"Have Passport - MUST Travel!" TravellerMel's Profile

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 cabin on a mountain in Pigeon Forge, hiking, waterfalls, - even a zipline trip (see?? He's trying to kill me already!! LOL!) 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, snorkling 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... 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, friends in Louisiana, Tennessee, Nevada, California, North Carolina, Mississippi, Arkansas, Florida, Alabama, Texas, Colorado...

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 Shmoopy! 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 a Mexican cruise in 2014 and Alaska in 2015 - who wants to come with me? :-)

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

Pensacola, FL for Barry Manilow concert!
Costa Rica
Cincinnati & Cleveland, OH
Great Smoky Mountains at our cabin (with an overnight at LeConte Lodge!)
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
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 (Boyd's 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, for about 25 years now, 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, and Lake Tahoe...

Cafe's I HAVE Visited are:

Aspen (closed)
Atlantic City
Cayman Islands
Hollywood, CA
Hollywood at Universal CityWalk (California)
Hollywood, FL
Key West
La Jolla (Closed)
Las Vegas
Los Angeles (Closed)
New Orleans
New York
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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