S: junket journey jaunt 2010
FC: Tulsa JOURNEY | North Carolina JAUNT | Hampton Roads JUNKET
1: HAMPTON ROADS JUNKET The Virginian-Pilot sponsored a contest, Discover Hampton Roads Scavenger Hunt, challenging residents to explore local attractions throughout our area. Why? Because locals tend to overlook the activities that make our area a tourism destination. From August 28 through September 30, participants completed 13 challenges discovering art, history, sweet treats, beautiful views, and a better understanding of our community. Each challenge was documented by a photo or by answering a specific question about the attraction. Each task was awarded points, and prizes were given to winners who were randomly drawn from the participants with the highest scores. Tami and I accepted the challenge.!!!! Did we complete all of the tasks? Did we win? You'll find out on page 23.
2: Tami and I began our Hampton Roads junket very, very, early on September 2. TASK #1 VIRGINIA BEACH See sunrise or sunset at Neptune's Park. Take a photo of the beach from King Neptune's statue at sunrise or sunset. Tami snapped this pic of me taking a photo of the sunrise. The clouds were compliments of Hurricane Earl off the coast of the Outer Banks.
6: TASK #2 - VIRGINIA BEACH Mind yourself at a "no cursing" sign at the oceanfront. Snap a photo in front of the "no cursing" sign at 21st Street and Pacific Avenue. | HEAR NO EVIL | SPEAK NO EVIL | September 2
7: Take a photo of yourself or a friend rolling down the hill at Mount Trashmore Park. At 8:00 a.m. that grass was dewy. After rocking and rolling, we ate breakfast at Cracker Barrel still damp and covered in grass. We didn't care! | Two grandmothers rolling down the hill. | TASK #3 VIRGINIA BEACH | Vicki - Age 56 | Tami - Age 55 | September 2
8: TASK #4 - NORFOLK - September 7 Nauticus and Battleship Wisconsin: Question: With what battleship did the USS Wisconsin have a serious collision in 1956? Answer: USS Eaton, Sunday, May 6, off of the Virginia coast during heavy fog at 3:14 p.m.
9: TASK #5 NORFOLK September 7 MEET A MERMAID
10: Hop a ride on the Elizabeth River Ferry. Take the Elizabeth River Ferry from Norfolk's Waterside to Olde Towne Portsmouth's High Street. Take a picture from the boat. | TASK #6 NORFOLK and PORTSMOUTH September 7
11: TASK #7 PORTSMOUTH Go on a history hunt in Olde Towne Portsmouth. Question: Who is the founder of Portsmouth? Answer: William Crawford. Tami and I strolled down High Street and ate lunch at Roger Brown's Restaurant and Sports Bar. | September 7
12: TASK #8 NORFOLK September 10 Stroll among the arts at the Chrysler Museum. Question: What Korean artist on display created a work about a Danish prince (Hamlet) written by an English playwright (Shakespeare)? Answer: The robotic sculpture was created by Nam June Paik.
13: Tami and I ate lunch at Doumar's--a barbecue and grilled cheese sandwich respectively. OUR REVIEW: Food - less than mediocre Ambiance - damn! Ice cream - GREAT | TASK #9 NORFOLK September 10 Try an ice cream cone at Doumar's, home of the first waffle cone. Snap a photo with your treats.
14: TASK #10 - CHESAPEAKE September 15 Find your inner child at Chesapeake City Park Fun Forest. Snap photos of yourself having fun.
15: Fun Forest opened in 1995. The wall was made of tiles with prints of children's hands. Allison and Jenna were in junior high school when their tile was made.
16: Even Chloe enjoyed the day at Chesapeake City Park.
18: TASK #11 CHESAPEAKE September 15 Go for a walk around the 1.5-mile trail at Oak Grove Lake Park. Take a photo of a scenic spot. What words come to mind here? | serene | tranquil
21: TASK #12 SUFFOLK September 15 Go nuts at the Planters Retail Store. Question: What is the headline on the November 17, 2002, article by the Pilot's Linda McNatt that is on display? Answer: "Roasted to double-dipped, Suffolk shop knows its nuts." Of course, we could not leave without buying chocolate-covered peanuts.
