Two Weeks in Kauai

As some of you know, my family and I were supposed to go to Kauai earlier this year in January, but the day we were leaving my husband was in a serious accident. Our trip was postponed until last month, so when the time came, we were really excited to finally visit the Garden Isle […]

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A Week in the Big Apple

I wanted to plan a fun trip for Zach on his 30th birthday this year, but we were unable to leave Anchorage, where he was recovering from his major accident.  So Zach suggested we go to New York City in August to see the US Open (we are both big tennis fans). To make it […]

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Summer Retreat on Manitoulin Island

     In the 1930s, my dad’s grandpa bought a cabin on Manitoulin Island in Ontario, Canada after visiting for a hunting trip. Manitoulin Island, located in northern Lake Huron (one of the Great Lakes), is the world’s largest freshwater island. Before moving to Alaska, my family and I lived in Wisconsin, and every summer […]

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Alaskans in Australia, Part Two

     Once we left New South Wales and crossed into the Victoria territory, we were only about six hours outside of Melbourne. We decided to take a little detour on our way to Melbourne, however, and so we drove down to the southern-most tip of continental Australia. Wilsons Promontory National Park      As […]

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Alaskans in Australia, Part One

     We spent the first week of January in New Zealand, and then hopped on a plane from Auckland to Sydney. It was a decent flight, about 3 hours flying over the Tasman Sea. I was so excited to spend the next couple of weeks in Australia! A mall, or just the Auckland International […]

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Travels in New Zealand, Part Two

     Our New Zealand adventures continued in the Bay of Islands area for a couple days after New Years. My mom, Peter, and I spent a super lazy day at our rental bungalow, relaxing and lounging at the shared campground pool. Peter especially enjoyed this day, I think, as he doesn’t like to swim […]

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Travels in New Zealand, Part One

  Here is Part One of our New Zealand vacation, including traveling to Auckland, our friends Alex and Jenny’s wedding, and our New Year’s Day on the beach in the Bay of Islands: 18 Hours of Flying      Zach, Dad, and our friend Travis flew to New Zealand a few weeks earlier, whereas my […]

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Our Trip to Maui

     Now that we are back from our trip to Maui, I thought I would share what we did during our tropical vacation. Zach and I really love Maui (how could you not?) and always have such a fun and relaxing time while we’re there. One of our friends was getting married in Kihei, […]

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Autumn Road Trip to Alaska

     Last October, Zach, Peter, and I drove our car from Tacoma, Washington to Haines in southeast Alaska, from where we took a ferry the rest of the way home. The three of us brought my parent’s car up the year before, but we only drove as far north as Prince Rupert, BC before catching a ferry […]

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Visiting Seattle on a Short Trip

     I recently returned from a very quick trip to Seattle. It’s pretty easy to get to Seattle from where I live in Alaska, about a 2 hour direct flight (only available in the summer), or a 3 hour trip with one quick stop on the way (any other time of year). This last […]

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