On the Open Road!

After Wilmington, our bus tour officially began. Our first stop was Paducah, Kentucky: the quilting capital of the world. Who knew? I went to the National Quilt Museum and was truly blown away. There were traditional quilts there, but what I was drawn to could’ve been mistaken for impressionist paintings. They were abstract and rich and made me miss my mother because they reminded me of her paintings.


The Carson Center in Paducah, KY. Stunning.
Kentucky Moonshine!
They are SERIOUS about quilting in Paducah.
The National Quilt Museum. The quilting capital of the WORLD.
Even the lobby of the Carson Center looks quilted!
Actors Arriving!
I stood on this shore and waved to Illinois. My home. My heart.

Our next stop was Conway, Arkansas. We weren’t in town long enough to explore thoroughly, but there was one curious thing. There was a Sesame Street! And muppet signs all over the place. I did some research and they have a PBS studio near the theater. It was so random. One of the coolest things about this tour has been finding out what thing each of these towns is known for.


Reynolds Performance Hall in Conway, Arkansas.
Signing posters for donors.
Happy Nun.
Happy Nun.
Mr. Rogers on Sesame Street!
How cute is this!?

We next moved into Galveston, TX which is a super cool town. It reminded me a bit of New Orleans. I wish I had been able to enjoy it more. Galveston is the town I started feeling sick in. This sickness would continue in one form or another for 2 more weeks. In fact, I am just now starting to feel normal again. I seriously think I’m allergic to Texas. Luckily, before my sickness hit me I was able to do a little exploring, including boarding the 1877 Tall Ship Elissa. Very cool!


The Beautiful Grand Opera House in Galveston, TX.
The Beautiful Grand Opera House in Galveston, TX.
Grand Opera House.
Grand Opera House.
Grand Opera House
Grand Opera House
It really reminded me of New Orleans.
When in Texas?
When in Texas?
Galveston, TX.
Galveston, TX.
Tall Ship Elissa!
Tall Ship Elissa!
Captain's Wheel.
Captain’s Wheel.

Alright, that’s all you get this round! Next up: One-nighters begin and I am struck with the ten plagues: Fire Ants, Gastroenteritis, Bed Bugs, Insomnia, Dehydration, Bus-sickness, Fever, Laryngitis, Sinus Infection, and Plantar Fasciitis. Sounds fun, doesn’t it?



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