Dog days of summer

July is when the temps pick up around here and when that’s the case, we seem to find ourselves chasing the usual American escapes. A little road trip here, a little bike trip there, and as much pool time as we can find. Of course there are near-daily ice cream for the kids (and mom)…

James, is that you I smell?

Not the traditional greeting for a new year but we’ll get to that. Eager to start 2016 with something new, we piled in the car on the 2nd and headed down to Richmond for the day. The first stop was Maymont which was a big hit for both short and tall Wiktors alike. The former…

Full of Thanks

As always, we have plenty to be thankful for in life. It is not that November merits more thankfulness than other months but rather there happens to be a meal with a catchy name this month that helps you not ignore how lucky you are. Among the list of things we are thankful for include…

Annapolis, part deux

What’s better than eating a few dozen steamed crabs and drinking a couple of beers in Annapolis in the summer? Doing it again of course. Out to prove that there is no such thing as “too much of a good thing,” we headed back to Annapolis to meet a long-time friend who happened to be…

Don’t Give Up The Ship!

Now that we’re somewhat settled in, it is time to explore the area. We took advantage of a good deal on a hotel and took a day trip up to Annapolis this weekend. Fun city with a bunch of history and a boat or two. We got an insider tour of the Naval Academy, ate…

3,000 miles

So a friend of mine and I hopped in a rental truck the other day and started driving east. After driving for a week and covering over 3,000 miles of America along the way, we ran into the biggest road block of the trip: the Atlantic Ocean. We had cheated death enough on the road…

Portland

Portland, Portlandia, PDX. A city of many monikers, friendly people and no shortage of greenery. This trip first started out as a destination for Carolyn and I to run a marathon together. Plus, it has always been a spot Phil and I wanted to visit so it was a win-win in our book. Our trip…

‘Merican Summer

While I disappeared for most of the month of June, Mere and the kids kept on enjoying the summer like we do here in America. Running around outside, enjoying the sun, jumping through sprinklers, and eating our body weight in watermelon. All four of us managed to get a trip to the San Diego Zoo…

April Visits

More than just the Easter Bunny came to visit us this month. We were fortunate enough to add grandparents to the list! The weekend prior to Easter, Sophia and Will got to scour the land for candy filled eggs at a Viper “Eggstraviganza.” They both filled their buckets with treasure but for some reason they…