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.

Saturday, November 13, 2010

Miami Heat

Unless you've been living under a rock during the off season then you know about the controversy of LeBron James moving from Cleveland, OH to Miami, FL and teaming up with Dwayne Wade and Chris Bosch.  The three have a lot to prove to the NBA fans and Miami Community that this wasn't a very expensive scuff and they will be able to bring the Miami Heat to the NBA playoffs and beyond.  This was the Traveling Mushroom's first NBA game and rightfully so it is with a team that has been widely in the news and holds such a controversy.  The American Airlines Arena is nestled just outside of downtown which like any major sporting event can make getting to and from and parking a bit of a headache.  Winning this game against the Toronto Raptors of a final score of 109-100 putting their over-all record to 9 wins and 8 losses, it's not that great of a start.  Time will tell how they will do this year and hopefully time will tell and exciting story and not a let down all hype of a year.

Saturday, October 30, 2010

Sedona, AZ

This was a short hike up on top of a plateau that had a breath taking view.  The layers of colored rocks and how clear the visibility was made it a picture perfect day to stop and take some pictures.   The view in the picture is pretty amazing but the 360 degree is something that one must experience on their own because this picture does not do it justice.  It was very windy on top of the Plateau which is why the Traveling Blue Mushroom ingested some rocks before he was able to do any photo shoot to ensure he wouldn't fly away.  Sedona Arizona is kind of a weird tourist trap because a lot of people believe it's part of a healing vortex so their are a lot of bizarre shops in town.  One thing I really did like about Sedona was that they had a light pollution ordinance that restricted street lights as well commercial signs that helped to keep the sky at night well preserved.

Saturday, October 23, 2010

Wedding - Waukesha, WI

After traveling to several family and friend's events and weddings it is often asked where the Traveling Mushroom is?  So this family wedding was used for the one and only wedding the Blue Mushroom will go to besides maybe his own.  Who doesn't have to or has not traveled to a wedding before?  Like all weddings it was a beautiful wedding and it was nice to catch up with family.  It's unfortunate that Waukesha doesn't have more to offer and there wasn't enough time to stop in downtown Milwaukee.  On that note, what could Waukesha, Wisconsin really offer for a photogenic picture really?  No, seriously the best story that Wikipedia has is, "In August 2010, the singer Ke$ha came to Milwaukee to perform at a concert. On a radio interview, it was suggested that Milwaukees close neighbor, Waukesha, unofficially change its name to "Wauke$ha" for a day. That radio broadcaster, from WRNW, tried contacting the mayor of Waukesha, asking if he would. The mayor did not respond through various means of communication. Later, when Ke$ha was interviewed by that radio broadcaster, he had Ke$ha call the mayor. She offered to have a beer with him if he were to "slip a dollar sign" in it. He declined by e-mail, and the name did not change. Petrie, Joe "Scrima: Singer Ke$ha should rename herself 'Waukesha'" GM today, August 26, 2010." -  I mean seriously, Kesha?

Thursday, August 19, 2010

The Lincoln Memorial - Washington, D.C.

"In this temple, As in the hearts of the people, For Whom he saved the union, The memory of Abraham Lincoln, is enshrined Forever" is what is inscribed into the wall above the statue.  This is a pretty significant monument in the D.C. area and a must see.  So much history is to be respected in this location and because of this location.  I wanted to get the Blue Mushroom to sit on Lincolns lap but I was unable to pull it off.

The White House - Washington, D.C.

THE TRAVELING MUSHROOM for PRESIDENT!!! We are only a few steps away for making it true, YES WE CAN!  This was the Blue Mushrooms first time visiting the nations capital and stopping at the White House was a must.  The president never showed but there were a lot of guys with rifles and sniper rifles on the roof and it must be assumed that this was for the protection of the Blue Mushroom. There really wasn't much to see of the White House through a big Iron fence but do they still allow tours of the White House?  If they do then maybe that would be a reason to go back and visit.

Washington Monument - Washington, D.C.

A short but longer than it should have been 9 hour road trip followed by a 45 minute ride on the Washington area Metrorail finally arriving in downtown D.C. to view the sights.  The first stop would be the easily recognizable Washington Monument.  This was a beautifully lightly covered cloudy sky August day.  One could not paint or ask for a better day to view the nations national monuments.  For some who don't know, construction stopped on the Washinton Monument due to money and the start of the Civil war and didn't finish until 30 years later.  It's because of this that about 150 feet up can you see a slight discoloration where the construction re-began.

Monday, August 2, 2010

RTD - Denver, Co

The Denver area light rail transit system or actually known as RTD was a bit unique and a slight eye opening ride into downtown Denver.  It was unique because there was no turn styles, no ticket taker, no conductor to monitor who's getting on and off the train.  It was eye opening because it was based almost completely on the honor system.  It was explained that from time to time a uniformed officer will board and check to see who has paid and check their stubs.  Also, the trains are monitored more closely during certain professional sporting events and other similar big festivals.  It would be my opinion that this speaks a lot for Denver and their way of thinking and really fits the atmosphere of Denver that I love so much.  This was a short ride to downtown with a new brother and a tasty beer with a good Texan.

