Adult Field Trips

We all have memories of childhood trips to museums and monuments, getting drug around  a parent to, UGGG, learn some history.  For some these events ignited a passion getting to know what makes a community special, in others they are antidotes for how they don’t want to travel.  Well, Josh and I think we have stumbled upon the perfect combination for seeking out history along with relaxation.

While it is true that we travel constantly, we are also working and don’t set our own schedule.   There are places I’d love to visit, but we often need to wait until our schedule puts us close.  This desire to take advantage of our days off and passion for museum going has led to what we call “Adult Field Trips”.  Combining some lovely community monuments with other cultural elements (typically one you couldn’t enjoy as a child).

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During a recent trip to San Antonio we took an Adult Field Trip, honestly Texas makes these really easy.  We met a friend for lunch at one of the lovely bar/restaurants on the Riverwalk, made our way to The Alamo, and finished up with a cocktail at the Menger Hotel.   Each spot is delightful but having a drink where Teddy Roosevelt met his Rough Riders is just one more way to connect to the city’s history.  Visiting The Alamo as an adult is in itself unique but to combine it with some other fun and relaxing spots is what an Adult Field Trip is all about.  While I don’t mind spending an entire day in a museum, when I have but one day off and little time to spend with friends I want to throw something else in there.  That next weekend we took another Adult Field Trip to Fredericksburg, TX.  The day started with lunch at one of the festive beer gardens, a day hike at Enchanted Rock, then a stop at one of the quickly growing Texas Wineries.  You’ve got your cultural element, a stunning piece of nature, a little education into Texas botany, and the necessary relaxation.

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So this is my challenge to you, don’t get caught up in wanting to see it all but instead find ways see it as an Adult.  Find a way to see the other elements of a community than just their famous monuments.

***This is part of a series of posts called “Travel Tuesday“, each covering topics unique to our lifestyle***


Coming This Week: April 17th – 23rd

It’s a long running joke with people we work with, that we know someone in every city.  We are lucky to have a large family but most of all it’s friends we have gained.  This week we will be getting to see some of our favorite people while making the trip from Seattle to Albuquerque.

Courtesy of Google Maps

Courtesy of Google Maps

Song of the Week: Shortyville – Trombone Shorty

Week in Review:

We had a pretty wild week.  Spend a fantastic couple of days with friends in Seattle, they used to do the same job we do, now their adventures are a whole lot more fun.  During the first few years we were on the road a great deal of effort was put out to find live music or catch acts we liked on tour.  It quickly got frustrating to be a day behind some group for months.  While we aren’t the best at seeking out the bands see live, there are times it all comes together.  That is how we got to see Trombone Shorty in Portland on Friday.  While the actual venue wasn’t ideal (Keller Auditorium) he put on a good show.  Really makes you want to hit Jazz Fest and see all these guys in their element.  Our quick trip back to Portland afforded the opportunity to do a tour of local breweries via bike, something we have wanted to do for a while.  I will admit that after the second stop I was much more comfortable on the bicycle, wonder why?  It really was fun and I think we could easily go again, hitting more of the 65+ breweries in Portland.

Fun Photo of the Week:

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Amazing Amazon Lockers

Something we often get asked about is, how we get our mail.  Managing your post is a fairly difficult aspect of road life.  Most people we know have a mailbox (not a PO box but a UPS Store or the like).  This requires calling and arranging for the collected contents to be shipped out.  We have had issues in the past with particular places falling short in expected service. It is a headache but a necessity.

Online shopping is whole different ballgame.  Choices have to be made based on logistics, should I ship to my mailbox and pay for it to be shipped to me later or figure out a time when we will be at one hotel for an extended period.  Amazon has come up with a way to help us out, Amazon Lockers.  These gems save us and provide some logistical wiggle room.

The bright yellow lockers are located in a variety of locations (think 7 Eleven), allowing us to ship not to a hotel but to a locker that might just be on the way to an event site.  We are stuck at a hotel if we need to wait for a package.  With the Locker delivery option we just grab a cell phone, scan in the code at the selected locker and let getting a package fit into our day.  These were implemented due to issues some customers were having with packages getting stolen from their front step.  While we aren’t the typical user, it’s truly amazing.  I would recommend these to anyone shopping Amazon, take a look and see if there is one along your commute and for those road warriors, enjoy another wonderful benefit of Prime.

***This is part of a series of posts called “Travel Tuesday“, each covering topics unique to our lifestyle***

Coming This Week: April 10th – 16th

This week we are enjoying sunny Seattle, not kidding the weather is fantastic up here right now.  I am convinced that the “rainy Seattle” is a myth to keep people from moving up here.  Next week we are in Albuquerque, this is the first time we have had an actual show.

Courtesy of Google Maps

Courtesy of Google Maps

Song of the Week: I Turn My Camera On – Spoon

Week in Review:

I’ve just been plain lazy the last few weeks, can’t say I’ve been too busy.  We had some lovely visits with friends and family in San Diego, Seattle, Portland, Houston and Illinois.  As you can see below work too us to a pretty cool site, SpaceX in Seattle.

Fun Photo of the Week:

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