Day 4… Friday, June 4th, 2021

Today I stayed in bed as long as I could….enjoying the warmth of the blankets, the quiet of the morning.  I don’t mind the start of a fresh day, but it’s those amazingly peaceful moments that hug my soul.  The car was packed up last night, so it was just about getting up and getting going.  I made my protein shake, hugged and thanks Christa, and I was on the road again at 6:30 a.m.

There is something about that open road that just makes me happy.  I have everything in arm’s length, and I never feel alone because I am usually talking to friends and family on the phone. Today was no different, and God bless the beautiful day it was.  I got through Atlanta, then the Mountains in Tennessee, and then arrived safely in Louisville, Kentucky. All in all, it took me an hour back in time lol, and about 8 hours on the road with stops and gas.  

I found Stephanie’s home with no problem, BEEAUTIFUL neighborhood, so I got the tour and chatted with her and daughter, Ari.  Cheryl, her mom, came home later and we all celebrated Wilfred’s 2nd Birthday today! He was super adorable and it was a first for me to be at a puppy party. 

Dinner was from “Roosters”- Korean BBQ chicken wings with blue cheese- DELICIOUS!!  Bless her heart, she ran and got it so I could relax from my long drive- SUPER KIND so shout out to my hostess with the mostess, Stephanie!!!

Now it’s time to watch “The Conjuring 4” and then off to bed for much needed rest from the long day on the road.  I can’t wait for tomorrow….it’s time to get my spooky on!

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Day 3… Thursday, June 3rd, 2021

When looking for things to tour and check out in Georgia, I came across the “Center for Puppetry Arts” located in downtown Atlanta.  As a Muppet fan, Sesame Street fan, Dark Crystal fan and Labyrinth…well, this was the top of the Mountain for me today.  And Walter? He was more excited than I was! Honestly it just worked out really well that my Mascot just happened to BE a Muppet.  I have enjoyed many a thing up until this moment…but people…this was like meeting myself as a child…and we stood face to face among all of my childhood friends.  

So with mask optional, I wore it while touring, but I did take it down for pics (we were alone in most of the rooms most of the time). The Jim Henson Collection was what I came for…I literally took a deep breath before I stepped into the Exhibit Hall. See, I didn’t look into what was there…I just knew that they had a Jim Henson Collection with a large Sesame Street collection.   I’m that person that wants to be surprised…I don’t need to know every little last detail about a thing or place because I want that excitement in coming across it for myself. And let me tell you, this method has never failed for me.  If I missed out on something, I would never know because it’s already past or gone.  So que the moment when I walked in…

First, they go through Jim Henson’s History, showing off his office and his Emmys and then onto a Creation area on how they created the Muppets.  But it’s the entrance to Sesame Street that took my breath away…seeing Ernie and Bert there to greet me….oh the tears welled up.  There was Big Bird and Oscar…across the way was Elmo, Grover, and Cookie Monster.  I wanted to sing, color, learn my alphabet all over again with my childhood heroes.  It was just a moment I will never forget.  And if you think I am being immature….hell yeah I am and you clearly don’t know me.  I am HELLA proud of my childlike heart…it grounds me in this World of cynics and critics. Give me a Muppet any day.

Next was the Muppets….and when I saw “Mahna Mahna” I immediatedly called my entire family and we had a 4 way call as I prepared them for what I was looking at. See, this silly guy, we have watched at a family a billion times or more singing that goofy song, and it makes us laugh…EVERY. SINGLE. TIME.  So when they all joined the call, I turned my camera around to show them and they all screamed!!!!  Then I showed them Scooter, Pigs in Space, Kermit himself, and Muppets from “Treasure Island.”  As I talked to them and we geeked out together…I saw him. That loveable, happy, sweet dog that I loved seeing every week on HBO…. Yes, SPROCKET from “Fraggle Rock.”  There he was…and then as I am on the call I see the DOOZERS!!!! And it just got better!!!  Uncle Traveling Matt (my hero on this trip), Gobo, and Red WERE ALSO THERE!!  My heart was going to burst….I didn’t think I could take any more excitement.

