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8 Hour Ghost Town Trip

Whether you are a fan of ghost towns or just a fan of old towns then this trip is for you. Ghost towns are deserted towns with few or no remaining occupants. These are great for history buffs and people who like to see things from before their time. These towns are usually filled with spirit energy and if you are a ghost hunter this is the place to be.

Ghost Towns are awesome and a lot of fun if you are into that kind of thing. Washington State is full of many towns that have been abandoned or small towns that have very little life left in them.

If you are up for a drive then this 8-hour road trip would be perfect for you. This ghost town map has been circling around for years but for the first time you will see up to date photos and details of these ghost towns, so grab a friend and some snacks and hit the road.

There are seven locations to visit on this trip and it will take roughly 8 to 12 hours depending on your starting location. This can be done in one day or split into two days if you prefer. If you are going to camp over for a night then be sure to go in the warmer months because some of these locations are close to Canada and very cold during certain times of the year.

Being that these are ghost towns you will need to use Google Maps to find them and it would be wise to print out or save pictures of the trip because there will be many times you will find yourself without service during this trip. Be safe and travel wisely.

Ready or not, it’s time to find some Ghost…Towns…

Govan Washington

Your first stop if you are traveling along Highway Two is Govan. This town used to be a ranching community in the 1800’s. This town is basically deserted with only a few people left there. It is also surrounded by fields and many farmers. There are a few structures including abandoned houses, a post office, and an abandoned school that is frequently visited by a crow. This town has a super creepy feeling especially around the school house. If you look under the front entrance of the school you will find a special wooden memorial box.

Sherman Washington

The second stop is Sherman which is only 15 miles from Govan. This town used to be a great place to live back in the late 1800’s, but eventually was abandoned. There is still a beautiful standing church and cemetery there. Take a stroll through the cemetery at the top of the hill and see what is left of this town.

Bodie Washington

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Your third stop is Bodie which is completely abandoned but still has quite a few standing buildings left. Bodie used to be an old mining town in the late 1800’s. There are many log buildings still left but watch for bears as they leave their tracks all over. This old town has a creepy feeling as you walk through but it is a must see on this trip. As you leave from Bodie to head to your next destination you will see quite a few old building a long the way. This is one area that you may lose signal at, so make sure you have your map ready for you will miss the turn to Chesaw.

Chesaw Washington

You are about half way done with your ghost town adventure and your next stop is Chesaw. There isn’t much to see in this old town as there are only a few buildings standing. This is one place you can drive right through on your trip as there isn’t a whole lot to see. There are some people still living here and making use of the old buildings, so this is a great place to get that old town feel in.

Molson Washington

This is your 5th stop along this trip and by far the best town out of all seven. Molson is very close to the Canadian border. This town was a big deal in the early 1900’s and the town developed well. It was short lived and eventually the population fell to 12. This town has been made a historical site and even has a open museum. There are pioneer buildings and old artifacts that you can touch. They even have turned the old school house into a museum that is open 7 days a week from Memorial Day to Labor Day.

Nighthawk Washington

This is the sixth stop along the way and just like Chesaw this could be left off your map as well. This small ghost town now has a population of 10 and there isn’t a whole lot to see. This town was once a hopping place to be back in the 1900’s but now it just has a few old buildings and you will leave with the feeling that you just trespassed on someone’s land. If you do decide to drive through here, remember that people are still living here and probably outside.

Dyer Washington

You made it! This is the last stop along the way before you head home. However, you might just want to head home and not stop at this one. There is not much left here as the old buildings that used to stand have now been blown down. This town is hard to get to and has many dirt roads. If you decide to stop you will see a bunch of old pottery and old metals, as well as a few standing buildings.

You did it! Time to go home and relax from the trip through Washington. There are many more ghost towns to see and visit all over the country. Are you up for it?

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A must have while traveling

One question I am asked a lot is “What is the most important thing you need while traveling?” This is kind of funny to me because I feel like a lot of things are a must need while traveling like identification and money. However, one thing I find extremely important is a messenger bag or satchel bag depending on what you call them. I have one and now I am getting one for my husband photography business.

I started using one of these after my twins were born because I need the freedom of both hands. Any of you who have more than one child knows exactly what I mean. This continued to be something I did even now that the boys are old enough to walk without holding my hand. When I am on vacation I love that it hangs by my side and I can easily put stuff inside it or take it out. It also makes a nice holder for my coat when I get to warm. I just drape it over the bag and it fits perfectly.

