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Day 1 – The World’s Most Epic RV Road Trip – Chicago

Day 1 – The World’s Most Epic RV Road Trip – Chicago

The last few years my husband and I have taken a mini-trip sans children for our anniversary. One year it was to see San Francisco, Yosemite and the Sequoia; another it was to see the National Parks of Utah. We've been saying for awhile that we'd like to combine those...

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...

Becoming More of Yourself

Becoming More of Yourself

A voice in my head has been bugging me to make this video for DAYS. Another voice was telling me not to because... A ) Who is even going to watch it. B ) Why would anyone even care. C ) I don't have a "Pro" environment in which to do it. All of that is just BS. So I...

I’d rather be a unicorn

I’d rather be a unicorn

Most little girls love princesses. They want to be a princess. I was not most little girls. Being a princess has not ever held any kind of draw for me. To me, being a princess means a confined life. One where you do what you are told. You listen to the rules. And you...

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...

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...

We Accidentally Ate at Al Capone’s Favorite Restaurant

We Accidentally Ate at Al Capone’s Favorite Restaurant

In the last twenty-four years, I've probably been to Chicago at least twenty times. I love Chicago. It's a lovely city with amazing architecture, incredible museums, great sports fans and venues, and about a million things to do. Oh, and an excellent bus and train...

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...

5 Not-So Common Travel Tips That Will Make Any Trip Better

5 Not-So Common Travel Tips That Will Make Any Trip Better

I am well aware that there are people out there who travel on a more regular basis than I do. And they probably have a million and five tips that blow these out of the water, but these are great ones to get you started. If you travel infrequently, or it's been awhile...

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...

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...

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....

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...

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...

10 Days on the Road: What to pack (and what to leave behind)

10 Days on the Road: What to pack (and what to leave behind)

I'm just home from 10 days on the road. Ten solid days of family time - two to get there, two to get home, and the rest hiking our butts off and eating our way through every lobster pound we could find. More on that coming soon. Pics are being edited. Videos are being...

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...

Niagara Falls + Internationally Traveling Kids

Niagara Falls + Internationally Traveling Kids

My first trip out of the US was at the age of 14. I went on a mission trip to Antigua, and it changed my life. Partially because seeing the way people live outside of the US is enlightening. I mean, it was mind-blowing to me that people lived on a regular basis...

Hustle Your Own Way

Hustle Your Own Way

I am a MONSTROUS fan of Gary Vaynerchuk. I've been paying attention to him for years. I find his videos to be relevant and the "audio experience" is my go-to for the treadmill. His hustle is total #goals. However, I'm a realistic gal. I know that I will not ever have...

How Can I Have A Schedule When I’d Rather Be Spontaneous

How Can I Have A Schedule When I’d Rather Be Spontaneous

When I plan a vacation, the only thing I really plan is the destination and where we will be staying. I prefer to keep things open to possibility. Which isn't to say I don't have things I want to see and do - just that I have not ever, and I mean EVER, been okay with...

I’d Even Flip Burgers, If I Had To

I’d Even Flip Burgers, If I Had To

It's been awhile since I've written anything on this blog. Primarily that's because I've been busting my tail, trying to get my feet back underneath me financially speaking. You see, I'm not always a good decision maker when it comes to money. And even though I have...

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...