Let’s see the HOUSE Pictures of “House on the Rock”

I took so many wonderful pictures during my time at “House on the Rock,” that I wanted to make sure to not overwhelm my readers with a novel of pictueres. So to break it up a bit, I thought I would just post a couple of pictoral posts about some of the rooms that were JUST AMAZING!! For more information about my visit, check out the FULL POST HERE. The “house” portion of this attraction is just as bizarre and crazy as the rest of the place! It contains 14 rooms, and I don’t know how I would ever feel comfortable in a home like this. Low ceilings, deep living spaces, slanted windows, staircases, and carpeted ceilings. Words don’t do it justice, just check out the pics below and enjoy! 

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The City Museum in St. Louis, MO

 

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I was looking for something fun to tour, something I hadn’t done before. During these interesting times, I have found creativity rules all. So to keep my love of adventure alive and to honestly keep my interests peaked, I thought I would try out the City Museum. Located in downtown St. Louis, Missouri, and about a mile from the Gateway Arch, it was in walking distance so that I didn’t have to park and pay twice. I HIGHLY suggest this, as the parking near the Museum WAS plentiful, but the parking near the Arch was a bit stressful to find. I booked my ticket online at their WEBSITE, and lucky me, they were half off for the day I attended which was a Saturday, August 22nd, 2020.rsz_img_0265rsz_img_0281

The entrance way, already in a creepy type ally setting, was an eclectic mess of twisting steel, rusting metal, and beautiful sculptures.  I walked up wondering what I had got myself into honestly, was I entering a Museum or Batman’s underground lair? You never know, sometimes what looks great online can just be a big old mess when it’s right in front of you. Entering was easy, just showed the paid ticket on my phone, bypassed the families in line to buy tickets, and I was in. Heard a lot of chatter about a Groupon deal for that day, so check that out if you are thinking of coming here.rsz_img_0270rsz_img_0272rsz_img_0273rsz_img_0274

There’s no wrong way to tour this place, at least that’s how I saw it. With one main staircase that runs up the left side, along the wall of windows, you can traverse that or find the other many hidden passage ways, tunnels, and spiral staircases to and from each floor. Yes, you read that right, you are a child again here and playing is part of the fun! At first I thought maybe it was truly like a Children’s Museum, that I had been to many with my own kids when they were small, but as I explored deeper, I just found more and more that didn’t add up to that.rsz_img_0553rsz_img_0949rsz_img_0286

I wish I could explain this place better, as it was the craziest, coolest, mind blowing Museum I had been to in a while.  Artists came together to make this fairytale of places, and it feels like you are just transported from one storybook to another. At one point, I see a small door open, nothing written on it to say where it is going, and I find myself through it and in this large, dark shaft.  Was I in the employee parking lot? What is this place??? No, it’s spiraling staircases that lead higher and higher to a 5 and 10 STORY, not FOOT, STORY slides!!! No, I didn’t slide….seriously I couldn’t even process that this was a room.rsz_img_0297rsz_img_0298

I would walk from one room full of old pinball machines, to the next which hosted a Beatnik Café with old fashioned soda bottles and hot dogs. I found myself saying out loud, A LOT, WHERE AM I???? One floor was just a sea of creatures and waterfalls, the next was a system of tunnels that you could sperlunk in. A Castle sat in another corner, with an animal playground for toddlers next to it.  A Circus on that same floor where they normally had performers come, big top and all. Then a full, HUGE, SKATE Park where you can come and skateboard or rollerblade!rsz_img_0363rsz_img_0356

And then there is the outside….Monstropolis. A playground on a level that was not only mind blowing, but encouraged for ALL ages to enjoy!  Airplanes to walk in and out of, suspended high above the parking lot, a dragon’s scales to LITERALLY scale, a bus that teeters off the roof (closed due to covid), and so much more!!! I don’t think this is a Museum, but a movie set.rsz_img_0303rsz_img_0958rsz_img_0954rsz_img_0332rsz_img_0333rsz_img_0338

