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Amidon Lampoons Vacation

The Year of Travel

     For the past few weeks, let’s face it, facebook has been owned by our big wedding. Hundreds of photos have been uploaded and more photos here and there have been uploaded almost daily. We still can’t believe how well everything went and it all still feels like it was a dream because it happened so fast. Since the day I proposed to Nicole, it seemed like the wedding day was never going to arrive and now that it has, I wish the vacation wasn’t over.

Which brings me to introduce our next adventure!

   “…Make record of your journey…”

     A few months after the proposal, I started brain storming a plan. I didn’t want our honeymoon to be a cliche one trip kinda thing. I always try and do things different so why not this. I thought of a three to four phase honeymoon involving three or four trips spread through out the year of 2016. I’ve done quite a bit of traveling but Nicole hasn’t been to too many places so I figured this would be the perfect opportunity to get the travel bug going for her! So instead of getting on a plane right after our wedding and going somewhere exotic, we have decided to visit Hawaii, California and Japan.

Phase One: Pure Aloha

     Our first trip will be my other motherland. Nicole has yet to meet my family in Maui so we decided it is time for her to get some aloha! I know Maui fairly well my memory so I want to show her the island and all of it’s beauty. We want to spend maybe a week there and then head of to Oahu for three days or so. This trip will be in April.

Phase Two: California Dreaming

     I’m not too fond of California really but we thought it would be a cool idea to hit up Disneyland and all that jazz for Nicoles birthday. My sister Alex may tag along and I’m not sure if Caiti can but that would be cool. I’ve been to San Fransisco and it wasn’t too bad of a city but I’m willing to give elsewhere a shot. We figured four days would be adequate enough. This trip will be in May.

Phase Three: Tora! Tora! Tora!

    Last but not least, Japan. My good buddy Wayne approached me last year with this idea. He wanted the three of us to go to Japan and I was immediately on board. I have never been to Japan but it’s always been a place I’ve wanted to visit. It got Nicoles attention once she realized there was a Disney in Japan as well lol. The night Wayne drummed up the idea, I ordered a lonely planet book on Japan. When it came in, I read nearly the whole thing and researched things I found interesting. I tabbed things of interest in three different categories; “must do” , “would be rad”, and “if we are near with time to kill”. I started north and mapped my way down through out the islands. It seems like a solid route and hits everyone’s places of interests as well as some bonus spots I didn’t even know existed. This trip will be in September.

We are super excited and I especially because I get to shove all this in your faces and hopefully inspire some of you to travel as well, maybe even with us.

To be continued….

Finding Nemo!

First time using my GoPro Hero 3 while snorkeling in the Florida Keys! Be sure to watch in 1080p for best quality. Enjoy!

Finntroll – Under Bergets Rot live on 70,000 Tons of Metal

Finntroll – Under Bergets Rot live on 70,000 Tons of Metal

Footage by Ian Amidon – Watch in 1080p !

Symphony X (Live on 70,000 Tons of Metal – 2014)

Enjoy your morning with some Symphony X, live on 70,000 Tons of Metal, filmed by Ian Amidon. watch in 720/1080p quality!

TIHIDMB: 70,000 Tons of Metal Day 4

Finally, Day 4 of our 70,000 Tons of Metal cruise featuring performances by Nekrogoblikon and Finntroll. Be sure to watch in 720/1080p!

Warning: Material contains vomiting & explicit language.

Costa Maya, Mexico

Eight bus loads of metal heads traveled towards the Mayan ruins of Costa Maya, Mexico. After a short fifty-five minute ride, passing through a few Mexican towns and even a few armed Mexican soldiers, we finally set foot into the hot, humid, mexican air!Image

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TIHIDMB: 70k Tons of Metal Cruise Day 2

TIHIDMB: 70k Tons of Metal Cruise Day 2. Watch in 720 or 1080p!

Explicit language and alcohol.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8qO-mns88Mk

70,000 Tons of Metal (vacation day 2, cruise day 1)

70k Tons of Metal vacation day 2 (cruise day 1). Not sure if youtube uploaded it at 1080p quality for some odd reason. Still not bad. Enjoy the first of 4 videos!

Getting There

First video of our travels, ‘Getting There’
Watch in 1080p and stayed tuned for more!

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