On Day Four (catch up on days 1-3.5 here) of our great Western Europe road trip we departed Belgium, and drove in to northern France. We drove through bright sunshine, over rolling green hills, with steeples from tiny villages decorating the landscape, a chateau or two, and union workers striking on the highway. We were […]Read More Euro road trip family edition. Part Two: Normandy, France. A region beyond the infamous beaches.
Day One: travel day. Now, before anyone goes off and starts thinking this was some sort of fairy tale adventure, I want to assure you that we have two children who like to keep us firmly grounded. Max did his part by vomiting in the car, a whole 40 minutes down the road. After that, […]Read More A family European Road trip in four parts. Part One: Amsterdam, Brugges and all stops in between.
If you want to get off the grid, Oceanside, Oregon is a good place to go. Its a speck of a town with houses stacked up from the beach like stadium seats with ocean views. There’s no cell service in town, which was part of the appeal. I wanted us all to unplug and to […]Read More off the grid in Oceanside, OR
Quebec City had been on my bucket list for a long time. It always seemed a little exotic (if you could call Canada exotic) being French-speaking and having its own chateau. I was, therefore, excited when we found out we would be living within a half-day’s drive of it. We spent last Labor Day weekend […]Read More Quebec City + the long way home
We are moving to Poland in just a handful of weeks. Can you believe it? I can’t. I’m not sure when its going to sink in. Poland! We’re so excited. But right now, despite the fact that movers are coming tomorrow and I’m stress eating ice cream sandwiches and peanut butter pretzels by the handful, […]Read More Eastern U.S. Summer Road Trip Part 1: the Midwest and Great Lakes
A good friend and I did an overnight in Port Angeles, WA one late May weekend. My husband will forever give me a hard time about this weekend, because it is the weekend that I ditched his going-away party at a very cool speakeasy, which happened to be the place we were introduced, before he […]Read More Olympic Peninsula Girl’s Trip
We’re going on vacation!!! Its our first trip as a family of four (although Max was technically present last time in my 29 weeks pregnant belly) and we are all looking forward to getting away together. Our last trip as a family was in August. We spent 10 days in the Pacific Northwest. It was […]Read More Little Itinerary: three days in Seattle, family edition
The other day, National Geographic had an Instagram story featuring the Loneliest Road in America. At the end it asked, would you travel the loneliest road in America? I had to smile because, why, yes, National Geographic. I have, actually. The Loneliest Road in America is U.S. Route 50 across Nevada. My mom and I […]Read More The Loneliest Road In America and the Hotel Nevada: Go out of your way to go out of the way
I’ve recently had an extended stay at the place where, no matter how many times I move, I still call Home. Its an easy place to like, even in the dead of winter. There’s lots of water, sandy beaches, bright red lighthouses, places to hike, bike and ski, good restaurants, a few solid breweries. I […]Read More Hometown Tourist: dune hikes in Spring Lake / Grand Haven / Ferrysburg, MI
Its the end of a very long, very cold week. I don’t know about you, but I’ve been daydreaming about warmer climates. It only seems natural after a week of pretty much constant indoor time. I’ve been passing the time between diaper changes and feeding schedules planning dream vacations. *sigh* If you are actually planning […]Read More Don’t Go To Hawaii