Friends, foes, and allies, I will be spending approximately two weeks this summer traveling the country playing disc golf, visiting family and friends, looking at cool rocks, and taking pictures of my food. This blog is where I will be documenting my journey. Let us begin...

Distance Travled

5,750 miles ventured

Saturday, June 22, 2013


I've finally made it back to Illinois.  As of now, I have traveled about 5,750 miles, and I've seen a lot of interesting things.  Instead of a large update, today I am just going to air some observations/grievances about the states I have visited.

Illinois:  Your taxes be like crazy, your services be like nonexistent. 

Indiana:  You're cooler than I thought you would be.  You are a 1...out of 10.

Ohio:  You smell like barbecue sauce.

Kentucky:  You're down with whisky.  I'm down with you.

Tennessee:  Nashville seemed pretty cool.  I wish I had more time there.

Georgia:  It was starting to get humid here.  I'm glad I didn't venture further southeast.

Alabama: Maybe I would enjoy you more if it wasn't raining the whole time I was there.

Mississippi:  A bit humid for my taste.

Louisiana:  A bit buggy for my taste.  Still too humid.

Texas:  Everything is bigger here.  Your speed bumps are more similar to anti-terrorism vehicle barriers in the rest of the country.  

New Mexico:  You caught me off guard.  I didn't know there was a "New" Mexico.  The times we live in...

Arizona:  You are dry, and don't seem that hot...And then you touch something that has been outside for five minutes.   

Utah:  U suck.

Colorado:  Everyone here seems to think that 5-15 mph bellow the speed limit is acceptable.  It is not.

Wyoming:  Why would I want to come back here?  Easy, Grand Teton National Park.

South Dakota:  The coolest thing you have to offer is the Corn Palace.  Maybe it's time to get your act together.

Iowa:  You're still a thing?

Minnesota:  There are more hipsters here than expected.  I will refer to the St. Paul/Minneapolis area as Portland Junior. 

Wisconsin:  I like cheese and beer.  I guess I don't hate you.  The packers still suck.  


Monday, June 17, 2013

Double Rainbow Day

Yesterday was just about the perfect day.  Roman and myself slept in and then enjoyed a morning fire before heading over to play Conifer Park. 

We had to hike in to play Conifer Park but out was well worth it.  A lot of fun holes and beautiful views. As we finished our round a storm rolled in, but we made out back to the car before it got too heavy.  Hole 8 was sponsored by a local restaurant, Zoka's.  So we decided to check it out.

It was absolutely incredible.  We tried an IPA from Avery Brewing Company.  Roman had some spicy jackalope (rabbit & antelope) sausage and I had a spicy chicken and bacon ciabatta sandwich.  Somehow still not full, we got chocolate milk stout brownies with raspberries, a huge scoop of ice cream, and covered in chocolate sauce.  It was around this point that the clouds parted and the sun came out again.

We then decided to go hike Carpenter's Peak to burn off a few of those extra calories before taking Roman back to the airport.  We were full of energy again and moving quick.  Minus a short stop for a nosebleed I got, we got up the trail with no problem.  We enjoyed the views and took tons of pictures.  Again the weather held off until we were done with the hike, and as we left the park out began to rain again. 

The trip to the airport we had amazing views of all different the weather patterns around us, saw a double rainbow, and manscursion reached the 4,000 mile mark. I don't know why I would ever leave CO, but manscursion continues on towards South Dakota through Wyoming.

Saturday, June 15, 2013

If You're lucky, Enough to be in the Mountains, You're Lucky Enough.

Friday was hands down the most beautiful day of manscursion.I started the day with the sunrise at the Grand Canyon.  It was an incredible sight.  After I left, I had to pull over at three other observation points because the view was so amazing.

From there I moved on to Four Corners.  I originally was going to get in and out of there pretty fast, but there was a "free" hiking trail and some rocks I had to play on.  I also tossed a disc around the monument a little bit, and I tried Navajo fry bread.  It's basically deep fried tortilla dough covered in cinnamon sugar, or whatever suits your fancy.

The drive was also the best of the trip.  Beautiful deserts and twisty mountain sections.  I wished I had my Miata with me, but the Mustang at least had some power to climb the steeper roads.

The Denver has been great to me and Roman.  Playing Phantom Falls with Roman was one of the things I was most looking forward to on the trip.  Paulie made the experience even better.  He let us know everything we would need to know about the course and he was even tossed a few shots with us.  Roman and myself introduced him to the beauties of the condor, and Roman even let him keep one so it could keep flying in the mountains.  We chatted a bit more and when we were finally about to go Paulie gave us a few discs to remember three experience. 

We hit up another course, set up camp for the night, and played with a little fire. 

What a great day.

