When Things Don't Go As Planned

Laughing Planet Cafe

OMSI is Out of This World

Breakfast With Mom

When Things Don't Go As Planned

At least a dozen Bob’s Red Mill products grace the shelves of our pantry.  Steel cut oats, buckwheat flour, gluten-free…

Laughing Planet Cafe

Portland offers a fabulous mix of healthy living, inventive cuisine, and eclectic fun. One of our favorite restaurant stops was…

OMSI is Out of This World

The Oregon Museum of Science and Industry (OMSI) in Portland is truly amazing. We didn’t have nearly enough time to…

Breakfast With Mom

Mother, Grandmother, Chef, Entrepreneur, World-Traveler, Survivor, and Cookbook Author Lisa Schroeder is the driving force behind Mother’s Bistro & Bar, an inviting…

Moose and Elk and Bears, Oh My!

Everyone expects to see wildlife when visiting Alaska and the 49th state in the Union rarely disappoints. My eyes are always searching for movement at the edge of the forest, high in the treetops, and even alongside the road but my desire is balanced with a healthy dose of caution. Some of the largest and most territorial mammals…

Heading Into the Kenai Peninsula

Turnagain Arm

If you plan to explore the Kenai Peninsula by car, as we did, plan on a considerable amount of driving. If driving time is alright with you (the scenery is wonderful and wildlife sightings are common) then give yourselves at least two weeks to fully appreciate the area.

Alaskan Native Heritage Center, Anchorage


We were learning before we even walked inside the Alaskan Native Heritage Center. A friendly young man demonstrated an Eskimo Yo-Yo at the entrance. Making it look easy (trust me, it’s not), he explained that this device wasn’t only a toy; it actually helps Native hunters practice their netting skills.

Anchorage Arrival and Lunch

Alaska’s largest city is a popular starting point for many visitors. From here, roads and railways lead northward to Denali National Park and Fairbanks, or south to the Kenai Peninsula. We didn’t stay in Anchorage overnight but our early flight from Seattle gave us an opportunity to grab lunch then visit the Alaska Native Heritage…

Once an Alaskan…

Baby Boy in the Sun in Homer

Growing up within the boundaries of Glacier Bay National Park left an imprint so profound that I’ll always feel part “Alaskan.” Never mind that we moved to Washington State when I was seven; seven years in a place so special leaves its mark.

Don’t Leave Home Without ‘Em

Blissed out girl in the pool

Since our kids don’t know how to swim yet, inflatable pool rings turned out to be a godsend on our trip to the Ritz-Carlton Dove Mountain outside Tucson, Arizona. Easy to pack and only $1.50 each, they gave the kids confidence to paddle all around and me comfort knowing they had some help. Best buck…