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The Best (and Worst) of Our Florida Keys Adventure

The Best (and Worst) of Our Florida Keys Adventure

One of the biggest reasons I was excited about being pregnant? It was an excuse to take a trip with my husband.

Yes, a babymoon.

I don’t like the term either, but that’s just what it’s called until someone can think of a better name.

We’d talked a lot about Mexico. I’d already zeroed in on a stunning, casual hotel in Playa del Carmen. While the rest of you were getting gussied up for holiday parties, I was parked on the couch in my pajamskis, planning the pregnant lady trip of a lifetime.

And then, the damn Zika Virus.

We’d had our hearts set on a hot beach vacation, but almost every place that fit the bill was in the deadly mosquito zone. We’d already been planning on spending a long weekend at my mom’s place in Florida, so we opted to tack on a few days.

Florida Keys Babymoon

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The Integratron: A Fun, Weird Road Trip from Palm Springs

Until a few years ago, I thought of Palm Springs as a boring place in the desert for old people who like to golf. I didn’t quite realize it was a mid-century mecca full of awesome architecture, stunning mountains and stylish gay men. It’s also one of the sunniest places on the planet. Put it all together and bam!

I’m already planning my Palm Springs retirement.

When my dad asked Josh and I to join him with my brother and sister-in-law for a long weekend in the desert, I pretty much booked our tickets before I even asked Josh if he could get the time off from work. Details.

I love lounging by the pool as much as the next guy, but that’s kind of what my last to Palm Springs was all about. This time, I wanted to enjoy some of the kitsch this town has to offer, … Read more

What it's like to hike all 2,185 Miles of the Appalachian Trail.

I Hiked All 2,185 Miles of the Appalachian Trail

Most of you are probably familiar with Cheryl Strayed (or at least Reese Witherspoon playing Cheryl Strayed in Wild). Her story introduced me to thru-hiking, basically hiking a long-distance trail end-to-end. To me, this sounds equal parts terrifying and exciting. To Katherine Denemark (trail nickname: Roots), it sounded awesome. The State College, Penn. assistant preschool teacher and her husband Eric decided to hike the entirety of the Appalachian Trail, which only took six months and a day. Here’s their own wild story. 

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In 2014, you hiked the Appalachian Trail. Why? How long did it take?

“Why” is really hard. In the simplest sense, I wanted to hike it because it’s there to be hiked and it got into my imagination. I also really needed a break from normal life. I felt burnt out and confused, and I wanted time to think and breathe. Also, … Read more

12 things you should know before going to New Zealand

12 Things You Should Probably Know Before Going to New Zealand

The hubster and I just returned from our 16 day honeymoon in New Zealand and Australia. Lots of adventures, driving, wine and coffee and not a lot of Internet. I can’t wait to tell you more about all the crazy stuff we did, but in the meantime, I feel compelled to share a few things we learned about traveling New Zealand that I wish we’d known before we left.

Good stuff, bad stuff, useful stuff.

Keep in mind that we only did the south island, which is much more remote than the north island. At any rate, I think this info would help anyone planning to go there.

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1. Customs

I’ve always ticked the “nothing to declare.” I only once got in trouble for brining an unopened package of gummy bears back home from Germany (I mean, really. I was supposed to declare those?). However, the customs … Read more