Mother’s Day Traditions

This year we decided to try something besides the normal Mother’s Day brunch. My Mom’s bestie, Gail, has a family home in Naples, Florida. Not one of those crazy McMansions but a wonderfully comfortable home base for relaxation and tons of beach time. The three of us were in need of some strict R&R. The timing was perfect! (more…)

I am Not Lost

All that is gold does not glitter,

Not all those who wander are lost;

The old that is strong does not wither,

Deep roots are not reached by the frost.

From the ashes a fire shall be woken,

A light from the shadows shall spring;

Renewed shall be blade that was broken,

The crownless again shall be king.”


The words written by J.R.R. Tolkien in Lord of the Rings, The Fellowship of the Ring have been whittled down by many, particularly in the travel sphere, to simply “Not all those who wander are lost.” For simplicity, I personally have adopted the popular version which removes ‘those’ from the phrase. (more…)

Just the Two of Us

It was our first vacation together. Just the two of us; Ed and I. The day after Thanksgiving in 2008, we hopped aboard a plane from Columbus, Ohio to Las Vegas, Nevada. I have to admit that I was a little nervous. Would I get on his nerves? Would he get on mine? The dynamic can so easily change when you’re traveling and have only each other, and the occasional interaction with complete strangers. (more…)

Awesome RV Rental

We recently had the most amazing experience renting an RV from! These guys absolutely excel at customer service. The core of their business is renting RVs for Penn State home games.  As a Buckeye, it was a bit difficult to choke down being inside an RV with Nittany Lions on it, but I made do. 🙂 (more…)

Sauk Mountain

Just outside Northern Cascades National Park is a long (I think about 7 miles?) winding gravel and dirt road leading you up near the summit of Sauk Mountain.  If you don’t know where to find it, you will pass right by and never know it’s there.  If you are coming from the west and you get to Rockport State Park then you’ve gone too far.  (more…)

Buffalo Springs Horse Farm

While out visiting my boyfriend’s family this 4th of July, we decided we wanted to go horseback riding.  A quick online search lead us to Buffalo Springs Horse Farm.  They offer trail rides on their property as well as at nearby Cordorus State Park.  We went for a ride on their property and it was great!  Parts of the property are rolling open fields and other areas are heavily wooded.  (more…)