…of all the roadside attractions we saw this past year,
nothing shocked me as much as rounding the corner of the road
and seeing paul bunyan & the babe (see our visit here).
…of all the roadside attractions we saw this past year,
the petrified forest was one of our favorite afternoons..
it’s not what everyone expects..since it’s not really a forest, have you been?
did you love it or were you disappointed?
…spring in arizona will be full-swing in about 8 weeks….
(we’re up for pool time in phoenix, baseball games, a blizzard…or five)
…it’s amazing how much there is to do in this one state…
….we can’t believe a year ago we were weeks away from basking in the sun in mesa….
(and now are covered in the 7th?? snowfall so far)
I have to say that St. Louis has a pretty cool landmark in this huge Arch. When we drove through at night the lights of the city with the Arch hovering over everything was beautiful. The park is facing the river on one side and the city on the other and at this time of year we had the place to ourselves, nice for those few photos I could get before the camera went kaput. You can get a true perspective of just how big it is looking at how tiny we are in the photo below…
Ok. Line us up and call us crazy but do you see how tiny (and how few) these windows are? You have to ride in almost total darkness (except for the small neon glow of the tube lighting within the
trunk gondola) for a looonggg ride to the top, at which time you get to peek out the tiny window of the gondola out the tiny windows on the arch. Hmmmm. Let’s think about that. Yeah, no. No thank you. It was unanimous.
And not only that, they seat FIVE people in this tiny thing.
With just two of us inside it definitely didn’t feel roomy enough for 3 more, one yes, three no.
Sean and his mom Nanc.. our whole reason for visiting this fair city…
*thanks* for being tour guide Nanc..our visit was just perfect!
Remember our peek-behind-the-craftiness-that-is-Anthropologie a few weeks ago?? (missed it? go here) Well.. the window display was up and I zipped in for a hot minute to see it before heading out of town.. the cups turned out awesome.. didn’t see any of our cute tie ons thought.. probably because they were so amazing they got scooped up right away. HaHa.. Anyway, super fun, definitely check your store (if you’re lucky enough to live by one) to see if they have classes..
We got to go see the St Louis Arch up close and personal yesterday and I wanted to get tons of good photos to share.. and guess what? The camera battery, that oh so important piece of electronics is packed way up in the middle of our we’ve-turned-into-the-clampetts-loaded-to-the-gills-car and there is no excavating that sucker till we get home. Upside, the battery stayed on (despite red flashing you-are-out-of-battery-life warnings) just long enough to get some great shots. So happy, thank you camera. But for now, this is what I’ve got. A black screen. We’re on the road, no pictures forthcoming of this leg of the journey, however we’re 300 miles in and nothing but rain so far so not much to take photos of anyway. So there. Tomorrow.. The Arch. It’s pretty cool.
we’re out of north carolina and headed home (;
we’re en route to missouri for a day and a half and then denver bound…
meet me in st louis…
we covered 5 states yesterday.. but what a pretty ending.
Me and the Mr. and my girlfriend Jen went to the Waldhorn (the German restaurant in Charlotte). He had Oktoberfest, as you can see below he started small(ish) then super-sized for the next round. Jen and I had a darker beer, the Optimizer, also referred to as (after having thrown back a few) “could we get some more of those Optimus Prime?” and NO this was not us that said it..but we did forget the name once or twice.. (;
Our ♥love♥ for Anthropologie just got deeper.. thanks to my girlfriend Jen signing us all up for a local crafters workshop at the Charlotte, NC Southpark Store. Who knew this fabulousness was going on.. a peek behind the curtain.. yes, please!!!! The class was 2 hours long, sweets & drinks provided, we sat in the window of the store (making all not involved green with envy) and learned a few tricks of the trade. There were 3 separate projects, two tie on’s (bells & bulbs) and part of the future window display. (cups)
The bells & bulbs were made to be tied onto candles and other small items for the Christmas season and the cups (& cups & cups….) were part of what is to be a huge part of the Christmas window. (a photo to follow when I can get myself back to the mall) The cups were definitely the more challenging of the projects, drill holes into the bottoms of the plastic cups (no breaking!!) then string together, starting with clear and working up through various shades of silver. They needed 5,000 (seriously. five THOUSAND) to make the entire display. It’s mind boggling really. Jen & another participant rocked this project. (you can try each craft, but we all stuck with whatever we had in front of us)
The whole party was overseen by one of the display guru’s and a new apprentice for the season. They were so fun, had tons of great info about Anthropologie and what the company believes and stands for and tidbits about how they come up with all of their amazing display ideas. (and the insanely tiny budget they do it all on) So. Much. Fun. I will definitely sign up again if there’s a class in my new hometown of Denver and for those of you in Charlotte (if you’re interested) inquire at the store because they hope to have more classes in the future!
**big** thanks to jen for rounding us up for this one! (;