S: 2011 ADVENTURES OF B.C & D.P
1: FLORIDA ADVENTURES LIFE'S BETTER IN THE BAHAMAS NY TO LA TO NY IN 35 DAYS (Even a hurricane can't stop this adventure) TGT 16,000 MILES, LA QUINTAS, SMELLIN GOOD HAWAIIAN GETAWAY, SAYING ALOHA, 911 CALLS, ESPN IN A CAVE, SMALL PLANE ADVENTURES, AND OH YEAH, A LITTLE RELAXING
2: New York-Los Angeles-New York... 6 weeks & approximately 5,567 miles, even a hurricane couldn't stop this Ryder truck...Maybe it should be called umm..Drive til you Rock??
5: In 4 months, we managed to swing down to the Keys (I was there 3 times in March), take some boat rides (yeah, Tropics Tours..) explore new beaches, celebrate birthdays, drink rum & ride roller coasters (never drinking Kraken rum again), get your wisdom teeth pulled & consume a lot of ice cream, schlep some hummus, Go to disney world, play with some pups, wear mustaches to celebrate our mexican herritage, go to a phychic, grill some giant steaks, hang with family and have a blast with friends... | If there was a contest to see how many things you could cram into just a few months I think we would have a winner.
7: Sanibel Island, 4TH Of July day trips, ond oh yeah, that bar where they refused to serve us because you were wearing a tank top and I was wearing a hat..haha, I just laughed thinking about that place. P.S-I think you still look sexy even without your wisdom teeth...I was so scared to screw up that grocery store run the day of your tooth extraction...hahaha...still laughing..aww poor guy...ICECREAMMMMMMM!
9: On June 20th, we set sail on the Celebration Bahamas Cruise Ship. We were worried that they wouldn't let us on because Danielle's driver's license was expired and the new one was lost in the mail. Barrett found out he has a hidden talent and can turn Listerine into alcohol, Peppermint Schnaaps to be exact. Just don't mix up the real contact solution with the 99 Banana solution. Life is better in the Bahamas.
10: We went on an awesome 5 mile hike in Park City, Utah on a gorgeous July day. Of course Barrett had to climb all of the areas that had signs posted saying "Do Not Proceed". They sold hummus in the gift shop, enough said. The Ryder truck's brakes did not appreciate this adventure.
11: We arrived at the Waldorf Astoria Park City at 11:00 pm, valet thought the Ryder Truck was a UFO...apparently we were the first ones to accomplish taking a beast like that into the mountains. Our room was basically a house as Barrett said, "I could have a family reunion in here, except when someone asks to use the bathroom and I would say, "Get out of my house, party is over." Breakfast was definitely better than "waking up on the bright side".
13: We headed up to Northern Wisconsin to do a little camping...it was about 100 degrees. The Beach Boys' tunes, great company, some delicious shishcabobs, glow up sticks, and a thunderstorm kept the night interesting. I forgot how much fun camping is!
