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.
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