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Kerry's Trips (116 total)

Below are summaries of all trips since the beginning of 2004.

Girls Cruise to Cozumel
Wednesday, January 6, 2016 -
Monday, January 11, 2016
Brilliance of the Seas

Melissa, Mom, and Kristin are cruising with me to Cozumel on Royal Caribbean's Brilliance of the Seas.
Disney Cruise
Saturday, November 14, 2015 -
Saturday, November 21, 2015
Disney Fantasy

We loved our cruise on the Disney Fantasy so much that all of us wanted to do it again! We are doing another 7-day cruise but with different port stops this time.
Disney World
Thursday, February 26, 2015 -
Tuesday, March 3, 2015
Orlando, Florida

We are going to surprise the kids with a trip to Disney World! We may not reveal it to them until we get there...we'll see!
Kentucky in November
Monday, November 24, 2014 -
Friday, November 28, 2014
Lexingon, KY

We are visiting family in Lexington for several days.
Great Wolf Lodge in Cincinnati
Saturday, November 22, 2014 -
Monday, November 24, 2014
Mason, OH

We are meeting Gabe's sister and family at the Great Wolf Lodge in Cincinnati before heading to Lexington for a visit.
Visiting Maryland for Science
Wednesday, September 3, 2014 -
Thursday, September 4, 2014
Bethesda, Maryland

Kerry was excited to visit the NIH for science as a part of a research study.
A Weekend at the Beach
Friday, August 29, 2014 -
Monday, September 1, 2014
Ocean Isle, NC

We went to Ocean Isle in 2012 and are excited to return for another long weekend!
Edisto for July 4th
Thursday, July 3, 2014 -
Saturday, July 5, 2014
Edisto Island, SC

We spent a few days in Edisto with Melissa and Jason. We went to the beach, collected shells, and went to Botany Bay. We also had a cookout with Melissa's parents.
Great Wolf Lodge
Saturday, June 28, 2014 -
Sunday, June 29, 2014
Concord, NC

Melissa and Jason joined us for a night at the Great Wolf Lodge in Concord, NC. The kids loved the water park and MagiQuest.
Visiting Family in Vegas
Friday, June 13, 2014 -
Monday, June 16, 2014
Las Vegas, NV

Gabe spent a few days in Vegas with his mom. They visited with family, rode the new ferris wheel, and played video poker.
Sunday, June 1, 2014 -
Saturday, June 7, 2014
San Francisco, CA

Kerry attended WWDC for the second time. During the trip, she also enjoyed a bike ride across the Golden Gate Bridge, Alcatraz, a baseball game, and tons of great food.
A Weekend in the Mountains
Friday, May 23, 2014 -
Monday, May 26, 2014
Blowing Rock, NC

We're planning to go for a long weekend with friends to Blowing Rock and stay in a cabin. We plan to take a side trip to Tweetsie Railroad.
Key West Girls Weekend
Thursday, May 1, 2014 -
Sunday, May 4, 2014
Key West, Florida

Kerry will be spending several days in Key West with girlfriends.
Disney Cruise
Saturday, February 22, 2014 -
Saturday, March 1, 2014
Disney Fantasy

We have been wanting to do a Disney Cruise, so we are going to give it a try in February 2014!
Labor Day Week in Cincinnati and Lexington
Saturday, August 31, 2013 -
Saturday, September 7, 2013
Cincinnati, OH and Lexington, KY

We spent several days in Cincinnati where we went to Entertrainment Junction with Gabe's dad and sister's family, saw the fireworks, played in Fountain Square, and watched the Reds win! We continued to Kentucky where we went to the horse park, arboretum, and visited with family. We had a great week!
WWDC 2013
Sunday, June 9, 2013 -
Saturday, June 15, 2013
San Francisco, CA

Kerry spent a week at Apple's WWDC conference.
Memorial Day Weekend in Davidson
Saturday, May 25, 2013 -
Monday, May 27, 2013
Davidson, NC

We spent the long weekend with Nana and Papa and visited the Carolina Raptor Center.
New York City
Friday, May 17, 2013 -
Wednesday, May 22, 2013
New York, NY

We are looking forward to showing the kids New York City with Melissa and Jason!
Gabe's Phoenix Draft
Friday, March 15, 2013 -
Sunday, March 17, 2013
Phoenix, AZ

