December 2013

Happy New Year!

Fireworks
Chuck Tue, 2013-12-31 18:00
For us, 2013 was a year of dance, of wine, and a proposal... Since January we've learned foxtrot, waltz, tango, rumba, cha-cha, samba, salsa, and swing. We thought we'd try it, but we never thought we'd love it this much, and we certainly never thought we'd actually be pretty decent at it. We hope that 2014 brings us much, much more dancing! In 2013 we took two trips to California wine country: the first, in June-July, was planned and enjoyed with family and friends despite a record-setting heat wave. The second, in October, was opportunistic and as close to spur-of-the moment as we've been...

Chuck & Lori's 1st Annual Best Of List

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Chuck Mon, 2013-12-30 08:00
And now for the moment you've all been waiting for (LOL), we present to you Chuck and Lori's "Best Of" travel list for 2013! Our selection for best airline is: Delta . Well, if you live in Atlanta it's hard not to be a fan of Delta (it's easy to like an airline which has direct flights from your home town to ... pretty much anywhere). But even applying a bit of objectivity, our experience with Delta is head-and-shoulders above other airlines. From on-time performance to fantastic clubs, and from plenty of flights to a near-perfect website, Delta is clearly our best-of airline. Honorable...

Our Favorite Rewards Programs

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Chuck Sat, 2013-12-28 08:00
A s we wind down the year, we're going to do something a little different, perhaps even start an annual tradition. In this blog we, as active travelers, want to call out and offer blogger-kudos to our favorite rewards programs, and in the next blog we want to publish our first annual "Best Of" list. When it comes to travel reward programs, two that we participate in earn our "Gold Star": American Express Membership Rewards - we've participated in Amex Membership Rewards for more than a decade and have nothing but praise for the program and their customer service. We mostly use points for air...

Merry Christmas

Beautiful snowy tree
Chuck Tue, 2013-12-24 18:00
Christmas is a wonderful time to pause and contemplate the gifts in our lives, just as we contemplate God's greatest gift to humanity. Remembering our parents who are still with us and those who have left this earthly life, we lovingly recall the most precious gifts of faith, humor, and our love for one another. We hope and pray that everyone can be as blessed with such gifts as we have been. It is our sincere wish for you this Christmas that you are with those who love you and those you love, and that the greatest gift you receive this year is the sheer joy of their company. Peace be with...

A Showcase of Dance

Silhouette Dancers
Chuck Mon, 2013-12-23 11:00
Before we took our Florida road trip the week of Thanksgiving, we went to our first dance showcase at the Arthur Murray studio in Kennesaw, Georgia . Several studios were invited to participate, including those in Charlotte, North Carolina, and our own in Alpharetta. We had participated in a "spotlight" event back in the summer, for which we both had to learn a choreographed dance (Chuck did a swing/foxtrot and Lori did a rumba), but this was an all-day affair that included both freestyles and extended editions of our spotlights. The freestyles were organized in "heats", individual dances of...

Unexpected Twists and Turns, 2014 Update

Lori climbing stairs in Sagrada Familia
Chuck Sat, 2013-12-21 18:00
F or the adventurous traveler, tackling the unexpected twists and turns is just part of the fun. The last couple of months have certainly brought their share of twists and turns for us to deal with. If you'd asked us a few months ago what might have derailed our upcoming travel plans, we would have said (perhaps) an amazing can't-pass-up career opportunity. Well, one such opportunity seemed to present itself lately and we had to put our vagabonding aspirations on hold while that scenario played out. With a mixture of disappointment and relief we learned that the opportunity is no longer...