OT: 2017 TKPers Summer/Vacation Plans

The Spring Game has come and gone. We're all, hopefully, done tweeting insulting things at Jerod Evans. The summer heat seems to finally be here to stay. With things slowing down in the VT athletics world, I figured this would be a fun thread to have to keep things light. What's everyone up to this summer? Any big vacation plans you'd like to share? Let's exchange advice/make each other jealous

Personally, I have two trips planned, and I'd love to get recommendations for each.

At the end of June/beginning of July, I'm making my first trip to Colorado for 3 nights of Umphrey's at Red Rocks. And then at the end of July, I'll be going down to Asheville for few days of bachelor partying. Anyone have any suggestions for what there is to do in either place?

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Wiked Weed in Asheville. Must stop for the goodness that flows from those taps.

Always choose joy.

Hell yeah, that one's def on the list. I've been exchanging emails with some people at the Funkatorium to get a tour for the group

I go a couple times a year and been to or had most of the breweries there

Depending what you're looking for, I can give advice. I can't stress enough, go to Burial brewing. My favorite spot and with wicked weed the best beer in AVL. the drop to 3rd place is pretty substantial.

The group I'm going with is a very craft beer-centric group, but I don't know anything about the area beyond WW. I've heard of Burial, but that's about it. What's their bread and butter?

saisons (sometimes sour), IPAs and stouts.

they are on the South slope, 3 blocks from ww proper and the funkatorium. hit all 3.

also in that 5 block x 5 block radius are:

green man, very new, big building, but just ok.
cawtaba looks nice, but I don't like their product
twin leaf, across from funk I haven't hit
hi-wire, solid with an expanding sour program that I'm waiting to try
Asheville brewing cool spot, solid beer

also, wedge is weird, didn't care for beer, vibe is mad Max tho.

highland has a new rooftop bar that's the tits

one world is a basement brewery that's hit or miss.

do go to Pisgah in black mountain, cider place next door my wife loves.

do go to Sierra Nevada, that place is amazaballs.

if you hike the Pisgah national forest, south of avl, Oskar blues is right there too and always seem to have a barrel aged ten fidy on.

Thanks man. That's a good list. We'll be there on a Thurs-Mon, so I'm hoping we can hit as many as possible, and hopefully some twice.

Got any hiking recommendations in the area?

the good hikes are about 40 mins+ outside of avl. how intense?

Not intense, hikes will primarily be used to sweat off the hangovers

I'll try to remember and send you a list tonight, when I have time, but in short ...

craggy gardens and pinnacle hikes north east on blue ridge Pkwy

south west near Hendersonville, a bunch of places. can hit Oskar blues and Sierra Nevada if you do those.

You're the man.

My buddy, the groom, wants to hit up Sierra Nevada too, so I'll make sure we keep those trails in mind.

I would do a quick pop in Oskar Blues, hike for a bit, then have dinner after at Sierra Nevada can unwind nicely there, then only a 20 min drive back to AVL.


Pisgah Mountains
Looking Glass Falls, not a hike but a quick stop to see a great waterfall. Plenty of hikes up in this area.
Pisgah Hikes

Dupont State Park
It's a loop, but I usually work the 2 parking areas. if multiple cars, would park in 1 drop off everyone then go leave the 2nd car in the other lot and come back, reverse when you finish. it's pretty money multiple waterfall viewing.


enjoy and cheers.

Followed this subthread closely - Wife and I are heading to Asheville over Memorial Day Weekend for the same thing - Beer, Hiking, etc. I've been several times to the 828 and can fully (dipped) vouch for BeerControls recommendations for hikes and breweries. Very nice recommendations man!

Got any pointers after your trip?

Also, does anyone know of some good companies in AVL for floating/tubing the river? Is it chill enough that we could drop in without paying an organization to do so?

Also - mtn biking trails in DuPont are pretty sweet. Something for everyone...from Sunday stroll to scary, hairy to hike-A-bike.

Leonard. Duh.

Appreciate this list too. I'm backpacking the Art Loeb trail in a few weeks with my brother and we were wondering the best breweries to hit on the way in/out. This is the best list from the best source yet.


I did the LaZoom Beer and Band Bus Tour for a bachelor party last year and really enjoyed it. The negative is that you don't get to choose the breweries and they might not have the best beer, but it was a blast talking to other groups on the bus and the band was good as well (we had the Sufi Brothers and they even happened to play Enter Sandman). The drop off location was in walking distance to the Funkatorium and the other breweries in that area as well.

Joffrey, Cersei, Ilyn Payne, the Hound, Jeff Jagodzinski, Paul Johnson, Pat Narduzzi.

Green Man is a top 3 for me. The IPA, ESB and Porter are all winners.

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I've been really enjoying Hi-wire brewing recently. Also, go to Buxton Hall and get a bucket of chicken for your hike. don't get any other entree, just get the darn chicken.

Also, I can recommend Stoney Knob Cafe just north of town in Weaverville.

For a quick hike go to Craggy Garden's not too far away and is on the parkway.

I'm lucky to live pretty close to Asheville. It's a really cool city to visit in a very beautiful area and as has been mentioned all throughout this thread, they have a lot of quality beer.

I'm realllly excited for the trip. Been wanting to visit for a few years now. We nabbed a really nice secluded airBnB in the mountains about 15 minutes out of the city.

We caught great weather in February for a group of 10 of us to finally make the trip, staying at Wintersun. It was crowded even in February, but we were there on weekend. Made the 1 mile walk through town where you can hit seven of the breweries, with a stop at the glass factory. Wicked Weed Funkatorium was the least favorite, as they only served sours and Bretts. Green Man was probably the over-all favorite of the group, but I found a lot to like at every brewery. Several do not do flights when they are busy, so if you want to sample a lot without drinking a whole lot I recommend bringing tasting cups with you. If they did not have flights we would order three or four of whatever is not available bottles in NC, and divide in the cups so all who wanted could have a taste. Sampled 32 beers in about 5 hours. Obviously easier with a large group, and not needed if you don't mind drinking out of the same glass. We had a lot of trouble getting a table (size of the group obviously hurt there) for dinner, and several places we wanted to try had hour plus waits for tables of 4, and no room to wait at a bar. You may want to look for reservations within walking distance of the crawl. If doing it again, I would have brunch and start earlier to beat the lines at the breweries, beat the crowds for dinner, and have more time to enjoy some of local music and beer after dinner.

Sometimes we live no particular way but our own

yeah, eating in AVL often means waiting. I subscribe to late breakfast, very early dinners to beat the crowd.

Be sure to hit the Funkatorium for some killer sours

edit: fuck them. Go to Green Man, or Burial or most anywhere else

Now finish up them taters; I'm gonna go fondle my sweaters.

Yeah, Burial quickly became my #1 destination of choice this week


2 yrs ago, i was lucky enough to get one of their 300 made 32oz growlers. they stopped selling crowlers after a month or 2 and will only fill one of those original 300. i always fill up.

I can't imagine what those bad boys go for on the trade market, if anyone is actually willing to part with them in the first place

a bartender there told me a guy was offered $100 for one.

i would have sold it, if offered.

All great advice. Can't say enough about Wicked Weed. If you're more into whiskey, check out Top of the Monk and try the Widow Jane. Tell her I miss her too.

