There’s no better way to ring in a new year than with an adventure! I’ve been really bad about keeping this blog updated with my adventures, and I’m going to try to be better about that. I have a backlog of entries dated in the past that I never finished writing about, not to mention my previous adventures from before
Adventures of an Urban Scallywag
Born too late to explore the sea, born too early to explore the galaxy.
Washington Midsummer Renaissance Faire – Home Port Plunders
Aye, last weekend (18th-20th of August) is the yearly highlight of me exploits, the Washington Midsummer Renaissance Faire! I’ve been attending for at least 7 years now, maybe longer. The faire lasts for 3 weekends, each with their own theme: fantasy & faeries, masquerade, and pirates. Naturally, with rare exception, I always attend pirate weekend. There was talk of changing
Home Port Plunders: Festival of Sail
For the last few years, for Father’s Day, my family and I have gone to the Washington Brewers Festival, but we thought we’d try something different this year. I heard about the Festival of Sail in Tacoma a few months back, and while details of the event were scarce, any opportunity to witness a tall ship is a win in
The Captain’s Travels: Buccaneers & Bombshells – Day 6 – Drink Up Me Hearties!
Too late of a night and too early of a morning, but we arrived in Nassau without difficulty! After bypassing Freeport due to weather, our ship sailed onward to Nassau with plenty of time to spare; come evening, the ship came to a stop for a while, and we continued to cruise around in a wide berth to stay out of
The Captain’s Travels: Buccanneers and Bombshells – Day 4 & 5 – High Seas Hijinx
The last couple days have been pretty uneventful in the best of ways. We left early Sunday morning after a quick breakfast in the hotel lobby. Stevie’s friend Sarah was kind enough to drive us from Tampa to Cape Canaveral since it was mostly on her way. It took some Extreme Tetris to get all of our bags in a
The Captain’s Travels: Buccanneers & Bombshells – Day 3 – The Pirate Invasion!
One if by land, two if by sea, but all the lanterns in the world won’t give you warning enough of piracy. So the neighbors kept us up until late last night. Apparently 2:30 in the morning is a great time to start full-volume celebratory whooping. It took a while for the raucous to die down, and by the time
The Captain’s Travels: Buccanneers and Bombshells – Day 2 – From the Seas to the Streets
We got a late start this morning, opting to repay yesterday’s sleep debt. Neither of us rolled out of bed until after 10, and we didn’t leave the room until after 11 in search of breakfast. We ended up at First Watch, a purportedly “healthy” option. We did not select the healthy options. Okay, healthy… Ish. Does glazed bacon count
The Captain’s Travels: Buccaneers and Bombshells – Day 1: The Calm Before the Storm
And I’ve set sail again, this time to the largest gathering of like-minded maritime adventurers in all of the country, Gasparilla! This time I’m bringing the dragon who calls herself Stevie. The journey begins by first scouting out the local lands of Tampa Bay before the invasion, then it’s off on a ship of my own – well, it’ll be mine
The Captain’s Travels: Las Vegas – Day 2 – A Wild Dragon Appears!
Oops. I made a mistake. When preparing to go to bed last night, I closed the heavy blackout curtains completely. Those are some really great curtains, because when my alarm went off in the morning to ensure I was up in time to meet my family for breakfast, I thought for certain I’d done something wrong, because it didn’t look a minute
The Captain’s Travels: Las Vegas – Day 1 – The Sad Cheese Platter Experience
I traveled with my parents, my sister, and her boyfriend to Las Vegas to celebrate my dad’s 60th birthday. It took several months of secrecy, but we were able to successfully plan the vacation without my dad’s knowledge until we told him two days prior to our departure. We arrived at our hotel Sunday night, missing the CES 2017 crowd by mere