Gabe is traveling to Phoenix for his fantasy baseball draft (and to catch a few spring training games).
Thanksgiving in Kentucky
Tuesday, November 20, 2012 -
Saturday, November 24, 2012
Lexington, KY

We spent several days in Kentucky to celebrate Thanksgiving with Gabe's family.
Disney World!
Wednesday, October 10, 2012 -
Friday, October 19, 2012
Orlando, FL

We had been waiting for a return to Disney World since our one magical day at Magic Kingdom in 2010. We spent a little over a week at Disney!
Labor Day Weekend at the Beach
Friday, August 31, 2012 -
Monday, September 3, 2012
Ocean Isle, NC

We all had a great time spending time on the beach and in the pool. The kids enjoyed building sandcastles and collecting shells. This was our first trip with just the four of us (without family or friends).
Edisto Island with Jason and Melissa
Sunday, July 1, 2012 -
Wednesday, July 4, 2012
Edisto Island, SC

After a delay due to kiddo illness, we headed to Edisto Island on Sunday and spent several days there. We played on the beach and went to the Serpentarium. We all had a great time!
Visiting Family and Friends in Atlanta
Friday, May 25, 2012 -
Monday, May 28, 2012
Atlanta, GA

We are planning to visit with family and friends in Atlanta.
Nana, Papa, and Discovery Place
Friday, May 11, 2012 -
Sunday, May 13, 2012
Davidson, NC

We are planning to visit Nana and Papa and take the kids to Discovery Place in Charlotte.
Kerry's Disney Trip
Wednesday, April 18, 2012 -
Sunday, April 22, 2012
Orlando, FL

Audrey had a business trip to Orlando, so Kerry and Audrey decided to have a Disney adventure prior to the conference. We had a great time experiencing many things that little kids are too young to enjoy (and acting like kids ourselves).
Almost Visiting Family in Atlanta
Saturday, January 14, 2012 -
Monday, January 16, 2012
The Giant Peach, SC

Our first trip of the year was supposed to be to visit family in Atlanta, but we had to turn around after hitting the outlet mall just beyond the giant peach. Both Cullen and Gabe were sick (and Kerry was sick a few days later). We missed seeing everyone, but we were glad that we didn't expose them to our germs.
Caribbean Cruise
Saturday, December 10, 2011 -
Sunday, December 18, 2011
Allure of the Seas

We were really excited to cruise on a megaship, The Allure of the Seas. We were joined by family and friends. This was Cullen's first cruise and Maddie's third cruise.
Thanksgiving in Davidson
Thursday, November 24, 2011 -
Sunday, November 27, 2011
Davidson, NC

We went to Davidson for a few days to spend time with Kerry's parents, Kristin and Chad for Thanksgiving. We also went to the Discovery Place Kids museum.
Atlanta in September
Friday, September 2, 2011 -
Monday, September 5, 2011
Davidson, NC and Atlanta, GA

We'll stop at my parents' house on the way down to Atlanta to visit family.
Friends in Fancy Gap
Friday, July 29, 2011 -
Sunday, July 31, 2011
Fancy Gap, VA

We spent another weekend at Leslie Lodge.
Visiting Family in Kentucky
Thursday, June 2, 2011 -
Sunday, June 5, 2011
Lexington, KY

Gabe's mom rode back to Lexington with us after a visit at the Children's Museum. In Kentucky, we spent time with family, went to a park, had tasty food, and played some games. We visited the shop and sampled bubble tea for the first time. Yum!
Fun and Family in Cincinnati
Monday, May 30, 2011 -
Thursday, June 2, 2011
Cincinnati, OH

We left Fancy Gap on Monday and spent several days in Cincinnati. We went to the Children's Museum twice, took a quick walk through the Natural History Museum (free due to our local museum membership), and went to the aquarium. We visited with Gabe's dad, sister, and niece. Gabe went to a baseball game with his parents. We had a great time!
Memorial Day Weekend in the Mountains
Friday, May 27, 2011 -
Monday, May 30, 2011
Fancy Gap, VA

We spent the long weekend in Fancy Gap again this year. After a foggy start, we had a wonderful time watching the kids play, playing games, and going to parks. We had a perfect picnic lunch at the New River on Sunday. We headed to Cincinnati after lunch on Monday for the next segment of our trip.
Maddie's Birthday in Atlanta
Saturday, February 19, 2011 -
Monday, February 21, 2011
Atlanta, GA

