Who are the People in your Neighborhood? A Look at Abe’s Home and Community!

They say you are, who you are, by the company that you keep. Abraham Lincoln knew this as he surrounded himself with amazing neighbors who would help his family as much as he helped them, in a little suburb in Springfield, Illinois. Let’s walk it, shall we?LincolnHome2This is on the National Park Registry, so for all of you adventurers out there looking to complete the list, this is a must stop! Parking is free right off of 8th Street, at a lot in front of the Visitors Center OR you can park on the Street and pay the meter.  I went on a Saturday, July 25th, 2020. The Visitors Center and Abe’s home are NOT OPEN during Covid, but the neighborhood is open and free to walk around in. It is a “blocked off” area meaning you can walk the gravel streets without any cars, leaving plenty of room between you and others for social distancing. I wore a mask around others, alone is when I gave myself a breather.IMG_8081LincolnHome8LincolnHome6IMG_8073IMG_8074Lincoln lived here with his family from 1844 to 1861, right before becoming our 16th President. Signage is provided everywhere on who’s home is what, and how they were impacted by Lincoln in their lives. Imagine if each of our neighborhoods did that now, maybe we would treat each other better for the legacy we would like to leave.IMG_7870IMG_8078 LincolnHome1Lincoln’s home is a simple house, but it’s the picture posted kiddie corner across the street that brings you right into his time. Its of him and his boys on the porch with Mary on the sidewalk, and to stand there and see where he once stood with his family, where he called home…it gave me goosebumps.  I have a ghost app on my phone that supposedly you can hear them say words through, and once and awhile I’ll play it in hopes I might get something. As I was standing there, it said “Particularly strange.” I laughed and said “Sounds like something Lincoln would say” and I got back “Precisely.” It has been reported numerous times that Abe has been seen many times in this area, walking around like the good old days. Not to be confused with the reenactors who frequent this area, along with Abe, but due to Covid, are on a break for awhile.LincolnHome5LincolnHome3I enjoyed this area because it was quiet, off the beaten path, no one was around, and it was in the shade of some beautiful trees, so it was just a nice place to visit and be.  I highly recommend it! More Lincoln? Yes please! Check it out HERE and enjoy!

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Door County, WI.. a 2020 Pictoral Post

RoadTripLogoAn illustrated look into my Summer of 2020 in Door County, WI…. enjoy! Looking for a place to stay while you tour the County? Check out this GREAT BED & BREAKFAST and challenge yourself too a GHOST TOUR while you’re there as well!

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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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My Journey to Meet Punxsutawney Phil

RoadTripLogoEverything starts with an idea right? Well I had been blessed with a Road Trip in 2017 where I drove up from Florida, into the East, up into the Midwest and back. It was life changing, and I knew that I had the travel bug, or as my Uncle Curt would say “Wanderlust is strong with this one” meaning me. So when I planned a bigger, longer road trip for 2018, I wanted to plan as much as possible, while still leaving in the dreaming and surprises. One of the stops that I have had on my bucket list for quite some time, was meeting the Groundhog, Phil himself, and getting to see where they host the ever famous “Groundhogs Day” Celebration. So hop in my car with me, there’s room for one more, don’t mind the fast food wrappers and red vines, and let’s head to Punxsutawney.

