Surviving New Orleans: Day Three

Rest easy New Orleans — the Pearons have arrived. Matthew here, reporting from the Big Easy. Today was a mix of several different types of activities: more roadtripping, bridges, beaches, seashells with unexpected animals in them, blues festivals, moments where I wanted to hit people/things with the rental car and/or my fists, and food … […]

Surviving the Outer Banks: Day Eight

     Good evening, everyone! Matthew here, signing on from the beautiful Outer Banks of North Carolina (OBX). This is the last blog post authored from the OBX, as we’re regrettably beginning our 16-hour trek home tomorrow morning.     If you’ve been following along, you’ll know we’ve done a lot of outdoorsy/adventurous things on this vacation. In […]

Surviving the Outer Banks: Day Seven

     Today started with a plan to get up at 5 a.m. to see the sunrise on the beach. This is how this scenario actually went:      *Valeri (me) wakes Matthew at 5 a.m.*     *Matthew whines*     “Nooooo. I don’t want to.”     *Valeri rolls her eyes and starts to get up*     *She looks outside and sees […]

Surviving the Outer Banks: Day Six

     Hello, everyone! Matthew here, reporting from the Outer Banks. Today is day six of our North Carolina adventure, and what a day it was! I’ll give you a rundown.      We started the morning by heading to Coquina Beach for some family photos – which is generally not one of my favorite […]

Surviving the Outer Banks: Day Five

     Good morning, readers. Valeri here.      Wow am I tired.     I’m not sure whether it’s due to our Washington, D.C., trip, the kayaking we did this morning or if it’s just the heat getting to me, but I am ready for a week of nothing but sleep.      As I mentioned, one of the culprits of […]

Surviving the Outer Banks: Day Three

     Valeri here.      First things first, Matthew and I have managed to not turn into lobsters our first full day. #Winning     We are still just as pale as when we left Missouri … just in case you were wondering. The SPF70 we used may have helped.      Okay, on to the day.     We woke up […]

Surviving the Outer Banks: Day Two

     Matthew here, signing on from North Carolina’s beautiful Outer Banks!      I’m sure by now you’ve read the first entry authored by my lovely wife, Valeri (if not, click here), but this is my first contribution, so I would like to start by welcoming you to yet another adventure with your favorite […]

Surviving San Francisco – Day Three

     Hello again! Matthew here, reporting in from Walnut Creek, California!     This entry is to chronical our third day in California. We had a blast, and I hope I’ll be able to convey that in the next few lines.      Our day started at 8 a.m. with the normal 30-minute trek into San Francisco proper via BART and landed us […]