It took me a good three hours to see everything, and there’s a lot to enjoy here. I noticed several small places to eat, and unless you are sitting to eat, masks are required at all times while touring.  The Beatnik Café was on the third floor and barely being used, while the main eatery on the second floor was much more popular. I loved the Café, it’s a great place to sit and have a hot dog while looking at all the crazy and wonderful art displays there. I found it much more peaceful and fun than the Eatery on te second floor.rsz_img_0351

Also don’t miss the beautiful displays of City architecture that they saved from around St. Louis before certain buildings are areas were demolished due to time and progress. These pieces are absolutely stunning and although they seemed to bore the kids around us, I encourage adults to take the time to take them in.  Seriously, they made some gorgeous buildings back in the day.rsz_img_0374rsz_img_0384rsz_img_0321rsz_img_0329rsz_img_0320rsz_img_0280rsz_img_0319

So there you have it, the City Museum! I highly recommend you take the family for a day of this and the Arch in St. Louis, great things to see and I believe you’ll come away from the experience too saying “What the heck did I just see?” Enjoy!

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The Most Haunted City in Illinois… The Illinois Penitentiary

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A piece of history that you would probably drive right by if you didn’t know was there, is the last remains of the Illinois State Penitentiary (Williams St and Broadway).

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The Alton Prison opened in 1833 and closed in 1860, having had 11,700 Confederate souls pass through its gates. Many of them succumbed to dysentery, influenza, and small pox. 1,354 Confederate souls died from these conditions, and went on to be buried at the Confederate Cemetery in town.rsz_img_0042 (1)rsz_img_0043

This remaining wall was erected in 1973 as a reminder and a memorial to the Prison. It sits up on a small hill, with a parking lot that is located next to it. Nice signage here to read, and I did my Ghost App here and I got someone saying “freedom” and then “stand” after I sat from being tired. LOLrsz_img_0047rsz_img_0051

Check out more of my Haunted Alton Road Trip HERE. Enjoy!!!

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The Most Haunted City in Illinois…Mineral Springs Hotel

RoadTripLogoAs part of my day in this haunted City, I headed to the Mineral Springs Hotel, downtown Alton, located on 301 E Broadway (it takes up the entire corner, can’t miss it!). Opened in 1914, it was the grandest Hotel in the region, boasting the largest swimming pool in Illinois!  Built and created by successful meat packers, the Luer brothers, the hotel was not the only itention. They had planned to open a storage plant for ice, but upon digging into the ground, they came across the Mineral Springs.  Because the water had a strong sulfer smell, they got it into their heads that it must be “medicinal” and then sold this as “treatments.” rsz_img_0128

What most people don’t know is that the water bottling plant was built in 1913, FIVE levels below the street level! Then the Hotel was built ON TOP of this, layer by layer, making this building a complex mess. As the “healing waters” were bottled below, they finished the 100 room, in an Italian style above. Because of these magical waters,  Alton became a very popular town through out the 1920’s. rsz_img_0116rsz_img_0122rsz_img_0114

 

Due to time and life, August Luer sold the hotel in 1926,  where it continued to thrive until the 60’s when the hotel became over run by transients.  Closed in 1971, it was all set to be condemned, but in 1978, Roger Schubert bought the building and developed it into a shopping mall. rsz_img_0132rsz_img_0107rsz_img_0106rsz_1img_0117rsz_1img_0125

I had called all week to try to get on a Ghost Tour here, but again, Covid and the owners being out of town, I was out of luck. Hopefully I will get a second chance to tour. BUT part of the Hotel was turned into shops, so I was able to at least say I was IN the Hotel and took lots of pics down the quiet hallways, located past “Raining Zen” and the Barbershop.  The ladies at Zen were very kind, and it’s right up any ghost hunters ally with the merch provided. I always heard about cleansing an area with sage, well they sell all kinds and all “flavors”- and of course right above the sage was MY BOYS!! I watch “Ghost Adventures” quite a bit, and I knew they had investigated here and also Ghost Hunters. Always exciting to be somewhere you watched on tv. rsz_img_0110rsz_img_0111

Those that haunt here are the Jasmine Lady, which if you smell her perfume, she is near you. I have heard and read aboue two stories of drownings- one was a young man who drown in the pool and the other a little girl, Cassandra, who also drowned and will play with marbles and balls if you roll them near the pool. Also a man named George, a painter of a mural in the Crystal Room, has been known to haunt the halls. I would’ve love to have gotten a tour, but alas, what is meant for me is meant for me, and I await patiently until I can tour in the future- I can’t wait to go back! Check out more of my HAUNTED Road Trip in Alton, IL  … HERE and HERE – Enjoy!!!

