Monday, August 22, 2016

The Great Alaskan Lumberjack Show: Fun in Ketchikan

The Great Alaskan Lumberjack Show: Fun in Ketchikan

The small towns we visited on our Alaskan cruise were charming, each with its own story to tell. In Ketchikan, we attended the Great Alaskan Lumberjack Show and learned the history of the area's logging industry. 

A lumberjack show? Aren't those like, super-kitschy with the muscly guys? Well, yes and no. This was actually my idea of the lumberjack show before we attended one. There are jokes and I'm sure there are many guests who go for the view of the muscles, but the traditions, competitions, and talents are very much real.
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Friday, August 12, 2016

The Extravagant Antebellum Mansions of Natchez, Mississippi

The Extravagant Antebellum Mansions of Natchez, Mississippi

"Antebellum" is a term that we are very familiar with here in the South. It means "before the war," so, in the case of Mississippi, it would mean "before the Civil War." The homes built in the deep South before the Civil War were some of the largest, most over-the-top homes ever built. 

If you think of  plantation homes with columns, especially one with its own name (like "Tara" from Gone With the Wind), you're probably envisioning one of these houses. 

Many homes were taken during the Civil War. Some were burned to the ground, some used as hospitals, and most all were looted. Many Southern cities have annual "pilgrimages" where their historic homes are open to the public for tours, with owners or tour guides dressed in period attire. Natchez, however, has an amazing number of antebellum homes that are in great condition and can be toured year-round.
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Tuesday, August 9, 2016

Piggin' Out on Barbecue at The Pig Out Inn in Natchez, Mississippi

Piggin' Out on Barbecue at The Pig Out Inn in Natchez, Mississippi

After a long day of sight-seeing in the surprisingly amazing Natchez, Mississippi, we were fortunate to pull into The Pig Out Inn for a great barbecue dinner. Here in the South, we have high expectations for our barbecue, and The Pig Out Inn did not disappoint! After all, how can you go wrong with a place that proclaims it's "Swine Dining at its Finest!"?

We were greeted warmly and quickly realized we were in a kind of shrine to the South. One wall, in huge lettering, proclaimed the many reasons to love the South (including fried chicken, barbecue, Scarlett & Rhett, and Elvis, of course). It definitely makes sense that a barbecue restaurant should pay tribute to its Southern roots. 
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Tuesday, August 2, 2016

The Hollywood Museum in the Historic Max Factor Building: Two Museums in One!

The Hollywood Museum in the Historic Max Factor Building: Two Museums in One!

If you're a movie buff and heading to Hollywood, you should definitely add The Hollywood Museum to your list. It's not just a collection of movie props and costumes. This place is located in a building that is part of Hollywood's history.

The Hollywood Museum is located inside the historic Max Factor building on Highland Avenue right in the heart of Hollywood itself. If you're thinking, "Max Factor? Like makeup?" YES! You're exactly right!

This is where all of the Hollywood greats would come to get their hair and makeup done. Everyone from Vivian Leigh to Judy Garland. Guys, this is where Marilyn Monroe became a blonde. It's where Lucille Ball became a redhead! 
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Monday, August 1, 2016

Geeking Out at Seattle's EMP Museum

Geeking Out at Seattle's EMP Museum

Unique or specialty museums are quite often my favorites. Seattle's EMP Museum is no exception. EMP stands for the "Experience Music Project," which the museum provides quite well with instruments to try, a recording booth, and a whole exhibit dedicated to guitars. My favorite aspect of the museum is its pop culture exhibits.

I love seeing props, costumes, and filming locations of movies and TV shows. I love theme parks and memorabilia that bring my favorite fictional worlds to life. I could not wait to see the pop culture exhibits at EMP. If you're a pop culture nerd like me, then definitely head straight to the second floor of the museum!
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Exploring the World of Hello Kitty at Seattle's EMP Museum

Exploring the World of Hello Kitty at Seattle's EMP Museum

When it comes to famous cats, I'm sure you can name quite a few (Garfield, Felix, Sylvester, Tom, Cat in the Hat, and, of course, Grumpy Cat all come to mind), but I'm not sure any of them can top the worldwide phenomenon that is Hello Kitty.