The day was July 31st, 2018..so about 18 months ago from this post being written. I had just been to the 9/11 area the day before, so I had driven about 3-4 hours to get to Punxsutawney to check-in around lunch. A beautiful hotel, I quickly grabbed the stuff I needed and headed up to the Park (It’s up on a large hill). The Park? Gobblers Knob, which seriously is the best name of a Park by far! I was so geeked out of my mind rolling up to the sign, I couldn’t contain my happiness.IMG_0871
It was a warm day in July, I honestly didn’t expect to see much of anyone or anything because it wasn’t the Season for it. I thought I’d grab some pics, go find lunch, and then chill at my Hotel. But what I found after I drove in a bit farther, was a Man who was greeting myself and others who came in after me, as an almost Council man type figure for the groundhog himself. He brought us all up to the stage where they have the ceremony, and right away I could feel the fun energy in this place. He told us the story of how Phil drinks a special “elixir” every couple of years, which makes him live forever. I loved this part of the story, because it just added that something magical for especially children to believe in. They said that the stump they remove him from for the big reveal moment, at first, Phil had learned to burrow into the ground underneath it and they panicked trying to find him one year. So they had to build a bottom into it, and I believe they said it is heated. They only put him in a couple of hours before the reveal, and then whisk him away right after the celebration. The Council of Men who take care of him and this sacred place are not only very serious about their furry friend, but passionate about the celebration. Honestly it was refreshing to hear someone so love their hobby and somewhat job without sarcasm, just pure joy. IMG_0890
He took my picture on stage, and by Phil’s reveal spot, and told us more about Bill Murray and how he came out one year to watch the Festival quietly in the background so that he wasn’t recognized. It was the year before the movie was made, so he was researching for the part. Also fun fact, the home that is the Bed and Breakfast that you repeatedly see in the movie is in Woodstock, Illinois, where a lot of the movie was filmed. I was surprised at how small this area was, for when you see it on TV, I thought it was a baseball stadium sized area, and it’s more like a public park area.


He handed out coins, stickers, bookmarks, buttons and a brochure about Phil. The coin was my favorite and I put it in a special place in my car that day, and it’s still there today! It’s just one of those things that’s just really cool to look at and remember what a cool day that was. After, I headed into town to have lunch at the infamous “Punxy Phils” which is your normal diner, but while there, you must partake in all that is Phil.IMG_0873

After I had a delicious Chef Salad, I headed downtown to find the furry guy myself. He is kept in the towns library, in a very nice, large habitat. He wasn’t up for autographs or pictures that day, so honestly I probably saw Phil’s butt. Meh, it’s something. I asked him to turn around but he wasn’t having it.

So after meeting Phil’s butt, I headed into the town more, and it’s about the size of every little town you can think of. It’s Main Street had the typical bank, gas station, and McDonalds. Yes, Phil likes his burgers, I can only assume. They had one tiny little gift shop dedicated to Phil, and it was donned with all sorts of Groundhog merch. I bought a magnet because that’s all I felt I wanted there. And that was basically it for my day. The rain started up and I just hunkered down in my hotel room with my laptop and Netflix and streamed the rest of the day while grazing on red vines.IMG_0877
Is it worth it? Heck yeah! It’s cool to see it without the stampede of people there for the Celebration, but I heard its an amazing party if you can make it for the actual day. I also loved being in shorts and not freezing my arse off for it, so you know, you do what you want to do. I hope you enjoyed this walk down memory lane with me today, as it is GROUNDHOGS DAY today and he DID NOT see his shadow….early Spring y’all. Yeah it doesn’t affect me in Florida but YAY for everyone else! On a side note, I now know how to spell Punxsutawney over and over again.

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The 2020 Sea World All Day Dining Deal: Part One…The Food Choices

Living the Relocated Tourist life, you discover little ways here and there to make the most out of your money, especially since I am in them 3-4 times a week. Having been a Passholder for a while, I had been curious about this “All Day Dining Deal” that they advertise all over their site and Parks. I am usually in the Parks from open to mid-afternoon, usually because I am trying to beat rush hour on the way home, so it is rare these days to do an open to close in any of the Theme Parks. An “All Day Dining Deal” for myself never seemed worth it because I usually ate breakfast at home or on the way, grabbed my lunch at the Park and then was home well in time for dinner. That being said, I thought it would be a fun blog to challenge myself to the “All Day Dining Deal.” Meaning I would eat on the hour, every hour the Park was open, to see what kind of food options, drinks, and such I could get out of the deal. Here’s the gluttonous tale…. I hope you’re hungry….said no one ever after doing this challenge.

