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Country Camping at Bass River

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When my wife and I started dating we were all about camping. We went a few times a year and always had a lot of fun. Except that first year when we shared a canoe. There are a lot of relationship tests out there, but in my opinion you can take as many paper or computer tests as possible to see how compatible you are with your significant other, however, my relationship advice is… If you wanna test your relationship and possibly hate your significant other for a few hours, then don’t ever get a canoe to share. It’s just bad news. Since then we have only dealt with tubes because everyone knows, that’s the best way to go floating.

IMG_4721Last year we found ourselves back camping. It had been several years but we setup our tent without a problem and we were back at it like we never stopped. It was rocky and rainy but we survived and pushed through like true campers.

This year we switched locations and included a fantastic group of friends. The one thing missing from our group this year was kids. They were not there last year either, but I think they will get a taste of camping soon enough. It was incredible having a couple nights to ourselves without the kids. My wife and I were able to relax and just have some adult fun. Drinks, beer pong, and a lot of laughs. With kids there is bound to be a little yelling and crying at some point. I’m happy we didn’t have to go through that, at least not yet. The first night camping is usually the funnest. We get out all of that energy from driving, setting up the campsite, and anticipation for the float. This trip was no different.

I am a little surprised we all woke up at the crack of dawn when we didn’t go to sleep until 2AM or later the night before. I learned some new rules for beer pong that I’ve never heard before but ya know it makes like interesting when you switch things up a bit. That’s something I definitely learned this trip, try out some new things. The float itself was awesome. We all had tubes and 1 raft for our coolers and if someone wanted to get out of a tube for a little while. I myself tied up a my portable speaker to my tube and floated all day jamming out to some country tunes. I also like usual had my GoPro out and got a little bit of footage. Check out the video below to get a glimpse into our float.

After the float we all got cleaned up and continued our fun at the camp site. We started up a nice fire and turned up the music. Slowly but surely the days float took it’s toll on our group and one by one people went to bed. A few of us had other plans. The night was still a little young and since the group was dwindled down to just a couple of us, we decided that it would be pretty funny if those that went to bed early woke up and we were all gone. So that’s exactly what we did. We broke down our campsite under the stars and headed home. It didn’t take too long to get there and then we still had plenty of time to have fun in the comfort of our own home! That’s how we knocked camping out of the park this year.

Next year it would be awesome to have a camper that we can pull with our new van, or maybe just convert the van while we camp. I’d love a camper, but we’ll see where we are at next year. DCIM100GOPROGOPR0980.

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Labor Day Staycation: Escape to the Movies with $5 Films at Select Marcus Wehrenberg Theatres

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Labor Day is coming up and many families use the long weekend as an opportunity to have a mini vacation. Well how about a staycation and $5 movies? This Labor Day weekend, Marcus Wehrenberg Theatres is offering select $5 movies at participating locations in greater St. Louis – plus free popcorn for kids! Whether catching one of this summer’s hottest blockbusters or reliving the beloved classic that is “The Goonies,” a trip to the movies can provide the perfect escape, especially for those who aren’t headed out of town.

Summer Rewind: $5 Movies Friday, September 1 – Thursday, September 7
Now is the perfect time to catchup on the films you missed this summer. From family-friendly flicks to comedy to drama, the following movies will be offered for $5 at select Marcus Wehrenberg

Theatres locations:

  • · “Cars 3” — Lighting McQueen sets out to prove that he’s still the best race car in the world.
  • · “The Nut Job 2: Nutty by Nature” — Surly and his friends try to save their home from destruction.
  • · “The Big Sick” — Romantic comedy about love, death and the everyday humor of being a 21st century American.
  • · “Kidnap” — A mother stops at nothing to recover her kidnapped son.

“The Goonies” Retro Series: Friday, September 1 – Monday, September 4
Whether you’re an eighties kid or introducing the next generation to the beloved classic, you can see “The Goonies” on the big screen for $5 at all Marcus Wehrenberg Theatres locations.

“Dunkirk” Military BOGO: Friday, September 1 – Monday, September 4
Active duty military and veterans who see “Dunkirk” can enjoy a special buy-one-get
one admission at select Marcus Theatres locations. (Must present ID Card at box office.)

WHERE: All nine first-run Marcus Wehrenberg Theatres locations in Greater St. Louis: “The Goonies”

Select first-run Marcus Wehrenberg Theatres locations in Greater St. Louis: “Cars 3,” “The Nut Job 2: Nutty by Nature,” “The Big Sick,” “Kidnap,” and “Dunkirk.”

