February 2015

Winter, 2015 Road Trip!

Chuck and Lori's Travel Blog - Nissan Rogue, Decked Out For Road Trip
Chuck Sat, 2015-02-28 07:30
Nissan Rogue, Skis Atop, New Cargo Carrier On Back From December to mid-February, we logged over 5,000 miles of travel. Not 1 of those miles was by air. To maximize our mileage streak without setting foot in an airplane, why not take a road trip? With some work to do in Boston, and with lots and lots of powdery white snow all over the place up north, every flake of it ski-worthy, a February-March trip north made perfect sense. And it also made perfect sense to invite Lori's sister and brother-in-law, Susan and Randy, to tag along with us. The only challenge proved to be stuffing our Nissan...

When Your Hotel Neighbors Show Their Love

Chuck Tue, 2015-02-24 10:31
Warning: this may be our first, and only ever, R-rated blog. So if you're accustomed to reading our blog to your children, you might want to tell them we just didn't blog today. If you're a mature adult reader, not afraid to delve into what goes on in hotel rooms around the world, then read on. There must be something about hotels. In Saturday's blog we mentioned in passing that raw oysters are purported to be one of the best aphrodisiacs, but with all the time we've spent in hotels the past year we're pretty certain that the best aphrodisiac is checking into a hotel. Without the kids, of...

Seafood of the Northern Gulf of Mexico

Chuck and Lori's Travel Blog - A Seafood Platter from Wiki Commons
Chuck Sat, 2015-02-21 07:30
When I (Chuck) was a kid, I was a picky eater: I ate hot dogs, peanut butter and jelly sandwiches, and fried shrimp. Many picky eaters never learn to like shrimp, but if you grow up on the Mississippi Gulf Coast and you don't eat shrimp, you'll likely starve. It never fails to amaze us how many people are lost when it comes to seafood, but obviously we grew up where fresh seafood is a staple of everyday life. People of the coastal communities of the Northern Gulf of Mexico who don't eat seafood are like people from Wisconsin who don't eat cheese. So to wrap up our series of blogs on this...

Alabama's Redneck Riviera

Chuck and Lori's Travel Blog, Lori on Orange Beach, Alabama
Chuck Thu, 2015-02-19 07:30
The hardest thing about writing today's blog was finding a picture to include. For some reason, we've never taken a lot of pictures during any of our stays at Alabama's Redneck Riviera. Actually the reason is pretty clear, and it involves countless attempts at perfecting frozen margaritas and roosters (recipe below). As we said in last Saturday's blog , we've spent a lot of time here. We might be a bit biased, but we think (and lots of people will agree with us, we know) these beaches are among the best in the world. The 15 miles or so of white sand and surf here are nicknamed the "Redneck...

America's Panama City (Florida)

Chuck and Lori's Travel Blog - The Pier at Panama City Beach
Chuck Tue, 2015-02-17 07:30
The Pier At Panama City Beach, Florida Most Americans and Canadians knows this, but for the benefit of our overseas readers, it might be worth mentioning that there's a Panama City in Florida, not just in the Latin American country of Panama. Even though the Latin American capital is about 20 times more populous, when you tell a North American you're going to Panama City, they're way more likely to assume you're headed to this beach town on Florida's panhandle. In Saturday's blog we used Panama City as the eastern border in our definition of the northern Gulf of Mexico's beach destinations...

Beach Destinations of the Northern Gulf of Mexico

Map of US Coast of Gulf of Mexico and Florida, from Google Maps
Chuck Sat, 2015-02-14 07:30
Beach Destinations of the Northern Gulf of Mexico (Inset) A disclaimer: we lived the first 40 years of our lives in Gulfport, Mississippi, on the western end of the area we're talking about today. We hope that doesn't mean we're biased, rather that we're well-informed locals of the areas that feature in today's blog and the next few blogs. We've seen all the TV shows and blogs listing the best beaches in the world, and we've actually been to quite a few of them. But having lived most of our lives in the midst of the beach areas of the northern Gulf of Mexico, we can wholeheartedly assure our...

Epcot's Spaceship Earth

Chuck and Lori's Travel Blog - Spaceship Earth With Flowers
Chuck Thu, 2015-02-12 07:30
At the entrance; getting down low in the flowers helps hide the crowd. We never tire of taking pictures of Spaceship Earth at Walt Disney World's Epcot. We've probably collected hundreds of pictures of this Disney icon over the years, but we added these pictures to our collection just last week when we had the opportunity to spend a day at Epcot while visiting family and house hunting in central Florida. You can almost tell the people who've been to Epcot dozens of times like us: the majority of them breeze on past this giant sphere on their way to their ride of choice. Even though we've seen...