Epic Adventures

Joined September 2019Living in: Seymour, United States
  • Day36

    Back in TN!

    November 4, 2019 in the United States ⋅ 🌙 6 °C

    Flew into Nashville. Decided to stay the night since we are pooped. I have apparently become a “Hertz Gold” member because of this journey. So with my car rental I got to walk around the lot and choose whatever vehicle I wanted and just drive off. (Though I probably put more thought into the chops live than was really necessary). We ended up in a Toyota Highlander. We are staying at the Holiday Inn Express Airport location tonight. Dinner at Bar-B-Cutie and I have no doubts we will be swinging by Shipleys Doughnuts on the way out tomorrow!! Lol.Read more

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  • Day35

    Last days of Sunny CA

    November 3, 2019 in the United States ⋅ ☀️ 12 °C

    We are in the Newport Beach/ Costa Mesa area. We drove through Hermosa Beach area, is was absolutely gorgeous. We decided to check out the Aquarium of the Pacific as well as take a Sunset Cruise out of Balboa Pier in Newport Beach. (Shout out to my bro for the tickets!) Dinner at “The Pizza Bakery” was great followed by magical handmade ice cream from world famous “Afters” ice cream. They are known for something called a #milkybun. It’s a doughnut type pastry (no hole) with ice cream of your choice (he chose malted milk chocolate plus a topping!) in the center. It looked amazing but Terry said it was delicious yet “a bit much”. I had the French Toast Cinnamon Churro flavor with Captain Crunch topping. It was incredible, solid choice for sure!! This was the last lazy night before a time crunch to make our 1 pm flight at LAX due to Traffic!! We should have probably skipped our lunch stop at “Ike’s Love & Sandwiches”. I had a GF tuna sub there and terry had some kind of steak sandwich. It was totally worth it in my opinion! Though it led to being the last ones to board the flight and being a bit cramped on the 3.5 hr return fight!!Read more

  • Day34

    Back to Cali!

    November 2, 2019 in the United States ⋅ ☀️ 11 °C

    Long flight but, to my surprise, Air China has the roomiest and most comfortable planes we have been on this entire trip! The 13 hour flight brought us back to the US, to Los Angeles. We are going to spend a few days here recouping (my ankles are huge!) and visiting with Kristen before heading back to TN. We didn’t have any plans for here so we migrated to Newport Beach area after sightseeing LA the majority of the day. I enjoyed some gluten free banana walnut Carmel pancakes at Coco’s Bakery & Restraunt, they were amazing!
    Today’s highlights: obviously breakfast, followed by Hollywood sign and the “Hollywood Walk of Fame”, Rodeo Dr (and all the beautiful cars!!), Beverly Hills and Bel Air, and the sea of people at the Santa Monica Pier, then the sunset from Santa Monica Beach on the way to Newport Beach.
    Side note: Terry just HAD to see the “Beverly Hillbilly’s Mansion”. We looked up the address andheaded that way. It’s very well hidden from the road but a HUGE piece of property!!
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  • Day33

    One day in Beijing

    November 1, 2019 in China ⋅ ☁️ 17 °C

    Today we arrived in Beijing and made the most of out one day here! Immigration visas took about 2 hours of our time. We opted to go see the Great Wall of China! I booked a private airport pickup with an English speaking tour guide. That was the only English speaking person wehad the luxury of communicating with today. It wasn’t like Singapore where it was “English friendly”. Here in Beijing, you better not have many questions or want incorrect answers to what they “ “thought” you said.
    The Great Wall was a little cool (around 48 deg F) but with all the walking I was hot in the coat I brought. This definitely wasn’t the best thing I could have done for my knee but I’d hate to be this far and not go see it!! We also went to see the “Summer Palace”. Which was also lovely!
    So here in China I feel like a circus animal. People literally stopped to stare at the 6ft tall girl. The ones that didn’t just outright ask to take a selfie with me also tried to be sneaky in taking pictures. One man come ran up beside me onto a curb I was walking beside and tried to jump to see if he could “be as tall at me”. I told his he didn’t quite make it ;-). I should have opened up a photo booth like at the fair, .25 cents a picture ;-). Haha.
    We can back to this huge airport and are currently waiting patiently to board our 13hr overnight flight back to LAX. While we wait, I’m making Terry get a Chinese massage. He’ll thank me later 😬.
    Next Stop, USA, real food, and English!!
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  • Day32

    Jewel Chaing Airport, leaving Signapore

    October 31, 2019 in China ⋅ 🌙 17 °C

    The worlds #1 airport going on 5ish years. This place is INCREDIBLE!!!! It’s like a huge mall/botanical garden and is home to the worlds tallest waterfall!! Indoors!!! We spent a long time here today just looking around before our flight.

  • Day31

    Marina Bay, Cloud Forest

    October 30, 2019 in China ⋅ ☀️ 18 °C

    Public transportation here is amazing. Singapore has a terrific train line and bus service. But we STILL walked our butts off today!! Marina Bay Sands is home to the worlds longest AND tallest infinity pool!! It spans on the rooftop between three buildings. Outside the hotel is the biggest mall I’ve ever seen in my life. Though it’s been a hurdle trying to find “normal” food to eat. And fountain drinks are out of the question. The only canes beverages they have around here are canned coke, sprite, and Fanta prance. Everything else is a tea or looks weird. The only piece of food i could terry to eat I. The entire mall was a piece of cheesecake from Starbucks. So that was dinner. We sat by the marina and watched the AMAZING light show while we drank sprite and ate cheesecake. After all that we started our trip back to our hotel. We stayed at the Crowne Plaza inside the Jewel Chaing Airport. That place gets a post of its own!Read more

  • Day31

    Chinatown Street Market

    October 30, 2019 in Singapore ⋅ ⛅ 32 °C

    Took a train to Chinatown to see some temples and eat some weird food. I’m wearing a sleeveless shirt on this 90 degrees F day so I was directed to a bin outside the temple to choose a piece of cloth to cover myself with in order to go inside.

  • Day31

    Finally in Singapore!

    October 30, 2019 in Singapore ⋅ ⛅ 29 °C

    Beautiful. That’s all ;-).
    We just got through immigration processing and caught a Grab (Asia’s version of Uber) to our hotel. We are staying at the Crowne Plaza next to the airport. There is a very intricate public transport system/trains in place (MRT) and there is a stop by our hotel. So we shall go exploring!Read more

  • Day30

    Last day on boat, tomorrow Singapore!

    October 29, 2019, South China Sea ⋅ ⛅ 28 °C

    It was a sad day saying goodbye to all our friends and to the last 24 days of luxury we have enjoyed! The staff of this did a great hosting all of us this trip. It was the first time Carnival has ever sailed to Asia and the longest trip they have ever offered, so a lot of new things were done. We had a lot of pool days on the trip and enjoyed all the new countries we were able to explore. The couples at our table were Steve & Della from LA, Ed and Metta from CO, and Karen and Davis from Iowa. All so very nice! Our server Stanimir from Bulgaria was the best one we have EVER had! He made sure I had all sort of amazing Gluten Free items for the entire trip. Tomorrow morning we will be in Singapore. It’s supposed to be beautiful (and quirky with the strange laws: gum chewing and jaywalking are two huge no-no’s along with many more!!) More fun to come!!Read more

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