• Cascade Mountain Loop Road Trip
~ Carmen The Cascade Mountain Loop Road Trip is a 451 mile (726 km) scenic drive through some of the most scenic landscape in northwestern Washington State.  On this road trip, you pass through the Cascade Mountains twice, seeing the lush western side, and barren eastern side.  You drive through quiet valleys and pass by......
  • 5 Myths When You Travel to the US
~ Wendy Dessler (Guest Post) You’ve booked your trip to the US. Still, you’ve heard your friends and family mention how Americans are and what it is like visiting the States. You can’t help but wonder if what they say is true. Are Americans “me first” and want everyone to speak English? Will you see......
  • What to See & Do in Leavenworth, Washington State
~ Carmen Leavenworth, Washington is a picturesque town located along the Cascade Mountain Loop in Northwestern United States.  You can easily reach it from Seattle in under 3 hours.  A trip to Leavenworth is like stepping into European Bavaria.  From Oktoberfest celebrations in the fall to intricate Bavarian-inspired architecture, Leavenworth will have you singing “The......
  • San Juan Islands Road Trip- Washington State & British Columbia
~Carmen Joe and I love a good road trip.  We have made some of the best memories exploring the great USA by car.  Come to think of it, we’ve also had some of our biggest arguments on those same road trips.  Our most recent road trip would be no exception!   Joe grew up in......
  • What to See & Do in Victoria, British Columbia, Canada
~ Carmen Victoria is the capital of the Canadian province of British Columbia.  It is located on the southern tip of Vancouver Island and is on Canada’s western side of the Pacific Ocean. One of my earliest travel memories involves a visit to Victoria, British Columbia at part of a LONG road trip from Pine......
  • What to See & Do in Orcas Island, Washington State
~Carmen Orcas Island is the largest of the San Juan Islands, which are located in the northwest corner of Washington State. The island can be accessed through the Washington State Ferry system.  It can also be reached by small (and I mean very small) aircraft or chartered boat.  Just a day or two is all......
  • What to See & Do in Seattle, Washington
~Carmen Seattle is one of our “family visit” places.  Joe grew up just south of Seattle, and most of his family still lives in the area.  I had been in the area a couple of times growing up (Uncle lived in Aberdeen, WA), but I was really little and only remember a few of the......
  • How to Spend 4 Days in Nashville
~ Carmen When your kids are away at college most of the year, you try to make the most of the time you have together.  All through her childhood, my youngest daughter, Rachel, and I made frequent trips to Nashville for her dance competitions and school-related functions.  Being only 3 1/2 hours aways from our......
  • The Best Instagram Spots in Nashville, Tennessee
~Carmen Recently, my daughter Rachel and I took a 4-day trip to Nashville, Tennessee.  Nashville is only a 3 1/2 hour drive from our home in Memphis.  Especially when Rachel was a competitive dancer, we made frequent trips to Nashville for dance conventions and great shopping. For our latest trip, Rachel and I wanted to......
  • How to Spend 14 Days in Greece
~ Carmen The first time we traveled to Greece, it was part of an organized tour that included a Greek Island cruise.  As a teacher of ancient history, I knew I wanted to return to Greece.  This time I wanted to be able to spend more time absorbing the history and beautiful landscape.  We planned......
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