The Sights Unseen

Sensenig Family RV Adventures

November 05, 2016

Park City, Kentucky

We almost didn’t make it to Kentucky.

What seems to be an endless saga of repairs happening for the RV just about kept us from our Halloween plans, but we persevered and were so glad that we did! We were able to meet up with our fantastic friends, The Church Family, and spent some great quality time with them. We took the time to enjoy so much on this trip. Lots of great memories were made!

Our first outing was a walk through the visitor center at Mammoth Cave National Park and a walk on one of the trails near the park. It was a gorgeous day and we timed it just perfectly to be able to see the sun setting.

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The following day we visited the National Corvette Museum and Plant Tour in Bowling Green, Kentucky. We had a fabulous time! So much fun and the tour was simply amazing. We were able to see the process of creating a corvette from the beginning to the end. One of our friends was chosen to start one of the cars as it completed coming through the processing line. Cool opportunity for a 12 year old! We also were able to see where a massive sinkhole swallowed up several classic cars in 2014. They have turned it into a major part of their museum. Here is a news article from USA Today about the event.

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Trick or treating was planned at the campground early in the weekend and the kids took part in the festivities…and they of course received lots of candy.

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The next day we visited the Lincoln Birthplace which is also part of the National Park system. This was located in Hodgenville, KY. The kids were able to work through the Junior Ranger workbook to earn a badge from their time exploring the park. We visited the memorial, walked some trails and walked through the museum. We also drove to Lincoln’s boyhood home and walked around that area. It was a very fascinating learning experience.

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We experienced another night of trick or treating that was planned by the Nomadica group (a group of other families that travel full time and enjoy various activities together). The kids loved having an extra day of trick or treating!!

We had many more times of hiking, campfires and coffee time with our sweet friends. This time was just priceless to us.

The saying is true…home is where you feel loved and valued. And if that is true, and I believe that it is, we were home this week in Kentucky.

“Home wasn’t a set house, or a single town on a map. It was wherever the people who loved you were, whenever you were together. Not a place, but a moment, and then another, building on each other like bricks to create a solid shelter that you take with you for your entire life, wherever you may go.”
Sarah Dessen, What Happened to Goodbye

July 15, 2016

Review: Alice’s Tea Cup in NYC

 

Planning a trip to NYC is always an amazingly fun activity, knowing the possibilities are endless regarding all that we can do in a given day. We only had one day to spend there and we wanted to make it worth our time and also wanted to do something that everyone would enjoy.

As we were looking at all the possibilities that we had within our reach, a dear friend suggested a nice place to stop and enjoy something to eat as we explore. A place that she and her daughter had enjoyed as well. That place was Alice’s Tea Cup.

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There were several locations to choose from and once we narrowed down which place was closest to our sight-seeing activities, we made definite plans to go, after getting the approval of the rest of the family! We went to Chapter II, the location on E 64th St., by the way!

When we walked into the restaurant, we were immediately taken in by the whimsical decor. A very quaint, peaceful and even magical place to enter into.

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We were taken to a small table with a variety of beautiful tea cups placed on the table. The variety of teas available to try was seemingly endless, but we managed to narrow down a perfect choice for our family, Mango Flip. Our server was extremely helpful when we had certain questions about the tea, it’s origin and the type of flavor that we would experience. We also loved this tea so much that we bought some extra to share with our dear friends we would be visiting within the next week.

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We loved the choices of food as well. So many sandwiches, burgers and salads to choose from, and all with their unique style. These were not choices you can find just anywhere. They were true to the Alice in Wonderland theme, and we felt like we were most definitely living in quite the dream.

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As we finished our meal and prepared to leave, we began a conversation with Ramon, the manager of Alice’s Tea Cup. He asked where we were from and we talked about our journey, living and traveling in an RV. He was so excited to learn more, so we chatted for a few minutes and talked about how we do what we do. Since it was later in the day and the restaurant had a plentiful amount of scones left, he offered us two boxes of scones for our journey! They were so amazingly good and Ramon was a pleasure to talk to!

