Arizona: Part II - Last week I covered the first part of our whirlwind Arizona trip – which included wedding festivities, eating, and hiking. With one more day on the trip, and left to our own devices, Ryan and I set out for a little road trip to see as much as possible. Thanks to the advice of our […]
Long Weekend: Arizona - In late March, I had the opportunity to travel to Arizona for a friend’s wedding. I must admit, Arizona has never been a “must see” on my list – aside from the Grand Canyon, which, if we’re being honest, I only had a vague notion of being “out west” somewhere. With beautiful wedding festivities dotting […]
Adventure Flashback: Seattle - My recent posts have all been very lengthy, so I thought I’d switch it up with something a little more visually appealing. Not that I don’t love the human aspect of posting a picture of an exploded spaghetti squash inside my microwave. But whatever. We don’t really live a Pinterest-worthy life over here, folks. How […]
Travel Flashback: Tulum - When summertime finally comes around in Michigan, it’s easy to lose sight of months that creep by without a sliver of light or warmth. But even with newly abundant sunshine and everything in full bloom here at home, these photos of Tulum still manage to evoke wonderful memories of breezy mornings and hazy afternoons that […]
Charleston Wedding - Recently, I had the good fortune of attending a wedding in Charleston, South Carolina. While the destination puzzled me at first, I soon realized what a great opportunity it would be to explore a city I hadn’t thought of. That crafty couple, that was their intention all along. Ryan and I figured if we were making […]
Travel Flashback: Mackinac Island - (And no, sadly the title of this post doesn’t rhyme. It’s pronounced “mack-in-aw”.) Last summer, I wrote about my trip to Mackinac Island, up in Northern Michigan. I hadn’t been there in about twenty years, and instantly fell in love. It almost pains me to say that, since it’s considered by some to be a […]
Manistee National Forest - A few weekends ago my family convened on the west side of the state for a little mid-summer camp trip. The weekend was filled with a lot of laughs, and even more mosquitos. Here in Michigan people have been talking about how this was going to be a banner year for mosquitos because of all […]
Saugatuck Getaway - For my mom’s birthday back in March I gave her a weekend in Saugatuck, just us. Leaving the men and dogs at home. Since my parents skip town immediately following her birthday, our trip had to wait until their return, almost three months later. A touristy-artsy-charming town on the west side of the state, Saugatuck […]
A Traverse City Memorial Day - As part of our whirlwind Memorial Day weekend, Ryan and I decided to spend the day in Traverse City after the music festival.  Half because it’s awesome, and half because it was practical, and a little bit of needing cross-country flight hours for his next rating, Ryan decided to fly.  So, we got up early, […]
Kentucky Oaks, Kentucky Derby - I don’t really count myself as a horse racing fan, per se, but what I AM a fan of is dressing up, having cocktails, being outside, and people watching. The weekend of the Kentucky Derby and the Kentucky Oaks contains all these things, and is really something to behold. Many people don’t know this, but […]
Corporate Retreat - 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, […]
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, […]
Travel Flashback – Portland - 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 […]
Canadian Camping - 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 […]
Travel Flashback: Riviera Maya - There are some vacations that are just a little more special than others – there’s nothing tangible about it, but everything feels just right.  The activities, the company, the location, the weather – all the little things click into place to create fantastic memories.  Cue Mexico, Spring 2013.
Mackinac Island Adventure - For my recent birthday, my parents trumped all their past gift-giving endeavors by giving me a one-night stay at a hotel on Mackinac Island and free dog-sitting. And because they know sometimes we procrastinate or let life pass us by, they went ahead and arranged everything with Ryan down to the reservation date, so we […]
Close Enough to Vacation - This was, as I think is true for a lot of people, the summer that wasn’t.  Ryan and I didn’t get any vacations scheduled aside from our annual events, and so they just never happened.  (I had grand plans that included a lot of camping and weekend road trips, alas.)  So, a few weeks ago […]
Houseboat Adventure (Part 5) - Does an annual vacation still count as adventure? I think so, especially if it involves nature – both human and earthly. I say human nature because of the social-experimentation feel this trip sometimes takes on. Cue movie trailer voice-over: “What happens when you isolate 14 people in floating living quarters for a weekend excursion? Houseboat. […]