My parents and Gabe's mom will be joining us in Atlanta where we will celebrate Maddie's 3rd birthday. We plan to have a lunch at the American Girl Store and visit with other family while in town.
Christmas Tree Trip to the Mountains
Friday, November 26, 2010 -
Sunday, November 28, 2010
Fancy Gap, VA

We are planning to stay a few days in Fancy Gap on the way back from Kentucky. We might get our Christmas tree in the mountains this year!
Kentucky in November
Monday, November 22, 2010 -
Friday, November 26, 2010
Lexington, KY

Cullen will be taking his first trip to Kentucky (along with the rest of us) to visit with Gabe's family in the area.
Pre-Thanksgiving in Davidson
Friday, November 19, 2010 -
Monday, November 22, 2010
Davidson, NC

We stopped by Davidson to spend some time with my parents "on the way" to Kentucky. It adds a little bit of time to stop there, but it allows us to drive the rest of the way to Kentucky in one day. We had a nice time visiting with Nana and Papa.
Atlanta in November
Thursday, November 4, 2010 -
Sunday, November 7, 2010
Davidson, NC and Atlanta, GA

We are planning to spend a quick weekend in Atlanta visiting family. My dad is planning to make the trip with us.
Fall in the Mountains
Friday, October 8, 2010 -
Sunday, October 10, 2010
Fancy Gap, VA

We had planned a trip to DC, but we decided to visit the mountains for the pretty colors and beautiful weather. We attended a wine festival, visited the alpacas again, and went to the neighborhood park.
Labor Day Weekend in the Mountains
Friday, September 3, 2010 -
Monday, September 6, 2010
Fancy Gap, VA

We are enjoying all of our weekend trips to Fancy Gap this year! We had another great weekend with a side trip to Mabry Mill.
A Weekend at the Beach
Friday, July 16, 2010 -
Sunday, July 18, 2010
Myrtle Beach, SC

Gabe's mom came to visit for a weekend, and we headed to the beach. We had a good time, but the kids didn't love the beach. We had a good time at the pool and aquarium, too.
A Weekend at Camp Leslie
Friday, July 2, 2010 -
Monday, July 5, 2010
Fancy Gap, VA

We went to the mountains again with friends. We had 5 adults and 5 kids. It was a crazy, fun time.
Memorial Day Weekend at The Leslie Lodge
Friday, May 28, 2010 -
Monday, May 31, 2010
Fancy Gap, VA

We left after work on Friday to spend the 3-day weekend in Fancy Gap! We had a great time going to parks, hiking, relaxing on the porch, doing art projects, and visiting.
Visiting Family and Disney
Monday, April 5, 2010 -
Friday, April 9, 2010
Orlando, FL

We drove down to Orlando (with a quick visit in Atlanta "on the way") to visit with Gabe's parents. We decided at the last minute to go to the Magic Kingdom. Fun!
Easter Weekend in Atlanta
Friday, April 2, 2010 -
Sunday, April 4, 2010
Atlanta, GA

We made a trip to Atlanta during my matenrity leave so that family could meet Cullen. We combined this with a trip down to Florida to vacation with Gabe's family.
Thanksgiving in Kentucky
Tuesday, November 24, 2009 -
Saturday, November 28, 2009
Lexington, KY

We spent several days at Thanksgiving with Gabe's family. While we were there, we also had a birthday party for Dylan.
Vacationing with Friends
Saturday, November 21, 2009 -
Tuesday, November 24, 2009
Fancy Gap, VA

Originally, we had planned to go to DC or the mountains. Our plans to travel to DC didn't work out as we had hoped, but we were excited to be one of the first visitors to our friends' brand new mountain home. We visited with them on the way to the mountains (with a day on the way back as well). It's very conveniently on our route to Kentucky.
New England/Canada Cruise
Friday, September 18, 2009 -
Saturday, September 26, 2009
New England and Canada

We went on this cruise with my parents, sister, and brother-in-law. Gabe and I had never been to Maine or the two Canadian provinces. This was also Maddie's first visit to Massachusetts, Maine, and Canada. We had a wonderful time on this vacation with extended family!
Visiting Family in Atlanta
Friday, September 4, 2009 -
Monday, September 7, 2009
Atlanta, GA

