Squishy Travel Blog tag:www.squishable.com,2008-01-29:/travelblog//1 2011-09-02T19:57:01Z Movable Type Open Source 4.12 http://creativecommons.org/images/public/somerights20.gif Traverse City, Michigan tag:www.squishable.com,2011:/travelblog//1.39 2011-09-02T19:53:42Z 2011-09-02T19:57:01Z Horace has been something of a homebody this past year and a half, but he's back on the road again, this time sporting a new look! And this past month, he was kicking it back in Michigan with Squishy team... squishabledotcom http://www.squishable.com Horace has been something of a homebody this past year and a half, but he's back on the road again, this time sporting a new look! And this past month, he was kicking it back in Michigan with Squishy team member Beth! Woohoo! Horace, just sayin', you take the best vacations. Seriously.

First up was the Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore on Lake Michigan!


Horace kept quiet so they wouldn't wake up.

Contemplating the horizon.
Next was the Traverse City National Cherry Festival! Who doesn't love cherries?

Scoping out the festival with Beth. Are Ferris wheels safe when you're perfectly round and 15 inches tall?

Horace couldn't wait to get his paws on some cherries.

Naturally, Horace's cherry-red rear end had to make an appearance.
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Deep South Road Trip! tag:www.squishable.com,2010:/travelblog//1.36 2010-03-05T18:42:00Z 2011-01-14T18:57:25Z Horace has once again slipped past his normal chaperon and is taking an impromptu culinary tour of the Deep South! Yes indeed, while Zoe works on her Thesis (Official Topic: Different ways to visualize internet search patterns...she swears it's... squishabledotcom http://www.squishable.com Horace has once again slipped past his normal chaperon and is taking an impromptu culinary tour of the Deep South! Yes indeed, while Zoe works on her Thesis (Official Topic: Different ways to visualize internet search patterns...she swears it's really cool!), Horace is making a tour of every BBQ place, chicken joint, fish fry, Jambalaya shack, and occasional biker bar in the lower states! It takes serous food volume to stay this spherical, people.


Many tasty animals died for this meal

P demonstrates the latest in monkey etiquette.

South Carolina, land of Mobile BBQ. Let's all move to SC. I mean it.

Cajun: best food in the world, or best food in the universe? You decide.
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Luckly, both travelers can have their primal needs met here in Nassau, where the Grouper and Mahi-mahi are fresh, the drinks are full of corn syrup and coconuts, and the sun is full of bright! On Boxing Day Zoe went downtown at midnight to watch the traditional Junkanoo parade with crazy floats and feathers and dancers and things. Horace most certainly did not.


Horace is seen here sporting the latest in Monkey swimsuit fashion, the 'completely naked' look

No effort was spent in the taking of this picture.

Duty-free means a kinder, gentler, more flowery-smelling Horace.

Blue ocean! Giant round monky! Zoe really needs a haircut!
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Horace the Nomadic Monkey is in Boston Mass, land of lobsters and proper manners, as befits a place founded by Puritans! Horace likes the first, not so much the second. Did you know Boston has tripped its landmass through swamp reclamation? It's true! These and more random facts that don't really matter a whole lot if all you want is more lobster can be yours if you visit Boston.


A lobster roll on lobster crates, with a monkey who wishes he were a lobster

Proof of location pic

After this pic we went and ate some more lobster
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Gloucester, MA tag:www.squishable.com,2009:/travelblog//1.29 2009-08-24T21:41:27Z 2009-08-26T18:19:14Z Ooooh this place is so adorable. Adorable little restaurants, adorable lighthouses, adorable fishing boats getting washed out to sea never to be seen again...alright, that last part isn't adorable, it's tragic. But the rest is still true!! Incidentally, Horace has... squishabledotcom http://www.squishable.com Ooooh this place is so adorable. Adorable little restaurants, adorable lighthouses, adorable fishing boats getting washed out to sea never to be seen again...alright, that last part isn't adorable, it's tragic. But the rest is still true!!

Incidentally, Horace has great love for the lobster. Tasty tasty love. Zoe digs the air that smells like wet seaweed (tasty tasty seaweed!).


Humidity is awesome!

This is the main street of Gloucester. Guess its name.

Napping. It's a lot of work being carried around from place to place.

