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August 28, 2017

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 day we were there, it was around 108 degrees. It felt like 120. From the parking area, this is the view. A surreal hodge podge of boulders stacked atop one another covering the ENTIRE valley. But what is not readily visible…is that they are HUGE. These super cool formations are really […]
August 21, 2017

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 out quite well. We arrived in Seattle around 9am, and didn’t fly out till 7. Thankfully, the King County Metro made it super easy to hop from the airport to downtown. Off the train, we had a couple blocks walk and we arrived at the holy grail […]
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 […]
August 13, 2017

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 for campsites and crowds we encountered when we were up there last week. It sits atop a line of bluffs (really just giant sand dunes in disguise), has a large campground, two groceries, one gas stations, two bars/restaurants, a diner, and more AirBnB’s per capita than any other […]
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