We went down to Atlanta to visit with my grandparents and other relatives. My parents were in town at the same time.
Ben & Kristina's Wedding
Friday, July 31, 2009 -
Sunday, August 2, 2009
Davidson, NC & Asheville

We visited with my parents in Davidson and attended Ben and Kristina's wedding in Asheville. Maddie had a great afternoon and evening with her grandparents while we went to the wedding. The wedding was beautiful at the Biltmore Estate. See the blog post for more details.
July 4th Weekend in Davidson
Friday, July 3, 2009 -
Sunday, July 5, 2009
Davidson, NC

We had originally planned to spend the weekend in Athens, but my cousin ended up with whooping cough so we stayed away. We still went to visit my parents for a couple days and attended the Davidson festivities. We had a nice weekend and were able to play some Tichu!

More information in the blog post: July 4th in Davidson: trip report & photos

Father's Day in Cincinnati
Friday, June 19, 2009 -
Monday, June 22, 2009
Cincinnati, OH

We went to Cincinnati for a long weekend where we visited with family and saw a Reds baseball game. The trip was great!
Visiting Family in Davidson
Saturday, June 6, 2009 -
Sunday, June 7, 2009
Davidson, NC

We went to Davidson to visit with my parents and my mom's cousin Bill and his wife Dawn. This was the first time that Maddie was able to meet Bill and Dawn. See the blog post for more details.
Bermuda Cruise
Friday, May 15, 2009 -
Thursday, May 21, 2009
Norfolk, VA and Bermuda

Gabe and I had been talking about taking a trip with just the 3 of us for a while. We finally felt ready to try it. We decided to take a 5-day cruise to Bermuda! We had a great time (though cruising with a 1-year-old has its challenges!).
Opening Weekend at Keeneland
Thursday, April 2, 2009 -
Sunday, April 5, 2009
Lexington, KY

We went to Kentucky to see the races on opening day at Keeneland. Maddie seemed to enjoy her first horse races. Melissa and Jason came to visit with us. See the blog post for more details.
Family and ASYO in Atlanta
Friday, March 13, 2009 -
Monday, March 16, 2009
Atlanta, GA and Davison, NC

We went to Atlanta to visit family and to see my cousin John Thomas perform as part of the Georgia Youth Symphony Orchestra. We also celebrated Grandma and Grandpa's birthdays. See the blog post for more details.
Early Christmas in Atlanta
Thursday, December 11, 2008 -
Sunday, December 14, 2008
Davidson, NC and Atlanta, GA

We went to Atlanta to celebrate an early Christmas with my grandparents and other extended family.
Thanksgiving in Kentucky
Tuesday, November 25, 2008 -
Sunday, November 30, 2008
Lexington, KY

We took Maddie to Kentucky for the first time to visit with Gabe's family and celebrate Thanksgiving.
Visiting Maddie's Davidson Grandparents
Friday, November 7, 2008 -
Sunday, November 9, 2008
Davidson, NC

We traveled to Davidson to visit with my parents for the weekend. It had been a while since we had visited Davidson without using my parents' house as a stop to somewhere else. We also celebrated my dad's birthday a tad early.

See the blog post for the full trip report.

Visiting Atlanta Family
Thursday, August 28, 2008 -
Monday, September 1, 2008
Atlanta, GA

We visited with my grandparents and other family during Labor Day weekend. My parents traveled to Atlanta at the same time.
Visiting Family in Gatlinburg
Wednesday, July 16, 2008 -
Saturday, July 19, 2008
Gatlinburg, TN

We met with Gabe's parents, grandma, and nephew in Gatlinburg to spend a long weekend with family. Grandpa Mick and Great Grandma Scottie met Maddie for the first time.
Maddie's First Roadtrip
Wednesday, April 9, 2008 -
Sunday, April 13, 2008
Davidson, NC and Atlanta, GA

My oldest friend, Amie, offered with her mom to throw us a baby shower shortly after she found out that I was pregnant. We decided to make a trip out of it and visit with my parents and Atlanta family for a few days prior to the shower.
Kentucky Christmas
Sunday, December 23, 2007 -
Thursday, December 27, 2007
Lexington, Kentucky

We had hoped to go to both Kentucky and Georgia for Christmas, but we decided it would be a bit too much at this time. We spent Christmas in Kentucky with Gabe's family this year.
Atlantic City Poker
Saturday, November 10, 2007 -
Sunday, November 11, 2007
Atlantic City, NJ

