Walkabout, my friends, was awesome. So so awesome. I had more amazing experiences than I can even recount. Way too many.
I want to do it again right now. You know, just go rent a sweet Prius with rims and head out on the road. So I’m gonna, minus the Prius. Details at the end for those interested in coming along on my adventures…or just reading along.
A heartfelt thank you to all of you for joining me on the blog, commenting, suggesting places to see, helping me find lunch places etc. I felt like I had a team of explorers with me.
And to all the absolutely amazing friends I hung out with, learned from, whose cities I toured and whose couches I crashed on: NONE of this would have been possible without you.
Pretty much every day on Walkabout and every day since, I’ve marveled at your generosity, hospitality and willingness to drop everything to show me your home city. I am very lucky.
In chronological order, I must thank THE BEST group of friends I could possibly imagine.
Lily and Bryan, thank you for showing me Cleveland in style and for introducing me to your little sweetheart Alice. Lots of fun listening to ROCK, eating Frankenstein sandwiches and talking sports. You’re awesome.
Bails, you are the greatest. I’m so proud of you and everything you’ve accomplished at Jackalope, and I’m beyond excited to have a home away from home in Nashville. Oh and your friends are the coolest too. Speaking of, nice to meet/hang out with you Steve, Robyn, Lizzie, Brooks, Kristen, Zolli, Sally et al. Can’t wait to come back for Dwight Yoakam. BOOM!
Thank you Jayhawks!
Susan, you rock. It was fun to see your brand new high elevation, high sun content life and watch you take that mountain down a peg. I’m psyched to come back to Denver, and hopefully next time Chris and I can go attack some Vail back bowls like bosses. Thanks also to all your Dallas friends!
Thank you Amarillo Red Roof Inn even though you didn’t smell so good and your continental bfast was, well, lacking. You let me sleep there and I appreciate it.
Jim and Colby, above all thank you for introducing me to Duck Dynasty. My life is forever improved. And I never thought I’d have so much fun in Central Texas, but you guys make it that way. More gut-paks, nervous doggies and questionable museums in the very near future. Next time I’m visiting when we can float.
Caroline, I love you a lot. I’m proud of you for braving a new city and making a Houston life for yourself. I can’t wait for my next visit so I can take a Caroline Cole hot yoga class somewhere other than the back yard. And of course, Fanny Price is a sweetheart. Maybe next time she’ll let me pet her!
Lauren, the only problem with my BR stretch was that the Tigers weren’t playing football. Next time! Thanks for giving me waterfront accommodations, teaching me all about Louisiana and introducing me to some of your great friends. Whatup Teal, Corey, Nicole, Jenny, Alan and the rest of the crew?
Michelle and Emily, not only do you have unimpeachable taste in coffee but you throw A+ parties. Can’t stop won’t stop. Mardi Gras will always be a Michelle and Emily production in my mind for as long as I live. Looking forward to seeing you in Boston in a month. Holla holla Jeanpants…this wig’s for you!
Carrie and Brian, Birmingham is in good hands. You two are about as cool as it gets and Birmingham is lucky to have you turning downtown into the place to be. Next time I Walk About, I’m definitely staying a night there, so get ready. Oh and come visit Boston ASAP.
Makia, thanks for breaking the ATL mold and walking all over town with me. Next time I’m there, I’ll be spending more time. Too much to see in one day, although we did pretty damn well because you (and your dad) are the most thorough tour guides in the world. Please thank him for his notes on Savannah too.
Greg and Charlsi, Charleston was my favorite new city on the whole trip. You are generous hosts and top notch guides. Thank you for making sure I ate well, saw all the sites and got the full flavor of your great city. Greg, next time I’m there we’ll have to time it for when you can do some city walking with me.
McHugh and Iano, thanks lads. Iano, your hospitality is unmatched. McHugh, you have the cutest kid ever. Christine, awesome to see you, however briefly. Jessica, nice to meet you! Andrew and Jen, glad we got to meet up. It’d been too long. Casandra, we’ll have to work on your oyster form. It’s…well…subpar.
Jocelyn and Joe, thank you for taking in this weary traveler. Dahlia, Jordan and JJ are adorable and wise beyond their years. Talk about smart and well adjusted. They are great kids. Also, I kinda want to live in your basement. Games? A bar? A movie theater? You have paradise built out down there.
Cailin and Ezra, I loved meeting Olivia. She’s a beauty. Looking forward to the next time!
And Dez, thank you for making the last few stops on the trip even better.
It goes without saying, but you all have a place to stay in Cambridge complete with entertainment, Boston tours and special events whenever the spirit hits you. I love you all.
For the few hearty souls who made it all the way to the end:
Every now and again, I’ll be doing day trips or explorations around Boston and posting them here. Anyone who wants to come along in real life is invited. Let me know if you want to join and we’ll get planning.
For the first few, I’ll be showing my good friend Kit, a native and recently returned Bostonian, all the nooks and crannies of Cambridge and Somerville!
Who’s with me??