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Three Days in the Crested Butte Backcountry with Irwin Guides

Our first try at backcountry skiing and snowboarding. A fun and adventurous three-day trip with Irwin Guides in Crested Butte.

What to do when the bed bugs bite

Many of us grew up with our parents tucking us in saying, “Good night, sleep tight, don’t let the bed bugs bite!” I didn’t realize until I was an adult and traveling around that bed bugs were a real thing, rather than a fictional creature that plagued bad little girls and boys. Sadly, I’ve learned

Texas, My Texas!

When you ask me (or Duane) where we’re from, we’ll tell you Texas. And if you ask further, what heritage we are, we will again tell you that we are Texan. In the melting pot that is America, it is rare for someone not to proudly state they are from another region of the world. However,

Five Factors to Consider when Purchasing Luggage

If you’ve traveled very often, you already know that your suitcase is an important contributor to the enjoyment of your trip. Choosing the suitcase that best meets your needs is a very personal decision and you’ll find yourself considering luggage and basing your decision on many different factors. As you conduct your search for the perfect

Book Review: The Newbies Guide to Airstreaming

Hitching up and driving off with your shiny new addition to your family can be stressful for anyone. A book that every Airstreamer, newbie or not, should have on his or her bookshelf is The Newbies Guide to Airstreaming, 2nd edition, by Rich Luhr.  This small book is packed with information that can make your time

Palo Duro Canyon State Park: Texas’ Best-Kept Secret

Heralded as “Texas’ best kept secret,” Palo Duro Canyon State Park is a state park that is full of geologic wonders and a panorama of colors nestled in the Texas Panhandle. Sure, we’d heard of Palo Duro Canyon State Park growing up, but had never made the trek to the panhandle town of Canyon to

Seven New Orleans Eateries that are the Cat’s Meow

New Orleans, Louisiana, or NOLA, is one of our favorite places to visit. It’s colorful, magical, dirty, dingy, and about a million other adjectives that could possibly describe a vibrant city steeped in culture that is centuries old. We first traveled to New Orleans in 2002 for me (Louellen) to run my first marathon, the Mardi

Introducing Jambo!

Let me introduce you to the newest addition to the Journey Monkey family… our 2017 Airstream International travel trailer, Jambo! While, we have always thought it would be kinda cool to own an Airstream, it’s not been on the top of our list of things to pursue. We’re kind of accidental Airstreamers. Our journey started,

Thanking my Lucky Stars at Christmastide

Christmas is one of my favorite times of year. Not just because of the campy holiday songs, cooler temperatures, classic movies, gathering with friends, or the presents (let’s be real, all of that is pretty nice!). Christmas for me is a time of reflection and remembrance. Hopes and dreams begin to take shape or reshape

Plotting an Escape from Alcatraz

A few weeks ago, Louellen woke me up in the wee hours of the morn to tell me that she’d somehow managed to get a lottery spot for the Escape from Alcatraz triathlon and that we had only a few minutes to decide if we were going to go or not. I wiped the sleep

Giro d’Italia Day One in Lake Viverone

We met with our BikeStyle Tours group at the Milan Malpensa airport and loaded up the bus to begin our transfer to Lake Viverone, our home for the next three nights. Somehow, Duane and I managed to land in the same seats we had on our Tour de France trip. Creatures of habit, I guess!

It’s Time to Make a Splash

Day 260, September 17, 2013: Cleared to add some laps to the mix…progress! Hurrah! At least I think, hurrah! No, seriously, I did reach a milestone today in my latest journey on the recovery train. I got to get back in the pool. And I couldn’t be happier! It’s been 3 1/2 weeks since my

A Little Touch of Luxury

I’m not going to lie. One aspect of our trip to follow the Tour de France that I’ve been looking forward to is that we are traveling Business Class!

Now before you turn hater on me, keep in mind

Signs You’re Not in Texas Any More!

I truly love international travel. I so enjoy seeing how people from other places do the same things we do every day. And as a technical writer/communicator, I always get a kick out of signage, quick references, and other localized documents. (In geek terms, localized means created for a very specific audience rather than a

Photo of the Day: The Bees’ Knees

Our second hive arrived! I was tickled that I got to introduce them to their new home!   After literally dumping them in their new box, there are always a few that hang on. They love their queen so much that if you set them down outside the hive, they will clean up the box

Kilimanjaro 2008-09 – December 26, 2008

The sun peaked in our window and through the tiny mesh holes of my mosquito net at precisely 6 a.m.  That was my signal to stop tossing and turning and to finally lay eyes on Tanzania in daylight. I memorized a few quick Swahili greetings and hit the road.  Less than 100 yards – guess

Kilimanjaro 2008-09 – The Journey Begins

I married Louellen in 1990 and, while I’m no shrinking violet when it comes to adventure, within hours of our nuptials she convinced me to get on a Mexicana Airline flight into a hurricane!  That’s another story, however the pattern has continued these nearly 20 years. Louellen’s long time dream has been to climb Mt.

Yummy Peruvian Soup Recipe

Duane and I recently got back from hiking the Inca trail into Machu Picchu in Peru. We certainly didn’t go hungry as the cook for our group made some WONDERFUL meals for us. One of our favorite soups included chicken and quinoa. And while we couldn’t ply his recipe out of him (OK, so it

Sunrise, January 22, 2010

Sunset, January 21, 2010

Location: Seattle, WA

Sunrise, January 21, 2010

Location: Seattle, WA

Sunset, January 20, 2010

Location: Somewhere over the Rocky Mountains between Dallas, Tx and Seattle, Wa

Sunrise, January 20, 2010

Location: Oak Point, Texas

Sunrise, January 19, 2010

Location: Corinth, Texas

Sunrise, January 17, 2010

Location: Oak Point, Texas Camera: iPhone

Sunrise, January 16, 2010

Location: Plano, Tx Camera: iPhone

Sunset, January 15, 2010

Location: Oak Point, Texas Camera: iPhone

Sunrise, January 14, 2010

Rain today. Location: Corinth, Texas Camera: iPhone

Sunrise, January 13, 2010

Location: Oak Point, Texas Camera: iPhone

Sunrise, January 12, 2010

Location: Oak Point, Texas Camera: iPhone

Sunset, January 11, 2010

Sunset, January 9, 2010

Location 30,000 feet somewhere between Florida and Texas (from the airplane window) Camera My iPhone

Sunrise, January 11, 2010

Location My backyard, Texas, North America Camera My iPhone