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My name is Trish Jackson. Seven and a half years ago I went through a difficult period in my life. There was something missing and I wasn't quite sure as to what it was. As time passed I realized that I had a strong desire to travel, see new places, and try new things. I chose to start this blog as a way to document my travels and to share the adventures I experience, with others. My specialties are the Las Vegas area and Colorado, but I will also be sharing information on all of the other adventures I have as well. Without my wonderful husband, Neal, I may have never realized how much I love to travel. He was the first person to show me the mountains, and he was the first person to take me to Las Vegas. Every trip with him is a beautiful adventure.

The Smokehouse BBQ in Winter Park, CO

If you happen to be in Winter Park, Colorado, you will find that there are a lot of great restaurant choices available. I happen to be a little bit of a foodie, so choosing my meals always seems to be such a task. What food would taste the best, and what will provide the tastiest experience. I just don’t want to regret any of my culinary choices, especially when on vacation. Life’s too short, always eat good food.

Anyway, whether you’re like me, or you just like meat, The Smokehouse BBQ, is well worth your time.  They have a clean and inviting atmosphere for dining in. They offer some great bucket beer specials during happy hour. This restaurant also offers take out, if you prefer a more intimate dining experience.

The waiter was great. He had a wonderful sense of humor and was fairly prompt about getting us everything we desired, except the bill, which took a little longer than expected. I have forgiven this little time delay simply because the food was that delectable, and the establishment was somewhat busy by the time my party left.

The menu offers several different meal combos, as well as sides. I went with a two meat combo which came with two sides. I chose the burnt ends and pork shoulder. My husband went with the burnt ends and brisket. He ordered mac and cheese, and I ordered the sweet potato mash and potato salad. All of the meat was exceptional. My favorite item was the burnt ends.

We only went to this restaurant once during our visit, but I was highly tempted to go back on more than one evening. Had there not been so many other great options, I would have found myself once again at, The Smokehouse BBQ, enjoying more burnt ends. This is a place I will make a point of visiting again in the future.

For more information on, The Smokehouse BBQ, please visit: http://www.wpsmokehouse.com/

Colorado In The Fall

Just got back from a lovely trip to Colorado. I have now visited in the early part of September as well as the later part. I have found that there can be advantages and disadvantages to both, but mostly these situations are due to the weather.

My family chose to stay in Winter Park. This particular location lived up to its name. We experienced a five-inch snowfall overnight and had to cancel some of our plans for the week. When we visited in the earlier part of September, we did not have to battle the snow, but again, this changes year to year. Sometimes you get snow, and sometimes the leaves change before you arrive. It is best investigate the situation year to year.

My husband, Neal, and I, did take a nice drive to view the Aspens, and while quite a few were losing their leaves, some parts of Colorado were still in full color. One particular location I would love to recommend for Fall lovers, is Aspen Ridge. The drive can be a little bumpy, but the colors are amazing.

Despite the snow, we still did some smaller hikes to destinations such as Magnolia Mill. Even with a little cooler weather, and all of the snow, it was totally worth the short jaunt. Magnolia Mill and Montgomery Reservoir look amazing with the snow glistening around them. They looked even better after my stepdaughter decorated the mountainside with a smiling snowman for future hikers to see.

If you would like to plan a Fall trip to Colorado, there are a ton of great sites that list hikes and drives to see the colors.  Please visit the following for further information:

http://www.playwinterpark.com/top-5-spots-fall-color-near-winter-park-colorado?utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=Sept%20Guest%20Enews&utm_content=Sept%20Guest%20Enews+CID_e86868db63ed3eb8f0025a6896a0af11&utm_source=Campaign%20Monitor&utm_term=SEE%20FALL%20COLOR

http://www.coloradoan.com/story/news/2017/09/14/colorado-fall-colors-guide-where-and-when-go/659938001/

http://www.9news.com/weather/fall-colors/9-best-drives-to-see-fall-colors-in-colorado/315377917

The Blisters Rock Eau Claire

In my experience as an adventure seeker, when I am not on vacation, weekends are for two things: spending time with family and friends, or getting work done. I of course would prefer the former, which is why I went back to Eau Claire this past weekend to spend time with my family.

Saturday nights in Eau Claire are usually set aside for listening to my father’s band play, but on the rare occasion that we have a free night available, it is nice to get out and enjoy listening to other local musicians. This past Saturday happened to be one of those free evenings and I had the pleasure of enjoying the music of an Eau Claire band called, The Blisters.

The Blisters are a tight sounding, three-piece band, that plays old Rock n Roll and a little bit of country. Their humorous personalities work well together and are upstaged only by their great sound. Their harmonies are something to be commended and they have chosen a wonderful variety of music that will make you want to get up and dance.

The band consists of Peter Phippin, on bass, Dave Engedal, on guitar, and Mike “Slant” Hucek, on drums. All three band members take turns singing. They even shared the stage with a couple of other local musicians who were taking in the show.

Those of you who know me, know that I am a bit of a music snob and I can be pretty critical of local bands. I don’t hand out praise very easily, so my view on this group is sincere. If you want an enjoyable evening, filled with good company and good music, I would highly recommend going to the next Blisters gig. For more information on The Blisters, visit their Facebook page at: fb.me/theblistersrock.

Runway Dreams: A Black & White Affair

Some of you out there may not know this, but I do write more than just blog posts. I was recently picked up by, Black Rose Writing, and I am happy to say that I will be publishing my first book with them.

Runway Dreams: A Black & White Affair, is a novel about a quirky young model named, Bernadette Price, who in her search for love finds out that some relationship mistakes may result in deadly consequences.

