(Reasons to Travel) Original Post: April 23, 2016 Anyone who knows me knows that I’m a “bit” of a worrywart. Okay, it’s true. I’m a flat-out crazy person sometimes. In my own mind, I’ve already encountered every possible awful scenario that has ever existed. My imagination is my own worst enemy. I’ve been through floods, fires, … Continue reading All the Things that Did Not Kill Me
Original Post: April 23, 2016 Remember the feeling when you were a kid and Christmas day finally arrived? It’s simultaneously amazing and disappointing. The day is here, but all of the weeks of anticipation are gone… There are tons of amazing new things to play with, loud family gathered around the dinner table, dozens of … Continue reading Chicago on a Saturday
Original Post: February 15, 2016 They say all good things must come to an end, and perhaps that’s why I’ve put off posting this last blog entry! On day 21, we were up at 5:30 due to a crying baby in the camp site across from us (seriously – what is with these parents???) and … Continue reading You Can’t Have it All
Original Post: November 30, 2015 Surely you must think that I’ve died since I have sorely neglected this blog for the past month and a half. At least part of that is due to NaNoWriMo or National Novel Writing Month, a frantic November scurry to get 50,000 words written by each participating aspiring novelist. As … Continue reading The Race
Original Post: October 11, 2015 We got up at 5:30 am to try our hand at spotting wildlife. We’d been told by Kirk that wolves and bears are frequently spotted in the Lamar Valley, and Nate had wanted to fish Pebble Creek, so off we went. Unlike Yosemite, Yellowstone is wonderfully laid out, with roads … Continue reading Brake Lights
Original Post: September 22, 2015 We were in for another long trip, but really, was there any other kind on this vacation? We left our little cabin in Coeur d’Alene, Idaho by 7 am and drove through the western edge of Montana, thinking all the while that we’d definitely be retiring there in the future. … Continue reading Big Horn Sheep, Hot Springs, and (No) Bears – Oh My!
Original Post: September 8, 2015 There came a point in our trip when we knew it would be time to turn around and head back home. Crater Lake didn’t really count (even though we’d changed directions), as it was still an amazing destination that I’d planned as part of the itinerary. Idaho, however, was…well… Idaho. … Continue reading More than Just Potatoes
Original Post: September 1, 2015 Day 16 – Crater Lake! It was “only” a 3 1/2 hour drive from the Redwood National Forest, but it’s funny how on this trip, the shorter drives felt longer. We arrived at the campground at 12:30, set up camp, ate some lunch, and realized it was already time to get … Continue reading It’s Only an Ankle
Original Post: August 26, 2015 Call it what you will, but I think San Francisco gives Chicago a run for its money as The Windy City. Geez! But I’m ahead of myself. Last I wrote, we were still stuck in Yosemite. Dismal, stormy, not-what-it-was-supposed-to-be Yosemite. We were poured on again the night before, ensuring that … Continue reading Fog City, The City by the Bay, San Fran
Original Post: August 17, 2015 Day 2 at Yosemite. At least we were prepared for Tioga Pass Road today. We woke early, figuring we’d start the day off right. That meant fishing in the stream in the meadow directly across from the campground, of course. Nate caught several cutthroat trout, hooting and hollering each time … Continue reading No Moonbows for You!
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