Since March 2016, we have been featuring one national park per month leading up August, which is the National Park Service’s 100th birthday. This post series (links below) have given you a glimpse of our National Park journeys ranging from rugged mountains to lava-filled volcanoes. It seems only fitting that with the final post of this series, for the 100th birthday happening later this week, we look at our adventure down into the depths of the grandest canyon of them all – The Grand Canyon!
Wow! The last few weeks went by in a bit of a blur! First off, I need to apologize for not doing any blog posts or having a presence on social media lately. It just got away from me! However, I just finished my first class of grad school, Sustainable Tourism, with a 96% and a ton of new information.
Once upon a time, on a bit of a whim, I ended up in Madrid. I went with a group of total strangers through an art trip offered by a local college. I was pretty desperate to get out of town and I wanted to go somewhere refreshingly far away. I am so glad I took the chance on that trip! Not only did I see and learn a lot, but I made some great long term friendships.
The island of St. Martin/St. Maarten is beautiful, high-class, and boasts many brag-worthy things. Not only does it have both a French side and a Dutch side, but you can enjoy your time here watching beautiful sunsets while surrounded by the mega-yachts of the rich and famous. This is one of the most beautiful and exhilarating Caribbean islands we have visited.A trip to the island is not complete without spending a day at Maho Beach where your time can range from relaxing while you soak up the sun to screaming as jumbo jets land at dangerously low altitudes above you. I don’t know of any other place where plane spotting is this exciting or dangerous!
Next month, America’s National Parks will be celebrating their 100th birthday! With this in mind, we have been doing a post a month from March through August, highlighting five of the national parks we have visited. For July, the fourth National Park being featured on our count down is Hawaii Volcanoes National Park.
I’ll be honest… I have gained a lot of weight over the last year and it seems like as easy as the pounds come on, it has been nearly impossible to take them back off. Its not a lack of exercise for me – I am a gym rat and work out pretty much every day. The hard part is that I do like food, and even more, I really like to try new exciting food and drinks when I travel. Travel nearly every month, and well… you can see how this yo-yo I have been on effects me. I lose some and then gain some back… Grr!! I am going on a beach vacation in the end of August and want to feel comfortable in my swimsuits and cute dresses. Plus, vacation or not, I just need to get healthier again! But, I know August will be here before I know it, so you can imagine my concern over going on a cruise just a few weeks ago. I didn’t want what progress I have made so far to be completely thwarted by this trip and then some! Most people gain about 5-7 pounds or more over the course of a one week cruise and I was determined not to be one of those people.
So, with endless buffets, champagne toasts, and late night snacks, how in the world was I going to manage this? I followed a few basic rules which allowed me to still enjoy my time, try the yummy food, but not go crazy. Here are my 7 simple rules I followed during our week long cruise to help make my weight loss efforts be smooth sailing:
Three years ago today with little information or warning, my now-husband whisked me away down a long and (sometimes winding) road. It was June 23rd, 2013 – the day he was going to pop the question! I’ve thought long and hard about it and, because this day was so special and sentimental to me, I decided to omit the nitty-gritty, romantic details of his proposal from my blog and just share a little bit of the story along with a few photos of this magical day instead!