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Joan T
04-01-2013, 10:08 PM
I am participating in Roz Stendhal's International Fake Journal Month again this year. I will be posting as if I were taking a road trip in my Chevy convertible (which I don't have). I will be visiting a different city each day as I travel no more than 150 miles a day.

Here is the first page. I'll print the text because it isn't easy to read it in the small print.

April 1, 2013
Do you ever get that urge to take a road trip? I do! I am planning an extended trip visiting a city a day in my Chevy convertible. I'm ready to put the top down and feel the wind whip through my hair.

My bags are packed and the heys are in my hand. Let's go!! I plan on driving 150 miles a day or less. There is no need to hurry.

Goodbye New York City....
Next stop New Jersey.

Let's head down the Garden State Parkway for about 100 miles and take Exit 38 heading to...

04-02-2013, 03:47 AM
An exciting trip Joan. That's the way we used to tour France and Germany - 100 miles a day stopping wherever we felt like it.

I look forward to following your trip.


04-02-2013, 06:46 PM
Yay! Another fake journal. This is a marvelous idea. Looking forward to seeing the whole trip.

Joan T
04-02-2013, 10:02 PM
Doug - Thanks. I think it would be a fun way to travel, but I'm not quite that spontaneous. lol

Debby - Thank you.

April 2 - Atlantic City

Atlantic City has so much to offer...mega casinos, hotels, amusements, and of course the beach.

I was here as a kid and remember meeting Mr. Peanut walking on the boardwalk. All I could find was a Mr. Peanut statue today. It will have to do. Maybe I'll stop for fudge or salt-water taffy next.

My friend, Susan, is meeting me later, but I'm sure I have enough time to stop and play the slots for a while. I hope I win!

After dinner Susan and I take a walk to look at the lights along the boardwalk. It is a great view, but we're ready to gamble a bit.

The blackjack table is our destination and we are winning.

What a great night!

Tomorrow morning we'll head to...

04-03-2013, 09:01 AM
I love your fake journal so far, Joan. I'm looking forward to seeing where you end up next. Are you going to continue going south?

04-03-2013, 04:08 PM
Great spot to stop and have fun.

Joan T
04-03-2013, 09:12 PM
Mickey - Thanks. I'm still plotting my way on the map. lol

Debby - Thanks so much!

April 3 - Lancaster, PA

We drove about 140 miles to Lancaster, PA. On our way there we passed the Pinetown Covered Bridge. It is closed due to flood damage in 2011.

In addition to its many covered bridges, this area is known for the Amish. You can sometimes see the Amish families who follow a deeply religious, family-oriented lifestyle. They have not followed our modern ways of dress, transportation, or use of modern conveniences. Horse drawn Amish buggies are a common sight here.

Susan and I are interested in the quilts made by the Pennsylvania Amish and Mennonite women. This skill has been passed down from generation to generation.

This store sells new and antique quilts, wall hangings and other merchandise. There are so many beautiful patterns. How can I choose?

A trip to Lancaster wouldn't be complete without a slice of shoofly pie made from molasses, brown sugar, water, and butter. Yum!

Our next stop is...

04-04-2013, 02:55 AM
I would love to make that trip Joan.


04-04-2013, 03:23 PM
Marvelous. Love the quilt stop.

Joan T
04-04-2013, 04:55 PM
Thanks Doug and Debby. I've driven down the coast and even cross-country a few times, but we are usually passing through and don't stop except to sleep. There are so many places to see.

April 4 - Baltimore, Maryland

This is my first trip to Baltimore and I just love the Inner Harbor. Isn't it great? There are so many spots to explore.

Susan and I decide to spend most of the day at the National Aquarium. She wants to see the Upland Tropical Rain Forest first. You can't miss this Scarlet Ibis. Her color comes from her diet.

There is an exhibit called "Jellies Invasion: Oceans Out of Balance." Jellyfish may be creepy washed up on the beach, but they are beautiful when seen under water.

I want to see the Atlantic Puffins on exhibit. They have such great faces.
We saw the sharks and many other sea creatures before leaving the aquarium.

You would think we would have had enough of sea creatures...but no! Maryland is famous for steamed crabs, and we are ready for this feast. Hand me my mallet!

Tomorrow we move on to...

04-04-2013, 07:12 PM
Super sketches on both the Lancaster and the Baltimore pages. This is looking to be a great journal.

04-04-2013, 07:27 PM
Wow, you are going gangbusters on this IFJM book. . . the text is beautiful, the paintings are well done. Loving it. The first page with the car is great and love Mr. Peanut

04-04-2013, 11:11 PM
Marvelous journal pages. Cool critters.