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Alice’s Tea Cup is definitely on our list of places to return and hope that we have the opportunity to make it back again. If you are planning a trip to NYC in the future, we would like to encourage you to give Alice’s Tea Cup a try.

Tea, scones, wonderful food, amazing people and a setting that provides a unique and whimsical experience. All within walking distance from the heart and pulse of NYC. What more reason do you need?

Beauty and Blessing Awaits!

February 2016–Flooding and Florida

Calista informed us at the first of the month that it was time to say goodbye to her beloved barbies. These barbies have been her friends for many, many months so we were quite surprised to hear that she wanted to give them away. She not only wanted to give them away, but she wanted to make sure that they were given to children that lived in a children’s home. We were not very familiar with the options in the area, but we found a children’s home that operated a thrift store, so we bundled them up and delivered them to the Collins Children’s Home Thrift Store in Seneca, SC.

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Smiling Calista after donating her Barbies

Smiling Calista after donating her Barbies

We explored the local area a bit and visited The Children’s Museum of the Upstate in Greenville, SC. It was a really fun museum and they had an exhibit that encouraged interactivity with all 50 states called Trivial Pursuit, A 50 State Adventure. It was fun to interact with the states and even be able to recognize some places that we have visited.

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We also enjoyed a very fun Valentine’s Day as Steve had a gig with Katie Deal and Chris Wright in Gainesville, GA at Brenau University, just about an hour from the campground. It was such an amazing concert with so many outstanding musicians. We went out together and celebrated as a family at Mellow Mushroom. I think we have visited at least 10 different Mellow Mushroom restaurants in our travels and every one of them is unique! We topped off the night with a cheesecake that I made for everyone.

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So, now to the exciting part of the month…well, all that happened prior was pretty exciting, but…

We had a flood. In our RV. Thank you non-working toilet that decided to work while we were gone for the day.  Lots of water on the floor and in the carpet. We tried valiantly to remove all the water, but we just couldn’t. So, we removed the carpet and put down the new flooring we have been wanting for 3 years. So, all in all a blessing in disguise, just not the route that we planned to take.

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After we stripped the carpet from the slideout

In process of installing the flooring

In process of installing the flooring

Celebrating the completion of the finished flooring

Celebrating the completion of the finished flooring

It was really quite the project, but we were so happy to be able to complete it ourselves and it is exactly what we wanted. We love our new floor!

We topped off February with a very fun and refreshing trip to Florida to visit with friends and just enjoy a change of scenery. It turned out to be so much more refreshing than we thought it would be. It was a such an encouraging and uplifting week. We did not want to leave!

We found a great site on Easy St.

We found a great site on Easy St.

We sat by the pool with our good friend, Kaycee while the kids played

We sat by the pool with our good friend, Kaycee while the kids played

Mom's Night Out was a very fun time!

Mom’s Night Out was a very fun time!

Campfire with The Hannen's and our new friends, The Church's

Campfire with The Hannen’s and our new friends, The Church’s

Exploring Jensen Beach, FL

Exploring Jensen Beach, FL

Enjoying an evening with our beautiful friends, The Lincoln's

Enjoying an evening with our beautiful friends, The Lincoln’s

We went to see a great show in Lakeland, FL. We loved it, Christi!

We went to see a great show in Lakeland, FL. We loved it, Christi!

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We had an amazing time connecting with our friends Phil and Heather in Lakeland, FL.

We had an amazing time connecting with our friends Phil and Heather in Lakeland, FL.

We met up with Christina at Starbucks. Christina, you are such a gem!

We met up with Christina at Starbucks. Christina, you are such a gem!

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Enjoying our last day by the pool

Enjoying our last day by the pool

Even with the ups and downs of figuring out the flooring issue, we had such a fabulous February! We are filled with so much gratitude for every experience that comes our way. It is a beautiful life!

Beauty and Blessing Awaits!

February 05, 2016

January 2016~ Art and Music

We spent the first days of the new year traveling, boondocking and traveling some more as we made our journey from PA to SC. We were able to use Walmart parking lots for those stops and actually enjoyed the opportunity to stop for an evening, grab some food and travel again the next day…although too many of those days and we definitely feel the need to stay put for a bit longer.