My husband has started running into the problem of needing all his camera gear with him but his regular camera backpack is a pain to carry around plus the time it takes to open it and get what he needs is crazy. He has missed so many shots just because of that.

I have found some amazing deals on these bags so don’t think you need to spend a ton of money. You can get these in any style or color. Here are a few of my top selection.

Whatever bag you choose make sure it has the long strap so you can have it go across your body for more security. You don’t want it slipping off your arm all the time.

Happy Traveling

Kaylee

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You must have this if you travel internationally.

Traveling is my specialty and if you are someone who loves to travel especially outside of the United States then I high recommend buying an international travel power adapter. This will help you a bunch for charging your phone, laptop and anything else. I even found one on Amazon for a great price.

Click here or on the picture to get a great item for all your travels.

Have a fabulous time….

Kaylee

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How to save money in Las Vegas!!!

WAHOO VEGAS BABY!!!!!!

Yes this was my exact thought when my husband and I decided to take  our honeymoon to Las Vegas Nevada AKA Sin City.

Neither one of us had ever been there and we thought this would be an exciting trip and it was, but one thing we did not expect was how much everything was going to cost.

We had tons of friends who told us all these “Tips” to save money when we were there and none of them were true or worked out. It was a big bummer so I decided when I got back I would write a post about this.

First things first, if you want to save money in Las Vegas then do not plan to buy anything on the strip like food or souvenirs. Remember The Strip is expensive… The strip used to be a great place to go and save money.  You could eat at the buffets for $1.99 inside the casinos and stuff like that. The casino would do stuff like this to get you in the door.  Well those days are long gone. Food and drinks are very expensive on the strip.

However most place off of the strip are greatly priced. My husband and I went to LaLa Pizza where they had a 20 inch pizza for only $18. That’s a whole lot of pizza.

We found that shopping at the local store smith was great for food to take back to our condo. We were lucky to have a condo with a full kitchen so we started eating in a lot more. We did go to some local places like In and Out for a great burger and that saved some money too. Why waste your money on food when you can use it for more fun things…

Now The Strip is not all bad and one thing you can get there that is really good is a drink.  My husband really wanted on of those big drinks you see everyone walking around with. This was fine until I found out that some places will charge up to $40 for one of those. I am a very practical person when it comes to money and I have to be able to justify what I do buy. That I could not justify..,, However I did find that Fat Tuesday inside the MGM building had a great 42oz drink for only $18 and whoa boy did we both get drunk off of that.

 This is my husband very happy with his drink 🙂

If your in Vegas and especially if your a Vegas virgin like we were 😉 then you may not know what to expect while there. We were both pretty surprised as we have been to Hollywood and we love it there. We thought the strip in Hollywood would be like the one in Vegas and no we were very wrong. In Vegas you will find homeless people sleeping on the strip and tons of people who want money. The street performers will ask you for money and you will get bombarded by people trying to sell you stuff.  They are pushy and rude, and I have even read that sometime they will pick your pocket. Beware of this because things like can ruin your good time. Just walk fast and say No Thank You ALOT!!!

I had heard that they are even starting to charge to park on the strip. If you can avoid driving and can walk I would suggest it. However, if you need to find a place to park most of the casino have free valet parking and the shopping centers have free parking in their garage. That is the way to go.

Tickets for shows can run you in the hundreds *EEK* so your best bet is to find a place that has multiple attractions. You can find tons of free and inexpensive things to see in Vegas. The Vegas Sign will cost you nothing to have your picture in front of it so head down there and do that..

The Bellagio has a great conservatory to see. It is simply beautiful. The City Center has a fine art collection that is also free. If you a fan of the show Pawn Stars you can go and check out their building at no charge as well. You can also head over to Treasure Island and see their great pirate show from the strip and this will not cost you anything.

The Sapphire offers some great shows. They are a little pricey on the drinks but the shows are great. They do everything from comedy to magic shows. They are also the worlds largest strip club. You can get a free limo ride to their place if you call ahead. Just make sure you have a way home 🙂

If you want some good fun and are not put off by stripers then this place is great. They have amazing burlesque shows as well as female and male strippers. Something for everyone.

If you looking for a place to stay that is not very much money then check out priceline.com and if you stay in a casino you will save some good money.

Whatever your reason for visiting Vegas is just remember to have fun and look for deals.

Lots of love

Kaylee Shadows

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