North Wales: Portmeirion to Shrewsbury

We woke up in Tremadog to a crisp, rainy morning. The air smelled a little like being by a boat dock, which was strange since we were nowhere close to anything like that. It had that strangely comforting salty, seaside freshness. We hit the road again with a destination of Shrewsbury, just back over the … Continue reading North Wales: Portmeirion to Shrewsbury

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North Wales: Tremadog, Snowdonia & Welsh Highland Railway

The next day, it was time to hit the road again. We bid goodbye to beautiful Llandudno on a sunny morning and before we knew it, we were back in the quiet countryside with little roads and lots of sheep. Before landing in Tremadog for the night (a "suburb" of the village of Portmadog, two … Continue reading North Wales: Tremadog, Snowdonia & Welsh Highland Railway

North Wales: Conwy Castle & Afternoon Tea

We were less ambitious at breakfast the next morning. I knew I couldn't face another plate of food that spanned the width of my stomach, so I stuck to porridge and fresh fruit. The addition of 3 slices of fruit convinced me that every pint of beer consumed thus far was suddenly justifiable. Balanced diets … Continue reading North Wales: Conwy Castle & Afternoon Tea

North Wales: Liverpool to Llandudno

Just as soon as we'd arrived in Liverpool, it was time to go. We had a fleeting 24 hours to recover from jet lag before we hit the road towards Wales. We booked a car rental from Liverpool airport, hoping that we would have an easier transition back into left-side driving if we didn't have … Continue reading North Wales: Liverpool to Llandudno

Southwest Summer Road Trip—Farmington to Santa Fe

We got into Farmington, NM just before the skies opened and unleashed a furry of rain. Scrambling towards the quiet downtown area, we got lost in plates full of steak and potatoes and glasses brimming with beer from 3 River Brewery. The brewery also owns a pizzeria, restaurant, distillery, and lounge on the same block. … Continue reading Southwest Summer Road Trip—Farmington to Santa Fe

Southwest Summer Road Trip—Lower Antelope Canyon

We awoke to another light-flooded morning sky in the little town of Kanab. Our drive for the day was fairly short—just 1.5 hours to Page, AZ to hike through Lower Antelope Canyon. Before leaving town, we stopped at Kanab Creek Bakery (a “can’t miss” according to my mother who was there last year) for some … Continue reading Southwest Summer Road Trip—Lower Antelope Canyon

Roaming Southwest—Taos High Road & Santa Fe Sky

It was nice to wake up in a real hotel room and not one that was one gust of wind from extinction. The air outside was brisk but it was also bright and inviting. I inhaled a full plate of hotel breakfast buffet food and several cups of coffee to prep for the day. Buzzing … Continue reading Roaming Southwest—Taos High Road & Santa Fe Sky

Roaming Southwest—Turquoise Trail to Santa Fe

Amidst howling wind and the intermittent shutoff of our motel’s ancient heater, I managed to get a bit of sleep. I moved the winter coat pressed against the motel door to block the draft and it was caked in fresh snow. So basically, it snowed inside our room. My heart ached for the check-out counter. … Continue reading Roaming Southwest—Turquoise Trail to Santa Fe

Roaming Southwest – Two Guns Ghost Town & Roadside Meteors

Rain drizzled onto our SUV as we drove towards the Airport Mesa Vortex, hoping to feel “energized”. The sky was ready to unleash onto our backs as we climbed to the top, less than 5 minutes from the parking lot. The walk was brief and ended on a small plateau surrounded by views. A vortex … Continue reading Roaming Southwest – Two Guns Ghost Town & Roadside Meteors

Traveling New Zealand: Stopover in Sydney

Before heading back to the states, we made a 3-day stopover in Sydney, Australia. After nearly 2 weeks bopping between New Zealand hostels we chose to end our travels at a real hotel—one of those place with private bathrooms and something to decorate the walls other than coat hooks and “house rules” stickers. It was … Continue reading Traveling New Zealand: Stopover in Sydney