September 21, 2017

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 the best chicken in the world. So, except for that, we try to avoid chains at all cost. Even at home, it’s usually the last place we go. The reason for this is simple. No one who owns a chain is all that passionate about the food. […]
September 13, 2017


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 what to bring with them on the plane. This came to my attention when my friend had to fly for the first time in 20 years a few months ago – and he literally had no idea what he might need. Side note – I really hate […]
August 29, 2017

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 since your last trip, these might be things that haven’t crossed your mind – but I promise, they will make your life a little easier.   1. Pack Light & Do Not Check That Bag (at least not on the “going” end of the trip). I have taken […]
August 14, 2017

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 did it all. Rocky Mountain National Park to Mesa Verde to Yellowstone, and a few stops along the way. When we returned, I vowed I would never go camping in a tent again. That’s when we bought our first camper, a 1977 Travelmate Pop-Up. Two […]
April 10, 2017

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 were down for three days. And then friends told us about the time they were in DC and got stuck for five hours with no way to get back to their camper, again, because the trains were not running. Now you need to understand that what they say about […]