48 Hours In Boston

48 Hours In Boston

Before we get to Boston, let’s talk about the elephant in the room. I will not be writing about our time in Chicago or Denver. Before you put me on blast in the comments screaming I CAN’T BELIEVE YOU ARE NOT WRITING ABOUT DENVER ON FOUR TWENTY I NEED A FULL REPORT ON THE BEST FIVE DISPENSARIES IN THE MILE HIGH CITY. ALSO YOU SHOULD PUT THE HIGH IN MILE HIGH IN GREEN BECAUSE WEED.  I’m not dropping you a full synopsis because more than anything, the first two stops on the tour were a time for both Renee and I to say goodbye to friends and family; I don’t think that the average reader is interested in how cute Geoff and Tom’s kids are (Spoiler alert: Super cute), or the professional backpacker’s review of Joey’s couch (Pro Tip: Bring an eye mask, he has no curtains in the living room), or how hurt I was when my five year old  niece didn’t like the Dave Matthews CD I bought for her (Me: What didn’t you like about it? Her: The songs. OUCH ALICE WORDS HURT). So we’re skipping over Chicago and Denver, let’s just say they were both super fun, and you can always check the facebook page for some pictures of Chicago. I’ll only say this about Denver:

Purchasing marijuana legally is extremely fun. I’m not someone who smokes anymore, but just the ability to walk into a well-lit store named something like “High Medicine” or “Green Thumbs”, be greeted by an exteremely-excited-to-be-there hostess, given an extremely in-depth tour of their available “flowers”, and ultimately choose to buy 3 professionally rolled joints for $20 all in the span of the time it took for an Uber to arrive means we are living in an extremely exciting time to be alive. I didn’t even smoke them, just gave them as parting gifts to a couple of my friends before we left, but having the choice to purchase something that is illegal in most of the country is a surreal experience. Here’s a picture to make eighteen year old Josh reading this jealous. IF YOU’RE READING THIS JOSH DO NOT MAKE OUT WITH THAT GIRL THE FIRST THURSDAY OF COLLEGE FAT DAVE WILL NEVER LET YOU LIVE IT DOWN.

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Virginia Wine Country: The Untainted Gem

Virginia Wine Country: The Untainted Gem

We've been staying just outside Charlottesville, VA since Friday, which coincidentally marked a full week since we've been willfully, gainfully, and intentionally unemployed. At some point my eyes will stop bursting open at 7 AM ready and prepared to be heartbroken at the prospect of another eight hours at work, but today was not that point, and each time I fall blissfully back asleep at 7:05, I'm reminded of what a spectacular life choice we've made and how lucky we are just to be here. I'd love to tell you that there is a clear path to making the "Gap Year" decision at this time in your life, but the reality is, we made a savvy real estate investment almost a decade ago, which is paying off now, allowing us to take a percentage of our profits and travel. There is an alternate path lined with saving (I'd estimate you could do what we're doing after living frugally and saving your excess cash  for two years, but I'm not going to pretend to tell you that this is the only way around the world.) that will get you where you want to go, but this is where our path led. 

Our time in Charlottesville has been fantastic thus far, and the lifestyle in this part of the world is so refreshing and natural that we are seriously considering locating our home in this small city when we return to the United States. To be more specific, we are leaning just outside Charlottesville and towards Albemarle and Nelson County, which is considered Virginia Wine Country. In the shadow of the Blue Ridge Mountains and within a stone's throw of the University Of Virginia, a gaggle of breweries, vineyards, and cideries have sprung up in the towns of Crozet and Nellysford. We've spent the past days visiting the best of these places and enjoying the fruits of the grapevines and apple orchards. My personal highlight was enjoying an India Pressed Apples cider at Bold Rock; honestly, if the only ciders you've had are Angry Orchard and Woodchuck, do yourself a favor, sip one of these on a hot day while sitting on the expansive back porch with the Blue Ridge Mountains in the background. It will change your whole cider outlook. 

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The Three Things You Must Buy In Pennsylvania Dutch Amish Country!

The Three Things You Must Buy In Pennsylvania Dutch Amish Country!

As I sit here on the porch of my brother and sister-in-law's beautiful house in the farming country of Maryland staring out at what will be a field full of corn in a month, while Renee tosses scraps of meat and moldy bread to the chickens over her morning coffee, I'm reminded of the thousands of blogs that we've read in preparation for our trip, and it makes me yearn for the days of grabbing a Fodor's Europe guidebook and just going. It must have been so exhilarating for someone in our position, about to embark on the trip of a lifetime, with only their imagination to guide them. We, on the other hand, have Pinterest to guide us. And Nomadic Matt. And Sunrise Odyssey. And literally thousands of other websites which boast headlines like "Ten Things YOU MUST DO Before Your Trip Around The World!", "The Mistakes YOU DO NOT WANT TO MAKE When You Visit Africa", and, my personal favorite, "How To Monetize Your Travel Blog".

Why?

Why are we so insistent on monetizing everything? Can't I simply write about our travels without expecting you to follow me on Instagram or Twitter(although there's a link right at the top of this page for you if you're interested) or click on my sponsored link to Amazon or use my referral to apply for the Chase Sapphire Preferred card? I'm more than happy to tell you all of the steps that we took before we leave for our trip to prepare, but this will never be that site with half of the text in underlined blue because you can hop off here to buy things. Will we accept free nights from AirBnB in exchange for writing about them? YOU'RE DAMN RIGHT WE WILL. But will you see posts titled "The Six Beach Resorts To Use Your Hyatt Gold Passport Points This Summer"? Absolutely not. 

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