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Awesome Summer Adventures // Part 3

I’ve already told y’all about my trip to Chicago. And my trip to Cleveland. So all that’s left of my summer adventures are my trips to Baltimore and Pensacola. And since Pensacola is my home town, I don’t have a lot to share aside from the things I alluded to in my (sometimes) weekly gratitude post. If you don’t mind, I’m just gonna combine these two trips into one post or I’ll never get this series finished. So let’s do the damn thing.


Ahh, Baltimore. The land of crabcakes and more bars per capita than anywhere else in the union (not a scientific fact really, just my observation). This wasn’t officially my first trip there, but since I was like, 8 the last time I went, we’re gonna call this my first visit to B-More. Can ya dig it? The purpose of the trip was to visit Jeffrey’s old friends Luke and Jojo, who he hasn’t seen in nearly 15 years or something insane like that. They own an adorable little record shop in Hampden called Jojosouth and I highly recommend you visit if you’re ever in the area. I think they primarily deal in collectible and old-school stuff, but you can find some new releases, too. Ain’t it cute:




We spent most of our time kickin it in the shop and on the porch above the shop, but we did get to do a little touristin’ around in Hampden and Fell’s Point. Which reminds me… Fell’s Point, the oldest neighborhood in Baltimore–like, 1600’s old–has got to be the best pub crawl destination I have ever encountered. It is this neighborhood alone that has me thinkin that Baltimore has the most bars I’ve ever seen in one town. I think I stopped counting at 27 within a two-block radius. They really love their beer in Batimore, y’all.

Anyhoo, the hubs and I weren’t really in a pub crawl kind of mood, so we spent most of our touristin time wandering in and out of thrift shops. Check out some of the awesomeness we came across:

The original 3D!  Circa 1865.


Wax cylinder records.


The most bizarre painting I have ever seen.  I should host a caption contest for this one.


Overall, we had a FABULOUS time in Baltimore. Although, I think that was mostly due to the company we were keeping. Since y’all probably aren’t lucky enough to be friends with our friends, you can make up for it by visiting a few of the places we enjoyed while we were there, like the Annabel Lee Tavern, the Golden West Cafe, Holy Frijoles, and Atomic Books.



Like I said, Pensacola is my home town and I LOVE LOVE LOVE it there. Mostly for my people that are still there and the nostalgia that one’s hometown inevitably brings.  The beach helps, too.  I mean, could this be any more beautiful?

Pensacola Beach
CC BY-NC Flickr user theo0023


My trip mainly revolved around hanging out with my mommas and celebrating this girl’s 30th birthday:


and making a fool of myself in bars:



Long series short, I had a kick-ass summer what with all the traveling and all.  Not that I don’t love Ann Arbor, but sometimes a girl’s just gotta get away.

xo Em

Awesome Summer Adventures // Part 2

Hey y’all!  Remember that little post I did about my trip to Chicago this summer?  And remember how I kind of implied that there was more to come by naming it “Awesome Summer Adventures // Part 1“?  Well, since autumn is right around the corner, it might be about time to introduce the next episode.  So I’ma gone ahead and do that…


Yes, you read that right.  Cleveland.  Perhaps not the summer adventure you may have thought of when you read the title of this post.  In fact, Cleveland was not my idea of a summer adventure either.  But some old school friends of the hubs from Florida were gonna be there for a week or so and Jeffrey and I had a long weekend to spare, so off we went.  To Cleveland.  Horray.

As it turns out, Cleveland wasn’t nearly as desolately boring as the 5 hours of Ohio we usually drive through in order to get the hell out of Michigan.  It was green and lush, had a glorious breeze, and was home to some surprising swankiness.  In case you don’t remember your geography, Cleveland is lakefront property.  Actually, more like oceanfront property if you’ve never seen a great lake before.  As a Michigan resident, OF COURSE I’ve seen a great lake before.  But not one as vast, serene, and beautiful as this one.

Another really awesome thing about Cleveland is all of the charming little neighborhoods and old brick buildings.  I’m a sucker for old ass buildings.  Especially old ass brick buildings.  And boy, does Cleveland got em.  We dined in Little Italy (and overdosed on cannolis) and drove around the old downtown areas that have clearly been there since god was a boy.  Since the whole point of the trip was to spend some QT with Jeffrey’s friends, we even had some time to get some silly kodak moments with our buds.  FYI, this is generally what life is like in Ohio:


The absolute best part of our trip to Cleveland was our day at the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.  I must admit, when I first learned that it was in Cleveland I was like, “WTF! You mean to tell me that the world’s largest rock and roll museum is in some BFE town like Cleveland?  Cleveland, OHIO?!”  But y’all, for real.  Even if the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame is the only reason you visit Cleveland, it will be worth every minute, every dime, every boring mile you spend driving through the state of Ohio.  (Sorry for all the anti-Ohio stuff… I am a Wolverine after all)

The one shitty thing about that place was this: NO CAMERAS ALLOWED.  Seriously.  Even cell phones.  But, being the outlaws that we are, we snuck a few.  Like this one:

Johnny Cash’s git-fiddle!

And this one:

Jimi Hendrix’s quilted outfit of awesomeness!

