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  • Road trip to Stone Mountain on a #CanAmSpyder

    Road trip to Stone Mountain on a #CanAmSpyder

    The day had finally arrived to take my first road trip on my #CanAmSpyder (my midlife crisis-mobile)! Since I had little experiencing driving anything with less than four wheels, I had to promise my wife that I would stay off the interstates, obey the speed limits and be back home in time to fix dinner. Yes, as a writer and foodie with a job that doesn’t require regular hours, I’m the one who usually has to fix dinner.  … and […]

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  • Carnival Cruise Lines serving Cigar City Brewing’s craft beers

    Carnival Cruise Lines serving Cigar City Brewing’s craft beers

    Capitalizing on the growing popularity of craft beer in the U.S., Carnival Cruise Lines has entered into an exclusive agreement to offer Tampa-based Cigar City Brewing’s craft beers on all of its Florida-based ships. Beginning July 13, 2014, Cigar City’s Florida Cracker Belgian-Style White Ale and Invasion Pale Ale will be available on 13 Carnival ships sailing from five Florida ports.  Combined, those ships carry more than two million guests each year.  The agreement — the first partnership of this […]

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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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  • Celebrating Chardonnay Day

    Celebrating Chardonnay Day

    Chardonnay is the world’s most popular white wine grape and is celebrated each year on May 23 in what is now recognized as National Chardonnay Day.  I’m not sure how National Chardonnay Day came into being, but any grape that is planted on over 400,000 acres worldwide and in more wine regions than any other grape, including Cabernet Sauvignon, certainly deserves it’s own day. It wouldn’t be right to celebrate National Chardonnay Day without sipping on an excellent Chardonnay. So […]

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  • Tips for a Vacation that Stays Within Your Budget

    Tips for a Vacation that Stays Within Your Budget

    When planning a family vacation, you can cut costs and avoid being caught unprepared with just a little advance planning. Have fun and remain within your budget by following these steps before you go. 1) Plan in advance what you will do for dining Decide before you leave how many meals you will be eating out. Prepare some food along the way, saving dining out for special occasions. If you pack lots of snacks, easy-to-prepare meals and plenty of drinks […]

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  • Panning for Gold in Alaska

    Panning for Gold in Alaska

    As part of Prince Cruises #FollowMeAtSea Alaska Twitter trip, we took an excursion to the Eldorado Gold Mine to do a little panning for gold. Our tour was conducted by a Fiddle playing conductor who entertained us with songs and a wonderful narration of the history of  the Alaskan gold rush. The Eldorado Gold Mine employs a colorful cast of characters who showed us how to pan for gold. Once you see a few of the shiny nuggets in your […]

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  • Alaska ~ Duck Farts and Saddle Sores

    Alaska ~ Duck Farts and Saddle Sores

    There was no shortage of entertainment on our Alaska Twitter trip sponsored by Princess Cruises.  After returning from an incredible helicopter ride and glacier landing, we attended a fun filled dinner theatre.  The same wait staff who served our BBQ, were the cast members in the musical, “The Music of Denali”. Somehow the cast coaxed me up on stage – thankfully for the audience they didn’t ask me to sing anything. I just had to sit there and look good:) […]

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  • Popping the Cork  #WineWednesday

    Popping the Cork #WineWednesday

    It’s #WineWednesday and nothing says celebration like the sound of a Champagne cork popping. Wine is fine anytime, but if you want to turn a party into a celebration you’ve gotta bring the bubbles! Barefoot Wines produces a Brut Cuvée and Pink Moscato Bubbly that have been a part of my family’s celebrations for the last few years.  One interesting observation from our celebrations is that most of the guys seem to prefer the crisp Brut Cuvée with hints of green apple, while the […]

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  • Celebrity interview with Danica Patrick

    Celebrity interview with Danica Patrick

    We got to interview one of our favorite celebrities, Danica Patrick! Danica Patrick is the most successful woman in the history of American open-wheel racing. Danica is one of the most searched athletes on all of Google. She has hosted the Country Music Awards, been on the cover of Sports Illustrated, been featured in numerous iconic Super Bowl commercials for GoDaddy.com and is currently a celebrity spokesperson for Can-Am Spyder (Which Can-Am is providing Rick for his Midlife-Crisis-Mobile). Her love of food […]

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  • Can-Am Spyder – the perfect midlife-crisis-mobile

    Can-Am Spyder – the perfect midlife-crisis-mobile

    I’ve long said that a road trip is the perfect therapy for a midlife crisis. There’s something about hitting the road to explore a new destination that rejuvenates your spirit and fuels your wanderlust.  I’ve always wanted to take an open air road trip on a motorcycle but I never have, for several reasons. I don’t own a motorcycle, I don’t have a motorcycle license, my wife, Denise, thinks they are unsafe, and she’s afraid I might get a tattoo […]

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  • Ancestry Travel – Chapter One

    Ancestry Travel – Chapter One

    As a part of Expedia’s Find Your Storybook campaign, we are exploring the theme of Ancestry Travel. We are embarking on a quest to discover where we came from by researching our ancestors, tracing their paths and visiting, the places they lived, worked, played and died. Chapter One of our journey entails research. Family records only take us back so far. So we reached out to Ancestry.com to help us discover more. They were excited that we chose to make Ancestry […]

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  • Do you have what it takes to be a great Phonetographer? See and hear what you’ve been missing!

    Do you have what it takes to be a great Phonetographer? See and hear what you’ve been missing!

    Do you have what it takes to be a great Phonetographer? Perhaps you’re not even sure what a phonetographer is?

    The urban Dictionary defines Phonetographer as “One who is always taking photos with the camera in their phone. Most often artsy photos that end up posted on social network sites like Facebook.” Ever since camera phones came into existence we have been sharing everything from the food we eat to every move we make in the infamous selfie.

    What are some of the benefits of being a phonetographer?

    Regardless of where you are, your phone is usually with you. If it’s not, more than likely you are in the throws of a severe panic attack.

    It’s easy to carry. Slip it in your pocket and you’re good to go.

    The technology is king and while it’s pretty sophisticated even I can use it, and use it well. It’s idiot proof. Take the Nokia Lumia Icon. It takes HD video and it has four built in speakers. Add to that a 20-megapixel camera with a single–finger zoom and you’ve got a pretty darn good chance at taking some fabulous photos.

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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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