Haunted Lafayette Square in St. Louis

RoadTripLogoHaving been to Savannah and other beautiful cities, it never gets old to see the impressive architecture used back in the day. Buildings then had such personalities, each one different and unique.  I don’t mind the cookie cutter homes, but there’s nothing like a home from the early 1900’s. Of course, I am sure they would love our technology today than their pretty buildings, but hey, I’ll guess I’ll have to ask them some day!rsz_img_0472

 

Every neighborhood has that ONE home that everyone avoids, talks about, walks quickly past because it just gives them a bad vibe. Well what if it was the ENTIRE neighborhood? In May of 1896, the “Great Cyclone” as they would deem it, destroyed this area, eating everything in it’s path. One of the deadliest tornadoes in history, it would take 255 precious souls that day. rsz_img_0473

With all of that death, it would be no surprise that the neighborhood, and the Park it surrounds, are said to be haunted with those who perished in the storm. This suburb just outside the city of St. Louis is so beautiful and quaint, it’s almost hard to wrap your head around the devestation that occured there.  I drove and took pics, not really feeling anything but sadness for so many people who left this Earth so quickly.  If you’d like to check out more spooky sites that I have road tripped to, check them out HERE. Enjoy!rsz_img_0474

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Lincoln Visits Strevel…An Historical Moment

Over the summer, I have figured out that I have several categories of travel that I truly enjoy checking off.  One of them being History, but more specific, Lincoln and his travels.  Having spent some serious time in the Midwest lately, it has given me a really cool perspective of this President and his life and times.  So when I visit a city, I look up if there was anything Lincoln did or saw there to add to my digital scrapbook of travels. This was one of those places, a diamond in the rough, and unless you knew where it was, I doubt most would make it a stop. rsz_img_1070

Yes, it’s a red house on a corner, 401 Livingston Street.  But it’s the Gothic Style architecture that gives this house a very spooky vibe, on top of the fact that Lincoln himself spent time here visiting and celebrating. Built in 1854 and located in Pontiac, Illinois, sits this interesting home where Lincoln visited his good friend, Jason Strevell. Why is it so significant? Because it is here that Lincoln penned a letter to his son on the evening of January 27th, 1860, that he predicted he would be nominated for the vice-presidency of the Republican Party.  The Strevels would also host a celebration for Lincoln here after one of his speeches at the local church. It is the ONLY and LAST house standing in Livingston County in which Lincoln visited. rsz_img_1068 (2)1LincolnDwightHomersz_img_1069 (1)rsz_img_1067Anything with Lincoln gives me the goosebumps…to know the man walked the same steps I now took in 2020, the same pavement, the same view of this home.  The home wasn’t open, due to Covid, but I was able to get a shot of the inside through the front door. To see him walk down the stairs, to know he walked and thought about where his foothold in history would be. Maybe he had no idea how he would shape us, but it’s pretty incredible to see these places and feel that amazing, historical energy.  I encourage you or the family to road trip to these spots around Illinois, it’s a great learning experience and it’s important to keep the history alive. Want to see more of my Lincoln Road Trip? Check it out HERE. Enjoy!

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The Arzt House….Haunted St. Louis

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Many a home and location are haunted in the City of St. Louis, and one of the most haunted, yet not too known, is the “Arzt House.”  An immigrant from Hungaria, Dr. Franz Arzt came to America, finding many business opportunities to lead him up the ladder of success and fortune. Building the home in 1874, it hosts not only a carriage house, but tunnels that run underneath the home.

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Located at 2330 S. 12th Street, also known as “Soulard,” I had no problem finding the house. It stands out like a single candle on a birthday cake. Want to make a wish? This row of homes that surround it seem to sit in it’s shadows, while it reigns over them at the top of the hill. Had I known earlier, I wouldv’e booked a night hear on Air BnB for $90 a night- not sure I would get any sleep though! It is rumored that the good Doctor himself haunts the home and has been seen on more than one occasion.  I can tell you that just from walking around the property, as it takes up a good corner of the block, it is impressive and it is HUGE!  I may have to think on a second trip here, it sounds like a scary good time in a beautiful home. Want to see more of my haunted road trip? Check it out HERE. Enjoy!ArtzHouse5ArtzHouse6

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The Gateway Arch in St. Louis

