Into the Alpine

Life is too often so busy, or we are mired in the minute details of daily life, that we don't fully enjoy the actual living part of life.  Loved ones being ill, parenting through difficult developmental stages, money stresses...it all takes a toll.  But sometimes you can scramble to the top of all the thick stuff and the air is clear and crisp, like you can breathe for the first time in so long and holy shit the view from ...more

Hanging With Elephants in Thailand

The risk of reading travel posts is that one's bucket list tends to grow longer and longer. Check out this incredible adventure post from an Australian mum and her boys while adventuring through Thailand:...more
I am happy to have this part of our travels highlighted today.  To clarify, our family is not ...more

ENP in B&W

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Elephant Nature Park, Part II

We woke up in the morning excited about spending more time with the beloved elephants.  A side benefit was the fact that the food at this place was incredible, and breakfast was no exception--a long buffet of Thai dishes, the kind of buffet where your plate grows to gargantuan proportions because as you move along you happen upon things you just can't refuse ....more

One Morning in Bangkok

Any way you slice it, wrangling 6 suitcases, 3 backpacks, a laptop bag, a car seat, a straw beach bag, and three kids is not the way to begin a vacation.  That's the last complaining I'll do about it, though, because if that's my biggest problem I know I'm doing okay.  We arrived in Bangkok at the auspicious time of 1am and 2 hours later, we miraculously found our hotel by happenstance because our taxi driver had absolutely no idea ...more

Saltwater in our Veins

Despite the fact that Sam and I grew up on opposite coasts and have had a lifelong love and comfort with the ocean, our boys up until this year were Colorado-born--more comfortable amongst the mountainous landscape and hiking than the sea.  At the start of our year here, they were somewhat tentative in the surf.  They have made great strides, though, and Jackson and Alex now both dive with ease under oncoming waves in a manner I never needed to ...more

The Travel Bug

Two weeks from today, we'll head out of Wollongong for the last time.  I'm trying to temper my sadness of leaving Australia with thoughts of Colorado: there's nothing like the promise of fresh snow, a fire burning in our woodstove, and Denver's eye candy of those majestic mountains draped across the city's backdrop to get me excited about going home. ...more

The End is Nigh

Yesterday marked a month until our departure...and the pit in my stomach is growing.  Wollongong feels like home now, so much so that I was actually surprised when a waitress recently asked us if we were from the States.  Who, us, with an accent?  I don't even notice it anymore, especially since Jackson has picked up all kinds of Aussie phrasing ....more

The End is Nigh

Yesterday marked a month until our departure...and the pit in my stomach is growing.  Wollongong feels like home now, so much so that I was actually surprised when a waitress recently asked us if we were from the States.  Who, us, with an accent?  I don't even notice it anymore, especially since Jackson has picked up all kinds of Aussie phrasing ....more