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After a long road trip through British Columbia, we made it to our final destination: Hyder, Alaska. Hyder, "the friendliest ghost town in Alaska," is about a 20 hour drive from Seattle and is the only town in Alaska that's accessible by road from British Columbia. We made the long journey knowing very well that there were few things to do in Hyder, Alaska, and, really, that the only reason to go is to say you went. We were surprised, when we reached the border, that we didn't have to stop at customs to roll into the new town and new country...

Our road trip from Seattle to Hyder, Alaska lasted three days. It was about 20 hours of driving. Each way. Which was a long journey to get to a town that, basically, held nothing. But it was definitely worth it. There really is nothing to do in Hyder, Alaska. There are bears. There's a bar. There's a post office. But it's one of those places that you go to just to say you went. And you should totally go! Because it the long road to Hyder, Alaska, and what a long road it was, was pretty awesome. It took us an entire...

Day three of my vacation consisted of driving. A whole lot of driving. Luckily I wasn't the one behind the wheel on our road trip through British Columbia. This time and I learned that it is a whole lot easier (and perhaps a whole lot safer) to take video and photos while being a passenger. We woke up early in the morning, checked out of our hotel in Seattle, Washington, and hit the road in a rental car for the Canadian border. Our destination for the night was a motel in New Hazelton, British Columbia. Can you believe that this was my...

Saturday I woke up at around 8am and enjoyed the hotel's continental breakfast. Actually I just ate cereal and then kicked myself when I saw that around the corner they had biscuits and gravy that I missed! Brian skipped the breakfast, he didn't want to eat anything before his big competitive eating debut! It was the day of the Nathan's Hot Dog Eating Contest Qualifier in Kansas City, Missouri. We had some time before the contest so we headed off to Lee's Summit to see a restaurant that supposedly had a giant pepper flying a plane on its roof. It did...

Friday morning I woke up at 5am and was out the door around 5:45 on my way to Urbana to pick up my friend Brian. We were heading off on a Missouri road trip from Chicago to Kansas City. I picked up Brian around 7 and we hit the road to more dangerous trying to film stuff while I drive driving! Our first and only roadside attraction stop in Illinois was the World's Largest Catsup Bottle in Collinsville. I'd seen it before, but as ketchup is probably one of my favorite inventions ever, it is probably one of my favorite...

Apparently Michigan is in the Eastern time zone. In retrospect I probably already knew that but it never occurred to me to even check. Luckily, I was alerted to this fact the night before I went on my road trip to Southgate, Michigan, and, therefore, made it in plenty of time to watch the calamari eating contest! I woke up at 6am Saturday and was at the Starbucks on the corner by 7. I needed coffee to keep me going. What really is funny to me is that driving the 2 hours to Champaign used to feel like forever and a...

Things learned on my Metropolis road trip: 1. I am a good driver when I am paying attention. 2. Louisville Kentucky is three hours from the Illinois/Kentucky border. 3. When someone says "It's $3 for this museum or $5 for both" the deal isn't always a good deal. 4. It is really hard to try to take photos, take video, and update twitter all at the same time. 5. 4am is a time that should not exist. 6. Yup, I definitely am Mel...