Questions Answered

Someone asked me about this picture from my blog header.

http://www.isaacs.ie/

Isaacs Hostel Dublin! A great place to stay! We loved it!

So to answer the easiest thing would be to refer them to this post from last summer. The picture is of Isaacs Hostel in Dublin.  We stayed there during our trip to Ireland.  You can read about it here:  Ireland  and More Ireland

Never say you are too old to stay in a hostel!  Do your research, read reviews, search Google for blogs that talk about where you want to stay, and then contact them directly with any questions you have!

 

 

Snapshot Stories – Hohenwerfen Castle

Hohenwerfen Castle - 40 km south of Salzburg - in the Berchtesgaden Alps

Hohenwerfen Castle – 40 km south of Salzburg. In the Berchtesgaden Alps

Snapshot Stories – Open the first photo album you can find — real or virtual, your call — and stop at the first picture of yourself you see there . Tell us the story of that photo.

Several years ago I took a leap of faith and traveled to Italy to visit a friend while I was on spring break. While I was visiting we did a little sightseeing and decided to drive from Aviano Italy to Munich Germany. I could not believe all the castles and ruins that we saw along the way. I’d like to go back one day and take my husband with me. This was my first international trip all by myself. Since then we’ve traveled to Ireland…no more putting things off, waiting till later or the when the ‘time is right’. We aren’t guaranteed tomorrow so go for it today!

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Sunday Snap – Vintage Travel

Can you imagine a time traveling when your luggage made a statement!

Can you imagine a time traveling when your luggage made a statement!

Just a little something for Sunday. I have a slight obsession with all things vintage and especially travel. Over the past couple years I’ve found a few of these hard sided suitcases and a couple train cases that I couldn’t leave behind. In 2014 we’re happy packing our clothes and belongings into some type of carrier that meets weight and size restriction. We want our luggage to survive what ever it may face once it leaves our hands headed for TSA. These suitcases that I’ve found are well traveled and looks to have been loved by their owners and treated with respect by airline luggage handlers. I wonder what stories they could tell?

Vintage Travel

 

Cold Weather Camping and SEC Football

A couple of weeks before Thanksgiving the weather was so nice we planned a long weekend camping trip.  How bad could it be?  The daytime temps were in the upper 60s to mid 70s and the nights weren’t too cold either.  So I logged onto Reserve America and searched for camp grounds that still had vacancies for Thanksgiving.  Gunter Hill came up in the search and it was one of the few that had a site open.  Plus it’s close enough to home we can head to the house if the weather gets too rough.  Also, who knew that camping on holidays was so popular!  I booked us a site for the day before Thanksgiving and all the way through Sunday. 

Gunter Hill Campground – Montgomery, Alabama

We’re going to make this camping trip count even if I have to figure out the best way to cook a turkey on a campfire!  Each day forward I watched the weather and realized we may have to do a little adjusting…our sunny warm weather was slowly turning into rain, freezing rain and coldest temps of the year.  Due to the heavy rain we delayed going camping but did show up on a sunny Thanksgiving morning to set up camp.  Yes, we were the only people at the campground in a tent!  This was also Ironbowl weekend and all the campsites were decorated up as either Auburn or Alabama.

Most nights were a little cool (ok FREEZING) and in the 20s to 30s for most nights.  Saturday night was much warmer in the low 40s.   We prepared well and took a lot of clothing layers.  Our old Coleman sleeping bags were left at home and we used our Mountainsmith sleeping bags which were rated down to 20 degrees.  We stayed snug and toasty and the bags lived up to their reputation.

A little secret…our tent had a television.  Yes, I had to bring my little 13″  television, but with a digital converter and antennal we  were able to pick up about 20 channels.  Most importantly we could watch the Ironbowl for the comfort of our tent.  Needless to say if the television didn’t work out there were enough big screen tv’s in the campground to make Best Buy jealous.  Side note… satellite broadcasts vs over the air broadcasts = a 15 second delay for the folks watching via satellite.  It was like yelling out spoilers once the game started since we could ‘see the future’!  :-)

Overall the trip was great and it was good to get away for awhile.  It was just the two of us since the kids have their own things to do for the holidays.  Click here to see more of my Gunter Hill Campground photos.

Here are a few observations for Gunter Hill Campground: 

  • Showers were heated and there was plenty of hot water.  Note: Use the old shower house since the new shower house shower’s on a push button system.  Also the new shower house has automatic fans that come on when you enter and within a few seconds all the warm air is sucked out of the room and cold air is pulled in.  Great for summer, but not for winter.
  • Catoma Loop reopened this year and has been fully refurbished
  • Sites are cleaned after each camper leaves.  Leaves are blown from the site and ash from the fire pits are removed.
  • Sites have concrete parking pads and a gravel area large enough for even our tent
  • Sites have picnic tables, lamp hanging post with small table and a grill
  • Road through the park is newly paved
  • Sites have electric, water and sewer
  • Plenty of room to ride bikes and playgrounds for the kids
  • Pet Friendly
  • Did I mention clean?  Very clean campground.

Libby loved camping!

More Ireland

In my previous post I gave you a little tease of our trip to Ireland.  Now I will try to fill in all the details but overall my mind is still spinning from the wonderful trip we experienced.  Ireland itself has always been on my list of places to see but this past year I was drawn in a little farther.  I’d always heard stories of my mothers family being Irish, but it wasn’t until doing more genealogical research that I began to feel the pull.  The cherry on top was finding out via DNA testing that I was in fact 51% Irish!  I’ve not been able to narrow down the exact part of Ireland that my family came from but was able to come up with a general area.

Searching and planning for the trip started slow, but after a few weeks I was in information overload!  I finally decided to try and plan a trip that would cover several areas of Ireland.  This way we could see different places and get a better idea of what makes Ireland, Ireland. Continue reading