Thursday, June 13, 2013

Put a Little South in Your Mouth

I haven't posted anything in a few days, so here is a big one.  My last post I was raving about the wonders of Holler In the Hills.  From there I moved on to Cedar Hill Park in Nashville, Tennessee.

This was a very nice course and I enjoyed the time I had hear.  However, the rain that had chased me out of Holler was following me today.  Here I tested out my FADE straps rain cover for the first time.  Once I had it adjusted for my bag it worked like a dream. 

After Cedar Hill, I was headed towards my campsite at Cloudland Canyon Park in Georgia.  There is a pay to play course on the campgrounds there.  Unfortunately, it was not worth the the dollars.  I was able to reach most holes hear with a lazy hyzer.  To top out off, three rain followed me here, and it was a rough night.

The next morning, the rain was still going strong all the way to my next stop at George Ward Park in Birmingham, Alabama.  The course looked great, and I was excited to play it.  The rain had even let up enough that I thought I could play the course fairly easily.  I had a funny feeling about it though.  Sure enough, as I threw a few practice putts, the heavy stuff was back.  I opted to outrun the rain to Mississippi.

There I played the Ross Barnett Reservoir, known as The Rez.  A well thought out course with a good mix of short technical and long placement type holes.  It finished with a 440 ft shot over the water where you can either go for it, or play it safe to the fairway.  A vet fun course to play in the sun after all that rain.

I moved on from there to Louisiana to Lake Bistineau State Park.  A beautiful park that also happens to have a disc golf course on site, imagine that.  The first few holes were easy short shots that left me disappointed and out was hard to navigate the course.  Luckily I had a map and as I continued on the holes got longer and more technical.  I still wasn't entirely happy with the course.  Out had some baskets missing on a few of the holes and I had to putt at the pvc basket markers, but compared to Cloudland it was fantastic.

The next mornning I headed for Tyler, Texas to play Lindsey park.  I started out on the dogwood course despite the warning posted by the first pad.  It was a though, but extremely fun, long and technical course.  I carded a 78 here and still felt like I got off easy.  A fantastic course that I would love to play again.  The other courses on site left me a little disappointed.  don't get me wrong, they were great well thought out holes with multiple tees and pin locations, but they were awful to navigate without knowing where you were going.  Halfway through the red course, I found myself on the blue.  I just kept playing holes as I found them and had a great time, but I would like to play the course again with someone that knows the courses. 

From Tyler I went to Temple and got to see Andy, Lauren, and Sonny.  Me and Andy had some delicious Barbeque at the Salt Lick.  It was so good, and the sauce I used tasted like the lovechild of of honey mustard and spicy barbeque sauce. 

Yesterday, I left Temple fewer and happy.  I walked the first half of Circle C Metro Park and played the second half with an outstanding gentleman named Chuck.  He mentioned that Disc Nation was nearby, so of course, I had to check it out before heading for Tucson.  It was the longest driving day of the trip.  Almost 1000 miles on the road broken up by a few gas stops and one dinker course in New Mexico.  Anyway, me and Baranowski are antsy to get moving for Vista Del Camino, and Fountain Hills. 

See you later,


I made it to Tucson safely

That is all.  More details to come in the morning.

Sunday, June 9, 2013

Shout Out for Holler

Holler in the Hills
Is the best course I have played on this trip and possibly ever!  Howie has done a superb job putting together a course that offers a variety of shots and risk reward situations.  I couldn't sleep last night and woke up extra early today  giving me the extra time I needed to to get two rounds in.  The forecast called for rain, but it didn't come until I sank my last putt.  I hurried back to my car, The Man Mobile, and got in just in time when the real stuff started coming down.  If the weather was good and I didn't need to keep moving I could have played Holler all day.  At least I left with great memories and a buzzzz, courtesy of Howie.  Thank you so much for all the work you do to keep this course in tip top condition!

Saturday, June 8, 2013

Dinosaurs Babies and Caves Oh My

Day one of Manscursion. The weather held up and I was able to throw down a terrible round at My. Airy, but was able to find records of mine and Romans trip there last year.  Then I played a much safer, and better scoring round at Idlewild. 

I got to spend some quality time with my sister and nephew.  He will be nine weeks old tomorrow, and he is getting huge!

Today I got to go on the Wild Cave Your at Mammoth Caves National Park.  It was a six hour 5.5 mile spelunking tour through the caves.  Well worth it,I would easily do it again.but maybe with better knee pads.

Then I checked out Dinosaur World, because why would I not!  It should make everyone happy to know that for a mere $25 a year you can have a season pass to look at dinosaurs that never has the chance to work at putt-putt courses across America.

Goodnight all and I got I never have to type a post out on my phone again.