Florida Roadtrip Adventure

Movie Location Adventures

After hearing about the Goonies 25th Anniversary in Astoria happening, and being unable to attend, I decided that I wanted to compile a list of locations that some of my favourite movies have been filmed and visit them in the next few years. This list is not comprehensive and I’m going to add to it, but these are a few places I would love to travel to. These are the movies that I can watch over and over and never get sick of. Great for rainy days, being sick or hangovers. They instantly can brighten my mood and make me happy. Maybe I’ll do one huge roadtrip on my way home from Florida and attempt to stop at them all!

Astoria, Oregon- Where the Goonies was filmed

Brownsville, Oregon- Stand by Me
http://www.historicbrownsville.com/content/BR2_tour_stand.html

Outside Tampa: Edward Scissorhands

Cabazon, California- The Wizard
http://www.roadsideamerica.com/story/2031

Santa Cruz, California- The Lost Boys
http://www.fast-rewind.com/locations_lostboys.htm

South of the Border

South of the Border is the most tacky and amazing roadside stop I’ve ever been to. According to the guy who operates the Sombrero Tower, the place is owned by (and I quote: “Some rich white guy” Ryan Shaffer. There are many Mexicn themed buildings and attractions. We were these for maybe 15 minutes and had enough. If we didn’t have such a drive we would have probably stayed longer. Interestingly they had old Hard Rock Park merchandise for sale, Nick bought a shot glass. Anyways, that was our experience at South of the Border. Until next time Pedro and your Gringo workers.

Busch Gardens…and singing mice

This morning we woke super early to head off to Busch Gardens Europe here in Williamsburg. We had a quick bite at the amazing hotel breakfast area, which consisted of milk, waffles, fresh fruit, cereal, bagels and tons of other great stuff. All included with our stay at Springhill Suites. We drove to Busch Gardens and spent the day riding amazing coasters like Griffin (a 205 foot floorless dive machine that plunges you straight down) and my personal favourite, Alpengeist. The tallest and fastest inverted coaster on the planet. Both coasters are made by B&M, which most coasters in the Busch parks are. We went on almost everything at the park and left around 4:30. I must say the park is beautiful, with great landscaping and theming. Each section of the park is themed to a different European country such as Scotland or France. The park just won a Golden Ticket award for being the “Most Beautiful Park in the World”. I think they definatly deserve it. On our way back to the hotel, we stopped at the Yankee Candle Flagship Store. This place is huge inside, they have a themed town square and a Christmas Room where it snows! They carry all the great Yankee Candle products, so the place smells great and is crawling with tourists. It’s many different stores in one building that all run into eachother and then there is one major checkout area to make things easier. The best part was in the town square, the clock tower opened up to this strange animatronic musical show. I’m assuming it’s every hour on the hour. The characters are the singing mice that live inside and the clock face (which talks and sings too!).I must say it’s very bizarre and strange, and such a thing I would like. Nick and I had no idea what the show was about, but there was a song about Virginia in there. Were now back at the hotel and will probably just do dinner and maybe hot tub. Tomorrow morning we leave fore Florida and it’s going to take about 12 hours, so it’s going to be a long day.
Alpengeist


Griffin

Williamsburg Adventures

The rest of our first day in Williamsburg consisted of a quick dinner at Ruby Tuesday where we met our awesome server right before our trip to the Conlonial fun! She was so cool that we told her we would be back after we went on our Ghost Tour to hang out. We drove over to Colonial Williamsburg and took a ghost tour which consisted of three people acting as if they were ghosts and recounting the history of the place. It was a great time and we learned alot about American history. Our tour guide was awesome and we enjoyed the place quite a bit. We then went back to Ruby Tuesday to hang with our server (either Melinda or Miranda) and had a few beers. They closed at 11pm, so after hanging out with the staff there and teaching them about Canadian things and having a great time we proceeded over to Chili’s for a few more beers. Were now in the hotel trying to get to sleep before our Busch Gardens adventure tomorrow. I’m tired…so I’ll write more tomorrow. We plan on going back to Ruby Tuesday…

Crazy Virgina

After the airport pickup we headed off to Princeton New Jersey to the Hyatt Regency Hotel. I managed to snag the room for $50 off Priceline. The drive to the hotel was insanity. Firstly our TomTom is crazy and doesn’t know where it’s going. Secondly, drivers in NJ are crazy. They go way above the speed limit and get mad if your going the actual speed limit. Nick was sweating after his turn driving, he was glad when we got to the hotel. After our 7 hour drive we arrive just before 9. We checked in and went up to the room. Pretty swanky. The rack rate is $500 per night. After all the driving we headed down to the pool and to relax in the hot tub. We spoke with some nice ladies from the state then headed to PF Changs for dinner. It’s been 3 years since the awesomeness of Lemon Pepper Shrimp has touched my tastebuds. After dinner we went back to the hotel and crashed.

This morning we stopped at Sesame Place to get my Worlds of Discovery season pass and went to McDonalds for breakfast. Were now on our way to Williamsberg to take in some American history and visit Busch Gardens Europe.

As we drove through Baltimore, we debated getting off the high way to find Charm City Cakes and say hello to Chef Duff. Sadly that wasnt on the agenda. Washington DC, on the highway we saw a sign that said agressive driver imaging in use for your safety…what the he’ll does that mean? Onto Virginia where we stopped at Chick-Fil-A for lunch, and my chicken sandwich was great. It was my first time and I couldn’t believe how busy it was. I asked the woman at the counter if it was the grand opening and she said this was a normal Saturday. Yikes! As we were driving after lunch we noticed the guy in the car beside us on the interstate was shaving and grooming his sideburns too! These Virginians are crazy mothers. Were now at the hotel, Summerhill Suites, and it’s amazing. We just checked in and are going on a Ghost Tour in Colonial Williamsburg after dinner. That should be great!

Packing

So I’m sitting here in my room trying to decide how much stuff to take down to Florida with me. What should my strategy be? Grab everything and stuff it into my car, or nicely pack things in bags? I have no idea where to start..I just know it’s going to take quite a bit!

Priceline is Awesome!

I decided to try the Priceline Name Your Own Price thing today…and to my surprise got some great deals. For $50 a night, Nick and I will be staying at the Hyatt Regency in Princeton NJ, and Springhill Suites in Williamsburg on the way down to Florida. These are at least half price, making them a great deal. I figured it would be nice to try Priceline out and see what happens! I was getting tired of staying at crappy dives just to save money, and now I am staying at wicked hotels for less than what the crap ones would be!