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Wicked Weed just got bought by AB! Still a great craft brewery!

Yeah, this won't prevent me from going, but I damn sure won't be buying as much merch as I had originally planned

the main brewpub, make sure you go down stairs for drinks while waiting to eat. different taps and very cool environment.

hmmm. we'll still eat there. good for family and dogs, but ... I'm not be as willing to spend as much on bottles now. hoping hi-wire sour game is on point now.

Same. I thought the Devil's Backbone dark side announcement shocked me, but this one really caught me off guard.

Hoping to finally get up to Blacksburg to meet with Coach Fuente. Lots of time at the beach here maybe a trip up to Richmond for a long weekend to see the parents.

Wet stuff on the red stuff.

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How does one get a meeting with Coach Fu?

Win it, at least that's how I did it.

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Ah, now I remember that coming up on a thread before

month long vacation visiting the major national parks of the west and a few weeks driving to the east coast and driving back via the great lakes. taking an extended break from working.

alright guys need some help. im planning on leaving for the beach with my lady sunday for 7 days. but myrtles weather looks like 70s for a high any ideas of a good beach in GA or FL we can head to thats affordable and has things to do.

"I don't know what a Hokie is, but God is one of them." - Lee Corso

is the weather a lil better in Charleston? isle of palms or some other beach near there? great foodie and beer town.

It's going to great weather down here in SC. 70's is perfect beach weather.

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Seconded for both. Also, Southern Soul in St. Simons has ridiculously good barbecue.

Ferrnandina Beach Fl.

Nice, quiet and pretty easy to get to.

Is it football season yet?

The gulf has nicer water than the Atlantic, so if you're looking for something on that side, anything from Destin, FL to Navarre Beach, FL is nice. The Miramar/Destin/Fort Walton stretch has plenty of things to do, while further west (Navarre) is more quiet. I prefer staying on Navarre Beach with the wife and kids and when doing something other than "beach", driving the 10 minutes east to Ft. Walton.

i'm admittedly biased, but St Augustine

Tomorrow I'm headed to Denver for the Chance the Rapper concert.

On the 15th I leave for 2 days for Disney World, then were flying to New Orleans for our birthday before leaving on a week cruise to the bamahas and Mexico.

In early July were heading to Vegas for a J Cole concert

In late July we're headed back down to Denver for the Kendrick Lamar concert.


Another white bronco? The first one didn't go too far.

Have you seen any of those guys before?

I saw Chance last year here in Richmond shortly after Coloring Book came out and he blew me away.

I was at Longwood for their Spring Weekend in 2010 and planned to see J Cole, but I got a fever the night before and was curled up shivering alone inside only able to hear the bass the next day. Still upset to this day that I missed him

I haven't. Actually, prior to seeing Snoop and a few others this year, I had never even been to a concert. I'm pretty excited.

I'm gonna need you to report back on how awesome Chance at Red Rocks is. I can't wait to go there. Definitely a bucket list item


Dude, 10/10 would definitely recommend. Chance did phenomenal, and the venue is gorgeous!!

I wish Kendrick were performing at the red rocks in July.

Glad to hear it, man. Kendrick playing there would be crazy. Gotta max out those ticket sales though and keep doing arenas

My vacation starts this Saturday. I'll be in DC from Saturday to Thursday in DC. Trying to go see the Wizards play the Celts, Capitals play the Pens, and the Nats play the Orioles.

On Thursday I'm heading to BBurg to attend my brother's graduation (graduating 10 years after I left Tech) which should be great. Crazy bc since I left there have been substantial changes in BBurg. Lots of popular placea didn't even exist when I left (for example, I saw there's a roundabout in Main St. and Prices Fork now).

Also, on the off chance anyone has a trip to Mexico City, let me know if you need anything. It's been very popular city recently and very cheap to visit considering the current exchange rate between the peso and the dollar.

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I'll be spending a week backpacking the Windriver Range in Wyoming.

Not the bagman VT deserves, but the bagman VT needs right now.

Oh man. That place is gorgeous. Square Top, Cirque of Towers, Pingora, Elkhart, Big Sandy... so much to see. What trailhead are you starting at? Do you fly fish? if not, learn now.

I'm really looking forward to it; all the pictures I've seen from there are incredible. I can't recall the name of trailhead offhand, but right now the plan is to set up a 'base' camp in Titcomb Basin, and do a few day hikes from there. Indian Basin and Fremont Peak should both be doable. I've done a little bit of fly fishing, and Im considering bring a rod, but I'll also have 10+ lbs in photography equipment, and I'm not sure how much more extra gear I'll want to bring.

Not the bagman VT deserves, but the bagman VT needs right now.

If you're going with a group split the extra gear among the whole group. But cooking freshly caught fish under the stars there is magnificent and cuts on the food weight. Titcomb Basin is a good jumping off point as I recall.

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I'm going to Japan in August. Any Tkper's been there/have recommendations? I'll be in Tokyo most of the trip

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I really want to go to Japan/Tokyo. I'm told you should go to a baseball game. The fans yell and chant all game long; from the youtube vids I've seen, it looks like it has a college football feel with regards to fanhood.

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Tokyo has A LOT to do for all types of people.

How long will you be there? Do you know where in Tokyo you will be staying? Will you be going to any other city? Order these in importance to your enjoyment: family, culture, nature, food, shopping, strange japanese stuff, clubs and.... uh... fun stuff.

Based on those I will try to give you some recommendations that could suit you.

here are some pro-tips:
1) If you plan to use the subway (metro) learn how before you go. start here: http://www.useful-tips-japan.com/sightseeing/your-guide-to-the-tokyo-metro/
2) learn some basic phrases
3) bring more money than you think
4) Fly to Haneda if possible (not necessary but I have pretty much walked straight through customs a few times there)
5) don't tip
6) rent one of these: https://www.econnectjapan.com/products/wifi/
(This will save you shitloads on roaming fees. you can get these in Tokyo for cheaper when your there but for first time this is easy and they will deliver to the hotel you are staying at.)
7) If no atm is working, find a 7-11. it will work there.

I am living in Japan right now as well actually. Been here since Sept 2016 and will leave in Oct 2017.

Lots of good advice. I have a couple things to add to your points

1. The train system can be confusing but having a Suica card is much better. I think there is a 2500 yen deposit which you get back when you return the card. I may be wrong on this. That price is definitely worth it if you are there for more than a couple weeks and will ride the train frequently. Kind of like an EZpass, just scan and go.

Another thing I've used is an app called Hyperdia. You can put in your present location and destination and it will give you options for how to get there by the train. I don't look at the maps anymore, I just search and go.

3. Everything in Japan is much more expensive than in the US...bonus is there is no tipping.

4. I've found it much more difficult to fly into Haneda, Narita seems to have many more flights available going in but it is on the North East side of Tokyo and is further from the city. Haneda seems to have more flights going out but if you can fly into and out of Haneda if possible.

6. Those are great. Some places also have rental phones or sim cards available. I rented a sim and put it in my current phone and it works just like I'm in the US. The advantage is you don't have to carry another device or worry about charging an additional battery.

7. +1. The 7-11's in Japan are awesome and the food is much better than in the US.

Also one more thing is anywhere around Tokyo it is very English friendly. Signs and places have English on them and the trains will also have English as well. I would say its pretty easy to get around after you get used to the train system.

