Skeleton Point along the South Kalibab trail at the Grand Canyon

Welcome to our travel blog!

My name is Maureen and I will be providing the content for the travel site & blog. My boyfriend, Mike is the creative director, providing the design for the website. We both enjoy photography and have collaborated, both on taking pictures and incorporating them into this blog.

We both are from the Chicagoland area and graduated from Northern Illinois University. I received my Bachelor’s in Marketing, while Mike received his Master’s in Physical Education. We started our career moving across the country for different teaching jobs. We moved 5 times in just a few years for different teaching opportunities.

"Chicago is my kind of town"
“Chicago is my kind of town”

From a desolate town in the Nevada desert, to an isolated island in Maine, to small town Idaho, to the Boston metro area, we experienced many different areas and cultures in just a few years. Many of these jobs brought us to small towns where we did not know a single person. We began to take more roadtrips, seek out natural wonders, and spend our weekend exploring new sights. After seeing so many different parts of the country in such a short period of time, we grew to love traveling more and more. Hiking, biking, exploring historical sites, trying out new restaurants and coffeeshops, enjoying regional events, and seeking out natural wonders began to fill up our weekend itineraries. Mike eventually started his own company (Action Coding) and now works as a web developer and designer.

Pretty beach in Islesboro, Maine
The gorgeous island (Islesboro) we lived on in Maine
Photo opp at the Grand Canyon South Rim
Hiking became our new passion when we moved out West
Cross country skiing at Harriman state Park
Cross country skiing in Idaho
Good Will Hunting bench in Boston Public Garden
Exploring history in my favorite city, Boston

We no longer have to move every year for a teaching job, however, we have chosen to move every few years purely due to our love of travel and exploring different areas. We believe that by living in an area for at least a year, we can more fully experience the culture, seasons, people, and activities of the area. All of our content is totally original as we are local residents versus weekend tourists. In the last 12 years, we have lived in 11 states and more than 15 cities (Nevada, Maine, Illinois, California, Idaho, Florida, Massachusetts, Arizona, South Carolina, North Carolina, and Pennsylvania). We have put a lot of effort into each move and spend our weekends taking in the culture of the area and exploring nearby destinations.

The gorgeous Devil's Bridge hike in Sedona, Arizona
Hiking gorgeous Devil’s Bridge in Sedona
Love sculpture in Philadelphia
I love Philly
Welcome to Las Vegas sign
Sin City is always a fabulous time!
Virginia Beach
Relaxing in Virginia beach

Currently, we are only highlighting our US travels, but we plan to expand internationally in the near future. Join us as we detail our experiences traveling throughout the US. We love trying out local healthy food, and enjoying local attractions & activities. Our main focus will center around adventure activities. Whether biking, hiking, or exploring nature…we are always looking for unique life experiences.

We hope you enjoy reading about our travels. Feel free to comment on any of our posts. Also, be sure to check out our Facebook, Twitter, and Pinterest pages to stay updated on new posts & pictures!

“All the pathos and irony of leaving one’s youth behind is thus implicit in every joyous moment of travel: one knows that the first joy can never be recovered, and the wise traveler learns not to repeat successes but tries new places all the time.”

Paul Fussell