04-05-2013, 03:06 PM
Great idea for the fake journal, Joan! Lancaster isn't too far from my hometown. I went to college in Lewisburg, which also has a large Amish population. Last time we drove through the countryside around there, it was Sunday morning, and all the Amish were heading to church in their horse-drawn carriages. Always fun to see...a real throwback to earlier times.

Joan T
04-08-2013, 09:58 PM
Mickey - Thank you.

Rainy - Thanks. Funny what I remembered about Atlantic City from being there as a kid.

Debby - Thank you.

John - Thanks. I actually have visited Lancaster (a long time ago) and enjoyed it a lot.

I'm quite a bit behind posting these.

The next page is total fiction because I haven't been to Baltimore...just have driven through the outskirts on I-95.

April 4 - Baltimore, MD

This is my first trip to Baltimore and I just love the Inner Harbor. Isn't it great? There are so many spots to explore.

Susan and I decide to spend most of the day at the National Aquarium. She wants to see the Upland Tropical Rain Forest first. You can't miss this Scarlet Ibis. Her color comes from her diet.

There is an exhibit called "Jellies Invasion: Oceans Out of Balance." Jellyfish may be creepy washed up on the beach but they are beautiful when seen under the water.

I want to see the Atlantic Puffins on exhibit. They have such great faces. We saw sharks and many other sea creatures before leaving the aquarium.

You would think we would have had enough of sea creatures...but no! Maryland is famous for steamed crabs and we are ready for this feast. Hand me my mallet!

Tomorrow we move on to...

Joan T
04-08-2013, 10:03 PM
April 5 - Washington, DC

We were so close to DC that we just had to stop. Right now the cherry blossoms are in bloom here and it looks beautiful!

Washington DC has so many wonderful monuments. I really like the Lincoln Memorial. It is very impressive.

We walked over to the Washington Monument. "Do you want to climb it?" I asked Susan. What a definite negative response I got. We'll just keep walking and see more sights.

I think one of the most moving memorials is the Vietnam Veterans Memorial. The tributes and messages left behind touch me.

Next we go to...

Joan T
04-08-2013, 10:10 PM
Richmond, Virginia

Richmond is a blend of the historic and present in its buildings and attractions.

Susan and I are touring the Richmond National Battlefield Park. It commemorates 11 different battlefields of the area.

This is the home of the Richmond International Speedway. Nascar racing is very popular here. We can visit the speedway, but there are no races today. We'll have to settle for shopping for Nascar merchandise.

Now that we are technically in the "south" we are craving some good southern barbecue. We see this sign and decide this is the spot for us!! Baby Back Ribs and pulled pork are my choice.

Our last stop today is the Virginia State Capital. It was designed by Thomas Jefferson with the aid of Charles-Louis Clerisseau. They used a temple design for the building.

Our next stop will be...

04-09-2013, 12:13 PM
All nice sketches, the sea aquarium page is my favorite that little puffin bird looks like he could hop off the page! How is the chevy doing for gas-mileage…just kidding :-)

04-09-2013, 02:55 PM
Delightful pages. I'm really enjoying your "trip".

04-10-2013, 04:50 AM
Great idea and great pages! It is so interesting to read and the sketches are wonderful!


Joan T
04-10-2013, 04:22 PM
Greg - LOL Who cares about gas mileage? Thanks.

Debby - This is fun to do but takes a lot of time. Thank you.

Marina - Thanks so much!

Joan T
04-10-2013, 04:28 PM
April 7 - Assateague Island

Assateague Island lies off the coast of both Maryland and Virginia. It is a barrier island and stretches for 37 miles.

More than 300 wild ponies wander the beaches and salt marshes...YES, WILD PONIES!! The ponies have been here since the 1600's, possibly arriving on a Spanish ship that sank offshore.

One of the best ways to see the ponies is by taking a kyak tour. Let's go! Kyaking is good exercise, and while we paddle our guide gives us information about the ponies and other wildlife we can see. There are a lot of migrating birds here. Bald eagles are seen here almost every day. There is one now!

Assateague Lighthouse is on the Virginia portion of the island. It is a hard climb to the top but the view is worth it!

Tomorrow we are heading to...

Joan T
04-10-2013, 04:33 PM
April 8 - Virginia Beach, VA

After an exhausting day of kyaking yesterday, Susan and I need some relaxation and rejuvenation. So we head to the Beach Spa Bed and Breakfast in Virginia Beach.