First, I want to start off by thanking my amazing husband, Craig, who willingly agreed to do this challenge with me. Sea World was having a great offer for Passholders for the month of January, where I could bring in a friend for free. I am the Passholder of the family, so these deals are nice for me to bring in a family member on occasion without having to pay for family passes. (A nice perk if you’re thinking of becoming an Annual Passholder). So let’s state the facts first for your reference. It was a Monday, it was in January, their hours were 10-6, and it was a quiet Park. We were pretty sure there were more employees than visitors. January is typically a slow month in the Parks, so keep that in mind. These facts are important when deciding when and if you’d like to do the dining plan. Time of year means more or less people, which means more or less lines, which means more or less time to achieve this challenge in the first place. You have to get in line, then order your food, then pay for food, and then eat your food all in a span of time before the next hour was up to eat again. You’d think this would be an easy task, it wasn’t. Had we had bigger crowds with bigger lines, not only would we not have gotten so much done, but we wouldn’t have wanted to do as much because more people usually causes more stress which leads to me in my car going home as soon as possible.

We got to the Park right away at opening, again 10 am, and immediately bought the dining plan at a kiosk just inside the entrance, right next to the “Sea World” sign photo opp. (These kiosks are located throughout the Park) Since I am a Passholder, I was able to save 15% off. So for any adult, it would be $39.99 with tax, ($19.99 for children) and for me it was $33.99 with tax. They give you a wristband with a UPC Code for them to scan every time you purchase something. It was purchased at 10:09 a.m. which now was basically the green light to start eating. What is in the Dining Deal? The one that I bought gives you ONE entrée, ONE side or dessert, and ONE beverage. You can upgrade to include alcohol for $15 more- that’s ONE drink per hour. Who knew you could get lit at Sea World? Tis true! IMPORTANT NOTE- The ONLY place serving breakfast was “Seafire Inn” which is a couple right turns off the entrance. Again, you want to get the most for your purchase, so we headed there to grab breakfast first. You could get a fruit cup($3.99), choice of bakery item ($3.99), and then a drink($3.99) (fountain drink, bottled water, or milk). The total value of breakfast was roughly $13 let’s say. We recorded our time down at 10:17 a.m. and made sure to keep track of everything we were eating. Check out the next blog post about reviews of the food and the places we ate- I would’ve added it here but it would make this post about 80 pages long, aint no one got time for that! SW11

A note here, you can ask for a receipt for each transaction, but there are no prices listed on said receipt, you will want these for the time stamp on the bottom, so you know when you can get your next meal. When they say you can eat every hour, they mean it, and not a MINUTE sooner. Now drinks? They are more relaxed on those. I was told you can get as many as you want throughout the day, but I was told by another Team Member that they allow 12 beverages per visitor which equals a normal Park day’s hours are usually 12 hours. Since they were only open 8 on the day we went, she still said the system allows 12 each. So keep that in mind if you already used your meal credit for the hour but you’re dying for a bottle of water, go ahead and get it.

Next we hit up “Mango Joes” at 11:17 a.m. which was in the back corner of the Park, next to “Wild Artic.” Now being lunch time, we could get a little more creative with our choices. I wanted to pick different items at each offered location so that I could report a variety of offerings the Park has. We all get sick of chicken nuggets and fries don’t we? Here we chose the Impossible burger (which for those who don’t know what that is, it’s a plant based, vegan option)($14.99), a side summer salad($4.99), waffle fries came included with the entrée, and a Coke Zero($3.99). A total value of $25 let’s say with tax. Now just after TWO meals, we had gotten a value of $38- already $5 over what I paid into it. SW12

At 12:17, we found ourselves at “Waterway Grill” which is a brand new Restaurant back behind the newest ride “Infinity Falls.” A cleaner menu, they offered tofu, steak, and chicken, which was a nice variety to choose from. We chose the Churrasco Steak($15.99), which came with rice and beans, a large piece of carrot cake($3.99), and another Coke Zero($3.99). By the way, all meal plans come with the regular size drink, and not the 2 Liter size. Value around $25 for that meal. SW13

