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Lake Shasta Shenanigans

Hey Team,

I’m officially back in the real world and officially disappointed in all of you. Did no one decode Charley’s answers to the emails?! You’re making my heart sad people. You’re all lucky I like you so much.

Fine. To the update:

I’m in Los Angeles right now. I came down to meet up with Dr. Tiki to try to make moonshine (neither of us know what we’re doing) but that got pushed back until after the 17th so now I’m just catching up on stuff here on the site that I’m so ridiculously behind on and we’ll see what happens from there.

The Lake Shasta vacation was a blast! It was a literal boatload of some of my best friends all wake boarding, relay racing, dressing up in eighties garb and pretending we were navy seals. (That sounds wrong. Just to clarify, we weren’t dressing up in eighties garb TO pretend we were navy seals…those are just two separate things we happened to do.)

In fact the Navy Seal pretending has resulted in a ruthless laceration on my leg and a swollen ankle…so obviously that was a blast! (What is it about getting hurt while having fun that makes the fun so much More >

Get Well Charley

Hey Team,

Just wanted you all to know that Charley and I really appreciate all the support during the little guy’s difficult times. I’m out on a lake off the grid right now on a little mini Team Amtrekker get away so I had Charley pick out a few of his favorite pieces of mail to show off. The site is all his today! Enjoy!

Hey Charley,

Ya gotta pull through buddy. Who else is going to keep the Amtrekker warm at night?

Get well soon. Let me know if I need to send a prescription!

Karl J. Blessinger, MD

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Dear Charley,

I’m writing this using Rachelle’s email address, because “they” won’t let me have one of my own! Darn people…literally. But I’ve heard a lot about you in relation More >

In Transit

Hey Team,

It’s just a quick “in transit” update right now. I had to stay in California for a day longer than I was planning to thanks to some exciting stuff that couldn’t be avoided but it is definitely taking it’s toll in the travel department. I have much less time than I was hoping for to figure out how to get to New Market, VA and the Civil War reenactment for which my beard continues to grow.

In an effort to give myself as much time as possible to work out the transportation from DC to New Market I decided to fly out to Denver last night so I could catch the first flight out to DC rather than wait for the flights that actually connected but would have put me in our wily little capitol a full six hours later. Of course that also meant a fairly uncomfortable nap when I realized I didn’t have enough juice left in my frail little frame to continue working through the night.

BUT, as usual, I survived. And in half an hour I’ll be doing a phone interview with a morning radio show somewhere on the East coast with the hopes that it will More >

Beards, Blunders and BBQs

Hey Team,

It’s been a fun-filled week of catching up with family and friends as I pass through the First Place State. And it’s an incredible pick-me-up to see all of the people that have been so close to me for so long and to hear that they support everything I’m doing. Plus, I’m crazy stoked about jumping across the country again today to hit New Market, Virginia this weekend for an epic Civil War reenactment.

What does all this mean?

1. I have enough hair on my face to shave off and build a scale model of a chinchilla thanks to the “beard” I’ve been growing for the reenactment.

2. Not only do I not have ANY footage from this week but I wouldn’t have time to edit the hypothetical footage anyway so…no podcast today and it may just have to wait until next weeks Civil War podcast.

BUT after this weekend it’s going to be a whirlwind trip, up and down the east coast, chocked full of list crossing. So I don’t anticipate this happening again. Also, this should be the last of the time spent on the right (as in “not left” not “correct”) coast as just about everything has a pretty More >

Passenger Diversity

Hey Team,

It’s impossible to ride a Greyhound without being thoroughly entertained intrigued by the people around you and today was a particularly great day for passenger diversity.

To my left were a couple old men who seemed to be happy chatting with each other for the entire five-hour ride to Los Angeles. I didn’t listen in for the whole ride but every time I stuck my eardrums into their business unbidden they were complaining about a new topic. I’m pretty sure I don’t have an expansive enough list of things to complain about for that long of a time.

Behind me, in an awesome display of life imitating art, were three older ladies gossiping about their families in Spanish…unless they really did just have a problem with some dude named, “Hermano.”

But my hands down favorite character in today’s bus scene was the guy who, not two inches from me, seemed to be alternating between reading a dictionary at random intervals and staring into space. I liked to sneak peeks every now and then and imagine that he was having deep, intriguing conversations with himself until he would use a word he didn’t know and have to look it up.

“Why do we keep More >

The Secret

Hey Team,

Since I ended up spending too much time around my mom today to actually finish the Mother’s Day card I was hoping to make I’ll instead just have to regale you with an important lesson that I learned earlier in the week.

I think I already mention this…if not I guess I could just mention it again. SO, speaking of mentioning things it turns out I was mentioned in the Wall Street Journal. Did I mention the link looks a little something like this?

The point is: It’s not everyday you get to see your own name in print in the Wall Street Journal and so once I found out, I made it my own personal narcissistic mission to go find myself a copy of the paper. Unfortunately, I didn’t find out about the article until the day after the printing. That left me with the less than simple task of finding a copy of an outdated newspaper (Does that make it and oldspaper?) in a strange city. (San Francisco. Doesn’t get much stranger.)

So naturally I started wandering around the nearest college campus…and this is where that important lesson comes in.

You can go ANYWHERE on a college campus with the line, More >


Hey Team,

Why don’t you just go ahead and tuck yourself in and I’ll tell you a little bedtime story.

If you’re trying to get to Los Angeles from San Francisco the SMART thing to do would be to buy a bus or train ticket, show up on time and roll out Autobot style. For some reason, in Brettville, it makes just as much sense to NOT buy a ticket and rush to the bus station in the blind hope that you’ll show up on time.

Yesterday. The facts as I had them:

1. I hadn’t packed my bag – 30 min.

2. I still had to get to the bus station – 90 min

3. It was coming up on 9:30.

4. The last bus to LA leaves at 11:30.

5. I still hadn’t bought a ticket.

No big deal. I leapt into action with all the grace of a sleep deprived vagrant and threw my gear into the backpack, sprinting (metaphorically) for the BART station. This was the part where I was supposed to be stressed out, checking the time repeatedly and willing the train to go faster. Unfortunately, due to an unusual childhood, I tend to get distracted and forget to be stressed so instead I More >

Viewer Mail Podcast

Hey Team,

At least it’s not as late as last week! Here it is…the first ever Amtrekker Viewer Mail episode!

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And here’s the YouTube link!

Thanks a TON everyone!

I’m done.


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Don’t let me stop you.

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