These are trips I’ve actually planned and taken.

To inspire you, stoke your imagination and get you excited about seeing the world.

Norway: Land of the Vikings

Norway: Land of the Vikings

So, to be completely honest, Norway was not ever on my list of places to see before I die. I am pretty open about that when I talk to my Norwegian friends (yes, I actually have a ton), and because I'm now a huge advocate for the lovely country, I think they forgive...

Chicago – Best of the Best

My first trip to Chicago, I was sixteen years old. That gives me 22 years worth of anecdotes and experience on what's worth your time and what isn't. I know it better than any other city, and though I've never lived there, it's got a special place in my heart. I'm...

Petroglyphs + Secret Canyon

Petroglyphs + Secret Canyon

So, after we left Arches and that hellish hike, we stopped at the Moab Diner for a quick bite. I cannot recommend this place more strongly - and if you don't try the green chili, you might as well not bother. I got the Chorizo Sweetwater Skillet, with green chili on...

Capitol Reef & Arches National Parks

Capitol Reef & Arches National Parks

I limited yesterday's post to Bryce Canyon - but truthfully, we also hit up Capitol Reef National Park on that same day. It was just a quick skip through the area on our way to Arches - but Capitol Reef is not insignificant, and should be ignored. The main reason I...

Bryce Canyon – Hiking the Hoodoos

Bryce Canyon – Hiking the Hoodoos

So, the main reason I wanted to visit Bryce Canyon was the stars. Word on the street is that the stars here are epic. Due to the lack of light pollution. Sadly, though, the moon was nearly half full, so it was too bright. Plus it was cloudy half the night we were...

Zion National Park – The Narrows

Zion National Park – The Narrows

Every year for our anniversary, the husband and I try to do something special. Neither of us really needs anything, and I would rather go on a trip anyway. Two years ago he took me to Chicago to see the Pirates play the Cubs (I'm a giant Bucs fan). And last year we...

Michigan’s Upper Peninsula

Michigan’s Upper Peninsula

You may or may not be aware that Michigan is made up of two peninsulas - the Lower and the Upper. Both are surrounded by four of the five Great Lakes. I love the Lower Peninsula. From Detroit to Grand Rapids. From Lansing to Mackinaw City. There is something to see...

Driving and Parking in Washington DC

Driving and Parking in Washington DC

I don't want to jinx anything by talking about this - but when we were planning a trip to our nation's capital for last summer, our number one concern was parking. Just take the train, that's what we thought, until a week before we were slated to be there, the trains...

Lafayette #1 – Adventures in NOLA

Lafayette #1 – Adventures in NOLA

I never had any doubts that I was going to love New Orleans. There are few places that I've been that I don't develop an affection for (ahem, looking at you Louisville...), but the way I feel about this place, well that's something far beyond affection. My husband and...

The Last Place I Thought I Wanted To Go

The Last Place I Thought I Wanted To Go

When I first started this blog, the goal was just to have an outlet to talk about how much I love to travel. And maybe start selling trip planning services. I still want to do both of those things, but I've realized I need to focus in a little better. Travel is a...

Best Hiking in Ohio – Hocking Hills

Best Hiking in Ohio – Hocking Hills

We are big campers. In the last 10 years, we've camped a LOT. And our very favorite spot to camp in our home state of Ohio is Hocking Hills. If you haven't been there, I'm sorry. The first time we were there for four days with two other families in the Spring. We...

San Francisco, Yosemite, Sequoias, Oh My!

San Francisco, Yosemite, Sequoias, Oh My!

Sometimes we all have to travel for reasons beyond our control. A business trip, or a family thing. Sometimes you take a specific trip for a specific purpose - like to take your kids to an archery tournament (we had three last year). And sometimes you travel just...

Watkins Glen State Park – Upstate New York

Watkins Glen State Park – Upstate New York

When you have to drive all the way from Ohio to Maine, it's best to find ways to break up the trip. It's exactly 1054 miles from our driveway to Mount Desert Island, Maine (our furthest most destination for this trip). Which translates to 18+ hours without any traffic...

Fun in the Fort: Revitalization at its finest

Fun in the Fort: Revitalization at its finest

I have lived just across the Indiana/Ohio border from the Fort Wayne area for seventeen years. Early on, there weren't a whole lot of reasons to make the 25 min trip. Maybe to go to the mall. Or for an event at the Coliseum... Every once in awhile, a Wizards game....

I’d Rather You Not Know About This Place

I’d Rather You Not Know About This Place

Seriously. It pains me to write this post. I don't want you or anyone else to realize that there is a tiny town in northern Michigan that just might be one of the most perfect spots ever created. Too many people know about it already - as evidenced by the mad scramble...

8 Hours on Agate Beach = 28 Agates

8 Hours on Agate Beach = 28 Agates

28 agates in 8 hours sounds like a lot. It's not. Over a four day period I legit spent a little over 8 hours sitting on this beach, searching for the elusive agate. (note there's something like 7 miles of rocks on this beach.)   And I really DID find 28 of them....