This is completely unrelated to Japan, just saying hi. Despite the fact that I obsessively check TKP I missed that you had joined. Have you been playing any tennis (I haven't)?
Enjoy Japan!

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Probably because I don't post much at all. I do see you post a lot though!

I think I've played once since college so pretty much never. I want to get back into it at some point but haven't had the time yet.

Thanks man! Hope to see you at some games this year after I get back in October.

Hey I was just in Tokyo! As bar1990 mentioned, baseball game is a must. Totally different atmosphere than here. Its more like a European soccer game. We went to the Yakult Swallows, who's stadium is right by Shinjuku/Shibuya. Fans from both team were singing and playing instruments all game.

Week of Memorial Day I'll be at MB. Then I think that's it as Mrs HokieMacGruber and I are moving into our 1st house.

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Here, endlessly debating every little scrap of news that comes out of Blacksburg, while awaiting Labor Day Eve.

Likely having to trade a couple surgeries for "vacation" but if those go well its a long term boon to everyday which will make them the best vacation days I ever spent.

Best of luck on those surgeries.

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Thanks Appreciate the thoughts.

Week long trip to Sydney in July! Would love any advice from anyone who has been before.

The only TKPer to not like Bourbon

Read my list of priorities in my post above, minus "weird japanese stuff", and let me know what your looking for. will give you some recommendations to point you in the right direction.

So we'll get there on Monday and leave on Saturday. We're staying at a hostel called "bounce" and we're considering maybe venturing out to Melbourne.

Order for importance of enjoyment:
1. Alcohol related activities such as breweries, wineries and the such.
2. Food. My fianc and myself love eating and have the waist lines to prove it.
3. Cultural. This will be my first international trip so I'm excited to experience new cultures.
4. And anything else you think is worth mentioning!

The only TKPer to not like Bourbon

Well, first thing you are only there for a week so personally I wouldn't waste the time traveling back and forth to Melbourne. It's a fantastic city but there is more than enough to do in Sydney, as you can see below you can have a VERY action packed week.

Bounce is located in Surry Hills which is just south of the CBD, so it is well located.

Alright here is the list:
1) Opera House: See a show at Opera House or if an architecture fan take a tour. I know WAY too much about this building. https://www.sydneyoperahouse.com/visit-us/tours-and-experiences.html
And having a bite at the Portside is a great iconic meal. If you want to see a show then buy tickets in advance and have them there for pick up.
2) Harbour Bridge Walk (touristy, but a must do): http://www.bridgeclimb.com/
I have pushed a lot of people that are afraid of heights and or worried about the physical nature of the climb, but it is absolutely worth it.
3) Bondi Beach is the iconic beach that everyone knows. However, you may also want to take the ferry and try Manly Beach which I think is a better all day beach experience. Take a ferry form Circular Quay (pronounced Key) to Manly. you can also kayak to nearby Shelly Beach from here.
4) Wine: Instead of the time to go to Melbourne maybe a day trip up to Hunter Valley Wine Region.
5) Beers you say? Try these craft breweries http://thebeerpilgrim.com.au/2015/11/13/sydneys-top-ten-craft-beer-brewe...
Disclaimer I have only been to 4 Pines (at Manly Beach!) and Batch, but I hear these are all fantastic.
6) Bushwalking in the Blue Mountains perhaps? take a fantastic award winning aboriginal lead walkabout http://www.bluemountainswalkabout.com/frames.htm (website is terrible, tour is amazing)
Or try these guys who my friend knows and tells me provide the best tours available: http://barefootdownunder.com.au/
7) Animals:
Dive with Sharks (awesome experience! and what do you know at Manly Beach): https://www.manlysealifesanctuary.com.au/
Zoos: Taronga and Wildlife Sydney Zoo. Taronga is by ferry and Wildlife is at Darling Harbour in the City Center, though smaller.
Or travel further and get hands on with a Koala and Kangaroo: http://www.featherdale.com.au/
8) Bondi to Coogee Walk: This is also something I usually HIGHLY recommend, and if you can do it I normally tell people to go early in morning and do it backwards. Most people start at Bondi, but if you start at Coogee early morning you can walk the Bluffs see the sunrise or late afternoon arriving at sunset and arrive in Bondi for a great Brunch or dinner. (Coogee has less food options) https://www.sydneycoastwalks.com.au/bondi-to-coogee-walk/
these guys know whats up and also start at Coogee. No need to hire a tour. Just go yourself and enjoy, even if not at sunrise/sunset.

9) Whale Watching:
10) Boating and Sailing
no matter what price point you can find an option and SHOULD tour the Harbour. From the adventurous jet boats: https://www.ozjetboating.com.au/ or http://thunderjetboat.com.au/
to sailing cruises: http://www.harbourcruises.com.au/sailingevents_harbourcruises or http://www.sydneybysail.com/
to self drive boating:
to kayaks:

(Have tried most of these)

11) Planes! If you are really in for adventure try this: http://www.redbaron.com.au/ have done it twice and loved both times. there are also sea plane tours, luxury jet tours, helicopter tours, etc.
12) Museums: Two of the best are both at Darling Harbour
or the Art gallery of New South Wales
13) Aboriginal Dance Show: https://www.bangarra.com.au/ heard it is a good show if you're into it. never been myself but will likely some time.
14) Aboriginal Culture Tour in the City: http://www.dreamtimesouthernx.com.au/
15) Other places to go:
The Rocks, Darling Harbour, Botanical Gardens, Chinatown, Kings Cross if you like nightlife and/or a good drag show (don't get mugged), ms macquarie's chair,
16) Food. There are two recommended tour options (never tried them myself)
but here is a list of my recommendations:

Yum Cha (Chinese Cantonese Cuisine of Small Dishes):
http://merivale.com.au/mrwong Mr Wong is a great updated Yum Cha place.
or more traditional in Chinatown haymarket at Golden Palace or East Ocean https://www.facebook.com/EastOceanSydney/?fref=ts

Surry Hills (just South of CBD) is generally known for food, here are 3 amazing places:
https://porteno.com.au/ (8 hour Lamb dish is fantastic)

Other great places to look up. Highly recommend all of these:
https://www.facebook.com/knafehbakery/?fref=ts (great Jewish bakery with random dancing by its bakers)
http://fourinhand.com.au/ (crispy pig's head!)
http://www.bills.com.au/ (great cafe with several locations, have been to the one in Surry Hills)
http://cafesydney.com/ (great views from rooftop dining)
https://www.facebook.com/TheVogueCafe/ (one word, milkshakes. Frank would be in heaven.)

iconic things to try:
meat pie, kebab at the beach or late night, kangaroo or emu, Chinatown food market, Vietnamese Pho and Coffee, malaysian Laksa and on and on and on

Sydney is one of the most culturally fractured and mixed places. You can go into the ethnic communities in Syndey for absolutely amazing food but that would take a lot of your time I would think. Otherwise, just watch where the locals are going and have a look.

That's a pretty hefty amount of things to do and in no way would you get to Melbourne doing even half of it.

and there is more to recommend as well. let me know if any specific interests jump out.

That's a fantastic list. Thanks for all the effort and time you out into that. We'll definitely stay in Sydney and try Melbourne another time. This is way more than I ever expected, so seriously, thank you!!

