Ch. 2: The Time I...Traveled to the 1700s (Feat. My Vacation to Colonial Williamsburg)
Welcome back everybody to the next installment of "The Time I..." series!!! (*shakes head* I still can't get over the imagination of that name.
La Great Colonial Williamsburg!
Seriously, it was more than great—it was awesome!!! And if y'all haven't gone there yet, you can just go ahead and click the linky-dinky-doo at the top (the Image Credit) and it'll take ya right to the official Williamsburg site so you can book your next historical experience! (Actually I don't know if you have to "book" anything or if you can just go...my parents handled all that lovely stuff.) XD
But anyway, today I'm gonna share allll about my trip there a couple weeks ago so buckle up and make sure you have plenty of time to read this 'cause it'll be preeetty long. (Huh, I feel like I said that for my last TTI post...*shrugs* Just pretend that every post in this series will be long. 😉
But hey, it sure makes up for last week's, amiright?)
[Disclaimer: I'll try to remember most of the trip correctly, but I don't have superhuman memory or anything, so I *might* end up accidentally lying to you about some of the details. #SorryNotSorry]
D-Day (a.k.a Driving Day)
We got up early on Father's Day morning to pack up the car and leave. Sounds simple, right? Hah, NO. Whenever my family goes on vacation we always set a time to leave and end up actually leaving an hour later. So this time, we decided to set a time range and I think we did okay by leaving around 9:30 a.m. for a 10-ish hour drive. At least my sisters and I aren't snotty little toddlers who have to use the bathroom every hour anymore. XD Surprise, surprise, the trip up there actually wasn't so bad and we only stopped three times (once for lunch, once for gas, and another to stretch our legs at a scenic spot off the interstate)!
|Here be a pretty farmhouse and some cows. |
Oh, and a photobombing car.
|Here lies the scenic view at the rest stop. Look-y there, another farmhouse in the valley!|
After the rest stop, we continued our journey to
Middle Earth Williamsburg. And lemme tell ya, it was a long one. But I, being the cooperative girl I am, I can guarantee you my sisters just snorted if they read that XD contented myself with staring out the window and daydreaming, reading a little bit, writing some, and watching the 2019 Aladdin.
Then, long at last, we arrived at Williamsburg! Or more correctly, Toano, which is right outside of Williamsburg. We got dinner, drove an itty bitty more to the adorable lil' Airbnb we were staying at, and went to bed in preparation for the following day's adventure.
Day 1: Jamestown (or better yet, In Which We Almost Die of Heat Stroke)
We got up Monday morning and prepared to leave for Jamestown. I ate breakfast, got in trouble for reading my book too long instead of getting ready to go
don't ask, and then we headed out to The Home of John Smith!
|And his knife. 😐|
We got to Jamestown and while Mom and Dad went to get the ticket things, my sisters and I did what I most look forward to on vacations: We hoarded the gift shop. Okay, okay, not hoarded, but we did infiltrate it with our presence for about 15 to 20 minutes or so. I mean, c'mon. What's the point with going on vacations if you can't bring back a souvenir or two? Uhhhh, maybe to spend quality time with your family and create lasting memories of joy and happiness
and stress? Eh, sure. But for the gift shops too. 😜After looking around the gift shop, we walked out of the visitor's center and straight into...a blistering mess of heat.
|Lucky him. I didn't have a paper fan.|
But y'all we were at JAMESTOWN. There ain't no way I was letting some 90 degree weather keeping me from seeing this place. (Admittedly, I wasn't thinking that at the moment
|Look to the left. You'll see a quiver made out of a fox's body.|
|Some tools and, would ya look at that! Handmade arrows!!!|
|A log being burned out for a canoe.|
After walking around there, we headed down to see replicas of the ships that took the Jamestown colonizers to the New World. (At least...I think so. I didn't really do a good job at reading the history behind everything...)
|HALLELUJAH the Sacred Fan! I'm sure those colonizers enjoyed it as much as I did.|
|Ropes and rigging. What else can ya say?|
After touring the ships we finally went to the actual Jamestown! (Well, not the actual thing, 'cause you know...replicas. But you get the picture.) 😉Speaking of which, here are some more! (Man, this might turn into a photo album rather than a post...)
|Some humble crops.|
|A building. Wow, so observant, Victoria.|
|A table with *whimpers* a sword I couldn't touch.|
|An empty blacksmith shop thing. |
I always thought horses would be nearby, but...*sighs* not here.
