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What’s He Talking About?

Hey Team,

I’m sure I had something to write about today but I’ve just been staring at the screen for the last five minutes trying to remember what it was. Let’s just assume it was the funniest, most exciting, eye-opening post I’ve ever written, pretend I actually wrote it and then move on.

I’ve been insisting that I don’t change for years now. That the world just changes around me and I adapt as necessary but it doesn’t impart any lasting effects. I hate to admit that I might be wrong.

Living little pieces of other people’s lives everyday for the last 240+ days is a tough act to ignore. As strong willed (read: stubborn) as I am I don’t think I’ve made it through unscathed. And maybe it hasn’t been a “change” so much as a “concentration.” (Wow. This is tougher to explain than I thought it would be. Too bad I can’t remember that other, probably easier to write, post I was planning on.)

I’ve always been pretty laid back (obviously, or I wouldn’t have even started this trip) but that has always meant “live and let live” or “I’ll do my thing and you do yours.” But I’ve taken that option More >

Super-secret Secret Squirrel

Hey Team,

I stayed at a new place in Atlanta last night and you’ll never guess what I saw. Go ahead. Guess.

WRONG! Oh man, that wasn’t even close! That was just embarrassing…and dumb. I’ll just tell you to save you any more embarrassment.

I “played with” a pet flying squirrel! (And by “played with” of course I mean “tried to feed it a pine nut but it wouldn’t even take free food from me so instead it ran up the owners shirt and hid inside his collar.”) This has to be one of the coolest pets I’ve seen on the trip. The ferret, Ding-a-ling, in Utah was pretty stinkin’ cool but Gidget was amazing.

Who wouldn’t want a pet that can crawl on the ceiling and leap across the room in a single bound but still loves people? Just imagine if a dog could do all that. (Disclaimer: Amtrekker.com and its affiliates do not condone the imagining of dogs climbing on ceilings. Turns out that’s just creepy.)

Gidget is only about three inches long and weighs next to nothing so she just seems to shake off eight-foot falls and darts out of the way again. It’s common knowledge that the hand is quicker More >

Awesome Delays

Hey Team,

As per usual, that plan that I outlined the other day is nearly completely shot. I guess that’s what I get for trying something new.

“Okay, universe. I understand. It’s not my place to make plans. It wont happen again. I promise.”

But the good news is, those plans aren’t shot for any severely negative reasons. In fact, I just got word today that I’m going to be interviewed for a spot on CNN’s headline news on Tuesday. It wont air for a few weeks but definitely exciting none the less!

So now I’m trying to decide if it’s worth making a quick side trip to Florida to climb the lowest highest point in a state.

I’ll keep you kids posted.

I’m done.

Brett.

Maybe you’d like to buy me a slice of pie?

Thanks!

GSU Sampling

Hey Team,

Yesterday morning when I pulled into Atlanta I found myself still having to finish a good portion of the podcast. Naturally I couldn’t work on it at the Greyhound station so I went for a walk to see if I could find a cozy office-of-the-day. (Preferably one with some hot tea. Turns out Atlanta isn’t nearly as warm as I had hoped it would be. I STILL got snowed on yesterday.)

About a mile from the station I found myself wandering through Georgia State University.

“Awesome. This many caffeinated kids in one place, there HAS to be a place to sit down and get some editing done.” I thought.

I approached the first two students I saw, two girls with backpacks and smiles. Can’t go wrong with smiling strangers.

“Excuse me. Do you know if there’s a coffee shop or a Starbucks nearby?” (I remember asking this verbatim because as soon as I said it I thought it was weird that in my head Starbucks was not the same as a coffee shop. Interesting.)

One stopped and thought the other continued to smile. “Um…yeeeaaaahh. I think…if you just go down this street here. Just here…” she pointed and looked me in the eye More >

TASTHIB – City Museum – St. Louis, MO [podcast]

Hey Team,

On my last day in St. Louis I finally took everyone’s advice and checked out the City Museum, a magical land of wonder and recycled architecture.

Seriously guys, this place rocked. It’s made completely out of recycled products. People tear down a building or are looking to get rid of their private jet and these guys say, “Do you mind if we just turn that into something awesome instead of letting you throw it into the trash?”

Thanks to everyone that recommended that place. It was, in a word…Incredible. I doubt this podcast could ever do it justice. But here goes nothing.

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And here’s that youtube link!

I’m done.

Brett.

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Thanks!

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Anti-Excitement

Hey Team,

“The Plan” was delayed by a day, which I suppose, just goes to show how useful plans are in my hands. (i.e. not very) BUT besides that, things are progressing nicely. At 3:30 am my bus leaves Nashville for Atlanta where I’ll meet up with a guy that lives about an hour south of there to learn the family fun past time of moonshinery (I’m going to call that one a word too.)

There’s SO much stuff going on behind the scenes right now that it’s been tough to stay on top of everything (I am but one man) but I can assure you it’s all very exciting.

AND it looks like I’m not going to have to be frantically editing to get the new podcast up tomorrow. I know. What the heck is that all about?!

So here’s the little teaser. Tomorrow by 6pm PST there will be a new TASTHIB podcast featuring City Museum in St. Louis. No joke, one of the coolest places I’ve been so far on this epic journey. Right up there with Fort Gorges on the list of Awesome Stuff That Happens In Between. More on that tomorrow.

Other than that, not a lot of news today. More >

The Plan

Hey Team,

Just a very quick update. I’ve been trying out this new “planning” thing. I don’t know how well it’s going (…and it seems to take a lot of time) but I think it’s just as much of a new experience as hang gliding or milking a cow and so it deserves it’s time in the sun too.

I’ve got to say though. So far…not a fan.

Here are my thoughts:

1. I’m going to be in southern Utah the second week in March to see what fly-fishing is like.

2. If I head west now I’ll end up there WAY too early.

3. There’s still plenty I need to cross off in the southeast.

4. So it makes sense to cross off as much as I can in the south over the next three weeks.

5. I THINK I can do #s 2, 14, 24, 28, 29, 34, 45 and maybe 12. But NONE of those are sure things so if you have any leads let me know.

6. I’m going to start this whirlwind tour of the south by heading to Atlanta tomorrow and hoping for some moonshine action.

Wish me luck.

See that was kind of like planning, right? At least I know which direction I’m More >

“Hey Kettle You’re Looking Kinda…Black”

Hey Team,

I’ve never made any attempt at keeping secret the fact that Greyhound is my least favorite method of travel. There are some pretty unsavory characters rolling around those terminals.

When I was traveling to St. Louis I had the privilege of sharing the bus with an older man with a bushy white beard, a head just a little too small for his body and a persistent hacking cough. All in all, nothing out of the ordinary there.

BUT, as I was standing in line with the rest of the dregs of humanity today, getting ready to leave St. Louis (bound for Atlanta by way of Nashville), I look to my right and what should I see? A small old man with a bushy white beard, a head just a little too small for his body and a persistent hacking cough wearing the exact same clothes he was wearing three days ago! So naturally, I instantly looked down upon him as a dirty slob with no direction in life.

It was shortly after that when I realized I’d just called the kettle out for wearing a Mickey Mouse jacket.

I better go change my clothes.

I’m done.

Brett.

I know what would make you feel better!

Thanks!

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