We check out the spa services. Susan opts for an Aromatherapy Massage in the spa tower. It has a view of the ocean. I'm having the Hot Stone massage. I hope this therapeutic treatment relaxes me. It feels great!

When our massages are done we have facials and pedicures. Now we'll look as good as we feel! I feel pampered!

A trip to Virginia Beach must include time on the beach. Although it is only April, the sun feels warm as we walk and search for shells. We sit for a while and the sound of the waves starts to lull me to sleep. This is the way to spend the day.

Tomorrow we'll visit...

Joan T
04-10-2013, 04:38 PM
April 9 - Raleigh, NC

Raleigh is the capital of North Carolina. There is plenty here to do and see - museums, history, the arts, sports, shopping, music, and more.

Susan works with fabrics and wants to visit the Gregg Museum of Art and Design. It has a permanent collection of more than 20,000 objects that include ceramics, photography, painting, sculpture, furniture, Native American and tribal art. Here are a few pieces.

Tonight we have tickets to the Carolina Ballet, one of the top ballet companies in America. They also have a program that reaches out to the Carolina schools. I like that.

Another fun thing to do in Raleigh is to visit some of the farmers markets. The local produce is wonderful!

Tomorrow our stop is...

04-10-2013, 08:15 PM
Fun, fun, fun. Massages, museums, farmer's markets, and ballet. You are having such a full "road trip".

Joan T
04-11-2013, 04:46 PM
Thanks Debby!

Anyone who has ever driven along the east coast along I-95 in NC will recognize this.

April 10 - Dillon, SC

Susan had to go back to work in NY, so I dropped her off at the Raleigh-Durham airport this morning and picked up my sister, Mickey. On the way south on I-95 we passed dozens of billboards like this. Of course we had to stop there! South of the Border has it all. There is an indoor pool.

There are attractions here like the Reptile Lagoon. It is the largest indoor reptile exhibit in the U.S. with snakes, gators, crocodiles, and turtles. Watch out for those teeth, Mickey! He looks hungry!!

Of course you can spend the night, have a meal, gas up, or shop at one of the stores.

Tomorrow we head for...

Joan T
04-11-2013, 04:51 PM
April 11 - Charleston, SC

We timed or visit perfectly, the 66th Festival of Houses and Gardens is going on now. Everything seems to be in bloom in Charleston!

Many of the Charleston gardens aren't visible from the street, so we love the idea of going into the beautiful historic homes and gardens. Mickey even got a chance to sketch.

After touring 7 gardens it is time to sit and take a carriage tour down by the Charleston Battery area. This is such a beautiful, historic area of the city.

Charleston has some fine food, and I am having some shrimp and grits.

Next we go to...

04-12-2013, 06:48 AM
Fantastic! I love to follow your road trip :)


04-12-2013, 03:22 PM
More lovely trip sketches. You are having such fun.

04-12-2013, 08:45 PM
Two more awesome pages! How did my sketch come out? I'm looking pretty thin there. LOL

Joan T
04-16-2013, 09:59 PM
Thanks Martina, Debby, and Mickey!

Mickey - I had to make you thinner so you could survive the hiking you're going to be doing in a few days in the fake journal. lol

April 12 - Savannah, GA

Savannah, GA just oozes southern charm. There are 24 squares, bordered by lovely houses landscaped with live oaks, azaleas, fountains, and statues. To get an overview of the city we are taking an Old Town Trolly Tour.

Forsyth Park was created in the 1840s and covers 30 acres. I love the spraying fountain. There is also a cafe in the park, a children's play area, a Fragrant Garden for the blind, and many walking paths.

The old buildings and warehouses along River Street have been converted to antique shops, boutiques, galleries, pubs, restaurants, inns, and hotels. It is a great place to shop and eat.

Bonaventure Cemetery is not Savannah's oldest, but it is its most famous. It has captured the imagination of writers, poets, filmmakers, and photographers for years. The famous bird girl statue is there.

Our stop tomorrow is...

Joan T
04-16-2013, 10:04 PM
April 13 - Augusta, GA

What were we thinking? The Masters Golf Tournament is going on in Augusta, and it is so crowded!! Maybe we'll see someone famous.

Isn't that Tiger Woods playing on that course? I think it is!

You can walk, bike, canoe, or kayak through the Augusta Canal National Heritage area. This 11.5 mile historic canal is popular with locals and tourists.

The boyhood home of President Woodrow Wilson is here in Augusta. We took a tour.

James Brown, the "Godfather of Soul" called Augusta his home his entire life. There is a life-size bronze statue honoring him downtown, as well as a street renamed James Brown Boulevard.

