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Monday, October 31, 2005

I'm feeling a little spiritual

I love all things haunted. Here is MSNBC's list of 7 haunted places you can visit. This is a cool list. I've always wanted to go to Colorado, now I know where to stay when I go, the Stanley Hotel, which served as the inspiration for Stephen King's The Shining. And also, check out the Queen Mary ghost cam. Another place I've wanted to go is Savannah, Georgia often referred to America's most haunted, awesome.

This is cool, a map of haunted houses. In Illinois, one of the places listed is the Country House Restaurant. I've got to get a group of people to get together to go to dinner there. Haunted, and they have good food too. Gets really busy too.

A ghost magazine, both online and in print, I'm subscribing of course.

Tonight, I'm going on a tour of haunted Naperville.

A few things to keep in mind when in India.

Sunday, October 23, 2005

Getting in the Spirit

Went on a little walk this morning to check out a few things to get in the spirit.
Chicago showing their team spirit with the lions at the Art Institute and the Picasso in Daley Plaza both sporting White Sox hats.



We also seem to be getting in the Halloween spirit. Also in Daley Plaza, the decorated pumpkins are displayed.




and the water in the fountain is orange. Way cool.


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Stopped off at Borders on the way home to try and get some Pumpkin Spice coffee beans. Wouldn't you know it they are already sold out. Maybe I'll try Gloria Jeans, they have pumpkin coffee too. oooh, and they have free shipping until Oct 26th.

Do you remember the first time you saw a sumo wrestler? It's just gross, it's burned in my memory forever.
One of those goofy corpse flowers is blooming again in Germany, just in time for Halloween. More corpse news.

Boo from Ben and Jerry.

Anoka, Minnesota is the Halloween Capital of the World, too bad Southwest doesn't fly there.

Wednesday, October 19, 2005

Falls, Falls and more Falls.

Just got back from Niagara Falls. This was my first visit. I've always heard that Canadian Falls are better than the American Falls. It never occurred to me that you could look to the right and see the Canadian Falls.

And then look to the left from the same spot your standing in and see the American Falls.
My question is...Knowing how we are, why did we let them keep the prettier and bigger falls?

You can take a ride on the Maid of the Mist, shown here below. That will give you a close up view as they go right up to the falls, as seen in the top picture.


Canada was very pretty. We took a drive to Niagara on the Lake and the views on the way there were beautiful.

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Niagara on the Lake was a very cool town if you love the boutique type stores and variety of restaurants. Being a fan of scouting out all things haunted, I was lucky to be with my friend Patti who searches out angels, we ended up eating at the Angel Inn where the ghost of Captain Swayze is the local haunt. I really need to go back to visit because I didn't get to fully enjoy all Niagara had to offer. I wasn't feeling well which was apparent when I threw up outstide the window of the restaurant in front of everyone eating lunch, creating my own personal falls, yuck. This time it was me who wasn't the greatest traveling companion. Another thing this area has to offer that I didn't get a chance to enjoy is the wineries. There was also a beautiful hotel right in the middle of the main shopping area called The Prince of Wales Hotel and Spa. I saw it listed on a sight in the $250+ section.

If that wasn't enough, back by the falls, the Fallsview Casino. Sounds like the perfect vacation destination for me. It was kind of wierd to put monopoly money into the slot machines.

Of course one of the first things that I did when I got home was look for information on the daredevils that have gone over the falls. What a bunch of nut balls.

And now-- more on Martha Stewart. She made these really cool glitter pumpkins and gravestones on her daily show, but I can't seem to get my computer to cooperate with me and take me to her website to see if there are pics and directions on her site. No marthastewart.com for me, boo.

Monday, October 10, 2005

Up Up and Away

Last weekend I went to Albuquerque for the Hot Air Balloon Fiesta. It was a wonderful site to see. Balloons ascending into the atmosphere in every direction. 700 different designs some of them special shapes. The great thing about this festival is that you can walk right up to where the action is and stand next to the balloons. I want to say there is only one downside and that is that you cannot take beer out of the beer garden.

There may be one other thing that some people may not like. The fest starts at 5:45 in the morning. We woke up at 4:30 in order to get to the festival in time for the dawn patrol show. At the dawn patrol show 11 balloons went up in the dark to test the winds and they all turned on the propane to light up at the same time. Right after that the balloons start to inflate and then around 7am they take to the air a couple at a time.

It is possible to take a hot air balloon ride, if you have an extra $245 that you're not doing anything with. These ladies below are taking a ride. I actually have a plan. I thought it was very expensive but I would like to try it, however, I'm afraid of heights. There is a local balloon fest around the 4th of July where for around $20 you can go up in a balloon that is tethered to the ground. That way I can see if I'm scared out of my wits before I take the plunge. Maybe next year.



There were just gobs of balloons.



I really liked the different shaped balloons. They had these bees, a soccer ball and football, a cow, an owl, a car, and a stagecoach just to name a few.




Right after the balloons had gone up they had a parade of old cars.


This was my favorite pic I took. A good ending to the fest. See ya next time bees.


They sell patches and pins commemorating the festival each year. Especially made for Balloon Fest aficionados like this couple.


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There were so many other things to do in Albuquerque and Santa Fe. The shopping is completely nuts. Your feet and your pocketbook will die long before you run out of shops in both Old Town Albuquerque and Santa Fe. Not only is there shopping in Santa Fe but there is also many historical buildings such as the oldest home in America, the Loretto Chapel (home of the miraculous staircase) and the oldest church (there is music on that site).

The first night we were there we took the tram ride up to the top of the Sandia Peak Mountains and had dinner at High Finance Restaurant. The tram ride is 2 miles long, takes you from 6000 ft. to 10,000 feet and takes 15 min to get to the top. At the top of the mountain there were 25mph winds and the temp was only 38 degrees. As my friend Kristine would say, it's freezy.

After all that walking around you think that would be it, but no there's more. A section of Rt. 66 runs right through Albuquerque. That section is know as Nob Hill. They have a ton of old motels, trendy restaurants, and shops.

But wait there is more. I didn't know this but there are a bunch of wineries in New Mexico. We went to two of them. One of them, Casa Rondena was really nice. They had a great area in the back where you can sit and enjoy an glass of wine. This was a really great trip, I cannot wait to go back because there was so much more that we didn't even get to see.