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 Two

Val here! First of all, I’d like to point out that on this day six years ago, we were getting married and the rain held off until the photographer snapped our last photo. We had no such luck today … We woke up to a very rainy Dallas, but it didn’t deter us from going […]

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 […]

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 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 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 the Outer Banks: Day One

     Okay, where to start?      Well, let’s start with the fact that this is my second attempt at this post. Also, this is Val.      I was typing away while Matthew was driving, then something went wrong and here I am back to a blank page. I apologize in advance … my quick wit […]

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 […]

Surviving London – Day Thirteen

     Good morning, everyone! This is Matthew with the last of the actual posts of the “Surviving London” series. We hope to do a “What We Learned” wrap-up post about a week from now, just to give a brief synopsis of our overall thoughts. For now, I’m just going to give a brief rundown […]

Surviving London – Day Twelve

     This is Valeri and this post will hopefully be short and sweet … but I can’t promise that.     We woke up this morning sad to leave London. Matthew had threatened many times that he was staying and I just knew I’d miss the beautiful city.     However, I was also a bit excited for Paris – […]

Surviving London – Day Ten

     Hello, Valeri here.      Today was our “market day,” along with a few little things we had planned to do between markets.      Well, not everything went as planned, which has happened to us a few times on this trip. Surprisingly, with us being planners, you would think it would drive […]

Surviving London – Day Nine

     Good afternoon, everyone! Matthew here. I’ll be bringing you today’s report from London.      Good news! We will be adding the pictures in our previous blogs today, because our hotel’s internet is behaving. If you’re like me and like pretty colors and shiny things, browse back through them.        Today’s coffee stop was […]