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Bucket List Goal Completed: Visit a Haunted Location

On September 14, we finally made it to the Ohio State Reformatory. The word is that it is a haunted location. So I can officially cross visiting a haunted location off of the bucket list.

I didn’t see anything but I did smell chicken noodle soup. There was no chicken noodle soup anywhere. In the room used for entertaining guests of the prison – not the prisoners- I felt really cold in the area by the stage.

There are ghost tours of the prison. We’ll have to do this some other time. If you want to see what other activities there are at the Ohio State Reformatory, visit their website- The Ohio State Reformatory

Eva kept pointing at something in the chapel. I could not hear what she was saying at all. I think she saw a bird or something like a bird.
Eva thought she saw something move when she got a little further down the way.
I felt really cold while taking this picture. This room was used for entertaining special guests.

Bucket List Goal Completed: Renaissance Fair

Everybody, this was the year! We finally made it to the Ohio Renaissance Festival!!

For at least 20 years, I’ve been trying to go to the Ohio Renaissance Festival. During the last 3 years, the chances to go were so close but somehow kept slipping through our fingers. We had the gas money and tickets but no free time at the same time.

I had a dream about this dress shop. I’ve never seen this place before except in a dream. Deja vu. My kid dragged me away before I was transported to a different time.

There were contortionists.

We saw a joust. Kind of . . .

People played Red Rover.

Other shenanigans

We saw a pirate eat fire.

We found crystal dragon eggs a.k.a. geodes. My kid is into rocks and crystals. This was one of her favorite things at the festival.

Although, we missed seeing Queen Elizabeth I and didn’t dress up, we had a great time at the Renaissance Festival. Hopefully, we won’t have to wait 3 years to go again.

Ohio Renaissance Festival

Save 25% off adult and child tickets at the 30th Annual Ohio Renaissance Festival August 31 – October 27, 2019 when you use PROMO CODE usfamily19 Queen Elizabeth and over 100 costumed characters welcome you to step back in time to the days of chivalry and royalty. Celebrating Thirty Years of Magic in 2019, the Ohio Renaissance Festival offers a time traveling experience for all ages.
http://www.renfestival.com.

  • I received tickets from the US Family Guide in exchange for doing a review. All opinions are my own. Obviously.

Bucket List Goal Completed: Visit Caverns. Whispering Cave, Hocking Hills

The last time that we went on vacation was in 2014. We’ve taken day trips occasionally but not too many overnights far from home. It’s not because we didn’t want to but the bank account was saying “No way dude. Stay home.”

So this year, we went to Hocking Hills State Park to see the caves. There are about 8 caves or waterfalls to see. We made it to two: Whispering Cave and Old Man’s Cave.

If you go, wear comfortable and sensible shoes. We climbed up and down stairs and slippery rocks, plus mud. Between the two caves, we walked about 2.5 miles and none of it was in a flat area. Save the flip flops for the beach. Next time, I’m wearing hiking boots for sure.

Beginning of the trail

Whispering Cave

I guess he’s the captain.

Back to the trail

Bucket List Goal Complete: Kayaking

 

The original plan on my birthday was to try standup paddleboarding. The other plan was to lay in bed, take cough medicine and watch Dexter. Since the kid and the boyfriend were home and I wasn’t feeling tooooo bad, we decided to go to Put-in-Bay and possibly try kayaking.

It was a pretty good experience. I would do it again but I really love being on the water.

Hopefully, I can get my own kayak by next summer. Life jackets too. Safety first you guys! Don’t go out on the water without life jackets.

If I were going to do anything differently, I would

  1. Take water shoes. The rocks by the shore are slippery. Getting back on to the shore was the most difficult and hilarious thing about the trip.
  2. Remember suncreen.
  3. Bring a waterproof pouch for a phone. Something that floats too. My phone almost took a dive into the lake.

 

116 Days of Summer Guests: NeoRomantics

 

For this series of summer guest posts,  I would usually give the band or solo artist a list of topics or one very broad topic. The NeoRomantics of Tulsa, Oklahoma chose to tell me about their bucket list. It’s like a combination of my favorite things – music and bucket lists.  This reminds me that I should find my list again . . .

