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Potholes, proverbs, and politics. Random adventures of a workaholic. Taking Gandalf's advice seriously and trying to see the world, not only through my books and maps, one road trip at a time.
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    Okaloosa Island

    December 26, 2016 in the United States ⋅ ⛅ 73 °F

    So when you leave your little brother home alone for the first family vacation, he gets a little angsty and makes you take him on a second family trip.

    Oh the Emerald Coast. Granted, it was December and we may have been wearing light jackets in the evening (it's still Florida and home is way colder), but I could not have asked for a nicer Christmas present. Tanning, surfing, and wedding watching at sunset were just some of the activities the fam and I took part in. This southern vacation was a little more low-key than Gulf Shores, mainly because it was off season and most of your typical tourist places were closed. Completely fine with my family. I read at least 3 books and the family combined book total was 8. Our only day trip was to Eglin Air Force Base Armament Museum. Rows and rows of some of the most spectacular aircraft ever flown by man, a few missiles and bombs placed in between because why not, and a rich history of one of the most interesting US military installations make this a site worth seeing. Personal favorite goes to one of my top 5 favorite planes, the SR-71 Blackbird. Incomparable record. Man was never meant to fly, but no one could convince the Wright Brothers of that and I'm glad they didn't. Additionally, the beaches and Fort Walton Pier are second to none. The water is this beautiful shade of blue-green well more green than blue...like an emerald color...so that's where the name came from...The locals will teach you how to catch flounder, the herons wait for you to throw them a fish head, and the Osprey helicopters flown by the Marine Corps out of Eglin AFB buzz the horizon to the delight of onlookers everwhere. No trip is, of course, complete without something tasty to eat. Best pick: Mcguire's Irish Pub. Ask for a pint of their selection of brews, munch on their famous Senate Bean Soup, toast to your Irish roots, write your name on a dollar bill and nail gun it to the wall, and pick up some swag at their gift shop on the way out. If you are heading south to get away from the cold of winter, the Emerald Coast is just the bright spot you need.Read more

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    Gulf Shores-Fort Morgan

    August 6, 2016 in the United States ⋅ ☀️ 88 °F

    Ever heard that Kenny Chesney song Flora-Bama?

    Well, Mom, Dad, and I packed up the SUV and headed for sun, sand, and an SPF15 tan. Needless to say we were not disappointed. Sit on the beach, read that adventure novel and drink a beer. Or, take a walk and find tiny shells, say hello to a blue heron, and watch the sun set over blue-green water. Wake up to an F-16 breaking the sound barrier and then watch those Blue Angels flip and twist through the sky. Want to see them up close? Drive down to USNAS Pensacola and snag a flyboy of your own. Want to see some early American history? Go the opposite direction on the peninsula, hop on a ferry, ride the waves past oil rig after oil rig, and you'll find yourself lost in history at the Civil War era fort - Fort Morgan. Hungry? Grab a pizza at Fort Morgan Pizza or a fancy dinner and shopping at The Wharf. Tired yet? Go back to the beach, sit a spell in that beach chair, and let the sound of crashing waves and the warm sun lull you to sleep. Welcome to paradise.Read more

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    NOLA

    March 18, 2016 in the United States ⋅ 🌧 66 °F

    Laissez le bon temps rouler!

    New Orleans, the Big Easy, the epitome of decadence and adventure. Brunch at Court of Two Sisters, grab some mid afternoon beignets and cafe au lait at the famous Cafe du Monde, and dine on fresh seafood sauteed with veggies in pasta at St. Ignatius. Don't forget to drink some hurricanes, hand grenades, and tequila shots while throwing beads from a balcony at your fellow Bourbon Streeters. Take a haunted Quarter tour, say a prayer at St. Louis Cathedral, and buy street art from a starving artist on Jackson Square. Visit a voodoo shop, have your fortune told, and dance along to the jazz that fills the air day and night. Ride a streetcar named desire down to the Garden District and see the mansion lined streets, the bead tree on Tulane's campus, and catch a wedding at Audubon Park. All in all, just let the good times roll!Read more

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