Gabe and I decided we wanted to get in one more poker trip before having the baby, so we decided to go to Atlantic City for the weekend. Due to the flight itineraries and prices and the hotel prices, we decided to leave on Saturday morning and return Sunday night. We invited others in the poker group to join us, and Brad decided to join us from the Raleigh area. Clint met us in Atlantic City since he lives in New Jersey now.
Bengals vs. The Jets
Saturday, October 20, 2007 -
Monday, October 22, 2007
Lexington, KY and Cincinnati, OH

Gabe received his birthday present a bit early this year. For various reasons, I didn't want to put together the plans for this trip by myself. Since it was almost a month before Gabe's birthday, I had to come up with a good way to tell him what I wanted to give him for his birthday. During the first half of the Bengals season opener, I created a treasure hunt with clues leading to different places around the house. Each clue had a hint about his birthday present until the hints were obvious enough for him to figure out his present. He searched for the clues during halftime. I had already talked to Gabe's mom about the idea, and the three of us are going to the game on Sunday, October 21st at Paul Brown Stadium. Gabe and his mom are both very excited!
Alaskan Cruise
Wednesday, August 29, 2007 -
Sunday, September 9, 2007
Seattle and Alaska

Gabe and I both wanted to try cruising and to go to Alaska. The trip was awesome!
Weekend in Athens
Friday, July 13, 2007 -
Sunday, July 15, 2007
Athens, GA

Gabe and I drove down to Athens, Georgia to visit with relatives. Since I was sick right before Christmas, Gabe had missed out on meeting most of the Kraul side of the family. We had been planning to find a good time to visit the Kozlosky's since then.
Memorial Day Weekend in Atlanta
Friday, May 25, 2007 -
Sunday, May 27, 2007
Davidson, NC and Atlanta, GA

We decided a few days beforehand to take a short trip down to Atlanta to visit my family. We drove to Davidson on Friday night and arrived in time for a late dinner and some competitive Scrabble matches. We completed the drive to Atlanta on Saturday morning and drove back to Raleigh on Sunday night. We had a nice time visiting with my grandparents.
Donovan & Cynthia's Wedding Weekend
Saturday, May 19, 2007 -
Sunday, May 20, 2007
Lake Lure, NC

Our friends Donovan and Cynthia were married this weekend at The 1927 Lake Lure Inn and Spa. Gabe and I drove to Lake Lure on Saturday to attend their wedding and reception.
Family, Love, and Poker in Vegas
Wednesday, April 25, 2007 -
Saturday, April 28, 2007
Las Vegas, NV

We planned this trip in December, and we had no idea that we would be closing on our new house just a few short days before the trip! It was nice to get away for a few days from all the stress with moving and settling into the new place! We met up with my parents and Gabe's Mom. We spent some time with family, played some poker, and saw The Beatles Cirque du Soleil show, Love.
Keeneland Opening Weekend
Thursday, April 5, 2007 -
Sunday, April 8, 2007
Lexington, KY

Gabe likes to go to the races at least once a year, so we planned once again to visit his family during opening weekend at Keeneland.
Kentucky Christmas
Wednesday, December 27, 2006 -
Saturday, December 30, 2006
Lexington, KY

Gabe and I drove from Atlanta to Kentucky for our next Christmas adventures. We were surprised that it took us less than 6 hours to drive...not too shabby! We exchanged presents with his parents, Jess, Sterling, and April shortly after our arrival. We spent time with everyone again on Thursday along with Heidi and Dylan (more presents!). Friday, we all went to several different sports bars to have lunch, watch UK football, and play trivia and PhotoHunt.
Atlanta Christmas
Sunday, December 24, 2006 -
Wednesday, December 27, 2006
Atlanta, GA

We went down to Atlanta to visit my family for Christmas. Our plans changed a little bit at the last minute since I had been sick for several days. We didn't want to risk getting anyone sick, of course! We ended up driving down on Christmas Eve and spent several days with my family before driving to Kentucky to visit with Gabe's family.
Early Christmas in Davidson and BNL in Charlotte
Saturday, December 16, 2006 -
Sunday, December 17, 2006
Davidson, NC and Charlotte, NC