Keep reading to find out what the NeoRomantics have to say. I appreciate them for taking time out of their busy schedule to be my guest.

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Bucket List:

Write records that resonate with our listeners.

-Sell out Cain’s Ballroom, in our hometown.

-Tour in all 48 states in the continental U.S.

-Tour Internationally, North America first, then Europe, Australia, Brazil, and Japan eventually.

-Tour with our favorite bands.

-Make a career out of playing music.

-Make as many friends as possible at home, as well as all across the globe.

 

This prompt was rather difficult for us to think about. On one hand, we’re an ambitious group and have never let anything get the best of us. Personally, When things would come up in the history of this band, Anthony would step up and learn how to tackle it to make sure we could move forward and keep truckin’ along. So the idea of having a bucket list meant we have new things to tackle. For example, we wanted to tour lighter and more efficiently, which meant ditching a trailer. Hagen, our vocalist literally learned how to play guitar and bought great gear and moved us in the direction we are now so we could tour in a van without a trailer.

 

Now, we sat down as a band after we received this and really had to think about the future, where we see ourselves in a few years and what we wanted to tackle. First things first, we want to hit every state in the continental US. we’ve hit quite a few, mostly in the Midwest and east coast but the west coast is next to tackle. After that, touring internationally is the next step. I’ve personally only gone out of the country once but playing a show out of the country would be otherworldly for me.

 

A vast amount of our goals surround the touring aspect of being a band. We LOVE touring with friends, and friends bands we think are really killing in their respective scenes. We’ve grown our family from touring already, and part of that is due to us being relentlessly caring towards new friends. I feel like as soon as we get to a new state or city we’ve never played, it’s my personal mission to leave knowing at least 5 new friends by name, and making sure they’re loved and cared for. When you’re on the road playing a new city, it’s too easy to get into a mindset that no one cares about you when you’re there, or you’re super alone in a big city, but if you give people a reason to extend their friendship to you, it goes a long way.

 

We want to keep building our family at home. This band started super organically. We all kind of ran into each other in each version of this band and regardless of lineup changes, we’ve always been a family. Fans and bandmates alike, we’d love to continue growing our family at home.

While we have a ton of friends and fans in Tulsa, it’s a fairly large city and we know for sure that we haven’t talked to them all yet. It’s a process. There are still people here that don’t even know how strong our music scene really is, and being an advocate of that and helping our area know that it exists will make sure it organically grows as large as possible. I think for us guys that were born and raised here, selling out the Cain’s Ballroom (a 1700 cap) venue would be an indicator that our heart for other people and our hard work as a band would continually be worth it.

 

At the end of it all, the whole bucket list kind of resonates around writing wholesome records. Not wholesome in the sense of being like family friendly or easy to listen to, but writing songs that are raw, honest and what we’re all going through at that time. We’ve grown so much as a band writing this newest release. It’s new to us, it’s radically different from our previous departure and our growth as a band is absolutely due to us learning each other and what we all want or need at that point in time. There are bands like Emery and Paramore that have continued evolving their sound as they’ve gotten older, and their fans have gotten older as well and it’s everything that they’ve needed in that certain moment. The key to knocking out this bucket list is being brutally honest with ourselves, and our fans and family and never just doing the same thing over again. I’m stoked for the future.

 

 

Links:

NeoRomantics on bandcamp

NeoRomantics on Facebook

NeoRomantics “Savor” video on YouTube

a to z bucket list: drink a Zombie


The bartender said that this is a Zombie, even though it’s not green. It gave me heartburn so I felt like I was dying for a brief moment. 

If it was closer to Halloween, I could have dressed up like a Zombie for a zombie run. It’s still on my bucket list.

a to z bucket list: Vineyard

We visited the Paper Moon Vineyards on Saturday. There was an ambulance there when we arrived; however, there was not a mass Exodus so we went inside. 

Lucas and I sampled 5 wines each. My favorite was the sangria. He liked the Honeymoon Mead. 

Paper Moon Vineyards