Travel journal with note from Vivian Howard
Joy /joi/ noun: a feeling of great pleasure and happiness.
There are at least three opportunities for joy in travel.
One is from planning and anticipation. The second is from the actual trip. The third often is remembering the amazing adventure. Continue reading
- Piggy on another adventure
There once was a dog named Pig. He was what is known as a Valley Bulldog, which is an English Bulldog/Boxer mix.
He was a very happy boy, who went on many adventures during his 11 and a half years.
But, he also had many obstacles to overcome. You see, he had hemophilia – a blood disorder that made him very delicate.
HOWEVER, none of that stopped him from loving life and loving adventures. Continue reading
Before the Diva Half Marathon in North Myrtle Beach
In January, after years of starting and stopping exercise regimes, I finally committed to training for a half marathon.
I started from nothing. Day after day, for 20 weeks, I built my miles, stamina, endurance and determination. Continue reading
Travel is all about the journey. It often starts with daydreaming about a destination, researching it to learn more, buying tickets or reserving a hotel and heading out. Once you get there, another part of the journey begins in exploring your destination.
But not all journeys are about travel.
I recently started a new journey of my own that doesn’t involve travel…I signed up for a half marathon. Continue reading
Leaf peeping off the Blue Ridge Parkway near Asheville
My, oh my, has it been a while since I took a moment to reflect (and write) about our recent travels. It has been a very busy year. This summer and fall, we took quite a few road trips to escape the summer heat of Myrtle Beach and to go leaf peeping in the mountains. Continue reading
Virginia’s state capital, Richmond, is often over looked for the more touristy destinations like Arlington, Williamsburg and Virginia Beach.
However, not considering this revitalized city would be a mistake.
We chose to go to Richmond for many reasons including the chance to eat at one of our favorite restaurants, Peter Chang’s.
Richmond is full of history and many pieces of that history are on full display throughout the city, but some are more subtle like the cast iron handrails in the picture to the left and need to be found to be enjoyed. Continue reading
Sunset in Asheville
It is no secret that we love Asheville — this is not the first post, nor will it be the last. Asheville just has something about it that attracts me. I don’t know if it is the eclectic atmosphere, the food scene, the proximity to the beautiful mountains…just something about that place keeps me coming back for more.
In June 2016, we decided to take our summer vacation there. We found a pet friendly hotel (since we always travel with Piggy nowadays) and headed to the mountains.
If you know me, you know I have a dog named Piggy. He is an English Bulldog/Boxer mix and a very special boy. Because of Pig, most of our recent trips have been nearby and ones where he can go along.
In April 2016, we decided to celebrate Piggy’s 8th birthday in Charleston.
When we travel with Piggy, we try to make sure that he has plenty of time to explore and get tuckered out before we leave him to sleep in the hotel room. Continue reading
2016 sister trip to Nashville
I don’t get to see my sister often. Sometimes, we can go a year without seeing each other, but we try not to make that happen. You see, we live about 1,780 miles apart. I am in Myrtle Beach, S.C. and she is in Bismarck, N.D. Growing up, we did the sisterly fighting, as usual, but we have gotten a lot closer as we have gotten older. Continue reading
When we were planning our first trip to France in 2013, our first thought was to go to Paris. We heard about its beauty and, with me being a Francophile, it seemed like the obvious place to go for our first trip.
However, after doing some research, we chose another famous city in France to start our journey: Marseille. Continue reading