2015 in Review: A Video

I promise I will get to working on the remaining posts I have planned, including Spain, Germany, Prague, as well as a budget round up not only for the month of December, but for the entire time I’ve been traveling as well.  So get ready! But for now, I’ve thrown together a little ‘2015 in review’ video that sums up my travels for this past year. 2015 was the year Continue reading 2015 in Review: A Video

The Red Carpet at the Emmy Awards: What’s It Really Like?

Earlier this summer I found out that through my Chase Ultimate Rewards, the by-product of having a Chase Sapphire Preferred credit card, that I could buy tickets to sit on the red carpet of the Emmy Awards for $150.  The Emmys just so happened to be occurring on the exact Sunday I was going to be in L.A. visiting my friend Meagan, and since I could buy two tickets, we Continue reading The Red Carpet at the Emmy Awards: What’s It Really Like?

Killer whale watching in the San Juan Islands

One of the biggest items I’d wanted to tick off my bucket list when I came to Seattle for the week was seeing killer whales in the wild. My aunt found a wonderful family owned operation known as Puget Sound Express that leaves out of Port Townsend twice daily on a 4 hour tour of the San Juan Islands, a famous place for searching out both resident and transient killer Continue reading Killer whale watching in the San Juan Islands

A day in Seattle – Markets, ice cream, and Pho

Seattle is definitely one of those cities that has a lot of checks in the ‘plus’ column – on the ocean, surrounded by beautiful mountains, seasons, an outdoor mentality, and an abundance of wildlife nearby. After a scenic and peaceful ferry ride from Bainbridge Island my cousin, who lives and goes to school in Seattle, was my guide around the city for the day. We started in probably one of the most Continue reading A day in Seattle – Markets, ice cream, and Pho

Mount St. Helens – It’s only a matter of time…

As most of you already know the first stop on my journey is Washington State, or more specifically, Seattle and Bainbridge Island to visit with family. I’m here for a week and with quite a few things on the to-do list we got started with the fun right away. My aunt and cousin pick me up from the airport and we immediately set off for Mount St. Helens about 3 hours Continue reading Mount St. Helens – It’s only a matter of time…

Purgatory Chasm: Ominous name, fun hike

Last week my mom and I took a trip to a place called ‘Purgatory Chasm’ in Sutton, Massachusetts.  It’s a short hike – only about half a mile round trip – but you have to descend 70 feet into a chasm of granite bedrock. The creation of the chasm is officially unknown, but there have been theories proposed that the chasm was created when glacial meltwater from a burst ice dam Continue reading Purgatory Chasm: Ominous name, fun hike

Fruit picking: Just one of the great things about New England

One of my all time favorite things to do during the summer and fall months if I’m at home in Massachusetts during that time is do-it-yourself fruit picking. We have it all here – strawberries, blueberries, apples, blackberries, raspberries, apples, peaches, nectarines, oh and apples.  And then of course pumpkins come during yummy and delicious and pumpkin-everything October. This past weekend my family took a quick trip to Charlton Orchards Continue reading Fruit picking: Just one of the great things about New England