Thursday, August 4, 2011

Goodbye friends and hello Poconos…

2011-08-02 Making hay in Toms Brook VA 009On our last day in the Shenandoah Valley we were greeted with grey clouds and light rain… so there was no haying in the valley on Thursday. So we all decided that we would go check out the Alamo Drafthouse and Cinema. If you have never heard of this place before you are not alone as neither had I.  With 15 locations and all but one in Texas I probably should have heard of them. We were going to the only one not built in Texas as it is located in Winchester, Virginia.

imageThis place serves beer and wine, serves snacks as well as lunch and dinner, and all while you are watching first release movies. They had a very nice assortment of draft beers on tap. The way this place works is you sit down and have a narrow table in front of you. You can look at the menu and order what you want by holding the menu under the table where a dim light lets you read the menu.  You write your order on a slip of paper and insert it in the paper slot on the table and a waiter picks up the slip and brings you your order.

imageNo heads in front of you and you have more room to get comfortable. Life is grand, as I enjoyed a Stella Artois and Sharon indulged on a cold Shiner Bock while watching a movie. The movie we came to see was Crazy Stupid Love. Now I am not a big movie person but I enjoyed this flick a lot. Its clever use of humor and its plot of intertwined relationships made for a good rainy day movie.

The next day we left our friends and began the nearly 200 mile journey northwards through the edges of the states of West Virginia and Maryland until we ended our day at the campground just south of Milton, Pennsylvania.  We chose to stay at a Yogi Bear's Jellystone Park™to see if it would be a good place to take the grandkids. We had heard about these parks but wanted to experience one first hand. Nestled in the Poconos this park is nicely wooded and borders a small stream. It has a catch and release fishing pond and lots of stuff for the kiddos to do.


The cons are the sites are way too close and not well designed. Worse they are way too expensive but we got a Passport America discount for part of the stay and will only stay through the weekend. Then we will head north about 100 miles more to a park that a fellow blogger has been raving about ever since she started work camping there this summer – you may know her blog Two Tools and a Dream. The park is Lake Hammond/Ives Run Recreation Area and we have both enjoyed reading her blog and look forward to meeting the two of them…


  1. They have one of these types of theaters right outside Houston. Paul and I wondered what went on in there. Thanks for satisfied our curiosity.

  2. Sounds like a fun place. And I'm amazed that Winchester has the only one outside of Texas. Wonder how that came to be?

    Always good to check out places in person before taking the kids. I've always thought Yogi and KOA were rather rip offs with sites much too close.

    What fun to meet a fellow blogger. Guess you aren't going to head out here to Wyoming and meet up with us next. LOL


  3. What a cool, fun place! I've never seen anything like that, but will have to look out for them now.