San Francisco: February 2017

San Francisco is expensive, but really nice to visit. I’m glad to be just a 2-hour, usually affordable, flight away from visiting. I know people who live there, how they afford to live there I don’t always know. Because I know people who live there, I haven’t really seen a lot of the tourist attractions….

Kauai, Hawaii: Day 9 Last Day Beach Tour

Our last day in Kauai was filled with stopping at a couple beaches on our way to the airport. We didn’t have a flight until noon, so we had some time to spend and soak in the last bits of sunshine. If you don’t live in Portland, OR and you crave sunshine, do not move…

Kauai, Hawaii: Day 8 Kayak Adventures

If you know me or have been reading my blog for the last couple years, you probably know that I love adventures. My life feels more fulfilled when I am able to partake in various adventures. I need down time too, don’t get me wrong. But vacation is always better when adventures are thrown in…

Kauai, Hawaii: Day 7 Kilauea Lighthouse

Whoa! I’m back. I took a sabbatical from writing. I now realize that was a terrible idea. It wasn’t on purpose. It just sort of happened. Like when you wake up on a random Saturday with no particular plans, but a friend calls and asks if you want to go to brunch. Then brunch turns…

Kauai, Hawaii: Day 6 Poipu and Queen’s Bath

I’m sitting in the cold with a hat on while I write this. Reminiscing about warm Hawaii weather is not enough to distract the mind from the icy conditions outside. I’m ready for Spring and Summer. Our house is too old for wintry conditions. It’s been a bit abnormal this winter in Portland. There hasn’t…

Poipu, Kauai: Day 5 Sunshine

It was time for a full day of sunshine. Earlier in the trip we only got snippets of the sun and needed a serious beach day. I had been to Kauai a couple years before and remembered hearing that the south side was consistently sunny in the winter compared to the north shore. We packed…

Kauai Island, Hawaii – Day 4 Chocolate Farm Tour

I don’t always like to go on guided tours, but sometimes they are worth attending. Typically we like to go on a lot of our own adventures during a trip with one or two guided to see things that we may have not found on our own. I also find that guided tours are very…

Kauai, Hawaii: Day 3

On our third day on the island, it rained quite a bit. Time to find fun things to do in the rain on Kauai. We decided that we could really do anything in the rain if we didn’t let it bother us. So we went into Hanalei and had lunch and delicious, but expensive tropical drinks. It started…

Kauai Island, Hawaii: Day 2

After a day of travel and random issues, we were ready to start our morning on the Wainiha Bay beach across the street from the place we were staying. It was so nice to see the beach from the upstairs window. While it tends to be a bit rainier on the North Shore in the…

Kauai Island: Day 1 Arrival Adventures

There are so many beaches on Kauai. So many that you will have a hard time visiting them all. Regardless of which ones you visit, you’re bound to find something unique and beautiful on each one. Even in the rain. It rains a lot on the North Shore in the winter. Be warned. But sometimes…

Labor Day Weekend in Jersey

Every year I go back to Jersey to visit my family. For years, I would go back around Thanksgiving or Christmas alternating which holiday I would visit on. The last few years I decided it was time to change it up as costs and chaos around flying during the holidays is not ideal. Plus I…

Juan Venado Island Nature Reserve, Nicaragua

Put me on a boat in the sunshine with a frozen drink and I’m in a serious happy place. This adventure didn’t include the frozen drink, but it was still a pretty great happy place and I saw a lot of nature. Juan Venado Island Nature Reserve is known for it’s eclectic range of birds….