Sunday, November 28, 2010

Flip And Philips, My New Travel Companions


As primarily a solo backpack traveler, I must chose my travel companions, if any, very carefully. Any travel companion must add to my travel experience, be slim for the most part and a light weight with good looks getting a few extra points.

Usually, I have nothing against having a few extra pounds but if I must hang out with or carry my travel companions around then I don't want to be weighed down. My two new travel companions meet and almost surpass my rigorous requirements.


SAM 083 Flip, who I am just getting familiar with, will allow me to easily capture and share videos on YouTube and my travel blogs.

I found Flip at a local Wal-Mart for just $79, 20% off the regular price, so far he is not a bad travel companion.




SAM 082 Now Philips on the other hand does not like to travel alone and tells me he prefers to hang out with Sony Earbuds.

Since Philips came at a reasonable price $39.99 and allows me to enjoy a few of my friends like Hank Williams Jr, Abba, Barry White and 4 Non Blondes, I agree to take him and Sony along.


I am headed to Antarctica and so far my new travel companions have been a lot of fun. Flip has been capturing and Philips has given me a good Vibe. I hope they can stand up to the rigors of a 12 day Antarctica expedition. It will be a true test of our new friendship and whether they will remain my travel companions.


Tuesday, November 16, 2010

Bad Hotel In Gainesville, Florida



Samsung 505 Making hotel arrangements through I am disappointed when I arrive at Extended Stay in Gainesville, Florida.

Although the property is conveniently located of Interstate 75 with lots of restaurants and stores like Wal-Mart nearby, the room I was given left much to be desired.




Obama Smoking Entering Room 321 at Extended Stay in Gainesville, I felt like I had just walked into room left by chain smoking Camel Joe and a wild pack of dogs.










Samsung 508 With pet hair everywhere combined with the over powering stench of smoke it was a quick return to the front office for a checkout and a refund.






Samsung 507 Since I had reserved the room through this took some coordination and a lengthy hold on line trying to talk to the right representative.

Not something to look forward to after a long day of driving when all you want is a clean, quiet and comfortable place to sleep.




In the end, the front desk clerk was pleasant to deal with but I would not recommend Extended Stay in Gainesville unless you can get a pet-free, non smoking room away from the noise of the interstate.



Great Canoeing In Kentucky



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A short easy drive from Nashville International Airport, Cave City, Kentucky is a good launching spot to visit Mammoth Cave National Park. It is just 90 miles from Nashville along Interstate 65 North.


Sam 137 If you are planning on visiting Mammoth Cave National Park I would recommend not missing the opportunity to explore the beautiful and scenic Green River in a canoe.








Sam 182 Green River Butterflies




Sam 146 Mammoth Cave Canoe & Kayak located at the boundary line of Mammoth Cave National Park can give you the opportunity to do so at a reasonable price.

After a trip to the caves for just $50 per canoe we launch on 7.5 mile down the Green River. From the Dennison Ferry to Green River Ferry this routes takes about 3 hours.






Sam 164 Sun Bathing Turtle



Sam 186 You can move at your own pace just leave your canoe along the parking lot at Green River Ferry before dark.

Mammoth Cave Canoe & Kayak offers other trips and no matter which one you choose, I am sure it will be an enjoyable  experience.




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Sunday, November 7, 2010

Tail Of The Dragon Hotel





We are practically half frozen to death by the time we arrive at Phillips Motel in Robbinsville, North Carolina.

Running behind because of so many beautiful stops along the way we have just crossed most of the Cherohala Skyway, Highway 165/143 from Tellico Plains, Tennessee, shivering.






SAM 035 It is a cold clear night with a full moon lighting our path on 50 miles of a curving mountain highway.







I feel like Harry from the 1994 Dumb and Dumber movie, wishing I had brought a second pair of gloves. “Lloyd, I can't feel my fingers, they are numb!”. My hands are so cold I could barely write to register for the room reserved at Phillips Motels.



SAM_3612 Bikers that have arrived ahead of us are camped around a bonfire on the front lawn of the motel enjoying it’s radiant heat and sharing stories.

We are tempted to join them but may have to jump in the fire to stay alive.






SAM_3614 In the end, we are reluctant to escape the warmth of a comfortable room that comes equipped with a microwave, small refrigerator and a fly swatter for just $55.00 a night.






Operated by an elderly couple, Phillips Motel is located on Main Street and has a few buildings spread around the complex. Although prices are as low as $40 per night, I am told while making our reservations that the rooms upfront are worth the extra $15 per night.



SAM_3616 Phillips Motel 290 Main Street Robbinsville, NC 28771. 828 479-3370



Phillips is not your typical standard chain hotel, it has a charm all it's own and is more than adequate as a place to spend a few nights while you explore all the great riding and scenery in the area. Restaurants, shops, a grocery store and even a McDonald's with free wi-fi are all close by.

I would certainly stay at Phillips Motel again but next time I will arrive early enough to stay warm by the bonfire.