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Re: The Travel Thread

Postby Smack » Thu Jun 16, 2016 7:26 pm

My wife and I are taking a road trip down the Mississippi (starting in WI) around the 4th of July. We wanted to do a road trip so we opened up a map and she picked driving to Memphis randomly. I talked her into doing some history stuff along the way (and past Memphis). So far we're planning on the Mark Twain home in Hannibal, MO, and I talked her into going to Vicksburg battlefield.

The plan is to drive to Memphis over the course of two days, stay there for two days, go down to the Jackson, MS/Vicksburg area for two days and then drive back.

Has anyone done the Twain home or Vicksburg? Worth doing?

Can anyone suggest things to do in Memphis that will make a wife happy? Any good microbreweries? Is the Zoo good? She wants to go to a minor league baseball game down that way so we're probably going to a Mississippi Braves AA game one night in Jackson.

I may spring a drive to Mobile to see the USS Alabama on her. Lucky lady.
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Postby Derwood » Fri Jun 17, 2016 2:02 pm

I'm in Chicago for the weekend and the weather is basically perfect.
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Postby NOLA » Fri Jun 17, 2016 2:18 pm

Smack wrote:My wife and I are taking a road trip down the Mississippi (starting in WI) around the 4th of July. We wanted to do a road trip so we opened up a map and she picked driving to Memphis randomly. I talked her into doing some history stuff along the way (and past Memphis). So far we're planning on the Mark Twain home in Hannibal, MO, and I talked her into going to Vicksburg battlefield.

The plan is to drive to Memphis over the course of two days, stay there for two days, go down to the Jackson, MS/Vicksburg area for two days and then drive back.

Has anyone done the Twain home or Vicksburg? Worth doing?

Can anyone suggest things to do in Memphis that will make a wife happy? Any good microbreweries? Is the Zoo good? She wants to go to a minor league baseball game down that way so we're probably going to a Mississippi Braves AA game one night in Jackson.

I may spring a drive to Mobile to see the USS Alabama on her. Lucky lady.

I have been to Vicksburg a few times. The battlefield is pretty cool and takes a good bit to travel through, even in your car. Other than that, there's an outlet mall and very little else in town.
As for Memphis, Beale St to me is just meh, but downtown closer to the river there are several restaurants and good bars for adults including some microbrews. I'll say again that the ballpark downtown there is one of the best I've ever seen.
If convenient, go through Clarksdale, MS and see the Crossroads, where Robert Johnson supposedly sold his soul. Some good juke joints around there. I've yet to see anything of value in Jackson. Mobile is ok, but if you're traveling that close, you really should spend a night at Perdido Key, Navarre Beach or Orange Beach. Some of the prettiest beaches I've ever seen.
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Postby CubinNY » Fri Jun 17, 2016 2:55 pm

Smack wrote:My wife and I are taking a road trip down the Mississippi (starting in WI) around the 4th of July. We wanted to do a road trip so we opened up a map and she picked driving to Memphis randomly. I talked her into doing some history stuff along the way (and past Memphis). So far we're planning on the Mark Twain home in Hannibal, MO, and I talked her into going to Vicksburg battlefield.

The plan is to drive to Memphis over the course of two days, stay there for two days, go down to the Jackson, MS/Vicksburg area for two days and then drive back.

Has anyone done the Twain home or Vicksburg? Worth doing?

Can anyone suggest things to do in Memphis that will make a wife happy? Any good microbreweries? Is the Zoo good? She wants to go to a minor league baseball game down that way so we're probably going to a Mississippi Braves AA game one night in Jackson.

I may spring a drive to Mobile to see the USS Alabama on her. Lucky lady.


The Memphis Red Birds have a great ballpark and it's not far from The Flying Saucer (Great Bar). If you're staying in Memphis, you might as well go to Elvis Presley's House. I haven't been there in years but the tour use to be pretty cool. Beale Street is ok, but sort of a touristy faux destination. If you are into Blues music travel to Clarksdale MS and check out the music.

Be careful where you stay in Memphis. There is a lot of random crime.
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Postby mul21 » Fri Jun 17, 2016 4:34 pm

I'll endorse the Redbirds experience as well. I actually went to a beer fest at the park one time too.
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Re: The Travel Thread

Postby Smack » Fri Jun 17, 2016 5:35 pm

Thanks for the info guys. Memphis is @ Omaha so we're going to catch a game in Jackson against the Montgomery Biscuits. We're staying in a condo right off of Beale St. The zoo is now top priority because I told my wife they have Pandas. Sounds like We're actually staying IN Vicksburg for two nights after Memphis. One day we're going to do the battlefield and then over to Jackson for the baseball game, the next day we're going to drive over to Mobile and back since it sounds like there's not a lot else to do in Vicksburg proper.
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Postby NOLA » Fri Jun 17, 2016 6:28 pm

Smack wrote:Thanks for the info guys. Memphis is @ Omaha so we're going to catch a game in Jackson against the Montgomery Biscuits. We're staying in a condo right off of Beale St. The zoo is now top priority because I told my wife they have Pandas. Sounds like We're actually staying IN Vicksburg for two nights after Memphis. One day we're going to do the battlefield and then over to Jackson for the baseball game, the next day we're going to drive over to Mobile and back since it sounds like there's not a lot else to do in Vicksburg proper.

