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Cruising on Lake Tahoe

by Allie on September 1, 2011

If you’re looking for a quick-and-dirty guide to Lake Tahoe cruise and boat tours, check out the Lake Tahoe Cruise Guide. For details on the cruise we picked, read on… Last weekend we continued our adventures, albeit on a more local scale. My parents and sister, Jenny, drove up for a three-night visit. In addition […]


How to NOT Earn Airline Award Miles

by Allie on August 25, 2011

Even though we are experienced travelers, we continue to learn new things about the perks and quirks of international travel. And often, it is the quirks that give the most memorable lessons. This is a tale about how we screwed up and learned how NOT to earn airline miles. Having lived in the San Francisco […]



by Allie on July 6, 2011

One week ago, we pulled into our driveway in Incline Village. We unlocked our front door and stepped inside. We noticed the stillness of the house. Dust motes floated in the air. We were home. And this time, we are emptying our backpacks and putting the passports deep in a drawer. Our 18 months of […]


A Really Crappy Job

by Allie on June 11, 2011

When I was in high school, one of the most lucrative summer jobs – one of the few that didn’t pay minimum wage – was cleaning out chicken manure at the local chicken farms. Chicken manure has a pervasive, nauseating aroma, and there were many debates amongst my 4-H friends as to which smelled worse: […]

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Small Things in Big Sky Country

by Allie on June 10, 2011

We are headed to my friend Jeep’s place for a few nights, to stay in his vacation home that he generously offered up for our use. Most of the year he lives in California, but he spends part of the summer in Montana. Late May is not summer – or even summer-like – a fact […]


Hunting Dinner in Idaho

by Allie on June 7, 2011

A subtle shift happens as we leave eastern Washington and cross into Idaho. Cowboy boots begin to appear. Cowboy hats. Large belt buckles. Stuffed animal heads decorate roadside eateries. We’ve left the coast far behind, and are in new territory. And then there are the radio stations. On some lonely stretches of road we only […]


Our next stop is to visit Mark’s Aunt Maureen and Uncle Don. They recently moved to Richland, WA from Spokane, for the warmer climate and to live closer to family. Don is a “river doctor”, and travels all over North and South America helping rivers to flow in deliberate ways relative to development. He and […]


Seattle with Family & Friends

by Allie on May 28, 2011

Oh Seattle! Where the wind and rain sweep across a landscape of grey and green. City of Seahawks and Mariners, Amazonians and Starbuckers, fish flingers and coffee connoisseurs. We kick off our nearly two weeks in Seattle with a quick stop by our good friends Jeff and Daneah’s condo in Belltown to drop our 150 […]


On The Road Again

by Allie on May 7, 2011

Greetings from Bend, Oregon! April was an extremely busy month, despite that we had planned it as our “month off” between trips. One thing we have learned about ourselves: we are not very good at downtime. In one sentence, here’s how we spent April: skiing, Allie at bachelorette party, Mark transferring all CD’s to MP3s, […]


Home, Snowy Home

by Allie on April 2, 2011

We’re home! We got back to Tahoe yesterday after spending a few nights at my parents’ place. My sister is home for spring break from the U.K., where she is attending vet school. She is studying for her exams, and learning a few things that make me glad I will never be a vet. Like […]