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Throwback Thursday: “50 Things We Won’t Be Doing in FL”…a Post Revisited and Commented On.

rsz_img_1349I thought it would be fun to revisit old blog posts and comment on the REAL of what happened from the HOPE and WISH that I made statements on before we moved to Florida. Basically it’s like revisiting your journal of 10 years ago and having a good laugh at the optimism you once had and how things really did wind up. The original blog post is below, with my answers and clap backs in BOLD. Enjoy- I did! 

50 Things We Won’t Be Doing in FL

Well, it’s list time again, since we did it at our 300 and 100 day marks, so why not another list for our 50 day mark? Exactly! I thought it would be fun to focus on what we won’t be doing in Florida, since we have it pretty much memorized what we WILL be doing when we get there.

1. We won’t be shoveling any snow…….(Yes, this was correct.)
2. We won’t be slipping on any ice……(Correct.)
3. We can leave our homes in the hottest weather and still not worry about freezing to death….(BUT we can have a HEAT STROKE at any time! LOL)
4. We won’t be cooped up in our home for 6 months because life stands still when it’s cold out. (Again, the heat and humidity will keep you indoors too!)
5. We won’t be worrying about snowy road conditions (Correct…just bad traffic now)
6. No longer will we hear “Snow Storm Tiffany” is hitting our area this weekend (Just “Hurricane Tiffany” now LOL)
7. We won’t be paying State Taxes (True- but now we have Tolls)
8. We will never again say “I’m bored” (My kids would disagree on this)
9. We won’t have to plan a trip to WDW anymore, we get to just go. (Pending on the Season, time of day, etc…)
10. We won’t have to worry about waiting in line, if it’s too long, we will ride it another day. (Flight of Passage is a perfect example)
11. We will never have nothing to blog about while living minutes from WDW. (True, but I still have to be in the “mood” to write when and how I want)
12. We will never again have to make sure that each child has winter boots. (But they are still really stylish here, so there’s that)
13. We will never have a dry swim suit in FL- we will be in the pools quite a bit this summer. (First couple of years yes, now, not so much)
14. We won’t ever complain there is nowhere to go out to eat for something different (Correct, we found that we just complain about the traffic now to get there).
15. We won’t ever again crave a Dole Whip and feel bummed because we can’t have one (Well, I mean, you have to have the money still for it)
16. We won’t miss the Meets (LOL…. Sure)
17. We won’t miss out on all of the friends going to WDW and meeting up with others (I still do)
18. We won’t have to deal with Scott Walker and the endless drama in WI (Don’t care)
19. We won’t ever have to look far for a Water Park (Too bad none of us like them)
20. We won’t have to hope it doesn’t rain, let it rain, we are locals! (Love the rain, can’t stand the life threatening Lightening here)
21. We will never again have to cancel plans because of the winter storms and weather (Meh, you still cancel when it’s pouring or it’s way too cold here, or something is on TV)
22. We won’t be cold when it hits the 30s in FL, just enjoy the taste of WI for that time period (HAH!!! Was I high when I wrote this?? WE ARE COLD IN THE 30s, and 40s…)
23. We won’t ever wonder what we are doing after school/work (Sure we do, it’s PLEASE DEAR GOD LET ME GET HOME on I4 ALIVE)
24. I will never again have to wonder if I am ever going to meet people. (Yeah, not sure why I wondered that, ever).
25. I won’t ever be doing Everest, RnRc, or Primevil Whirl (LMAO….JUST did Everest with bestie Kim a few weeks ago…)
26. I won’t be worrying about who likes me or who doesn’t, my family comes first, always has, always will (Ah, words of wisdom by past me, perhaps I should’ve read this sooner)
27. We won’t be waiting long to plug into a church- God knows he has a church family waiting for us somewhere (Have visited 4 Churches since living here, and still looking)
