August 11, 2017

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. That’s all changed now. It all started when the Wizards changed their name and moved downtown. Parkview Field was constructed, and the newly named TinCaps brought with them the change the city was needing. Or at least that’s the way it seemed to an observer from Ohio. I realize […]
August 2, 2017

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. But from that beach, I gathered all of these that I thought MIGHT be agates…toted them back to our campsite in a bucket and checked them with a magnifier and a light.     And THIS is the big take.     It should be noted that […]
July 18, 2017

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 about that time I forced my 39-year-old self to (finally) learn how to snorkel + jumped off a 20ft high cliff into the crystal blue waters of Waimea Bay. So, first let’s talk about the shark cage. We went with Hawaii Shark Encounters – and they were AWESOME. We […]
July 4, 2017

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 for most). The trail begins at Jordan Pond House – where if you are fortunate, you can grab popovers and jam. The day we were there, we missed out, because while not many people were doing the hike, everyone and their Grandma were waiting to get a popover. […]
June 26, 2017

Watkins Glen State Park Overview

June 12, 2017

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 or bathroom stops. Clearly, you see that 18+ hours in a car with three teenagers was never going to be a good idea. As such, we planned to stop along the way, and I’d been just dying to check out Watkins Glen State Park. It was only 8 hours into the […]
June 8, 2017

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 spliced. Words are flowing. But before we could go, we had to pack. There are five of us in this family – the Dad, me, the oldest boy, the girl and the youngest boy. Obviously, we each have our own things we need, and my husband handles […]
May 25, 2017

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 without MTV. I don’t want my kids to be like that. And while Canada is basically America’s sister, and they have basically all the same things we have – we decided it was time to get the kids started on the road to being International Travelers. It […]
May 25, 2017

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 because you want to. No reason other than to see parts of the world that you’ve never seen before. I’m an advocate of traveling for either reason, and I always say go big or go home. This past fall my husband and I took a just because trip to California. I’d never […]
May 25, 2017

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 hiked all five of the major areas, and even did one twice because we thought it would be fun to walk the “rim trail” at dusk on a little ghost hunt. The second time, we went in the fall and it was much busier. We skipped through Old […]
May 22, 2017

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 the drive in me that he has. Doesn’t mean I’m not taking notes, though. This past Saturday, I had a mini-epiphany about the direction of my future, and it was due to some things he said. Actually, his words jumped right on the back of a conversation I had with […]
May 8, 2017

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 an itinerary. Same goes with my daily schedule. I have a rough outline of what I need to do on any given day, but I don’t have hard and fast time frames around any of it. Got any idea how that’s working out for […]