Corporate Retreat

Beach Walk
A couple weeks ago I had the amazing fortune to tag along as Ryan (and business partner Kevin) took the company to Mexico for a much-deserved, much-needed corporate retreat.

It’s no secret that I’m in love with Mexico. I dream about it all the time. I’m constantly bombarding Ryan with texts about the weather there, as not-so-helpful reminders that we could be living a glorious expat lifestyle on the beaches of Playa del Carmen. (Tech jobs lend themselves to living in tropical locations!) I digress.

There were eleven of us on the trip in total, and the majority had never been out of the country before – it was even someone’s first plane ride. So around Thanksgiving or so, the staff was informed to get passports – that was it. Then, around Christmastime, they were told about the impending adventure. They spent a few weeks informing clients, closed the office (except for a recent hire and an intern), and off we went. Continue reading

Jacksonville Adventure

Prior to a few weeks ago, I hadn’t been to Florida in over a decade. Ryan’s middle brother and parents have all relocated to Florida, and made plans for everyone to visit between Christmas and New Years. It was just a handy coincidence that in Michigan we were just coming off a violent ice storm, which included several days of below-freezing temperatures and power outages. Needless to say, we were ready to go. Continue reading

Travel Flashback – Portland

Willamette Vista
I don’t know if it’s the close of fall, daylight savings ending, and consecutive weekends spent at home, but I have the travel bug again. It may also have something to do with a construction crew banging on my house all day while I feel trapped inside. That certainly isn’t helping. Evidently my domesticity has some pretty particular limits.

So, while I can’t just jump on a plane and head somewhere exciting (though, come to think of it, why not?) I thought I’d share one of my favorite adventure spots of all time – Portland, Oregon. What a funky and magical place. Continue reading

Canadian Camping

LSP 16
I would say the only, and I mean ONLY downside to traveling, especially camping, is the inevitable disaster that your home becomes before and after the trip. Or is that just my house? We’ll commiserate and pretend its everyone… I hope you’ll excuse my blogging absence, as I’ve been trying to reclaim our space from the camping gear and laundry that’s accumulated in every room.

This past weekend – from Thursday night to Monday night – we were in the great north, about two hours from Sault Ste. Marie, at Lake Superior Provincial Park. How did we get there? Turns out the world is pretty serendipitous. After running into a friend a baseball game, we were talking about fall plans, and she began telling us of this amazing camping trip she goes on every year to Canada – and that we should join the group this year. I’m not sure how serious she was at the time, but things escalated, and soon we were making packing lists and checking the weather! So, that’s how we ended up taking a long weekend in a magical northern paradise… Continue reading