I think my favorite part of the museum was the special exhibit they had goin on entitled “Women Who Rock”.  Of course, all of bitchin ladies you’d expect were highlighted… Debbie Harry, Joan Jett, Kim Deal, Tina Turner, Madonna, Siouxie Sioux, Patty Smith, Janis Joplin, etc, etc.  I did have to do a major double take when I saw some imposters in there though.  Nelly Furtado?  Rhianna?  Are you KIDDING me?  I’m not saying they aren’t good at what they do.  I’m just sayin they ain’t worthy of the adoration true female rock and roll icons are.  At least they had the good sense to include my teen idol Kathleen Hanna in there:

Anyhow, it was fascinating to be within a mere 6 inches of rock and roll–nay, AMERICAN–history and I highly recommend a trip to anyone who can make the drive.  Chances are, Cleveland will surprise you just as much as it did me.

xo Em

PS – Oh yeah, and since I’ve never done more than get out of the car to pee in Ohio, I considered this a visit to a brand new state.  Which means, I crossed off #84 on my 101 in 1001 list.  Hells yeah.

Awesome Summer Adventures // Part 1


I do believe I mentioned it before, but I started off my summer travels with a long weekend in the Windy City with my GCKB comrade and BFF, Jenny.  She lives in Atlanta and was heading there for the HOW Design Conference because she’s a bad mamma jamma Creative Director now.  Since Chicago is a mere 5 hours away, I hopped on a train to join her for the weekend.  It turned out to be a splendid trip because not only did I get to see her beautiful face, share in her design learnin, and check out (some of) the wonders of a new city, but my train ride to Illinois knocks off #79 and (almost) #84 of my 101 in 1001 list.

Unfortunately our time in Chicago was limited, so I stuck to the touristy Loop area while she was in sessions so we could meet for lunch.  Nevertheless, I got to check out some of the downtown Chicago greats like the Bean (or Cloud Gate, as it is officially called), Millennium Park, and the collection of badassery at the The Art Institute of Chicago. Check out my crappy picture of their awesome lions:

I also muscled up the courage to step out onto the sky decks on the 103rd floor of the Willis Tower. I didn’t get too far, though. There were 47 people crammed onto a 3×6 glass ledge and, well, I just didn’t trust it enough to hold us all for very long. Here is proof that I do have some balls:

103rd floor.

Look at that fantastic view!

What a view.

After a few days of goofin around as tourists, eatin well at Ginos and The Purple Pig, and lounging around in our dope hotel suite, we wrapped up the trip with a boat tour of downtown Chicago architecture. Which was a lot cooler than it sounds. Here go Jenny… ain’t she a beaut?


I had an awesome time.  However, thanks for the final memory of my trip goes to the girl who was giving her boyfriend a hand job across the aisle from me on the train home.  Way to go, kids.

x0, Em

PS – If you’re lookin for a more in-depth tourist review of Chicago, check out Gala Darling’s International Playgirl’s Guide to Chicago.  She actually did stuff.

Into the Wild, Wild West

Road Trip!

CC BY-NC-SA  Flickr user: -Snugg-

While it isn’t the first time Jeffrey and I have talked about it, something in our hearts must have clicked right into place on Sunday night when we decided to begin planning our long desired cross-country road trip–FOR REAL.  Before then it was a “one of these days” idea.  Something that we have always wanted, occasionally talked about, and never took any action on.  We have lots of those.  Perhaps we’re just starved for adventure, but we decided that relinquishing the cross-country trip to the “one day” pile was no longer acceptable.

So be prepared, dear friends, for me to spend the next 8 months planning for and postulating about the total AWESOMENESS of the trip that the hubs and I will soon embark upon.  Naturally we’ve got to nail down everything from routes and itineraries to budget and packing lists.  Here is what we’ve got so far:


  • Departing ~late April 2012
  • 3 Weeks total
  • 3 days in Portland, Oregon w/my dear friend Jen
  • 3 days in Seattle, Washington w/Jeffrey’s cousin Colleen
  • Camping most nights, 2 nights (at most) in a cabin at a national park
  • Maple Mae as road dog
  • Drivin the Xbox

Must See Sights

  • Badlands (South Dakota)
  • Mt. Rushmore/Crazy Horse (South Dakota)
  • Sioux Falls (South Dakota)
  • Yellowstone (Wyoming)
  • Glacier National Park (Montana)
  • Mt. Rainier National Park (Washington)
  • Goonie Rocks! (Oregon)
  • US101 down the Oregon/California coast
  • Wine country (California)
  • Redwood National Park (California)
  • Yosemite National Park (California)
  • Sierra National Forest (California)
  • Death Valley National Park (California)
  • Grand Canyon (Arizona)
  • Rocky Mountain National Park (Colorado)

It’s an ambitious trip already.  I CANNOT WAIT.

So, have any of you ever gone on a super-long road trip?  Any tips to share?

xo Em

The Enchanted Forest Disc Golfery

In an effort to soak up all the summer lovin I can get, I accompanied the hubs to Hudson Mills Metropark so he could play a little disc golf.  Look at him go:

golf it

I didn’t play along this time. Instead, I just enjoyed the ridiculously gorgeous weather (a crisp 72 degrees and sunny) and the beauty of the park. All the super-lush, green canopies had me thinkin “you know, this course really has an enchanted forest vibe”. Seriously, how peaceful does this look:


Unfortunately, my digital camera was lost/stolen a while back, so I didn’t have the equipment to really take a ton of pictures. That’s on the docket for next time, though.

xo Em