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A new chapter begins...

On April 2, 2011, I married my best friend and the love of my life! He planned a perfect honeymoon for us in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park - a lovely, romantic cabin in the mountains in Pigeon Forge, hiking, waterfalls, - even a zipline trip (see?? He's trying to kill me already!! LOL!) He even drove me over the mountains into North Carolina, so I could check off another state on my travel map! He is definitely a keeper! :-) We are looking forward to a lifetime of travel and adventure - together!

The Genesis of an Obsession...

Travel is my passion - and I've been fortunate enough to do quite a little bit. It started when I was 16 and went to Canada for 3 weeks. My best friend, her grandmother, and myself - on a road trip from Southern California to British Columbia. It was glorious. The next year they let me come along for 3 months in France... That was it for me - I've been hooked on travel from that point on! Since that time, oh-so-many years ago, I've been skydiving in Kentucky, snorkeling with stingrays in Grand Cayman, white water rafting in Colorado and Tennessee, kayaking with orcas in British Columbia, cruising the Caribbean, zip-lining in Mexico, touring Europe and the Middle East, climbing a lava trail in Costa Rica... I'm always planning my next trip! Easy to do, with my family and friends spread all over - my parents in Las Vegas, my sister and brother in New York, and friends in Louisiana, Tennessee, California, North Carolina, Mississippi, Arkansas, Florida, Alabama, Texas, Colorado, Oregon...

And, I got married in April 2011, so I now have a permanent, built-in travel partner! I'm very excited about the many new adventures my life is taking me on, and I look forward to many happy years with my sweetheart! Thanks for letting me share!

Oooh wee! Oooh wee Baby! Oooh wee!

"... woncha let me take you on a sea cruise?"

Of course! When do we go?? I love to cruise - gourmet meals, Broadway style shows, and someone to clean up after me every night - what's not to love?? Looking ahead to an Alaska cruise in 2015 and Canada/New England cruise in 2016 - who wants to come with me? :-)

September 2016 Carnival Sunshine Canada/New England
September 2015 Ruby Princess Alaska Inside Passage with Tracy Arm Fjord
November 2014 Carnival Elation Cozumel & Progreso, Mexico
November 2013 Carnival Elation Progreso & Cozumel, Mexico
November 2012 Carnival Conquest Jamaica, Grand Cayman, Mexico
November 2011 Carnival Conquest Key West, Freeport (Bahamas), Nassau (Bahamas)
January 2010 Carnival Triumph Belize, Honduras, Mexico
Sept 30-Oct 7, 2007 Carnival Conquest Jamaica, Grand Cayman, Mexico
January 2005 Carnival Sensation Mexico
April 2002 Dawn Princess San Juan, Barbados, St. Lucia, St. Kitts, St. Maarten, St. Thomas
April 2001 Commodore Enchanted Isle Mexico, Grand Cayman, Jamaica
January 2001 Commodore Enchanted Capri Cruise to Nowhere
August 2000 Commodore Enchanted Capri Cruise to Nowhere

All About ME!!

Favorite Movies: Casablanca, Like Water for Chocolate, The Wedding Singer
Favorite Singers: Barry Manilow, Rodney Crowell
Favorite Band: COWBOY MOUTH!!
Favorite Books: Jane Eyre, Harry Potter
Favorite Song: Imagine by John Lennon
Favorite Actors: Liam Neeson, Drew Barrymore
Favorite TV: Project Runway, The Amazing Race, Nashville
My Feline Babies: Mickey, Sera, and Gizmo
My Canine Baby: Brisco
Favorite Vacation: The one I just took, and the one I am currently planning...
Dream Trips: Egypt, Greece; Australia; Niagara Falls; Thailand

Upcoming Trips

Girl's Cruise to Canada/New England

"Planes, Trains, and Automobiles" trip - Fly to Kansas City; Train to Flagstaff, AZ; then drive to Las Vegas (visit with parents & siblings)
New Orleans for friend's 70th birthday/10th wedding anniversary party
Alaska Cruise
Wizarding World of Harry Potter, Orlando, FL (Girl's Trip)

Pensacola, FL for Barry Manilow concert!
Costa Rica
Cleveland, OH (Magee Marsh for Biggest Birding Weekend)
Washington DC
Colorado visit with friend
Detroit Weekend for Lions game
Great Smoky Mountains at our cabin (with an overnight at LeConte Lodge!)
New Orleans for Girl's Cruise to Mexico

Dauphin Island, AL; Biloxi, MS; and New Orleans, LA
Great Smoky Mountains (we bought a cabin there!)
Las Vegas and California
New Orleans for Girl's Cruise to Mexico

Hockey Weekend in New York City
Spring Break in Key West with friends
Great Smoky Mountains
Birmingham, AL for Cowboy Mouth Concert
Girls Cruise to Jamaica, Grand Cayman, & Mexico
Christmas in Las Vegas

Key West (our friends' wedding)
Honeymoon in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park
Philadelphia & Valley Forge, PA
Natchez Trace drive to Jackson, MS; Tunica, MS, and Shiloh National Battlefield
Cruise to the Bahamas

Cruise to Belize, Honduras, & Mexico
Road trip to Chicago
Chattanooga/Ocoee Weekend Trip with Boyd
Wicked Weekend in Louisville, KY
Washington DC (to accept a national award!)
New York/Washington DC/Nashville Road Trip with family
New Orleans for Christmas (because I am homesick!)