28. I won’t stress over schools- I believe that God will help Craig and I find the best ones for the kids. (LOL Oh DEAR GOD. Laughing at what really happened with Schools, not that God wouldn’t be there for us- of course he was)
29. I won’t be bringing WI baggage to FL- emotional and personal things that have affected me in my life will stay there- FL is a new beginning for everyone. (You know, it looks good on paper, but sometimes that emotional stuff has a way of not letting go)
30. I will never take a Palm Tree for granted (Until one bit me…yes, they are pains to trim)
31. We will never again have to sit and wonder what our lives would be like living in FL (True)
32. We won’t have to wait to create a new dream- we will thinking of another one on the way to FL (Yes and No…the move was a lot to process, so the “dreaming” of the next big thing would take some time later)
33. We will never have to say “I can stop over, unless it’s snowing” (Nope, now I say “I can come over, unless it’s rush hour)
34. We will never have to worry about a warm sunny day one day, then snow the next (Nope, just one day hotter, and the next day hotter, and so on)
35. We won’t ever take Walt Disney World for granted (Ummmmm)
36. I won’t take any friendship I have for granted- you know who you are, and I love you! (This stands true, and y’all still should know who you are, because we are friends still today!)
37. I won’t worry about the heat and humidity, it’s FL, get over it (Sure……geesh I was cocky)
38. We won’t worry about Park crowds, avoid what we can (Again, was I drunk when I wrote this????)
39. We won’t have to listen to Magical Mouse Radio or Mouseworld Radio and fantasize about being there… we will BE there! (True, the music is better IN person)
40. We won’t have to feel bad about missing “Night of Joy” or the Festivals anymore (Or ever since it’s been cancelled)
41. We won’t have to deal with all of the endless stuff we have accumulated over the years, once the garage sale is done, our lives fit into 2 vehicles and 22 bins. (Funny, 22 bins…not only my lucky number but probably 3 times that now)
42. We won’t have to move any furniture, we get too buy new in FL and have it set up (Also we got to sleep on the hard floor for days on end waiting for said new furniture to show up, OH HAPPY DAYS!!!)
43. Carl, like here, won’t have to commute at all… working at home is a sweet deal! (Craig still works at home) 
44. I won’t have to work unless I want to- taking care of the family’s needs come first, especially this first year. (And then they are young adults and there ya go)
45. We won’t ever have to worry about losing the winter weight (although we won’t have any excuses now lol) (Here it should be called Theme Park weight because its easy to gain with so many food choices now!)
46. We won’t come out of April looking pasty white anymore- a normal color would be nice. (Red, BRIGHT red, or South Florida is Raisin Brown….or “Bacon”)
47. We won’t have to worry if we need a winter coat or shorts in the Spring and Fall (Just had my Winter Coat on recently, now I did say Spring and Fall so the Courts will allow)
48. We will never have to wonder what cool Resort to try out next (Nope, just wonder how we are going to pay for them)
49. We won’t ever have to wonder if the Packers will go back to the Super Bowl- they did it for us before we left. (Well, that’s the journey honestly every year, you hope your Team does, and then you rinse, repeat, and do it all over again the following year)
50. We won’t ever again have a basement to fill with endless junk. (Well, when we moved back to WI for a brief time in 2016, we had a basement again which we filled AGAIN. On top of that, the garage is now what our basement used to be.)

I hope the list entertained you, it did for us! We can’t believe our 100 day chain is now half its size, and that we are getting so close. Thanks again for everyone who supports and loves us, it means everything.
God Bless your day!

Yeah, that happened. 