Visit www.marcustheatres.com for a list of participating theatres, showtimes and to purchase tickets.

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Marvel Universe Live! Age of Heroes at St. Louis Chaifetz Arena!

Marvel_LGMarvel Universe Live is coming back to St. Louis’ Chaifetz Arena with Age of Heroes! Join over 25 of your favorite Marvel heroes and villains October 27, 28, & 29th and use special code GDAD to save on tickets to select shows!

Called on by Doctor Strange, the Guardians of the Galaxy join Marvel Universe LIVE! Age of Heroes on a momentous crusade against the scheming Nebula who teams up with the conniving and loathsome villains Loki and Green Goblin. The incredible superhuman forces of Iron Man, Thor, Black Panther, Hulk and Black Widow will unite in clashes that pit student against mentor, sister against sister and brother against brother.

Date and Times
Thursday – 10/26/17 - 7:00 pm
Friday – 10/27/17 – 7:00 pm
Saturday – 10/28/17 – 11:00 am – 3:00 pm – 7:00 pm
Sunday – 10/29/17 – 1:00 pm – 5:00 pm

GDAD discount code can only be used on ticket purchases for the following dates.

Friday, October 27 at 7pm
Saturday, October 28 at 11am, 3pm, & 7pm
Sunday, October 29 at 1pm & 5pm

Purchase Tickets!

After last year’s Marvel Universe Live event at the Scott Trade Center, I am really excited for the new show at the Chaifetz Arena. My wife and I love taking our daughter and son to Marvel’s shows. They are great for all ages and boys and girls. If you see us there be sure to say hi and don’t forget about the promo code GDAD for extra savings on your tickets!

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St. Louis Dad was provided with tickets for this event in exchange for promotion of this event.

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To Nashville and Back

IMG_8833I am very late with this post as I have already been back from Nashville for a while now. Doesn’t matter though, still had fun. My brother-in-laws, some friends, and I went to Nashville for a few days to celebrate the end of bachelorhood for our newest brother-in-law. The trip was great and filled with a lot of great laughs and memories.

Heading downtown the first night was an experience. I personally have never been to Nashville so I wasn’t sure what to expect. I talked with some friends that had gone so I had an idea of some places to check out but what I got myself into was on a whole other level. We started out at the Hard Rock to get some food and drinks and then headed on down Broadway.

Broadway is a world of it’s own. There are so many bars and so much music your senses are on overload. We went to a few different bars and took in all that we could. Like myself I am pretty sure many were experiencing Nashville for their first time. So we leaned on those that had been before for ideas on the spots to check out. Bar after bar and band after band we finally got some Ubers and headed back to our rental house where the night continued.

IMG_8856The next morning was rough for a just about all of us. We were hungry and tired. A Yelp review led us to believe that a spot with some awesome breakfast food was just waiting for us down the road. Upon arrival though we find out that the only seating is a table for two in this hole in the wall restaurant. After much deliberation we split and got some pizza instead. Easy and fast.

After a nice nap it was time to get ready for another round of fun. We found a place in Midtown that was playing the Blues vs Predators game so we held up there while eating and drinking. The Blues claimed victory and the Preds fans that were there in the bar were nothing but nice. I am big on sportsmanship, so taking the loss so well was good to see. We ended up losing that series in the end but it was a great game to watch. Once the game wrapped up and we enjoyed a few more beverages it was time to Uber up and visit the club. The night got amped up to 11 at this point. Lots of drinks and fun. I will leave it at that for this particular night as to not incriminate and embarrass anyone.

IMG_8868Our last night got us back to Midtown but not without getting some Tennessee BBQ first. After dinner we started hitting up various bars and just having a blast. DJ’s and live music were scattered all about the area. In the late hours of the night we grabbed a couple Ubers and headed back to our rental.

I realize that I haven’t gone into too much details about this particular trip to Nashville. Leaving out names of people, places, and things. It’s intentional because I had too much fun and don’t remember the names of the bars. I remember the names of the people, but I don’t think this is the place to divulge that information. Bottom line is that Nashville is a whole lot of fun and I cannot wait to go back. Next time I am bringing my wife. She is my dancing partner and I think we both could really get down, go to town, boot scoot and boogie together.

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