Louisville, KY (FINALLY going to see "Wicked"!!)
New Orleans, LA (Mardi Gras!)
St. Louis, MO (Final "Rent" tour)
Smoky Mountains, TN
New Orleans, LA (work - but who cares??)
Holy Land (Israel & Jordan)

Pensacola, FL
Move to Nashville, TN
Thanksgiving in Knoxville, TN
Metropolis, IL

Hard Rock Cafe's I have visited

I've been visiting Hard Rock Cafe's, and collecting Hard Rock Cafe pins, since 1989, and there is no slowing down! The running joke is - if I visit a major city WITHOUT a Cafe, guaranteed, one will be built there within 3 years. IT'S TRUE - it has happened with: Venice, Rome, Seattle, Phoenix, Ocho Rios, Florence, St. Maarten, Nice, and Lake Tahoe...

Cafe's I HAVE Visited are:

Aspen (closed)
Atlantic City
Cayman Islands
Destin (closed)
Gatlinburg (relocated to Pigeon Forge)
Hollywood, CA
Hollywood at Universal CityWalk (California)
Hollywood, FL
Key West
La Jolla (closed)
Las Vegas
Los Angeles (closed)
Nassau (closed)
New Orleans
New York
Northfield Park
Pigeon Forge
San Antonio
San Francisco
San Jose, Costa Rica
San Juan (closed)
St. Louis
St. Thomas (closed)
Washington DC

Thanks for Viewing my VT Page!

Alice: But I don't want to go among mad people.
The Cat: Oh, you can't help that. We're all mad here.

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  • SONG's Profile Photo
    Apr 27, 2015 at 6:36 PM

    Hi again Mel, I might be back in TN. specifically Franklin, in the next few weeks. Would you be interested and available to get together for even a short while? Will let you know if and when I will be in town. Kathy

    • TravellerMel's Profile Photo
      Apr 28, 2015 at 8:36 AM

      Hi Kathy! That would be great! We are going to our cabin for Memorial Day weekend, but will be in Franklin the rest of the month - I'd love to get together! :-)

  • SONG's Profile Photo
    Apr 7, 2015 at 10:46 PM

    Just returned from a quick Easter weekend trip to Nashville, Belle Meade, etc. Really enjoyed myself.
    Such pretty rolling hills and the red buds were in full bloom! :-)

    • TravellerMel's Profile Photo
      Apr 8, 2015 at 9:05 AM

      Fun! Hubby and I were in Las Vegas visiting my parents for Easter weekend. Hope the weather here in TN was good for your visit - I heard there was a tornado in Williamson County?!?

  • isolatedpawn's Profile Photo
    Feb 14, 2015 at 6:27 AM

    happy birthday to you happy birthday to you happy birthday happy birthday happy birthday to you

  • jojes's Profile Photo
    Feb 4, 2015 at 9:42 AM

    Thanks for accepting the friend request!
    I see you're going on an Alaska cruise ... That must be so great! It's one of the things on our to-do-list too.

    • TravellerMel's Profile Photo
      Feb 4, 2015 at 9:50 AM

      Thanks for making the friend request! :-)
      My husband and I are very excited about Alaska - I love to cruise, so really, just give me an excuse... LOL!

  • Yaqui's Profile Photo
    Feb 1, 2015 at 6:06 PM

    Happy Belated Birthday!

  • jayjayc's Profile Photo
    Jan 13, 2015 at 7:34 AM

    Happy birthday! Cheers!

  • DennyP's Profile Photo
    Jan 10, 2015 at 1:12 AM

    Happy Birthday Mel...sorry I'm late with the wishes but have only got back yesterday from my cruise...trust that you had a great day mate...hugs for you..

    • TravellerMel's Profile Photo
      Jan 10, 2015 at 7:54 PM

      Thanks Denny! I had a lovely day. :-) Welcome back from your cruise - I hope you had a grand time, and I look forward to reading all about it! Hugs back to you!

  • atufft's Profile Photo
    Jan 8, 2015 at 10:56 PM

    Happy Birthday!

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    Jan 8, 2015 at 1:31 AM

    Happy birthday!

  • TravellerMel's Profile Photo
    Jan 7, 2015 at 9:10 AM

    Thank you, everyone, for the happy birthday wishes - I had a lovely day, with lovely friends and family. Plus, my Nashville Predators hockey team won, so it was a GREAT day! :-)

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