Shark Cage + Waimea Bay Jumping Rock

Shark Cage + Waimea Bay Jumping Rock

About a year ago, my husband and I went to Hawaii (Oahu + tBI) for our 19th anniversary. I mean, we could have waited for our 20th - but we thought, "Why wait?!" There will be more posts concerning this super amazing trip - but for today, I'm feeling all reminiscent...

Acadia National Park – Jordan Pond

Acadia National Park – Jordan Pond

Without hesitation, I believe I can say that one of my favorite things about Acadia National Park was Jordan Pond. It's serene and it's just enough of a hike that you break a sweat, but you don't feel like you are going to die (which is okay for some things, but not...

Mars on Earth

Mars on Earth

There is this little spot out in the actual middle of nowhere in Utah. It's exactly what I imagine it's like to be on Mars, except you know, with oxygen. It's approximately 12 miles off of Utah-24 between Hanksville and Interstate-70 and it is SO worth the stop. The...

Pike Place Market + Seattle, WA

Pike Place Market + Seattle, WA

It was about one year ago that my husband and I went to Hawaii for our 19th anniversary. Because, I mean, why wait for the 20th, right? We arranged it so that we flew out of Chicago and had a day long layover in Seattle, because we hadn't ever been there. It worked...

Why We Camp

Why We Camp

Fourteen years ago, my husband took me on my first real camping trip. We'd sold our house, and had no new house to move in to. We had a 6 month old. He wanted to go west. Why not? We packed up a tent and supplies and left for a few weeks. Colorado, Utah, Wyoming...we...

EXACTLY WHAT I ALWAYS HAVE IN MY BAG FOR A FLIGHT

EXACTLY WHAT I ALWAYS HAVE IN MY BAG FOR A FLIGHT

I would not, by any means, claim that I'm a frequent flier. There are people who fly several times a week who probably are way more prepared than I've ever thought about being. And yet, I know that there are people who fly even less than I do, and they have no idea...

The BEST Place I’ve EVER Stayed.

The BEST Place I’ve EVER Stayed.

I'll start by saying this is NOT a paid post. I don't get any kickbacks. I didn't get any sort of discount. I am just so in love with this place that I can't shut up about it. Let me start by telling you how we found it. So, we flew from Oahu to the Big Island on the...

A Less Than Legal Hike on Oahu

A Less Than Legal Hike on Oahu

Everybody hikes Diamond Head and Manoa Falls. This one is less known...Lulumahu Falls. And this is what you'll find if you google it: "If you try to hike into Lulumahu Falls, in Nuuanu Valley, you could be arrested, seriously injured (it's within a bow and arrow...

The Spot – Oak Openings (NW Ohio)

The Spot – Oak Openings (NW Ohio)

If you are from NW Ohio, there is a strong possibility that you've heard about The Spot. If you are late to the party, that's okay, I'm going to hook you up. So the short version of the story is that this dude found a stand of red pine in a certain part of Oak...

Our first helicopter ride HAD to be over a volcano

Our first helicopter ride HAD to be over a volcano

We arrived in Kona on the first flight of the morning. We had no plans except an AirBnB we'd booked on the other side of the island, that we didn't end up even using. You can read about that over here. I wanted to drive the Red Road in Puna. I wanted to see the...

Exactly How We Find the Best Restaurants

Exactly How We Find the Best Restaurants

Rule #1. Always. Eat. Local. NO JOKE. With the exception of McD's on the road for breakfast, and maybe a Taco Bell at lunch, we HATE eating at chain restaurants. Oh, wait - that's not true. We have one HUGE free pass card for Zaxby's - because let me tell you, that IS...

Ireland: Blarney Castle + Kissing the Stone

Ireland: Blarney Castle + Kissing the Stone

When your family has been in the Americas since the 1600s, it seems unlikely that you would still turn out to be like 75% Scots-Irish...but here I am. As a tribute to my heritage, and because St. Patrick's Day is coming soon...you get a whole week of Ireland. I'll...

The Steel City

The Steel City

When I was growing up, my aunt and uncle lived outside Pittsburgh in Coraopolis. (I don't want crap from you Moon Township-ers.) I spent a ton of time there, and developed a deep and abiding love for the Pittsburgh Pirates. In fact, I'd say there are very few things I...

Fun in the Fort: All In Adventures

Fun in the Fort: All In Adventures

I'm a firm believer that if you don't get out and see the world, you are living a life half lived. Not just because you miss out on the wonders of the world, but you miss out on experiencing life outside of what you are accustomed to living. That all being said -...

Black Rocks – Marquette, MI

Clearly, we have a thing for jumping into water from high places. 15 feet was the height this time - and I, unfortunately, did not participate. (Lake Superior is ALWAYS cold...) BUT, my kids all did the jump this time, and that thrills me. Even the littlest (he's 11)...