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Come for the oysters, stay for the burger.

The 6 Best Burgers in America: Middle-of-Nowhere Edition

By     |    Jan 17, 2013
Posted in: Bars, Booze, Beer, Etc., Best Of, California, Florida, Food, New Mexico, New York, Utah     |    3 Comments

Finding a good burger in a city is easy. There’s Dick’s in Seattle, Kopp’s in Milwaukee, In-N-Out across the Southwest, and Culver’s everywhere in the Midwest. But there’s something about being in the middle of nowhere and finding a great burger place. A cheeseburger in paradise is wonderful, but a cheeseburger in the boondocks is even better. Here are my six favorites: 6. Sebastian’s Store — Hearst Beef Burgers Sebastian’s […]

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This is the best travel laptop.

What is the best laptop for travel? Hint: it’s under $500 and it comes with a tablet.

By     |    Jan 10, 2013
Posted in: Best Of, Money, Travel Tech     |    2 Comments

**This post is out-of-date! Click to The Best Travel Laptop, Tablet, and Convertible, Holiday 2013 Edition.** One of the most-read posts on our site is about laptops. Travel laptops, specifically, and which one to buy. It’s about a year old, so here’s an update. Keep reading to see the top five travel laptops, 2013 edition. Criteria: Cost and Size The two big criteria for me are simple: cost and size. I […]

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Cell phone coverage here!

Lisa’s favorite place(s)

By     |    Nov 15, 2012
Posted in: Best Of, Travel, Travel Itch     |    1 Comment

The question we’re most often asked is: “What was your favorite place?” This question is impossible to answer, because we didn’t have one favorite place. I usually reply by listing a few places I loved, then pretty soon I find myself throwing out just about every single place we visited that I didn’t hate, while the questioner, having long ago lost interest in the answer, stares blankly at the ground. Now that […]

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A rest stop in the middle of Oklahoma.

Bathrooms: A How To Guide

By     |    Nov 9, 2012
Posted in: Adventure How To, Best Of     |    2 Comments

Why is it that people feel the need to post signs in restrooms telling you how to use the bathroom? We spotted so many — here are some of my favorites. 1. Rest area in Oklahoma: 2. Passive-aggressive note in a coffee shop in northern Wisconsin: 3. Campground in Mesa Verde National Park, Colorado: 4. Public toilet in downtown Taos, New Mexico: 5. Olympic National Park Hoh Rainforest visitor’s center, […]

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Read the rest!

Making friends is hard…

By     |    Nov 7, 2012
Posted in: Best Of, Ithaca, New York, Reality     |    1 Comment

Browsing around Ithaca Craigslist for couches, I spotted the “Strictly Platonic” section and was intrigued. We don’t have any old friends still living in the Ithaca area, and I don’t really know how to make friends anymore. Especially without a job (i.e. especially when I rarely leave the house). So, strictly platonic, you say. Why not? Here’s the first one that caught my eye: Couple seeking Coulpe – mw4mw – […]

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Our comfy bed.

The Ultimate packing list: what you need (and don’t need) to live in a van for a year

By     |    Oct 22, 2012
Posted in: Adventure How To, Adventure Prep, Best Of     |    3 Comments

We’ve unloaded our van and turned it back into a normal passenger vehicle. It’s terrible. It seems so strange to drive around in a normal minivan — I imagine it’s similar to how you’d feel if you dyed your bright blue hair back to black for a job interview. You’d walk around thinking, “I used to be a cool dude with bright blue hair! Remember?” That’s kind of how CoCoVan […]

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Hasta la vista, Penske.

The Ride Across (Driving from Chicago to Ithaca in a Penske Truck)

By     |    Oct 19, 2012
Posted in: Best Of, Chicago, Drives, Ithaca     |    1 Comment

If you’ve followed this blog for a while, you know that Lisa does something like 98% of the driving. She’s a pro. And she gets carsick when I (reluctantly, of course) volunteer to drive the winding, fun roads. We’ve put 35,000 miles on our van in the last year. Of that, I’ve maybe driven, let’s say, 20 hours, max. Let’s also assume 60 MPH, so 1,200 miles. That revises my […]

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Our collective photo-assisted memories

By     |    Oct 18, 2012
Posted in: Best Of, Reality, Travel, Travel Tech     |    1 Comment

Upon hearing of our impending move to the Ithaca area, one of our college buddies shared a story from the New York Times about the decline of the college bar scene in places like Ithaca. According to the author, students aren’t drinking less, they’re just drinking at bars less (they’re drinking in their rooms, then going to bars to throw up, I guess). I’m sure it’s not relevant that the […]

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The view from the top of the falls.

Fall in the Adirondacks

By     |    Oct 17, 2012
Posted in: Best Of, New York     |    2 Comments

Once, I asked my Dad why he and my Mom had decided to live where they did — in the middle of nowhere, upstate New York. He responded: “The Adirondacks.” Our visit this past week reminded me why I was satisfied with that one-word answer.

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What a delicious tradition!

Britain’s Greatest Culinary Tradition: Sunday Roast

By     |    Oct 5, 2012
Posted in: Best Of, England, Food     |    1 Comment

I love the idea of Sunday roast. No, not the kind where you berate your supposed friend and mock his achievements (that only happens on Comedy Central), the one where you make a delicious meal with friends and family. That kind of roast. Sunday roast is just wonderful. It’s usually a lunch affair, traditionally involving some sort of roasted meat, potatoes, other veg (UK-speak for vegetable), and a “pudding”. “Pudding” is […]

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