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my pleasure. Sydney is a second home to me. Love the place.

Hope you come back and post update on what you got up to during your stay.

Staying at one of the hostels in Bondi beach in few weeks! This is a great list! If you are in Sydney, let me know. Would love to buy you few rounds!

Thanks to your post, I feel like I have Sydney covered. I am also headed to Cairns and Darwin. Though Cairns is solely for Scuba Diving in GBR. Do you have any recommendations around Darwin area? I mostly picked Darwin to check out the wildlife and venturing out of the city limits. I would prefer to rent a car and drive to some hidden spots in the Northern Territory area. But if I am making that trip, it can't be more than 2 full days.

Thanks in advance!

Unfortunately, I live in Shanghai so will miss the drinks. Appreciate it though.

Where in the Reef are you going?

Have only managed Darwin twice. It is fairly remote. It's definitely a smaller list and most things I have not been to, only know are worth a look.

There are a few top Darwin things to do:
1) Prisoner: Fannie bay Goal - a notorious local prison that has chilling history. (not top on my list, but one of the top cultural things to do)
2) WW2: http://defenceofdarwin.nt.gov.au/ I much preferred the history of the Japanese attack on Darwin. Plus take a look at the aviation museum https://www.darwinaviationmuseum.com.au/
3) Aboriginal: http://magnt.nt.gov.au./ nice art museum featuring aboriginal art

Day Trips
1) Berry Springs: https://nt.gov.au/national-parks-and-reserves/find/berrysprings.html
2) Howard Springs
3) Tiwi Islands
4) Kakadu
5) Butteryfly Gorge

iconic Darwin things to do:
1) Have a drink at the Ski Club. Great for late afternoon through Sunset. Can be a little touristy.
2) Deckchair Cinema: http://deckchaircinema.com./ great fun at this outdoor theater

Not much to recommend as I have not been there in a while but for a twist try the Malak Community Dinner if your there on the last Monday of the month. It's at Chambers Crescent Theater in Malak and has great home cooking buffet.

But I am told Hanuman, Char and Cyclone Cafe are all great. I will say that Darwin has a fantastic mix of heritage Malay, Indian and Indonesian cuisine. Take full advantage. Plus #alloftheseafood

there is a lot of wildlife stuff to do. All of the nature parks has some feature wildlife aspect to them. Butterfly Gorge mentioned above is home to tens of thousands of Butterflies. But the one thing everyone wants to see is the Salty and there are two main attractions:
1) Jumping Croc Cruise on the Adelaide River. couldn't say which tour group is the best. there are a bunch so just google them. But definitely do not take the double decker boat. The bottom deck is enclosed and you miss the closeness to those massive beasts.
2) Cage of Death at Crocosaurus Cove (I will be very jealous if you do this)

Come back and post your Cage of Death picture if you do it.

I am doing the fly dive cod hole trip with Mike Ball. Wanted to go out to coral sea as well, but I only have limited number of days, so ended up picking the 3-day adventure. Crossing my fingers to see Minke Whales in Ribbon reef.


I had no idea about the Cage of Death. It looks so cool! I will definitely be doing that on the day of my arrival.

Thanks to you, for the first time in my travels, I have my itinerary planned before I get to my destination! haha

Again, thanks for all the great suggestions!

Happy to help. Hope you have a great trip. Never been to the Cod Hole myself but from the website sounds like a great place to go.

cage of death looks really cool. And I will absolutely do it. But I do wonder if it gets boring after a while. There is no chance for the croc to get inside, unlike diving with sharks where they are all around. Looking forward to the report though!

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Hawaii in June. Four nights in Waikiki and then three nights on the North Shore - Turtle Bay Resort (where Forgetting Sarah Marshall was filmed).

Where's the beef?

Just got back from Maui, no words can describe it.

Nice, couple years ago my parents, me and my wife, sisters and their significant others took a trip to the big island to visit where my dad grew up. Kialua Kona, and Wiamea. I want to live there.

Now finish up them taters; I'm gonna go fondle my sweaters.

1 week (June) in Myrtle Beach with the extended family.

1 week (July) in Orlando with some friends

1 week in NY for a surfboard build.

Multiple weekend trips to Va. Beach and/or Outter Banks for some surfing.

Is it football season yet?

sounds like you're living4summer

Haha... Extremely busy individual throughout the year. I am very fortunate to have a bit of flexibility in the summer to get away for spurts.

Is it football season yet?

Working in Squires, training to be a Hokie Ambassador, and going to DC for the Chance concert in June and the Kendrick concert in July.

Man, Hokie Ambassadors was a blast when I was in it. I was on the exec board my senior year and loved every second of it. Traci is an awesome adviser as well. Enjoy it! It goes fast.

Outspoken team cake advocate. Hates terrapins. Resident Macho Man Gif Poster. Distant cousin to Dork Magic. Frequently misspells words.

Outer Banks (Hatteras Island specifically) next week, Va Beach in August for the Florida Georgia Line/Nelly concert. After being in classes and a clinical rotation this summer that weekend in Va Beach is going to be lit.

"It's a miracle in Blacksburg, TYROD DID IT MIKEY, TYROD DID IT!"

I'm confused about this warm weather you speak of. It snowed here last week. I'll be getting out of Nebraska to go to Aruba here in a couple weeks. Then in August making my first trip to New York fora bachelor party in Saratoga, pretty pumped to spend some time at the tracks. Other than that I'll be hanging out in the dry heat of Nebraska the whole summer catching fish and drinking beer.

I'm going to Aruba in the end of June with a few friends. My family and I have been to Aruba a few times but for everyone else it will be their first trip. If you need any recommendations on things to do there let me know.

"Be yourself is about the worst advice you can give some people"

This will be my 4th time. At this point I just stay at the resort enjoy the beach and drink. Maybe go into town a day or two we limit the excursions just because they get slightly repetitive.

That's understandable, we usually only go out into town once or twice. My dad actually grew up there so we always check out his old house and places he hung out. We will do a few excursions this time since its a first for some people.

"Be yourself is about the worst advice you can give some people"

Heading to Hamburg Germany mid July to see some friends (trying to get Kitchen Pass to run off to Zappanale in Bad Doberan for a day) and then Stockholm and Amsterdam for a couple of days.
The rest of the summer building a workbench and dining room table.

Hopefully finding a house and moving. From there everything is downhill.

"How the ass pocket will be used, I do not know. Alls I know is, the ass pocket will be used."
- The BoD

Hopefully spending as much time as possible on the James River here in RVA.

RVA Hokie. Class of 2011.

Bruh, that's my life here during the summer. I floated probably 7 or 8 different times last year

It's a good life. See you out there.

RVA Hokie. Class of 2011.


“I like the donuts.” -Bud Foster

Planning on taking Mrs. VPI on a weekend getaway. Does TKP have any suggestions within driving distance of Blacksburg (VA/NC/TN/WV)? Not interested in big resorts like Grove Park, Homestead, or the Greenbrier. Prefer a quaint getaway, small cabin rental, etc.

Step 1. Rent cabin in Maggie Valley area.
Step 2. Hang out in the Smokies and in Asheville following all delicious beverage advice upthread.
Step 3.
Step 4. Profit.

