Surviving Chicago: Day Nine

Hello! Matthew here, checking on our last official day of vacation. The day started … wait for it … ON TIME! Yes, we finally woke up on time. On the very last day, we figured out how to not be bad at vacation. Typical.Anyway, we woke up on time to put the finishing touches on

Surviving Chicago: Day Three

Hello! This is Matthew checking in from the bustling metropolis that is Chicago. Welcome to Day Three. Today has been full … of rain drops. Thankfully, we aren’t talking deluge-level rain — more of a constant light mist, occasionally tipping into a bit more. You know the medium-low setting on your stove? Kind of like

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

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 the

Surviving the Outer Banks: Day Four

     Hey, there! Matthew here, checking in on day three of Surviving the Outer Banks.     If you’ve been keeping up with our trip, you’re aware we are on an adventure in North Carolina. Today is a bit different, though…we’re in Washington, D.C.! I’ll be writing this entry throughout the day today – in

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 virtual travel companions: the

Surviving San Francisco – Day Five

     Good afternoon, Ladies and Gentlemen! Matthew here.      We apologize for the delay in posting this, but we were pretty worn from our journey last night, so my body decided you fine people could wait an extra day.      Our last day in San Francisco was a short, but busy one.     After checking out of our

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