Skagway: Musher’s Camp and Dog Sledding

Our third port was the small gold rush town of Skagway.    From the dock in Skagway, a tour bus took Jeff, my niece Natalie and I to Musher’s Camp, located in Dyer, Alaska. Our driver was J. Dogg, a musher training for the famed Iditarod dogsled race.  He trains with this camp in preparation…

Juneau: Sea Kayaking and Mendenhall Glacier

Our second port stop was Juneau, the Alaskan State capital.  Juneau is not accessible by road, only by boat and plane. It is a special place and I wish we’d had more time to spend here.      We made the best with what little time we had.  Jeff and I went on a kayaking adventure…

Ketchikan: Bald Eagles at Totem Bight

Our first port stop was Ketchikan, Alaska.  Ketchikan is a fishing town, and the salmon were spawning into Thomas Harbor.        Our first stop: Totem Bight State Park, via the good ‘ole public Alaskan bus service.  I got a coffee from the corner mermaid coffee shop and found the Silver line bus stop, leading…

At Sea: Cruising the Inside Passage

We just returned from our Alaskan Family Cruise Vacation, including visits to Vancouver, Ketchikan, Juneau, Skagway, Anchorage, and Denali!  By family I mean: my husband Jeff and I, my mom, my Aunt Cathy and Uncle Gary, my Uncle Rick, my sister Adele, her husband Keith, and their kids Natalie and Ryan.    We had a…

Best Places to Bike: Southeast Michigan

As Michigan sees warmer weather, Jeff and I have dusted off our bikes and hit the road.  I’ve also had friends ask me for any recommendations on places to bike in Southeast Michigan.   I complied this list and I’d love any input on other great locations in the comments section!  Southeast Michigan is a…

How to Pack for any Trip

In August, my family and I are preparing to take a 14 day Alaskan cruise, including visiting Denali National Park.  There will be 10 in our party, ranging from children to seniors, with different levels of travel experience and interests.  We will need to be prepared for a range of temperatures and surroundings (sunny excursions,…

Vermont City Marathon

This Memorial Day weekend, my husband Jeff and I drove to Vermont so I could run the Vermont City Marathon.     We spent a few days beforehand exploring Boston to celebrate Jeff’s upcoming birthday.  We hit all of the Boston essentials: we walked the Freedom Trail, had a drink at Cheers, saw a Red…

Lisbon, Portugal

After Marrakesh, we jumped a plane and flew to Lisbon.  Lisbon is one of the oldest cities in the world and the oldest in Western Europe. Lisbon, the capital of Portugal, is a beautiful coastal town with steep hillsides, magnificent plazas, tree lined streets and historic bright yellow electric street Trams.  The oldest neighborhood in…

Marrakech Memories

Days after running the Madrid Marathon, Jeff and I hopped a plane headed for Marrakech, Morocco.  It was our first visit to the continent of Africa, and we were both very excited and unsure of what to expect. I was lucky and got the window seat on our two hour flight, and I watched as…

Madrid Maratón

In January, my college friend Mindy contacted me and told me that she was running in the Madrid Half Marathon in April. As a fellow runner/traveler junkie, she encouraged me to run in the Madrid full Marathon.  I was certain that the logistics would not work out, as I was scheduled to work the weekend…

My Bullet Journal: keeping track of my goals while staying organized

I’d like to introduce you to the Bullet Journal.   The best organizational tool in Moleskin form. I’ve been using a bullet journal since last December.  I first heard about it on Pinterest. In simple terms, a Bullet journal is a single, bound, paper journal that includes an index, numbered pages, and the ability to…

Honeymoon Happiness: Ireland and Norway

Jeff and I took our belated honeymoon in February to Norway and Ireland. Last April, prior to our engagement, I found a $280 round trip flight from New York to Oslo on Norwegian Airlines, a budget international carrier, through theflightdeal.com.  I jumped at the chance, booking two tickets before I’d done any research.   It…