"How the ass pocket will be used, I do not know. Alls I know is, the ass pocket will be used."
- The BoD


Oh we know what Step 3 is...

FYI, I ended up booking a weekend here at Fort Lewis Lodge. Awesome breakfast and dinner included in the rate? Yes, please. Thanks a lot for the suggestion.

The owners/cooks are a great couple. Hope you get out and enjoy the farm too.

Highlands, NC would be a perfect getaway. It's right in the middle of waterfall country, in Western North Carolina.

Quaint little town, with plenty of restaurants, shops, etc.

I'll be hanging out (and working) all summer (fall, winter and spring too) in the Outer Banks, lol

Now finish up them taters; I'm gonna go fondle my sweaters.

Training for a professional disc golf tournament.

I am going to Blacksburg next weekend for sisters graduation and then Punta Cana for my Honeymoon in July.

Alluded to above, but we have a Memorial Day weekend trip to Asheville for beer, hiking, food, bluegrass/music, etc planned.

Then two weeks later, a 3 day trip up to Beantown for similar: beer (TH and Trillium for sure!), maybe some Sox baseball, and food, and maybe Home Depot- I DON'T KNOW, I DON'T KNOW IF WE'LL HAVE TIME!

Then 2 weeks after that, a wedding in Columbus, OH with beer stops on the way in Pittsburgh.

Other than those trips, trying to find some time to float the river, and smoke some more meats at home. Nothing extended, just several long weekends.

Fishing for musky, SMB walleye and northerns in western ontario come early august. I'm not sure which is better, the fishing or the break from the August heat.

Year 3 is coming up!

I'm going to Norway for a few weeks in June. Looking forward to seeing some family there and beautiful country

Shesh all these fun destinations and I'm just going to Ocean Island for a week with my wife's family. Last year I did all same things I do at home. Clean, run errands, and chase kids around to make sure they don't drown. Plus I had to put off my drinking till after 8 when they went to bed.

A beach vacation is not a vacation with a 3 year old and a 1 year old.

I am going to do a few overnight Kayak camping trips down the James River. I am hoping to have my kayak by then. A sit on top Vibe Seaghost 110 or 130. Nothing is better then floating down the river, drinking beer, fishing, no cell phone service.

"Welcome to the Terror Dome." -- Corey Moore

I'm also planning my first trip to Colorado this summer--end of July for me. Colorado Springs, Lyons, Rocky Mt National Park, Boulder, Breckenridge, then spending our last night at Red Rocks with Tedeschi Trucks Band.

Not a summer trip, but my sister and I will be heading to Utah in October for a week at Zion and Bryce Canyon...pretty stoked for that one too.

“I like the donuts.” -Bud Foster

TTB at Red Rocks should be something special

Heading to Vegas with fellow Hokies for a fellow Hokie's bachelor party. Going in July meaning I'll be roasting in the 100+ degree weather. Super excited to visit the new, massive Top Golf that has opened recently. Has anyone done the giant zip line they have? Is it worth it?

nothing in Vegas is "worth it"...but you'll have a great time at Top Golf. They're opening one up here in Tucson, and as an avid golfer, I'm fairly pleased.

The zip line at bootlegger canyon is pretty sweet, but it's out in Boulder City near Hoover Dam, but if you don't have your own transport, it's not worth taking a taxi or renting a car (unless you combine it with a day on the water at Lake Mead).

I've been to Vegas in July and it was 116...so be warned.

Hey, 757Hokie83: I don't know about you, but I plan on spending the bulk of my summer on the Outer Banks surfing, spearfishing, & dodging tourists... Vacations are for the winter.

Yup. Already noticed the uptick in traffic. Glad the warm weather seems to be here for good now! Got to admit, I am doing one touristy thing this year, my sister and her bf are coming down to visit in a few weeks and me and him are going out on one of those chartered fishing trips.

Now finish up them taters; I'm gonna go fondle my sweaters.

I'm going to mow the yard a lot.... without my shirt on... because I like to party.

Leonard. Duh.

Phew, I am not the only one who has a lawn mowing party going on. I also have the annual vacation where I go back to the family ranch and shear the sheep. (God, I wish that was a metaphor for something fun...)

shear the sheep. (God, I wish that was a metaphor for something fun...)

In West Virginia, it is.

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In West Virginia "shearing" the sheep is just a euphemism...

Sometimes I like to leave off the /s just to mess with people.

Just got back from Costa Rica to celebrate our 25th anniversary, and saving to visit our older son in Vienna during a study abroad this fall, so not much planned for the summer. Will probably just a take a long weekend somewhere we can drive to, but have not been as a family, taking our 17 year old with us. Augusta GA, Outer Banks NC, Richmond VA and Baltimore MD are on the sort list. Any suggestions/recommendations/warnings?

Sometimes we live no particular way but our own

If you're hitting RVA, be ready to eat and drink a lot of great food/beer. Squirrels games are always cheap fun. There are lots of organized and non-organized stuff to do on the river

What kind of stuff would you be looking to get into?

When did Richmond go from murder capital to food and beer destination? I grew up there, born there lived in South Richmond, went to high school there. It wasn't this awesome place to eat or drink back then.

Wet stuff on the red stuff.

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I've lived here since 2013, and it seems to have improved year after year. Hardywood Park Brewery pushed hard to get the VA legislation changed back in 2012 so that breweries could have taprooms without serving food. So that's when beer really took off here and for the entire state, really.

As far as being the murder capital, we were challenging Chicago just earlier this year so that's still something we have to deal with. However, I've never felt like I was in danger anywhere I go here, so I don't know. The numbers are what they are I guess

I grew up in the Richmond area. Things really seemed to change a great deal when VCU started to grow. They really improved Broad St a lot. There are fewer sketchy sections of Broad St now. When it comes to beer, BetaEta576 is completely right. Everything really turned after 2012. After the new legislation was passed the breweries just exploded. There are so many now. Food has been developing along the same time frame and is just fantastic now. Coincidentally and unfortunately for me, I graduated high school in 2010, right as everything was starting to boom. So I've only been able to experience it in short spurts when visiting family.

"That move was slicker than a peeled onion in a bowl of snot." -Mike Burnop

We usually put together a list of options for the city, let anyone veto anything they are against, and pick favorite from what is left. My wife vetoes fishing and some sporting events, my son usually vetoes non-teenage appealing museums, and I veto expensive stuff. We usually end up walking, or for big cities on-again off-again bus tours, through historic areas, museums, or local wildlife area in the morning to late afternoon with more sitting/watching before/after dinner, whether shows/concerts, boat/raft rides, or sporting events. We typically try to do pretty nice dining one night, and local casual places followed by teen acceptable night life the others. Several friends from VT are in bands in Richmond, so would definitely want to hear them and say hi one night. We'd road trip to RVA some in high school (mid 80's) when we wanted to drive to the big city for things we couldn't get/do in the valley, and later had some friends in the fan I'd visit pre 1992, but have not been back accept for work since. I've heard it has improved, which is why its on the list.

