Adrenaline Adventure Dallas – We Would Have Stayed for Several More Days

I just spent about 3 days in Dallas with my wife, and boy they weren’t kidding when they said that everything in the “Big D” is, well – big! I live in a small suburban town, so I’m not used to seeing an almost endless line of skyscrapers and high-end retail shops in one block. So, what were the missus and me doing in Dallas, you ask? The honest answer is we just decided to take a random vacation and chose Dallas as our destination.Yeah, we know Dallas isn’t a coastal city like Miami and Venice Beach, but does it even really matter when it has a lot of other sights and sounds? Me and the missus also happen to be huge football and basketball fans, so this trip to Dallas gave us an opportunity to watch both the Cowboys and Mavericks in person.

We came to Dallas during the fall so the weather was pleasant all around. It was sunny, but the heat wasn’t unbearable. Being the foodies that we were, we spent days searching for the best restaurants in the Big D. We also wanted to try authentic Texas BBQ and our sights set on this placed called Lockhart Smokehouse.

Besides the food we were also looking forward to visiting their botanical gardens and go to the top of Reunion Tower. I’ve read and heard stories about how grand the view is of Downtown Dallas from the top of Reunion Tower and I wanted to experience this for myself.

When we arrived at Dallas, we were blown away by how lovely their airport looked. It felt like we had just walked into a luxury mall with all of the high-end shops that were in in. But we didn’t come here to see the airport though. No, no we came here to tour Dallas and enjoy its attractions, so our first order of business was to rent a cab that would take us to our hotel.

We booked a hotel that was only about 10 minutes away from the heart of the downtown area, so our spot was pretty good. After we were done unpacking our stuff at our hotel room, we immediately set out to walk around Downtown Dallas. Let me just say that they probably have the biggest downtown area that I have ever seen.

After snapping some photos of ourselves, our stomachs started grumbling and you know what that means – time for some Texas BBQ. We went to Lockhart Smokehouse and man, was it crowded. The aroma of their homemade BBQ sauce and the sight of people eating briskets and pulled pork sandwiches made us even hungrier, but we figured that it would be worth waiting another 10 minutes to get a vacant table. After what must have felt like forever, we were finally shown to our seats and made our orders.

The food here was beyond awesome. Me and the wife couldn’t stop sucking the sauce from our pork ribs, and their beef brisket is to die for. Oh, and did I mention that they’re located in the Bishop Arts District of Dallas? After lunch we headed over to the Dallas Arboretum and Botanical Garden where we walked while admiring the lovely scenery around us.

We then went to the Dallas Museum of Art so we could brush up on our culture. After the museum, it was off to Reunion Tower. It was already close to sundown when we got there and tickets were $17 per head, but we didn’t mind because the view alone made it worth it. Looking at the skyline of Downtown Dallas from more than 500 feet up was an experience of a lifetime for us.

The view became even more amazing once it got dark and the skyline was on full display. There weren’t that many people when we went up there, so the atmosphere was a little more relaxed. For dinner, we decided to eat at the Cloud Nine Café. Their meals weren’t that expensive plus we also got to enjoy a great view while eating some fine cuisine.

We stayed at Reunion Tower until 10 in the evening because we just wanted to relax after a long day of walking and just being in awe of the city. The next day we went to Dealey Plaza aka the place where President John F. Kennedy was assassinated. The exact spot where he was fatally shot has been marked with an “X.” Being there made me feel a sense of sadness knowing it was where one of the most infamous moments in American history happened.

We then headed to the Dallas Aquarium and man, were we acting like a couple of kids in a candy store. My wife and I were pretty amazed by all of the marine life they had there, and it gave me a newfound appreciation for nature. After eating lunch at a restaurant called “Aw Shucks”, we then headed over the American Airlines Arena to catch a Dallas Mavericks game. We got tickets close to the nosebleed sections, but we didn’t mind because this was a chance for us to see Dirk Nowitzki play before he hangs up his sneakers for good.

