Great American Solar Eclipse

We did it!    On Monday my friends and I witnessed the complete and awesome total eclipse of the sun!   Just a few weeks ago, I was determined to drive north nearly 300 miles to Casper, Wyoming so I could watch the eclipse in the “path of totality”.   Most friends were busy and/or uninterested in […]

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10 Ways to Know You’re in Florida

Most states and regions have sights, sounds and experiences that are unique to them, including Florida.  Here are 10 ways to know you’re in Florida: Bartenders serve beer named Florida Cracker. A house painted pink with white trim is not rare, and can actually look good. Hunker Down is not only an action one does […]

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Half Way to Everest

I like oxygen. Whether it is simple easy breathing at sea level or sucking air while hiking a couple of miles higher, I like oxygen . On my “want-to-do” list for the last couple of years has been to successfully climb a 14er (a 14,000+ foot high mountain),  and I am delighted to have a […]

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Top o’ Vail

When a good friend needs to take a day or two off and have an adventure, I’m happy to oblige. Twist my arm, let’s go somewhere cool!   And so the adventure begins. Nancy and I quickly decide to hike Vail, Colorado and after some quick online research, we book a room and head west on […]

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Our Amazing Race

When you’re planning your next snow skiing adventure with your family or group of friends, consider putting together an Amazing Ski Race, aka A Super Fun Way to Spend a Day Having a Scavenger Hunt Spanning Five Mountains in 22 Degree Weather.  Yep. Our Orlando Ski Club (yes, Florida has snow ski clubs) group gathered […]

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3-2-1-Liftoff

No matter how many times I hear “3-2-1-liftoff” it is always exciting (and suspenseful)  to witness a missile launch.  Just a few days ago tourists and locals had gathered at 4th Street South in Cocoa Beach to watch the newest SpaceX Falcon 9 launch and my family and I were among them.  Liftoff was scheduled […]

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On Being Aunt

Years ago I dubbed myself Luckiest Aunt in the World, and Charlie (10) and David (6) are two of the reasons why. I’ve just wrapped up a tiring and rewarding nine-day trip where I was charged with taking care of these two bright and active children. My cousin and her husband were planning an extended […]

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Ivories in Atlanta

Passengers banging suitcases into walls as they race to their gates, a child crying because a TSA agent confiscated her liquid filled snow globe souvenir, and metal chair legs scraping across food court floors are some typical sounds anyone hears when passing through any airport. On a recent flight to South Carolina, I changed planes […]

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Top 10 Airport Observations

Like many other millions of Americans, I spent part of my Thanksgiving holiday at one of our nation’s busiest airports.    My journey to gate A24 in Denver International Airport was easy breezy, due in part to traveling with just a small carry-on and also to only having 12 people in front of me in the […]

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Boulder Ironman Finish

I couldn’t help but grin from ear to ear as I jogged across the finish line at the Inaugural Boulder Ironman http://www.ironman.com this summer. Earlier in the day, the Ironman staff and volunteers had laid bright red carpet along the 13th Street finish chute and had lined the runners’ path with metal crowd control stanchions. […]

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An American Safari

During a recent Saturday morning bike ride, just out of the corner of my eye, I glimpsed a herd of llamas grazing. Other than their jaws chomping away on the dewy grass, the llamas hardly moved and I could have easily missed seeing them.   I looked back to see if my eyes had played a […]

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