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One of my bucket lists, and I have many going, is to visit each National Park in the great U.S.A. I have been blessed to have been to many already, so I am well on my way to checking them off.  I am always intimidated by the “big city” on driving in, around, and especially the anxiety around parking.  You’d think that living in Florida I would be used to bumper to bumper traffic and being constantly on my guard when changing lanes or using my GPS, but alas, I was still intimidated here. Thankfully I was there on a Saturday morning, around 9 a.m., and the first parking lot I saw I took!  $10, pre-paid CC only lot, I didn’t care because it was nice and close to the Park and it was also close to the highway to get out- a VERY important detail!rsz_img_0198rsz_img_0199rsz_img_0200

I was there around 9 a.m. so lucky me, I had pretty much the place to myself.  The sun was shining, and the walk TO the Park was pretty neat!  I walked underneath their train system, then up a large hill lined with trees and clean sidewalks.  It was the kind of Park that you see picnics in, joggers running by, and kids holding parents hands.  As you get to the cusp of the hill, like a movie being revealed behind the red velvet curtains, the great Mississippi in all it’s majesty presents herself. It was so beautiful, it almost takes the attention away from the Arch that sits quietly above your head. Riverboat cruises and helicopter tours are provided down on the river, a large paved staircase located next to the one side of the Arch.rsz_img_0203rsz_img_0205rsz_img_0207

Constructed in the early 1960s, and costing $13 million, the land they needed to build the arch would need 40 blocks of the downtown St. Louis area, and demolish it they would along with 290 Businesses.  Ouch! The legs were built seperately, so if they were even off by a HAIR, they would not reconnect at the top correctly! Can you imagine them getting to that point and being like “well crap, it’s a do over!” LOL.  Kind of a cool fact, it is as high as it is wide. 630 feet tall and 630 feet wide! Now, the Tram wasn’t operating, due to Covid at the time, but my Mom had ridden it and said it’s a spectacular view but a terrifying experience- especially if you don’t like heights.  Part elevator and part ferris wheel, it takes you to the top where you can see out of windows, and then back down again. rsz_img_0208rsz_img_0188rsz_img_0213

Personally, I was just happy to touch it. I was so happy standing underneath it, taking pictures, and enjoying the view of the Mississippi. They had food trucks near the Main Entrance of the Park, and then souvenirs being sold out of another truck.  It’s a great location to walk from to enjoy the River or the Downtown area, which I then walked to get to the City Museum. Check out that post HERE.  It was a great experience, everyone had masks on, and you can easily social distance in this spacious area. Enjoy!

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The Most Haunted City in Illinois… First Unitarian Church

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Climbing back up the steep hills of Alton, I found myself at the First Unitarian Church (110 E. 3r St). A view from here of the mighty Mississippi, and the beautiful bridge, you would never guess the sadness that has happened at this church and on this spot. On the site of where a previous Church had burned down, the First Unitarian Church structure was erected, and both had been used as part of the “Underground Railroad.” Along with that,  in 1935, the Pastor of the Church hung himself, and he has been seen roaming the Church and its grounds ever since.  I thought the view was spectacular for all of the parishoners that still frequent this Church, but I also did feel some off energy in the front area. Again, this is a town I wouldn’t want to roam by myself at night- it speaks to you enough during the day. Check out the rest of my Haunted Alton Road Trip HERE.

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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 2020 Sea World All Day Dining Deal: Part Two…The What and Where Food Reviews

If you haven’t caught Part One: The Sea World 2020 All Day Dining Challenge, please check it out FIRST. If you have, well then let’s talk about this gluttonous venture that was my day yesterday. I would’ve loved to have kept this all one article, but it was just going to be too stinking long so here we are, a FRESH chapter to dig into. SW10

