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Hawaiian Dreams

Hawaiian Dreams

Woot! We just booked our hotel and flights for our 2nd honeymoon. A few years ago, we combined a friend’s wedding on the Big Island with a trip to Kauai and Oahu. During that trip, we got epic sunburns, saw turtles, jumped off of giant cliffs, dodged not one but TWO hurricanes, and visited the USS ARIZONA. It was amazing. However, this time around we are going to actually spend time on the Big Island. A lot of people talk…

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A New Deal in Hyde Park

A New Deal in Hyde Park

We rarely have weekdays off together, so when they do happen like on Veteran’s Day, we try to make the most of them. This year, we went out to the Hudson River Valley to make a visit to the Home of Franklin Delano Roosevelt and Presidential Library. Usually it costs $18.00 per person to visit both of the buildings, but because of the holiday, there was no charge to get into the National Park Service site.  Getting both sites for…

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3 Tips for Surviving the Bright Angel Trail

3 Tips for Surviving the Bright Angel Trail

We were recently lucky enough to hike in the Grand Canyon, specifically Bright Angel Trail to Indian Garden. Now, while we did not go all the way down to Phantom Ranch, we did learn a few things about the trail that we will remember for our next trip. 1.  START EARLY! Man is it hot in Arizona in May! When we landed in Phoenix, it was predicted to be a high of 104 degrees Fahrenheit. For two New Englanders, this…

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Boston On the Cheap: Up High

Boston On the Cheap: Up High

Boston has always had a reputation for being a really expensive city. According to this poll it is the third most expensive city to visit in the United States! So, how are people supposed to visit this great city without breaking the bank? Here are a few tips from some locals: Want to get up high and see the city from a unique perspective? There are many places in Boston that offer wonderful views of the city and its surroundings without…

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Wordless Wednesday: Monumental Shadows

Wordless Wednesday: Monumental Shadows

#Take12Trips

#Take12Trips

A few people have been posting about the new travel challenge to #Take12Trips in 2016. As I am currently down with a wicked cold or mild flu, this is the perfect time to distract myself with our future plans for the year 🙂 Unfortunately, we aren’t able to take a trip each month due to the fact that our work schedules are so hard to sync. I work Sunday through Thursday, Eric has a “regular” work schedule something I haven’t…

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2016 Adventures: Conquering the Canyon

2016 Adventures: Conquering the Canyon

One of the most fun and unique things that we are doing this year will be hiking the Grand Canyon with the Team in Training group for the Leukemia Lymphoma Society. This will be my second trip to the Grand Canyon. I had the great luck of being required to go there for work training (really sad, I know! haha). Eric will be experiencing it the first time, which will be a treat to see. Since we are going with…

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America’s Best Idea

America’s Best Idea

Did you know that this year marks the 100th birthday of what is considered America’s best idea? The National Park Service will turn 100 years young on August 26 and is celebrating this year with programs, special events, and lots of cake. While many people believe that there are only the 59 “National Parks,” in reality there are many many more UNITS of the system. There are 409 units of the National Park Service from Acadia National Park in Maine,…

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2016 Plans: Conquering the Canyon

2016 Plans: Conquering the Canyon

Remember how one of our plans for 2016 was to do more hiking? It was partially inspired by wanting to feel and get healthier, but also because of an idea that I had years ago when my dad was first diagnosed with leukemia. Unable to bike ride for very long (and lacking a bike) and not really interested in doing a marathon, I found a different type of charity activity: hiking! First called “Hike for Discovery” and then a few…

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The Best Laid Plans…

The Best Laid Plans…

Whether they are of mice or men, they truly do often go awry unfortunately.   For the past two years, I’ve been trying to get us out to Boston Light.  This is an amazing site that is part of the Boston Harbor Islands National Recreation Area.  As a cooperation between the National Park Service, Department of Conservation and Recreation, and the Coast Guard, it truly is a unique site in America. Situated on Little Brewster Island, the Boston Light is…

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