Apparently the newest annoying word for some time away is Babymoon. It’s better than Daycation or Staycation, but still annoying. The word is annoying, but the actual time away isn’t. With the impending arrival getting closer and closer, many online pregnancy-related websites & email lists suggest taking a babymoon. This goes especially for first time parents, as a nice little last fling before all of your apparent freedoms disappear.
We decided a while ago that a nice little getaway to a cabin would be the way to go. We have been tent camping at Forest Ridge Cabins and Campgrounds before, but had never tried out the cabins. They always looked quite inviting. The campground itself is always clean, and the owners are quite hospitable. The prices are competitive with other places that we checked out online, and really quite affordable. Important for the babymoon aspect, it’s not that far away. Cabins are our thing now I guess… since we honeymooned in one in Gatlinburg, TN. It all just seemed to make sense.
We booked the date a while ago, assuming that since it was spring we’d have a nice warm weekend. It was a nice weekend, but there was about 5 inches of snow on the ground, and the temperature never got much above freezing.
We stayed in the Allegheny cabin, and it was warm & cozy inside. We brought along some DVD‘s, cooked some s’mores (with peanut butter cups) around the campfire, and just had a nice relaxing weekend. The kitchen was stocked with all kinds of cookware and utensils, we made a nice steak dinner on Saturday. I also made a friend in Oliver, one of the campground cats. He strolled up as I was waiting for the last log to burn out on the campfire, then followed me up on the porch to hang out a but on top of the hot tub cover. He liked to look in the window at us, then look away when he saw that we were looking at him.
I think we’ve decided that Forest Ridge is “our place” as far as camping when we’re not going camping at Living Waters.
Check out Forest Ridge on Facebook, Twitter, & Yelp, and check out some of our photos…
Time for a picnic?
Soon, he will take over the world…
Oliver, standing guard.
Nice n’ clean!
Best use of a phonebook since the late 90’s.
Oliver the cat!
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Heh. So, I got stuck in the mud today. I found it amusing, thought you might too. Without revealing what I do exactly or my employer, I can say I drive around a lot for a living. I pulled off of a narrow country road to make way for a larger pickup with double-wide tires towing a trailer… on to what I thought was a solid piece of land. Turns out it was soggy muddy ground, sort of like quick sand. I could feel the truck slowly tipping as soon as I pulled over. I tried to rock back & forth in 4WD to get out, but didn’t want to bang the underside of the truck off of the edge of the road. Luckily some other guys I work with were just a phone call & a few minutes away, and towed me out without incident. A local also stopped to see if I was OK, and another guy working in the area did the same & even let me use his cell phone booster to make a call where my signal was weak.
So, if you’re ever in a bind, don’t panic. People who are generally willing to help out are out there.
Posted in Inspiration, Life, Road Rage, Road Trips
Tagged 4 x 4, 4WD, 4x4, chain, Four Wheel Drive, Frontier, goofy, Help, mud, Nissan, Oops, pull, Quicksand, rock, rope, strap, stuck, Tow truck, Towing, Truck, work
I’m not an architect, or a contractor, or even a toilet salesman… but I think I’ve found a flaw in a certain type of hotel room / bathroom setup. I’m no germaphobe, but I believe this design to be quite unsanitary.
What design? The sink outside of the bathroom design.
Sure, it’s convenient to shave or brush your teeth while someone else is pooping or showering… But at what cost do we purchase this convenience? The cost of a bazillion tiny germs all over the inside of the door handle after you wipe and before you wash your hands. Sure, you can grab an extra wad of toilet paper for your journey outside. How many people do that though? How much microscopic fecal matter is already on that door handle? Did the maid think to wipe it down? What if you forget after you get out of the shower? You just washed yourself, and now your hand may venture into a feculent festival of filth.
Am I doing something wrong here? Am I missing something? Let’s get this right so I don’t have to touch poop-encrusted (albeit microbial poop) door handles.
Posted in Consumer Advocacy, Goofy News, I Need Your Feedback, Life, Rants in my pants, Road Trips
Tagged architect, architecture, bathroom, bunghole, Crap, door handle, engineering, feces, feculent, filth, germaphobe, gross, Hotel, Interior design, Lodging, Mysophobia, Poop, shopping, shower, Sink, T.P., toilet, toilet paper, TP, Travel and Tourism
So, I had some Tunnel Monster submissions, but I’d like some more. These hail from Josh, Joel, & Ian. Thanks to those guys for being awesome and taking the time to create these artist renderings. These men are true believers in the Tunnel Monster.
