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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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  • savoring some of the world's best sandwiches

    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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  • 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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  • 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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  • Happy Hump Day! Rhino’s Playing Leap Frog

    Happy Hump Day! Rhino’s Playing Leap Frog

    Happy Hump Day!! It’s not every day you get to see rhinos playing leap-frog! If you love animals, you’l love our behind the scenes look at Lion Country Safari, in West Palm Beach Florida.

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  • Posing with Key Lime Kermit!

    Eating Key Lime Pie in Key West

    The final port of call for our fabulous Holland America cruise aboard the Nieuw Amsterdam was Key West Florida where we got to check “Eating Key Lime Pie in Key West” off our Bucket List ! We asked around and the locals told us  that Kermit’s Key Lime Shoppe was THE place to go so we did. Not only did we get to fast some of the best key lime pie on the planet, we got to meet the famous Key […]

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  • Snuggle up with Fifty Shades of Grey Wine

    Snuggle up with Fifty Shades of Grey Wine

    I admit to being one few adults in the United States who hasn’t read Fifty Shades of Grey. I love to read, but lately, my attention span is about 140 characters so I spend more time reading tweets than books. But when presented with the opportunity to snuggle up with Fifty Shades of Grey Wines, I couldn’t resist. Fifty Shades of Grey Wines are the creation of E L James, the renowned author of the record breaking Fifty Shades Trilogy which prominently features the […]

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  • Downtown, Louisville, KY

    Lots to Love in Louisville

    As we often do when we visit a city for the first time we explore the streets on foot to capture the city’s essence and photograph whatever catches our eye with our smartphones. As fans of food, art, sports and architecture we found lots to love in Louisville, Kentucky! We were first struck with Louisville’s architecture. The contrast of the nineteenth century buildings with todays modern skyscrapers denotes a respect for Louisville’s storied history and a vision for its future. The vibe is that […]

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  • Austria farm-to-table is a way of life! Gemütlichkeit! #MyAustrianEvening

    Austria farm-to-table is a way of life! Gemütlichkeit! #MyAustrianEvening

    In Austria farm-to-table is not just a movement, it’s a way of life. It’s all about Gemütlichkeit! Gemütlichkeit, is about fellowship and hospitality enjoyed with friends old and new. It is a table beautifully set, with flowers, fine china and crystal. It is about food, expertly and lovingly prepared from the best ingredients. It is about wine, free flowing and toasts to friendship and good times. Gemütlichkeit embodies what Austria is all about.

    We had the pleasure and privilege to experience Gemütlichkeit first hand at a dinner hosted by the Austrian Tourism Office in Brooklyn’s Red Hook,. The dinner, so artfully prepared by Austrian Chef Kurt Gutenbrunner, was one of the most memorable we have ever had. The setting was a gorgeous waterfront loft with views of the Manhattans skyline and the Statue of Liberty. Every intricate detail was carried out to perfection, from the wines selected by Leo Schneemann to the gorgeous tablescape to the sounds of Mozart and Haydn played by the Brooklyn Symphony. Saying it was magical would be an understatement.

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  • “TECHcessory” The Power of Purple: Feel Good, Do Good #VZWbuzz

    “TECHcessory” The Power of Purple: Feel Good, Do Good #VZWbuzz

    “TECHcessory” The Power of Purple: Feel Good, Do Good Technology makes our daily lives easier. I’d be lost without my smart phone, my plethora of apps and gadgets. They have become my personal accessories, much like a string of pearls was back in the 1950s. Nary a meal passes without me posting a photo of what I am about to eat. Technology makes it possible for me to check in at airports, get directions to where I’m going, make hotel reservations, book […]

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  • Going to the top of Sears Tower

    Going to the top of Sears Tower

    When I first put “Going to the top of the Sears Tower” on my bucket list, it was the tallest building in the world …and it was called the “Sears Tower.” Today, the Burj Khalifa in Dubai holds the distinction as the world’s tallest building and the Sears Tower is now the Willis Tower. Regardless of the name, going to the top of that big tall building in Chicago remained on my bucket list. I have been to Chicago several times over the […]

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  • Ten Commandments of an Authentic Italian Meal