Gabe and I decided to get tickets to the Barenaked Ladies concert at the Grady Cole Center in Charlotte. Since we weren't able to visit my parents just before Thanksgiving, we thought we would visit with them this weekend as well.
Thanksgiving in Kentucky
Wednesday, November 22, 2006 -
Sunday, November 26, 2006
Lexington, KY

After our honeymoon in NYC, we flew directly to Lexington to spend time with Gabe's family for Thanksgiving. It was nice to fly directly into Lexington! We had a nice time with his family, and everyone loved playing the Wii!
Our New York City Escape
Thursday, November 16, 2006 -
Wednesday, November 22, 2006
New York, NY

When we discovered the Library Hotel, we really thought that it looked like a neat place! We felt that our honeymoon would be the perfect time to splurge and experience the hotel. We did not regret our decision - it was a very special trip. We also were excited about the PhotoTrek Tour, and we were glad that we did as well. We had a full schedule of activities during our stay in NYC.
Sedona Wedding and Vacation
Friday, October 20, 2006 -
Saturday, October 28, 2006
Sedona, AZ

Gabe and I planned a vacation to Sedona early in the year. We then decided in April to get married on the trip and invite our families. Everything was perfect. Sedona was even more beautiful than I imagined, and the wedding was amazing. We are looking forward to returning to the area in the future!
Roger Waters Roadtrip
Friday, September 22, 2006 -
Sunday, September 24, 2006
Washington, DC and Bristow, VA

I have wanted to see Roger Waters of Pink Floyd fame perform live for a while. When I heard that he was doing a North American tour, I thought that it would be a good opportunity for a roadtrip. I was excited when I heard that he would be performing Dark Side of the Moon in its entirety! I was able to convince Gabe, Erin, and Dave to join me on the roadtrip.
Girls Weekend in Asheville
Friday, August 25, 2006 -
Sunday, August 27, 2006
Asheville, NC

Five of us from the Raleigh area joined up with two from Kentucky for a girls weekend in Asheville. We stayed at The Wright Inn - Heidi and Jessica had rooms in the main house, and the rest of us shared The Carriage House. The Carriage House was our own cute little private house - it worked out very well for our late night fun. We toured the Biltmore House and Winery on Saturday and went to Mount Mitchell on Sunday.
Charlotte NLM Tournament
Friday, August 18, 2006 -
Sunday, August 20, 2006
Davidson, NC and Charlotte, NC

Gabe and I recently started learning how to play bridge, and we had been playing for a week or two when we noticed an upcoming NLM (non-life-master) tournament in Charlotte. We decided to attend our first tournament since Davidson is a short drive from the bridge tournament.
Melissa's Birthday Weekend
Friday, August 4, 2006 -
Sunday, August 6, 2006
Edisto Island, SC

Melissa wanted to do something special for her 30th birthday this year, so she rented a beach house at Edisto for the entire week. Various friends and family joined Jason and Melissa during their vacation. Gabe and I joined them along with 6 others for the weekend after Melissa's birthday.
Family and Baseball in Atlanta
Friday, July 7, 2006 -
Sunday, July 9, 2006
Atlanta, GA

Gabe and I visited my grandparents, aunts, uncles and cousins this weekend in Atlanta along with my parents. We also went to the Braves/Reds game on Sunday before heading back to NC.
Heidi and Tom's Wedding Weekend
Friday, June 16, 2006 -
Sunday, June 18, 2006
Lexington, KY

Gabe and I went to Kentucky for his sister's wedding. Both of us were able to take off Friday from work, so we left on Thursday after our photography class. It was a short, hectic weekend, but we were happy we could be there for Heidi and Tom's wedding!
Weekend in Davidson
Saturday, June 3, 2006 -
Sunday, June 4, 2006
Davidson, NC

Gabe and I took a quick trip to Davidson to visit with my parents. We attended their neighborhood picnic on Saturday. On Sunday, we headed a little further west to Lincolnton where we visited with my friend Catherine and her family.
Visiting Charlottesville
Friday, May 5, 2006 -
Saturday, May 6, 2006
Charlottesville, VA

Gabe's parents were passing through Virginia on their way home from Williamsburg. Gabe and I decided to meet up with them in Charlottesville to visit and play some cards. We took the opportunity to tour Monticello on Saturday, and then we stopped by to visit with more of Gabe's family in Richmond on the way home.
Kentucky Horse Racing
Thursday, April 6, 2006 -
Sunday, April 9, 2006
Lexington, KY