And then…I turned to my left.  I told the family to brace themselves…..for who did I see???? SIR DIDYMUS from LABYRINTH!!!  I don’t know what I loved more…enjoying it with my family all at one time or seeing my friends right there in front of me.  They also had DARK CRYSTAL which is the movie we named our daughter “Kyra” after- just different spelling.  I watched all of the videos on how they made both movies, I took video myself, pics, and pictures with Walter and his friends. Check out his Instagram account to see all of his GREAT pictures from today! I CANNOT recommend this place more….kids, families, the nostalgia alone will blow your socks off!  I had bought my ticket online and reserved a time- so check online before going.

We headed then to “Varsity” for lunch which I was told is an “Institution” in the area.  Picture a VERY large diner, like a small city block, where they shout at you for your order (at least they used too)- no one yelled at me. LOL  I ordered a “Glorified Burger” which is a burger with mayo, lettuce, and tomato.  Fries and a Coke Zero, and I was good to go!  They pack their food in these cute little boxes with their “Lingo” posted on the outside.  It’s a popular place, celebrities stopping here all the time as well.  So lunch again was somewhere new- yay!! Then we headed for desert at “Sublime Donuts” nearby- I chose the Butterfinger donut and it was delicious.

Next we headed to the Civil Rights Museum, located near the Coca-Cola Museum and Aquarium.  Again, tickets pre-paid online with a reserved time, so again, check online before heading here.  This was a powerful experience…a place with many lessons to be learned.  I truly enjoyed it and it definitely makes you feel empowered to leave it wanting to fight the injustices in the World and to love each other….regardless of color and class.  I highly encourage all to visit here.

Dinner was at “La Parilla” tonight as Christa and I enjoyed Mexican food over a well enjoyed day.  The food was good, I had a taco salad and she had taco rancheros, but the wait was long, and the place was so loud that we were practically screaming at each other.  I would NOT recommend this place for a quiet sit, but the food was good if you are just looking for a bite of Mexican.

I head out tomorrow for Louisville, Kentucky….about 7-8 hours with stops.  Yes, another long drive, but I will be the best DJ I can be.  I listen to music, podcasts, marco, and make phone calls…the time actually goes pretty quickly. Watch for check ins and videos on Facebook tomorrow and the rest of my time on the road…also THANK YOU to those who are buying my Merch and supporting me through Paypal…every little bit helps for me to love on others in return. Have a GREAT night! See you tomorrow.  

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Day 2… Wednesday, June 2nd, 2021

Well after a much needed night of sleep from my excitement filled first day, I woke up ready to tackle today.  After fighting off a migraine, enjoying Christa’s backyard retreat, we headed out to Warm Springs, Georgia. 

What be in the warm waters there? Well, it was known for something quite interesting in our history books. President Roosevelt, aka FDR, our 32nd President, first came to the area in search for a cure for his Polio.  He loved the area so much that he built his home on Pine Mountain while Governor of New York, and then kept going back when he became President, lovingly calling it “Little White House.”  What makes this location so infamous is that while having his picture painted, he suffered a stroke and later passed away the same day in the adjoining bedroom.  It was surreal to be in the home he went home to his Father in Heaven, and to see the chair he did so much business in while living there. A beautiful house, deep in the Woods, and stations all over the property where his officers would watch over him- it is definitely a not miss if you love historical places.

Another part of this area is the Museum before it, and the display of the painting that was never finished on the day he passed, located after the home.  They have his famous car that he was seen driving around all the time, complete with hand dials to drive because of his polio.  They also had his wheelchair and braces….it was so cool to see them.  When your history book comes to life in front of you, what you have seen in print is now inches from your own eyes, it’s why I travel.  I met a LOVELY woman named Julie in the Legacy Exhibit, who was very informative and just a very kind woman. So a shout out to Julie!

