Finishing 50 States—West Virginia Whitewater Rafting

Katie has been trying to convince me to go whitewater rafting for weeks. She insists that it’s a positively benign undertaking and not the river deathtrap I envision it to be. After both reading positive reviews and viewing some harrowing videotape footage (big mistake) we decided to just speak to the rafting office after we … Continue reading Finishing 50 States—West Virginia Whitewater Rafting

Nashville—Leaving my City Roots for Boots

The last time I was in Nashville was exactly 3 years ago, when we circled the country. I was a typical anti-everything country New Yorker who had no idea what I was walking into. The initial shock of hearing pants referred to as “britches” and swerving through a sea of cowboy boots and whiskey wore … Continue reading Nashville—Leaving my City Roots for Boots

Honolulu Bound—Bluer Beaches and Brighter Berries

It was hard to leave the little island of Maui, which had won my heart with rain forest-like drives and sunsets that looked like they were from paintings. Our next stop would be Honolulu, a more urban-style Hawaiian island and also the most densely populated island of them all. We hopped aboard a full-size Hawaiian … Continue reading Honolulu Bound—Bluer Beaches and Brighter Berries

Road to Hana-Skinny Pavement & Pig Tacos

Before we got to Maui, we’d done some reading in the road trip bible (Lonely Planet guidebook) about the Road to Hana. It’s a 45-mile stretch of twisting pavement along Hana Highway that snakes around the east side of the island, between the towns of Paia and Hana. It contains 54 single-lane bridges that crawl … Continue reading Road to Hana-Skinny Pavement & Pig Tacos

Milwaukee—Cheese kebabs, Craft Beer & Clean Air

We rolled into Milwaukee by early evening, after a quick pit stop for a cheese kabob from a coffee shop in Green Bay. Totally exhausted and starving, we got ourselves ready for the evening and set off in search of dinner. The restaurant we wanted to try was .6 miles from the hotel according to … Continue reading Milwaukee—Cheese kebabs, Craft Beer & Clean Air

Upper Peninsula Pasties and Country Girls

We got an early start on Sunday and parked by the water to take a quick walk down the dock. Once again, we stood solo amongst an empty stretch of snow. Following lone footprints from some unknown dock-traveler in the deep powder that buried the walkway, we made it to the edge of the lighthouse … Continue reading Upper Peninsula Pasties and Country Girls

Journey towards Michigan’s Upper Peninsula

Two days before we flew to Detroit, Katie and I made a last minute decision to take the northern route on our way to Milwaukee instead of the (much shorter) southern course. This is one of the reasons that we don’t book our hotels in advance. After some finagling with Google maps and a glance … Continue reading Journey towards Michigan’s Upper Peninsula

Detroit, MI Bound—Motown, Collard Greens, and a People Mover

For those of you who haven’t been following, Katie and I are working to complete the “50 by 30” challenge, where we will see all 50 states by the age of 30. This weekend, we decided to knock out Michigan and Wisconsin in a very short burst of time, since I have to ration my … Continue reading Detroit, MI Bound—Motown, Collard Greens, and a People Mover