On our last day in Dallas we both felt like there were plenty of things that we could do if we had more time. We were seriously considering staying for a few more days, but we didn’t have enough money. However, me and the wife are seriously considering coming back to Dallas soon. We might even book an adrenaline adventures Dallas, TX tour next time because we really want to enjoy this city to the fullest.

Adirondack Adventures White Water Rafting – My Buddies and I Loved It

It had been a while since me and my buddies had gone on a nature trip together, and we all felt like we could use a long break from work and life in general. We all got together and talked about where our next nature adventure trip was going to be, and we all agreed to head to the Adirondack regions. We had heard a bunch of stories about the place such as how awesome it is for nature lovers and how everyone who goes there should try doing some white-water rafting.

Living in New York City can be stressful because it always feels like you’re in a hurry. I honestly couldn’t wait to leave for Adirondack Park because my stress levels were already reaching a boiling point, and my buddies all felt the same way as well. We planned on getting away for the weekend and just forget that the words “work” and “problems” even existed.

My buddy, Jalen, was kind enough to offer his pickup truck for the trip because it takes about 4 hours and 40 minutes to get to Adirondack from New York City via car.  We left early Friday morning and brought enough food, water, camping equipment, and just about everything else that could help us survive for the next few days.

We had a lot of fun making that drive to upstate New York and time really went by quick because we weren’t even aware that we were already about halfway to Adirondack Park when we stopped at a gas station to refuel car. It felt good to get away from the fast-paced environment of the Big Apple, and for the first time in what felt like forever, all of us were feeling loose and stress-free.

After filling up the car I decided to take the wheel so Jalen could catch a nap. Fast forward a couple oh hours later and we finally arrived at our destination. It was more beautiful than I imagined. I saw photos and videos of the region, but I never expected to be awestruck by it in person. And the air in the area was so clean and crisp that I had practically forgotten what it was like to live in an area without pollution.

My buddies were all feeling euphoric about the whole thing as well and couldn’t wait to setup our tents.As we headed towards the camping village, we couldn’t help but to stop every now and then to admire the scenery and snap a few photos. The camping village was great because we were surrounded by trees and had a great view of the nearby lake.

After setting up our stuff we took a quick nap because we were about to have a long day ahead. Being the fun-loving nutjobs that we were, we all wanted to spend our first day doing some white-water rafting. We had already reserved some slots for an Adirondack adventures white-water rafting a couple of weeks prior and it was the one thing that we were most looking forward to doing.

Our guide, Alex, was very knowledgeable and friendly and carefully laid out the safety instructions before we could begin. I felt a little nervous because I was about to do something that I had never done before, but at the same time I felt secure because I trusted my guide. We started our adventure on the Indian River en route to the Hudson River Gorge.

This was a 17-mile journey that was full of adrenaline, screams, and beautiful Adirondack scenery that gave me a newfound appreciation for nature and life outside of the big city. For me and my buddies, the whole thing felt like a rollercoaster, but man was it fun. The current was intense and gave us all the excitement that we could handle. According to our guide, this sort of thing was normal during the Spring.

And speaking of our guide, he was an awesome storyteller. He told us a lot of entertaining stories (mostly about his own experiences in the area) during the smoother parts of the journey. We could have listened to him narrate tale after tale for hours on end. Props to you, Alex!

At the end of our trip we returned to the base and were shown pictures of our journey. They also had some delicious chicken BBQ waiting for us, so naturally we stayed behind to eat this feast. We were tired, a bit sore, and drenched but mostly importantly we were all happy and having fun. We were all spent when we returned to the campsite and we couldn’t wait to hit the sack and catch some z’s.

When we woke up the next morning all we could talk about was the white-rafting adventure that we experienced. It was easily the highlight of our entire trip. I don’t know when we’ll be able to do something like this again because of our hectic schedules, but you can bet that Adirondack will be high up on our list of places to go to for vacation. Trust me, the experience is going to be worth the travel going there.…