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Boring Ol’ News, Exciting New Fun

Hey Team,

Today was a crazy busy day and I’m a little too exhausted to go into much detail. (I have to wake up early and it’s almost early already.) But I have to get the news out there.

I went sailing on the Hudson River today! And to be perfectly honest, once lunchtime came around I was starting to think, “Oh man, I thought sailing was going to be SO much more fun…”

But after lunch the wind started to pick up and things got WAY more interesting. I LOVED it! I seriously can’t wait until tomorrow. And the great thing is it turns out the guys at the Atlantic Yacht Association actually set me up in a full on beginner’s course that comes with some sort of certification on completion.

More on sailing tomorrow.

After that I got a chance to catch up with a couple of the Totally Rad Show guys for a slice of pizza before I had to hightail it back across the city to cleanup before heading back across the town AGAIN to record an audio podcast with the “Dead Air” guys!

Turns out every step of the way on my busy day was a blast!

(Sadly that means I don’t have it More >

#19 Help Out on a Plantation! [podcast]

Hey Team,

I really thought this one was going to get posted on time for once but I ended up having to REedit the whole thing. But who cares, right?! Cause here it is live and in living color (minus the Wayans )!

“Amtrekker travels to the Boone Hall Plantation in Charleston to see if he can find a way to help out. You decide whether or not he actually manages to be helpful.”

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And here’s the YouTube link!

Thanks, Team!

I’m done.

Brett.

If you enjoy the podcasts…why not donate?

Don’t let me stop you.

Stuff to Gawk At

Hey Team,

The podcast is compressing but it wont be done before I take off for the live Diggnation taping so it’ll make it up tomorrow morning.

In other news: I realize this is supposed to be cute and cool and make me want to buy watermelons but does this remind anyone else of “Hannibal?” How come 1) This little dude is so happy after having his head bashed in and 2) No one is stopping him from selling off little pieces of his friends whom I can only assume he has murdered?

AND I was so terrified of getting a ticket that you’ll never believe how many shots I had to take before I could get a picture of this sign that wasn’t blurry. New York in a nutshell I guess.

I’ll be here in the “Big Apple” (Do people still call it that?) for the rest of the week thanks to the Atlantic Yachting Association and their incredible offer to teach me to sail this weekend. So if you’re around let me know!

Okay, gotta go!

I’m done.

Brett.

Buy me a slice of watermelon?

Don’t let me stop you.

Wait…What Month Is It?

Hey Team,

Ten o’clock last night found me hanging around in a rose garden as I was passing through Raleigh. More importantly it found me staring off into space when suddenly I saw an ash floating through the air.

“That’s strange,” I thought as I starting scanning the terrain for an out of place campfire.

Then the ash magically reappeared…and this time it brought friends. My first thought?

“SON OF A–!!!”

That’s right. I just saw fireflies for the second time ever in my life. It should have been exciting but for some reason I took it as a personal insult and got WAY too worked up about it.

Last year (geez that hurts to say) when I was traveling the east coast I was warned that fireflies are only around during the summer to fall seasons and as a result I started to panic come September and went out of my way to travel halfway across the country to a spot where I KNEW there were still a few straggling fireflies hanging around.

Why panic about catching a firefly? Because I didn’t want to have to wait until fireflies reappeared the following summer just to cross that one last objective off my list and go home.

Boy More >

Less Than Helpful

Hey Team,

Sorry for the dearth of updates this week. Charleston has definitely been keeping me on my toes and I was staying at a Couch Surfer’s (awesome dude by the name of Lee) house outside the city so there wasn’t much quality time with Charley.

First, a question: How come history gets so much more interesting as you get older? Is it just because you have more personal history than you used to? All I know is “History” was one of those classes I always DREADED going to but (and maybe it’s just because I get to see these things live and in person, but I don’t think so) wandering around Charleston has been awesome and I LOVED seeing the Fort Sumter exhibit and Battery Park. Mind blowing.

On a more personally historic note…#19 is off the list! Ka-KOW!!! While in Charleston I made a day trip out to Boone Hall, the most photographed plantation in America (for obvious reasons once you get there), with Angie, one of Lee’s friends and my private tour guide for the weekend.

I know the list says, “Help out on a plantation” but if I’m being completely honest the amount of help I actually offered is probably More >

#31 River Kayaking! [podcast] (*video problems fixed*)

Hey Team,

Here’s this week’s video starring your friendly neighborhood Amtrekker.

“Amtrekker travels to the Chattooga River in South Carolina to river kayak, get soaked and try not to die.

…that’s pretty much what happened.

(Scenes from Deliverance were roundly avoided.)”

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And here’s the YouTube link.

Thanks everyone!

I’m done.

Brett.

If you enjoy the podcasts…why not donate?

Don’t let me stop you.

Pig Tails…Seriously

Hey Team,

The River Kayaking podcast is done but the numbers for the Civil War podcast are pretty low because it’s only been out for a couple days. So to give the iTunes fans a little bit more time to stumble across it without stepping over it I’m just going to post the new one tomorrow. I know…I would feel bad about this move and gypping you faithful website fans if I didn’t have such an awesome up to the minute story to share!

I’m on my way to Charleston right now via everyone’s favorite mode of transport but with the comfort of train travel comes the occasional ridiculously long layover. This time I had a few hours to kill in the tiny town of Wilson, NC.

As the afternoon wore on I suddenly realized that I only had about a half an hour before my connecting train was scheduled to pull in and if I didn’t eat in town I would have to choke down train food. I was looking for something quick but fast food seemed to be non-existent. I had seen a sign that said “Soul Food Grill” near the train station and I thought, “‘Soul food’ would take too long More >

Spontaneous Raleigh Likin’

Hey Team,

It looks like I have a formal apology to hand out (followed by a request). I’ve spent the last couple days in Raleigh, NC and, contrary to an old “Day in the Life” Amtrekker video, I regret to report that I’ve had a great time.

I’ve couch surfed in three different apartments in the short time I’ve been here and met nothing but good and entertaining people that have kept me running from one adventure to the next. (Although I should note that not one of those people is a native Raleighan…Raleightonian…Raleighite…Rrrr….forget it. Point is there’s still an out and I can change my opinion again within a moments notice. Don’t screw with me, Raleigh.)

The first day was spent with Ani and Allison a displaced couple from Arizona by way of Nebraska, Colorado, Wyoming and the Carolinas with a dog and a boa both named Nala and a ferret that answered to either Bella or “Hey, ferret!” equally. I didn’t get to spend much time with them but I did get some key geocaching in and even managed to find time for the new Indiana Jones flick. (Is it just me or does it seem like it would be incredibly More >


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