Saturday, April 7, 2012

Tough Mudder (Poconos, PA)

Waking up with a temperature of 35 degrees was not the ideal start to a 13 miles obstacle designed race.  The Tough Mudder has grown wildly in popularity over the last few years.  Besides being known for their extreme obstacle courses as well their involvement and support for The Wounded Warrior Project, their signature is the orange headband that you receive upon completing the 13 mile course.

Sunday, February 12, 2012

NYC Subway (MTA)

Not a fan of this photoshoot but it does not help when one is pressed for time.  There will be a re-visit to re-do this shoot.  Traveling so much, The Traveling Mushroom loves to travel by train so this being underground and traveling in this method is home.  This is a good start for now but we'll see in the future.

A cross section of New York City's underground is an amazing and elaborate maze of wires, tubes, piping as well as a subway system.  The sights, smells, people, efficiency and history are all so fascinating.  The Subway system is mind blowing when you look at all the hard facts.  The first tunnel was constructed in the late 1860's which makes it over 150 years old.  They average 4 million riders every day on 468 different stations.  Easy to use and you can get anywhere in the 5 boroughs fairly easy and quickly.  

If you don't know about the abandoned subway stations it is recommend you to google it.  The best one if the old City Hall Station.  It embodies the saying, "they don't make them like they use to".  If you ask the Southbound 6 train conductor, you can stay on board as they do their loop through the station to go back North.  It's not enough to get a photoshoot but WILL happen here!

Saturday, February 11, 2012

Hoboken, NJ

A weekend visit to Hoboken New Jersey is always a good time when spent with the right people!  It's a changing town that over the last several decades have been slowly removing its warehouses and industrial rail yards for office high rises and condos.  There are plenty of local pubs to wonder into as well as easy access to a light rail system and the PATH that can easily take you right into the city.  The picture was taken right next to the NJ Transit yard where they switch out their cars all day and night.  A short brisk walk in February from this location will take you to the historic Hoboken terminal that can be easily seen from the other side of the river in New York City.

Thursday, December 29, 2011

Slow Travel Year

This year wasn't as productive for traveling when compared to previous years.  However, there is a slowly growing fan following which is much appreciated.  The above image was sent in from a fan that definitely is capable of giving a chuckle or two.  Not sure where this was taken but its not where that matters but the fact that there are those out there that enjoy traveling like the Mushroom.  Everyone knows that friends always make a traveling adventure that much more memorable.  Thank you for your support as it is hoped that it continues into 2012.  Hoping for more traveling adventures and meeting more of you along the way!  Happy New Years! Good luck in 2012!!!

Wednesday, November 2, 2011

Atlanta–Fulton County Stadium (Atlanta, GA)

A short business trip to Atlanta provided the perfect opportunity to just scratch the surface to what Atlanta Georgia has to offer.  A city well known for its congesting traffic but once you survive that characteristic you can begin to move around and see the different attractions and history.  Theres a lot of history associated with Atlanta and this trip only allowed a visit to the old (what was) Atlanta Stadium.  It's not converted into a memorial within a parking lot for the new stadium.  The foundation wall is still intact in the outfield as well as a piece of the fence where Hank Aaron became baseball's all-time career home run leader by hitting his 715th home run on April 8, 1974.  Doing a photo shoot in front of the fence with the 715 home run placard would have probably been enough.  However, a bronze home plate where SO many legends once stood at bat and SO many records were broken and legends were built, a shoot had to be done.;The parking lot was entirely empty which gave a feel of a field within the stadium still existed.  It was amazing to walk on such historic ground to the extent where one could feel as if they could witness such greats play the game of Baseball right before your eyes.

