Traveling New Zealand: Glowworms and Country Driving

It was absolutely pouring rain when we woke up, but I’ve come to learn that New Zealand’s weather can be rather bipolar. The day begins stormy and ominous and by lunchtime the sky is a piercing shade of blue. The air gets dryer the further south we go, so that freezing wind/blazing sun temperature shift … Continue reading Traveling New Zealand: Glowworms and Country Driving

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Traveling New Zealand: Rotorua Geysers & Left Side Driving

I’ve been anxious for weeks about driving in New Zealand. Neither Katie or I have ever done “left side driving”. I played a vision in my head on loop of careening into a medium or whacking a bicyclist. It is this paranoid daydream that drove my decision to purchase the super-ultra-mega-hit-anything-pay-nothing car insurance that agencies … Continue reading Traveling New Zealand: Rotorua Geysers & Left Side Driving

Traveling New Zealand: Waiheke Island & The Coromandel Peninsula

Auckland is a good central city to start a trip, but my favorite part of it all was the areas surrounding it. When you travel enough, you start to become less enthused by big cities other than your own. There are enough inherent similarities in so many cities that you lose the intrigue of the … Continue reading Traveling New Zealand: Waiheke Island & The Coromandel Peninsula

Traveling New Zealand: 24 Hours to Auckland

This trip has been a long time coming. Like crazy girls, we decided to cram finishing graduate school, finding a new apartment, and planning a 2.5 week trip on the other side of the world into the span of a few short months. Most of our trips begin with incomplete itineraries that we fill as … Continue reading Traveling New Zealand: 24 Hours to Auckland

Spaghetti Squash w/Lamb Meatballs & Lemon Parsley Cream

Dang, it’s been a while since I posted. After finishing grad school, I assumed that my life would fall into a blissful ease full of boozy brunches and Lifetime movie marathons. I figured that I would have an excessive amount of time. That’s what’s funny about life though—how much you have squeezed beneath the surface … Continue reading Spaghetti Squash w/Lamb Meatballs & Lemon Parsley Cream

Finishing 50 States—Ending with Kansas City

We woke up in the “Little Apple” after my first night in my 50th state. The toasty Kansas air greeted us as we trekked to the truck for our final day of travel. Today’s route didn’t pass through Route 66 or into ghost towns or mountains—it was a relatively benign journey to Kansas City. Before … Continue reading Finishing 50 States—Ending with Kansas City

Finishing 50 States—From Manhattan, NY to Manhattan, KS

We woke up in Carthage, MO effortlessly, undeterred the night before by the torrential rain and intense winds that soaked our truck and whipped the trees against our window. We bid a friendly goodbye to our motel attendant and went to wander around the square in the center of town. Tiny, quiet shops lined the … Continue reading Finishing 50 States—From Manhattan, NY to Manhattan, KS

Finishing 50 States—Kicks on Missouri Route 66

The first time I tackled Route 66 was over 4 years ago. On that trip, we started in the little town of Amarillo, TX (searching for a route map that we never did find) and skated on through to New Mexico and Arizona full of desert back roads, ghost-like ruins, and vast expanses of open highway … Continue reading Finishing 50 States—Kicks on Missouri Route 66

Finishing 50 States—Thunderstorms & St. Louis Blues

On the road again—we set off early in the morning with a final destination of St. Louis. Our first detour of the day was a stop in Elizabethtown due to Katie’s love for the movie. It was only 45 minutes south and allowed us to skip a portion of I-64 for some prettier backroads. The … Continue reading Finishing 50 States—Thunderstorms & St. Louis Blues

Finishing 50 States—Louisville Sluggers and Fried Chicken

We paid for our all-night dive bar party the next morning…err…afternoon. That Kentucky heat felt like the surface of the sun when we finally emerged from our hotel, squinting like newborn birds. Desperate for nutrients, we walked over to Wild Eggs for breakfast. Tucked into a quiet street, Wild Eggs perfectly satisfied our need for … Continue reading Finishing 50 States—Louisville Sluggers and Fried Chicken