Peaks Of Otter, Virginia: Day 2

Unfortunately, the second and last day of our trip at Peaks of Otter Lodge began with rain yet again.  We were scheduled to take a Flat Top Bus Tour to the peak of Sharp Top — a 4,000 foot mountain in the center of the property — however, the weather had different plans for us.  Instead, after a delicious buffet breakfast, we explored two nearby towns: Bedford and Buchanan.  They both had fabulous antique stores, where we searched for unique pieces for our son’s nursery.

As we were headed back to the hotel, the sun finally decided to come out and we headed straight down to Abbot Lake to capture its beauty.  There is a one mile loop around the lake that a visitor must experience if staying at the Peaks of Otter Lodge.

Peaks of Otter, Virginia

Peaks of Otter, Virginia

Peaks of Otter, Virginia

Peaks of Otter, Virginia

Peaks of Otter, Virginia

Peaks of Otter, Virginia

Peaks of Otter, Virginia

Peaks of Otter, Virginia

Peaks of Otter, Virginia

Peaks of Otter, Virginia

Peaks of Otter, Virginia

How did the Peaks of Otter get their name?  There are three theories. 1) The name may have come from the Cherokee Indian word ottari which translates to “high places.”  2) The Peaks may have been named after the Otter River that has its headwaters in that area.  3) The Peaks may have been named by Scottish settlers after Ben Otter, a mountain in their homeland that resembles Sharp Top.  If you are curious, I never saw an otter during my time there.

Peaks of Otter, Virginia

Peaks of Otter, Virginia

Peaks of Otter, Virginia

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We finished the loop just as the sun disappeared over the Blue Ridge Mountains and it was the perfect and most memorable image to end our getaway with!

Jazz Up Your Wedding With Wedding Memes

A wedding has always been a sacred institution that marks one of the most important moments in two individuals’ lives when their souls get moulded into one.  Weddings have always been huge and lavish affairs with both families willing to go the extra mile to make a day that is remebered.  However, with the advent of the 21st Century, people are taking advice from their adventurous sides and coming up with some of the wackiest ideas like geeky weddings, or thematic weddings.  What you could do to set your wedding apart is come up with a variety of fantastic wedding memes citing inside jokes about the bride, groom, and even the bridesmaids, to keep guests entertained.

Use a Generator to Make Your Own Memes

A meme is a unique mode of cyber-communication which often involves hilarious concepts or relatable circumstances to relay a particular feeling, emotion, or joke.  While there is a host of wedding-related memes already available online, you might also opt for generating your own memes with funny pictures of the bride and groom as well.  In such a situation, you must use a meme generator.  This refers to a variety of readily available online tools which allow you to use a wide range of pre-existent meme concepts or also upload your own pictures and make memes from them.  Here are a few things to keep in mind while making your meme.  Firstly, if you are using a pre-existent meme, make sure you totally understand it and do not deviate too far from the concept.  If you are using your own pictures, make sure they are evocative and promote a particular expression or emotion.  Finally, do not try to fit in too much text or thoughts which are too deep into your meme, because they are meant to be humorous, light pictures which convey an emotion with relatability and ease.

The Widest Range of Wedding Memes is Available Online

Wedding is an institution loved and celebrated by all, but like any other, it is also open to ridicule or even humorous banter.  As a result, thousands of memes have already made their way into forums like Reddit or Buzzfeed and are available online.  Some of the more popular ones are a smiling bride getting kissed on the cheek by the groom, saying “now I can get fat” or “It was an emotional wedding, even the cake was in tiers”.  Most recently, a number of memes have been introduced into the cyberspace, which involves a clever Photoshop job done on pictures to replace the bouquet thrown by a bride with a cat.

Say a Thousand Words with Memes at Your Wedding

From online marketing to making fun of celebrities’ embarrassing moments, memes have invaded our social life in a manner we could never have imagined before.  It seems only fitting to have memes about or in your wedding, as these would go viral among your near and dear ones, and also serve as sweet little mementoes for you, your spouse, and all your friends to look back to in remembrance of a great day of your life.  Making memes is really easy now, and is no longer a cumbersome job, thanks to the wide variety of pre-existent concepts, and tools which are now available online.  So, all you really need to do to make your or your loved ones’ wedding special is to visit any online meme generation tool and click away!

Meme member: Memes lets you effortlessly share funny pictures.  Author is a meme member deeply passionate about memes.  He keeps himself abreast with all latest developments in the world of memes.  Now it is extremely easy to have an access to a huge collection of funny pieces by visiting the site.  The focus is on spreading fun and laughter in the internet circuit.

Top Five Romantic Getaway Spots In Australia

Australia is a beautiful country that it is home to some of the world’s most romantic getaway spots.  These places provide its residents and visitors who were staying in the nation’s larger cities with opportunities to get away from the hustle and bustle of these places and relax with loved ones.  Let us have a look at some Scoopon getaways.

Hunter Valley

This picturesque area is famous for its vineyards and wine tasting tours.  In fact, its wine heritage dates to the late 1700s.  Hunter Valley is also home to national parks, charming towns, and steam trains and cruises that offer some very scenic views.

Newcastle is the largest city located in this area, which spreads from this coastal community to the west.  Those driving north from Sydney will reach Newcastle in about two hours and then spend another thirty minutes to get to the wine country.

