Hurst, TX: Thrifty Pirate – Escape Cave

September 17, 2019 Brian Gondek 0

September 5, 2019 – I’ve got a new record for closest margin of victory in an escape room.  I’ve had some close calls before, some where we needed to double check that we actually won.  At Thrifty Pirate in Hurst, TX, the opening of the final lock and the sound of the buzzer telling us time ran out were borderline simultaneous.  It was thrilling to get the win and close out the trip 3-0.

Dallas, in a Nutshell

September 5, 2019 Brian Gondek 0

Escape room. Local attraction (Reunion Tower). Geocache. Forest preserve. Tex Mex. Barbecue. I’m just reaching the end of day 1 in Dallas and I’ve already packed in most of the necessities I was shooting for.

Sweet Stats of Geocaching

August 30, 2019 Brian Gondek 0

It’s been a few years since I’ve taken a close look at the Geocaching website. The mobile app gives me the full toolkit I need to find and log caches, so I’ve never felt the need to go online. On a whim I took a look yesterday, and all I can say is “WOW.”

Chicago to Dallas: $46

August 21, 2019 Brian Gondek 0

Most people seem to hate Spirit Airlines.  I used to be right there with them, but over the past two years, they may have become my favorite airline.  I just booked a quick 1.5 day getaway to Dallas for $46 round trip.  

Montgomery, IL: MindTrap – The Collector / Hand Trap

August 19, 2019 Brian Gondek 0

August 18, 2019 – Christina wasn’t feeling the greatest this weekend, and that could only mean one thing: it was time for me to do a scary escape room.  Christina avoids rooms with jump scares, gore, or the occult, so I’ve got a short list of rooms near home saved for a rainy day.

Geocaching: Mystery at the Museum Event

August 15, 2019 Brian Gondek 0

As a puzzle enthusiast, I get a lot of mileage out of Geocaches (hidden objects at GPS coordinates). They’re great locally for getting out of the house, and while on vacation they can be an excellent way to experience the area.

Impromptu Detroit Getaway

August 4, 2019 Brian Gondek 0

Talk about an unexpected journey.  For more than a week Christina and I had planned to go to Traverse City, Michigan again, staying at the bed & breakfast aboard the SS City of Milwaukee, an old 1930s ferry which now stays in one location as a museum.  Unfortunately for us, the rest of the world must have also decided this was a good weekend for northern Michigan, as the SS City of Milwaukee was booked completely and all other hotel options were in the $350 a night range.