Watch out for State Troopers between Vicksburg and Jackson. Notorious speed traps.
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Postby vance_the_cubs_fan » Sat Jun 18, 2016 2:32 am

Smack wrote:Thanks for the info guys. Memphis is @ Omaha so we're going to catch a game in Jackson against the Montgomery Biscuits. We're staying in a condo right off of Beale St. The zoo is now top priority because I told my wife they have Pandas. Sounds like We're actually staying IN Vicksburg for two nights after Memphis. One day we're going to do the battlefield and then over to Jackson for the baseball game, the next day we're going to drive over to Mobile and back since it sounds like there's not a lot else to do in Vicksburg proper.


Not much to do in Vicksburg. It's 80 miles away from me, so I know. The battlefield is cool though and will take you at least 1/2 a day to see it all. If you are into gambling, there are a few casinos in Vicksburg. That's about the only reason anyone goes there.
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Postby TruffleShuffle » Thu Jun 23, 2016 2:53 am

Murton's Revenge wrote:
... things about seattle


we're likely to have a couple of days free at the end of her conference and may do an overnight trip. we were thinking about either vancouver or portland. which would you recommend? looks like travel time is pretty similar to either place.

also, i know seattle is not exactly a mecca for mexican food, but mexican food in australia is horsefeathering pathetic and since steph likes spicy stuff, i'd like to take her to a mexican place while we're in the US. any suggestions in seattle?
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Postby Tracer Bullet » Thu Jun 23, 2016 7:59 pm

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... things about seattle


we're likely to have a couple of days free at the end of her conference and may do an overnight trip. we were thinking about either vancouver or portland. which would you recommend? looks like travel time is pretty similar to either place.

also, i know seattle is not exactly a mecca for mexican food, but mexican food in australia is [expletive] pathetic and since steph likes spicy stuff, i'd like to take her to a mexican place while we're in the US. any suggestions in seattle?


I like Vancouver a lot. Not that I don't like Portland, but it is weird and I don't find it weird in an endearing way. Vancouver has hipsters of its own, but I like the city a lot more. That said, I've never done any sightseeing in either city outside of basically the downtown of each, so others may have better info on those options. Neither drive is particularly better or worse than the other and both can vary pretty significantly (traffic around JBLM and Olympia going south; the border going north). Lots of people take the train to Vancouver for an overnight or weekend trip (people take the train to Portland for business; not sure you can walk to as much stuff there though).

I'm not really much of a Mexican restaurant guy, but this place is right down the street from my office and everyone recommends it for Mexican in Pioneer Square. http://cascoantiguoseattle.com/ When it gets really busy, I've heard the servers can be less than patient with people, but that's the only knock I've heard. If you're in Pioneer Square or downtown Seattle, that's probably where I'd go for Mexican.

This is a former client (they didn't pay their bills, so this is not a paid promo). http://www.mezcaleriaoaxaca.com/ Known for their Mezcal and somewhat unusual menu items (fried grasshoppers) The capitol hill spot is very popular.

Unfortunately, the most well loved Mexican in Seattle was Mama's Kitchen which closed permanently in March.

Also, if you're looking for spice rather than Mexican specifically, maybe you should check out the Thai options? The Asian restaurant scene is pretty incredible here (again, I'm not a foodie, but people rave about it).
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Postby Smack » Thu Jul 07, 2016 4:15 pm

Road trip was a success.

Dubuque, IA:
Only stopped for a couple hours at the National Mississippi River Museum & Aquarium. Worth the $15 and a good start to the trip with an overview of the whole river.

Hannibal, MO:
Hannibal was bad. For every well preserved old house there were 4-5 that were in awful shape. Burned out street lights. Trash laying around. The people were just.... creepy. The only game in town was the Mark Twain stuff, which we expected, and the museum was nice. My wife says I'm being too hard on Hannibal, but it was grim.

Memphis:
We really enjoyed the music on Beale St. despite it being an obvious tourist trap. I couldn't believe the number of cops/armed security. It looked like a police convention. Obviously they wouldn't have that much security if it wasn't needed but we were there late on Friday and Saturday nights and saw no altercations. They even had security checkpoints with metal detectors to get onto the street after about 2100. The zoo was really nice, they had Pandas (one of only 4 zoos in the US).

