Wednesday, October 15, 2014

Busch Gardens Howl-O-Scream 2014

We went to Busch Gardens Howl-O-Scream this weekend. 

(all photos taken with my iphone 4s and edited in google+.)
Ripper Row at Busch Gardens, Williamsbug via foobella.blogspot.com

For those unaware, Busch Gardens, in Williamsburg, Virginia, is the most beautiful theme park in the country. Literally. It's award-winning:
World’s Most Beautiful Theme Park – Awarded by the National Amusement Park Historical Association (NAPHA), Busch Gardens has received this honor every year for the past 23 years. NAPHA Historian Jim Futrell says, “Members have long praised Busch Gardens Williamsburg for its amazing setting with its world class thrill rides and attractions surrounded by detailed European theming all nestled into a lush, rolling, forested landscape.  As demonstrated by the survey results, it’s an atmosphere that is hard to duplicate anywhere else.” - via Busch Gardens official website.
Busch Gardens Williamsburg (there is also a Busch Garden Tampa) has a European theme with 10 "hamlets" that are based on villages in England, France, Germany, Italy, Scotland, and Ireland.

Ripper Row at Busch Gardens, Williamsburg via foobella.blogspot.com

Ok. So, maybe during the month of October that beauty is shrouded in darkness...and a little gore. For the "Howl-O-Scream" season each European country has it's own  themes, or as they call them, "Terror-tories" with six haunted houses throughout the park, including 13 Your Number's Up, Bitten, Catacombs, Cut Throat Cove, Deadline, and Root of all Evil. We only made it to Bitten this visit. 

Big Ben at Busch Gardens, Williamsburg via foobella.blogspot.com
England becomes "Ripper Row". 

Bats Bridge at Busch Gardens, Williamsburg via foobella.blogspot.com
Germany becomes "Vampire Point"

Bats Bridge at Busch Gardens, Williamsburg via foobella.blogspot.com

When we got to the park the first item on the agenda was food. Our favorite is brisket at the Smoke House in New France. I highly recommend it.

Casket Club at Busch Gardens, Williamsburg via foobella.blogspot.com

The shows are always great fun. The photo above is from the show "Night Beats", which is located in Das Festhaus, or rather the "Casket Club". Two other shows are "Fiends" and "Monster Stomp".

My one beef is that the haunted houses are not as scary as they were when the park first started putting on Howl-O-Scream back in 1999. Throughout the park they also have a "scare squad" that walks around the hamlets jumping out at guests. They used to be great years ago with stilt-walkers dressed like dark lords, and just all around more elaborate and SCARY costumes. 
Wendigo Woods at Busch Gardens, Williamsburg via foobella.blogspot.com
New France is "Wendigo Woods"

It just seems each year the scares get more and more tame, which is probably directly related to parent complaints, even though there is ample warning that at 6pm the scares start and might not be suitable for younger kids and other sensitive souls. 

I know they can't alienate the families but I wish there could be some compromise so those of us who want to be terrified can get what we want, too.  Every time we go, I think of ways they could make the haunted houses scarier without compromising safety, or hiring tons of people, or spending tons of money. (Ok, maybe they'd still have to spend money.) Ah well, they didn't ask me for my help. 



Demon Street at Busch Gardens, Williamsburg via foobella.blogspot.com

Aquitaine is "Demon Street"


Don't get me wrong! We still have a great time, and it's always fun to walk the park and see all the work they put into it each Halloween season. I just want more scares. I mean, I'm a certified scared-y cat, so when it doesn't scare me and make me climb over top of my husband then it's really not even remotely scary. But then, I know everyone has different tolerance levels. 

Demon Street at Busch Gardens, Williamsburg via foobella.blogspot.com
ok, this photo might be scary, but maybe that's just my awesome editing skills..with the help of google+. ;)

And that reminds me of the best Haunted House I think I've ever been in, which sadly is no longer. We live near the small town of Poquoson, which is on the Chesapeake Bay, and there was an old abandoned house that would open up during Halloween season. You walked through each room and there was a different scary, gory scene, and people chasing you around, grabbing at you, and the last thing I remember was that you had to crawl out of the house on all fours through this dark, creepy, tunnel. Now, that was a scary good time, and that place always had a long line each night. You probably couldn't get away with today what you could get away with years ago, though, which is a shame. 

Jack-O-Lantern at Busch Gardens, Williamsburg via foobella.blogspot.com

(We didn't even make it to Italy this visit, which becomes "Ports Of Skull".) 

I love these last three photos above.  I might even print them out for I-don't-know-what.  Maybe I'll start sending out Halloween greetings. 

