Circle of Life

Circle of Life

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This week has had a sort of “circle of life” flavor” in which we celebrated a loss and a new union all in the same week. On Thursday night, Ben’s little sister married her darling husband Chad. We arrived at the reception center late in the afternoon all feeling a little bit out of energy […]

Let it Go

Let it Go

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While the world has been raving, obsessing, and speculating about Disneys’ latest hit, “Let it Go” from Frozen (which I admittedly haven’t actually seen), what’s been on my mind is the classic e.e. cummings version. let it go – the smashed word broken open vow or the oath cracked length wise – let it go […]

Desert

Desert

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Ben: With each balmy day that passed in the canyon the skiing became progressively worse.  Lucky for us all national parks were free over the weekend so we had easy access to Bryce Canyon.   The canyon was a total muddy mess, with the last of the snow desperately hanging on only to have swarms […]

Not-So-Winter Festival

Not-So-Winter Festival

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The winter festival at Bryce Canyon has become something of a tradition for us, and every year holds something new. We’ve seen both sunshine and a blizzard, gorgeous skiing and dry enough to hike. This year the weather forecast looked pretty bleak for a team of people hoping to got out on nordic skis.  As […]

A Winter Walk

A Winter Walk

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  Winter sits heavy at our house. We frequently rise, exercise, leave the house and eventually return to it in darkness, the hazy daylight hours spent behind the artificial glow of a pair of monitors that obscures our vision from almost anything else. All week I imagine the adventures that Saturday might hold, but by the time the […]

CNG Car

CNG Car

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It’s not a fact I’m particularly thrilled about, but we’re commuters. We drive a lot getting to and from our day jobs. Though we’re in the process of sorting out whether moving to a more central location is in the cards for us, the reality is that we currently use up a lot of gas […]

Why I’m Giving Up Pinterest in 2014

Why I’m Giving Up Pinterest in 2014

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I know, I know. Pinterest is the quiet love affair of every female I know and a decent number of men too. And truly, I understand the appeal. The site provides an endless scroll of eye candy: gorgeous master bedrooms, sexy skinny jeans, and mouthwatering recipes. Pinning it all makes it easy to show off […]

Costa Rica Wrap-Up: Tips for Traveling in Costa Rica

Costa Rica Wrap-Up: Tips for Traveling in Costa Rica

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Because we value independent travel, we were pretty set on having our own transport while in Costa Rica. As ever, every corner of the internet warned us about the treacherous driving conditions in Costa Rica, and as usual we were skeptical. Here’s the reality: everyone but the most timid drivers can drive a car in […]

Layover on Miami Beach

Layover on Miami Beach

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Well before dawn we’d returned our rental car, checked in at the airport, and boarded a flight to Miami and were back on the ground three hours later. Unfortunately, though we’d had a smooth start, we had seven hours in Miami before our next leg to Chicago where we’d have to spend the night before […]

Rincon de la Vieja

Rincon de la Vieja

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With our last day in Costa Rica on tap, we woke up early and, as we’ve been nearly every day, were the first ones to Parque National Rincon de la Vieja. A quick chat with the ranger sent us hiking at a quick pace up and down the trails through the dry forest. We would […]

Playa Flamingo

Playa Flamingo

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Bree: Back in the car, we took a winding afternoon drive to Playa Flamingo, hoping to find a campsite somewhere in the area (as indicated by our guidebook). We drove through the blazing hot beach side communities, trying to find the promised place, to no avail. In the meantime, Ben’s “hot dry desert” annoyance was […]