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...

County Clare, The Burren & the Cliffs of Moher

Eight years ago, my husband and I took an amazing ten day trip around Ireland. My dad lived in Dublin where he was an instructor for the National Ambulance School. Which created a perfect opportunity for us - because my motto is, if you know someone who lives...

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...

Cincy isn’t so bad. But I still don’t love the Reds.

Cincy isn’t so bad. But I still don’t love the Reds.

I know this thing I'm about to say makes me weird. I'm okay with that. I am a die-hard Pittsburgh Pirates fan. Have been since my first game. I know they except for the last two seasons they have been miserable. The last time they were good, I was in high school - and...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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....

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....

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...