Tomorrow we are headed to...

Joan T
04-16-2013, 10:12 PM
April 14 - Atlanta, GA

Atlanta has big city sophistication and Southern charm. It has beautiful architecture and many historical sites and neighborhoods. But we have only one day!

At the World of Coca-Cola we learned about the world's bes-known soft drink. It was a fun multimedia attractions, but we still don't know the secret formula.

Atlanta played a big part in the civil rights movement of the 1960s. We visited the Martin Luther King Jr. National State Historic Site. It includes his childhood home, the Ebenezer Baptist Church, and MLK's tomb. We learned a lot.

We had really worked up an appetite today and headed over to The Varsity. It is the World's Largest Drive-In Restaurant. It has been serving customers here in Atlanta since 1928. See that stack of onion rings and that dog...they were mine! Mickey went with the cheeseburger and fries. Both plates were winners!

The Fox Theatre is a historic venue for entertainment in Atlanta. It hold a special place in many hearts here.

Tomorrow we go to...

04-17-2013, 08:11 PM
Great pages and such fun to follow along.

04-17-2013, 10:16 PM
Great, you've hit some of my favorite spots and a few more that are on my bucket list.

Joan T
04-17-2013, 10:43 PM
Thanks Debbie and Margo!

April 15 - Montgomery, AL

Montgomery is rich in history, but focused on the future. It has many cultural landmarks to visit.

Our first stop is the Scott & Zelda Fitzgerald Museum, which celebrates their lives and works. Imagine..."The Great Gatsby" could have been written at this desk.

The Rosa Parks Library and Museum is a wonderful tribute to the "Mother of the Civil Rights Movement." The exhibits take us back in time with Rosa Parks. What a lady!

Each year about 10,000 students and adults tour The Mooseum in Montgomery. It opened in 1955 and offers a fun way for us to learn about Alabama's $2 billion beef cattle industry.

Mickey and I wander over to Old Alabama Town where there are 6 blocks of restored 19th and early 20th century structures that take us back in time

Come check out the one-room schoolhouse with us.I like writing with the quill pen. Try it.

Tomorrow we go to...

Joan T
04-17-2013, 10:50 PM
April 16 - Mobile, AL

Mobile was founded in 1702 as the original capital of the Louisiana Territory. It is located along the Gulf of Mexico.

Most of us thin of Mardi Gras and think of New Orleans. But Mobile is the birthplace of Mardi Gras in the U.S. At the Mobile Carnival Museum you can see how the floats and costumes are designed. Mickey and I would make good jesters.

At the USS Alabama Battleship Memorial Park we toured the ship. It is huge! She saw 36 months of active duty during World War II.

We are spending the rest of the day at the Mobile Botanical Gardens. There is so much in bloom! Mickey had lots of questions to ask the gardeners here. She'd like to grow some varieties of these flowers at home.

Since we are right on the Gulf of Mexico we HAVE to have seafood for dinner. I'm having some fresh, local oysters followed by sea scallops. Yum!

In the morning we drive to...

04-17-2013, 11:04 PM
this is such a great idea!!! love what you have done so far.
i actually feel like i am going along with you.

04-18-2013, 03:27 PM
Wonderful pages and information.

Joan T
04-18-2013, 08:08 PM
Thanks JMB and Debbie!

April 1 7 - New Orleans, LA

We are in New Orleans where we are having so much fun. Our day HAD t start with cafe' au lair and beignets at Cafe du Monde. Now I have powdered sugar all over me!!

All day and most o fthe night you can find all kinds of musicians playing on the streets and in the clubs.

New Orleans has such great architecture. I love to wander around the French Quarter and look at the buildings and the balconies. The wrought iron on the balconies can be simple or really elaborabe n the Spanish style.

I love the shutters that give the windows such character!

We've been to Bourbon Street, the voodoo shop, and are headed to have crawfish etouffe for dinner. Then we'll find some zydeco music.

In the morning we'll head to...

Joan T
04-18-2013, 08:12 PM
April 18 - Natchez, LA

Natchez was one of the oldest and most important European settlements in the lower Mississippi River Valley. It had a strategic location for trade and commerce. Many travelers passed through the trails here.

Mickey and I are exploring parts of the Natchez Trace Trail. We are hiking. Let's see what we find.

There...in the foliage I see a deer! Luckily we took measures to keep the ticks away. Isn't the deer beautiful?

We spot a wild turkey crossing in front of us. I'm glad we didn't see any venomous snakes.

After a day of hiking we're back at Bluff Park just n time to see the sunset over the Mississippi River. Wow!!!