Alrighty, I am just going to go in chronological order of our day, that way you can follow much easier from the transition of the first chapter on this. So we began at “Seafire Grill.” This place is on the far right as you walk into the Park, and it’s located right before you hit the long bridge across the waterfront area. What I used to love about this Restaurant, was that they had a porch on it for outside dining. I would grab my Mexi-bowl of goodness and listen to the seagulls (piped in mind you) and just enjoyed the warm breeze outside. Then they made it a bar. Wah wah. So when we grabbed our very light breakfast offerings (Continental as advertised) we opted for a high table in the courtyard area outside. The inside of this Restaurant has no music, it’s quiet, it’s dark, and clearly used for dinner shows but they open it up for seating during the day. It basically feels like you’re somewhere you shouldn’t be. Hence, we ate outside. Plus, it was 60 degrees and overcast so it was somewhat pleasurable. No heat stroke today Satan! The fruit in the fruit cup was fresh, which was a light way to start our day, and the blueberry muffin we had, had a very wet consistency. Delicious but a bit mushy. I like them more fluffier.SW3

Onto “Mango Joes,” located in the back corner near Antartica. The outside porch of this one is under construction right now since they are making another rollercoaster near it. The inside is just for lining up and ordering, all dining is outside here. We had the impossible burger….and it was, ok. Strange honestly. My brain says “This should be beef” yet my taste buds don’t know what to make of it. I wouldn’t have it again, but I am glad I tried it. The side summer salad was DELICIOUS!!! They had a couple of choices of salads here, but this one had peaches, strawberries, crumbled cheese and red onions- sooo good!! SW2

Waterway Grill” is one of their largest Restaurants- also has an Annual Passholder lounge here. If you have a large group, this is a great place to sit inside and enjoy the ac! They had very limited seating outside, but we found a table that was just outside the “Infinity Falls” ride. We did have some bees….so there’s that for eating outside. Here we had the Churrasco Steak with beans and rice. The Steak was incredibly chewy, so we opted out after the first bite. The rice and beans were really good and we poured the sauce that came with the dish all over that instead of the steak. You can’t go wrong with carrot cake, it was yummy!SW5

Expedition Café” was a walk up area inside to order, and then you pay and eat either outside or in an designated air conditioned hangar they have for it. A very well themed area for the penguins, this was a fun stop to eat and look around. The Asian dish we had of Orange Chicken, Teriyaki, Fried Veggies and Rice were actually really good. The Orange Chicken had a bit more breading than bird, but otherwise I would highly recommend this dish. And of course, chocolate cake was delish…hard to mess up that one! The White Cherry Icee was really good, but oh boy did I get the cold headache from that one, take caution my amigos.SW6

Captain Pete’s Island Hot Dogs” is a hot dog stand right outside the Sting Ray petting zone. A walk up, the tables are all outside, but thankfully under coverage. By this point I couldn’t think about food anymore, so when we got this footlong chili cheese hot dog, I had to find every strength in me to take a few bites, which I did. They are the brand “Nathan’s” – well known for those dogs. I thought it was delicious, and honestly intimidating for the size of thing. Seriously. I don’t know who can eat one of these in a sitting. It came with waffle fries (because Sea World believes in waffle fries for some reason, for everything) and a bag of cookies (which I had today and they were very good- Chocolate Chip!). For $13, you do get a lot for a hot dog, and the fries, but it’s still $13.SW8

I love a good BBQ, so “Voyagers” was exciting for me. The Rib platter had 2-3 ribs, a quarter chicken, a sausage, waffle fries and a dinner roll. The ribs were chewy, and didn’t “fall of the bone” like “MoriMoto.” The Chicken was delicious and the sausage was just ok. The roll actually had some flavor to it, so that was a nice surprise – kind of like Kings Hawaiian. The Cherry Cheesecake was smooth and yummy. We sat outside, limited seating, but inside is another large restaurant with booths and large tables for big groups.

By the time we hit “Spice Mill,” I was pretty sure that if I was the fuzzy pumper from a playdoh set, people would be able to squeeze out food from every pore. We had the Bacon Cheeseburger, which was HUGE, and a side of potato salad. Both were excellent and they offered all the fixings for the burger. They have lots of seating indoors but they have a wrap around porch on the water which makes this location relaxing to enjoy.

Last but not least, we hit “Seafire Grill” again, but this time for dinner. Still quiet and dark, we found a table off to the side to enjoy our last meal of the day. We chose the grilled chicken wrap, which was tasteless, and a side of Chocolate cake (which again was delish). I would recommend ordering something hot here, the wraps were pre-made and who knows how long they were sitting out. It was a mundane way to end the day of dining, but there you go.

I hope you find this helpful and check out the YouTube vlog that accompanies this visit on my “The Relocated Tourist” YouTube channel!

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