Were there ghosts?! Visiting the Exchange Hotel Civil War Medical Museum

Were there ghosts?! Visiting the Exchange Hotel Civil War Medical Museum

Some say it’s haunted – it’s ranked the second most haunted place in Virginia! – but we did not see any ghosts or spirits when we stopped to see the Exchange Hotel Civil War Medical Museum. Maybe because it was a sunny, summer day. Or maybe there were ghosts and we just didn’t see them……

Were there ghosts?! Visiting the Exchange Hotel Civil War Medical Museum via @behindeveryday
80 Days? No problem! Dueling Journalists Nellie Bly and Elizabeth Bisland Race Each Other On a Trip Around the World

80 Days? No problem! Dueling Journalists Nellie Bly and Elizabeth Bisland Race Each Other On a Trip Around the World

So by now you probably know that I like to go all-in when I’m researching a new idea to write about here.  When I read 80 Days to Elsewhere by KC Dyer it reminded me of a podcast I had listened to a year or so ago about two women who were racing around the…

Have you read Around the World in 80 Days by Jules Verne? Did you know that two female journalists raced each other on a trip around the world just 16 years after the book was published in an attempt to beat Phileas Fogg’s record and each other? Want to know more about this historic record-breaking trip? Let's learn more about these plucky women, Nellie Bly and Elizabeth Bisland, each traveling alone in opposite directions around the world, attempting to be the first one back to New York. via @behindeveryday
Road Trip Pioneer

Road Trip Pioneer

Have you ever wondered about the first cross-country road trip? Americans have driven millions of miles back and forth across the country over the years but someone had to be first. That someone was Horatio Jackson Nelson.   I’ll admit, I hadn’t given it much thought myself despite my own epic road trip history. A…

Quote from Ken Burns, documentary film maker:
"Through it all we could not help but drink up the powerful tonic, the powerful medicine, which moving across this extraordinary country always is.  We felt often as if we were moving through time as well as through the landscape, and came to understand as no armchair surveyor can, the immense size and almost stupefying distance that is the American West, both today and yesterday, when Horatio Jackson Nelson made his bold, and now to us almost unbelievable, run." via @behindeveryday
Windmill Love

Windmill Love

I don’t know what it is about windmills, but whenever I see one of the old classic designs out on the prairie, I just want to stop and take a picture.     There are a few windmill museums in the world and I’ve been lucky enough to visit one.  So many windmills!  Who knew…

Windmill Love via @behindeveryday
Museum of Appalachia

Museum of Appalachia

Even in this modern age of technology, with information galore readily available at our fingertips, it is not always possible to get a sense of a place before you see it in person.  My Big Trip planning process involves varying amounts of research into potential waypoints each year.  Some places are more well-known or have…

Museum of Appalachia via @behindeveryday
Montpelier

Montpelier

Virginia has been home to 8 American presidents.  I’ve been to George Washington’s estate (Mt. Vernon) a few times, visited Monticello a few years ago, stopped by Woodrow Wilson’s Presidential Library (and birthplace home) last summer, and finally checked James Madison’s home, Montpelier, off my list this summer.   Who was James Madison? James Madison…

Montpelier via @behindeveryday
Big Trip 14

Big Trip 14

Another summer, another Big Trip…  Here’s a brief rundown of where we went this year and a return of the daily videos. (Don’t worry – each video is less than a minute long!) Day 1 We didn’t even leave the state of Virginia on Day 1.  The beauty of a shorter distance to cover in…

Big Trip 14 via @behindeveryday