April 17, 2015

Toadlick Music Festival.

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  It’s that time of year again where we load up the car with the hole dang caboodle and head to Dothan, Alabama for the annual Toadlick Music Festival. We just gave away a pair of tickets to the festival on our new Facebook page, Southern Sparkplug. Are you headed to the festival? Whether you’re a festival novice or a newbie, it’s always good to have a reminder about the type of things you need to remember to bring. Toadlick Music Festival’s blog features “11 Must Haves for Toadlick Music Festival” on their site here. Save
April 16, 2015

A change in the wind.

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I’m changing directions, but only a little. I know that I often write about concerts, festivals, events, local reviews, etc. But I haven’t been providing enough consistent content and I want to change that. I often travel for concerts and festivals or just because I’m purely a road trip junkie. Seriously.
October 30, 2013

Elberta Sausage Festival

For a Pensacolian – Alabama is only a hop, skip and jump away, so it’s easy to make a day trip out of it. We found out about the Elberta Sausage Festival through word-of-mouth and decided to make a trip out of it. As you know, I love festivals, so I was in. It was a beautiful ride from Pensacola into Alabama and I expected to just see some farm land and other cars on the road going to the festival. What I didn’t expect was seeing the dozens of yard sales, garage sales and store clearances. The community knows the traffic coming through and they jumped on the opportunity of visitors. We might need to add some saddlebags on the next trip. When we arrived, it was much bigger than I thought it would be. Over 200 arts and crafts vendors and free entry! The lines were very long for the sausage since it’s only a one day festival and we went during lunch time, but they went quickly. Drinks were sold separately and only $2! Coming from a festival background – $2 is great! The German Sausage was delicious and wish I was hungry enough for seconds. Want to go? The Elberta Sausage Festival happens bi-annually, brings in over 30,000 people and benefits the Elberta Fire Department. They cook over 7,000 pounds of German sausage. The next festival is Saturday, March 29, 2014. Visit their Facebook page.
August 30, 2012

Travel Anything.

Can I vacation for a living? No, but seriously. There are so many things I want to see and do that it’s unbelievable. I could write a book on the places I want to go and experience. Could I document about traveling alone? Maybe I can talk a girl friend into coming on a trip with me. That wouldn’t be hard, just the time off of work is the tricky part. Let’s just start with weekend getaways. Drive distances. I’m limited to Louisiana, Mississippi, Alabama and parts of Florida. Let’s start with Cape San Blas, Florida We just left this beautiful little town located in the panhandle of Florida in Gulf County at the most south point. It’s nestled between Port St. Joe and Apalachicola. The cute little town is full of cottages and beach houses and plenty of Florida cracker houses with nothing commercial in sight for at least 30 minutes. Centered on the central time/eastern time line, this town recognizes the eastern time zone and everything closes pretty early. Take vacation here to get away from it all, technology included…spotty cell phone service. The goal for the entire trip was to kayak and scallop. Not being a huge fan of kayaking, I went along for the experience. We kayaked way too far out and too long looking for scallops and I ended up having to be towed with his Hobie kayak (foot pedals) instead of using my paddle. We found a sand bar and we swam around for a good bit and snorkeled but didn’t find any scallops. Finally I grabbed the underwater camera because I saw a snail and took some photos. The snail was on top of the scallop and I picked it up, held it up in the air and said, “What is this?” I KNEW I had gotten my first scallop but I needed reassurance. Our friend Tien said, “That my dear is a scallop.” The feeling of doing something for the first time is exhilarating. No matter how small of a something that is, I just got my first scallop….ever! We eventually ventured our way back to land (more towing for me) and collected scallops on the way back. We were sun burnt, exhausted and worn out but I’d do it again in a heartbeat. Take a look at our adventure below. Rachael trying to fish in the grass Being towed Jon’s first fish! At the sand bar with Rachael Crabs were everywhere We found mullet The wonders of a Hobie kayak See right there? My first scallop! There it is. Puffer fish. Lots of Dolphins Being towed in. We didn’t do that great this time around.