18: Hearst Castle
19: In 1865, George Hearst, a wealthy miner, purchased 40,000-acres of ranchland that included the Mexican Ranchos of Piedras Blancas, San Simeon and Santa Rosa. In 1919, his only son, William Randolph Hearst, inherited the land from his mother, Phoebe Apperson Hearst. By then the ranch had grown to encompass 250,000 acres. Originally known as “Camp Hill,” its wilderness offered a place for family members and friends to “rough it” on camping trips. Despite elaborate arrangements with separate sleeping and dining tents, Hearst envisioned more comfortable accommodations. His simple instructions to famed San Francisco architect Julia Morgan in 1919: “Miss Morgan, we are tired of camping out in the open at the ranch in San Simeon and I would like to build a little something”
20: Penn State University Texas A & M Oklahoma University of Florida Nebraska Auburn Michigan State University "World's Biggest Cocktail Party" Iowa Missouri Texas Christian University UCLA
21: Highways.Gas Stations. College Towns. Zip Ties. Tents. Trailers. Grilling. Football.Early Mornings.VOCs."Where are the scissors?".Car Washes. Wendy's. Gummy Bear Shots. La Quinta. Swimming with banners.Melting banners. Stuck together banners.F%$3^in' banners.BA's.Drunk BAs.University of Florida passed out BAs.Scope.Boxes of Scope."Get your free Scoooope".License plates.Legal License Plates.Ikea.Buiilding Ikea Furniture.Ikea Furniture falling apart.Cardboard License Plates.Monster energy drinks.It's Saturday I need more energy drinks.Packers Bars in random towns.Strangers.Going to Packers Bars with strangers...isn't this what our parents told us NOT to do?.Free stuff.Drunk people.Drunk people loving free stuff.4a.m mornings.Being excited to stay at a HGI and not have to wake up on the bright side.1-888-503-0008."Hi, do you charge for parking...what about for trailers?".Laundry rooms.Polo shirts.Steamers.Tents.Stupid Wrinkles.Hotels.More Hotels.Even More Hotels.Tailgates.Tours.Tailgate Tour 2011
22: September 10, 2011 | Stop numero uno on the Tailgate Tour. Kicked off the morning with some furniture building activities, followed by more furniture building activities, followed by rain. Not just a little bit of rain...monsoon rain. Listened to some super cool jams by ANR and another hot band picked by the Polo client..Grammy winners for sure. Women in their 60's boo-ed Danielle because we ran out of Polo blankets and a drunk girl gave Danielle a Penn State hair ribbon for her braid, score!
23: September 17, 2011 College Station, TX | September 24, 2011 Norman, Oklahoma | Heat.Heat.More Heat. We like to bring the extreme weather with us. Oh and of course, even though it hadn't rained in 4 months, it rained...in Texas. Oklahoma...bring on the wind, can we get a few more weights? | Gainesville, FL October 1, 2011 Aw...and that one in the red looked so sweet and innocent. "Um....yeah....um I'm going to need that belt back.." (Ambulance noise in the background)
24: Everything is bigger in.....TEXAS! | Yehawwww, helloooo Texas. Texas shaped waffles, caves, the Alamo, Trailer Repair shops...we did it all. We found out that Houston has the best La Quinta in the country, we didn't mind waking up on the bright side. Barrett went swimming with all of the Polo banners to "unglue" them and a drunk old man helped us load them back into the trailer.
25: We spent a few days in Houston after Texas A&M and then headed off to Austin. As we were getting on the highway, we started smelling a burning smell and sure enough, there was something wrong with the trailer. The people at South West Trailers had to take apart the entire trailer and rebuild it. In the meantime, we went exploring in some caves, checked out San Antonio, and did a tour of the Alamo.
26: Omaha, Nebraska October 8, 2011 | Nebraska....hmmm....not a lot going on in Nebraska...unless you count intoxicated women using the TGT footprint as a "ladies room", riding in the back of trucks with rollerblades and um, gas tanks (?), and of course Crystal Jade, home of the $1.68 beers.
27: October 15.2011 Auburn, AL | Remember that place where we stored the trailer...creepy. Atleast we met a cool dude who knew of a Packers bar and we got to do some cool hiking in Atlanta.
28: The weekend before Halloween, we brought the Tailgate Tour to Michigan State University, the best school on the planet, obviously. We carved some pumpkins, ate at the J.W. Marriott in downtown Grand Rapids, and showed everyone where Danielle was from by holding up our hands like a mitten. We got done working on Saturday, bought a pair of tickets from a drunk college kid, and headed up to the last level of the student section to watch the game. Barrett wore his Wisconsin shirt and miraculously did not get beat up. When MSU won with a Hail Mary, we sprinted out of the stadium...mostly to save Barrett from getting harassed, and got him safely back to the TGT trailer..silent car ride back to GR... | OCTOBER 20-22
30: October 29, 2011 Jacksonville, FL | November 05, 2011 Iowa | I don't have any photos from Iowa, sorry I was in California being Vanna. | November 12, 2011 Mizzou
31: Awww...last official day of the Tailgate Tour. Two ambulances (or is it ambuli?), a Diva "my manager doesn't let me do labor", and some security guards to escort home slice out at the UCLA game and we're done! 13 weeks, 13,000+ miles, 13 games...pass the Reesers Potato Salad, it's time for vacation....
