Sunday, August 7, 2016


I decided to bid farewell to my twenties in Sin City.  I don't think we quite partied the way the young folk do, but it was still a great time!  Plus, I got to go on a surprise trip the Grand Canyon!

Horseback Ride in Arizona

As part of my epic birthday surprise, we went horseback riding on a ranch in Arizona!

Grand Canyon West Day Hike

I may or may not have recently turned 30, and it may or may not have taken me 5 months to actually write about it.  While I planned to party away the last, fleeting moments of my twenties in Vegas, my husband and my brother knew me better.  They so thoughtfully kidnapped me and whisked me off to Arizona for one of the greatest days of my life!

First Helicopter Ride

So, I recently turned 30, and my husband and my brother so thoughtfully kidnapped me and whisked me off to Arizona for one of the greatest days of my life!

Helicopter ride over the Grand Canyon?! Yes, please.

Sunday, March 6, 2016

Garin/Dry Creek Day Hike

We completed our second hike of the 52 Hike Challenge: Garin/Dry Creek Regional Parks! 

A little back story on this particular hike.  Last March, my husband and I flew to the Bay Area from Illinois to interview for my current job, look for places to live, and celebrate my birthday. We stumbled upon this beautiful area in the Hayward hills on the recommendation of a friendly patron of a local bar and knew instantly we would have to come back with our dog, Loki, someday.

Saturday, February 27, 2016

Chicago River Dye in 12 Easy Steps

Every March, the city of Chicago turns into a magical, emerald-shaded place where anything is possible.  The Chicago River is literally dyed green in celebration of St. Patrick's Day and crowds of all sorts come out to commemorate the event.  With these simple steps you can make sure you look the part and have the best experience possible (though your personal experience may differ slightly...but really that's what this day is all about...just go with it...)

Tuesday, January 26, 2016

A Few Thoughts I Had While Learning to Ski in Tahoe

Is this right?  It just doesn't seem right...
P.S. I thought we were starting on the bunny slopes...
Why are we at the top of the mountain?!

Sunday, January 3, 2016

Las Trampas Day Hike

I'm going to be honest, folks.  It was rough.  I guess the chocolates and cookies and lack of physical activity have really taken their toll this holiday season.  But, I powered through and we completed our first hike of the 52 Hike Challenge: Las Trampas!  Check out this view!

Saturday, January 2, 2016

Hello, 2016!

I love the beginning of a new year!  It means a fresh start and a chance to reevaluate priorities.  It's an opportunity to recommit to some of the goals that may have gotten lost in the hectic day-to-day shuffle.  That being said, what's driving me in 2016?