During this long weekend, I experienced live horse racing for the first time at Keeneland in Lexington, Kentucky. Gabe introduced me to members of his family, and we spent a good bit of time visiting with them.
Grandpa's 90th Birthday
Friday, March 17, 2006 -
Sunday, March 19, 2006
Atlanta, GA

Mom, Dad, Kristin, and I drove down to Atlanta to celebrate Grandpa's 90th birthday, which was on the following Monday. We made a quick trip just for the weekend.
Weekend in Davidson
Saturday, March 4, 2006 -
Sunday, March 5, 2006
Davidson, NC

I had not visited my parents at their house in Davidson for a while, so I thought I'd take a weekend to visit with them. They had some new furniture since the last time that I visited, so I wanted to see the new decor!
Vegas in January
Wednesday, January 25, 2006 -
Sunday, January 29, 2006
Las Vegas, NV

The poker group hadn't been to Vegas in a while, so we planned to go in late January to play poker. We ended up staying at the MGM Grand at the last minute as we found a good deal on the hotel rooms.
Christmas in Atlanta
Friday, December 23, 2005 -
Friday, December 30, 2005
Atlanta, GA

I went to Atlanta for nearly a full week to visit with grandparents, aunts, uncles, cousins, and parents for Christmas.
Atlantic City Junket
Friday, December 2, 2005 -
Sunday, December 4, 2005
Atlantic City, NJ

The last Atlantic City junket went well, and several members of the poker group didn't want to wait until next year to go on another one (me included!). We went on our third Tropicana Atlantic City junket (the 5th poker group trip to Atlantic City).
Atlantic City Junket
Friday, October 28, 2005 -
Sunday, October 30, 2005
Atlantic City, NJ

The poker group took their second Tropicana junket to Atlantic City to play as much poker as possible in a 48 hour period. We've decided that the junkets are a great deal and are quite convenient! I'm sure we will be going on more of these.
Visiting Family in Atlanta
Friday, October 14, 2005 -
Sunday, October 16, 2005
Atlanta, GA

I drove to Davidson on Friday night, and then Dad and I continued to Atlanta on Saturday morning. We spent time with family on this quick trip, and headed back to North Carolina on Sunday afternoon.
Foxwoods Poker
Friday, August 5, 2005 -
Sunday, August 7, 2005
Mashantucket, CT

The poker group had been talking about taking a trip to Foxwoods to play poker (and possibly play in some WPT satellites). As a bonus, this was my first visit to Connecticut (and Rhode Island, since we flew into Providence)!
Shore Vacation with Andrew and Brooke
Friday, July 29, 2005 -
Sunday, July 31, 2005
Wildwoods, NJ

Greg and I flew to Philadelphia to visit with Andrew and Brooke. We drove to The Wildwoods after landing in the Philly airport on Friday. We checked into our motel (which mislead us on their website), walked around the boardwalk, and went to bed. Saturday, we decided to check out of the motel, spend a little time on the boardwalk, and head back to Pennsylvania to hang out at Andrew's apartment for the rest of the weekend.
Shannon and Sam's Wedding in Florida
Thursday, July 14, 2005 -
Sunday, July 17, 2005
Sanibel Island, FL

Shannon and Sam were married on Sanibel Island on Saturday, July 16. My family took a vacation there when I was younger, and I was excited to return to the area. The weekend was full with wedding related activities, but we had some time to relax.
World Series of Poker in Vegas
Friday, July 1, 2005 -
Wednesday, July 6, 2005
Las Vegas, NV

The poker group has been talking about going to Vegas during WSOP for a while. We decided that July 4th would be a good time to visit, though most of us were a few days short of being there for the main event.
Weekend in Virginia
Friday, May 20, 2005 -
Sunday, May 22, 2005
Spotsylvania, VA

Greg and I headed to Virginia to visit his parents and watch his mom perform in the Spotsylvanians Community Chorus.
Atlantic City Junket
Friday, April 22, 2005 -
Sunday, April 24, 2005
Atlantic City, NJ

The Tropicana Hotel sponsors junkets to Atlantic City which are package deals with airfare, transfers, and lodging. The poker group decided to give the junket a try.
Vegas in April
Friday, April 1, 2005 -
Tuesday, April 5, 2005
Las Vegas, NV

