By this time, it was time to call Uber (which I have decided is truly a great service), and catch a ride to our Escape Room experience. Now for those of you who are not familiar with Escape Rooms and wonder just what the heck I have been talking about, let me tell you about it!
Escape Rooms are becoming a hot ticket across the country. Each Escape Room has a different story behind it to help you get started. You and several of your friends, or co-workers or strangers, depending on who has booked the experience at the same time that you have, are locked into a room for 60 minutes, in which time you are to find clues and solve puzzles in order to get out. Megan and I did one of these while we were in New Orleans and I am now hooked. I don't want to give too much away, but both of the rooms i have been in have included notes left lying around with cryptic messages that are meant to be clues to where to look for keys to locked chests, or desks which lead to more clues. Both of the adventures I have done have started in one room and had clues that eventually led to a secret door (both have been bookcases) that opened up into another room. In New Orleans, Megan and I were the only ones trying to solve all the clues and puzzles and we came close, but didn't quite solve everything in the hour we were given. In this adventure, Kathi and I were with a group of 6 other people, who all knew one another, but we all collaborated in our effort to solve everything, unlock everything and get our. Again, we were close, but were defeated in our efforts. It is SO MUCH FUN and I would highly recommend it for anyone who is looking for something to do that is different than dinner and a movie. It gets one moving (we had to climb a ladder and crawl through a passageway for this particular experience, for example) and using your mind in order to get out of the room. It is challenging, but fun. And, of course, they will let you or any of your party out of the room if they decide that the whole thing is not for them.
Once we were out of the room, we did a little grocery shoppimg at the Martin's grocery store that was in the same shopping center as the Escape Rooms, then ubered our way back to our apartment. We did make a quick run out to a local pub/pizza place, the Mellow Mushroom, to fill a growler that Fiona provided for us with a berry cider. Rather than going our for dinner, we snacked on cheese and summer sausage and fruit and watched "The Perks of Being A Wallflower".
Not long after the movie ended we crawled into bed and crashed. The Edgar Allen Poe Museum in closed on Mondays, so tomorrow we plan on visiting the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts (EVERYONE we have talked to here has said that we should go there), and the Poe museum on Tuesday.