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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The falls through a gap in the trees.

So, I’m trying to think of a clever title for this post about gorges near Ithaca…

By     |    Nov 13, 2012
Posted in: Hikes, Ithaca, New York, Trumansburg     |    1 Comment

That’s what everyone says, right — “Ithaca is Gorges.” We have, at last count, three items in our (downsized) house that bear those three words. You can’t go anywhere here without seeing these three words stamped or printed or carved on every object imaginable. The phrase even has an entry in the urban dictionary. With that said, um…yes…this area is gorgeous. Reminding us of that fact on a regular basis […]

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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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No more of these, please.

Gift Ideas for Travelers and Vagabonds

By     |    Nov 8, 2012
Posted in: Money, Travel     |    No Comments

It’s coming up on the holiday season. The Black Friday Christmas buying binge is about to begin. It’s a difficult time of the year to be anti-stuff. But some stuff can save you money, make you more mobile, and help you travel. This is that stuff. These are perfect gifts to add to your Christmas list, give you favorite traveler, or buy yourself. Full disclosure: Amazon links contain affiliate tracking codes. We […]

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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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A beacon for weary travelers.

Ithaca Food, Ten Years Later

By     |    Nov 5, 2012
Posted in: Bars, Booze, Beer, Etc., Food, Ithaca, New York     |    No Comments

This weekend, we were at Just a Taste in Ithaca and we thought we recognized our waitress. “Have you worked here for a while,” I asked. “Yeah. A loooooong time,” she said. “Like ten years? We haven’t been here for ten years and you look familiar.” “Longer than that,” she said. I knew it! One of the most fun parts of being back in the area is sampling our old […]

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The storm before the storm before hopefully some calm.

So Far, Not So Smooth

By     |    Oct 29, 2012
Posted in: New York     |    No Comments

Our re-introduction to non-transient society has not been smooth. We arrived in Trumansburg on Friday to find our place still under construction (wet carpet, wet paint, wet roof). We ended up camping in the Finger Lakes National Forest instead, where we had our first rowdy camper expedience of the trip — our neighbors arrived drunk at 1AM, set up their tent in the rain, and attempted to start a bonfire […]

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We finally get to find out what is in this box.

It’s moving day!

By     |    Oct 26, 2012
Posted in: New York     |    No Comments

It’s finally here — after spending 14 months without a traditional home, today is move-into-our-new-apartment day! We’re so excited to have our own place and a whole new area to explore. I’ve never been so excited for a moving day in my life. After all this time, we have no idea what we have anymore. Unpacking is going to be like a massive shopping trip.

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The Tony Jenkins Jazz Trip.

barVino: The Coolest Place North of I-90 in New York

By     |    Oct 25, 2012
Posted in: Bars, Booze, Beer, Etc., Food, New York     |    No Comments

In the sleepy Adirondack town of North Creek, there’s a new restaurant. It’s called barVino (lowercase ‘b’ and uppercase ‘V’ and all one word). They have live music every Wednesday, a great wine list, and a tasty beer list. They also serve delicious food. After visiting one of Lisa’s dad’s projects in Tahawus (pronounced “Ta-HAUS” — two syllables, not three), we stopped in for a bite. Dishes are small, meant for sharing, […]

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Mmmm ... beer.

“Montreal Style” Pizza at Ottawa’s Big Rig Brewery

By     |    Oct 24, 2012
Posted in: Bars, Booze, Beer, Etc., Canada, Food     |    4 Comments

After an afternoon at our local IKEA … in Ontario, Canada (Ottawa, to be exact), we were in need of a beer and a bite. Big Rig Brewery promised both. First: the beer. I got the sampler (Golden, Red, IPA, Stout). Lisa ordered a pint of the brown ale. All were tasty. Lisa even liked their red ale (Lisa typically hates red ales). The brown ale was superb. We ordered […]

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