Our First Anniversary: Day Hiking + Touring Eloise Psychiatric Hospital

I crawled out of bed two hours before I actually wanted to, shuffled into the kitchen, and brewed myself a cup of coffee.  By nature, I am a far cry from anything that could even close to resemble a morning person.  It was the morning of our first wedding anniversary,…

Sleeping Bear Trip Report: Backpacking South Manitou Island

The morning we departed for our backpacking trip to South Manitou Island in the Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore proved to be a bit of a scramble. Due to the gale warning issued for Friday morning, the ferry was unable to run until the following day, so our only option…

Our Honeymoon: Road Tripping to Banff National Park

For our honeymoon, we took a road trip to the Canadian Rockies with our dog! Why the Canadian Rockies, you may ask?  From icy alpine lakes to hot springs with gorgeous views, from mountains to climb to valleys to gaze upon, we knew that a visit to Banff would have…