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Adventures: Six Tips for Traveling Tall

January 26th, 2017

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We’re  sure everyone has been on a flight where their legs just get cramped up, now imagine that feeling being 6’ or taller. Tall men and women are never remotely comfortable on flights.

The standard for legroom in the United States is a total of 31 inches and is commonly used by most airlines. When taking into consideration a person of a taller height, 31 inches is barely enough room for the tall flier and an awkward space to comfortably fit longer legs. One can obviously have a better experience by upgrading your seat for extra money, but airlines should do more to accommodate passengers of all sizes.

1. To enhance your flying experience pick a carrier with more leg space.

 

Top three United States airlines with the most leg room:

  • JetBlue: 33 to 34 inches
  • Virgin America: 32 inches
  • Southwest: 32 to 33 inches

Airlines only have a weight standard, claiming that the average passenger weighs about 190 pounds, but there is no average for height. So here are five helpful tips for tall people on how to get a little more comfort on your next flight.

2. Book Your Flight in Advance

By booking in advance, it gives you more seating choices. You’ll have a better chance of getting an “extra leg room” seat, though you might have to pay a little extra. If you can’t pick your seat, try flying at “non-peak hours”. This way, you have a better chance of having an emptier flight, which means you might get a few open seats next to you to stretch out.

3. Arrive Early To The Gate

By arriving early, you can ask the person who is checking you in if there are any emergency exit seats available. Emergency exit rows have more room in case of an emergency. If your height doesn’t tip them off, be polite and express how much discomfort you’ll be in, generally the person checking you in will take pitty on you and help out or even upgrade you to an emergency exit seat with no extra charge. If you cannot get an emergency exit seat, go for the row behind the emergency exit row. This is because the emergency exit seats do not recline.

4. Get As Much Room As You Can

Don’t travel with anything under the seat in front of you. This will give you more room to stretch your legs under the seat. Also, try removing the magazines in the seat pocket. Though there is very limited leg room, getting every available centimeter of room will count.

5. Get Up And Stretch

Stretching can really benefit you, especially on long flights. When the seatbelt light is off, feel free to walk up and down the aisles. Or even on some Jet Blue flights, you can congregate in the back of the plane right in front of the flight attendant’s section.

6. Distractions

If all else fails, just sit back, relax as much as you can, and enjoy your flight. Pick a movie to watch, or get a good book before you take off. Try and get you mind off the discomfort as much as you can.

 

Read on:

http://www.businessinsider.com/how-much-room-you-get-economy-class-americas-airlines-2016-9/#alaska-airlines-7 

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/conde-nast-traveler/airlines-most-legroom_b_8482846.html

 


 

 

For starters, TEAL Apparel is first and foremost, all about tall. And long. Verticality.  North and south. Head to toe.

In short, we rock tall. East and west — horizontal — width and breadth, not so much. In fact, not at all. Our goal is to produce a line of affordable tall mens clothing that place a premium on fit, function and form. We utilize the finest materials and manufacture right here in the USA. That’s us. Who we are. What we do.

For Men 6′ and taller

Live Tall. And Extra Long.

http://tealapparel.com  

 

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ADVENTURES: Ciao from CRASH B Sprints

February 29th, 2016

Congratulations to all of the participants at CRASH B Sprints! 
TEAL Apparel had a blast and can’t wait for next year!

 

crashb 2016

 

Special shout out to:

 

1960 Team Italy Olympian, 

Francesco Madotto

Your contagious enthusiasm left us inspired.

 

and

University of Wisconsin Rower and Olympic Hopeful,

Jim Letten

Godly splits; astounding race.

 


 

 

For starters, TEAL Apparel is first and foremost, all about tall. And long. Verticality.  North and south. Head to toe.

In short, we rock tall. East and west — horizontal — width and breadth, not so much. In fact, not at all. Our goal is to produce a line of affordable tall mens clothing that place a premium on fit, function and form. We utilize the finest materials and manufacture right here in the USA. That’s us. Who we are. What we do.

For Men 6′ and taller

Live Tall. And Extra Long.

http://tealapparel.com  

 

 

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Press: Europe’s Tallest Tourist Attraction Mesmerizes

January 23rd, 2014

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Adventure helps to expand our minds and teaches us knowledge that books cannot explain. Always seeking the next greatest adventure, I came upon an attraction in the French alps that suspends a glass cube over the zenith of 3,842 meter high Aiguille du Midi mountain. It certainly tests your nerve. If you fear falling, this may not be the best place for you to go, but if you are courageous enough to stomach an awe-inspiring vision, you must make a trip to the “Pans dans le vide” or Step into the Void. 

 

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The view, 1000 meters down, includes the entire French Alps in addition to Mont Blanc, Europe’s highest mountain. The glass cube structure is made up of 5 transparent sides. Each side is fabricated out of 3 layers of tempered glass fixed to metal for added support.  Just opened to the public after 3 years of construction, one can take a cable car ride up to the lookout for incomparable vistas and refreshments. The cost: 

Adults (16+ and older)                                $75.00 USD
Youth (4 -16 years)                                       $64.10 USD
Under 4 years                                               $37.67 USD
Family Packages (2 adults/2 kids)             $226.00 USD

The attraction is a very popular destination already. If you are in  the Chamonix area in France, it is worth a trip to Aiguillle du Midi mountaintop.

