Monday, March 30, 2015

Anchorage Adventures


anchorage, alaska


TH and I love our little town, but sometimes this country mouse* gets the itch for big city life. Anchorage, Alaska's largest city, is the perfect place for a girlfriend getaway,  a date weekend, or even a solo adventure. (*Anyone else remember the childhood book City Mouse, Country Mouse? TH had no idea what I was talking about.)

Sunday, March 15, 2015

Turning 40 and Goals



turning 40


I was in a bit of a slump in early December. I'd just finished a Master's program, in which I'd been highly engaged, intellectually and creatively. Upon its completion I found myself approaching my 40th birthday with a sense of emptiness. I had worked really hard to complete my master's degree; why did I not feel satisfied? What was I to do with my time now? What were my passions again? Did turning forty mean that I was on the top of a peak, beginning my slow decline into elderliness? (Warning, long, personal post ahead...)


Friday, March 13, 2015

Random Restaurant Reviews: Seward, Alaska


chinooks seward

If you visit Seward in the summer you will have a difficult time choosing a place to eat among the establishments that line the streets and harbor. In the winter, you will have less options, but you won't go hungry.

It's hard to beat the view from Chinooks on a sunny day.

chinooks view

Tuesday, March 10, 2015

Road Trip Alaska: Seward

When our Spring Break plans to visit Austin were stymied by sold-out flights I convinced TH to head out on an Alaskan road trip. Seward is one of our favorite locations in the summer; I had no idea that I would like it so much more in the shoulder season. My last post was about the perks of visiting Alaska in the winter, and our trip to Seward further cemented my thesis that Alaska is not just a summer destination.


seward


Thursday, March 5, 2015

Top Ten Reasons to Visit Alaska in the Winter

The majority of Alaskan tourists choose the summer months of June, July and August to visit Alaska. I would like to make the case that, with the right winter gear, Alaska is an amazing winter destination.

snow trees

Saturday, January 31, 2015

Finally, Snow!

finally snow


The weather has been strange this fall. We've consistently enjoyed warmer temperatures than many cities in the Lower 48, and the snowmachiners and skiers have been lamenting the abysmal snowfall.  No doubt about it, the winter had been EASY.  And then last week it started snowing... and didn't stop for two days.

Puerto Morelos



gate

(...continued...) Desination #3: Puerto Morelos

We love this sweet little town. Interestingly, on this visit, we had a sense that the area had been through a boom-bust cycle. It seemed a little... deserted...? As we walked up and down the beach we saw many empty hotels and homes. Two of our favorite restaurants in the square had also closed shop, which was sad.