Hello Kitty got her start in Japan back in 1975, with her sweet little face on a coin purse. From there, she has taken the world by storm. Now, you can find Hello Kitty on practically anything and everything.

We got to see about 600 of these unique items and celebrate 40 years of Hello Kitty at the EMP Museum in Seattle, Washington as a temporary exhibit. The exhibit ran from November 2015 through May of 2016.
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Wednesday, July 27, 2016

Cruising Glacier Bay, Alaska- A Photo Essay


This post about cruising Glacier Bay, Alaska has to be a photo essay. It just has to. Pictures say more than words, right? Whenever we see a new landscape, our cameras start clicking away. It's like we have to convince ourselves that these places really exist and document it for proof. Snow-capped mountains are gorgeous, but actual glaciers are beyond words. 

Being able to see glaciers with our own eyes was definitely on our bucket lists. I have read over and over that the glaciers might not make it through our lifetime because of climate change, so seeing them sooner rather than later is probably a good thing if you're making plans. 

With the right mindset, everything you see can be amazing, but some things will drop your jaw in an instant. Glaciers fall under that category. I think they can be compared to volcanoes, waterfalls, and canyons. Fire, water, and a hole in dirt aren't that great on a small scale, but seeing these things on a grand scale will blow you away.

*This is a photo-heavy post!
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Saturday, July 9, 2016

The Gold Panning Experience in Alaska: A Valuable History Lesson!

The Gold Panning Experience in Alaska: A Valuable History Lesson!

During the Klondike Gold Rush in the late 1890s, people rushed to the Yukon and Alaska to claim a part of the gold as their own. The Klondike Gold Rush brought thousands of people to the area, which saw growth of towns and businesses.

Gold panning was on our Alaska bucket list for sure, so we made our way out to the Klondike Gold Fields in Skagway to learn the process of gold panning and see if we could come home with some treasure!
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Friday, July 1, 2016

The National Park Service's Junior Ranger Program- Not Just for Kids!

The National Park Service's Junior Ranger Program- Not Just for Kids!

Though the Junior Ranger Program was originally put in place by the National Park Service as a way to get  kids involved with learning about and caring for America's National Parks, adults can participate as well and learn so much about our park system.

Collecting badges is a lot of fun, too!

I believe this is especially fun for the big kids, like me, that never got a chance to join girl scouts, cub scouts, boy scouts, etc.
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Thursday, June 30, 2016

Review: The ROBOCOPP Sound Grenade (and 3 Reasons It's Great for Travelers)

Review: The ROBOCOPP Sound Grenade (and 3 Reasons It's Great for Travelers)
*We received the Sound Grenade from ROBOCOPP free of charge in return for our review, but know that all opinions are our own and honest. We would not recommend any item to our readers if we didn't want to use it ourselves.

The ROBOCOPP Sound Grenade is a great alarm for your personal safety, and just so happens to be the world's smallest.

This gadget is especially useful for those of us who like to get out there and enjoy our world whether exploring new places, attempting new adventures, or enjoying nature.
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Monday, June 27, 2016

6 Awesome Souvenirs from Seattle, Washington

6 Awesome Souvenirs from Seattle, Washington

Seattle made quite the impression on us. We loved the atmosphere, the people (and their dogs!), the food, the history, and the art. Seattle took its spot as one of our favorite cities almost immediately. 

With iconic sites like Pike Place Market's Gum Wall, Underground Seattle, and the first Starbucks store, we tried to find some equally iconic souvenirs.

Our home is full of items that bring back memories and start conversations, so we can relive our travels every day!

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Sunday, June 26, 2016

"Simply Travelled" Play the JCR Travel Companion Game!

"Simply Travelled" Play the JCR Travel Companion Game!

Because we read so many travel blogs and have tons of friends in the online travel community, we wanted a way to feature our fellow travelers right here on Just Chasing Rabbits.

I came up with this simple game as a fun way to involve travel companions (whether couples, best friends, siblings, cousins, etc.) in a little trivia game.

This game will test these travel partners against one another, let us get to know these travelers a bit, and allow them to share some inspiration with the rest of us (like: the best road trip song, their favorite destination, and the best movie to inspire wanderlust!).
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