Wednesday, June 1, 2011

Detroit Metropolitan Wayne County Airport - DTW

When you travel enough, you start to appreciate the uniqueness of certain airports.  If you travel a lot you REALLY start to appreciate what the different amenities that individual airports can offer.  Not saying it won't happen but never once has the Traveling Mushroom experienced an issue at DTW.  One issue one might have is the extreme size of the airport.  There is a tram service that will take you from one end to the other but a foot race has been done and it isn't always the fastest mode of transportation.  If one finds they have enough time to wonder in this modern airport, it is recommended to find the underground tunnel connecting the two terminals.  The artistically designed lighting system is something you wont find in any other airport in the United States.  It can help to bring any kind of calm (if only a small amount) to the stress that traveling can bring.

Sunday, May 8, 2011

Orange County Choppers OCC

It wasn't the most ideal kind of a day but that doesn't matter when you know someone who works for the most recognizable chopper company in the world. Lets call it a "backstage" tour of the facility where they build these amazing works of art. To walk around the facility and see where the "magic" happens was an honor. It was kind of funny to see how TV makes the facility look like a large warehouse. In reality the facility was probably the size of a large car wash with a second floor. The only unfortunate thing was that this happened on a Saturday and there was no one working at the time but it was still cool to just get the tour. American Choppers was the first reality show of its kind and really set the guidelines for most of todays reality shows. Perhaps some of the interviews were scripted to a certain degree but its confirmed that the drama between senior and junior was very much real. 

The First Chopper we were shown (which anyone can see in their store) was the tribute to fire fighters.  To be allowed to sit on top of this bike was an honor in its self.  All the donations of patches and paraphernalia was overwhelming which is way this bike was in a section of itself.

The next chopper we had the honor of sitting upon was the Live Strong bike.

The last bike we visited was more because it had to happen. One of the most recognizable bikes they did was a Christmas bike they did for charity.

Sunday, May 1, 2011

Las Vegas

The Traveling Mushroom made it to 'Sin City' and also known as the adult playground.  Smack in the middle of the dessert this city lives up to all of its nicknames.  This was a special trip that had a main purpose of a Pan/Am hockey tournament.  After playing our 2nd game of the tournament early Saturday morning, the team went back to the hotel to drink a little and grab something to eat by the pool before our evening game.  By the time we made it back to our second game (3rd in the tournament) half of our team was a bit inebriated but luckily so was half of our opposing team.  It was a good time as the goalie from each team took the opening face-off.  In between 2nd and 3rd period, as we gathered by our bench to discuss strategy and make adjustments it had become apparent that one of our defensemen had passed out on the bench... sitting up.  We decided to forfeit our bronze medal game due to the fact it was at 9 something Sunday morning and we were all going out that night.

Staying along the strip while going in and out of the casinos but only gambling just a little, the nightlife seemed more fitting than the gambling.  Entering a red carpet event in Paris, it was a pretty nice club that even the infamous Charlie Sheen was there.  We grabbed a V.I.P. booth and partied big and then closed the club down at sometime passed 5am.  Waking up at sometime just before noon it was very smart to not play the 9am game.  Rumor had it that there was a sighting of a Gorilla on our way home from the club the night before but this has been highly debated.  Yes, an inside joke, ha-ha.

Saturday, April 16, 2011


Park Hopping isn't for the weak, it can be very exhausting and leave your dogs barking.  After hopping the parks and trying to visit as many of the rides as one possibly can the day came to a conclusion.  A beautiful night helped to pause, take a breath and start a photo shoot in front of the classic and easily recognizable iconic Spaceship Earth.  It is so well lit up that it's easy to take a photogenic shot with it.  Epcot has so much to offer but if you can't do any more rides and waiting in lines after running through all of the other parks earlier in the day than go to grab a seat around the World Showcase Lagoon and enjoy the IllumiNations: Reflections of Earth.

Hollywood Studios

Taking another visit to the Orlando area, the Traveling Mushroom grabbed a Park Hopper pass and started out at Disney's Hollywood Studios.  This Park will always be remembered as MGM studios because growing up that's what it was called.  This theme park is the 2nd of four Disney Resort theme parks the Traveling Mushroom has visited and it was a great time.  Riding the Rock 'n' Roller Coaster is an amazingly entertaining and exciting roller coaster experience and is worth the average wait of about an 45-60 minutes.  Classic rides like the newly renovated Star Tours and the Muppet's 3-D are also a must experience.  My favorite is the well known and visible from almost anywhere in the park is the Tower of Terror.  The entire experience including the wait in line, introduction, seating, cast members, the travel to the elevator drop position is all apart of the show.

