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

Sabbatical Day 19: Hey, baby, let’s go to Vegas (and the Hoover Dam)!

On day 19 of my sabbatical (day 12 for Trent), we drove from Zion National Park in Utah to Las Vegas with the intent of renewing our vows. Our sabbatical happens to be taking place as we approach our 10 year wedding anniversary on September 22, 2017.  Given Trent’s love of poker and my love … More Sabbatical Day 19: Hey, baby, let’s go to Vegas (and the Hoover Dam)!

Sabbatical Days 16 & 17: All the Way to the Top at Zion National Park

May 14: Zion National Park, Hurricane, Utah We arrived at Zion National Park early yesterday morning, a little later than planned because we overslept at the RV park where we had gotten the last spot the night before. BUT the camping gods were with us, and after waiting in a long line of cars, we … More Sabbatical Days 16 & 17: All the Way to the Top at Zion National Park

Sabbatical Days 14 & 15: Going with the Flow at the CO National Monument and Arches National Park

We are kicking off our sabbatical with a week-long camping trip to Utah. Granted, we’ve already technically kicked it off with some shorter two day trips with our parents, but this is the “can we really do this and survive” trip. We’ll be spending nearly 24 hours a day with each other and our dogs … More Sabbatical Days 14 & 15: Going with the Flow at the CO National Monument and Arches National Park

Sabbatical Days 2-4: Camping with Mom at Boyd Lake State Park

Where am I? Boyd Lake State Park, Loveland, Colorado Image(s) of the day(s): Fears faced: Letting Tucker and Molly off leash when I wasn’t supposed to! I’m so paranoid I’ll get caught or they’ll run off! But they had so much fun playing in the lake! The worst thing that happened was Molly rolled around all … More Sabbatical Days 2-4: Camping with Mom at Boyd Lake State Park

19 Pop Up Camping Essential Nonessentials: a Little Less Like Camping, a Little More Like Home

Pop up camping, while maybe slightly less primitive than tent camping, is still basically living outside with only a piece of heavy duty canvas between you and the wilderness. Let’s face it, our Freedom Machine is just a glorified tent on wheels with a door, a battery, and a propane tank. Yes, we have lights, … More 19 Pop Up Camping Essential Nonessentials: a Little Less Like Camping, a Little More Like Home