And now two days of recovery :).
I did not, and do not, intend to give ya'll a minute-by-minute of the trip, but I have realized that even to hit the highlights I'm going to have to spread this over a few posts.
Let's start with the drive up: Hours getting through Florida and Georgia, much of that trying to get through Atlanta. Sorry Georgians, but the traffic in Atlanta alone is enough to make me never want to live in your state :P.
After FINALLY making it through the state I shall never live in, we stopped for the night in Chattanooga, TN, and stayed at the....wait for it....Chattanooga Choo Choo hotel. It was so cool:
|This is the lobby.|
|Cool gardens, and yes, a train.|
|What The Doctor would travel in if he'd been a Tennessean.|
We arrived in St. Louis Thursday night and hit a cool little historic district called St.Charles and had dinner.
|I had to take a picture of this on our way to dinner--the reason should be obvious ;).|
Had to be there bright and early for check-in. The first person I laid eyes on was Robynn Tolbert. She is as cool, and obsessed with food, in person as she is online.
|Yes, Robynn is the blurry one.|
There is no way I can list out everyone I met. Plus, being that I'm late in the game as far as posting, there are summaries of everything all over online. Suffice it to say there was much learning and much hugging and many tired bodies dragging themselves back to their rooms both nights. I had a great time listening to the speakers, and participating on the panels--my topics were "science and magic" and "Christian horror."
|The horror panel with me, Randy Streu, and N. Paul Williams.|
I also got to give advice to some aspiring writers. The days were long, but I was so, so sad when it was over!
BTW--I have a WHOLE ALBUM of pictures on FB. Go, check 'em out, then come back for the rest of the trip.
I will however, at least show you one more...my River Song costume, since I made such a big deal about it here before.
|Yes, that is my hair, and all I did was blow-dry it.|
And I have to say that I was BLOWN AWAY by the amazing organizing skills of Becky Minor, whose brainchild this whole thing was.
So, End of Day Two in St. Louis. Realm Makers is over, and it's time for the fam to do stuff on our own.
Of course we went to Meramec Caverns, which is about an hour out of town. Beautiful!
I wore the Realm Makers t-shirt that I won:
|Ugh, what a bad angle. I swear I'm not pregnant :P.|
But that brings us halfway through the trip, so I'll stop here and finish it up next time...