30 minutes in Charleston

Charleston, SC has long been on my travel list. I attended a work conference there two summers ago and scheduled some time on the front-end for a quick glimpse of the city. It was a quick trip; my return flight was scheduled soon after the last session the next day. I dreamed of trying she-crab soup and shrimp and grits. Maybe a stroll through the Charleston City Market or some shopping on King Street.

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Copenhagen + Norway Cruise

A 10-day trip in and out of Copenhagen, Denmark – with a 7-day Norway Disney Cruise in the middle. Travelers included 4 families – 7 adults with 7 kids from 8 months to 12 years old. (June 2015)

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Just the 2 of us.

He’s my Valentine, and husband of 16 years (and counting). Hands down, he’s my #1 favorite travel partner. We went on plenty of trips together when we were first married: honeymooned in Hawaii, explored Belize, camped in the Black Hills, road-tripped to Banff, relaxed in Carmel. This guy:

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Vancouver’s Grouse Grind

One of our favorite family memories of 2015: conquering the Grouse Grind together when we visited Vancouver. 2,830 steps. 1.8 miles long. 2,800 foot elevation gain. This climb is no joke – and absolutely beautiful.

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FOOT + (body of) WATER + BEVERAGE

In your mind, what image epitomizes “vacation”? Is it putting your (preferably bare) feet up after a long week at work? How about putting your feet up and enjoying a gorgeous view? For us Minnesotans, this scene generally includes water of some kind: lakeside or poolside during our glorious summers – or next to an ocean, during the months of December through April, with our feet touching warm sand. Because WINTER. Continue Reading

Brownesness: Black Hills Gold

This is a special trip to write about. It is almost too hard to put into words without dedicating six posts to it, but I’ll try. 4 adults and 6 kids packed into 2 minivans for 8 days doesn’t sound like vacation magic, does it? Well, it was. And we will always look back on this trip with a heightened sense of nostalgia for several reasons . . .

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What is Vacation Coffee?

Honestly, it’s a nickname my husband coined for some over-priced, calorie-laden Starbucks beverages we bought ourselves at the airport years ago. I wish I could remember the exact trip we were on – and with whom. I’m assuming we had woken up earlier-than-usual, schlepped a bunch of carefully packed and catalogued baby items through security with an oblivious infant in tow, and were on our way somewhere warm. Continue Reading