An Eventful Day (Kauai, 2010)

The title says it all: today was an eventful day. I woke up early and watched the sun rise while Norwood continued to sleep for another hour or so. We were still a bit tired from traveling, so we relaxed for a good part of the morning. I had a home cooked breakfast taco (made by yours truly on the hot plate) and some absolutely delicious coffee from the Kauai Coffee Company (I will have to remind myself to bring some of it home, because it’s good).


Origin Story

When Bruce Wayne was a young child, his parents were brutally murdered by a criminal on the streets of Gotham City. He took that experience into adulthood and it was a major part in his eventually becoming Batman. When Peter Parker was a young teenager, he was bitten by a radioactive spider and thus became Spiderman.

Superheroes all have origin stories, but so do the rest of us.

The Numbers of the Clock

As I prepare for another Monday, I find myself thinking about the passage of time (mostly because I wish the weekends would go by a little bit slower than they do). Of course, thinking about the passage of time gets me thinking about numbers and clocks. Thinking about clocks makes me think about famous clocks in Europe that I have seen or would like to see. I’m good at thinking in random tangents, like that.

Kauai (2010)

It is currently 8:30am here in Kauai and I have had a restful morning so far. We arrived in Lihue yesterday after a very long day of airports, planes, and a particularly long layover at the Honolulu airport. Still, I was immediately captivated by Kauai before I even stepped off the plane. As we landed on the airport runway, I was greeted with spectacular land formations and lush vegetation. There really is no way to describe it other than to say that it takes your breath away.

A Day on Kauai’s Kalalau Trail

The Kalalau Trail is the premier trail on Kauai. A rugged, 11-mile trail that ends at the spectacular Kalalau Beach, it’s something that should be on every hiking enthusiast’s bucket list. If you’re not in tip-top shape, however, there are options for you to enjoy this trail, too, so definitely check it out if you’re reasonably fit.

How Not to Feel Gross After a Long Flight

It’s one of those inevitable realities of long-distance travel. Still, you don’t have to arrive at your destination looking and smelling like somebody who just hiked the Appalachian trail. With a little bit of strategy, you can arrive actually looking (and smelling) like a human being. You’re welcome.


When you’re 80 years old and you look back on the things you’ve done in life, you won’t remember that new shirt or that week where you ate out every meal instead of cooking at home, but you sure will remember that time you trekked across the Pacific Crest Trail or went on a Kenyan safari.

Wanderlust Wednesday: Iceland

It’s another Wanderlust Wednesday and today I’m dreaming about Iceland.
Iceland is a place that has long captured my imagination with it’s dramatic landscapes, glaciers, black sand beaches, waterfalls, and hot springs. It looks like an otherworldly place that I simply must visit as soon as I am able.

A Day at the Musée d’Orsay

The Musée d’Orsay in Paris is one of the most wonderful art museums I’ve ever visited in my life. Everybody knows that when you visit Paris, you should stop in and see the Louvre, but the Musée d’Orsay is often overlooked. That’s a shame, because it’s incredible. Located on the Left Bank of the Seine, it is housed in the former Gare d’Orsay, which was a railway station around the late 1800’s. The building is absolutely gorgeous and worth a visit in and of itself, but the collection is spectacularly impressive as well.