Lunch was at “Chad’s” in this adorable, small, Maybury town.  Christa got chicken salad and I had chicken and dumplings in this cute diner, complete with red velvet cake! My act of kindness today was treating Christa to lunch 🙂

We headed over to “The Pools” next which were down the road in the same town of Warm Springs.  Here is where FDR would enjoy the 88 degree pool water that was recycled rain that came from the springs off nearby Pine Mountain.  They believed the warm waters helped those with Polio move easier and feel the freedom of their limbs in the warm waters.   The Pools are no longer filled, but the Springs there still exists that you can dip your hand in to feel how warm the waters still are to this day.  Again, just standing there and all I could think was “FDR swam here….”. 

Next was a drive to Senoia, a visit to my favorite Walking Dead city.  They were filming today, security was everywhere, so there weren’t a whole lot of pictures I could take.  We walked up and down “Woodbury”, drove past “Alexandria”, checked out the Walking Dead Museum and Store (which have been relocated and downsized) and hung out on a bench for a while waiting for dinner time.

We decided on “Maguires” for an early dinner, which was an Irish Pub Restaurant- reminded me of “Raglan Road.” I promised my gal pal Kim that I would try as much as I can to eat at new places as much as possible, and I hit two new ones today, so YAY for that!  I had Cottage Pie (Shepherds Pie) and Christa had Salmon.  It was a nice place, dark and cool, and the prices were right- recommend highly if you are in the area!!

Walter came a long and made lots of friends today….and when I think I have found the funniest pic of him, I find another photo opportunity even better!  So much I have decided to open up his own Instagram account for the year so you can see all of his pics in one spot. Who woudn’t want to follow a Muppet? So go check him out and follow today!!

It was a great day, and even better that I was able to keep my migraine from blowing up.  Once it gets to a certain level, I shut down and I can’t do much of anything until it leaves, so VERY happy it was resolved on the way to “Little White House.”  Enjoy the pics and I will see y’all tomorrow!

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Day 1….Tuesday, June 1st, 2021

I woke up at 3:30 a.m. incredibly anxious to get going. Funny thing I wasn’t planning on heading out until 5:00, but once I’m awake then it’s game over, time to get up. Most of my car was packed last night, so it was just about the small stuff and the sad goodbyes. I made my protein shake, hugged Craig and the kids, and took the deepest breath before getting into my car.  I made my “Morning Musings” video of my thoughts this morning before heading out, and thus, Day 1 was born.

It took me from 5:30 a.m. to about 1:30 p.m. to get from my home to Newnan, GA.  I stopped at several rest stops, and got the idea to get pics of Walter with the State signs.  I laughed probably more than I needed too at taking this first one….he looks like he is running at the camera. I LOVE it!!  I was feeling the stress and anxiety washing away with each mile, but with that new relaxed feeling came a feeling of wanting desperately to sleep.  I stopped for caffeine and a cheeseburger and was recharged again until I got to Christa’s home.

We enjoyed some great girl time and chat, catching up on life and Disney. The time flew and it was already time to head to Dunc’s for BBQ with dear friend, Martha.  Such a great hug from her and we had a detailed chat about her house being blown away by the recent tornado in Newnan this past March. Yes, you heard me right. I joked with her that there was no “Sorry your house was eaten by a Tornado” card….but I gifted her best as possible to make her heart feel lighter.  Martha spread kindness to Christa and I as well, and it was just a beautiful evening of three women sharing stories and love.

You may see this first day as a “that’s it?” Whereas I am exhausted.  It is taking all of my energy left to write this as I am committed to getting one done every day. There wasn’t much video taken today so there will be a combined video coming later in the week.

It has started. I am doing this. It is VERY real. I think. Who knows. I need sleep. See you tomorrow.

