Florence (with a brief stop in Pisa)

Florence (with a brief stop in Pisa)

We were told that the only reason to visit touristy Pisa is to see the famous leaning tower. On the way to Florence, we hopped off the train, bought a selfie stick from a local street vendor, took the picture, and gladly left the throng of visitors behind. We began...
Cinque Terre

Cinque Terre

Cinque Terre, which in Italian means five lands, is an area comprised of five quaint fishing villages located on the Italian Riviera coastline in Northern Italy. Connected by train and trail, the Cinque Terre is a National Park and Unesco World Heritage Site that...
Milan

Milan

With bags in hand, we began our three month European adventure in the city of Milan. Ciao! We arrived to find the city in the midst of preparations for the 2015 World Expo. Milan would prove to be a much busier city when we returned three months later for our flight...
We’re going to Europe!

We’re going to Europe!

“The journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step.” – Lao Tzu Having exhausted the National Parks that we could reasonably do because of the weather, we decided to go to Europe. It seems you can spend only three months in the EU without a...
Hot Springs National Park

Hot Springs National Park

“Water is the driving force of all nature.” – Leonardo da Vinci   Originally planning to visit Hot Springs National Park in early June, traveling North from Texas, we decided it might be better to stop in early spring while heading back South....
Mammoth Cave National Park

Mammoth Cave National Park

“The most beautiful thing we can experience is the mysterious. It is the source of all true art and science.” – Albert Einstein Normally we prefer to stay in the park, but for our visit to Mammoth Cave National Park we opted to try a highly rated...
Cuyahoga Valley National Park

Cuyahoga Valley National Park

“It is in the valley that one can realize most effectively a sense of isolation and freedom from the sights and sounds…which go to make the modern city…” – Olmstead Brothers, 1925   Nestled in the backyards of Cleveland and Akron,...
Shenandoah National Park

Shenandoah National Park

“Nature gives to every time and season some beauties of its own.” – Charles Dickens   Planning on visiting Shenandoah National Park on our way to Washington DC we had to take a pass because Skyline Drive was closed for snow and ice. A day before we left DC...
Washington DC Highlights

Washington DC Highlights

Arriving in Washington DC for the first time, we felt like kids in a candy shop. Steeped in history and oddly excited to be in the Nation’s Capital we wanted to see it all. Our highlights, as it turns out, are all the places we visited. We visited the Holocaust...
Great Smoky Mountains National Park

Great Smoky Mountains National Park

“Sometimes the snow would blow in on the bed through the cracks, but it was good for us. It kept us healthy and ready to get out and make snowmen and skate on the creek when it was frozen over with ice or track rabbits in the snow.” – Lona Mae Parton Tyson,...