A Tropical Stormy Getaway

Denisa and I generally go away with the family for the long Indigenous Peoples Day weekend. We rent a house somewhere a couple of hours away and just try to reset for a few days. The start of the semester can often be really stressful, so it’s nice to take those three days and catch our collective breath. This weekend was no different, or at least that was the plan. To mix things up a bit, we decided to get a place on the ocean over near Acadia. (Not the popular side of Acadia, as we didn’t want all the

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2023 Vacation Report: At the Rodeo

When Daniela realized we were heading to Utah once again, one item she had high on her list of things she wanted to do was “go to a rodeo.” Now, I’ve taken her to a rodeo before, but she was much younger and didn’t remember it. When I was growing up, I went to the Oakley Rodeo each summer when I went out to Utah. Was it something I loved with a passion? Not really. It was fun to be there with my cousins, and it was very different from things I did on the east coast, but it wasn’t

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2023 Vacation Report: Jet Skis for Dummies

If you’re anything like me, you’ve never been on a jet ski. A Sea-doo. A Waverunner. I mean, I’m so clueless, I’m not even sure what you’re supposed to call one of the things. Whatever. You haven’t been on one before. If you’ve been on a lake, it’s almost a guarantee that you’ve seen them zipping up and down across the water. If you’re like me (and the main reason you ever go to a lake is to fish or maaaaaybe go kayaking or canoeing), you might have thought, “I wish those dunderheads would go away.” But imagine a world

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2023 Vacation Report: The Grand Canyon

There was a time in my life where I saw myself as a bit of a camper. (Probably because I camped a bit.) I suppose if that’s the bar, then I still am a very little bit of a camper, but I’m certainly not someone who treks off into the wilderness on a month long adventure. Or even a week long adventure. Maybe a few days, every other year? Give or take? And as for hiking, again, I once hiked on a sporadic basis. (As I’m looking back on all of this, I’m realizing I camped and hiked and did

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2023 Vacation Report: Route 66

There’s a sort of mystique around Route 66. I’m not quite sure where it comes from. There are songs about it, of course, and it feels like Pixar practically made a whole movie about it. Maybe it’s the fact that road trip films are a thing, and when you’re talking about cross country road trips, Route 66 epitomized a lot of what they had to offer. So after you watch everything from National Lampoon’s Vacation to Rat Race, you start to feel like you’d really like to see what Route 66 is like in person. At least, that’s what you

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