I\’m sure JT\’s list is going to kick my list\’s ass. His list will include many exotic locales. But did any of his trips almost involve a beheading?? I think not. Unless it was his own. Or potentially being eaten by bears?
10. SoCal 2008 – This might have rated higher had I not had 10-12 hour work days to contend with as well. Two weeks of southern California getting to listen to my idol Adam Carolla live, all on the company dime. Highlights of the trip included seeing my Stars beat the Ducks, Van Morrison at the Hollywood Bowl and the discovery of Stone\’s Vertical Epic.
9. Hudson River 2001 – You don\’t realize how much of US history all took place along the banks of the mighty Hudson until you\’ve driven up and down it. Driving up the west bank and then back down the east back, I kept thinking \”OH, that\’s where that happened!!\”. Doing it in the fall also made it extra pretty.
8. Calgary 2002 – Some Canadians lured Pokemon and I up there for the Stampede. We never saw much of the Stampede, and by \”much\” I mean \”any\”. And really, what better way to celebrate the 4th of July than getting drunk in America\’s hat?
7. Vegas 2006 – A fabulous meal at Circo and a second viewing of Cirque du Soleil\’s O make this THE Vegas trip of the 2000s.
6. Mardi Gras 2003 – My last trip to Mardi Gras was the best.
5. California 2000 – Ultimate + Disc Golf + Wine Country + Sushi for the first time == good times. And somehow I mustered enough self control not to chop Sarah head off in Santa Cruz.
4. Walkabout 2008 – This was the Walkabout where it was cemented in my brain that I\’m a west coast kind of guy. There\’s just so much more beauty heading west from Dallas than heading East. Highlights included discovering Rehoboth DE and the Dogfish Head brew pub, pie in Waterbury and all kinds of food in Pittsburgh.
3. Colorado 2003 – For a trip that was thrown together almost the last minute for a Labor Day weekend trip, it turned out pretty awesome. Although it took nearly four years to act on it, this was a huge inspiration for my Walkabouts. Highlights included taking the cogwheel train up Pike\’s Peak and Silver Jack\’s in Montrose.
2. Walkabout 2009 – It took me a very long time, but I finally made it to Europe. They sure do talk funny over there. But, man, do they have some good eats. Highlights included the much written about U Fleků, seeing President Obama, Tarte Tatin and floating in the Mediterranean Sea.
1. Walkabout 2007 – I guess most people at one time or another get that bug up their ass to hop in the car and see America. Luckily Nortel and its generous severance package afforded me an opportunity to do just that. Highlights included Seattle, Portland, Yosemite, Joshua Tree, potentially being eaten by bears, lots of halibut and beer – oh the beer.