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    10 Bucket List Sandwiches

    It’s no secret that we love to eat. In our travels, we’ve been blessed to experience some of the best food on the planet. We’ve compiled a list of 10 sandwiches that should be a part of your culinary Bucket List! We have pictures of some of these sandwiches. Others were devoured before we took out our cameras, still they made a good enough impression to be included in this list. Muffuletta from Central Grocery in New Orleans, Louisiana. The famous […]

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  • Riding in the Oscar Mayer Wienermobile #BucketList

    It may seem a bit strange that a grown man would put “Riding in the Oscar Mayer Wienermobile” on his bucket list, but life has no spice without a little quirkiness. Besides, ever since I first learned of the Wienermobile as a kid, it’s been something that I’ve wanted to do. When the opportunity finally knocked, I answered the door. It happened like this: I was recently participating in a travel centric twitter chat. One of the chat questions asked […]

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  • A trip to Molokai is an elixir for your mind, body and spirit #SeeMolokai

    A trip to Molokai is an elixir for your mind, body and spirit #SeeMolokai

    A trip to Molokai is an elixir for your mind, body and spirit. It is a great stress reliever, a delicious departure from day to day life, an escape to the extraordinary. It is a place to experience new things, challenge your limits, come face to face with your fears, soak in tradition and history, bask in the the sunlight, meditate in the mist, culture, breathe in the beauty of the island and its people, soul search or simply relax.

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  • Kalaupapa National Historical Park: Bittersweet Beauty #SeeMolokai

    Kalaupapa National Historical Park: Bittersweet Beauty #SeeMolokai

    Kalaupapa National Historical Park is bittersweet, not the kind of place you travel to buy souvenirs. It is the kind of place from which you bring back lasting memories. Novelist, poet, essayist, and travel writer, Robert Louis Stevenson described it as a prison fortified by nature. It is not easy to get to but so worth the effort. On the Hawaiian island of Molokai, it is surrounded by the crashing waves of the pacific ocean on three sides and 1,700 ft high sea cliffs on the other. There is to say the least, limited access to the peninsula. You can fly in by small plane, hike or ride on mule back down the 2.9 mile steep trail with 26 switchbacks and the most breathtaking views of the Pacific Ocean. Unless you are a guest of one of the few residents, the only way to visit is with Damien Tours. Very exclusive, only 100 people are permitted to enter daily, and that includes resident’s guests.

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  • An Intimate Look Alaska’s Inside Passage

    An Intimate Look Alaska’s Inside Passage

    One of our very favorite summer vacations last August (and perhaps of all time) was a trip aboard the Uncruise Safari Endeavor giving us an intimate look Alaska’s inside passage.
    Uncruise specializes in small group travel. In other words, each ship carries under one-hundred passengers making it easier for them to get in and out of places large cruise ships can’t go.

    On our cruise we got to explore Alaska’s inside passage without ever stopping at a port for the week we were on board. While at first we thought we might lose our minds being unplugged for seven days, we quickly embraced the notion and were able to experience the real Alaska. Life onboard the ship was like no other. The passengers and crew became acquainted quickly and everyone seemed more like friends than strangers.

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  • PJ (Pack) McKenna at Sloppy Joe's in Havana , Cuba 1930

    A Storybook Journey: Ancestry Travel

    As a part of Expedia’s Find Your Storybook campaign, we are exploring the theme of Ancestry Travel. My Storybook journey is taking me backwards, through decades of family history. I haven’t traveled a single mile since my search began and yet my Storybook is taking me around the world. Of course that won’t be the case for long. The more research I do, the more interesting stories I read about my kin, about the places they have lived, breathed and […]

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  • Has the weather got you down? We have got the Rx with our warm weather favorites!

    Has the weather got you down? We have got the Rx with our warm weather favorites!

    Has the weather got you down? Have you got cabin fever? Well, have we got the Rx for you with some of our warm weather favorites. It’s time for an adventure and you don’t even have to leave the house to find inspiration! Every week we host a radio show, Road Trip Radio where we chat about food, travel and adventure. Of course, between midlife memory loss and ADD we often go off track and you never know where that […]

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  • Behind the scenes at Le Chique

    The Year’s Most Memorable Foodie Moments

    How could we let 2013 pass without highlighting some of the year’s Most Memorable Foodie Moments. So much of our travels are about food. Learning about local culture, breaking bread with new friends or toasting old ones with a fabulous wine, trying something we’ve never had before or learning about the ingredients it takes to make an amazing meal. Sometimes it’s as simple as an unbelievable donut and a great cup of coffee and other times it’s a multi-course meal in a 5-star restaurant.

    Our travels over the last 12 months have taken us to some incredible destinations. As hopeless foodies, we love sharing our culinary adventures. So as we reflect on this year’s journey, we thought we’d share some of our most memorable dining experiences of this past year.

