Coopertown Airboats Everglades Tour | In My Travels

by Jamie Sanford on August 1, 2017

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You cannot go to the Everglades without taking an airboat tour. This isn’t an official requirement, but it should be, because it is super fun. We ended up taking the last trip of the day back in February, which was great for lighting and a small crowd. Our wonderful tour was with Coopertown Airboats.

Airboats at the ready!

We didn’t get a chance to check out the wildlife exhibit.

We saw this large alligator before the boat even left the dock.

Beautiful light.

They turn the boat into high gear when you’re out in the more open areas. It is LOUD and windy is an understatement.

Close encounter.

Awkward-looking takeoff.

Great Blue Heron.

No time for checking out the restaurant. Always time for puns though.

(Phone photo) They let me hold a little alligator after the tour! Look at how happy I am.

We made our way to the other side of the highway to enjoy the sunset after the tour.

There are a lot of choices for airboat tours in the Everglades, and I don’t have experience with them all, but I really enjoyed our experience with Coopertown Airboat Tours. I highly recommend checking it out the next time you are in the Florida Everglades.

Happy trails!

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Hershey’s Chocolate World | In My Travels

by Jamie Sanford on October 31, 2016

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I will stop at Hershey’s Chocolate World if I am ANYWHERE in the vicinity of Hershey, Pennsylvania. This also means that William has visited a BUNCH of times as well – I have made him ride the chocolate tour ride every time. I am a complete sucker for that experience, anything where I’m sitting in a moving car, waiting to see what will be next, when the car will turn and move, I absolutely love it. It totally turns me into a kid again.

It smells like chocolate. Outdoors.

Photo ops everywhere.

They do not miss an opportunity to make things shaped like Hershey’s kisses.


Hershey has a rich history.

During the chocolate tour ride, you get to go through the entire chocolate making process, with the addition of singing cows!

Then you get to the most amazing chocolate shopping.

This store is ENORMOUS.

There are areas of the store devoted to all of the iconic Hershey products. Apparel, housewares, and of course, tons of chocolate and candy.

Do you need the world’s largest anything? You’re all set.

I don’t know where I would have put one of these, but they are charming.

Reese’s products are a weakness. I think I have an actual physical response to this orange color.

So much peanut buttery goodness.

One of the most interesting things in the Hershey’s Chocolate World store is that it turns out that Hershey manufactures SO MANY brands, including many I haven’t heard of, like Scharffen Berger.

I’d be interested to know how long it took Hershey to start selling branded components of products, like Mounds coconut shreds.

7 pounds of chocolate syrup! This has to only be for industrial purchasing, right? Also, it is NOT $9.95, this item is placed in the wrong spot.

They also had a number of new products in the store.

There’s a giant bar of gravity-fed individually sized candies, so you can make a mix and match bag of your favorites. It is very large and very beautiful.

It was a sweet day indeed.

If you are anywhere near the Hershey area, I recommend a stop at Hershey’s Chocolate World. The visit is free, as is the chocolate tour – but I can make no assumptions that you would be able to escape without buying chocolate and/or candy on the way out. If nothing else, you can stop in the mini food court to get a milkshake!

Happy trails!

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Rihanna at the Izod Center (Photos and Recap)

by Jamie Sanford on July 25, 2011

Rihanna at the Izod Center

My weird streak of winning things on the internet continued when I got an email last week telling me that I’d won a contest on to win 2 tickets to see Rihanna during her New Jersey concert stop.  The tickets I won were VIP tickets so that my friend Craig and I watched the show from on the stage! They’ve added 2 areas to the stage setup where there’s a depressed section on each side for additional attendees, and we were in there.

DSC03941You can see here our VIP bracelets, and we also received the black bracelets after being carded. Unfortunately, it was for no other reason than we are both old enough to drink.

DSC03945DSC03976DSC04085DSC04102DSC04110DSC04167DSC04213We were wondering if we would have an encore surprise since Kanye West had appeared at Rihanna’s earlier show at Nassau Coliseum, but we had JAY-Z which was amazing.

DSC04267DSC04281Rihanna put on a great show.  She sings live, which I can get into.  She isn’t a major dancer, but she works it, and she cranks out the hits that everyone loves, and those are my favorite kind of pop shows.  Jay-Z was a really fun bonus.

The entire set of my photos (90 in total) from the Rihanna show are here on Flickr.

Thanks again to Idolator for holding this contest – I had a wonderful time!

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Photos: Nine Inch Nails at Webster Hall, August 23, 2009.

by Jamie Sanford on August 31, 2009

Last week I was lucky enough to attend 2 shows from the final New York leg of the Nine Inch Nails “Wave Goodbye” Tour.  The first of those shows was at Webster Hall, now known amongst fans as the show where The Downward Spiral was performed from start to finish, with an additional 10 songs after that.

I took my DSLR to this show, which was a good and bad choice, good being that I got some great shots (my husband did too) and bad being that it was incredibly hot and I somehow forgot that I would inevitably end up in the pit with my camera out.  I managed to escape without any sweaty hands on my lens (all taken with 85mm f/1.4) and some great shots.

Trent 1.

Trent and Robin 1.

Trent 4.

Trent 10.

Trent 12.

Trent 16.

Trent 20.

Full set of photos is here on Flickr.

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