It’s been a while since I posted a travel post! I’ll explain why that is soon, but first, let me explain where we are in these pictures. The above pictures are of Indianhead Ski Resort in the Upper Peninsula of Michigan. We were invited by our friends to spend New Years at the resort with them. It was a wonderful time! I personally am a terrible downhill skier, so I opted for snowshoeing while everyone hit the slopes. My husband… Read more »

An ancient city complete with fast food restaurants, taverns, brothels, mansions, running water, a market, an amphitheater and a port… doesn’t really sound ancient at all. However, the city of Pompeii is nearly 2,000 years old. It is hard to adequately describe how incredible it is to walk the streets of this wonderfully preserved city. Don’t worry, though, I have plenty of pictures.

Home to the Pope, the Sistine Chapel, St. Peter’s Basilica, countless extraordinary works of art in the Vatican Museums and yet, this country only has a population of about 800. This would undoubtedly make Vatican City the smallest country in the world. Don’t let its size fool you, though, there is an absolutely astonishing amount of history to explore in Vatican City. Many people seem to think you will not appreciate visiting Vatican City unless you are a devout Catholic…. Read more »

When in Rome… it is completely acceptable to eat until the buttons burst off your pants, and it is impossible to not be completely immersed in history. There are so many incredible sights and restaurants to explore in Rome, you could spend your entire life here and not experience it all. My husband and I spent a little over two weeks exploring Rome. We expected this vacation to be an adventure but not necessarily relaxing. We were quite wrong. I… Read more »

There were many things that surprised me about India, but the most amazing part of our trip was meeting so many unbelievably kind people. Everyone was so accepting and patient with us as they showed us the wonderful sights of India. It is an experience I will never forget. Wedding Festivities We made the journey here with some of my family for my cousin’s wedding. She was marrying a young man from Pune, India. The wedding festivities took roughly 4 days…. Read more »

OKC MOA

After Foster City, our next move was to Oklahoma City. We arrived here just a week after the devastating tornado that hit Moore, Oklahoma (a very short drive from Oklahoma City). It was heartbreaking to see the damage this tornado left behind. This was what sparked my interest in becoming a Red Cross volunteer. The volunteers were doing such a great job helping the displaced Moore residents. (However, I was not able to start volunteering until I returned to Wisconsin… Read more »

bus tour

When in the Bay Area, it is a truth universally acknowledged that one must make the journey to Wine Country. Sonoma and Napa Valley are both charming in their own ways. And who doesn’t like roaming through picturesque vineyards and sampling tasty wines? My personal favorite vineyard was Cline Cellars. It was not only a vineyard but also had an adorable little petting zoo and beautiful flower gardens. We had taken this tour from San Francisco to explore the wineries… Read more »

Fishermans' Wharf

Our first official move in our quest for travel was to Foster City, California, near San Francisco. It’s a beautiful area, with many great parks, restaurants and a lovely running trail along the bay. We also spent our weekends exploring as much of San Francisco as we could. It’s a requirement to get a picture by the Golden Gate Bridge when you’re in San Francisco. Alcatraz   Alcatraz was one our favorite experiences in San Francisco. The audio tour of… Read more »