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Saturday, March 17, 2018

The Strip Wall Mural - Street Art in Pittsburgh

Pittsburgh is one of those big, unforgettable cities that is packed full of history, culture and arts. Unlike some of the other cities in Pennsylvania, the Steel City offers its own unique vibe and flavor. In my honest opinion, it's one of the best cities to visit in the entire state!

We're big fans of outdoor street art and wall murals and while on a recent trip to downtown Pittsburgh we stumbled upon "The Strip" wall mural that's located at 1907 Penn Avenue in the Strip District. If you've never visited this's a fun place to do some shopping! 
The Strip Wall Mural - Street Art in Pittsburgh Pennsylvania

The wall mural was a collaboration between artists Carley Parrish and Shannon Pultz. It was completed in October 2010 and was officially dedicated in November of that same year. The sponsor for this particular piece of art was The Sprout Fun. 

It's painted on the side of the Hermanowski Building and is quite large in size. Not only is it a big one, but it's quite colorful too! One of the things that I really liked about it is the fact that it's 3-dimensional. If you look'll see metal birds that are flying around in the sky. I love how the artists added this 3-dimensional aspect. Pretty cool. 

If you're looking to photograph it...I recommend going early in the day before the parking lot gets too busy. You'll have to stand in the parking lot about 50 yards away from the wall mural to capture the entire thing in one photo. As you can see...this mural is definitely a must-see if you're going to be in the Strip District while visiting Pittsburgh. 

Thursday, March 15, 2018

West Virginia State Facts and Travel Tips

West Virginia State Facts and Travel Tips
West Virginia is one of our favorite states to visit during the Fall season. Every couple of years we pack up the car and head down there to see some of the prettiest Fall Foliage that the east coast has to offer. As you drive'll drive up the Appalachian mountains and down into beautiful valleys along the way. The state has a very unique country vibe and should be on every traveler's bucket list.

Here are the official West Virginia State Facts and some Travel Tips.

West Virginia joined the union in June 1863. It's ranked #38 in population and is the 41st largest state in the U.S.A. It's known for it's coal mining industries (one of the top coal producers in the United States), logging and manufacturing.
Horseshoe Bend in West Virginia

Five largest cities in the state: Charleston, Huntington, Morgantown, Parkersburg and Wheeling.

Capital: Charleston
Bordering States: Pennsylvania, Maryland, Virginia, Ohio, Kentucky
Nickname: Mountain State
Motto: Wild and Wonderful
Bird: Northern Cardinal
Butterfly: Monarch Butterfly
Reptile: Timber Rattlesnake
Mammal: Black Bear
Fish: Brook Trout
Insect: Western Honey Bee
Tree: Sugar Maple
Flower: Rhododendron
Fruit: Golden Delicious Apple
Rock: Coal
Professional Sport's Teams: None
Counties: 55
Farm Country in West Virginia

The eastern mountain areas in the state draw in a lot of tourists who enjoy a wide variety of outdoor activities such as: hiking, camping, hunting, fishing, rock climbing, biking, backpacking, whitewater rafting, kayaking, etc. The Appalachian Trail runs through the state and attracts thousands of visitors yearly.

Top Tourist Attractions: New River Gorge Bridge, Harpers Ferry National Historical Park, Blackwater Falls State Park, West Virginia State Museum, Lost World Caverns, Cass Scenic Railroad State Park, Appalachian Trail, Seneca Rocks State Park, Cacapon State Park and Coopers Rock State Forest.

Tuesday, March 13, 2018

The Red Rabbit Old-Fashioned 50's Style Drive-In Restaurant

The Red Rabbit Drive In Restaurant in Duncannon Pennsylvania
The Red Rabbit Drive-In Restaurant located on route 322 in Duncannon has been open for business since 1964. You'll find them located a 1/4 mile east of routes 11/15 and a 1/2 mile west of  the Clark's Ferry Bridge. It is one of the most popular restaurants in Perry County, Pennsylvania.

My parents got married in the late 1960's and told me that they used to go to the Red Rabbit for dinner during the early years in the marriage. When I was a teenager, I would often go on dates to the Red Rabbit too. Now that I'm married with my own family, we enjoy visiting the Red Rabbit a few times every year.
The Red Rabbit Drive In Restaurant in Duncannon Pennsylvania

We live in the Harrisburg area and the Red Rabbit is about a 20 minute drive from our home. If you're coming from the Harrisburg area...get on route 322 and take it up to Duncannon. Right after you cross the Susquehanna River via the Clark's Ferry Bridge, you'll see the restaurant on the right side of the road.

They're open on Friday's through Sunday's from early February through late November. They're closed December, January and on major holidays. Please note: You will need to pay cash for your meal (credit cards are not accepted) and if you plan on using your debit card, there is an ATM machine on the property.
The Red Rabbit Drive In Restaurant in Duncannon Pennsylvania

One of the things that the Red Rabbit is known for is their delicious single and double Bunny Burgers! Oh my gosh, they're the BEST burgers in the area! Their menu also includes pulled pork sandwiches, ham BBQ, hot dogs, grilled cheese sandwiches, grilled chicken, french fries, chicken fingers, chicken nuggets, pizza and more! If you're looking for dessert, they have those too! We recommend trying one of their creamy milkshakes or the banana boat! YUM!

Please note - This is a drive-in restaurant! There are no indoor seating options! They bring your order to the car and you can eat your meal inside your car, at a picnic table or take it to go. Service is at car-side...order taken and delivered to you while you wait comfortably in your car! Just like the good old days!

You can learn more about the Red Rabbit Drive In's history and obtain a current copy of their menu by visiting their website online and by connecting with them over on Facebook.