Two months after an irreversible change to my life and family, I reflect back on my absence from this page, and the losses that bring me back

The Realities of Travel Burnout

After a marathon summer of travel, and a marathon summer of life, burnout is somewhat inevitable. In this post, I discuss one of the downsides of frequent travel while maintaining a full-life at home.

A Very Belated Firefly Recap

Last month, I took a trip to attend the third annual Firefly Festival in Dover, Delaware. Though this recap is late in coming, I list my top 5 moments from the festival, including dancing in front of 40,000 people, World Cup spectating with my 1996 idols, and more.

24 Hours in New Orleans' French Quarter

I finally had the chance to visit a city I’ve wanted to see since I was a child. The one caveat- I would only be there for one day. Here is my short-list of things to do in 24 hours in the French Quarter.

Fires and Hydroplanes in Eastern Washington

During my recent trip back to Washington, my mom and I took a mini road trip to the eastern part of the state, where we spent some time at Lake Roosevelt National Recreational Area, and took in some wildlife and wildfires.

Playing Tourist at Home: Seattle's Space Needle and Chihuly Garden and Glass

During my recent return to Washington, I took the time to play tourist at home, visiting Seattle’s Pike Place Market, Space Needle, and Dale Chihuly’s stunning glass museum.

Recreating My Second Grade Dream Trip in Seattle

On a recent visit back home, I decided to recreate my favorite field trip from my youth- including exploring some unique shops and taking one of Washington State’s famous ferries.

Hats and Heartbreak at the Belmont Stakes

With a Triple Crown on the line, this horse racing fan had to make a pilgrimage up to New York for the Belmont Stakes. While I did not get to witness history, I did get to wear a fabulous hat and enjoy a beautiful day at the races with 100,000 fellow fans.

Stormy Afternoon In Miami Beach

People visit Miami for its beautiful weather and stunning beaches. I missed the memo about the weather during my recent day-trip there, but still had some time to hit the beach.

Pre-World Cup Soccer and Hoboken Pizza

Though I visit New York way too often, I particularly enjoyed my latest trip, as I got to explore some of south Manhattan’s legendary sites, and finally made it across the river to Hoboken for some real “New York” pizza.

Enjoying Spring in San Francisco and Oakland

Going back to one of my favorite places in the country, I revisit old haunts, and experience a town I’ve never set foot in before- Oakland.

Exploring Maryland's Eastern Shore

For Memorial Day weekend, I got to spend a relaxing weekend on Maryland’s Eastern Shore, exploring the quaint bayside towns of the Chesapeake, watching the sailboats go by, and eating copious amounts of crab.

Hello, Chicago

After dozens of stops through O’Hare, and years of wanting to visit, I finally got the chance to explore Chicago. Although I didn’t stay long enough, I got a taste of this wonderful city (and of course its pizza!)

Hollywoodland and Santa Barbara

During a long weekend back in California, I got to visit some of my favorite old haunts, see some amazing cars, and ate the world’s most loaded up chili dog.

Finding Fun in Las Vegas

As a life-long Vegas hater, I am always reluctant to visit Sin City. This time, for my seventh trip to the desert, I finally discovered how to have fun, thanks to a lot of good music, and a few good friends.

Horse Races and Whiskey Tasting in Lexington, Kentucky

As an equestrian and avid horse racing fan, Kentucky has always been one of my favorite places in the US to visit. While I have been to the Kentucky Derby a number of times, this trip, I finally made it to Keeneland Racecourse in Lexington, where I spent a wonderful weekend full of grilling, bourbon tours, baby horses, and big hats.
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