All in all, it's a really fun time, and I highly recommend it, even if I didn't get my requisite scares in. It is still a really beautiful park. (And you know, amazing roller-coasters if you are into that kind of thing.) 


Thanks for visiting. 

P.S. Did I mention that my first real job was at Busch Gardens, waaaaayyyy back in the late 1980's?  It was kind of  a rite of passage for local kids to work at Busch. Fun times. Even if I had to walk 15 minutes through the park, up and down those beautifully landscaped hills, from the employee parking lot to my work area. Needless to say, I was quite fit back then. ;)

Tuesday, October 7, 2014

UFO Sighting or the sequel to 'Up'!

We were enjoying a recent Saturday night outside at The Mariners' Museum while watching The Delorean's (a popular local 80's band) play when we saw something strange in the beautiful evening sky. 

(all photos by this guy)

It was hovering way off in the distance... 

 
...just above the moon.

 

You can see it here above the moon. ^



This is the best we could see with our naked eyes. ^
We just sat and watched it as it slowly disappeared into the distance, 
and my first thought was quad-copter. Attack of the Drones!


Previous photo zoomed in 100%. ^

Once Jason processed the photos, it was obviously not a quad-copter. 
But then, what was it?


Is it a para-glider? An airplane-shaped hot air balloon? 

....or as Jason said, "a dude in a lawn chair w/ 100 helium balloons". 

Friday, July 25, 2014

The Sun Tries to Interrupt The Rain

 Thanks to Jason for making me look outside last evening to see the beautiful sky 
as the sun was trying to peak through the rain. 
Golden sky after the rain  via foobella.blogspot.com


Sunday, July 13, 2014

Accidental Pictures

I was going through my online photo albums and found a lot of "accidental pictures". We've all done it. We have our cell phones or real cameras in hand to take a picture and then something happens and without knowing it we've snapped an unintended picture. I found them to be really interesting, especially as a grouping, and thought I'd share them. This might even become a regular series ...because we know its bound to happen again.








I love it when the camera somehow bends the light like in the photo above.




Thanks for visiting. 


Thursday, June 5, 2014

Spring Laziness and My New Old Iphone 4s

Hello blog. It has been a while. I have much going on here in my world, but little energy to put together a post about it. But that's okay. I am enjoying myself, and my husband, and my yard, which is still a work in progress. The yard, not the husband. He's all good, as am I. ;)

Mr. Magnum moving his bed to the middle of the room. 

I did get an iphone, though, which is a very funny turn of events if you knew Jason and me. When we met, he was an Apple and I was a PC. When it comes to computers that hasn't changed, but when it comes to phones, he is now an Android and I am an Apple. Crazy but true!

Mollie has to let me know she is there.

I've had two android phones since I met him. Before that I still had a flip phone, which I kind of miss every once in a while. Those were simpler times, weren't they? So, why did I get an iphone? I'm a practical girl, and I don't need a lot of bells and whistles in my phones. I do have some requirements, though. I need good battery life, a good camera, and for my phone to react swiftly and appropriately when I tap it (not to lag behind), all of which Apple is known for.  So, I took the plunge. 

I did; however, get a used iphone 4s. I'm not into contracts and there is no way I could buy a new one. This is not an advertisement for them, but have you heard of Ting? They are relatively new, and Jason just switched his phone service over to them and now I am with them, too. What a difference. Great customer service compared to past experiences, which we will not go into because I want to forget how awful it was. We are both in a better place now in the cell phone department. Let's hope it stays that way. 

So, while the phone is wonderful, I am most pleased with the great camera. I've never had so many megapixels to work with before and I've been known to take a lot of pictures with my phone. So, I've been having fun with it. (though, it does keep me from editing all those photos on my real camera.☺)


sculpey clay figures via foobella.blogspot.com
Some of my tiny clay figurines.

I could never get closeup shots like this with my previous phone. There was no adjusting the focus, so anything closeup was just a blur. Not anymore!

diner, coffee and eyeglasses via foobella.blogspot.com
Breakfast at HoneyButter's Kitchen. Cute retro diner feel.

College Deli W&M via foobella.blogspot.com
Lunch at The College Deli. Nice patio. 
Good grilled cheese sandwich, but then, that's kind of hard to mess up.

Around our yard. 

Jason makes good bread

Jason's irises in bloom
Wright Brothers Memorial and a genius via foobella.blogspot.com
Ok, so, this is a picture I took with my iphone, of another picture (me, circa 1984).
Today is Throwback Thursday, though, right? ;)

♥☻♥

~Have a great weekend~


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