Hunter Valley

Blue Mountains

Another place that provides unspoilt beauty to couples visiting is this romantic getaway.  It is home to Blue Mountains National Park as well as some incredible trails.  This wilderness area is also home to some pretty spectacular scenic vistas that may be more easily accessed.

Those visiting the Blue Mountains from Sydney can take the Blue Mountains Line, a rail service that brings travelers here in less than three hours.  Drivers should expect the trip to take less than two hours.

Blue Mountains

Lord Howe Island

Those who want to really get away from it all should head to this isolated, pristine island, which lies in the Tasman Sea, 600 kilometres from the mainland.  Many popular activities that visitors partake in include scuba diving, walking, and picnicking.  This quiet place is home to few residents or tourists as 350 live here permanently, and no more than 400 visitors can be on the island at any one time.

Flights from Sydney, Brisbane, and Port Macquarie take about two hours to reach this romantic destination.

Lord Howe Island

High Country

Many of those in and near Melbourne head up into the Victorian Alps and enjoy the clean air and mountain scenery of the High Country.  Thanks to its peaks that reach more nearly 2,000 metres into the sky, this area is a popular skiing destination.  Its picturesque trails are very popular as well.

The High Country may be reached in about four hours driving time from Melbourne.  Train service is also available from Melbourne’s Southern Cross Station, while flights from Sydney arrive at Mount Hotham Airport on a seasonal basis.

High Country

Daintree Rainforest

Those who equate romance with rain will love a romantic trip to the country’s largest tropical rainforest, which is quieter and more peaceful than Australia’s other major rainforests due to how secluded it is.  This area is full of lush forest, beautiful rivers, and a variety of animals.

The preferred mode of transport here is by vehicle.  However, those who make their way by car, plane, train, or coach to nearby Cairns, which is twenty-eight hours north of Sydney, can take a bus through the park all the way to Cape Tribulation.  A drive to Daintree Rainforest from Cairns takes about two hours.

Daintree Rainforest

Peaks Of Otter, Virginia: Day 1

There is no place I would rather be in autumn than in the mountains, especially the Blue Ridge Mountains.  I have been traveling to this incredible mountain range for over two decades now and each time I visit I fall deeper in love.  My husband and I were invited by the Peaks of Otter Lodge to experience their property, which is in the midst of celebrating its 50th Anniversary, and it was perfect timing, as I was desperate for some cooler weather due to my ever expanding belly.  The drive along Highway 81 from North Carolina to Virginia is stunning — I wish my daily commute was always this scenic!  As we arrived to the Blue Ridge Parkway the fog from the rain earlier in the day engulfed us and created a magical glow throughout the forest.

Blue Ridge Parkway

The Peaks of Otter Lodge could not be found in a more picturesque or peaceful setting.  Even though it was cloaked in fog, it was still easy to see why people from all over the world would visit.  This region of Virginia has drawn travelers due to its unrivaled natural beauty for more than 8,000 years.  In the mid-1900’s, the location was selected for special attention by the National Parks Service.  Abbott Lake was constructed and Peaks of Otter Lodge opened in 1964.

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You can expect quaint rooms at the Peaks of Otter Lodge with comfortable beds, flat screen TVs, Keurig machines, and gorgeous views of the lake.  The property is fiercely dedicated to protecting the environment and you will see subtle reminders everywhere of their green initiatives.  Since it was chilly outside, we decided to get an afternoon tea in the hotel’s restaurant.

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When visiting, a quick stop in their gift shop is a must!  I really loved their handmade mugs, paintings of the Blue Ridge Mountains, and otter stuffed animals.

Peaks of Otter, Virginia

Before our delicious seafood buffet dinner we decided to do a quick impromptu maternity shoot to celebrate the halfway point in my pregnancy.  I cannot believe we will be meeting our son in less than 20 weeks.

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Peaks of Otter, Virginia

Peaks of Otter, Virginia

One thing is for certain, we will definitely be returning to the Peaks of Otter Lodge with Joaquín Alejandro in the future!

Review: TravelPop App

Almost everyone I know has a smart phone game app that they are addicted to.  For most, including my husband, it is Candy Crush.  I have tried to get into several games and the closest I came to being hooked was with Scrabble and even then after a couple of days my interest waned.  However, I am very excited to announce that I have finally found my app match with TravelPop.  It literally took me minutes to fall in love with this game!

TravelPop

TravelPop is a brand new game designed to give players the chance to prove that they are truly explorers.  As an avid traveler, I was eager to test my skills!  The app puts your world knowledge to the test with hundreds of quizzes featuring over 30,000 beautiful photos.  You can quiz yourself on food, landmarks, culture, inventions, and more from 13 countries including: France, UK, USA, Italy, China, Brasil, and Australia (of course, I started with Brasil).  As each photo pops up, quickly swipe or tap to answer.  Answer quickly and correctly to win coins, level up, and unlock souvenirs (achievements).

TravelPop

Captain will walk you through the game in the beginning, so that you know exactly how to play.  Once you feel comfortable, then you can challenge your Facebook friends or match up with random opponents around the world.  There is also a feature where you can chat with whomever you are playing against.  Warning: you will become addicted!  As a traveler and a photographer, I was completely entranced with the photos and I have you doubt anyone that tries the game will be as well.  If you end up downloading the app, which I highly recommend, please challenge me to a match. You can friend me on Facebook here.  My favorite thing about this game is that not only is it fun, but it also teaches you about the world and in the end it makes you an even better traveler.

For more information about TravelPop visit their website, Facebook page, and/or Twitter page.