Squishable - making humorous photo ops out of things that really should be serious since 2006.

More napping!
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Dubai, United Arab Emirates tag:www.squishable.com,2009:/travelblog//1.27 2009-08-09T20:08:11Z 2009-08-24T23:33:43Z A brief stopover here in Dubai for Horace the nomadic monkey. It is hot. It is humid. Imagine stepping out your front door and stepping into a giant, hot sponge - that's the UAE. On the other hand, neither Horace... squishabledotcom http://www.squishable.com A brief stopover here in Dubai for Horace the nomadic monkey. It is hot. It is humid. Imagine stepping out your front door and stepping into a giant, hot sponge - that's the UAE.

On the other hand, neither Horace nor Zoe has ever seen so many flashing lights in one place. Which is saying a lot 'cause Zoe made a robot last semester whose whole job was to flash a lot of lights (true story - the transistors all melted right before the presentation). That's how many lights there are.


I'm telling you, so many flashing lights.

The UAE, land of beaches, burkas, and a loooot of smoking.

Proof of place. See?
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Addis Ababa, Ethiopia tag:www.squishable.com,2009:/travelblog//1.26 2009-07-06T23:31:42Z 2009-07-06T23:57:22Z Yes, the answer to the "where is Horace going next" contest on Twitter is indeed Ethiopia! No one guessed it. Which is sad 'cause Ethiopia is a nifty place to be a human or a monkey...or in the case of... squishabledotcom http://www.squishable.com Yes, the answer to the "where is Horace going next" contest on Twitter is indeed Ethiopia! No one guessed it. Which is sad 'cause Ethiopia is a nifty place to be a human or a monkey...or in the case of our many ancestors whose fossils have been found there, both! Ooooh the steaming macchiatos. Ohhhh that yummy spongy bread. Aaaahhh, that awesome shoulder dancing. Ethiopia! It's a great place for primates of any shape!


Addis. It's bigger than it looks.

The locals approve!

Really tough life we're living in here.

...And see previous!

Horace the Nomadic Monkey: confusing the heck out of security guards since 2006

Zoe demonstrates the finer points of looking really really conspicuous.
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Las Vegas, NV tag:www.squishable.com,2009:/travelblog//1.25 2009-06-20T19:28:04Z 2009-08-24T23:38:50Z squishabledotcom http://www.squishable.com all-you-can-eat buffets, perfect for a spherical animal watching its figure.  That's good.  Then it has all these clubs you can't get into unless you're itty bitty.  That's bad.  And it has big comfortable chairs in front of slot machines, just made for a round fuzzy fellow with a tail.  That's good.  But it has great shopping, where the largest size is a 00.  That's bad. 

Make up your mind Vegas!  Are you courting the Giant Fuzzy Primate population or not?


Treasure Island has been redubbed "TI" in an effort to make it more accessible to Calculator fans

If you got that joke, I am very sorry. Incidentally, Zoe really needs a haircut

Cant...reach...slots...arms ...too...stubby...

Lemme present the Forum Shops at Caesar's Palace. Horace is now poor.

It's (just my size*0.5).

That's it. That's all I've got. Take me home. I'm done.
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Comic Con, NY tag:www.squishable.com,2009:/travelblog//1.24 2009-05-17T16:56:32Z 2009-06-04T20:45:35Z squishabledotcom http://www.squishable.com NYC Comic Con two months ago? Yes it was! Are we only just now getting to post the pictures?Yes we are! That's just how good it was. Inappropriate outfits...check.   Overpriced nostalgia ...check. Adorable round fluffy monkey...check! Horace has returned from Alaska to rejoin faithful traveler and front end (hur hur) programmer Zoe.    She promises to take up her photography duties with a minimum of complaining.


Aaron and Will use the booth for its secondary - but just as important - purpose

Monkeys. The ladies with eyepatches love 'em.

The staff of 'Least I Could Do' do the most they can do

I got no excuse for this pic, I just thought it was funny.

