vacation

The House On the Rock

These are some pictures I took on my visit to the House on the Rock in Spring Green, WI back in October.  It's a very interesting place to visit.  There are 3 buildings that have various collections.  This will most likely take 4-5 hours to tour all 3 buildings.  It's fascinating. Wear comfortable shoes because you will be walking a lot.

The house was built on top of Deer Shelter Rock. 

Cost: $28.50 for adults

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Trip down south

I went on a road trip to Georgia in November. It was a 12 hour drive from Wisconsin. My hubby and I drove through Illinois, Kentucky, Tennessee, and Georgia.  On our way back, we stopped in North Carolina for a few days and drove back home through NC, TN, KY, OH, IN, IL, and WI.  So many thanks for my hubby's cousin Myndi and her hubby Vam Tsav for hosting us while we were in Georgia! 


My friend Nicki took me to this awesome vietnamese bakery called VN Tofu in Norcross, GA.  It has the most selection of vietnamese bakery goods I have ever seen in my entire life! 


This is a picture of my hubby's cousin Myndi, my friend Nicki and I. It was taken at the Hindi temple in the Atlanta suburbs.  This place is gorgeous! 


Hindi temple. Beautiful and majestic place. 


My friend Nicki and I at an indian buffet.  Nicki is a sweetheart!  We met on Twitter and became friends.  This was the first time I had met her in person.  It's so wonderful knowing that we can talk as if we'd known each other our entire lives.  She's super cool and I enjoyed hanging out with her!  This place had the best pineapple juice/drink from a fountain I have ever tasted in my life. It was so refreshing and good that I kept going back for more.


Me, Myndi, and Nicki at the indian buffet.  I was hungry I forgot to take a picture of my plate.  


My good friend Molly and I in Winder, GA. We've known each other over 20 years.  I surprised her on her birthday! This was the first time in nearly 20 years since we last saw each other in Fresno. She's a sweetheart and a caring friend. 


Some yummy food my hubby and I made at Myndi and her hubby's house in Winder, GA.  Hubby made the fish dish. I made the blue crab. Myndi made the pork and greens.


VN Tofu bakery goods


VN Tofu bakery goods

VN Tofu bakery goods


This is Assi, a korean supermarket as large as Walmart.

Assi korean grocery store - asian pears!


Assi korean grocery store


Assi korean grocery store - snow crabs


Farmers Market - blue crabs


Farmers Market - peeled garlic, what a convenience! 

Farmers Market veggie stands


Some chinese grocery store, I forgot the name.

Chinese grocery store - ox tails, so beautiful


Picture of the Smoky Mountains.


Smoky Mountains


Picture of me in the Smoky Mountains.


Picture of me at the Biltmore Mansion gardens in Ashville, NC.


Picture of me at the Biltmore Mansion Winery in Ashville, NC.


Biltmore Mansion in Ashville, NC.  You should see it at least once in your life.  It's about a $50 fee per person and you get access to the mansion, winery (free wine tasting), gardens, and trails.  If you do plan to go, I suggest going early so that you can have enough time to view everything.  I went on a self guided tour but you can also pay for a guided tour which gives you access to more rooms in the mansion.  I went at my own pace and it took about 1.5 hours to walk through the entire house.  The views of the mountain are breathtaking. Gorgeous views...  You can take pictures everywhere except inside the mansion.  There's lockers nearby so you can place your items before you enter the mansion. Make sure to bring quarters for the lockers! 

 

From my Instagram photos of the Biltmore Estate in Ashville, NC:

Annie visits California


A picture of me at Lost Lake.

 


A picture of me on California Highway 1.  This place was so beautiful. I felt like I had entered the land of Oz with a splendor of golden California poppies!

 


Me following the yellow brick road.

 


So majestic, you just have to be here to believe it.

 


I was going to lay down in this golden poppy field but I was sort of afraid of snakes!

 


Is this real? You betcha!

 


My hubby and I at Pizmo Beach, California.

 


Me and my hubby's cousin Vicky.

 


Me and my hubby at Lost Lake.


Hubby and I at Yosemite National Park

I wanted to share some of my favorite pictures from my trip to California in April.  I had such a great time in the company and family and friends.  We were scheduled to fly out of Madison on April 20th, but our flight got cancelled and we got rearranged to fly out on Friday, April 21.  We arrived in Fresno around 5:30 pm and picked up our rental car at the Fresno Airport.  Originally I had booked the rental car for 6:30 am Friday.  A good tip to know, even if you do reserve a car and don't show up on time, they still hold a car for you up until the end of business day.  Luckily for us, we did not have to pay extra fees and got our car for the price I was quoted online! Thank you Enterprise!~

Over the course of the week, we drove to Pizmo Beach and made our way upwards towards Monteray.  It was such a beautiful and scenic trip on California Highway 1. I highly suggest it to anyone who wants a front row seat to view the California coastline.  We also visited Yosemite National Park and had a nice family picnic at Bass Lake.  The weather was beautiful and I enjoyed every moment in California.  I also visited all the Hmong stores I could find in the area and sampled their food.  I spent a lot of time retracing my old footsteps from when I used to live in Fresno. Oh how I do miss Fresno and the wonderful memories I had there!  My hubby and I also visited our old high school :-) It was really romantic and sweet.  We also took some drives to the foothills of the Sierra Nevada Mountains and along the country side by Clovis.  I got the opportunity to eat at Imperial Garden, which I do recommend if anyone ever makes their way to Fresno, go eat at Imperial Garden~! We also had a nice picnic at Millerton Lake with our family.  Overall the week went by way too fast and I yearn to return again soon.  My father in law has been ill since he had a stroke and it was very sad to see him that condition. Please help me pray for him and hope that he makes a speedy recovery!

I was so happy in California. I am going to make plans to find a job there and move back.  If anyone is hiring a web developer / iPhone iOS developer, please contact me!

On my trip I took about 7,000 photos. No kidding! I'll have to make a slideshow and post them all on Youtube for you.  :-)

California is nostalgic for me .... Oh I love you California!

 

 

Lunch at Imperial Garden!