Author Archives: Rachel

You call THAT a lake?

Our visit to Niles, Michigan started out innocently enough with some American Italian food. We met up with my cousins-of-a-sort Pat, Gail, their two daughters, and Carol at Pizza Hut for some reconnecting then spent the next two pleasant nights with ...

Bloated Goats and Blistered Feet

Hello fair readers and subscribers: Here's to the here and now! Anne and I recently left the great state of Michigan where we stayed with my cousins of a sort, Pat and Gail in Niles and Anne's Nerd Fitness buddy Mir(anda) ...

The Wonderful World of Spending Money & Waiting in Lines

Ah, Disney World. That magical kingdom. That special place where dreams come true. That wonderful world of...well lets be honest here: spending money and waiting in lines. Fortunately, we planned ahead a bit with the snacks so we didn't spend ...

Beachin’ in Bradenton

This is (at least) the fourth time I've had to come back to this post. Ay Caramba! (Okay, so I don't technically know the meaning of that expression...but I'm sure any Spanish-speaking person will tell you that it fits this situation.) Regardless, ...

City Folk in Alabama

Before I plunge into this Alabama tale, I'd like to point out just how difficult it's been for us to exercise on this trip. Not that other states don't have enough open space to work out it...but unless we awkwardly ...

Lucky Number 13

As you may remember reading here, we stayed with our friends Jenna & Adam in Knoxville, Tennessee. But before we begin...intros! Night Numero Uno in Knoxville Everything we ate in Knoxville tasted like it had been whipped up by the finest chefs in heaven. I ...

The Mansion & Its Inhabitants

I'd be lying if I said Arkansas was my favorite state, but neither can I say I hated it. We stayed with Anne's family friends in Little Rock, only a four hour drive from Vicksburg, Mississippi. Two hours after we started ...

Revenge of the Jalapeno

After brass band Friday came Saturday in New Orleans. Saturday, Saturday, Gotta Get Gumbo Saturday We started the day out with coffee, something which has become a sort of mini-exploration for us in cities. Our coffee shop of choice was Zotz, a ...

Don’t Stop the Good Food

For me, New Orleans is the city of good food and colorful trees. Friday was day the day of the muffaletta. Saturday is marked by gumbo. Sunday has been taken over by the po boy and beignets. And Monday we had ...

Houston Sucks Souls

Hospitality seems to be the theme of this road trip. Never did I expect to be welcomed with such enthusiasm by people who had never even met me or who had met either Anne or I in a distant past. These ...