Sometimes we live no particular way but our own

on-again off-again bus tours, through historic areas, museums, or local wildlife area in the morning to late afternoon

Segway Tours
-----Sounds nerdy, I've never been myself, but I know people who have really enjoyed them

There are also a ton of trolley tour companies in the city, and there always seems to be a groupon deal for one of them. So check that.

boat/raft rides

RVA Paddlesports
-----Great rafting/kayaking company that does group trips and are pretty responsive to emails

museums, or local wildlife area in the morning to late afternoon with more sitting/watching

VA Museum of Fine Arts
---They usually have some pretty cool exhibits, and they have a great beer/wine happy hour on Fridays
Maymont Park
---Nice spot for a morning stroll

We typically try to do pretty nice dining one night, and local casual places followed by teen acceptable night life the others

-----Oh my god, where do I start here.
---For Nice Dining, places like Edo Squid, Lemaire, Stella's
---For Casual, I really recommend hitting a brewery, most will have at least one food truck on weekends. Triple Crossing brewing (Fulton Location, not Foushee) serves stone-fire pizzas that are fantastic along with some of the best beers in the state (country, imo)
---For Teen Friendly, the Squirrels games are hard to beat and there are several restaurants nearby. Fat Dragon, Boulevard Burgers and Brews, Buz and Neds BBQ, Lunch/Supper (one place, two very simple names)
---DEFINITELY GO TO BRUNCH AT MILLIE'S, THIS IS NOT OPTIONAL, but if there's a huge line, go to Pearl, Buddy's, Metro, or Lady Nawlins for brunch. My inner white-girl cannot stress how great brunch is

Several friends from VT are in bands in Richmond, so would definitely want to hear them and say hi one night

The National for big names, The Camel, The Broadberry, Strange Matter, and Canal Club for local/niche bands

Thanks for the suggestions!
We have passed on the Segway before - the required helmets don't help, but being restricted to their schedules and accessible places to stop is not us. We'll have a car to get around anyway, so maybe just downloaded self walking tours. What parts of town are good for that?
Kayaking might be the ticket for nature and getting out on the water.
Son has vetoed fine arts Museums since MOMA - Isn't their a civil war museum?
Hitting the breweries is tough with an under 21 without a full restaurant. Sounds like Triple Crossing pizza might be a great compromise.
Do the Squirrels' games have decent pricing on local beer?
I would want to stroll around shockoe bottom at some point, so Millie's might work for that.
Where I would want to go for music would depend on where my freinds are playing - might even pick a weekend based on that, but I know some of their different bands have played at The Camel, Strange Matter and Canal Club, so hopefully that will work out.

Sometimes we live no particular way but our own

I think Shockoe Bottom is probably your best bet for a self-guided walking tour. The old train station and 17th street farmers market are cool spots around there, but also have been under renovation recently. You can check out the Capitol Building, and I highly recommend going up and checking out the view from the City Hall observation deck.

The Poe Museum and Holocaust Museum are in that area too with the Civil War Museum a few blocks West.

Here's a link for the "Richmond Tour Guys," who do some pretty good walking tours from what I've heard. Not sure how long they last.

Breweries that serve food: ***The Answer*** (full Vietnamese menu, and hands down, my personal favorite place in town. I go at least once a week. Super friendly and beer-intelligent staff. They usually have 10-15 of there own, usually amazing beers on tap along with about 50 guest taps) Legend (full menu), Both Triple Crossing Locations (Fulton:Pizza, Foushee:Tacos, but Foushee is a lot smaller), 7 Hills (I don't recommend), Three Notchd Collab House and Isley Brewing both have a setup where you can order Hot Dogs from the place next door.
Plenty of good restaurants with local selection though: Mekong (owned by the same guy who owns The Answer), Savory Grain, Southern Railway, Commercial Taphouse, Burger Bach, and that list goes on and on

The Squirrels have a GREAT selection of local beers. 32oz for $11 if I remember correctly. 16oz for like $8. I always opt for the 32 for the savings. Not a bad price for good beer, imo

Edit:I would be remiss if I didn't recommend The Veil Brewing as well. They just had their 1st anniversary and were rated the #3 New Brewery in the WORLD last year by RateBeer.com. They almost always have a food truck on weekends and the occasional week night. There just won't be anything there for the teen

Walking tour, Tredegar Iron works, canal, Browns Island.

^^^All near the Civil War Museum also

Riverside outfitters has their rental post on Browns Island--kayaks, stand up paddle boards, canoes, and bikes I think--if you're interested in getting on the river but don't want a guided tour. First come first served, so you may want to get there early if it's a gorgeous day

“I like the donuts.” -Bud Foster

They finally got around to announcing the date for the fifth annual Bacon Festival at the 17th St Market in Richmond. It's June 18th.

In a perfect world, every day would have a Bacon Festival.

Reel men fish on Wednesdays

Going to San Diego for the International GIS conference. Went 3 years ago and did a lot of things, so my question is, does anybody have any suggestions for odd, different, or local type things to do, especially after 5? Can include restaurant recommendations.

So far my must-do list is pretty short for this trip. Stone and Ballast Point breweries, and a revisit to a couple restaurants we loved last time.

Also taking a side trip to LA one day via train. Anybody have any cool LA suggestions for someone there for 12 hours and relying on public transportation?

If you're interested in learning about brewer's yeast, then a big producer of different strains of Brewer's yeast, White Labs, has a tasting room and does tours in San Diego. From what I've heard (I haven't been able to go, but I know people who have), the let their yeasts make the biggest impression on the beer and will use a couple different strains for the same type of beer to show how the yeast changes the character. It's an interesting learning opportunity for anyone interested in beer.

"That move was slicker than a peeled onion in a bowl of snot." -Mike Burnop

Thanks. I'm going to have to check into this. This is right up our alley.

Ouf. LA for 12 hours on public transportation is not ideal. Thankfully, they have put in a rail to get from Downtown to Santa Monica which is very helpful. What type of things are you looking to do?

Always choose joy.

My wife did the same trip 3 years ago while I conferenced. She hit a bunch of touristy stuff like Venice Beach, Santa Monica Pier, Chinese Theater, etc. She said she walked miles and miles and rode several buses and barely made it back in time for the train. This time she said she wants to see Rodeo Drive, Sunset Strip, and some other stuff in West Hollywood. I'm okay with whatever as long as I get an IN-n-Out burger. I'm not going to make her see anything twice as I'm kind of meh on LA anyway.

There's an off chance we might rent a car, but I'm not sure of the value in this as I don't want to spend the whole time in traffic. I also really want to ride the train. Would renting a car make the day that much better?

Yeah, getting to the beach areas from downtown is a trip, but now with the line to Santa Monica it is much easier. As far as getting into WEHO, the Red Line goes into Hollywood. I think the last stop you can take in Hollywood is at Hollywood Blvd and Highland. Just half to walk south a few blocks to get to Sunset, then it's a managable walk down the strip through WEHO, but in the interest of time, an Uber from that station to Sunset Strip would make sense if it's not during a busy rush hour.

Renting a car probably isn't ideal. Getting from SD to LA can be a breeze, or it can be a living hell. Take the train for safety. In LA though, a mix of Uber and Public Transport should suffice. Parking is not viable. It's the worst. Would be expensive.

I'm not much of a Beverly Hills/Hollywood guy. I tend to try to avoid that area, just because it's a pain to get to from my house and it's super busy all the time. Much prefer the west side beach cities. Santa Monica is a good time, if a bit pricey. Some good shopping if the Mrs. likes that. Obviously the Pier. Venice is a interesting. Abbot Kenney is an awesome little stretch of boutique shops and the like. Further south, Manhattan Beach is my favorite spot in LA County, but that might be a stretch considering time restraints.

