Surviving Austin: Day Five

Hello! Matthew here, checking in from ATX. Today’s itinterary was probably the loosest one we’ve ever had. We only had three events actually planned and actually only did two of them. For the rest, we threw schedules, timetables and all other scheduling to the wind … and by “the wind,” I mean “other people”. Basically,

Surviving Austin: Day Four

Valeri here … Something I always seem to forget is how late we tend to stay up when hanging out with Ricky. We’ve been known to part ways at 1 a.m. … especially when Matthew and Ricky are in the middle of their “geek time.”This time, it wasn’t quite that late, but it was after

Surviving Austin: Day Three

Hello there! Matthew here, to report on all the third day in Austin brought us.The logical first part of this entry is going to be breakfast, so I’ll start there. Did you know that heaven actually exists inside a food truck? I can honestly say I had absolutely no idea until this morning.I’m about to

Surviving Austin: Day Two

I, Valeri Pearon, have a problem …I’m the person who will make you wake up at 6 a.m. for a sunrise, and I’m not sorry about it. I woke us up super early this morning to grab coffee and make it to Mount Bonnell for the sunrise. As the highest point in Austin, it is

Surviving Austin: Day One

Hey there! Welcome to yet another adventure with the Pearons!Sit down, relax and prepare yourself for what we can only imagine will consist of tumbleweeds and cowboy hats, because we’re headed to Austin, Texas. Matthew here! I’ll be your guide for Day One of Surviving Austin … so don your Stetson and strap on your

Surviving Indianapolis: Day Two

Hello there! This is Matthew, checking in from Indianapolis. If you followed along with Valeri’s post from yesterday, you’ll remember that we did a lot of driving followed by a lot of walking with a bit of eating in between.  Today is a bit different. As is our standard procedure for these trips, the first

Surviving Indianapolis: Day One

Hello again, everyone! This is Val, writing from Indy. I’m not sure exactly how I did it without any push back, but I got Matthew to take another road trip. I do think mentioning a metro area with more than 2.4 million people helped a little. It’s a somewhat small roadtrip in comparison to our

Surviving Chicago: Day Eight

Val here. Bear with me as I try to knock out this second to last post of Chicago. 9:30 a.m. • Arbor We were a little confused when we first walked into this building because the coffee shop isn’t the only thing there. It looked to be the lobby to an apartment building at first,

Surviving Chicago: Day Six

9:15 a.m. • Osmium So I was pretty sure this place was called Osmium (as it says online and it’s also printed on their window), but their sign out front and their cups say Dark Matter Coffee. * Note: Matthew just told me it’s Dark Matter Coffee presents Osmium. That’s not confusing at all. Other

Surviving Chicago: Day Five

Hello, and welcome to the fifth entry of Surviving Chicago! This is Matthew, checking in from Chicago. Well, we got up late again. It was by about 30 minutes — which seems to be the magic number of tardiness for this trip. If you’ve been following along with our previous entries, you’ll remember that this

Surviving Chicago: Day Four

Hello, friends!This is Val … let’s talk about today. 8:30 a.m.• Cafe UmbriaThis place is in walking distance from our Airbnb, which was nice. It looks like they built their idea around shipping crates, with a slightly modern touch.It’s also a roaster, so Matthew was first drawn to the huge roaster in the other room.

Surviving Chicago: Day Two

Hello all, this is Val. I’ve decided to take a little different approach for my posts this trip … mainly to avoid the hassle that is transitions. I don’t like to think that hard this late at night. My posts will be written as they’re happening. Hopefully this helps me remember what I enjoyed about

Surviving New Orleans: Day Five

Good afternoon! Matthew here, checking in from Downtown New Orleans. Today’s blog is a little different, since I’m writing it significantly earlier than normal. I try my hardest to squeeze the very last bit of useful time out of each and every day — even if that means sitting down to write the blog nigh

Surviving New Orleans: Day Four

22,965 steps … Surprisingly only my feet hurt. During past vacations, Matthew and I have found which parts of our bodies are most likely to give out first (Matthew’s hip and my right knee). I guess our bodies are giving us a break this trip. Okay, on to the day’s events. This is Val and

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 New Orleans: Day One

Good evening, readers! Matthew here. I would like to start by welcoming you to another adventure with your favorite virtual travel companions, the Pearons. This year, our adventure is leading us to the southern half of the United States, to a place of many names. A few of the names we’ve run across: The Crescent