A must see and worth the wait as well is the Extreme Stunt Show and has some very impressive stunts on a minimal stage in front of a live audience. 

Saturday, January 22, 2011

Walt Disney World

Probably the most popular family tourist destination in the entire world is The Magic Kingdom.  This is just one of four other parks in the Walt Disney Resort area.  Located just outside of Orlando there are a lot of other theme parks and many tourist traps.  It is this park that everyone has to visit at least once.  It is a classic family vacation spot that can help create a lot of fun lasting memories so how can the Traveling Mushroom pass up the visit?  Classic rides like Space Mountain, Pirates of the Caribbean, Splash Mountain, and The Haunted Mansion and a personal favorite of the Carousel of Progress.  You can catch a lot of flak saying that's one of your favorites but it's always entertaining to see the carousel's time changes stop in the 70's when it was built.  Then it leaves you to think about how far we've came and how there needs to be another stage or two to show our progress since.  Known as the happiest place on Earth, it was a beautiful in January and the day amounted to a great memory.

Monday, December 20, 2010

Buffalo Weekend in Florida (The Visitor)

Sometimes the Traveling Mushroom visits you and sometimes you visit the Traveling Mushroom, ha-ha!  Apart of the Buffalo weekend the Traveling Mushroom had a good friend from Buffalo visiting and help cheer on the visiting Buffalo teams.  After the disappointing loss of the Sabres and a night of partying away our sorrows the shenanigans continued onto the Bills win.  Before flying away we did a quick photo shoot and the semi-randomness of the weekend is summed into this one quick, semi-random picture.  There's nothing like a nice long weekend of friends, sporting events, drinking and partying.

Sunday, December 19, 2010

Buffalo Weekend in Florida (Bills v. Dolphins)

By Miami standards it was a bit of a brisk cold day in South Florida with the lack of sun and cloudy skies it just made for a long pants and sweater attire.  Unfortunately they don't make pants that small for the mushroom so naked was the only way to be.  Another installment of the "Buffalo Weekend" was Bills v Dolphins a long time rivalry that wouldn't fail on this day.  Buffalo won 17-14 but the Dolphins put up a big fight at the end almost coming back for the win.  As cold of a day as it was it was a lot of fun to see two NFL teams fight it out with 65,511 other fans.  

Friday, December 17, 2010

Buffalo Weekend in Florida (Sabres v. Panthers)

The Buffalo Sabres were in South Florida to play the Florida Panthers and the Traveling Mushroom was routing for the Sabres due to the all out Buffalo invasion for the weekend.  The Florida Panthers look to be a disappointing struggling team this year and of course as the Sabres are the team of choice for the night they loose which simply defines irony.  Regardless of who won, it was a great time just to hang out with friends and cheer along with them.  This was another first as it was the Traveling Mushrooms first NHL game and even though they were semi-nose bleed seats there isn't really a bad seats in the Bank Atlantic Center.

Thursday, December 2, 2010

Louisville, KY

The Traveling Mushroom was all business on this trip and got together with a very welcoming and friendly office just outside of Louisville Kentucky.  All of the people in this area were friendly and welcoming actually and it was nice to hang out in an area that was like that.  After driving by this location earlier in the day there was no way the Traveling Mushroom was going to miss this opportunity.  Sometimes it can be difficult to find the perfect spot to show the Mushroom's Travels by selecting the most recognizable, famous or unique location for a photo.  This was one of those few times there was no question that this will be the place to take a couple of pictures.  It was a bit cold, a bit late but it's never too cold or too late to take a few pictures with the Traveling Mushroom.
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