Wednesday, October 31, 2012


Happy Halloween, y'all! Halloween happens to be one of my favorite holidays if for no other reason than costumes. I love them, and have been known (as a full grown adult) to wear then even on non-Halloween occasions.  Here are some favorites, in chronological order.

Ballerina. 1984.

Fairy butterfly princess. 1986ish.

Rosie the Riveter. 2004/American Party.

Ghostbusters. 2004. We won second in an on campus costume contest!

Disco fever. 2008/Bay To Breakers.

Penguin. 2009/Birthday party.

Charlie Chaplin. 2009.

Golden Girls. 2010.

And with my deep-sea fisherman/Gordon's Fishstick Man. 2010.

Some favorites not pictured: MC Hammer, Troll doll, Janis Joplin, and a Velociraptor.  

No plans for a costume this year, though I really wanted to be Tina Turner. Ms. Turner really got me through some tough hiking days this summer, so I thought I'd honer her in costume... maybe next year.  Crazy that last year we were in Ecuador for Halloween. 

Have fun out there and get creative. And to our buddies on the East Coast, we hope you're safe and sound. 

Tuesday, October 30, 2012

Fall Favorites

Fall is here. And I am pumped. Loving persimmons, my new flannel, butternut squash risotto, wearing scarves and layers and playing board games in front of a fire.  

Thursday, October 25, 2012

Let's Update, Shall We?

When we started this blog over a year ago, we gave y'all The Intro, a little bit about us and what we're up to.  Well, it's been a helluva journey these past (nearly) 14 months and we've got some updating to do.  (Side note: can you believe our blog is over a year old?!)

There was a long, exhausting day in the Southern California desert where it just came to us in a flash. The Southeast Asia/Nepal block of our trip (which was supposed to come after the PCT this fall) was off.  We'd just been too inaccessible, too removed and too, well, mobile for too long.   The soles of our wandering shoes were getting worn out. Plus, we wanted to save the Southeast Asia/Nepal trip for a time when we had more energy and gusto. I'm sure that in the coming years we'll get the travel itch again and that trip will be the fix. But for now, home was calling...

And where would home be, you ask? 

Well, how about North Carolina! There is so much about this sweet little state that is just what we're looking for, so we're giving it a go. We are moving to coastal Wilmington on December 1. Being on the Eastern Seaboard will be a big change, but if there's one thing we've gotten real comfortable with this year, it's change. 

So why Wilmington?  Trav went to UNCW for his Bachelor's and still has friends and great connections there.  He's looking to get back in to the art world as well as the ocean.  My plan is to shop around for a Masters program in School Counseling/Social Work and there are a handful of great options in NC. Wilmington has a really cool and progressive art scene, one of our favorite museums, great restaurants, access to the beach, the river and we're only 4 hours from the mountains. Plus, we have better access to Trav's family in Pennsylvania and my family in Texas. 

So there's the next big move! We're excited and ready to have a home-base again where we can cook big meals, start a garden, make stuff, be creative, be in touch, run, walk, swim, play, visit, plan more adventures, learn and grow. So, start booking flights y'all, and come see us at the beach!

Image/Print via Etsy

Tuesday, October 23, 2012

Minimoon Crashers

After a fantastic wedding in San Francisco, we made a break for the coast. Big Sur to be exact. And we took the bride and groom with us. 

The four of us ventured down to Treebones Resort, one of our favorite places on the planet... and this year we've seen a lot of places on the planet so I don't make that statement lightly. 

We stayed in yurts while taking deep breaths of ocean air.  The energy at the coast is something we have defiantly missed.  The four of us had dinner in the sushi bar which boasts a 180 degree view of the ocean. We drank delicious wine before passing out slices of left-over wedding cake to the sushi chef, our server and the other diners. The cake was made by Sooz and Bri's friend Anna and was some of the best cake I've ever had.  I don't make that statement lightly either...I really love cake. 

Before heading back to the city, we went to the beach. The soul benefits when toes are dug into sand, sun warms the face and hair curls in humid, sea air. 

The soul also benefits from spending time with two people as in love as these two. 

Brian and Susie are so ridiculously special that when they asked me to speak at their wedding, I had no choice but to write them a love poem.  No seriously, my speech rhymed. The ceremony was lighthearted and strongly rooted in community and family.  It went off with an ease that only they could achieve. 

Best friends. So cool. 

We were roommates in college and had a bunk-bed with which we built forts. Double cool.  

Oh, California... thanks for a wonderful visit. 

Monday, October 22, 2012


Our first stop on our first trip this fall was Vegas were we got to help the Grolles prep for their little bundle, who's comin' in January! We spent the weekend painting the nursery, eating great food and, of course, catching up. I also got a little inspired while helping Jamie register for baby things. While browsing around on Etsy I got inspired to make a mobile. So I did!  A custom mobile for Baby Girl Grolle. 


I can't wait to meet my newest baby friend. 

Saturday, October 20, 2012

Let's Dance!

This just has to be shared.

Our dance party with The Love Train at the PCT Northern Terminus. What an epic day it was. 

Speaking of epic days, a year ago today we headed for Quito, Ecuador to start our South American adventure. Time flies, people. Live it up. 

Friday, October 19, 2012

Fancy Pants

Well, hello!  We're back from our Vegas/California trip, and it was a whole bunch of fun.  More on that starting Monday.

Saturday we got all done up to celebrate the wedding of two of our most favorite people on the planet, Susie and Brian.

In case you got tired of looking at us looking like this...

...check us out all fancy and stuff!

Fancy pants. No big deal. 

Alright, next week I'm back with more and sharing some very exciting life updates for these two wanderers. 

Saturday, October 13, 2012

My New Man

Don't tell Trav, but I've been spotted lately romping around with a beardless man.

A pretty cute face, I'd say.

The readjustment period is going well and we have bolted back out West to celebrate babies and weddings.  It feels great to be in the company of some of our nearest and dearest. Cheers!  

Wednesday, October 3, 2012

Feelin' Like Phelps

Our PCT completion metals arrived! And they are super sweet. 


It's solid brass and weighs 9 ounces (glad I didn't have to carry this sucker in my pack). Our real names, trail names and completion year are engraved on the back. Thanks to a very generous 1970 thru hiker, this stunner is free to finishers. The trail generosity continues. 

I've been wearing it around the house and have contemplated wearing it out, you know, like to the grocery store, out to lunch or to the bank. I bet that's what Micheal Phelps does.