32: After 13 weeks of The Tailgate Tour, we were ready for some serious relaxation. Luckily, we found a great deal on a flight to Maui and decided to head to the Islands for 9 days. The night before we left we went on a shopping spree at Target and stocked up on beer and boxed wine (definitely a necessity) and crossed our fingers that they would travel well. We woke up at 3 am that morning to make it to the airport only to find out from Delta that our flight "didn't exist". Luckily they got us on a new flight and by the afternoon we were pulling into the Waldorf Astoria Resort in Maui. We spent the first two days relaxing in the pool cave, watching MSU VS. Wisconsin (MSU lost so Barrett was thrilled) and the Green Bay Packers game. Danielle brought her rollerblades so that she could finally put them to use after 13 weeks of lugging them around. We loved our first meal at Huhumuhumunukunukuapua'a and the sunset was phenomenal.
34: wE PICKED UP A RENTAL CAR ON THE FIRST DAY IN MAUI, EXCITED TO HIT THE OPEN ROAD, EXPLORE, AND CHECK OUT SOME OF NATURE'S MOST BEAUTIFUL CREATIONS, INCLUDING A gO pACK gO SIGN. wHEN THE CAR RENTAL REP TOLD BARRETT THAT HE COULD NOT TAKE IT ON THE BACK ROADS OF HANA, IT WAS GAME ON. aLONG THE WAY, WE STOPPED FOR SOME KILLER VIEWS, WATERFALLS SO BARRETT COULD "DO BOY THINGS" LIKE EXPLORE PAST THE "DO NOT PROCEED BEYOND THIS POINT" SIGNS AND CAUSE DANIELLE TO WORRY, AND OF COURSE TAKE A PICTURE WITH A PACKERS SIGN SO BARRETT WOULDN'T FEEL HOMESICK (rODGERSSSSSS). | THE ROAD TO HANA
35: Barrett with a shirt on?? Another one of nature's mysteries..
37: ‘” The proper name of this attraction is ‘Ohe’o (Oh-Hey-Oh). “Seven Sacred Pools” is a name coined years ago by the owner of what is now the Hotel Hana Maui for the purpose of marketing this remote location to tourists. Since this is part of the Haleakala National Park, the NPS has also added their own name to the mix “Haleakala National Park, Kipahulu.” | On the Road to Hana continues at the 7 Sacred Pools...
38: Long before the days of written history when the ancient gods walked the earth and fished the seas, the Demigod Maui was called before his mother, the goddess Hina. The goddess complained that the sun moved across the sky so fast every day that her tapa cloth would not dry. Wanting to please his mother, Maui, who was known for his tricks, devised a plan to solve his mother's problem. Climbing to the summit of the great mountain before dawn, Maui waited for the sun to peek its head above the edge of the horizon. When it did so, Maui took his lasso and lassoed the sun, stopping its path across the sky. The sun begged Maui to let it go and proceed in its path across the sky. Maui agreed on one condition. The sun must agree to slow its path across the sky and allow more time for light during the day. The sun agreed. | Sunrise at Haleakala
39: We were so excited to see the sun do its thing at Haleakala National Park because we heard it was spectacular. So...we set 3 alarm clocks for 3:00 A.M, stocked up on the energy drinks and laid out some warm clothes. We headed to Haleakala and arrived at 4:30, luckily we got there right on time because they only allow a certain number of cars in the parking lot. It was cold, dark, and oh yeah cold...we were both wearing 3 sweatshirts, 2 pairs of sweatpants, hats, and scarves but as soon as the sun started coming up we knew it was worth the early morning wake up call!
