A Perfect Rocky Mountain Retreat!

A Perfect Rocky Mountain Retreat!

What do you do when you want to clear your mind? For me, the simpler the better. I want outdoors, some physical challenge, and beautiful scenery. I don’t need a fancy place, great restaurants, or entertainment. Give me a trail up a mountain and I’m in heaven. We just got back from an awesome 5-day hiking retreat in the Rocky Mountains in Colorado and it was awesome… we came back in awe of the mountains, refreshed, and ready for new challenges!...

Top 5 Packing Tips for Better Air Travel

Top 5 Packing Tips for Better Air Travel

After a summer filled with road trips and the freedom to bring along anything that fit into our SUV, it's time once again to run the gauntlet of airline size restrictions and security checks! Over the years we've learned a ton about packing... sometimes the hard way. As we prepare for a last minute long weekend to Colorado, I thought I'd share my 5 top packing trips when taking to the air...

There's Nothing Quite Like The Ledge... Awesome Ledge Hikes

There's Nothing Quite Like The Ledge... Awesome Ledge Hikes

We love a great hike and enjoy all sorts of terrain. But lately we've been drawn to hikes by "ledges". The huge rock formations, different perspectives from high and low, and trail variety make hiking by ledges a totally unique experience. What follows are some gems that we just stumbled across and will visit again and again!...

Tips To Make A Road Trip As Much About The Journey As The Destination

Tips To Make A Road Trip As Much About The Journey As The Destination

For a long time, we were 100% focused on getting to the destination and didn’t spend any time in between. But recently we started making road trips as much about the journey as the destination, and are having some of the best trips ever! Keep reading for tips to make the most of your road trip journeys...

7 Spots For A Great Fall Hike

7 Spots For A Great Fall Hike

The other day Daniel and I were driving down the street and Daniel pointed out a tree with yellow leaves. I assured him that the leaves won’t start changing for at least a month. However, the thought of changing leaves got me excited about the fall. I love summer and never want it to end, but once we turn the corner to fall I’m all in!One of our favorite fall activities is hiking…

Top 10 Spots To Visit On The Great Lakes Before Summer Ends

Top 10 Spots To Visit On The Great Lakes Before Summer Ends

It’s that time of year… the sun goes down a little sooner, the night air has a chill, kids are getting ready for the first day of school, and Labor Day is just a couple weeks away. Though summer is drawing to a close, you know that fall on the Great Lakes is awesome. You might even look forward to fall for some cooler weather, brilliant colors, trick or treat, and fall sports. But no matter how fantastic fall is on the Great Lakes, there’s something special about summer...

A Gem... Bayfield, WI and Apostle Islands National Lakeshore

A Gem... Bayfield, WI and Apostle Islands National Lakeshore

We love to find gems. You know… spots that you just happen upon that are super special. We were in Marquette, MI, and had a couple days left to explore before heading home. We looked at all kinds of options. We didn’t have enough time to head east and cross into Canada, we’ve been all over the “mitten” of Michigan in prior trips, and we felt like it was time to move on from Marquette.

Todd remembered a comment from Instagram… that he needs to check out the Apostle Islands National Lakeshore...

Beautiful Door County, Wisconsin

Beautiful Door County, Wisconsin

When you look at a large body of water like a lake, sea, or ocean, do you wonder what it’s like on the other side? Until a couple weeks ago, we had circled all of Lake Ontario, Lake Erie, and Lake Huron, but not Lake Michigan. We’d spent lots of time on the eastern shore of Lake Michigan and wondered what it’s like on the other side, especially Door County. Ok, you know where this is going… we just visited Door County and it is awesome!...

Ludington, Manitowoc, and the SS Badger In Between!

Ludington, Manitowoc, and the SS Badger In Between!

Have you ever watched Anthony Bourdain’s show layover? If not, Anthony goes to a place for something like 24 or 48 hours and experiences what he can in that amount of time. A few weeks ago we had a bit of a “layover” traveling to the western coast of Lake Michigan. We weren’t expecting much… boy, were we in for a surprise! We spent a grand total of 36 hours in Ludington, MI and Manitowoc, WI and had a blast during our “layover”!...