckily, we found great reviews on Yelp for the Fireside Grille/Lounge. Let me just say that the Yelp reviews were spot on! We can absolutely recommend the Fireside if you are ever in Chattanooga.

We are now tucked safe and sound in the hotel room.

End of day odometer reading = 35,753

Tuesday, April 17, 2012

Road Trip 2012 - Day 2

Monday, April 16th - Conway, AR to Corinth, MS

We slept well on Sunday night as storms moved through Conway, AR. The next morning was cloudy and cool, but there was no rain. We breakfasted at Waffle House, which was mere steps from our hotel room.

We like to go to Waffle Houses and listen to the waitresses shout the orders to the grill cook and the grill cook confirm back what he heard. They talk in mysterious Waffle House lingo and we've yet to see an incorrect order come off the grill.


After breakfast, we loaded the car and drove away. Time was 9:49 a.m. and the odometer read 35,234.

Within the first 5 minutes of driving, we saw a large antique mall. Oh, joy! Oh, no! It was closed on Mondays. What? Were the antique shopping gods against me?

We ended up stopping at Carrie's Flea Market. My, my. It was very flea like and entertaining. There was a man with a small toy dog in his shopping cart and he was telling everyone who would listen that the dog's name was Timex and he was a watch dog. Get it? A watch dog! Har de har har!

One of the ladies working at the flea market had a few $1 bills pinned to her shirt. I asked, of course, about them and was informed that it was her birthday money. She said the last time someone did that at the flea market, they collected $100 for their birthday. I wished her luck, but did not contribute.

We got back on the road and headed toward Memphis. We crossed into Tennessee for a short time, but could not get a photo of the "Welcome to Tennessee" sign. Traffic and such, you know. Safety first! We will be able to get a shot of the sign on Tuesday (fingers crossed).

We had to stop for gas and decided to pick up a couple of healthy snacks. Salty for me. Sweet for him.


In the course of our travels along the state lines, we crossed into Mississippi and were able to snap a photo.


We stopped at a antique/junque shop on US 72, but I failed to get the name. (bad blogger) The owner's residence was attached to the shop, so when we entered and the bell rang he came over from the house. He had a lot of cast iron and several pieces of Pyrex. Prices weren't good enough for me as a reseller, but it's nice that they were so reasonable for individual collectors.

Shortly after we left his shop, we saw a sign for the National Bird Dog Museum. We did not detour to visit. We agreed next time we were in the area, we would make time! Hee hee.

We pulled into Corinth, MS at around 3:30 p.m. We checked into The General's Quarters, which is a very nice B&B. We got settled into the room and rested for a bit, then took a short walk downtown. Everyone is very nice here. Even their graffiti is polite!


We had dinner at Russell's Beef House, a locally owned place. Excellent meal, friendly staff and friendly customers. Be sure to check out the food photos on their website. They grill over an open pit in the dining room. And, let me just say their grilled garlic bread is to die for!

They have a unique set-up. The guy who grills your steak is also the guy who runs the cash register. :-)  If you are ever in Corinth, MS we recommend you go to Russell's for dinner.

We are now back at The General's Quarters, ready to retire for the night. After the Yankees finish their game, of course!

End of day odometer reading = 35,510.

Monday, April 16, 2012

Road Trip 2012 - Day 1

Sunday, April 15th - Tulsa, OK to Conway, AR

The Husband and I departed the house on Sunday with the car odometer displaying 34,990 and the clock displaying 11:52 a.m.

Road Trip 2012 has officially begun.

Where are we going and how will we get there? For those answers, you will have to visit the clipboard every day as I document our journey.

Our first detour off the highway had us driving through downtown Sallisaw, OK. We hoped to meander through the antique mall we saw advertised on a highway billboard. Unfortunately, the mall was not open.

Our first stop was on the side of I-40. (The photo is blurry, but stopping on the side of the highway feels a bit dangerous so we did the best we could.)


Our second stop was just down the road at the Arkansas Visitor's Center. We like to stop at state visitor's centers.


On down the road, we decided to drive through historic Van Buren, AR and stop at an antique shop or two. Unfortunately, none were open.*

We got back on the road and caught up with the storm we had been following since leaving Oklahoma. The rain was steady and hard. We decided a couple of years ago that while on vacation we would never push ourselves to drive in a storm to get to our next destination. It's much safer to pull over and wait it out. This decision was driven home when we passed a wreck on the highway.

We pulled into Conway, AR shortly before 5:00pm and checked into the local Best Western. Conveniently located across the parking lot was a Golden Corral. After resting for a while, we decided to go there for a quick meal since it was still raining and a thunderstorm watch had been issued.

The Husband and I haven't been to a GC (as our neighbor calls it) in years, if ever. The big draw there these days is "The Chocolate Wonderfall," yes a wonderfall.


It took forever to get this photo because people were lined up coating strawberries, marshmallows, and other tasty items in chocolate. It was entertaining watching everyone prepare their treats.

Early to bed means early to rise. Where shall we go tomorrow and what shall we see? I can't wait to find out!

End of day odometer reading = 35,234

* I was very disappointed we were not able to shop at any antique malls. Why on earth would they be closed on Sundays? When do they expect people to patronize their stores? I'm certainly glad the two malls where I have booths are both open on Sunday. 

Tuesday, April 3, 2012

Game of Thrones

So happy my favorite show is back!

Do you watch Game of Thrones?

If you subscribe to HBO, you should.

It is a fascinating story.

Monday, April 2, 2012

Love Letters

To The Husband and me from our sweet little 6 year old niece.



Sunday, April 1, 2012

How Well Do You Listen?

Do you really listen to what people say to you?

When you are with friends or new acquaintances,
is your goal to tell everything you have ever seen, heard, learned?

Do you care what your friends or new acquaintances
 have seen, heard, learned?

Do you allow the "give and take" of conversation?

Do you engage people in real conversation? 

The Husband and I have ended long term friendships 
because we felt we were not being engaged in real conversation. 

In fact, it was more than our feelings.

It was the truth.

It is amazing to us the number of people who don't really listen.

We experienced it, once again, this week.

It was so very frustrating.

Is it too much to ask for give and take in a conversation?