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Planning Georgia

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So before the Sale happened and my February disappeared into thin air, I had a schedule.  One thing they will suggest to a blogger, is to have a set amount of things you’d like to write about, then when, and so on. It keeps the writers block from becoming a writer’s month long wall, and I have to say that it works, WHEN I stay on schedule.  But than the sale, life, throw in some 3 am thoughts in a post, and well, I haven’t been back to that list in quite some time…UNTIL TODAY!! Because I will be visiting all 50 States, I thought it best to write about each one in what their motto is, what I “think” it is, and what I hope to do there. This engages you to come along with me on a journey when I talk about YOURS so that you can give me hints, tips, and if I am right on or dead wrong! So let’s do it in the order I am driving… and for those wondering, I count Florida later.

Georgia is my official FIRST State of this epic journey and I am SO excited because there is so much to see there!  So let’s talk their motto first- Wisdom, justice, and moderation.  Ok, so my thought process immediatedly jumps to the “moderation.”  Possibly they drink a lot? They drank a lot when they decided on this? Someone couldn’t keep their hands off the chocolate? WAS their chocolate yet? Moderation clearly could be anything, but I like the simplicity of this motto.  I have read them ALL and I have to say, this is one of the saner ones. I love wisdom, all about the learning, and justice…well, you hope people get it, but we all know better. It’s also the Peach State….and I don’t remember ever having a peach in GA…did I Christa? LOL

I have been to Georgia many times before for several reasons, one being it is unavoidable driving from Wisconsin to Florida over the last 20 years, so there’s that. Two, it’s Walking Dead territory, so the “Dead Head” that I am, I had to see Senoia aka Woodbury and the rest.  If you haven’t been, it’s a MUST! I am blessed beyond words to have a dear friend, Christine, in Savannah who I have toured with and a dear friend, Christa, in the Newnan area who tours with me there, each on the other side of the State.  Not to mention Martha I got to have lunch with, it’s just a beautiful area that I love to visit.

On this episode, Christa and I will be headed to Atlanta for a couple of days to check out everything we can get our hands on!  I have only ever driven through, and because she lives nearby and knows it VERY well, it makes me feel confident and safe. There’s a Puppetry exhibit, a Civil Rights Museum, and then all of the film and tv locations I can get my hands on!  This is MARVEL territory, and after “Endgame” and now “WandaVision” I am hoping to find some of the places they were filmed.  Of course with Covid and openings being what they are, I will see what’s possible and keep my expectations low. LOL  I’m in GA for only 3 nights so it will be a quick visit before I come back through again next year (yes on the same trip). 

On the way back through in February, I’ll be visiting Savannah again, so hopefully will be able to hang out with Christine again.  We had so much fun last time, it was my first ever ghost tour with her!  I was IN LOVE with that area, the architecture alone I could NOT get enough of! I am sure that Christine was sick of me saying “OMG look at that one!” LOL

So what else should I try to see in Georgia? My hope from these posts is for someone to tell or show me the hidden gems that I may not find in a book or online.  I am all about pulling my car over and taking a small walk to see something, but hikes I will leave to my visits to the National Parks. I look forward to hearing your thoughts, see you on the road!!

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Seeing “Woodbury,” aka Senoia, GA, from “The Walking Dead”

It would be Halloween of 2010, and a little unknown show called “The Walking Dead” premiered. I love a good ghost tale, and it sounded really intriguing, so I tuned in to AMC that evening. Who would’ve guessed how much I would love the show, how many of millions would love the show, and so our love affair began with Daryl, Rick, Carol, Carl and so on. I watched faithfully and so when I started to plan my first ever road trip in 2017, a friend piped up and said “Did you know I live next door to where they film The Walking Dead?” To which I freaked out, then composed myself and said “I will be there.”

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So before the big studios were built here, before it was known as Woodbury, it was a beautiful little city located in the heart of Georgia. Senoia is as sweet as it is small- it’s own Main Street of magic for the dead whom walked it so many times.

