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Saturday was the Fourth of July! For some that means fireworks. For others that means barbecues. For others that means marching in a band and joining the parade! But for me, the Fourth of July only means one thing: The Nathan's Famous Hot Dog Eating Contest at Coney Island!   The Nathan's Famous Hot Dog Eating Contest at Coney Island Since the eating contest started airing on ESPN in 2003, I would be glued to my television every Fourth of July. It was my favorite part of the holiday and, last year, Nadia and I went to New York to see it in...

I woke up, in New York City, way too early on Friday and didn't want to get out of my amazingly comfortable hotel bed. But I had an eating contest to attend! So it was off to my first of two mornings at Coney Island! he next day would be the world famous Nathan's Fourth of July hot dog eating contest. But this contest was a little different than any other eating contest I've ever seen: it pitted three of the best competitive eaters on the circuit against three of the finest elephants the Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey...

So I spent three more days in Seattle with Scotty. On the first day I visited his school and walked around the campus while he worked in the morning. We met for yummy Thai food for lunch and then I was left on my own for the rest of the day. [caption id="attachment_56604" align="aligncenter" width="1400"] University of Washington campus in Seattle.[/caption] I decided to take a bus to Fremont, which is pretty much my mecca. There are all kinds of crazy things there, like a giant rocket and a statue of Lenin and a giant troll. Awesome, eh? [gallery type="rectangular" link="none" size="full" ids="56606,56607,56608,56609,56610,56611,56612,56613"] I...

After visiting Hyder, Alaska, it took another day and a half to get back to Seattle. Another twenty something hours of driving. Luckily the views are gorgeous and Canada is more insane about their roadside culture than America is! And luckily Brian managed to crack us up the whole way by using his kazoo at opportune times. Wha wha. [gallery type="rectangular" link="none" size="full" ids="91396,91397,91398,91403,91404,91405,91406,91407,91408,91409,91410,91411,91412"]   [gallery type="rectangular" link="none" size="full" ids="92392,92391"]...

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...

I arrived in Seattle on a Wednesday morning and took a way too expensive cab to the hotel because I was way too tired to try to figure out the bus system. But I got to my hotel and since Brian wasn't getting in until late in the day I decided I would explore on my own. After trying to read a map I determined that I was sort of kind of near Capitol Hill, which is the eccentric area kind of reminiscent of Clark and Halsted here, only even a bit more out there. Seriously I got stopped by...

This morning I woke up way too early in a cushy bed in NYC. I didn't want to leave! But alas I had big things ahead, and by big I mean the size of an elephant! I hopped on a subway to Coney Island for a very special eating contest that pitted three of Major League Eating's top eaters versus three of the Ringling Brothers' elephants. It was a tough and hilarious competition! (I'll have a more thorough recap of this and everything else with way more pictures when I get back to Chicago!) Afterwards I met up with fellow...