We arrived in Fair Play, SC  at Carolina Landing RV Resort and were greeted with a sign with our name that said ‘guests of the day’. We have never had that happen and in fact, have never seen that kind of sign before at a Thousand Trails park. It was nice, though and very much a predictor of how our stay has been so far. Everyone is super nice and helpful. We absolutely love it.

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Another awesome perk is meeting some great people while we are at Carolina Landing . Some very special friendships are forming and we are so thankful for the opportunities that we have to connect with new people along our journey.

Our main reason for coming to this area was for Calista to attend Lisa Kelly Voice Academy in Peachtree City, GA (near Atlanta). Our original plan was to stay closer to Atlanta, but that plan didn’t quite pan out, which was disappointing at first, but we now realize was a blessing in disguise. The class has been an amazing experience so far and Calista loves being able to focus on her singing and has enjoyed telling us about her experiences there. We are all very excited for her!!

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We decided to stay closer to her class during our week out (with our TT membership we can stay three weeks, but have to be out one to return to the same park), so we found Sweetwater Creek RV Reserve in Austell, GA. We really enjoyed our stay there and we had closer access to places in Atlanta.

We visited Sandy Springs Playable Art Park on the Abernathy Greenway in Sandy Springs, GA. It was such a cool park! We loved it! Every structure was a piece of art created by local artists, but also meant to be playable. There was also a walking trail, but we ended up spending lots of time on the swings and climbing structures. If you are ever in the Atlanta area, we highly recommend experiencing this park!

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We are really looking forward to what February will bring us…several adventures planned on the horizon, so stay tuned!

Beauty and Blessing Awaits!

January 08, 2016

2015~A Year in Music and Pictures

We enjoyed making the previous video so much, we decided to make one recapping all the events of 2015. Well, maybe not all, it is hard to capture all of our memories from the year! Steve had an amazing opportunity this year to arrange some music for Chloë Agnew to perform with the Atlanta Pops Orchestra in September of 2015. We used an arrangement for that concert in this video. We hope you enjoy our year in pictures!!

 

3 Year Nomadiversary!

It’s very hard to believe that we have been traveling for 3 years now. We have so much to be thankful for, have seen so many amazing places and met the most incredible people. One step toward a long awaited dream helped us discover a life full of joy, adventure and friends…so many wonderful friends!

There is really no way to contain all the memories that we have experienced in a single blog post, so we put together a video to show a few sights (definitely not all!!) that we have seen on this amazing journey.

I hope you enjoy this glimpse into our past 3 years…you may even see yourself in the video!

Beauty and Blessing Awaits!

Lancaster, PA 2015–Take 1

We arrived in Lancaster in time to celebrate my 48th birthday, which was awesome because we had the added surprise of meeting up with some sweet RVing friends, The Denkins. It was wonderful to be able to spend some time with them and to see our family and friends that live in the Lancaster area.

By the way, you will see me reference Hannah as Calista from now on. She has decided to change her first name. I’ll write more on that later because there is a story behind the name change that is really cool, or at least we think so!

Our site at Circle M in Lancaster, PA

Our site at Circle M in Lancaster, PA

Sunset at Circle M

Sunset at Circle M

Girls Day Out in Downtown Lancaster, PA

Girls Day Out in Downtown Lancaster, PA

Birthday dinner with the family

Birthday dinner with the family

Sweet birthday presents from the Denkins' kiddos.

Sweet birthday presents from Jenna Denkins and Calista.

Beading with these very eager young beaders. I loved their energy!

Beading with these very eager young beaders. I loved their energy!

Water park fun at Circle M.

Water park fun at Circle M.

I made my own birthday cheesecake...because...why not?

I made my own birthday cheesecake…because…why not?

Sharing cheesecake with the Denkins Fam!!

Sharing cheesecake with the Denkins Fam!!

Beauty and Blessing Awaits!

October 02, 2015

Gettysburg Farm, PA

I’m going to backtrack a bit and write some posts from our summer in PA. I hope you don’t mind!

