Last year my mom and I went to this little town 2 hours north from where we live. They have a quilt museum and my mom is a quilter and is in several quilting clubs and asked me to go with her to look at all of the quilts. I wasn't doing anything else so I went. We had a ball. Laughed so much my stomach and face hurt.
Well the town has only around 25 thousand people living in it, so to me that is small. (mine town is close to 100 thousand.) The downtown area is as it was in the early 1900's and right next to the Ohio and Tennessee river. In fact one to the main downtown streets run right into the river. Not kidding. They even have a couple of the original cobble stone streets! Which is so cool!! Oh and a horse drawn carriage that will take you around the square. And a grandstand in the middle of the square that has a band on Saturday nights. Super cool town. Oh and a chocolate factory! Yes we got some fudge .... melt in your mouth and make you drool fudge! And a hand made ice cream shop.
So anyways. I enjoyed my day with my mom and told hubby about the buildings and the history and all and said that we should go there on one of our Saturday drives. Well it didn't happen last year. But last week we were out on our drive and brought it up. So we went yesterday.
Ask the kids if they wanted to ride with us, cause there really wasn't anything to do in this town, but look at the history. They agreed, cause they had nothing better to do. I felt so loved. The weather was perfect. Low 80's, breeze coming off the river, partly cloudy .... perfect. The kids were actually interested in the town and the history. Nobody argued, nobody nit-picked, nobody got in a bad mood .... perfect day!
We decide to save the handmade ice cream shop for last ...... which was so good and sooooo bad! The ice cream is wonderful! probably the best that we've had. The bad was that hubby and I got ours in waffles cones ...... those were bad. As in "I need a bathroom now!" bad! It hit me first. I thought it was just my gallbladder acting up. so I took some tylenol and we headed to the van. It was 4 anyways and the dogs had been in the house since 11 and it would be 6 by the time we got home, if we didn't make any stops.
The van was parked in a free public parking lot that had restrooms. Can you believe it? A free public parking lot with restrooms?!?! In my big city, we don't even have that. So I make a beeline there. Our trip home is so not going to be good. And I was so disappointed. I wanted to drive in the neighborhood and look at the houses, well show them the houses because they're all from the early 1900's. but my bowels didn't want any part of that.
So quick stop and a dollar store and we head home.
..... Have you ever stopped at a hospital to use their restrooms? I never thought about doing that before while traveling, but you know it's not a bad idea. think about it. It's going to be clean. They have a gift shop, snack machines, some have nice restaurants and other eateries. And if it's storming .... they're dry, they have tvs, magazines, lots of chairs. I know ours here in my town is used as a storm shelter.
So anyways, 18 +hours later ...... I feel like I've done a thousand sit ups! The good news is that I think I've lost a pound! LOL!
The really good news is that we had a great day. The kids enjoyed it, they even ask if we could move there. oh how I wished!
So now I'm going to be looking for other little towns in a two hour drive time that has some history that we can go see.
And we will stay away from the waffle cones. Oh did I tell you that hubby is having the same problem? So yeah .... definitely staying away from the waffles cones.
Hope your having a great day!