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You can’t even help it…the excitement just builds as you turn the corner to traverse the Main Street hill. As if I have walked into the TV set itself, I find myself In Woodbury, and I am watching my back for the Governor. Everything feels like the show, except a key ingredient is missing. Yes, the actors and zombies alike, but actually the Mansion was torn down after production, being replaced with new shops and an alley way.

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It’s crazy to look up the hill and see Woodbury, and then turn to your left and see Alexandria! It just blows your mind! The famous wall around it, the logs holding everything up, the burned out cars, they were all there and I just squealed with glee. Seriously it was like getting two seasons for the price of one.

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Not only is this city famous for the Walking Dead, but it boasts the famous “Walking Dead” Store, Café, Tours, and “Nic and Normans” Restaurant. First off, the store is AMAZING!! It has EVERYTHING you ever wanted from Walking Dead INCLUDING a Museum in the bottom half! Memorabilia right off the set can be seen, taken selfies with, including one of the jail cells from the Prison! A LOT of the Cast has signed the walls there, so I took as many pics as I could of the signatures.

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The Café next door is also incredibly cool, filled with autographed posters, artwork, and personal photos of the Cast from Season to Season. Grab a latte with a side of Daryl…or just Daryl.  Or grab Daryl’s side…yeah, no, don’t do that. He doesn’t appreciate that, some woman BIT HIS EAR at a Con event like it was no big deal. Yowser!!

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“Nic and Normans” is the brain child of Norman Reedus and Greg Nicotero. I am sure seeing a way to capitalize on the popularity of this well-known town, it fits in well with everything “dead.” I didn’t get a chance to eat there, it wasn’t open for lunch and I was only there for the afternoon for Senoia.

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I had a lovely lunch with Christa Ryan and Martha Rogers and then Christa gave me a tour of the other filming spots of the show. IT. WAS. AWESOME!!! So here are all of my pictures around the city, I highly recommend you come and check it out for yourself!

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The Haunted Bonaventure Cemetery in Savannah, GA

It being Halloween, I thought it was the best time to share one of my favorite creepy spots ever! The Bonaventure Cemetery in Savannah, Georgia lies right outside of town on a scenic overlook of the Wilmington River. Having visited during the summer of 2018, my dear friend Christine told me about this spooky place. Until this moment, I had never seen a Cemetery that had so much not only ABOVE ground, but the Mausoleums seemed to outnumber the tombstones.

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As Christine and I walked around, we heard bells ringing and it freaked me out a bit. I had read an article about how back in the day, sometimes they weren’t sure the dead was actually, well, dead. Yeah, I know, can you imagine? So they devised this bell system in which they tied a string inside the coffin to a bell above the ground. That way if you woke up from your dirt nap, you could ring a bell and I guess hope someone showed up before you lost air? Seriously its terrifying. So yeah we heard bells as we walked around, but we could never hear where they were coming from.

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The statues here were something out of a horror movie, and so many with broken fingers or missing heads. What’s pretty cool about this Cemetery is that it was used in the 1994 Novel “Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil.” and then also the Movie. A famous statue used to be here but with increased popularity and vandalism, they moved it into the town museum.

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The most infamous spirit that roams these rows goes by the name “Gracie Watson.” A little girl who died of pneumonia, she became the star attraction of Savannah more in her death than life. For years, people have come to her grave to leave presents, and after damage was being done, the city was forced to add a fence around her grave. A statue of her likeness was made to sit upon her resting place, similiar to the little girl in Graceland, IL.

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Why I loved this Cemetery so much is that it reeked of rich design. The fences, the gates, the statues…details that you just don’t see anymore because of the contemporary web our current century is caught in. Enjoy the pics and I HIGHLY recommend a trip to Savannah to not only see this Cemetery, but the city itself is one haunted hotbed!

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