New Zealand South · Uncategorized

Why You Need to Visit Franz Josef Village

Have you ever been somewhere that truly surprised you, and pleasantly so? Somewhere you wish you could have spent more time exploring, or perhaps somewhere you’re already planning to visit again? For Steve and me, Franz Josef Village is one of those places! Even under overcast skies, it was beautiful. Imagine it on a sunny… Continue reading Why You Need to Visit Franz Josef Village

Fitness and Wellness · maui · Uncategorized

Hiking Hawaii: Maui

It’s Maui Monday! One of Steve’s and my favorite things to do when we travel is hike, and Hawaii has no shortage of beautiful hikes across each and every island. Maui’s nickname is the Valley Isle, so you can imagine the lush green landscape and all the beautiful trails there are to explore. Whether you… Continue reading Hiking Hawaii: Maui

Fitness and Wellness · Switzerland · Uncategorized

Snow Hiking in the Alps

It’s Motivation Monday! I’ll admit that I’m a little bit of a contradiction: I hate the cold, but I love the snow! My sweet husband and I both enjoy hiking anywhere we find ourselves in the world. And since this is the Year of Active Travel, I thought I’d do a little write up on the… Continue reading Snow Hiking in the Alps

Alaska · Uncategorized

Hiking the Alaskan Wilderness

Originally published on 29 December 2007. I went to Alaska for a week after my college graduation. Alaska in December? You bet! More adventures in Alaska! Today was kind of an easy day. No ice climbs, no flying planes onto glaciers, just hiking the beautiful, gorgeous Alaskan wilderness! We got up whenever–around 9:30 before the sun… Continue reading Hiking the Alaskan Wilderness

Big Island of Hawaii · Islands · Uncategorized

Hiking Hawaii: The Big Island

It is Travel Tip Tuesday on the blog, and today it’s all about tips and tricks for hiking Hawaii’s Big Island! The Island of Hawaii has tons of trails. In fact, many of their best beaches and most unique sites are only accessible via hike (or 4 wheel drive + serious skills).We were only able… Continue reading Hiking Hawaii: The Big Island

Big Island of Hawaii · Uncategorized

10 Reasons to Visit Hawaii’s Big Island

Aloha! If you’ve been following me on Facebook, Instagram, or Twitter, you know my sweet husband and I had an absolute blast celebrating our third wedding anniversary on the Big Island of Hawaii! We love the state of Hawaii for plenty of reasons, and we recommend that everyone visit at least once in a lifetime.… Continue reading 10 Reasons to Visit Hawaii’s Big Island

Guam · Islands · Uncategorized

10 Reasons to Visit Guam

If you’ve been following my Facebook, Twitter, or Instagram pages, you know I just got back from a beautiful, tropical island paradise… Guam! I’ll be posting some tips and other fun Guam posts next week, but for this Faraway Friday, here are 10 reasons YOU should consider a trip to Guam! 10. Love Birds Though I… Continue reading 10 Reasons to Visit Guam


Bear Sighting!

Originally published on 2 June 2012. Val and I got into a bit of a situation on our Appalachian hike today… Not only did we see two bears, the mama bear charged us! And we’ve lived to tell the tale! It all started when we decided to go hiking in the Shenandoah Mountains today. We were excited… Continue reading Bear Sighting!

Kauai · Uncategorized

Trekking the Grand Canyon (of the Pacific)

It’s our last day in Hawaii for now, my friends! Let’s make the most of it! We finally slept in until 5:00am (woohoo!), and that’s a good thing. On our last day on Kauai, we would be hiking again. We gathered our belongings, ate breakfast downstairs, and with great reluctance, we checked out. Luckily for… Continue reading Trekking the Grand Canyon (of the Pacific)

Kauai · Uncategorized

North Shore Shenanigans

Welcome back, my readers! Sunday morning dawned early for us! Since we were up and alert at 4:30 am (10:30 East Coast Time), we decided to call into my congregation’s “worship hotline” to listen into the Sunday service and participate together from afar! There is a church on Kauai we could have gone to, so… Continue reading North Shore Shenanigans