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The Distracted Parent at the Parks

rsz_img_e6378Recently on a trip to the Parks, I was waiting in line at Slinky Dog with the family.  As we all know, the culmination of tired guests at the end of a long day, can make those lines seem even longer. I GET IT.  But that being said, I watched as a couple were in deep discussion over a map or kissing, whatever, as their small children of probably 5 years old, played around my family and I behind them… at first it’s cute. You tell yourself that kids will be kids and let them have their fun.  Then they step on you….they don’t mean it so you try to keep your cool and again convince yourselves that these little humans don’t realize they can be jerks.  But as I watched the parents, time and time again over the next 90 minute wait we had, my blood began to boil.  If you say something, you’re the bad guy.  PLUS you get the added bonus of waiting in line with the people you just asked to stop for however long and that’s just as uncomfortable. At one point we had moved forward a good ten feet and their kids were playing on the poles and Mom and Dad didn’t even notice they were a good 4 parties behind them. Nothing. It wasn’t until the kids ran up to join them that they even looked down.

I get it folks, people want to celebrate with their kids in this happy place.  But you know what doesn’t make it happy anymore? When I constantly have to watch your child for you because you are too distracted.  Parenting is rough, many of us have been through it or are still in the trenches. And yes, it does take a Village. Here’s an example of when I was more than happy to help. I have found that the parade environment, at Disney especially, can be a very toxic place. The reason is that EVERYONE feels entitled to see, have the perfect spot, and it doesn’t matter who around them has to deal with it.  I have sat hours beforehand to get a perfect picture or that “just right” experience and I don’t mind standing to let little ones sit or stand in front of me.  When parents ASK ME I have totally ok with it- as long as the kids are going to sit still and I am not having to babysit. But when parents decide to SHOVE their little human in front of me and yell “Its just a child, it’s just a child” I truthfully want to shout back at the parent “It’s my foot, it’s just my foot.” Read into that how you want.  I was sitting on Main Street with the family on a vacation back in the day and a stroller came behind us, parked, and the child’s ice cream dripped down my back.  Nothing like getting my spot early only to have to deal with a sticky backside and parents who didn’t care as I looked back at them with “the look.”  Or holding a place for hours on end just to be made to feel like you’re a bad human because you got there first and did the time and they can’t believe they can’t just walk up and sit in your spot. Oh and on a side not, for Pete’s sake if you need to put your child up on your shoulders to see, stand in the BACK.

What people get wrong about the Parks is that they are for EVERYONE. Not just families, not just the single rider, and certainly not just for the kids- EVERYBODY. So it just takes a little time and respect to watch your kids in line, say sorry when your kid does something to a stranger, and please don’t play it off when they do and think “It’s just my kid being a kid.”  Most people, like myself, will give the benefit of the doubt repeatedly because we don’t want to come off looking like jerks either.  We want your kids and your family to have a GREAT time, just be aware that you’re not the only one enjoying the magic.

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What’s In a Name?

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For those who don’t know our story, back in 2009, Craig and I were on our nightly walk when we not only came up with the name “The Relocated Tourist”, but also our mantra and life statement, which is “Going from what if, to why not?” Still love that to this day. I can’t even begin to tell you how much that has applied to our lives.

When I started blogging that 9 years ago, I was thirsty to share with the World what information we had collected for our big move to Florida. There wasn’t anything out there that talked about “REAL” life here, and that concerned us both.  Thus a building of a beautiful community of friends that I have had since that launch day, oh so long ago, that I wish I had realized that I didn’t have to stay in the box that I had created for myself back then.

People will tell you if you want the numbers, stay on target. Focus on what you want to talk about and go with that subject in mind.  But I have learned that I have lots I want to talk about and share with people, and I am definitely not “normal.”  The reason I LOVED the name of my blog was for the fact that I could talk about travel, relocation, Disney, Universal, Sea World, Florida, Wisconsin, road trips, life mishaps, etc… and why I hope that when the day comes that this isn’t all about Mickey and Main Street that you STILL follow along my adventures.

I can guarantee you we will relocate again down the road…but for now, the magic of Disney, the frustrations of Florida, and all of my road trip goodness will hopefully keep you tucked in at night.  Stay tuned!

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