There is enough to do in the Hollywood/Beverly Hills area. Depending on how late your train back is, sunset at the Griffith Observatory is always a solid play. Los Feliz is a cool little community right beside there to adventure around.

Always choose joy.

Thanks for the info. Funny you say Venice is interesting. Wife says she wants me to see Venice because of how "interesting" it is.

I may try to steer us in the direction of Los Feliz and Griffith. That sounds like a nice time.

Venice is definitely a good time, especially after hours, but it's its own little world.

Just beware of the heat in the summer. Hollywood/Beverly Hills/Los Feliz and anything east of the 405 can be scorching on some days, where as Venice and coastal towns will probably be in the 70s.

Always choose joy.

We did the Hoolywood part with a rental car while staying on Balboa Island for a wedding several years ago. We took the locals advice about timing our driving times to miss rush hour, and had no traffic delays or problems finding parking.

Sometimes we live no particular way but our own

If you like Indian food, Gourmet India by Balboa Theater in the Gaslamp is really good. There's also like 5 awesome Italian places in a row on India Street in little Italy.

We ventured into Gourmet India 3 years ago and it opened our eyes to Indian food. We went back to Orlando and made friends with the owner of the local Indian grocery store and now my wife makes ridiculously good Indian food.

One of the other places we're going again is Isola Pizza Bar on India Street. Surprisingly their crepes are amazing.

i would hit some of the smaller breweries personally ... like modern times, council (sours), but SD Stone is supposed to be awesome.

Alesmith too!

Night scuba diving in the underwater preserve in Lajolla

Spent a week in Destin this week, doing a week in San Diego near the end of the month, and doing a month in the Bahamas in August. They're all technically work trips, but there's quite a bit of downtime.

Sooo are you guys accepting applications?

Sometimes I like to leave off the /s just to mess with people.

Unfortunately my brother in law just found out he is being deployed to Iraq for 9 months for the job. That sucks for his wife and 1 year old.

Neat. I'm going to New jersey for work in July, take THAT
(/jealous sarcasm)

We'll all pray for your safe return.

Reel men fish on Wednesdays

Easy now fellas.......

My wife takes the kids and leaves the house while I watch my Hokie games.........nuff said

sadly, my wife's busiest time (travel) is august.

we'll do a weekend in dc, and a week in myrtle as a fam.

personally, i'll do a golf weekend in the obx, a rva beer trip in june, sturgill simpson carolina weekend in july and roger waters in dc in august too. shit, life isn't too bad for the bco.


-Summer Session 1 here in Blacksburg (gonna learn the New like the back of my hand) *paging Hokieflyguy*
-Pennsylvania trout fishing for a weekend at the end of June
-OBX from the 6th-9th
-Warped Tour on the 11th

"Fishing relaxes me. It's like yoga, except I still get to kill something." -Ron Swanson

I went to my first Virginia Tech bowl game while I was in the womb.

Going to Glacier National Park, Deadwood South Dakota, Red Lodge and might venture to Yellowstone.

Lots of hiking, some white water rafting, four wheeling, Going-to-the-Sun-Road, Montana State Fair, Crazy Horse, Mt Rushmore.

Tyrod did it Mikey, Tyrod did it!!

Glacier national Park is gorgeous. If you bring your passport, the Canadian side has a national park as well (Waterton National Park) that is also beautiful.
That top picture is Iceberg lake, right? When I went the trail was closed all week except for one day because of Grizzly bear sitings. We went there on that other day and saw a mother Grizzly and two cubs. So it was closed after we went, too. Great hike though!

"That move was slicker than a peeled onion in a bowl of snot." -Mike Burnop

one day because of Grizzly bear sitings. We went there on that other day and saw a mother Grizzly and two cubs. So it was closed after we went, too

Way to ruin it for everyone else!

Good idea about the passports, I forget how close it is to the border. Yep that's Iceberg lake and we'll be packing some bear spray on all of our hikes - we stayed in a cabin inside Yellowstone very close to where a guy was partially eaten by a grizzly (Aug '15). He supposedly walked up on a mama bear with her cubs.

Tyrod did it Mikey, Tyrod did it!!

Damn, sucks to be that guy.

You do stupid things and sometimes they will kill you.

Bear spray? Is that like when you hold down the trigger on full auto?

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Yep, a month after being in Glacier a father and his daughter were mauled by a mother grizzly. Different trail, but it's still something that requires vigilance and making sure you are actually being kind of loud on the trail so the bears won't be surprised by you.

"That move was slicker than a peeled onion in a bowl of snot." -Mike Burnop

Next park on the list!

I'm moving to Uganda

If a tree falls in Scott Stadium does it make a sound?

Why you gonda do dat?

Sometimes we live no particular way but our own

Uganda be very far from home.

But he will be much closer to all those Nigerian Princes that have so much money to give away. Maybe he can go pick up some to donate to the Hokie Club.

We're headed to Yosemite and San Francisco in June! First time to a National Park with kids (he'll be almost 2 1/2 and she'll be almost 1), so that'll be super different. I'll be rocking that girl on my back in a new carrier, that'll be interesting...

Then to Greenbrier for a couple nights since my parents are awesome and watching the kids for us.

10 days at the Barcelo Maya resort on the Mexican Riviera near Cancun. Work related due to a conference, but the whole family gets to come along.

VTCC '86 Delta Company, Hokie in Peru, TKPC#490, One of us!

I took the family to the same resort a few summers back, you guys should have a fantastic time.

I just wanted to share with you guys.

I'm staying at the Disney resort currently, Shades of Green, and there are some wild turkeys hanging out in the areas just below our balcony.

I've been feeding them bacon all morning.

Turkeys eating bacon. Just like when the Hokies overcame a 24 point halftime deficit to beat the Arkansas razorbacks.

That's hilarious and all, but why the hell are you wasting bacon?

"How the ass pocket will be used, I do not know. Alls I know is, the ass pocket will be used."
- The BoD

Lol, it came from a buffet. I figure I'd share with my brethren instead of over indulging.

Faulty logic.

Reel men fish on Wednesdays

For real, everyone knows bacon goes on the outside of the turkey while its smokin.

Making a Grand Tour of Virginia this weekend, visiting Manassas, Blacksburg, Radford, Danville, and Hampton between tomorrow and Sunday before driving back north on Monday. Not a whole lot of time for sightseeing along the way, sadly.

Key West for 10 days sans kids.

Sans kids is the way to do it. Enjoy it.

Shitchyeah! Enjoy that time.

Is this a reward for reaching a milestone in getting the brewery running?

We're headed to OCMD for a week in June. I also have company trips to London and Cabo in July and August, respectively.

If you're reading the above post and thinking, "is this guy serious?!?," you can safely assume I'm not.

This is gonna sound like some hater shit.

But I fucking hate Disney World.

Wet stuff on the red stuff.

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Universal Studios any day over this place

If you are looking for rides over family atmosphere and penny pinching..

Greatest Amusement park on the planet.

I had your car towed all the way to your house and all you have for me is Light Beer?

You must not have daughters under the age of 10.

Wet stuff on the red stuff.

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3 boys. Ages 6, 5, and 9 months.

