Yesterday, as I was driving through Pittsburgh,I noticed a Spirit Halloween store preparing to open. As today’s special, abakery I frequent is featuring pumpkin bread. And through the front window of my house, I can see a small branch of red leaves onan otherwise green tree.Is it Halloween in July [...]
Wed, Jul 30, 2014
Weird Wanderings Category: WEIRD WANDERINGS
You’ve probably seen many of these items from Nite Ize at the checkout line at your local outdoor gear store. You might have even grabbed one or two as an impulse buy or bought them for stocking stuffers. They’re actually quite fun. I picked up a few items myself when I [...]
Wed, Jul 30, 2014
Wanderluster Category: WANDERLUSTER
One of my favorite summer meals is a fresh traditional Caprese salad. Heirloom tomatoes have a limited season, and are one of the true joys of summerfor me. Another fantastic find at farmers markets, they are just perfect right now! It only takes a quick journey through Pinterest to find out [...]
Wed, Jul 30, 2014
WanderFood Category: WANDERFOOD
The Four Seasons family of luxury hotels is one of the most kid-friendly luxury hotel chains out there. While I’ve heard about theirKids For All Seasons programfor years, I’d yet to experience it first hand. So I jumped at the opportunity to bring my kids to the Four Seasons Scottsdale at [...]
Tue, Jul 29, 2014
Luxury Nomad Category: LUXURY NOMAD
With more and more news coming out about the Malaysia flight that was shot down over the Ukraine and Russia’s supposed responsibility in it, we might be wondering about our safety as travelers and how safe it might be to head over to Europe in the near future. It’s a [...]
Tue, Jul 29, 2014
Gen Y Wanderer Category: GEN Y WANDERER
“The wilderness is a place of rest-not in the sense of being motionless, for the lure, after all, is to move, to round the next bend. The rest comes in the isolation from distractions, in the slowing of the daily centrifugal forces that keep us off balance. ” -David Douglas North [...]
Tue, Jul 29, 2014
Lady Sherpa Category: LADY SHERPA
“Life begins outside your comfort zone.” It’s a phrase that is thrown around so much that it’s less of an inspirational mantra and more the kind of catchphrase you scroll past in your Pinterest feed. (Fans of Girls may recall the second season episode where Hannah encounters a [...]
Tue, Jul 29, 2014
Global Zen Category: GLOBAL ZEN
Hiking in Rancho San Antonio A fine summer day dawned this weekend. We didn’t have plans but wanted to be outdoors to enjoy the brilliant sunshine. What better ideathan to head to the nearest open space preserve and hike its many trails? Rancho San Antonio Open Space Preserve is very popular [...]
Mon, Jul 28, 2014
TrailBound Category: TRAILBOUND
A toast to the heron: Photo of artwork used with permission, Jake Hose Seven years ago, Big Papa and I got married. This fact, in and of itself, is truly something to marvel at. Because—we nearly didn’t. Our first wedding venue cancelled six months prior to the wedding. Next, a month before [...]
Mon, Jul 28, 2014
Pampers & Pakhlava Category: PAMPERS AND PAKHLAVA
I’ve been traveling around America for the past three weeks on a project working to promote US cities to international tourists. Needless to say, it’s been three weeks of busy filming and LONG days! I haven’t had much of a chance to enjoy the spa scene, but I did manage [...]
Mon, Jul 28, 2014
Spa Hopper Category: SPA HOPPER
“Those are Rockports?” WanderHubs asked. I confess I’dhad a similar thought before I checked out the brand’s recent lookbooks. These stylesare a far cry from the humorless, sensible shoes fancied by retired schoolteachers and or devoted wearers of pleated slacks (my Nana Sheets included. She had a sense of humor, even [...]
Mon, Jul 28, 2014
WanderChic Category: WANDERCHIC
Keeping a Postcard Journal – Traveling abroad and experiencing a different culture can give you memories that last for a lifetime. There are many ways to bring those home. When I travel, the two most important items I bring with me are my camera and a journal. Even though I will [...]
