Aspen Alley Leaf Peeping in Breckenridge

When my daughter's boyfriend suggested Aspen Alley in Breckenridge for leaf-peeping, I said, "What?" How did we not know about this spectacular hike? Dan, (not to be confused with my husband, Danny) found the gem on an app for mountain bike trail. Amazing! Despite back-to-school and football games, people flocked to the mountains enjoy the... Continue Reading →

Another Colorado Backpacking Adventure

Last year, our 4-mile Colorado backpacking adventure turned into eight very long treacherous miles to Sawtooth Mountain and Coney Lakes in the Rocky Mountains. We made it just in time to pitch a tent and make dinner before night descended. Believe it or not, I looked forward to another. This year, the 2.4-mile hike to... Continue Reading →

Take A Photo Tour Through Hidcote Manor Garden

Hidcote Manor Garden has been on my mind all summer. After a major deck replacement and landscape removal, my otherwise beautiful gardens looked bleak. I needed some inspiration and remembered the extraordinary English gardens explored a few years ago while traveling through the Cotswolds. Our first landscape crew, soon fired, cut three of my Hidcote... Continue Reading →

How to Travel with Dogs

I only considered traveling with one dog. A yappy dog. A dog who on occasion tears around the house in a tirade of twists and turns, kicking up dust and scattering rugs in her wake. Kennelling our dog has become highway robbery between $42-47 per night. But that wasn't the reason I relented and brought... Continue Reading →

The Best of Versailles

Mary Antoinette's stomping grounds, Palace of Versailles, is a must-see if you ever travel to Paris. After a short train ride, nothing could prepare me for what lay right around the corner. It was more sumptuous, grand, and had more gold gilt and marble than I had imagined. Truly humbled by the massive palace, Danny,... Continue Reading →

An Epic Oregon Adventure

After a few rainy days of exploring Portland and discovering its weirdness, it was time for an epic Oregon adventure. I had read about their magnificent waterfalls, fairylands tucked into deep thick forests, and amazing coastline and beaches. The opposite could be found in Bend, located in the high desert to the east. Ski resorts... Continue Reading →

What Makes Portland Weird?

Have you heard that Portland, Oregon is weird? I have. Portlanders are proud of their motto, Keep Portland Weird. I was curious and traveled there for my birthday. What I discovered was pretty dang strange. 18 signs of weirdness in Portland: The Freakybuttrue Peculiarium. Caught in Portland's weird culture at a strange museum. An indoor... Continue Reading →

Travel Tips and Tricks for Your Next Trip!

I discovered these travel tips and tricks while traveling a ton last year. Say that three times fast. I thought I'd share my favorites. Oh, man, now I'm rhyming. These tips save time, help with packing, and have made traveling so much more enjoyable. Travel season is almost upon us! I hope to travel again soon if Danny... Continue Reading →

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