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.
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