VIRGINIA WEEKEND TRIP 2020

This past weekend, (Friday Oct. 9-Sunday Oct. 11, 2020) I took a little getaway trip to Williamsburg, Virginia. We left around 10:00am or so from my Aunt’s house. From there we drove pretty much straight through to Virginia. Now I’ve said it before and I will gladly say it again: I’m a HUGE history fan! Colonial Williamsburg is actually probably one of my favorite historical places to visit. Jamestown Settlement is chock full of history. But I digress… After getting into Williamsburg, my parents and I got oysters from this oyster place called Fat Tuna. (I know…a place called Fat Tuna is known for oysters. Go figure…) But the oysters and clam linguini I got was amazing! They were REALLY good! After that, we went to the General Store and this other gift shop. I think now is as good a time as any to tell you guys my grandparents used to own a timeshare in Williamsburg so we went there as a family once every year or so when I was a kid. So for me, these places brought back fond memories. So later Friday night, my Aunt and Uncle met us and we had dinner. The dinner was ok. But we got ice cream after and that ice cream was GREAT! We booked a ghost tour for 8:00pm that night. As I said, I love history, especially haunted history. I was in my element on this tour! I just loved hearing all the spooky history attached to a place like Williamsburg. The city has been around since almost the beginning of the country’s founding, so you know some stuff happened. Something I didn’t realize was Williamsburg was actually the first city in America to recognize witchcraft…not Salem. Witch accusations in Williamsburg started roughly 40 years before  the Salem Witch Trials came into play. The tour we took was called Ghosts, Witches, and Pirates Tour. I did a ghost tour in Colonial Williamsburg 2 years ago that, admitadly, was better, but I still enjoyed this! “Why was the other one better?” you ask? Well it was more interactive and I feel the tour guide was more “into” it than the guide this time. Last time, my mom, sister and I took the extended ghost tour and toured William and Mary College campus. I actually got to run–BAREFOOT!–through a field that more often than not has paranormal activity when people go there. It was pitch black, raining, and just spooky. The tour we did this time was fun and informative, but I thought there was just a little something missing. However, our guide did encourage us to go back to some of the sites after the tour to try things out. I knocked on the door of the Wythe House. The story behind that house is a long affair story. It is said that Lady Ann Skipwith lost her shoe running back to her house after finding her husband with another woman. Now if you knock on the door three times you will hear (allegedly) footsteps running down the stairs, even though the house is vacant. I tried it and nothing happened. Maybe next time… Saturday was the highlight day for me. I bought a ticket to a Halloween event called Halloween Harvest at Busch Gardens Williamsburg. The event was staggered into three time slots: 10am-2pm, 3pm-7pm, and 8pm-12am. I got the 3-7pm slot. So we ate breakfast at the Chickahominy House (another place we went a lot when I was growing up). Since we had a lot of time to kill, we drove to Virginia Beach, which is about an hour away from Williamsburg. I went to the Virginia Beach Aquarium. I will say, while the aquarium is neat and a little quirky (they have a crow there named Russell Crow), I think I prefer the National Aquarium here in Baltimore. The Virginia Beach Aquarium did have a gigantic turtle that was semi-interacting with guests. And the nature trail was cool, but it got kind of hot, so I went back inside. So after the Aquarium, my family picked me up, we drove around for a little while, and headed back to Williamsburg. Busch Gardens has been voted numerous times the Most Beautiful Park in the World. I have to agree. It is awesome there! And what made this trip to Busch Gardens is that I rode all the rides that were open for the event IN THE POURING RAIN! Yes, that’s right ladies and gentlemen. I rode roller coasters that go 75 miles per hour–IN THE FRONT ROW!–in a downpour. And let me tell ya, those raindrops feel like bullets at that point. It was painful! But I wouldn’t change the experience for anything. The rain is what made it memorable. The cool part is that I had a GoPro with a chest mount. The park actually gave me a pass and special permission to film the rides I rode. So to BGW, thank you for that! The best part was that there were virtually no lines for any of the rides! Heck, the longest I waited was for a beer. The park had this thing where you could buy essentially a Jello shot in a plastic syringe needle. Did I try it? Yup! Did I like it? Um…not particularly. I’m glad I tried it, but I don’t know if I’d get it if I went back again. So that was my Saturday. Sunday, yesterday, was probably the worst day of the trip. And it had nothing to do with Williamsburg. The traffic coming from Williamsburg back home to Baltimore was absolute HELL! Usually, we can make it to Williamsburg in 3 to 3 1/2 hours. It took us, no joke, SIX HOURS to get home! Like, what the Hell?! After finally getting home and unpacking, we just went to bed. We were exhausted from all that driving. So that was my experience this weekend in Williamsburg, Virginia. Have you ever been there? Let me know in the comments below. Thanks for reading! -Tom


Author: AuTom Spectrum Blog

I have Autism and am a self-advocate and public speaker. On the side I do stand-up comedy. I live in Baltimore County and have an AMAZING girlfriend

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