Tomorrow we head to...

04-18-2013, 11:30 PM
Wonderful trip Joan:wink2:

Very informative journal.


04-19-2013, 10:57 AM
Joan, this is such a good idea. You get to paint a wealth of subjects! Really like the reptile lagoon and all your city buildings.

04-19-2013, 02:52 PM
More splendid pages. This journal is so much fun.

04-21-2013, 09:30 PM
Nice journal, Joan.
Thanks for taking us along.

04-22-2013, 12:41 AM
excellent sketchbook journey. . . love the New Orleans jazz fellas and the Alabama oysters.

Joan T
04-23-2013, 10:46 AM
Thanks Doug, Sandra, Debby, and Philip!

Joan T
04-23-2013, 10:54 AM
April 19 - Jackson, MS

We stopped to visit the Medgar Evers Home here. He was the 1st full-time secretary of the NAACP and worked all hjis life for equal rights for all before being assassinated outside this home. His voter-registrations, demonstrations, and boycotts were so important to the civil rights movement.

Our next stop was the Boyd House or "The Oaks, one of Jackson's oldest home. It survived the burning of Jackson during the Civil War. It is on the National Register of Historic Places. The Victorian garden is lovely!

The Mississippi Agriculture and Forestry Museum tells how agriculture and forestry shaped the state. We took a step back t the Mississippi of the 1920s. Cotton was kind in the south. Cotton gins ran 24 hours a day. This brought about the start of towns. The aviation section traces flight from biplanes to today's planes. I don't think I'd go up in this.

Jackson has over 50 night clubs, "juke joints," and restaurants with music. We're heading to Frank Jones Corner to listen.

Tomorrow we go to...

Joan T
04-23-2013, 10:58 AM
April 20 - Grenada, MS

Grenada is a lovely city settled on Choctaw land. It is home to Lake Grenada, the largest body of water in Mississippi.

We were able to rent a cabin at Hugh White State Park right by the water. There are sunfish on the lake. Mickey was jealous that Susan and I went kayaking, so I promised we'd rent a kyak here. We got one for two. Be careful not to tip us over, Mickey!

The lake is stocked with bass, bream, and catfish. It looks like Mickey caught dinner for us! Some people are gathering around the beach campfire. We'll join them. I'll bring some marshmallows t toast.

Or stop tomorrow is...

Joan T
04-23-2013, 11:09 AM
April 21 - Memphis, TN

Memphis, Tennessee is the birthplace of the blues, of soul, and rock 'n' roll. It is such a musical town. One of the "must see" stops is Sun Studio which launched the careers of Elvis, Johnny Cash, Jerry Lee Lewis, and Carl Perkins. From here we are taking the shuttle over to Graceland.

Elvis loved cars and his Famous Pink Cadillac is here. It's a beauty! There is an "Elvis: Live from Vegas" exhibit. Mickey and I loved seeing some of his jumpsuits that he wore on state. One is more elaborate than the next! All the stones must make it weigh a ton.

The front gates are beautiful! We're "All Shook Up" and headin' for the "Heartbreak Hotel."

Our stop tomorrow will be...

04-23-2013, 11:11 AM
These pages are great Joan.:thumbsup:

Joan T
04-23-2013, 11:16 AM
April 22 - Nashville, TN

Nashville is the capital of Tennessee. When I think of Nashville I think of country music. Mickey flew back home this morning, and my husband, Jerry, came down to join me here for a few days.

The places I like best are the honky tonk saloons where music plays almost all day. I'm shopping for cowboy boots. A turquoise design would be fun!

The Bluebird Cafe is one of my favorite places here. It is known worldwide as a songwriter's performance place. You can listen to up-and-coming songwriters as well as those whose music is already on the charts.

All that music builds up an appetite. Jerry wanted to eat at Jack's Bar-B-Que. The ribs are so GOOD!

We are staying in Nashville for a while. Jerry is working with some Nashville musicians.

(This is the final page of my fake journal for 2013. I'll be traveling for a while and had to stop here. :wave: ) I hope you enjoyed the trip with me.

04-23-2013, 07:44 PM
What a great journal. Roz would be proud.

04-26-2013, 04:31 PM
You are so talented. This is just like a good guidebook. What a great job.

05-17-2013, 08:48 AM
It's a marvellous and exciting fake adventure. I knew about Roz' April project but I never participated, although I guess anybody can start such a journal anytime in the year after all !

I like your using red titles from spread to spread. It gives unity and a line to follow. A clever and entertaining journal.:thumbsup: