Marriott's Manor Club at Ford's Colony, Williamsburg

January 28 – February 5, 2017: Williamsburg, VA

For our winter vacation this year, we contemplated all kinds of warm places. Mexico? Costa Rica? Even Florida, which we’ve always promised ourselves we’d avoid. Then one day, Yen pointed out that all we really need is a place with…

Sedona: Palatki, Broken Arrow Trail, Lower Chimney Rock Trail

Sedona: Palatki, Broken Arrow Trail, Lower Chimney Rock Trail

Ever since our trip to Machu Picchu, we’ve been interested in visiting sites where ancient people lived. Palatki is just a few miles outside of Sedona, so we stopped off on Thursday for a visit.  There’s no indication as you…

Catskills

Catskills

Having completed Fall outings to the White Mountains and Acadia, we wondered where else we ought to go. We definitely wanted to try someplace new, and started researching the Catskills. What we discovered is that the Catskills are New York…

Yen's Illinois Adventure

Yen’s Illinois Adventure

You’ll see this next photo and think, “I knew you were going to the Midwest for Labor Day, but I didn’t realize you were traveling back in time.” No, we went to the Thresherman’s Reunion. I think it may have…

Yen's Trip to Iowa

Yen’s Trip to Iowa

For Christmas this year, Yen made his first trip to the Midwest. He’d been to Chicago, but I think you know that doesn’t count. So to clarify: the rural Midwest. I was worried about how he’d find it – after all,…

Cherry and Other Blossoms

Cherry and Other Blossoms

What’s that? You haven’t seen enough photos of me smiling in front of flowers lately? Well, ok. I think I have a cure for what ails you. But there are 119 of them, so you’d better get comfortable. Yen found…

NYC

NYC

Yen says (casually) one day, “I think we need to go explore a city.” And then admits he hasn’t been to NYC in a few years. And so, because we actually do things like this, I booked a hotel and…

CA

I had a very brief visit to CA this week, but did find a little time to myself before I took a miserable 9pm flight back home. I met up with some of the folks from UMich, and we started…

Playing Tourist with My Dad: DC, MD, VA

Dad had a conference in DC, so I flew down to mooch the free sofabed in the hotel and play tourist. Dad was able to join me occasionally between conference sessions. The weather was surprisingly warm, so we decided to…

Playing Tourist with My Aunt: New York and New Jersey

Friday morning we head across MA and CT to where Mom had flown to stay with Jenny and Brent. The drive wasn’t bad except for a strange section of snow in the middle of Connecticut. We took Gail out for…

West to South Dakota

West to South Dakota

We went again to South Dakota this year. Mom has a class all summer, so she wasn’t able to come along. Let’s get right to the meat, no chatting: Here’s an elk. Right along I-90, just outside the Teddy Roosevelt…

Philadelphia, Annapolis, Manassas, Appomattox

Philadelphia, Annapolis, Manassas, Appomattox

Saturday, Philadelphia I flew into Philadelphia, where I met Dad and David (they’d driven across from Illinois the day before, stopping in at Jenny’s in New Jersey). Jenny was meant to be with them, but my poor sister was still…

Washington Crosses the Delaware

Washington Crosses the Delaware

So Jenny says to me she says, “You’re a history type of girl, right?” And I’m like, “Yeah, baby! Yeah!” So we repaired to the spot where Washington crossed the Delaware. There are a lot of facts about that day…

Iowa and South Dakota

Iowa and South Dakota

The big vacation this year was to South Dakota. It was like being young again—hanging out in the backseat while Dad drove and Mom navigated, trying to amuse myself while I waited for lunch and the hamburger therein. Oh, and…

Seattle

Seattle

I attended the 2005 Society for Technical Communication conference in Seattle. The conference is a separate rant (let’s just say that I don’t want to be a tech writer ever ever ever and leave it at that). The good thing…