For more information go to their website

http://www.compagniedumontblanc.co.uk/en/site-overview/aiguille-du-midi or read about it here:
http://www.luxurytraveladvisor.com/france/new-french-alps-suspended-glass-cube-mont-blanc-views-11980

 

Warm Regards,

Jenni

 

TEAL Apparel provides premium long pants designed for the Long & Tall man, made of quality materials, sewn in the USA and sold on-line.

Men’s clothing for the Long & Tall, not Big & Tall

http://tealapparel.com  

 

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Tall Adventures: How can we HELP you get to the Head of the Charles?

October 31st, 2013

HOTC 2013

  

The Head of the Charles Regatta is one of the greatest 2 day athletic events in the world and a favorite pastime for our family. Held in Boston MA on October 19th and 20th, over 300,000 people came to see world class rowers compete in a 3 mile long course.  If you ever wanted to see a land of giants, this event is certain to impress. Thousands of tall men and women, in the top 5% of the US population, come to compete and watch. Plus it’s a great place to meet up with college alumni and old rowing friends.

 

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I rowed on the University of Washington’s Women’s crew team in 1995 and was very fortunate to meet with Mike Callahan, Head Coach for the University of Washington’s Men’s crew team, and learned about transportation and the financial challenges that it takes to get the team and their boats across the cross country.  This got me about how we can help University of Washington and other crew teams pay for these extraordinary experiences.

 

Over 50% of every men’s crew roster on average is over 6 foot 3 inches which is in the tall slender demographic TEAL Apparel supports. I’d love to support Tall people and rowers and if TEAL Apparel can help your rowing program fundraise through private sales please do not hesitate to contact me. I want every rowing program to have the ability to send their team to the Head of the Charles each year.

 

HOTC promotion

 

In celebration of the Head of the Charles TEAL is offering a special promotion. Even if you missed us at the event you can still take advantage of the biggest discount we have ever offered: $75 off, use code: CHARLES, expires 11/15/13.

 

Warm Regards,

Jenni

 

TEAL Apparel provides premium long pants designed for the man with long legs and a tall frame, made of quality materials, sewn in the USA and sold on-line.

http://tealapparel.com

 

 

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Tall Adventures: Apple Picking with the Lalliers

October 17th, 2013

One of the best Fall activities is to go to a farm and pick apples. My family likes to try different farms so each experience is new and fresh. Each farm has its own charm and set of amusements for the kids including: hayrides, corn mazes, jumpy houses, pony rides and petting zoos.  The fruit picking is the main event and always sparks the kids gathering and picking skills while we fill our bellies with warm apple cider and crunchy, pillow-y cider donuts. This outing never disappoints and it is great family bonding time.

Here is a standard PICK YOUR OWN Fruit Calendar for most farms in the USA. This will help you strategize your next trip to the farm.

 

PYO calendar

 

 

Here are a few of my family’s favorite apple farms in New England. We have been to all of them in the past year and have had so much fun. Enjoy!

 

Warm Regards,

Jenni

 


 

Cider Hill Farm
45 Fern Ave, Amesbury, MA

 


 

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Honey Pot Hill Orchard

138 Sudbury Road, Stow, MA

 


 

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Applecrest Farm Orchards
133 Exeter Road, Hampton Falls, NH

 


 

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TEAL Apparel provides premium long pants designed for the man with long legs and a tall frame, made of quality materials, sewn in the USA and sold on-line.

 tealapparel.com

 

 

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Tall Adventures: Martha’s Vineyard Family Trip

August 1st, 2013

Martha’s Vineyard is one of New England’s treasures. A few weeks ago my family and I took a day trip there.  It was a whirlwind, but totally worth it. Here is our trip in pictures.

Warm Regards,

Jenni

 


 

Martha’s Vineyard (MV)

6:01am

Our day trip starts with an early wake up call and drive to Woods Hole Ferry Landing. There is little to no traffic so it should be easy to reach the 8am ferry.

Ed driving to MV

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

7:24am

Arrived at Woods Hole Ferry Landing with time to spare. But WAIT! There is no parking at Wood’s Hole Ferry Landing, you have to drive 25 minutes back to Bourne, MA and park there and take a shuttle back to the Ferry. This is ridiculous and now we will be have to take the 9:30am Ferry. Got to hustle.

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8:26am

After 2 very long detours to the parking lot in Bourne, MA that took us over 50 minutes (should have been 25 min) we stopped off at the Daily Brew Coffee House for a second breakfast and bathroom break. Now we can take the parking shuttle to the Ferry and then our MV tour will commence.  The Daily Brew Coffee House has the most incredible muffins, a fortuitous potty break!