    Ten Commandments of an Authentic Italian Meal

    Anybody who follows our adventures knows that we love to eat. We believe the best way to appreciate and embrace a culture is through its cuisine. I was recently hosted on a trip to Gargano, Italy by a local tourism group called Gargano OK. Gargano is the “spur of the boot” jutting out into the Adriatic Sea. It is a popular destination among Italians but it is not nearly as touristy as many of the other regions in Italy. Therein […]

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  • Frolicking in the Foothills of the Smoky Mountains #CanAmSpyder

    Frolicking in the Foothills of the Smoky Mountains #CanAmSpyder

    I love living in Atlanta. After all, Atlanta has professional sports, big name concerts, a colorful history, bustling nightlife, world class museums, and an extraordinary food scene. I could live a full and happy life here without ever leaving the city. But, as someone with the wanderlust gene and a having access to a midlife crisis mobile, getting out of town is something I have to do – even if it’s just for a day. So for my most recent […]

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  • The Luxe Insider

    Midlife Road Trip Among 2014 Best Travel Blogs

    We are honored to be included among The Luxe Insider luxury travel magazine’s 2014 Best Travel Blogs! Here’s an excerpt from the article. PUBLISHED BY FRANCOIS LE HECHO  SEPTEMBER 2, 2014 Luxury travel blogs are very numerous on the web, it can be sometimes difficult to find reliable and personal content from authors who really travel and visit what they are reviewing. We decided to highlight here our selection of best travel blogs in which we trust and that will allow you to […]

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  • GODIVA Takes Chocolate Lovers Around the World in Six Bites

    GODIVA Takes Chocolate Lovers Around the World in Six Bites

    What’s not to love! Two of our favorite things: Travel and Chocolate …

    GODIVA Chocolatier has created Chef Inspirations – Flavors of the World limited edition chocolate collection. Curated by GODIVA’s international chefs, Flavors of the World is inspired by their culinary journeys across the globe, and the unique local ingredients they have encountered. The chocolates incorporate deliciously surprising flavor profiles to allow chocolate lovers to travel the world in six bites.

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  • Falcon’s Fury: North America’s tallest freestanding drop tower

    Falcon’s Fury: North America’s tallest freestanding drop tower

    Falcon’s Fury stands at 335 feet and takes riders soaring 60mph straight down. At the ride’s highest point Busch Gardens has added an element of surprise; like its bird of prey namesake, riders pivot 90 degrees in midair to a face-down dive position. An instant later, riders plunge with speed and power that they’ve never experienced before.

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  • Regal Princess to debut Night Sky Lounge this fall

    Regal Princess to debut Night Sky Lounge this fall

    The top-deck Retreat Pool will transform into the new Night Sky Lounge one night during each cruise, inviting guests to enjoy an upbeat and modern, South Miami-style nightclub vibe, including atmospheric pool and furniture lighting, glowing drinks and a DJ spinning tunes on a state-of-the-art audio system

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  • Bucket List Adventures: Hitting the (midlife) road

    Bucket List Adventures: Hitting the (midlife) road

    Travel Writer & Columnist, Kathy Witt wrote the following story about the MidLife Road Trip for McClatchy-Tribune. Another reason that not a day goes by that we don’t count our MidLife Blessings.  Bucket List Adventures: Hitting the (midlife) road By KATHY WITT To eat a Belgian waffle in Belgium. Cuddle a koala bear. Meet snack maven Little Debbie. Tug on Carol Burnett’s ear. If you’re going to dream, you’ve got to do it big. And some of the biggest dreams are […]

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    Travel Essentials Then and Now #VZWBuzz

    As co-hosts of Midlife Road Trip, we are frequently interviewed about a variety of travel topics. We are almost always asked which items we consider essential when packing for a trip. Our answers have changed over the years primarily because of experience and technology. We thought it would be fun to compare our travel essentials then, and now. THEN: Laptop – Whether traveling by planes, trains, or automobiles, bringing a laptop was essential for turning travel time into productive time. […]

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    In search of Zombies on a #CanAmSpyder

    It’s no secret that I’m a huge fan of road trips. I’m also a huge supporter of our men and women in uniform and a huge fan of AMC’s The Walking Dead series. So when I learned that a ladies riding club, called the Bomber Girls LRC, was sponsoring the Biking Dead Tour to raise money for our troops, I couldn’t wait to hit the road in search of zombies on a #CanAmSpyder!  The ride was from Newnan, Georgia (located […]

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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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