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  • The Most Incredible Travel Year Ever

    The Most Incredible Travel Year Ever

    Without a doubt this has been the most incredible travel year ever, not just in terms of the places we’ve been, but in the friendships we formed and the personal growth we experienced. Perhaps that’s why we consider travel to be the perfect therapy for a midlife crisis (or any aged crisis for that matter). Here’s a brief recap of our incredible year. FEBRUARY Gainesville, Texas   We were honored to be the featured speakers at the annual Gainesville Area […]

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  • There’s Nothing Touristy About Molokai

    There’s Nothing Touristy About Molokai

    Molokai is one of the most beautiful and spiritual places we’ve ever visited. It has the highest sea cliffs in the world, lush tropical vegetation, a fascinating history and a population of beautiful souls.  There is nothing touristy about Molokai. It is authentic, genuine and unpretentious. Molokai will forever hold a special place in our hearts. Some of the highlights or our journey included a visit to a plumeria plantation, a kayak trip, a tour of the Hawala Valley, and […]

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  • Tailgating at LSU

    We headed down to Baton Rouge, Louisiana for some great food and crazy fun with people who take their tailgating as seriously as they take their LSU football.   Tailgating at LSU is an incredible experience with some of the best food we’ve ever encountered. LSU may occasionally lose a football game, but they’ve never lost a tailgate party. We have a new appreciation for all the ways you can prepare alligator and jambalaya. What do you love most about […]

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  • A Fall Festival Not to Miss: Check out the Jambalaya Jam for Good Food, Music and Family Fun!

    A Fall Festival Not to Miss: Check out the Jambalaya Jam! Good Eats, Good Music and Good Family Fun! The annual Jambalaya Jam in Baton Rouge, Louisiana is a must for fall festival fanatics. Guests at this incredible down town street party are invited to dance in the streets to live music and sample some of Louisiana’s best jambalaya from over 40 competing teams. These folks are as serious about their jambalaya as LSU fans are about their football.

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  • Top 20 Twitter Travel Experts

    Top 20 Twitter Travel Experts

    The Travel Media Group released a white paper listing the Top 20 Travel Experts on Twitter. Congrats to Midlife Road Trip co-host, Rick Griffin, for eating and tweeting his way into foodie/traveler expert status with the likes of Anthony Bourdain, Andrew Zimmern and Niamh Shields!   Here’s an excerpt from the white paper.      The Foodie – If you fit in The Foodie category you probably hate chain restaurants and are willing to try anything new. You get a thrill out of the […]

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  • Learning to Dance #BucketList

    Sandi goes behind the scenes at Battle of the Dance in Anaheim, California where she learns a step or two from some of the best in the business. Is she ready for Dancing with the Stars? You be the judge! Either way, she got to check something off her Bucket List.

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  • Skydiving – A Great Way to Kick Off a Midlife Crisis

    There’s no better way to kick off a midlife crisis than to jump out of an airplane! Watch as Rick checks a big item off his bucket list.  

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  • Behind the Scenes ~ Berry Fresh Cafe

    We received several emails telling us that we HAD to eat at the Berry Fresh Cafe in Port St. Lucie , Florida. So when we were in the area filming at the PGA Village, we  stopped by and were treated to some great food and great fun.

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  • Driving a Race car in Talladega #NASCAR

    We always love tagging along with others when they get to fulfill their bucket list dreams. Here’s a fun behind the scenes look at the Dale Jarrett Racing Adventure at the Talladega Superspeedway in Talladega, Alabama with our friend Max Akins, where we drove real NASCAR race-cars at speeds of 174mph!  

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  • Behind the Scenes with Andrew Zimmern

    While at Guy Fieri’s closing party at the South Beach Wine and Food Festival, we ran into one of our favorite Travel Channel celebrities, Andrew Zimmern, host of Bizarre Foods, eating of all things,  a cupcake.

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  • Tailgating Tips

    Tailgating Tips

    We met some incredible people and picked up some great tailgating tips in our recent visit to Tuscaloosa, Alabama. Where is your favorite place to tailgate?    If you love tailgating check out our  other tailgating posts! Tailgating at LSU  College Football Game Day Tailgating Etiquette Recipe: Flavorful Fall Marinade (Perfect for Tailgating) Recipe: Beer Brats with Kickoff Kraut  

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  • America’s Most Haunted Attraction

    America’s Most Haunted Attraction

    While in Baton Rouge, we got an extreme makeover and a behind the scenes tour of America’s most Haunted Attraction, The 13th Gate! The 13th Gate is the Ultimate Haunted House! There are 13 very frightening, even horrifying themed indoor &  outdoor areas where they promise your worst nightmares will come true!

