Sometimes words are inadequate. So here’s a short video that covers pretty much everything we did in the Azores, Portugal. Hope you enjoy!
Everything from hot volcanic craters and the cold waters of the North Atlantic to old ghost villages and new outlooks on life.
Our friend Emma spent her childhood in Wales and returns often to visit family, so she was our resource for things to see and do during our visit, including Celtic castles and coastlines.
Until we began planning for this trip, I had never heard of the Faroe Islands. Now I’m infatuated with this remote Danish archipelago. Find out why.
After our visit to Iceland last spring, we had often wondered if the experience was a fluke. Would Iceland deliver a second time?
As we embark on our adventure around the world, we would be remiss if we didn’t share our favorite things about our current hometown: Chattanooga, Tennessee.
For the past few years, my mother and I have taken an annual girls’ trip in search of beautiful flowers. We’ve visited Biltmore Estate with its springtime gardens and timeless greenhouse, and this year we took our second trip to Disney World for the annual Epcot International Flower and Garden Festival. In all my life, however, I’ve never taken a father-daughter trip with my dad.
I set out to rectify that this year and left the destination up to him. He chose Phoenix, Arizona, and I booked the tickets without delay.
Perhaps it’s my childhood filled with trips to Disney World, Disneyland, and other theme parks, but I like a national park with a well-themed tour. After lots of time hiking across the country in the rugged deserts of Canyonlands, Arches, Guadalupe Mountains, and Bryce Canyon, I was ready for another St. Louis-style touristy tour.
Carlsbad Caverns fit the bill perfectly. After all, there is a bat cave.
We set out on a cross-country journey several years ago with the intention of seeing America. We wanted the boys to experience the splendor of the national parks and spend some time swimming, hiking, and playing the way we did as kids.
Part of the journey was returning to my birthplace, which I hadn’t visited since I was a toddler. My father was stationed in San Diego, California, with the U.S. Navy at that time, and I was born in Balboa Naval Hospital. I grew up hearing stories of beach time in La Jolla, drives across the bridge to Coronado and the Hotel Del, and afternoons at the San Diego Zoo. I wanted to experience all of those things as an adult and share them with Mike and the boys as well.
On a trip that keeps delivering superlatives, it’s hard to maintain high expectations. The best barbecue. The best star gazing. The best lake. We wondered what benchmark Guadalupe Mountains National Park would set for us. As it turns out, this was the best hike of the trip.