• Hiking South Mountain Arizona
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    Phoenix, Arizona Weekend Winter Fun

    I mentioned a couple of weeks ago that I was heading to Arizona to celebrate my birthday. I love traveling to Arizona during the winter months. Even when the temperatures drop below what the locals prefer (as they did on my trip), they are far preferable to what Idaho has to offer during February and there is so much fun to be had in and around Phoenix. I should probably mention that winter is Phoenix’s busy season. While the rest of the country is hunkered down under snow and cold, snowbirds and tourists are living it up under the Arizona sun. So while winter can be a lovely time to…

  • Acadia National Park in February
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    Birthdays: Treat Yourself to Travel

    Yeah for your birthday! I do not know very many people who enjoy getting older (besides kids that is). Regardless of whether you embrace getting older, pretend it isn’t happening or actively work to prevent it, those birthdays roll around once a year no matter what. I do not necessarily embrace getting older, but I figure you might as well enjoy your birthday. It is the only day you get to be selfish and no one minds. Official holidays are great, but you share them with everyone else in the state, country or planet. Since you may only know a couple of people who share your birthday (if that), it…

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    Five Things To Do in Salt Lake City

    Salt Lake City is not the most exotic location on the planet. However, there are plenty of fun things to do and see there. It is an especially good location to begin a trip out west. Due to its proximity to Idaho, it makes an excellent weekend getaway and we find ourselves there a couple times of year for various events (mostly concerts). Below are my five favorite things about Salt Lake City. Salt Lake City Recommendations 1. The State Room I go to a lot of concerts. I hesitate to put a number on it because then I will realize how much money I am spending on concerts and…

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    What to do in Boston Depending on Your Length of Stay

    Recently, R and I spent a day in Boston, Massachusetts. Now one day may not sound like much, but even a short amount of time in Bean Town is better than no time at all and I am going to share with you some tips on what to do in Boston based on your length of stay. I love Boston. It is my favorite east coast city by far, and I always jump at the chance to visit. I was first introduced to the city back in high school. It was my first time to the east coast and although I have been back east many times now and have…

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    Top Five Things to See in St. Louis, Missouri

    Last July, B and I ventured to St. Louis, Missouri, to attend the Antiques Roadshow. While there, we were pleasantly surprised by several attractions and left with a very positive view of this city, which, to be honest, we weren’t expecting much out of. This post will discuss five St. Louis things we saw and did so next time you find yourself randomly in St. Louis, you’ll have as nice of a time as we had. (To be fair, I’ll leave the highlight of the trip, the Roadshow, off this list because it isn’t a permanent fixture.) 5. Delmar Loop From our downtown hotel, we hopped on the St. Louis…

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    All 50 States Club (Part 3 of 3)

    Parts 1 and 2 got us most of the way through the all fifty states club of America. This last post will pick up where we left off in North Carolina and highlight interesting/fun things I saw/did whilst exploring the USA. Funny thing–turns out I’m not so good at remembering all of the states. I was supposed to go through the Ns but I forgot two. Whoops. North Carolina: Halloween in Asheville Asheville is a little pocket of weirdo in a seemingly normal state. It was delightful to explore this cute town located in the mountains and trees in Western North Carolina. B and I just happened to hit town…

  • Kansas City skyline
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    What to do and see in KC

    Work brought me to Kansas City twice in the course of one month. Lucky for me, I have a good friend (we will call her AA) who lives in and loves KC. She provided me with helpful hints and suggestions about what to see and where to go during my downtime. I have laid out those suggestions, along with some of my own, in semi-geographical order below (south to north). They include neighborhoods worth visiting, places to eat and must-see attractions. It is a local’s perspective as executed by a tourist. (Thanks for all of the helpful suggestions, AA.) Brookside Starting south of the city, there are some fun neighborhoods…

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    All Fifty States Club (Part 2 of 3)

    Fifty States Club Part Deux. This post picks up where we left off in the first part of this series that explores interesting things to see and do in all fifty of the United States of America. (Go here to read part three.) We had just gone from A-K and will now pick up with the middle. Incidentally, have you ever noticed how many of the states in the U.S. begin with the letters ‘M’ and ‘N?’ Except for Louisiana, this post will focus solely on states that begin with these two letters. Weird. Louisiana: Swampland Everybody needs to go to New Orleans at some point. When I am traveling…

  • Four gals at BBR in Challis, Idaho
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    Bringing new life to old adventures

    I have been thinking about bringing new life to old adventures lately. I do not enjoy doing the same things over and over again. That is why I always choose to go somewhere new instead of to the same vacation spot year after year. I know plenty of people who are perfectly content to return to the same city/island/country/beach/timeshare/etc. over and over again. That is great for them. However, that is not my style. If you are like me, and you enjoy discovering the new, then repeat adventures can sometimes get a little old. This past weekend, I attended my 12th Braun Brother Reunion (a music festival in Challis, Idaho,…

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    All Fifty States Club (Part 1 of 3)

    Lucky for us, we have both visited all fifty states and have become members of the all fifty states club. We both had a very strong start independently at checking off the states, but when we became friends, we made a couple trips to finish things up. This post is about our efforts to join the all fifty states club part 1. Go here to read part 2 and here to read part 3. Deciding what counts to be able to check off a state on your list is a matter of personal preference. Some people run a marathon (crazy) or climb the highest mountain (my brother) or visit the…