Category Archives: Travel

The Foursquare Adventures of Jeff & Josh!

Badges! Gives me the BADGES! :: shakes, tremors ::

Chicago Blues

Okay, so I’m not really a Foursquare addict…well maybe a little. I’ll blame the shakes on the coffee.

This weekend me and @McGeffers are planning a one-day trip through Chicago to obtain all THREE Chicago Foursquare badges. For a rundown of the three badges and what they all entail, visit Explore Chicago.

I’ve only been on Foursquare for about a month now, but I’m completely fascinated with the concept, per my previous post. My friend @McGeffers gave me a call and said, “Hey, I have an idea…do you want to take a day to get all three Chicago Foursquare badges?” I was ecstatic, yelling YES!!! We both agreed it would be indefensible and a completely new level of nerd if we went on this adventure solo. Isn’t that obvious?

Celery Salt

So we’re plotting out a map, prepping our muscles by doing stretches and conditioning workouts, and packing a hearty lunch (j/k on that one…we have to eat a Chicago hot dog to earn the Celery Salt badge!). This Saturday, rain or shine, we’ll be tweeting our adventure, bringing along a FlipCam, and welcoming anyone who wants to join us on our journey to Mordor, er, the John Hancock!

While it may sound easy to simply bounce from location to location, checking-in, and earning the badges, it’s much more than that. We don’t take this journey lightly. There are many who have come before us, blazed the trail, and probably several who stubbed a toe or shattered their iPhone. Mental and physical preparation is a must.

So feel free to follow both @joshuakhersh and @McGeffers this Saturday or join us in person to earn these three fabulous Chicago badges.

On Location

If you can’t join us, feel free to suggest a theme song we should use for our journey or simply follow us on Twitter on Saturday!

– God’s speed

UPDATE 2:41pm : Thanks for the mention @explorechicago — we won’t let ya down!

UPDATE 4:35pm: thanks to @ChicagoEmbassy for the RT!

Cities Stole My Heart

Growing up, I was lucky to have parents and a family that had a sense of adventure and were able to take me places all over the United States. I remember the mud pots that bubbled with gray, clay-like liquid in Yellowstone, the towering giants in Sequoia National Park, the majesty of Mount Rushmore, and the pitch black expanse of Carlsbad Caverns. The natural world is filled with productions and beauty that cannot be matched by man.

Those experiences grew me and gave me the passion to strive for the new and dive into the unknown. While I got to see so many national parks across the United States, we also visited some our nation’s greatest cities: Los Angeles, New York, Orlando, Dallas, Denver, San Francisco, San Diego, etc.

In the past four years, I’ve had the opportunity to visit and/or live in three of my favorite cities in the U.S. In the fall of 2006, I visited Seattle to check out grad school opportunities at the University of Washington. I instantly fell in love with the city, the atmosphere, that campus, the culture. It’s still my dream city and where I eventually want to be.

I had visited Washington, D.C. a few times before moving there at the end of 2008. The history and what goes on in our nation’s capitol is simply breathtaking. Although the touristy stuff is more glamorous than the day to day work, I feel so lucky I was able to live and breathe the city where so much history has originated. Chicago is my next destination and I couldn’t be more thrilled. It’s a Midwestern powerhouse in my book. It’s one of America’s largest cities, with so much to offer, all while maintaining a down to earth Midwestern vibe.

This next adventure will be one to remember…and hopefully the circle completes itself and I find myself once again in Seattle.