After saying hello to my favorite penguin crew, we dined at “Expedition Cafe” which is just outside their ride and area. We dined at 1:20 p.m. and I was super excited that they served Asian food here. We chose the Teriyaki chicken, Orange Chicken, Fried Veggies and Fried Rice combo ($15.99) with a large piece of Chocolate cake($3.99) and mixed things up a bit with a Lemonade($3.99)this round. A total value of $25 with tax. I even snagged a White Cherry(they had three flavors here) Icee ($4.99) after dinner as part of my “unlimited beverages.”SW14

At 2:20 p.m., we headed to “Captain Pete’s Island Hot Dogs” stand where we picked up a Foot Long Chili Cheese Hot Dog ($12.99), more waffle fries included, a bottle of water ($2.99), and a bag of cookies ($3.99). Total Value was roughly $21. I was excited about the cookies being in a bag, it was the first item we had received that I could take home with me, funny thing is I just remembered they were in my bag and currently eating one as I write.SW16

3:20 p.m. came fast, so we headed to “Voyagers” which is a BBQ Smokehouse. We got the Rib Platter which was 3 Ribs, a quarter Chicken, smoked sausage, waffle fries, and a dinner roll ($18.99). Also was a piece of cherry cheesecake ($3.99) and a Sprite ($3.99). A value roughly of $28.SW17

Since there was a large line at the last one, our time was bumped to 4:30 p.m. for the next gluttonous adventure. We headed to “Spice Mill” where we got the Bacon Cheeseburger with all the fixings ($13.49), a side of Potato Salad ($3.99) and TWO bottles of water ($2.99 each) (because again I could get as many as they’d let me). Total value was $24.SW9

5:30 p.m. came and we could see the end in sight….all I could think about is how much pepto I was going to have to take to counter act the battle that was about to happen in my digestive tract. We ended where we started, “Seafire Inn” where they now were serving dinner. We chose the Grilled Chicken Wrap ($12.99), piece of Chocolate Cake ($3.99) and another Coke Zero ($3.99) to end the day. Total value of this meal, $22 with tax.SW18

So again with estimation of tax, for the $33.99 that I had spent for ONE dining, all day, plan, the TOTAL value you COULD get in one EIGHT hour day is $183!!!! Now, let’s be realistic. Who is going to eat EIGHT meals during a Park day? Between rides and shows, you can barely sit for one, maybe two meals. The point though is that if you do your research, you can find the best value for that plan, and also you can get those beverages any time you like. Bottled water any time is a HUGE commodity in the Florida heat, so that alone with your meals is well worth the dining plan. NOW if you or your family are light eaters, I would say it’s not worth it. Split some meals up and save the cash. I split every single meal with my husband all day long – ONE plan- and we were STILL stuffed to the gills!!

Check out my next post about my review on the food we ate and the places we ate for this Challenge HERE. I hope you found this informative and that it helps YOU out on your next adventure to Sea World, Orlando!

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How We Did Washington D.C.

rsz_img_3226Over the last two road trips I traversed, I was blessed to be able too visit Washington D.C. on each.  I fell in love with the history, the patriotism, and the overall city.  I was truly hooked.  So when Craig and I discussed what we could travel too before our next chapter, we decided on D.C. so that he and Emily could experience it for themselves. Thus the planning began.  And since all I have done since 2011 is move across the County 4 times with my family and no real vacation with them, it was exciting to plan a joint venture together.