Bernadette Price has almost everything a successful twenty-six year old model could desire. She has a law degree, a family owned business, a successful modeling career, and she shares a beautiful home with her sister, Bell. The only thing missing in her life is a meaningful relationship with a great man.

To speed up her search, Bernadette decides to join the world of online dating. She quickly comes across the profile of Martin Day, a successful businessman, who is moving to her hometown. She can hardly believe her luck in finding someone so perfect, so fast.

Upon meeting Martin in person, Bernadette quickly finds out that Martin appears to have it all; charm, intelligence, looks, a great family background, and a new home just up the road from her own neighborhood.

Everything is going well until one day when a stranger calls to tell Bernadette’s sister, Bell, that Martin is not who he says he is. Martin denies the accusations but as time goes by it becomes very clear that something about Martin Day is very wrong.

Bernadette’s family is thrown onto a crazy and emotional roller coaster ride as Martin comes unhinged and begins making life a living horror for Bernadette and anyone who tries to help her.

As her situation grows increasingly worse, Bernadette realizes that it has come down to life or death and that she must put a stop to Martin’s reign of terror, at any cost.

While this book contains some darker moments, it also has a great deal of silliness and lightheartedness, coming from Bernadette and her siblings. I feel that anyone, who has been deceived or hurt by a lover previously, will be able to relate to Bernadette. I have been a witness to quite a bit of relationship drama in the past, which makes me feel that I am a great person to tell such a story.

This tale is set in Oklahoma and runs about 78,000 words. The creation of this novel was somewhat inspired by Nicholas Sparks’ Safe Haven.

Runway Dreams: A Black & White Affair is currently set to drop March 29, 2018. This date could be moved up, so stay tuned for further information. You can find me on Facebook directly at: fb.me/HappilyWriting

Love and adventures to you all!

 

Check Out Star Spirit Adventures Photographs, And Purchase If You Like

Hello Readers—

I want to let everyone know that my photography is now available on Society6 and can be purchased. I will be adding more items over the next couple of days, and more regularly, upon returning from my travels.

The address to view my photographs is located behind this link: https://society6.com/starspiritadventures

If you have any questions for me, please don’t hesitate to shoot me a message.

 

An Overnight Trip To Turtle Lake Casino

We all know that casinos are out there to make money, and one of the ways they do so, is by taking ours when we go overboard and pump too much into the machines, or we spend too much time on a losing table. I’ve never lost a large sum of money at the casino, because I learned quickly that casinos are there to take money, not give it. With that said, I still love casinos.

Turtle Lake Casino is located a mere thirty minutes from my current home. I have checked it out twice now and I find certain aspects of this particular casino to be quite wonderful. First off, it’s not very big, so you won’t get lost, like you could in some of the Las Vegas Casinos. Secondly, they give you some decent perks for playing their slots. I recently received a free night stay for September and October.

Last Thursday night, my husband and I went to Turtle Lake and we upgraded our free night stay to a whirlpool suite. The room was huge. It had a beautiful carved bed frame, microwave, fridge, walk in shower, and separate areas for sleeping and lounging. The window in our room overlooked the pool area, which was kind of neat. I enjoyed the room. I slept very comfortably, but was not happy about being woken at 4am by the outright brawl going on in the room above us. We did call the front desk and it was quickly dealt with, though it didn’t stop someone from stomping around angrily at other points throughout the night.

This casino is separated from the hotel, by roughly, one block. It is definitely in walking distance, so we chose to walk instead of taking the shuttle. The actual casino has three food options. You can choose to dine at the buffet, the concession stand, or the Me-Ki-Noc Restaurant. If you are staying in the hotel, they also have Heggie’s Pizza available as well as a continental breakfast in the morning.

The only food option I have taken advantage of has been the buffet. It is by no means a large buffet; it is actually quite small. I think the best option is to go on Thursday nights for surf and turf. I have eaten the surf and turf and it is well worth it. The regular buffet however, had what appeared to be frozen Chicken Kiev and instant mashed potatoes. I did very much enjoy the desserts, but they are also hit or miss, and I believe none are actually made on premises.

Despite Turtle Lake’s buffet, I do enjoy visiting and I loved the hotel room we stayed in. The whirlpool was quiet and very relaxing. The view of the pool from our room was a fun addition. I will definitely go back and stay again sometime soon.

For more information on Turtle Lake Casino, please visit: https://turtlelake.stcroixcasino.com/

 

Music & Fun In The Sun At Jake’s Supper Club

It’s that time of year again when the leaves begin to change and the cooler weather sets in. The biggest disappointment for me is the loss of outdoor concerts. Last weekend I spent one last afternoon dancing and having a blast in the sun, while listening to the 40 Fingers band perform one last outdoor show.

The venue I spent the day at was, Jake’s Supper Club, in Menomonie, Wisconsin. Jake’s is great because they have a tiki bar out back with several levels of seating that overlook the water. They have tables with umbrellas that overlook a dance floor which is in front of their outdoor music stage.

Jake’s hosts bands through out the summer on a regular basis. You can order food inside the restaurant or outside from the convenience of your umbrella table. The food is excellent. I love the cheese curds and the fried mushrooms. They also have Prime Bites, which I know are a favorite of certain 40 Fingers band members. Aside from their appetizers, they have many other wonderful menu options. The menu does change some seasonally.

The wait staff at Jake’s is great. They will stop by your table and check up on you and they are always quick to put in your order. The bartenders are also great, though it can take a while sometimes at the bar because Jake’s is usually pretty packed when the outdoor music season is in full swing.

Next summer if you are in the area, I highly recommend checking out Jake’s; you may just find a new favorite summer venue.

For more information on Jake’s Supper Club, please visit: http://www.jakessupperclub.com/