22: Find Civil War History at the Cedar Hill Cemetery Every great junket must come to an end. So, our last task was to visit a cemetery. On cue, Tami evolved into her usual getting-close-to-the-end-of-an-excursion, antsy self when she realized that we would have to search a little bit for this statue. | Tami said, "I thought we would just walk into this cemetery, and it (the statue) would be right there." Fortunately, after heeding a hint stated in the assignment and a minimal amount of walking, we found this dude! Question: Who did General Robert E. Lee send to block the Union soldiers from advancing to Richmond? | Hint: Find out by discovering the statue of a man holding a gun near the cemetery's right back corner. Answer: Lt. Gen. James Longstreet | TASK #13 - SUFFOLK - September 15 | HAMPTON ROADS JUNKET
23: Did we successfully complete all 13 challenges? YES Did we win the contest? NO Did we have fun? YES
24: Thursday, September 30 Tami and I began our Tulsa journey at the Norfolk airport early in the morning in a serious rain storm which delayed the plane's takeoff. Nevertheless, we safely arrived in Tulsa to blue skies and sunshine with Valerie there to meet us in a rental car. After settling into our hotel room at the Hilton Tulsa Southern Hills, we ate lunch at McCallister's Deli before touring the Oklahoma Aquarium. Later that evening, Valerie took us to her apartment where we met her cat, Owen, for the first time. Friday, October 1 Another day of beautiful weather. After breakfast at Valerie's, we toured the museum and gardens of the Philbrook Museum of Art. We ate lunch at The Brook, followed by Valerie's rental-car tour of downtown Tulsa. We visited Valerie's beloved Catnip Cottage where Owen stays when she leaves town. That evening, we drove to Utica Square for dessert. I was experiencing cold symptoms, so we made an OTC drug stop at Walmart before retiring for the evening. Saturday, October 2 A sibling powwow and Valerie dropping her keys in the dumpster did not deter our mission--THE TULSA STATE FAIR. It was a perfect fall day for a fair--warm and sunny by day; cool and crisp by night. Sunday, October 3 After a hardy breakfast at IHOP, we toured Valerie's alma mater, Oral Roberts University, before traveling home to Norfolk. | TULSA JOURNEY
25: What a hoot! Interestingly, the first thing we did after arriving at the hotel was to proudly display our tattoos to Valerie. Tami's tummy had recently been inked by Dragon Randy, and I hiked my hiney to a dude named Wolf in 2002. | Tami | Vicki
30: Valerie's sweet | W E N | O
31: Valerie's "crib"
32: PHILBROOK MUSEUM OF ART
37: ACER, the museum's resident cat
38: "Get Your Kicks on Route 66" were lyrics made popular by Nat King Cole about one of the original US highways established in 1926. The historic highway begins in Chicago, Illinois, and ends in Los Angeles, California, with portions of its 2,448-mile length passing through Tulsa. Catnip Cottage is Owen's home-away-from-home when Valerie is out of town. It truly is a charming kitty condo.
40: TULSA STATE
41: FAIR | Aerial views from the Sky Ride. Can you find the iconic Golden Oil Driller?
43: The Oklahoma State Sugar Art Show is a popular national competition held every year at the Tulsa State Fair. After watching this sugar art contest on the Food Network, I was inspired to add this event to my bucket list. | MY PICK | THE WINNER | The 2010 theme of the Grand National Wedding Cake Competition was Mansions and Monasteries. Contestants had to create a showpiece depicting elements from an existing mansion or monastery.
44: What fair would be complete without exhibitions, livestock, and entertainment? | Cakes Cakes Cakes
45: The famous, iconic Tulsa Golden Oil Driller was carved from cheese. Katharine McPhee, American Idol contestant, entertained the crowd.
46: Oral Roberts University Prayer Tower
47: The Praying Hands bronze sculpture stands at the main entrance to ORU.
48: TULSA JOURNEY Leaving the Hilton and Tulsa in Valerie's rented ride.
49: NORTH CAROLINA JAUNT Wednesday, December 1 My North Carolina jaunt began at Old Salem in Winston-Salem, NC. Ate lunch at Salem Tavern. Toured the Museum of Early Southern Decorative Arts. Explored the authentic, historic village of Old Salem in "holiday" style. Stayed at Courtyard by Marriott Hotel. Ate dinner at Ryan's Restaurant. Enjoyed the Tanglewood Festival of Lights, a bus tour of the Southeast's largest holiday light show (or so it's said). Thursday, December 2 After continental breakfast in hotel lobby, traveled to Grove Park Inn for the National Gingerbread House Competition Display and holiday lunch buffet. Visited the Biltmore Estate Winery before arriving at The Inn on Biltmore Estate. After dinner at the Deer Park Restaurant on Biltmore Estate, participated in self-guided Biltmore House Christmas Candlelight Tour. Friday, December 3 Departed Asheville, NC, to return home. Ate lunch at Cracker Barrel in Durham.
50: Old Salem is a National Historic Landmark district of Winston-Salem, North Carolina. The town's preserved and reconstructed buildings, staffed by living-history interpreters, showcase the culture of the Moravian settlement in North Carolina during the 18th and 19th centuries.
51: Our group ate lunch at Salem Tavern, where George Washington spent two nights, May 31 and June 1, 1791, while passing through North Carolina. Salem Tavern offers an authentic dining experience, with costumed servers preparing traditional Moravian meals, including the local favorite, chicken pie. | We participated in a guided tour of the Museum of Early Southern Decorative Arts. The MESDA is the only museum dedicated to exhibiting and researching the regional decorative arts of the early South.
52: Approximately 70% of the buildings in the historic district are original, making this a truly unique living history museum. The features include skilled interpreters such as tinsmiths, blacksmiths, cobblers, gunsmiths, bakers, and carpenters, actually practicing their trades while interacting with visitors.
53: Souvenirs from Old Salem included a canister of yummy Moravian maple cookies and this basket which I created from a kit.
54: Dinner at Ryan's Restaurant on Wednesday night. The slice of pecan pie for dessert was so big that even I couldn't finish it! | After dinner, we enjoyed the Christmas display at the Tanglewood Festival of Lights.
55: On Thursday, arrived at Grove Park Inn for the National Gingerbread House Competition.
56: Souvenirs from Grove Park Inn
57: Grand Prize winner of the National Gingerbread House Competition | Yeah, yeah, yeah . . . | It's not a house.
58: Buffet Lunch at Grove Park Inn My lunch pals, (l to r), were Marlene Trois, Peggy Case, and Peggy Hartman.
59: Of course I ate a gingerbread cookie!
60: The Inn on Biltmore Estate
61: Asheville is nestled among the Blue Ridge Mountains.
62: Entrance to Biltmore House
63: The Banquet Hall, in all its grandeur, was my favorite room.
64: North Carolina JAUNT