Pura Vida

Perhaps you’ve heard the phrase ‘Pura Vida’ before. In Spanish, it means “pure life”, and is a phrase which predominately comes from the gorgeous little country of Costa Rica. What it means is that life is great and you should enjoy it.


West Side! (Kauai, 2010)

Today we went on an adventure through the West side of Kauai. We set off after a morning spent lounging at home to go check out Waimea Canyon and the Pu’u o Kila lookout (as well as Pihea trail, which was beautiful as well as treacherous).

Wanderlust Wednesday: Antarctica

It has long been one of my dreams in life to visit all 7 continents so of course at some point in my life, I plan to visit Antarctica. As Antarctica is the most remote, inhospitable continent on the planet, it’s also the most difficult to travel to. That being said, there are options for those who would like to go there.

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.