Train Ride To Cascade Canyon


Last year we stayed up and brought the new year in. This year we went to bed early because we had a train to catch bright and early on New Year’s Day!  We traveled through a winter wonderland from Durango to Cascade Canyon on the Narrow Gauge Railroad.  The combination of the clean, white snow […]


My First Trip To St. Pete


I was born in the mountains, but the ocean calls me.  And that is why I was so happy to spend a week on St. Pete Beach with my Mom. The trip started off a little bumpy. After boarding in Durango the flight attendant noticed we had a flat tire.  Four hours later we arrived […]


Mesa Verde Holiday Luminaria

Mesa Verde December 4

  How is it that someone born and raised in Cortez had never been to Mesa Verde for their holiday open house? All bundled up we headed up to the national park that gets more than 600,000 visitors each year.  I actually had no idea what to expect, but a friend of mine highly recommended […]


The White And Blue Of Oia, Santorini

Exploring Oia

Our second day on Santorini was dedicated to taking in the classic beauty of Oia. From our hotel in Kamari, it was about a thirty minute bus ride.  Unlike, our Albanian bus adventures, the buses are big, clean and air-conditioned.  They run like clock work and it makes getting around the island super simple. I […]


Photo Shoot On A Donkey

Donkey in Oia 3

I’d read about the famous donkey ride a million times. Ron White has a great stand up routine about it. And I wasn’t going all the way to Santorini to miss out on it. We’d spend the day touring all three islands and then our captain dumped all of us sunburned, dehydrated, but smiling tourists […]


It’s Official – We Are Moving To Spain

It's Official - We Are Going To Spain

On October 5th we’ll trade our flip flops, ocean views and baklava for Spain. We’ve been talking about visiting Spain for about three years and now we get to live there!  Sunny Seville will be our new home and we are already dreaming of… tapas, Flamenco dancers, amazing art, and weekend trips to Portugal and […]


Getting To Santorini

Traveling To Santorini 8

The fun of travel is the stories that you collect along the way. Traveling to Santorini with Derek and my mom was no exception.  We jumped out of bed before the sun and pulled out of Saranda by 7:30 a.m.  We started off with a half empty bus but after a handful of stops in […]


Travel Is Only For The Rich

Travel is only for the rich

Admit it, you’ve thought it. You see a photo of an exotic beach on Pinterest and think, wow it must be nice to get to travel! I recently purchased a book through Kick Starter called, “This Book Is About Travel” by Andrew Hyde. In the introduction he states the following about what it takes to […]


Why I’m Disappearing For A Week

MoniqueAlvarez Athens Airport

My mom is visiting us! We are so excited to have her.  While it’s not her first time in Albania, it is her first time in Saranda.  It has also been her dream to visit Greece and since we live just thirty minutes away, this was the year to make it happen.  We will be […]


51 Amazing Quotes About Travel

51 Amazing Quotes About Travel

I have an ongoing love affair with travel… Here’s 51 of my favorite quotes on the subject.  Enjoy and remember the world is far too exciting to stay home. “A good traveler has no fixed plans and is not intent on arriving.”  ~Lao Tzu   “I travel not to go anywhere, but to go. I […]