Out West: A Road Trip Recap
Taking a road trip through the Southwest United States is one of those things that people tell you to check off your list before having children. And if you missed that boat, well, you'll probably have to wait until your kids are in middle school, or, at the very least, old enough to have the good sense not to jump head-first into the Grand Canyon. But what if you're somewhere in between? What if you have--heavens!--a two year old? What if you don't want to wait until they're eight? What would happen if you were to jump on a plane or in a car, stock that car with water, Wee Sing CDs, and canned beans, and...do it?
A Birthday Road Trip: The Northern Coastline
Last week, on Tuesday, I turned 30. The day was quiet and rainy, we went out for bowls of steaming ramen, and we ate Smitten Kitchen's red wine velvet cake in our living room with friends. But when the weekend rolled around, we loaded up Sam and my new camera gear (including my birthday present, a 35mm lens!) and set off for a two-day, 400 mile road trip up the northern coast...
Making an Adventure out of an Un-Adventure
Have you seen this article that's currently in circulation about how Norwegians keep up their spirits through the long, dark, polar winter? When I read this, it occurred to me: you could replace "polar winter" with "days that you're home-bound with your kid(s)" and have a compelling article about coping mechanisms for stay-at-home moms. If you've been reading this blog for long, you'll know that I am a huge advocate for getting out, exploring, and having as many adventures as possible outside of your normal routines. And yet there are some days it's simply not practical to get out due to sickness, an extreme case of the grumps, or just a long to-do list of stuff you need to do at home. So, rather than wallowing in the doldrums or the "Misery Olympics," as the article puts it (and as seems to be the current trend in playgrounds and mom blogs everywhere these days), what if we steeped a good strong cup of tea, pulled ourselves together a tiny bit, and made our own fun?
Adventure Log: Seattle Recap
A few weeks ago, I shared a recap of the Oregon Coast/Portland leg of our recent adventure to the Pacific Northwest. Here's part 2, from our time in Seattle. This city has been on my travel list for years and years, and I loved every minute of being there. Coffee! Ferry boats! The Space Needle! Water everywhere! Glacial mountains! Coffee! Really, the city is a coffee lover's dream come true. We seriously considered a shotgun relocation to Seattle, but since that wasn't practical, we settled for hitting as many coffee shops as we could in four days.