No replies from anyone at History or Discovery either. Poo, I say. Poo. Poo indeed.
Get on it, people! We need more! Aren’t you curious as to what the Tunnel Monster may look like? No one put a Sarlacc in a tunnel hole? I find your lack of participation disturbing.
Not submissions, but fun recommendations from Zemanta…
Tunnel monster.jpg (Photo credit: Oyvind Solstad)
monster in the tunnel (Photo credit: danielle_blue)
Image via Wikipedia
Posted in Consumer Advocacy, Funny Stuff, Letters, Pittsburgh, Road Rage, Road Trips, W(aL)D
Tagged #StarWars, artist interperetation, artist rendering, ☠, chaos, Driving, Fort Pitt, Fort Pitt Tunnel, Liberty, Liberty Tubes, Liberty Tunnel, monster, PA, Pennsylvania, Pgh, Pittsburgh, Poo, Sarlacc, Squirrel Hill, Squirrel Hill Tunnel, traffic, true believers, tunnel, Tunnel Monster, W(aL)D, World (and Lunar) Domination, email@example.com, W_a_L_D, Zemanta
Restaurant sans allergène
I’m going to need to get my passport, a long weekend, and maybe even a French/English dictionary so I can drive to Montreal and have several meals at my new ideal vacation destination: Zero8
I just learned of the wonderful existence of Zero8 thanks to the ever informative Allergy Eats Blog. Paul at Allergy Eats is always on top of current allergy issues with restaurants (like recent fast-food menu changes), and it’s great to see that a restaurant like this even exists in the first place. What’s their deal?
Well, they are free of the top 8 allergens, plus a few other things… and seem to be extremely sensitive to the needs of those with food allergies, food intolerances, and celiac disease. This quote alone from their “Learn More” page is really incredibly comforting:
As everyone suffering from food allergies knows, going to the restaurant with family, friends or colleagues is not always enjoyable: limited knowledge of the ingredients used in dishes, fear of cross-contamination, lack of confidence in the staff are some of the worries that can come with ordering a simple meal!
A food allergy cannot be taken lightly. Difficulty breathing, loss of consciousness, inflammation and vomiting are some of the extreme reactions that the immune system can have when confronted with a food protein. The consequences can be dramatic. Serious allergies can cause an anaphylactic shock, a violent reaction that can cause loss of consciousness and sometimes death.
At Zero8 we offer a secure environment where you can eat with confidence. We guarantee a worry-free meal!
…And something more restaurants ought to understand, express, & practice. Or at least this could translate to other restaurants:
Since most food allergies are caused by the 9 priority allergens, you may be allergic to other foods. That is why we identify all of the ingredients in our dishes on our menu and that the list of our kitchen’s authorized ingredients is available upon request at any time. Whenever possible, we try to accommodate our clients’ requests in adapting dishes to their particular needs.
Zero8 pays attention to your needs!
Is that too much to ask?
I have no idea why Canada seems to be light-years ahead of the United States where food allergies are concerned. They have better legislation, tolerance for epi-pens, and awareness.
Chefs in the US need to get behind this! If there was a place like this in Pittsburgh, you could bet I’d be there all the time and I’d tell all my friends & family about the place. There were a ton of Pittsburghers at the Food Allergy Walk last year, you have your clientele ready!
Click the Allergy Eats Blog logo to read about Paul’s experience there!
Posted in Allergies, Consumer Advocacy, Food, Good Websites, Other Blogs, Road Trips
Tagged Allergen, Allergies, Allergy, Allergy Eats, Allergy Eats Blog, anaphylactic shock, Anaphylaxis, Canada, celiac disease, Coeliac disease, Epi Pen, Epinephrine autoinjector, EpiPen, Fast Food, Food, food allergies, Food Allergy, Food Allergy Walk, Food intolerance, food intolerances, French, Health, Montreal, Paul Antico, Pittsburgh, Pittsburghers, Quebec, Restaurant, Restaurant sans allergène, Resto-Bar, Top 8 Allergens, United States, Zero8, Zero8 Rest-Bar