This is the first time that I managed to go out to Vegas at the same time as my parents. It was fun hanging out with them and playing poker together!
Grandpa's Birthday in Atlanta
Friday, March 18, 2005 -
Monday, March 21, 2005
Atlanta, GA

I flew to Atlanta for the weekend where Dad was also going to be visiting for a few days. We celebrated Grandpa's birthday, visited with family, and took a trip to the house in Jasper.
Last Minute Trip to Vegas
Wednesday, February 16, 2005 -
Sunday, February 20, 2005
Las Vegas, NV

Brad, Brian, and I booked our tickets less than two weeks before flying to Vegas for several days of poker, poker, poker...
World Poker Open in Tunica
Friday, January 21, 2005 -
Tuesday, January 25, 2005
Tunica, MS

The poker group attends a major event - the 6th Annual Jack Binion World Poker Open. The final event is part of the World Poker Tour.
Virginia in December
Wednesday, December 29, 2004 -
Friday, December 31, 2004
Spotsylvania, VA

After visiting my family in Atlanta, I flew to the DC area to visit with Greg's family in Virginia. We had a relaxing several days before heading back to Raleigh for the New Years party.
Christmas in Atlanta
Friday, December 24, 2004 -
Tuesday, December 28, 2004
Atlanta, GA

I flew to Atlanta to visit with grandparents, aunts, uncles, and cousins. My parents were there as well!
West Rowan High School Reunion
Saturday, November 13, 2004 -
Sunday, November 14, 2004
Salisbury, NC

I attended my 10 year reunion for the West Rowan High School Class of 1994. I had been looking forward to the reunion, but I was a little disappointed. I didn't get a chance to talk to everyone that I wanted to see, plus several people that I had hoped to see weren't there.
Big Bad Voodoo Daddy and More Poker in Atlantic City
Friday, October 15, 2004 -
Sunday, October 17, 2004
Atlantic City, NJ

After going to Atlantic City in August and Vegas in September, we wanted to play more casino poker!! Members of the poker group headed to Atlantic City again in October.
They Might Be Giants in Atlanta
Friday, September 24, 2004 -
Sunday, September 26, 2004
Atlanta, GA

Since TMBG was performing in Atlanta on a Saturday night, I thought it was a good time attend the concert and visit relatives. As a bonus, Homestar Runner made a special appearance at the concert.
Rafting the Upper Gualey
Friday, September 10, 2004 -
Sunday, September 12, 2004
West Virginia

The RFC at my work organizes a yearly rafting trip. I went on the trip in 2003 to the Gualey River where we rafted the Lower Gualey. This year the trip was more intense and we rafted the Upper Gualey!
First Poker Trip to Vegas
Wednesday, September 1, 2004 -
Tuesday, September 7, 2004
Las Vegas, NV

This is my first trip to Vegas as a poker player! Now we see Vegas in a whole different light as we spend the majority of our time at the poker tables.
First Poker Group Trip to Atlantic City
Friday, August 6, 2004 -
Sunday, August 8, 2004
Atlantic City

Six of us from the poker group flew to Philadelphia, rented a car, and drove to Atlantic City for a weekend packed full of poker!
Kraul Family Reunion in Chicago
Thursday, July 22, 2004 -
Sunday, July 25, 2004
Chicago, IL

It has been a while since the Kraul family (descendants of Ben and Anna Kraul) has gathered for a reunion. We had the reunion in Chicago, where Mom lived until she was about 12. Festivities included neighborhood tours, a baseball game, a picnic, a poker game, and a mass celebration.
Atlanta Family and Fireworks
Friday, July 2, 2004 -
Monday, July 5, 2004
Atlanta, GA

Dad and I drove to Atlanta for the July 4th weekend. We had a nice weekend visiting family and watching fireworks.
Roadtrip to Atlantic City, New York City, and Baltimore
Thursday, June 17, 2004 -
Tuesday, June 22, 2004
East Coast

Three friends embark on a memorable roadtrip adventure including two concerts, one Texas Hold'em tournament, a comedy show, sightseeing, and lots of food. The trip involved over 1100 miles of driving, 3 hours of train rides, subway rides, taxi rides, and tons of walking.
Purdue University and Indianapolis
Friday, May 14, 2004 -
Sunday, May 16, 2004

Greg and I went to Indiana to see Andrew and Brooke's graduation and to see Andrew in his last performance with the Purdue Glee Club. We also did some sightseeing in Indianapolis.