Zoe checks to make sure she remembered to put on deoderent

Will thinks its too early in the morning. What gave it away.
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Kenai Peninsula, AK tag:www.squishable.com,2009:/travelblog//1.23 2009-05-17T16:34:49Z 2009-05-17T22:34:01Z Birdwatching! Rain! Whalewatching! Rain! Fishing! Rain! Glaciers...in the rain! All of these are things you will ding on the Kenai Peninsula in Alaska! Horace has just returned to the lower 48 and is cataloging his pictures. A lot of them... squishabledotcom http://www.squishable.com

Its a nature preserve on the way to Homer. Population: 10,000 birds, 1 monkey

Exit Glacier. Incidentally, that's Aaron! Hi Aaron!!

What do we see here? Glacier Bay. What do we not see? Horace. Way to earn your keep.

On the way to Anchorage we had to detour around a bear eating a moose. As you do.

It's in Seward. Mush, little guy, mush!
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Juneau, Alaska tag:www.squishable.com,2008:/travelblog//1.22 2008-11-17T05:19:46Z 2008-11-17T05:27:44Z squishabledotcom http://www.squishable.com While Zoe gets used to grad school (Woo NYU!) Horace the Nomadic Monkey is still without proper supervision!  And as a true redblooded primate he's gravitated to that bastion of manliness and moose, Alaska!  Here he is whale watching, bear watching, and salmon watching.  No politicians were sighted.


Obligatory 'Yes I was really there' picture

On our way to Sitka! There used to be Russians there. Apparently.

DId I mention Aaron was with him? Aaron's with him

More boat imagery. 'Cause boats are cool.
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Seattle, WA tag:www.squishable.com,2008:/travelblog//1.19 2008-08-30T19:20:27Z 2008-08-30T22:14:29Z squishabledotcom http://www.squishable.com Horace has eloped! He was last seen heading North with Aaron, our back-end programmer, leaving Zoe to complain about her sudden lack of a pillow.  These pictures were sent to us by a bewildered paparazzo in Seattle.


Pike Place Market is awesome. Forget the snarky commentary - this place rocks


Without the very first Starbucks, I would not be blogging right now.



Aaaaand back to Pike Place Market again. Because it rocks.

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Sonoma, CA tag:www.squishable.com,2008:/travelblog//1.18 2008-08-21T02:09:31Z 2008-08-21T02:41:55Z squishabledotcom http://www.squishable.com Grapes and olives...is it possible that Sonoma requires everything growing within its borders to be round?  We're testing that theory with the help of Horace.  Round one of experimentation shows that Nomadic monkey stays exactly the same size despite exposure to a vast amount of fermented grape products n' such.  Zoe finds an awesome organic restaurant in town and rapidly becomes more spherical.  That's 'cause Horace is a stuffed animal, while Zoe's just stuffed. 


There just aint no pesticide that's gonna work against a plague fo monkeys

So many vineyards....so many miles to drive the car home afterwards

Olive oil is one of the four food groups...and may be required to get Zoe through the door later.
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Portland, OR tag:www.squishable.com,2008:/travelblog//1.17 2008-07-21T21:41:27Z 2008-07-21T22:13:33Z squishabledotcom http://www.squishable.com Do you play guitar?  Come to Portland!  Play on the street!  Play in this very trendy coffee shop!  Play in this awesome organic Market!  This city positively sprouts enthusiastic guitarists.

But after a couple of days of Perl Jam covers, Nomadic Monkey desires a more laid-back soundtrack in the nearby mountains. Imagine him posing here to some catchy fiddle and banjo by the Del McCoury Band.


Obligatory proof-of-location shot

What awesome fuzzy topography! And the landscape's pretty good too!

I already used up my one landscape joke for the week. Sorry.

The famous Powell's Bookstore. Horace gets filed under F for "freakishly-adorable-round-thing"
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Washington DC tag:www.squishable.com,2008:/travelblog//1.16 2008-07-14T05:17:32Z 2008-07-14T06:06:05Z squishabledotcom http://www.squishable.com Yes, indeed, here we are in our nation's capital: home of lawmakers, students, and ten thousand political interns.  Horace the Nomadic Monkey believes he would be an excellent elected official.  Who's going to argue with an adorable monkey senator?  Nobody, that's who.  Vote for Horace in 2008.


This picture was later reused for a patriotic deoderant commercial

It's like a garden sculpture, only more so

Metro transit: so smooth you'll think it's trying to sell you on a tax hike.
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