Sabbatical Days 84-89: Canada, take me away…

Crossing into Canada was easy. When asked what we had for protection, we wondered “from what?” And then we we showed our bear spray and were allowed entry. We crossed over at the Eureka/Roosville crossing in Montana, headed for Banff National Park. Border crossing at Roosville, Alberta and Eureka, Montana After thirteen nights in the … More Sabbatical Days 84-89: Canada, take me away…

Sabbatical Days 82 and 83: The Hike Through Hell and Then Redemption in Glacier

The Hike: The Loop Trail to Granite Park Chalet Prologue by Rana: It sounds so nice and quaint, doesn't it? A chalet, surrounded by lovely flowers, charming decor, and talking squirrels. A perfect place to rest after a heart pumping 4-mile hike, before heading back down the mountain. Not quite so. This hike nearly killed … More Sabbatical Days 82 and 83: The Hike Through Hell and Then Redemption in Glacier

Sabbatical Days 79-81: More Hiking (and bears!) and Other Adventures in Glacier

Our priorities on sabbatical are: us, body, and mind. I am also embracing this time to face fears and do things that I wouldn't normally do. So far I think we are right on track!  We have been hiking almost every day, which ticks off all the priority boxes because we spend time together, getting … More Sabbatical Days 79-81: More Hiking (and bears!) and Other Adventures in Glacier

Sabbatical Days 77 and 78: The drive from Yellowstone to Glacier and Hiking to Hidden Lake

We arrived in Glacier from Yellowstone after 14 hours on the road, tugging the Freedom Machine behind. A few stops along the way to eat and grocery shop, but mostly driving. The supposed 9 hour drive was only a tease to lure us northwards.  Observations along the way: As soon as we left Yellowstone, there … More Sabbatical Days 77 and 78: The drive from Yellowstone to Glacier and Hiking to Hidden Lake

Sabbatical Days 54-59: Rivers and Railroads in Durango, Ouray and Glenwood Springs

Since we came back from the cruise with a wicked stomach flu (thank you, norovirus), we were not able to leave the following day for our Four Corners camping trip with my in-laws as planned. Four Corners is the unique location where Colorado, Utah, New Mexico and Arizona all meet. It’s pretty cool to think … More Sabbatical Days 54-59: Rivers and Railroads in Durango, Ouray and Glenwood Springs

Sabbatical days 45-50: Cruising the Gulf of Mexico

Where we are: 5 day cruise in the Gulf of Mexico, with stops in Cozumel and Progreso. Departing from Galveston.  As a surprise graduation gift, my brother, Shane, arranged a cruise for my nephew Brandon. Trent and I thought that would be a great add-on to our sabbatical and a great way to celebrate with … More Sabbatical days 45-50: Cruising the Gulf of Mexico

Sabbatical Days 40 and 41: Going at the Pace of the Earth

About a week ago we flew down to Texas to visit family and attend my nephew’s high school graduation (side note: so proud of that young man!  Graduated with honors and college bound for University of North Texas! Go Mean Green!) ​​ Brandon’s graduation has me thinking a lot about those in between times in … More Sabbatical Days 40 and 41: Going at the Pace of the Earth

Sabbatical Days 24-27: Hot Springs and a Little Semi-Solo Time

Where am I? Mt. Princeton Hot Springs Resort in Nathrop, CO With whom? The hubs, the in-laws and the pups Activities: Soaking, playing cards, soaking, cuddling the dogs, soaking, hiking, soaking, reading, soaking, napping, soaking, eating, soaking, drinking, soaking. That’s it. Literally. It was awesome! Reflections: When we began planning our sabbatical, one of the … More Sabbatical Days 24-27: Hot Springs and a Little Semi-Solo Time