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Sunday, August 21, 2011

Fall Road Trips!

I'm starting to really look forward to the fall. The colors, the candy (corns), the football, the hot chocolate, the pumpkins, the coziness, etc... It's going to be magical. I'm also looking forward to some road trips I am thinking about in the fall. Some of these are already in the works, some are just ideas, some depend on if you invite me to come visit you or not. So far, here's what I'm thinking about for fall road trips:


1. Chicago, Illinois. This one is in the works. I am meeting a very good friend there for a short three day trip in mid September. We're going to see the Tigers play the White Sox one night, and the rest of the time we're going to do the Chicago tourist scene - the bean, the Navy Pier, Chicago style pizza and so on! I am really excited about this trip! Drive time: 4 hours.



2. Fallingwater: Mill Run, Pennsylvania. This is a trip I'm considering for the fall. This is the famous Frank Lloyd Wright home that was built over a waterfall. I know very little about Frank Lloyd Wright, but I know I want to visit this house at some point in my life! I have friends who have visited it and they tell me it's a must-see. And fall seems like the perfect time to go! Drive time: 6 hours.


3. Trans-Allegheny Lunatic Asylum Fall Festival, Weston, West Virginia. This trip sounds like fun, but isn't planned yet and quite frankly, I might be too scared to go anywhere near this place. A friend of mine recently went on a ghost tour of this asylum as part of a week long road trip she took down the coast. The week before she left she told me she was just doing it for her friends but that she didn't believe in ghosts. This past week she told me that after doing the tour, she doesn't know what she believes anymore. This asylum was in operation from the mid 1800's till the late 1990's and very mysterious things happen there now. Its ghost tours are very popular. I'd most likely not do a ghost tour, since I don't like messing with that stuff. But I think their fall festival, which they hold on the grounds, sounds like a lot of fun. I picture it being exactly like Lucy Fest, from Bride of Boogedy. And if it's not, I will be very disappointed. Drive time: 6.5 hours.



4. Pictured Rocks, Michigan. This trip is in the planning stages and I can't wait! A friend of mine is organizing a camping trip there in September and I'm really excited about it. I've only explored Michigan's upper peninsula a little bit and Pictured Rocks is one of the places I've always wanted to see. It's going to be beautiful! You should come. Drive time: 7.5 hours.

Where else should I go this fall? Where are you going to go this fall? And which of you are going with me to the haunted insane asylum?

10 comments:

Sarah said...

I've done 1 and 2 (both highly recommended!), I'll do 3, and 4 is totally on my list for next summer! Oh, and other suggestions: Chagrin Falls, Ohio (near Cleveland) and Point Pelee in Ontario! :)

NOURNME said...

I'll go to the asylum but only if we go hunting and you hold the metal rods. Jake can show you how. I'll do the evp's.

lizzie mc.- said...

No. 1... I'm dying to see Chicago (besides the inside of Ohare.) This is where part of the movie Adjustment bureau takes place... a must see. You get a little bit of no. 2 in if you do no. 1., why? So much of Frank Lloyd's work is there. I love architecture. I live vicariously, do 1 & 2 for me.

3. Skip, just sounds unappealing. HOWEVER, I have an old teacher/ historian/ curator friend on FB Richard Gillespie who helped w/ tours in Harper's Ferry and Leesburg. Again, I live vicariously; so do that too.

4. Looking forward to a camping trip? YOU? Well then by all means go. After all others are planning it.

5. TX... I know it's TX, I didn't want to MOVE here, let alone visit. But you might just be able to persuade ME to take a trip if you'll be there :D

Happy Fall travels! (And take lots of pics, we all love your work!)

violet50 said...

I'm staying 6.5 hours away from the lunatic asylum. If you're willing to go that far away, I agree with the Gettysburg/Harper's Ferry idea. A lot of history in that area!

Emily said...

I've been wanting to go to Pictured Rocks for years. Super Jealous 2011. I wish I could come.

Melissa C said...

that asylum sounds freaky! I am really going to miss fall in MI. I will be doing at least 1 trip to MI for cider mills and such!

Joe D said...

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MkN_6Ka4548&feature=channel_video_title

^Link to Ghost Adventures episode about Trans-Allegheny Lunatic Asylum. Ghost Adventures is one of those reality Ghost Hunter shows on the Travel Channel, my favorite personally. They are serious about it, but it's hard to take them seriously.

Joe D said...

Sorry.. That first link was to the "Post Mortem" show, after the original, the following 2 links are to the original episode.
http://www.zshare.net/video/6776672781a9c937/
http://www.zshare.net/video/677668178e30e030/ (Click, "Close to Watch" the click the play button to play, short advertisement)

Ruth said...

When you go to see Fallingwater, you should also go to Kentuck Knob. It's another Frank Lloyd Wright house--the family commissioned it because they liked Fallingwater. It's only 10 minutes away from Fallingwater, so it's easy to do both...

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