Finger Lakes Getaway: Wineries & Seneca Lake State Park

It’s sometimes hard to exhale when the trip is too short. It takes times to settle and release my body into it. Every morning we’ve woken up to the sounds of ducks and sat at the end of the dock with coffee while we planned out our days, looking across the water. Sound carries across … Continue reading Finger Lakes Getaway: Wineries & Seneca Lake State Park

Finger Lakes Getaway: Peace in Geneva

We have done a good job of touring our home state over the course of the pandemic. For a long time, it was the only place that truly felt safe and accessible. But I’ve gotten vaccinated (yay!) and as I await the slow re-opening of the rest of the world, I’ll always feel uniquely nostalgic … Continue reading Finger Lakes Getaway: Peace in Geneva

North Fork Wine Trip: Reflective Winter Version

I had a moment recently. I realized that it’s been 1 year since I’ve ridden in an airplane. Most normal years I clock anywhere from 6-10 flights. We went to Park City, UT in February 2020 on a ski trip for our anniversary. Our friend is a pilot for the airline we were flying – … Continue reading North Fork Wine Trip: Reflective Winter Version

Traveling New Zealand: Northern Explorer Train to Wellington

It wasn’t the plan all along to take the train to Wellington. We had been messing around with travel routes and possible stopovers for a few weeks. The original idea was to drive the whole distance, but we heard that it could take upwards of 10 hours (more if you are still a timid left-side … Continue reading Traveling New Zealand: Northern Explorer Train to Wellington

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

Dry-Rubbed Skirt Steak with Port Pomegranate Reduction

Being out of class for the summer has been extraordinary. I feel like I just emerged from a thick layer of endless fog that I had been blindly flailing inside of for the past few months. I remembered that I had actual friends. I remembered what it felt like to be free to make plans … Continue reading Dry-Rubbed Skirt Steak with Port Pomegranate Reduction

Napa: “Is this the California Sun they told us about?”

Wine country is just a short drive from San Francisco, but it’s about 20 degrees hotter and a drastic change of scenery. We stopped in Napa during our first big road trip and took a last-minute wine tour with Platypus Tours, and in a fit of nostalgia, we decided to use them the second time … Continue reading Napa: “Is this the California Sun they told us about?”

Fingerlakes Wine Weekend

A few weeks ago, Katie and I made a last minute decision to escape from the city for a weekend. These spontaneous ideas are not uncommon for us, and we’ve become somewhat talented at spur-of-the-moment planning. We realized she was going to have a weekend off of work that we previously thought she would be … Continue reading Fingerlakes Wine Weekend