5 Tips for Enjoying Antelope Canyon

This trip was as spectacular as it looks. If it’s on your bucket list, keep it on your bucket list!

I have been asked by a few people how much hiking we had to do for the Lower Canyon. Really there is not a lot. You have to get down to the canyon, which is just a few minutes walk away. Then you have to go down the stairs to get into the canyon. After that you go through at a very slow pace. They give each group time to take lots of pictures without having to have others in your photos. They do such a great job of this. Plus [Read more…]

Hiking Southern Utah and Northern Arizona in 5 Days

We just did a 5 day hiking trip to Southern Utah and Northern Arizona. We aren’t hard core hikers, so covering over 30 miles in just a few days, was a big deal to us. But we did see some beautiful country.

For us, the easiest way to get there is to fly through Las Vegas. From there we made the 2 hour trek to St. George, Utah. We had a tentative plan in place. We had ideas of what we wanted to do, but also we needed to pay attention to the weather. The first week of March can be iffy. We had been 2 years early and the weather was fabulous. But this has been a rough winter for everyone and this area was no different. [Read more…]

Alaska

Perfect day to hike on this glacier

Perfect day to hike on this glacier

We have been planning this extended family vacation for about a year and a half now. My family is very much into the great outdoors like fishing and hunting. That’s what happens when you grow up in Eastern Oregon. Although that is not what I love to do, I do really enjoy hiking and just being outside.

Let me just say this, Alaska is [Read more…]

7 Fun Things To Do In Palm Springs

Palm Springs vacation

Palm Springs vacation

We booked a 9 day trip to Palm Springs and our friends assured us it was way to long and we would get bored. My husband golfs but I do not, so that was not on the agenda for this trip. Truthfully we were just chasing some sunshine and looking for some down time. In the end we did quite a few things and we did not get bored in Palm Springs.

Here are 7 Ways to keep yourself Busy in Palm Springs (Especially if your not a golfer) [Read more…]

New York City

Looking from inside Central Park into the city

Looking from inside Central Park into the city

We leave for New York in a few days and we have never been before. I have my list of places I want to see and even some places to eat. When you plan you kind of get an idea of what you think a place will look like, so I’ve decided to make this a post about What We Expect to see, What we hope to see and then what we actually do and any other tips that we discovered along the way. September 2015

What We Expect and What We Hope to See

From pictures I picture this [Read more…]

5 Lesser Known Things To Do In San Diego

Photo by Ai Long via Trover.com

Photo by Ai Long via Trover.com

San Diego has to be one of those near perfect places to visit pretty much any time of the year. The weather is fairly consistent all year long, and it seems like the sun is always shining. It’s also very easy for those of us on the West Coast to get to within a few hours, making this a perfect place for a long weekend getaway.

Once you’re there, it may be tempting to hit all of the popular spots, which is absolutely fine. However you may also [Read more…]

Zion National Park

Beautiful Zion National Park

Beautiful Zion National Park

It feels like it’s been a while since we have gotten away on vacation, so this one was much appreciated. Not only because of where we were, but because Portland got hammered with rain while we were gone and I got a sun burn. Always makes for a perfect vacation, don’t you think?

From Portland we flew into Las Vegas. Not being huge Vegas fans we planned something outside of town that was more fun than throwing down money. We drove some exotic cars. After a day of that we were off on our 2 hour drive to St. George, Utah, which is about 45 minutes away from Zion. We could have gotten closer, but my brother had a connection for a house in St. George, so we took advantage of that. [Read more…]

Our Favorite Trips of 2014

This year took us on roads we had never been down before.

This year took us on roads we had never been down before.

This year brought lots of changes for us. Our youngest child graduated and left home leaving us as Empty Nesters. Having the desire to travel more and the freedom (sorry kids those sport schedules were tough to work around) we decided to try more weekend vacations. Before he graduated though we did a trip that was many years in the planning. Germany! [Read more…]

Things To Do in Phoenix

 

Hike to a peak and take in the city from afar

Hike to a peak and take in the city from afar

Our travels are becoming more frequent because we are empty nesters. Our travels also take us to where our kids are and that allows us to experience where they are living. Taking a weekend to get away from from the cold and rain in Portland to sunny Phoenix is a no brainer. We couldn’t wait to ditch our raincoats for shorts. My daughter had lined up a few restaurants to try and some fun things to do right in Phoenix. I planned a day in Sedona hiking and playing. It was all set to be the perfect weekend. [Read more…]

Best of Bend, OR in the Fall

Fall hikes in Bend, OR

Fall hikes in Bend, OR

With a town like Bend, Oregon the peak times are in the summer, with all the water sports, lakes, fishing, hiking and the list goes on. And in the winter, with the skiing, snowboarding, snowshoeing and anything else you can think of.  The falls seems to be the “off season” if you will. But don’t let that keep from enjoying this great town. We got to experience Bend with all it’s outdoor splendor without having to share with a lot of other people. The restaurants that are usually packed, were just quite full. The hiking trails that are ever so popular, had a crowd, but parking spots were easy to find. The the breweries pour beer all year long and that’s really all that matters, right? And you can follow the Bend Ale Trail to all 14 breweries.

Let’s get the food out of the way, since you all know we love to eat, but don’t worry I won’t skip the hiking. I had done my research ahead of time and even asked [Read more…]