41: We stayed at the Kanapoli Ocean Inn in Maui for 2 of the nights we were there.The beach in front of the resort had picture perfect sunsets and a laid back vibe. The security man at the front gate said, "Welcome to your home." when we arrived... we wished this was "home"!
42: Hilton Waikoloa Village is located within the Waikoloa Beach Resort area on the southern Kohala Coast on Hawaii's Big Island - just 18 miles from the Kona International Airport. Hilton Waikoloa Village was originally drafted on a simple cocktail napkin. Chris Hemmeter was a prolific developer of mega resorts and always preferred to start with a gigantic slate - which meant a lot of digging and grading through lava. Hilton Waikoloa Village is the amazing result of his endless imagination and vision. Construction began in 1986 and the resort was completed in 2 years time in 1988 with a budget of $360 million. | Hemmeter's vision evolved into a tropical paradise complete with three towers with 1240 rooms, trams, canal boats, a saltwater lagoon, three pools, 8 restaurants, a seaside putting course & $7million in artwork. Hemmeter had a knack for seeing possibility where others did not. He once said, “You have to serve customers the wine they want, not the wine you think they should have” Hemmeter spent a week in one of our elite suites, suitably named the "Hemmeter Suite" just before he passed away in 2003.
43: The resort's art collection consists of works from Asian, Western, and Oceanic cultures. These are the cultures whose diverse beliefs and traditions have mixed and mingled to make Hawaii so wonderfully unique. We, at Hilton Waikoloa Village, celebrate our cultural heritage and hope that through an appreciation of its art, we all can gain a greater understanding and insight into life in Hawaii. There are more than 1800 pieces in our collection, not counting artwork that is in the suites and guest rooms.
45: At Akaka Falls State Park, located along the northeastern Hamakua Coast, you can see two gorgeous waterfalls on one short hike. The pleasant 0.4-mile uphill hike will take you through a lush rainforest filled with wild orchids, bamboo groves and draping ferns.
49: "SO, IS THERE ANYWHERE THAT WE ARE NOT ALLOWED TO TAKE THE RENTAL CAR?" -BARRETT "JUST AVOID STEEP CLIFFS" -National Car Rental Dude ""TIME TO EXPLORE CLIFFS." -BARRETT "
50: Papaklea Beach (also known as Green Sand Beach or Mahana Beach) is a green sand beach located near South Point, in the Ka district of the island of Hawaii. One of only two green sand beaches in the United States, the other being in Guam, the beach gets distinctive coloring from olivine crystals found in the enclosing cinder cone.
51: We heard that there was a Green Sand Beach on The Big Island and we were not going to believe it until we saw it. This was our last full day before having to head back to Maui so we figured we should make it as much of an adventure as possible. By the time we got near this alleged Green Sand Beach" we had already stopped at the Southern Most Bar in the United States, Shakas, (I thought Key West had the Southern Most Bar?) to grab a refreshing beer and catch a few minutes of the MSU basketball game, Go Spartans! We managed to drive the truck close to our "starting point"and begin what we thought would be a leisurely walk along the beach. Little did we know we would be sprinting through 20 mph winds and flying sand inorder to make it back to the car before it got dark out. The beach was breathtaking just as we expected. Luckily, our evening plans included checking out the Kona Brewing Company so we had some serious drinkovation (haha, motivation) to sprint back to the truck. I think I still have sand stuck in my hair from this day. Oh, and barrett--you run really fast. This night began our 4 day run of crazy airport adventures...our flight from the big island to maui was 1.5 hours late arriving. That flight was very bumpy but luckily danielle was exhausted from uh...the hike...(or was it the 2 beers at kona brewing co?) and slept through the entire thing. We had also consumed an entire bag of garlic onion macadamia nuts at the nut plantation so a toothbrush was a much needed item.
54: These Are The Moments I Live For
58: Warm & Cozy
59: wonderland | Dashing Through the Snow
61: Home is where there's someone to love, and someone to love us.