To Canada or Not? That is the Question

Thanks to Simone about her Canadian adventure to Minden with a toddler in tow!

After having had guests from Germany, for two weeks in June, vacation is calling. How convenient that my husband’s work’s shutdown week is right around the corner! How about a trip to Minden, Canada to visit friends at their cottage at Mountain Lake? I am immediately thinking to rent an RV for the week. That should be an inexpensive, adventurous, and hopefully fun, way to travel and we can take the dogs along; so we save even more money. “Yes? Great! Let’s do this!”

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The Time The Pacific Ocean Tried to Swallow Me

The wave surged over my head. I inhaled quickly, but I was too late. The crest trampled over me, ignoring my existence. I succumbed to the Pacific Ocean’s wishes. As if I had a choice to disobey.

Even knowing the water was only a few feet deep didn’t stop the thought: I have to get air.

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The Tale of Two Suitcases (Sand and Snow)

We are going to the beach on Saturday for four days! If that isn’t exciting enough for me, we turn around and leave 4 days later for Ohio. Wheeeee! My suitcases are packed!

Sort of.

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Puerto Vallarta with Kids: Swimming, the Malecon, & Dance of the Flyers

We crept along the winding mountain road, traffic was heavy. It was also going slow and there was a double yellow line, so no passing. How much further to Puerto Vallarta? I wondered.

“Next time, we’ll fly,” my husband muttered from the driver’s seat, as we watched yet another crazy person pass the slower traffic on a double yellow lined blind mountain curve.

I hope Puerto Vallarta is worth it!

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Procrastination Rears Its Ugly Head… Again

Hi. My name is Natalie and I’m a procrastinator. I am full of procrastination.

“Hi Natalie,” an imaginary group chants back, in chorus.

“And a worrier,” I add, to be candid.

We are leaving tomorrow for our first vacation in a year and I haven’t even started packing yet. Seriously, how I could forget? I may have been a little too obsessed with getting tacos for dinner (and they were SO worth it as I can’t get enough tacos).

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The Day My Dogs Arrived in Mexico

Today’s the day! My dogs will finish up their 3 day journey from Ohio into Central Mexico today! That’s right, they went on a dog road trip!

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New Orleans: Mystery, Mystique, and Masquerade

New Orleans, Louisiana. It’s an interesting place, even when you are there as a young twenty-something and you end up consuming a lot of alcohol…

There is so much more to the city, but being who I was then, I didn’t have a huge urge to explore outside of the French Quarter. Though I did party a lot there, that also wasn’t my usual MO. Maybe that is why I have such fond memories of my time there, because I lived so differently during my short visit. I had such joie de vivre!

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Travel in Your Backyard: Carriage Hill Metro Park

Big thanks to Andrew for this awesome post about exploring in our own backyards.

Often when we think of travel we imagine ourselves far away from home. Usually hopping on a plane and going somewhere tropical but that doesn’t have to be the case. The truth is that adventure is always lurking in your back yard and often it’s affordable. Sure, it may not be as glamorous as a whirlwind European tour but sometimes you have to take what you can get. My backyard is Ohio so I hope to highlight some fun, affordable, and overlooked spots for you to visit. Continue reading

Is Newport Aquarium a Fun Adventure for Little Kids?

As usual, I wasn’t prepared for the trip, this time to Newport Aquarium. I packed twice the night before and once again in the morning, because every time I turned around, my two little humans were unpacking the suitcase and using it for a doll bed. I was worried I’d forget an essential item. And worse, I wondered would my kids enjoy the aquarium. Would I forget something? Did the kids have fun on our aquarium adventure? Did we go across the Newport Aquarium Shark Bridge?

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The Zip Line to Hell: An Exhilarating Adventure

Special thanks to Andrew for being our first guest contributor and sharing some of his adventures at the zip line to Hell (Louisville Mega Cavern) in Kentucky  (USA), the only fully underground zipline in the world.

Follow Taylor Avenue past a strip mall, fast food restaurants, ordinary homes and keep driving. Soon you’ll be winding through a business park and wondering if you’re in the right place.  It seems unlikely but nestled behind rows of  warehouses is a massive man made cavern with a zip line course.

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