Vicksburg:
What a cool history town. The battlefield was impressive. It was 95 with a heat index of 115. Really makes you think about those guys fighting in wool uniforms. The terrain would've been brutal to assault. Reading about it in a book is one thing but seeing what they actually had to climb/cross (in that heat) is horrifying. I also highly recommend the Old Courthouse Museum. All kinds of interesting historical artifacts inside a courthouse filled with it's own history. The city was clean, and there were lots of well preserved old houses. The locals were all friendly to us. Decent fireworks display on the 4th.
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Postby Smack » Thu Jul 07, 2016 5:29 pm

Oh, I forgot. We were offered a joint by a guy in his 60's at a bar in Vicksburg. He told us not to worry because the cops wouldn't see it. We passed.
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Postby weis21 » Thu Jul 07, 2016 11:53 pm

Smack wrote:Oh, I forgot. We were offered a joint by a guy in his 60's at a bar in Vicksburg. He told us not to worry because the cops wouldn't see it. We passed.

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Postby Smack » Fri Jul 08, 2016 1:24 am

weis21 wrote:
Smack wrote:Oh, I forgot. We were offered a joint by a guy in his 60's at a bar in Vicksburg. He told us not to worry because the cops wouldn't see it. We passed.

square!


haha, I'm an edibles man. That and there were police like 20 feet away. To be fair he smoked the whole joint and didn't get caught.
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Postby weis21 » Fri Jul 08, 2016 2:35 am

Smack wrote:
weis21 wrote:
Smack wrote:Oh, I forgot. We were offered a joint by a guy in his 60's at a bar in Vicksburg. He told us not to worry because the cops wouldn't see it. We passed.

square!


haha, I'm an edibles man. That and there were police like 20 feet away. To be fair he smoked the whole joint and didn't get caught.

well on the bright side at least we know where Fred has been hiding at
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Postby seanimal » Fri Jul 08, 2016 6:41 pm

weis21 wrote:
Smack wrote:
weis21 wrote:square!


haha, I'm an edibles man. That and there were police like 20 feet away. To be fair he smoked the whole joint and didn't get caught.

well on the bright side at least we know where Fred has been hiding at


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Postby Butterscup » Sat Jul 09, 2016 8:44 pm

seattle is such an amazing city and im jealous of all of y'all that live around there. it's rare for me to go on vacation to a place and be that blown away, even to the point of being willing to move there, but seattle did that to me.

vancouver was pretty great too, and gastown is really cool. unfortunately, the homeless population there is insane and that kind of dampered the city to me a bit. they werent all that aggressive or bothersome, but it brought down the experience a little.
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Postby Bobson Dugnutt » Sun Jul 10, 2016 12:27 pm

Butterscup wrote:seattle is such an amazing city and im jealous of all of y'all that live around there. it's rare for me to go on vacation to a place and be that blown away, even to the point of being willing to move there, but seattle did that to me.


This is exactly the reaction I had when I visited for the first time earlier this year. I was surprised how taken I was with it.
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Postby Tracer Bullet » Sun Jul 10, 2016 4:38 pm

Yep. First time I ever visited the city, I just had this feeling I was going to live here. Just felt like home. Took about 2-3 years before we moved but I love it.
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Postby CaliforniaRaisin » Wed Jul 13, 2016 8:09 am

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Butterscup wrote:seattle is such an amazing city and im jealous of all of y'all that live around there. it's rare for me to go on vacation to a place and be that blown away, even to the point of being willing to move there, but seattle did that to me.


This is exactly the reaction I had when I visited for the first time earlier this year. I was surprised how taken I was with it.


Same. I knew I'd like it a lot and it surpassed my expectations.
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Postby muntjack » Wed Jul 13, 2016 12:56 pm

Left the Seattle area almost 2 years ago to move to to the family farm in Kansas. What a miserable change of....well, everything.
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Postby Ding Dong Johnson » Wed Jul 13, 2016 2:18 pm

my girlfriend and I have been watching The Killing on Netflix, and I remarked to her that they do a great job of making Seattle look like a real horsefeathers hole
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Postby Tracer Bullet » Wed Jul 13, 2016 5:56 pm

My home value has gone up 33-44% (depending on if you use Zillow or Redfin) in the 2 years since we bought it. So Seattle is definitely a horsefeathers hole.
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Postby Banedon » Wed Jul 13, 2016 5:58 pm

Murton's Revenge wrote:My home value has gone up 33-44% (depending on if you use Zillow or Redfin) in the 2 years since we bought it. So Seattle is definitely a [expletive] hole.


I don't know anything about Redfin, but while Zillow is a great site for home searching, it's a godawful measure of home value. Actually just had a discussion with my realtor about this last week because we're looking to list in the spring.
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