Mon, Jul 28, 2014
Global Snapshots Category: GLOBAL SNAPSHOTS
Last weekend we took a spontaneous road trip to Port Aransas, Texas. My family made yearly summer trips to Port Aransas throughout my childhood. As an adult, I’ve only been back a few times, but each time has been beautiful. This time, however, was absolutely devastating. The beach was covered in [...]
Sat, Jul 26, 2014
Wandering Artist Category: WANDERING ARTIST
I always cringe when watching skiers walk up to the lifts with gear that still has 20 years of dust on it. Sure, they still look fine and they might get you down the hill, but at what cost? When speeding downhill, one must be confident that the planks they’re [...]
Fri, Jul 25, 2014
Ski Gypsy Category: SKI GYPSY
Like millions of people all over the world, I was obsessed this year with the World Cup. Some might even say I had football fever. I would watch every game I could, and be glued to my app for the rest of them. A couple weeks ago, a few days before [...]
Fri, Jul 25, 2014
Short Stops Category: SHORT STOPS
Before it started raining the other night, things were feeling summery up here in Seattle. It even got up to 94 degrees at the beginning of the month which, in the Pacific Northwest, practically calls for a heat advisory*. When the weather is that warm, it can be a challenge [...]
Fri, Jul 25, 2014
WanderDudes Category: WANDERDUDES
It’s no Kim Kardashian: HollywoodbutSmarty Pins from Google Maps is addicting. It’s a geography trivia game that you can play on your desktop or the Google Maps app on your phone.Addicting, fun and, sorry Kim, educational. Smarty Pinsasks a series of questions and allows you to drop a pin to answer. [...]
Fri, Jul 25, 2014
Checking In Category: CHECKING IN
“I truly enjoyed wandering around the interior of these churches, looking at the architecture, art, stained glass, and religious relics. Taking pictures of the altars, seats, kneelers, windows, and arches.” I quote myself from my last blog where I introduced the churches of the Cotswolds. That blog contained pictures of the [...]
Fri, Jul 25, 2014
As I mentioned in my previous post about National Tequila Day, there’s more to tequila than margaritas. Following are just a few creative concoctions that will take your taste buds on a tantalizing trip south of the border. Salud! MINTED MULE Created by Pete Vasconcellos of The Penrose in New York City; [...]
Thu, Jul 24, 2014
Wanderlush Diary Category: WANDERLUSH DIARY
Last Suitcase In the last week we’ve packed our first two suitcases with clothes, our next two with electronics and technology gadgets, and our 5th with some first day comforts which just leaves us with the 6th suitcase to pack.The good news for you is that when Husband and I were [...]
Wed, Jul 23, 2014
Expat Village Category: EXPAT VILLAGE
We Seattleites are used to hearing jokes about our rainy weather: “What do you call two straight days of rain in Seattle?” Answer: “A weekend.” “When’s the rainy season in Seattle? Answer: “August through April and May through July.” “What does daylight saving time mean in Seattle?” Answer: “An extra hour of rain.” “When [...]
Fri, Jul 18, 2014
WanderBoomer Category: WANDERBOOMER
Q: Will I be in a shark attack if I swim in Australia? Rumor has it that you have more chance of being hit by a coconut (yes, they have those in Australia, too) than of being caught in the jaws of a hungry Great White. You’re also twice as likely [...]
Fri, Jul 11, 2014
Gone Workabout Category: GONE WORKABOUT
I went mountain biking for the first time this week—and it wasawesome! After hearing tales from all of my cycling friends about the wonders of off roading, I finally tagged along with two more experienced friends. We headed to Duthie Hill—a mountain biking park less than an hour from Seattle—and [...]
Wed, Jul 09, 2014
WanderSpokes Category: WANDERSPOKES
Last month, I shared how I got hooked on Vietnamese scooter culture in Saigon. American scooter culture is a bit different. In the USA, scooters and even motorcycles are usually looked upon as toys or passionate hobbies. But after my trip to Vietnam and seeing first hand how economical, useful, [...]
Fri, Jul 04, 2014
WanderLit Category: WANDERLIT
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