Following my grandfather’s advice never to travel the same road twice, we took the long way back from Stanley to Boise. First stop:  Some lake that I’ve forgotten the name of.  It was gorgeous and clear and we wanted to stay there all day.  If we’d had lawn chairs, we probably would have done . […]

This “destination wedding” was high in the mountains, a good three hours’ drive from Boise.  The nearest town was Stanley, population 63, known for having the coldest average temperature in the lower 48 states. Our hotel was, appropriately, made of logs and surrounded by giant trucks. As we checked in on Friday afternoon, we asked […]

The happy reason for this trek out West was my little brother’s wedding.  After his first marriage ended a few years ago, he had returned to bachelorhood and I didn’t quite know what to expect next.  But then he met Sarah and her two kids and, well, after a couple of years of dating, they […]

Oh man, I do love a good trek.  Like getting from Fez to Granada in a single day.  Or, in this case, 4am wake up in London (after 3 hours of sleep, natch), 9am presentation to 85 lawyers, 12pm dash to the airport for a 3pm flight to Seattle, ten hours later (but still only […]

I didn’t have high expectations for today. Reason being that I remember last year’s bank holiday being kind of a bummer with most shops being closed and the town feeling completely dead. Turns out that may have been because I was in Dover and not somewhere (anywhere) else. I basically expected York (and London when […]

York is encircled by the most complete set of medieval city walls in England. It’s about three miles around and the guidebooks say it should take about two hours to finish. I took all day. I hadn’t really intended to. I set out around 9:30 after a quick breakfast and intended to finish the tour […]

It’s the August bank holiday weekend! And unlike last year when I didn’t even know it was a thing, this time I was ready. My alarm went off at 5:30am. I hit snooze and woke up before it buzzed again feeling way more refreshed than I usually do after just one snooze. What a great […]