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Going Back in Time: Day 6

Just as I'm documenting this journey through words and photos, today's trek from Flagstaff to Albuquerque was filled with stories documented from centuries ago, taking us back in time as we crossed the border from Arizona to New Mexico.  Whenever we look for places to eat, it's a guessing game of narrowing down dozens of 4-5 star… Continue reading Going Back in Time: Day 6

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Wonders of The Grand Canyon: Day 5

Today proved yet another beautiful contrast as we left the luxuries of our Vegas suite for the rustic glamour of The Grand Canyon.  And to think we were cold in LA where it was in the 60s and 70s is now comical as we adjust to temperatures in the 30s and 40s – with patches… Continue reading Wonders of The Grand Canyon: Day 5

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Ferris Wheels and Ice Cream Cones: Day 2

Hello, Santa Monica! You are classic.  Today we woke up way later than planned but finally caught up on jet lag. We naively navigated 25 minutes over to Culver City in pursuit of a cute cafe we found online. We brought Werkley because we are so used to Hawaii living, where there's always outdoor seating. We were… Continue reading Ferris Wheels and Ice Cream Cones: Day 2

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Cross Country Road Trip – Cali Bound!

Our cross country trek from Oahu to Maryland is underway! Today was an absolute rollercoaster.  We left our island home with five suitcases, two backpacks, a camera bag, garment bag, and TWO giant dog crates (one that Werkley could be shipped in, and a more portable one for purposes of our hotel stays). We had to recruit… Continue reading Cross Country Road Trip – Cali Bound!

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My most “haole” moments and why I’m not ashamed

Hawaii is an incredibly diverse state both in terms of culture and climate, making it a dream destination around the globe – sometimes frustratingly so, as stereotypes of surface-level tourism often outshine the deeper beauty.  *Also published on HuffPost Hawaii.  This means that outsiders who move here, like myself, try so hard not to come off as "haole" as we strive to… Continue reading My most “haole” moments and why I’m not ashamed

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Things you generally do on the Mainland but not so much in Hawaii

In transition back to the East Coast, I've been reflecting on some of the small but noticeable differences in Hawaii living vs. Mainland living. This light-hearted list is based entirely on my personal experience having moved from Ohio to Oahu. What would you add?  Trick-Or-Treat: For my first Halloween on Oahu, I stocked up on about 6 bags of candy.… Continue reading Things you generally do on the Mainland but not so much in Hawaii

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The best of Hawaii dining: from breakfast to dessert

These are the places that have left an unforgettable impression on our taste buds, and in many cases, made my husband and I regulars at these must-try spots.  Best Breakfast: Crepes No Ka Oi This husband-and-wife owned spot in Kailua used to draw long lines out to the street for their famous Ultimate Breakfast Crepe, only available… Continue reading The best of Hawaii dining: from breakfast to dessert

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How other states have proven that I’m definitely from Ohio

Tennis shoes are sneakers (also influenced from my family roots in New York), and soda is pop. You don't go grocery shopping, you go "Krogering." How living outside of Ohio has only reminded me of my Midwestern roots ... I'm prepared for any kind of weather. In other states where there are no seasons, the biggest… Continue reading How other states have proven that I’m definitely from Ohio