D.C. isn’t Disney….obviously…but I hadn’t planned anything like it since my move and Mickey trips. So I decided to make a list of everything I had enjoyed, and everything I hadn’t done yet. Then I had Craig and Emily each make their lists and that was the base of the planning.  I had been fortunate enough to have a dear friend live near DC that I had been driven in and out both trips, so doing it on our own was going to be a challenge.  There is so much information out there, like a Disney vacation, that it did become overwhelming. I didn’t know what areas were safe, or the best play to stay or heck even whether to use LYFT or UBER.  So, here’s the real of it – we winged most of it.

If you want to do things like the Holocaust Museum, the Capital, the White House, and specialty Museums, tickets need to be reserved/purchased well before you head there. We planned around 60 days out, and I mean REAL planning, and we lost out on getting into several places because the tickets were already sold out.  Some places you can check the day of your touring to see if tickets are available, as some are offered the day of.  I am sure this is more of a summer issue, as this is the busiest time. So pick your week, book the tickets, and then work around those times.  Those times are in stone so you can find what is located near those places and tour them each day in blocks, so you aren’t running across town wasting time and energy.

So this is what worked out for us, we had our locked in times for certain things and then just toured around that.  For transportation, we parked at Arlington every day and walked in and took LYFT back to the car.  It was easier doing this because you stay out of the busier traffic from the city in this area, on and off the highway nearby, and the parking was reasonably priced. A LYFT ride back to Arlington from the Mall area usually was around $8-$10- well worth it when it feels like your feet are about to fall off.

We did a week in DC and it was plenty of time. Spending 2-3 hours per Smithsonian, we took our time. The popular Natural and American History ones were over run with school groups, so it was difficult to really enjoy those, whereas the African-American, Art, and others were quieter and you could actually read and enjoy the calmness. The Spy Museum took about 3 hours and was worth EVERY PENNY!  We filled a backpack every day full of snacks and drinks, something you will want to do if you are out and about touring for 6-7 straight days. Bottled water and drinks are available in most gift shops and food trucks, but there are “Dollar Guys” on most corners who are selling bottled water and Gatorade for $1.  We went that route when our drinks were gone, or we tried to save our bottles and refill them at drinking fountains.  Food trucks offer a large variety of foods, and we found they were mostly there on the weekends only. Many offered samples, so ask to try something if you aren’t sure.

I don’t think there really is a “bad way” to do D.C. I think there is so much to see that you truly do need a plan so that you don’t miss anything, but we did so much more than we had hoped.  It is set up in a way that on your way (by foot) you come across something else, and so on.  I HIGHLY recommend walking it (if possible) because you just get to feel the city so much more.  One of my favorite days was walking Constitution Avenue on my own and just enjoying the sights and sounds.  My favorite building by far was the Library of Congress- soooo beautiful- like being in a Castle.  I can’t say anything was really a negative, as much as a disappointment was that the reflection pool was being cleaned so it was empty and the National Cathedral had a commencement so they only gave us certain angles to see it.  Stick to the Avenues to stay in the shade, walking around the bottom of the Washington Monument is awesome the first time, but it is incredibly hot and in zero shade of anything to walk past more than once. Scooters and bikes are left all around the Mall to use to get around as well- we didn’t use them.  LYFT worked 3 out of 4 rides. The last ride she got lost taking us back to Arlington and winding up near the Pentagon, so we are disputing the charges since we were about a mile from Arlington and a ride of about $8 wound up being $22 because SHE got lost.  Seems shady so we shall see what happens with that dispute. One driver actually told us she doesn’t know the city at all…. WHY would you tell your riders this? She was super kind and did wind up getting us where we needed to go, but I was shocked she said it.

I don’t know if we will ever go back, as we have some big things coming up next year, but I am happy we had this family trip together, although we missed our Kyra very much.  I highly recommend a visit!RoadTripLogo

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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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Going from “What If? to “Why Not” is my life motto and I work hard at living that every day. I share everything from moving to Florida to live near Disney World to road trips across the States. I love the cool, quirky, and crazy stuff that I can find on my Adventures, and every dollar you donate helps support my efforts and hard work. Thank you to ALL who support me!

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