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When we arrived in PA last Spring, our first stop was Gettysburg Farm RV Park near Hanover, PA. We were not sure what to expect as we had not stayed there before. All we knew was that there was a working farm located at the campground, which made us super excited! And I have to say, and I think I speak for the family when I say this…it is one of our favorite places to stay. The scenery is so peaceful and the people that camped there were very friendly….and so were the animals. We loved being able to walk out and visit the animals every day.

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We celebrated Steve’s birthday while we were there! We enjoyed some Boston Cream Pie…who says you can’t bake in an RV?

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It was also nice to be so close to PA family so they could come visit and enjoy the farm with us! One of the blessings of our summer, for sure!

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We made a regular trip into Hanover to visit the Amish market for coffee, milk and other goodies. One of the lovely things about visiting PA is that you can find farm fresh food from a variety of markets the area.

Gettysburg Farm is a beautiful and peaceful farm that is a wonderful place to spend some extended time with the family. Next time we are in PA you can guarantee that we will be staying there again.

Beauty and Blessing Awaits.

June 01, 2015

Medford, New Jersey

During our stay in PA, Steve has had many opportunities to give some concerts in several different venues. We are looking forward to several more in the coming months, all located in PA. The weather has been gorgeous and we are loving being in the area. Not only have we been able to enjoy the opportunities for music, but also spending time with friends and family has definitely been an added bonus.

This week we have had the opportunity to spend time in  Ocean View, NJ and we absolutely LOVE the campground here (I’ll post more about that later). We also traveled to Medford, NJ this weekend so that Steve could provide music for a small church there. We actually ended up staying at a Hampton Inn for the night (just much easier for us for various reasons). We enjoyed an amazing dinner with friends (smoked ribs and grilled bratwurst and burgers—so very good!!!) We connected with some new friends that we hope to see again when we go back to NC this fall. Then today, spent a large part of the day by the lake watching the kids swim and canoe. So fun!

So, if I had to sum up our day in one photo, this would be the one:

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The ultimate in summer fun! Watching the kids jump off that deck over and over brought back some great memories of doing the same thing at their age!

Beauty and Blessing Awaits…

April 20, 2015

Historic Jamestowne

It has been amazing to be surrounded by so much history. To be able to expose our family to connections being made through reading about and watching history. Being able to BE where our people were, to walk where they walked, is just priceless.

Historic Jamestowne is one of those places that I could continue to visit time and time again and never tire of being there, in its rich history. I realize that not everyone in the family feels the same, which is why we didn’t return every day, but I appreciate their willingness to give it a try! Connecting with history isn’t something you can force and there needs to be a definite passion toward the learning so that the information is a living, breathing experience. And I did see moments such as this happening, spontaneous questions being asked and those lights of connection being turned on. I love seeing those moments happen. Totally worth it in every way.

We had the wonderful privilege of spending our time there with our precious friends, The Lincoln Family. It was wonderful to be able to spend time together in person after many months of being friends online. Beautiful family.

Here are a few highlights from our time in Historic Jamestowne:

Entrance to the Visitor Center at Historic Jamestowne. We walked through this building to get our tickets and to continue on to the historic sites.

Entrance to the Visitor Center at Historic Jamestowne. We walked through this building to get our tickets and to continue on to the historic sites.

With the Jamestowne monument in the background, Hannah is ready to get there!

With the Jamestowne monument in the background, Hannah is ready to get there!

Jamestown Monument, up close.

Jamestowne Monument, up close.

Statue of Pocohontas

Statue of Pocahontas

Kids playing in the barracks

Kids playing in the barracks

Statue of John Smith

Statue of John Smith

Place where John Rolfe and Pocohontas were married

Place where John Rolfe and Pocahontas were married

Walkway to Archaearium that housed many artifacts of this time in history

Walkway to Archaearium that housed many artifacts of this time in history

We watched the ferry carry passengers through the channel

We watched the ferry carry passengers through the channel

Spending a beautiful afternoon with a beautiful family...love that you can see the kids playing in the background!

Spending a beautiful afternoon with a beautiful family…love that you can see the kids playing in the background!

Trees blooming!

Trees blooming!

Beauty and Blessing Awaits.