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 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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

Day 8 – The World’s Most Epic RV Road Trip – Lake Tahoe

Day 8 – The World’s Most Epic RV Road Trip – Lake Tahoe

Collectively, this was our least favorite stop on the trip. Lake Tahoe is lovely. But... The mountains surrounding this gorgeous lake are incredible. The whole area looks like a postcard. We arrived by noon local time, and desperately wanted to rent a boat – but 30mph...

Day 9 – The World’s Most Epic RV Road Trip – Yosemite

Day 9 – The World’s Most Epic RV Road Trip – Yosemite

When you leave Lake Tahoe to the South, you will encounter an agricultural inspection point. They grill you about what kind of fruit you are bringing in and where you got it from. We blew the fellow's mind because we'd been in California, only very briefly back in...

Day 11 – The World’s Most Epic RV Road Trip – Death Valley

Day 11 – The World’s Most Epic RV Road Trip – Death Valley

The trip from Sequoia to Death Valley was basically uneventful, save for a very fortuitous stop at Gus's (don't bother with the grammatical error of that) Jerky. It's phenomenal, and very worth the stop. Round about here, we got buzzed by what we think was an F-14...

Day 15 – The World’s Most Epic RV Road Trip – Vegas, Baby

Day 15 – The World’s Most Epic RV Road Trip – Vegas, Baby

When I say we don't like crowds - I mean it. We were at the Hoover Dam before anyone else. Waiting patiently for a tour that was not to be. (Broken elevator). We did do the visitor center - very informative, very interesting. We spent quite a bit of time checking it...

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 -...

Freedom is more important than security

Freedom is more important than security

My kids are all turning out to be entrepreneurs. It was a logical conclusion, seeing as how their dad and I both are now. Their dad was a teacher during their early lives, but they don't really remember those days. Not well anyway. As far as they are concerned, we...

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...

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)...