I think Disney World would be better with my kids, you know...enjoying it through them... But this vacation is just the wife and I. She absolutely loves DW - which I believe is a nostalgia thing for her since she's been before and grew up going to Disney Land (she's from Seattle)

Protip: The only way to do Disney is by having a Disney travel planner plan the whole damn thing for you. All you have to do is follow the itinerary and not worry about a thing.

"We judge ourselves by our intentions and others by their behavior" Stephen M.R. Covey

“When life knocks you down plan to land on your back, because if you can look up, you can get up, if you fall flat on your face it can kill your spirit” David Wilson

You want to be the hero Dad for your kids on their Disney World trip and save your sanity, then plan to go in early December when the park is open for an evening session. It closes for the day session and then reopens for evening tickets holders. It is less crowded so rides go quicker and they have all the special Christmas shows and they make it snow on Main Street during the parade. My favorite trip to Disney by far.

Buying a home for the first time, very nerve racking and exciting at the same time!

Bleeding burnt orange and chicago maroon

That's a huge step, congratulations!!

just got our offer accepted yesterday. Sucks its a seller's market up here in NoVA but I know its a great investment

Bleeding burnt orange and chicago maroon

I leave for Myrtle Saturday. Doesn't look like boogie boarding is in my plans anymore.

Shucks... guess I'll just have to play more golf. Outside of that week, I'm buying a new lawn mower, going to the PGA Championship at Quail Hollow, the Greenbrier, and attempting to play golf once a week. Oh and back to the beach the last weekend of August.

I have no idea why my username is VT_Warthog.

Arkansas blew a 24-0 lead in the Belk Bowl.

Where we teeing off?

Wet stuff on the red stuff.

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Man o War most likely, then I'll probably never want to golf again. Outside of that, might just find a couple of hot deals on GolfNow.

I have no idea why my username is VT_Warthog.

Arkansas blew a 24-0 lead in the Belk Bowl.

That ain't at the beach!

Wet stuff on the red stuff.

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Man o War?

I have no idea why my username is VT_Warthog.

Arkansas blew a 24-0 lead in the Belk Bowl.

It's in Carolina Forest, west of the intracoastal, we don't claim each other.

Wet stuff on the red stuff.

Join us in the Key Players Club

Ah gotcha. Well semantics aside I think I'm going to give it a go. Looks like a blast.

I have no idea why my username is VT_Warthog.

Arkansas blew a 24-0 lead in the Belk Bowl.

Haven't played it yet. But hoping to hit most of the top courses on the Strand this summer. Starting Thursday playing Myrtlewood-Pinehills

Wet stuff on the red stuff.

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Nothing extraordinary for us this year. Adirondacks for 5 days during july 4 weekend, Williamsburg for a week late july, and camping at cape henlopen delaware late august. (Adirondacks and Delaware we do every year...so nothing new there for us...)

My wife takes the kids and leaves the house while I watch my Hokie games.........nuff said

I feel like we may have had this conversation before - but whereabouts in the Adirondacks? I'm from Johnstown NY and I still have a family camp in Wells/Speculator.

Run to Win. Pass To Score

Right down the road from you.....in Piseco & Spy Lakes.

My wife takes the kids and leaves the house while I watch my Hokie games.........nuff said

My Stepfather's family (Sherman) all have camps on Higgins bay on Piseco, and they have camps on Spy Lake too. My stepsister and her husband (Barbara & Greg Dorr) live on Higgins Bay full time.

My wife takes the kids and leaves the house while I watch my Hokie games.........nuff said

Pretty sure my girlfriend and I are going to Puerto Rico for about a week in a month or so. It's a bit last second, but she's switching jobs at this point so it works out.
In August my nuclear family will be meeting up in the Denver/Fort Collins/Rocky Mountains area for some hiking and to drink delicious craft brews. Really excited to check out Crooked Stave.

"That move was slicker than a peeled onion in a bowl of snot." -Mike Burnop

Haze gray and underway.


-What we do is, if we need that extra push, you know what we do? -Put it up to fully dipped? -Fully dipped. Exactly. It's dork magic.

Curious if Cinci Hokie or Hokiesalldaway had any updates on their trip. Hope you both had a great time and my suggestions helped in some way. Would be cool to hear what u liked best.

I had a great time in Sydney. I stayed at the Bondi Beach, and Bondi to Coogee walk was the first thing I did in Australia. Thanks for the recommendation, I will definitely recommend it to anyone visiting Sydney. I also did a drive to Hunter Valley, which is about couple hours north of Sydney, just to see some Kangaroos. It was well worth it, but it reminded me lots of Shenandoah Valley.

I was in Sydney during the Vivid festival, which is something that I haven't seen anywhere. I was trying to get Maroon, Orange and White going on the Sydney Harbor bridge, but I was with a group of people and I was only given one color to pick, so naturally, I picked Maroon. Others picked random colors and messed up my propaganda. Nonetheless, it was cool to see that I had the power to control lighting and patterns on the Sydney Harbor Bridge as well as the surrounding buildings.

Diving in the Great Barrier Reef was something that I will remember for life. Great experience, made good friends, as well as I got to see lots of unique wildlife, including turtles & sharks (nurse shark, not the great white). Saw some great corals, and unfortunately some dead ones as well.

Darwin was fun. Went to Litchfield National Park for a day. Took the day tour, which usually I am not a fan of, but given my time constraint as well as the distance to the park from Darwin, I chose the option of taking the tour. During the tour, we were able to do the Jumping Crocs tour in the Adelaide River, which was scary and exciting. They took us to some nice waterfalls as well as the natural pools, much-needed things on a hot day. I was able to do the cage of death/dive with the crocs that you suggested. Definitely a surreal experience, unfortunately, I am hesitant about sharing my personal pictures on a public forum.

These were the highlights of my trip. Just a pro-tip for anyone traveling to Australia - don't get a pizza in Australia - they don't know how to pizza.

So true about pizza. That and mexican food are a lost cause there. I forgot to mention the Portuguese chicken sandwich shops there wbich are great sources of better fast food.

No worries on the pictures. Was the cage of death worth it? How long are you down there for?

I feel like it could be hit and miss, as crocs are unpredictable if they would respond to the bait. Fortunately, there were 2 crocs in the pool I dove in. One was very active and other was lazy af. But I was able to stare into a crocs eyes from inches away, which I don't think you can do anywhere in the world. In my opinion, it is worth it. But I would take Jumping Crocs tour over the cage of death any day of the week.

Reading this makes me want to visit, ..even though everything in Australia is trying to kill you.

More importantly though, what's the deal with the pizza? How can they fuck that up, ..or do they do like the Japanese do and add a bunch of weird ass toppings?

You'll be fine. People have lived on this island for ages.

I can't place exactly what was wrong with the pizza. It could be multiple things, from the ratio between sauce and cheese, or type of cheese they use, or seasoning they use for the sauce.

The type of cheese is definitely an issue. I don't find cheese in Australia all that great in the first place but I think the biggest issue to me is that there seems to be an issue with getting the dough right. Not sure if tbat has to do with tbe water, the yeast, the flour or all of them together... But something just doesn't come together right.

I got a question. When does the city of Asheville North Carolina put up their Christmas lights?

What if i take my life today? Its not like anyone cares anyway