Browsed by
Month: August 2016

New Orleans, Louisiana – Revisited

New Orleans, Louisiana – Revisited

The city of New Orleans, Louisiana had captivated me long before I ever visited it.  I had romanticized the city so much that I knew it needed to be my next trip.  Enter Michael.  On something like our fourth date, I mentioned my obsession with New Orleans, and he simply said, “well, let’s go then.”  I didn’t really think he was being serious, but a few weeks later we were booking our hotel and planning a road trip there.  We…

Read More Read More

Top Five Friday #15

Top Five Friday #15

Happy 100 Year Anniversary National Parks System! In honor of the 100th Anniversary of the United States National Parks Service (which was actually yesterday, I know), this is a very special Top 5 Friday post.  These parks are a huge part of what makes America truly beautiful.  The National Parks have been a huge part of my personal relationship with travel.  Thanks to my parents, I grew up learning about geysers in Yellowstone National Park, climbing mountains in Olympic National…

Read More Read More

EuroTrip Budget

EuroTrip Budget

Way, way back in the beginning of this year (gosh that feels like such a long time ago), I was formulating a plan to go on an international trip in the early fall.  I, much to my chagrin, am not one of those last minute jet setters that can take off at the drop of a hat.  A lot (read: most) of my travels take a bit of planning and forward thinking due to my work schedule and need for…

Read More Read More

Boats & Blogs

Boats & Blogs

This past Tuesday, I was lucky enough to take part in a Lake Michigan Cruise with Mystic Blue Cruises.  This event, which was put on by The Windy City Blogger Collective, was attended by some amazing Chicago Bloggers.  I was so happy to take part in it for a multitude of reasons, but the top two reasons were: 1.) I was able to chit chat and network with some bloggers I admire, and 2.) this was one of the items…

Read More Read More

Travel Credit Card Follow Up

Travel Credit Card Follow Up

A few months ago, I wrote about my adventures (perhaps misadventures…) in trying to find the perfect travel credit card to suit my needs and reward me for my travel purchases.  So, after much research and a lot of back and forth, I’m happy to announce that I have finally chosen one! The Capital One Venture Card caught my eye because of its signing bonus, which was an extra 40,000 miles when you spend $3,000 in 3 months (an offer…

Read More Read More

Chicago Bucket List

Chicago Bucket List

I have lived in Chicago for eight years now and have experienced a good chunk of the city.  However, one of the best things about this city is that there is always something new to find.  Whether it’s a neighborhood I’ve never visited, an undiscovered gem of a restaurant, a park, a shop, or a bar, there are always new things to enjoy.  There are also a good number of popular attractions in Chicago that I’ve known about for years…

Read More Read More

Trip Planning: Copenhagen

Trip Planning: Copenhagen

Thanks to IcelandAir, I am lucky enough to get a two-for-one European vacation in a few weeks.  The first leg of my trip will be spent in beautiful Reykjavik, Iceland (read more about that here), and my second stop will be in Copenhagen Denmark.  I will be staying in the land of the Danes for five days and four nights.  I haven’t been to Europe since I studied abroad in London six (I can’t event believe it’s been that long)…

Read More Read More

KOA Campground in Utica, IL

KOA Campground in Utica, IL

After a beautiful hike at Matthiessen State Park, our day outdoors continued on as we made our way to the LaSalle/Peru KOA Campground.    It was about a ten minute drive from the park, past the highway and down a long road lined with cornfields.  The front of the campground was filled with campers and RVs.  We checked in at the general store/information desk, where we also purchased s’mores ingredients and one of those handy extendable forks with which to make them. …

Read More Read More

Hiking in Matthiessen State Park

Hiking in Matthiessen State Park

Located in the town of Oglesby, IL, Matthiessen State Park is about an hour and a half drive from Chicago.  We arrived in the very cute town of Utica at just around lunch time.  We stopped in their tiny but picturesque downtown area to have lunch at Canal Port, a restaurant/bar with a great beer and whiskey selection.  We both ordered sandwiches, which served as excellent pre-hike fuel. We also stopped at Mill Street Market to pick up some ice…

Read More Read More