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9:29am

Finally made it to the Ferry, got the tickets and we are on our way. Everyone is excited, But WAIT! We are arriving at Oaks Bluff not Vineyard Haven. The rental car is in Vineyard Haven. After the quick 45 minute ferry ride, we have to take a 25 minute cab to the car rental. The logistics to MV are a bit tricky for us novices.

 

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11:27am

The Hertz rental guy gave us a free upgrade to a larger SUV which was great. Everyone had enough room to relax and look at the magnificent views outside. Traveled 30 minutes to Aquinnah Cliffs and by now the kids are restless. We found a large patch of grass near the cliffs and flew kites. The wind off the sea cliffs is perfect for kite flying as they got big air. The kids had so much fun.

 

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12:54pm

Its lunch time and we are hungry. We go to the Aquinnah Shop Restaurant and gorge ourselves on lobster rolls. Heaven!

 

Lobster roll lunch

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

1:41pm

Everyone is fed and happy, we take the 2 minute walk to Gay Head Lighthouse from the restaurant. It’s an Iconic red brick lighthouse with amazing views of the Aquinnah cliffs and ocean.

 

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1:55pm
After a few photos at the Gay Head Lighthouse, we are back in the car and make our way to Edgartown. Here I am catching a quick nap with my kids.

 

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2:38pm
We arrive at Edgartown and park the car. We make it to the docks where you can take a quick ride to Chappaquiddick island. Love the laid back island/boating vibe. Everyone is riding bicycles. This is summer!

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2:43pm
After gazing out at all the boats sailing by, we walk to Edgartown Lighthouse. This lighthouse is the pride and joy of Edgartown. We loved the shade as the midday sun burned down on us.

 

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3:02pm
After cooling off in the shade by the Edgartown Lighthouse, we decide to stop at one last lighthouse.  Here is the East Chop Lighthouse. They are beginning to look the same now. The vistas are incredible!

 

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4:45pm
We decide to go home and take the 5pm Ferry. Martha’s Vineyard is a lovely getaway and wish we could stay longer. We will return for a longer stay once the kids can both ride bikes and swim.  Overall, a memorable trip!

 

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Tall Adventures: Best Lobster Shacks in New England

July 4th, 2013

New England is proud of its lobsters and many lobster shacks have refined their lobster roll to an art form. To me, there is nothing better on a sunny summer weekend than a buttered roll overflowing with lobster, a cool drink and a salty ocean breeze. Lobster is so popular and ingrained into New England culture that it even has its own holiday celebration: National Lobster Day on June 14th.

Lobster eating has not always been a delicacy as it is today. Historically, it was considered to be peasant food because it was very cheap and easy to obtain (you could literally pick them up in a tide pool on the beach). Lobster was so plentiful that it was served to children, prisoners and indentured servants in the colonial times. In fact, there was a prison riot in the 1800s because prisoners were upset about eating lobster every day. In Massachusetts, some servants rebelled and put into their contracts that they could not be forced to eat lobster more than 3 times a week. Apparently it was tough living the gourmet life.

As years passed, demand increased as businesses where able to ship canned lobsters to consumers around the world. Today, demand has increased so much that lobster fishing is a $1 billion dollar industry in Maine alone.  Restaurants in the New England region all have some kind of lobster roll to comfort the taste buds of its patrons, but few are truly masters of the lobster roll. We have manifested a best of the best list of lobster shacks that will blow you away with their lobster rolls. Travelers beware: You may have to order more than one.  

 

Bon Appetit and Happy 4th!

Jenni

 


Top New England Lobster Shacks

 

abbots lobster roll

(Image above: Abbott’s in CT)

Maine

The Clam Shack                      Kennebunkport, ME. 207-967-3321; theclamshack.net

Waterman’s Beach Lobster     South Thomaston, ME. 207-596-7819; watermansbeachlobster.com

Five Islands Lobster Co.         Georgetown, ME. 207-371-2990; fiveislandslobster.com

Chauncey Creek Lobster Pier Kittery Point, ME. 207-439-1030; chaunceycreek.com

Thurston’s Lobster Pound      Bernard, ME. 207-244-7600; thurstonslobster.com

Cod End                                  Tenants Harbor, ME. 207-372-6782; codend.com

 

Connecticut

Abbott’s Lobster in the Rough Noank, CT. 860-536-7719; abbotts-lobster.com

The Place                                Guilford, CT. 203-453-9276; theplaceguilford.com

 

Massachusetts

Roy Moore Lobster Company Rockport, MA. 978-546-6696

Neptune Oyster                       Boston, MA 617-742-3474 neptuneoyster.com

B&G Oysters                           Boston, MA 617-423-0550 bandgoysters.com

 

(Image below: The Clam Shack in ME)

 

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New Hampshire

Brown’s Lobster Pound          Seabrook, NH. 603-474-3331; brownslobsterpound.com

 

Rhode Island

Aunt Carrie’s                           Narragansett, RI. 401-783-7930; auntcarriesri.com

 

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