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  • Riding in the Oscar Mayer Wienermobile #BucketList

    Riding in the Oscar Mayer Wienermobile #BucketList

    It may seem a bit strange that a grown man would put “Riding in the Oscar Mayer Wienermobile” on his bucket list, but life has no spice without a little quirkiness. Besides, ever since I first learned of the Wienermobile as a kid, it’s been something that I’ve wanted to do. When the opportunity finally knocked, I answered the door. It happened like this: I was recently participating in a travel centric twitter chat. One of the chat questions asked […]

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  • Ghost Pepper, Tongue Torturing Fun at Zest Fest!

    Ghost Pepper, Tongue Torturing Fun at Zest Fest!

    Experience the fine line between pleasure and pain at Zest Fest in Irving, as Rick enters Intensity Academy’s “Hot Lolly Lick-a-thon”, a fun tongue torturing contest involving a lollipop made from the infamous ghost peppers (Bhut Jolokia Chil). It is easily  the hottest lollipop on the planet. Can you say “OUCH!” ? What’s the hottest thing you’ve ever put in your mouth?    

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  • A trip to Molokai is an elixir for your mind, body and spirit #SeeMolokai

    A trip to Molokai is an elixir for your mind, body and spirit #SeeMolokai

    A trip to Molokai is an elixir for your mind, body and spirit. It is a great stress reliever, a delicious departure from day to day life, an escape to the extraordinary. It is a place to experience new things, challenge your limits, come face to face with your fears, soak in tradition and history, bask in the the sunlight, meditate in the mist, culture, breathe in the beauty of the island and its people, soul search or simply relax.

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  • taking the polar plunge in Glacier Bay, Alaska

    Taking the Polar Plunge

    Taking the polar plunge into the icy waters of Glacier Bay, Alaska was yet another exhilarating moment on our Un-Cruise adventure aboard the Safari Endeavour! It was literally the “coolest” item we’ve checked off our bucket list to date.

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  • Austin’s Famous “Bat Bridge”

    Austin’s Famous “Bat Bridge”

    Seeing 1.5 million bats take flight is an amazing sight. While in Austin, Texas  we visited the famous Congress Bridge – home of the largest urban bat colony in the world!

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  • Austin Texas is Weird and we love it! #SXSW

    Austin Texas is Weird and we love it! #SXSW

    Austin, Texas is weird and we love it! Austin is known for incredible food and fantastic music and #SXSW … Take a behind the scenes peek at what weird about Austin! And .. another check off our Bucket List!

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  • Video: Vail Tips from the Mountain Top #NokiaIcon

    Video: Vail Tips from the Mountain Top #NokiaIcon

    I went to Vail and got “Tips from the Mountain Top” on my Nokia Icon.

    If you don’t know how to ski (and I don’t) navigating with the weight of the layers of clothes, boots and skis is challenging enough. Add to the mix balancing with a camera and all bets are off. Enter Nokia Icon, a game changer for me. I slipped it into my jacket pocket, hopped on the gondola and headed up the mountain to meet my ski instructor Christy Remeta, a 16 year veteran on Vail mountain. Christy was amazing. She immediately got my focus on where it should be, skiing, versus the “what ifs” that were running rampant through my helmeted head. What if I fall? What if I break something?

    Under Christy expert tutelage I focussed, my fears subsided and I was able to enjoy the moment, the mountain and the learning to ski experience. The Vail Ski School is on top of the mountain which is absolutely amazing! Even if you never progress from the bunny hill, you get the same breathtaking view of ‘real skiers’. It was gorgeous and the perfect backdrop to ask Christy for a few tips about skiing Vail.

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    Did you know that treatments at St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital have pushed the overall childhood cancer survival rate from 20 percent to more than 80 percent since it opened in 1962? As co-host of Midlife Road Trip, it breaks my heart to think that children with certain diseases, including cancer, may have experienced their midlife before they even started kindergarten. When I was a kid, my cousin, Terri, died of a rare bone cancer when we were both only 10 years […]

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    Five Awesome Gifts for the Traveler in Your Life

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    If you’re anything like me by the time Thanksgiving is said and done, I have had enough of the ‘fixins’ so I went in search of an un-turkey like recipe and found a simple & quick one by Giada. Buon Appetito!

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    Tailgating Tips

    We met some incredible people and picked up some great tailgating tips in our recent visit to Tuscaloosa, Alabama. Where is your favorite place to tailgate?    If you love tailgating check out our  other tailgating posts! Tailgating at LSU  College Football Game Day Tailgating Etiquette Recipe: Flavorful Fall Marinade (Perfect for Tailgating) Recipe: Beer Brats with Kickoff Kraut  

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  • America’s Most Haunted Attraction

    America’s Most Haunted Attraction

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