Wednesday, July 28, 2010

Phoenix, Arizona

Arizona definitely lived up to its own hype of having some of the best sunsets.  There was not a single night of being disappointed and was fortunate enough to see some of the most orangeish-red and violet sunsets that one could ever imagine.  It was a glow that would light up the city area before it finally set and even after would still put on a pretty glow beyond the horizon.  Being unable to speak for the rest of Arizona but Phoenix at the end of the July can only be described as standing behind ten diesel truck's exhaust while running.  It was just an incredible dry, hot, hot heat that didn't seem to quit.  This was a significant trip that was the prelude to the next chapter in life.  With head still spinning and trying to catch a grip; this was one of several big leaps of trying to get the next chapter set up. The last shot was a 'chance moment' taken at Phoenix Sky Harbor Airport right before boarding the airplane and on to the next adventure. 

Tuesday, July 27, 2010

Pizzeria Bianco

In the heart of Phoenix Arizona lies two unassuming houses that contain some of the tastiest gourmet pizza one could ever come across in a life time.  The restaurant only opens at 5pm and will only start to take reservations at this exact time which leaves a line just to make a reservation.  Approximately about a twenty or thirty minute wait to give your name; you can expect to wait two to three hours on a weekday to be called.  While you wait, you hang around in the first house that is actually a wine and appetizer waiting area with each room consisting of couches, table or a bar.  After a few drinks, talking to some good people the time actually seems to fly by.  Once you are called, you then proceed to the next building that also contains a bar but also a brick oven that cooks the pizza.  The menu has a wide range of choices that include some of the tastiest selections and unique styles.  The restaurant has been talked about in several different magazines and the Rachel Ray show and has been voted into the top ten pizza places in the country.  With all of the different tasty styles of pizza laying on the table with the colors screaming of deliciousness, couldn't resits a photo shoot.  This was definitely a unique place ran by a unique individual that can only be summed up by the quote, “There is no great genius without some touch of madness” and this couldn't describe the owner and operation any better...

Thursday, July 15, 2010

Adirondack Mountains

The Adirondack Mountains is a true place to help escape from everything and anyone.  Especially for someone that lives within four hours of driving distance, it can really be an energizing weekend vacation.  The Adirondack park is full of trails, rivers, lakes, mountains, campgrounds and nearly any other outdoor activities that one would be in to.  This weekend was fun filled with camping, swimming, hiking, relaxation and cooking over a fire.  The Adirondack Park, specifically Saranac Lake will forever be something more than just a place to visit and will be a significant place of memories and real emotions.  This hike up Cascade Mountain was a memorable one with good company that included an eight five pound mans best friend that led the way up but was having trouble keeping up on the way down.  At the top gave a stunning view of the high peaks region and the town below that once you were there, you didn't want to leave.  There are forty six high peak trails and hiking up the Cascade Mountain put the Traveling Mushroom at 'Oner' status of the forty six.

Saturday, July 10, 2010

Coors Brewery

A pretty unique tour of the only Coors brewery anywhere which is also the largest single brewing plant by volume.  This was an excellent choice while being hung over and getting rid of the 'hair of the dog that bit me'.  This was more of a tourist attraction tour than an actual tour of the plant itself.  After waiting in line to get on the bus that shuttled you to the plant, checking I.D.'s, and being given a device that looks more like a walky talky.  There were numbers along the walking tour that you input into the device and listened to what it had to say about that particular location.  For the booze bag like the Traveling Mushroom, just walking through to get to the free beer was the only real way to go, well except for stopping to take a couple of pictures of course.

Tuesday, July 6, 2010

Stanley Hotel

The infamous Stanley hotel, with all of its lore and ghostly stories not to mention the inspiration to one of Stephen Kings most famous book, The Shinning.  This was actually the Traveling Blue Mushrooms third time visiting and it was time to write about it.  A short tour of the hotel with a nice lunch in the hotels restaurant on a beautiful day was a perfect little stop during a trip up into Estes Park.  After the third time one can almost call this a tradition of stopping at the hotel for a bite to eat before heading into the Rockie Mountains.  No ghost stories to report though, well, until next time...

Friday, July 2, 2010

Traffic Jam

Who hasn't been stuck in a traffic jam on a road trip?  This is probably the most irritating thing that can happen to anyone on a long road trip.  The unknown of how long it will last or how far the lit up red tail lights actually reach.  All you can do at this point is grip the steering wheel in frustration and try and find the fastest lane that always seems to be the one next to you no matter how many times you change lanes.  It doesn't help when its a family road trip with 2 toddlers, 1 infants, and 4 adults that doesn't leave room for anything or anyone.  With such cramped space its hard not to wine and cry along with the infant and toddlers throughout the trip.  After 8 hours that included 2 stops to eat and 4 or 5 potty breaks (I lost count), the family reached its destination at the much needed and overdue family reunion.

Saturday, February 27, 2010

NCAA Record Braking Attendance

Just minutes before tip off inside the Carrier Dome or also known as, 'the loud house', number 4 ranked Syracuse University's mens basketball team was warming up to take on number 7 ranked Villanova Wildcats. With Syracuse's victory of a final score of 95-77 and the possibility that two days later they could be ranked number 1, isn't the real story or the significance of this game. What makes this day, moment, place so special was that it was an on campus NCAA game attendance record. It was actually the fourth time in seven years that Syracuse University mens basketball broke this record. The record was set at, 34,616, and is sure to be broken again. This game was so large that ESPN's College GameDay telecast was done live in the Carrier Dome earlier in the day. Also, the tickets to this game was sold out weeks in advance and if you wanted to attend this record braking attendance then one could pay up to $750 dollars.
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