Labor Day Weekend in Denali National Park

There are so many amazing photos to share in this post, so I’m going to get all of my typing over with, and put them in order at the end (feel free to scroll down!).  Enjoy! Before coming to Alaska, we had received advice from countless friends and family, regarding what we should do and … Continue reading

Canada, eh? Four days in Jasper

When we arrive in a new town, we typically visit the visitors’ welcome center.  There, we are advised which campgrounds have openings (many of them in Banff and Jasper were at full capacity each night, despite tourist season being “over”); we also get hiking advice and trail maps. Our stay in Jasper was initially planned … Continue reading

Canada, eh? Two Days in Banff

Banff is a charming resort town set in the Canadian Rockies, known for its hiking, skiing and scenery.  It’s a bit like an Aspen of the north: a little ritzy and luxurious, with some olde world charm.  On the whole, it’s a nice town, albeit a bit touristy. Eric and I explored the area by … Continue reading

Life in Deadwood, SD

Our friends who have visited the Dakotas recommended a stop at the famous Corn Palace in Mitchell.  It’s covered entirely in corn cobs, with a yearly redecoration and theme change; this year is “Remember When.” We stayed in a historic bed and breakfast, with some great hosts: Laura and Dustin.  They own this gem of a … Continue reading

A Childhood Paradise Revisited: Mt. Nebo, Arkansas

The next stop on our journey holds a dear place in my heart, for it was the site of family vacations I took as a child.  I have fond memories of my mom, dad, brother and me (in the days before my sister), exploring the wilderness of Mount Nebo State Park.  Our A-frame cabin was … Continue reading

Action-packed Asheville, NC

We made the short drive (yay!) from Burnsville to Asheville and settled in our new digs, a rustic cabin complete with fantastic host and two fluffy kitties.  Once again, the drive up to our lodgings made me break out in a cold sweat just a bit.  There are some seriously steep, shoulder-less roads in North … Continue reading

The Arts and Outdoors of Burnsville, NC

Mid-April found us heading to new territory in North Carolina.  We stayed in the upper level of a lovely round house with panoramic views of the Black Mountains (VRBO #371267, if you’re interested, but be warned of the steep, rocky driveway). It was the perfect spot for some rest and relaxation, removed from town, quiet … Continue reading

Washington, PA

In late March, we visited Eric’s first cousin, once-removed, Gayle, and her husband, Bill in the beautiful country of western Pennsylvania.  Spring had been following us slowly up the East Coast for a couple of months now, but it lagged behind us at this point – PA was still downright cold. For the first few … Continue reading

Cross Country to Colorado Springs

Eric and I left North Carolina early on a Sunday, with the intent of driving nonstop to Colorado Springs, so that we could visit and comfort our dear cat, Whiskers, in his final days.  Unfortunately, he declined rapidly this last day, and as we pulled in to a restaurant for lunch, we received a call … Continue reading

Texas Hill (Mountain) Country

Toward the end of February, we spent four days in the hill (mountain) country of Central Texas. The cabin we rented was on the banks of the Rio Frio, a beautiful, clear, lazy river, perfect for tubing in the summertime. While in hill country, Eric took some long road rides on his bicycle, while I … Continue reading