After trekking around Jamestown, we headed back to the visitors' center, grabbed lunch at their café, walked through some of the indoor museum galleries, watched a couple videos in the theaters (my favorite was the 4-D video of Bacon's Rebellion. And no, it wasn't about dead pig meat—it was about a rebellious arsonist) and then we finished up the day with another emotional visit to the gift shop! Emotional? That's a bit dramatic. 'Tis not I tell you. I really wanted this certain T-shirt (it was love at first sight, y'all) but there were only three left in one size. A size that I was sure to fit, but didn't). 😢
|^^ Me ^^|
|A few houses in front of the palace.|
|A candelabra in the ballroom. I find the simplicity of it comforting. 😊|
|The back of the palace. Y'all, I love looking at this one just because of the dressed up guy tipping his hat. |
|The palace again...|
|A couple lovely impersonators riding down the street.|
|Some hungry sheep.|
|A scowling Wolf.|
OH! Hehehehee, oopsies! Dunno how a character from The Lunar Chronicles got here....😅😏
After we walked through the gardens, we spent the rest of the morning touring Colonial Williamsburg and ultimately killing our feet in the process. It was a loooot of walking! XD We finally ate a late lunch around 2:30 p.m. at the café in the Art Museums of Colonial Williamsburg and then looked around the museum afterwards. Once we finished at the museum, we took the shuttle back to the visiter's center, rummaged through the gift shop (yes, it opened up) 😉, I bought a T-shirt (I still liked the first one more, but this one is really pretty too!), and then we went back home!
Day 4: Da BEACH!!!
Let it be known, my excitement is perfectly legit. I haven't been to the beach in 7 years (until this trip) so I was really looking forward to it! We traveled about an hour and a half to a southern part of Virginia Beach which wasn't as crowded as the main tourist spot would've been. I must say, the ride was slightly scary at one point when we had to drive in a tunnel that went under the bay. Like, under the water. My imagination immediately conjured up nightmares of the tunnel busting open and the water sweeping me away to my death, but if that happened I obviously wouldn't be writing this right now. So yes. I survived!
Finally, we arrived at the beach. We set up our tents and then hit the ocean! (Or, at least my dad, my sisters, and I did. XD Mom and Nana stayed on the shore.) Here be some more photos with *cough* much less unnecessary commentary. 😜
We didn't do much besides swim and hang out on the shore that day, but it was nice to just be outside and relax. 😊(That is...until I discovered my massive sunburns despite applying and reapplying sunscreen. *scowls* Guess I missed some spots.) But other than that, it was great! Some classics moments that afternoon were:
Lydia: *is sitting right next to me and says something about Funyuns*
Me: *doesn't hear her because I'm serenely staring out at the ocean*
Lydia: *interrupts my serene staring and deepens voice* HEY! I'M TALKIN' TO YOU, BOY!!!
That SO sounded like something Cregan would've said in The False Prince. Later...
Me: *joins my sisters under the tent while holding a Little Debbie*
Me again: *opens my hand and finds it smushed* Awwww, my Little Debbie!!! I knew something didn't feel right.
Nothing is worse than finding your delicious oatmeal cream pie destroyed by the clutches of your own hands. 'Tis tragic indeed. 😢Late that afternoon, we packed up, drove back to the Airbnb, and prepared for tomorrow's long drive back home. I have to say, it was a great last day in VA!
Reverse D-Day: In Which We Go Back Home
Don't worry, I'll spare you the details on this since it was very similar to drive up. HOWEVER, we did finally get to stop by Cracker Barrel for lunch!! (There's a story about how many times we tried going to CB that week and the wait was always an eternity, but I won't go into that.) 😉Once we filled up on food, we finished the drive back to our house and thus concluded our trip to Colonial Williamsburg!
THE END, we're done! Told ya this would be long. 😜But I hope you enjoyed reading about this trip and the time I, well, traveled to the 1700s! Oh, and real quick. I'm starting school back next week and don't know how busy I'll be (the beginning of school is always the craziest), so I'll be taking a hiatus for the rest of the month. *sobs* I know, I don't wanna leave you either. 😞But never fear! The only thing I'll be gone from is posting new content for the next few weeks. (Which is really just, what, 3 posts?) I'll still be responding to all of your comments ('cause those always make my day!) and be hanging around your blogs! (Yeah...can't get rid of me that easily.) 😉So obviously, this isn't a goodbye. It's more like a...
Tally-ho and have a FABULOUS July!
All right, after that photo-filled insanity, now I have to know: have you ever been to Colonial Williamsburg? What did you do there? What about Jamestown and the NY Deli? Who's seen Inception? Which picture was your favorite? Which GIF was your favorite? Who else loves gift shops and stuffed animals? When was the last time you went to the beach? Talk to me all about it in the comments below!