Category: Travels & Exploring

Tips to plan a great trip

Traveling has always been a favorite activity. I love exploring new locations, learning new cultures (even those local cultures in the U.S.!), trying new activities, meeting new people, making memories and simply escaping for a bit from everyday life. I love traveling so much that I have a dedicated budget line in my annual financial

Biking Iowa to fight cancer

Seventy cancer fighters biked across Iowa last week to raise awareness of and more than $118,000 for LIVESTRONG’s programs supporting people facing cancer. It was my third time riding with Team LIVESTRONG at the Register’s Annual Great Ride Across Iowa (RAGBRAI), a seven-day bike ride from the Missouri to Mississippi Rivers. Four weeks post-treatment for

My biking check list

I’ve been biking a lot now that my hair shedding post-chemo has slowed and I can wear a helmet. I get excited to head out on my bike so I have a checklist that I run through each time to make sure I remember important items. Besides remembering your bike (ha), these are items that

One voice fighting cancer

I had the awesome honor of attending the One Voice Against Cancer advocacy event in Washington, DC last week. This event brings together volunteer advocates from cancer organizations from around the country to provide an unified voice focused on long-term, sustained funding for cancer research and prevention on the federal level. It’s one of my

Geocaching with kids

Michigan experienced a burst of spring so I took my nieces and nephew geocaching! They have been asking me about this GPS scavenger hunt activity for months. I love that they enjoy being outdoors, trying new actives and having fun together. My nieces are 12 and 7, my nephew 10 (my other nieces are in

Why I’m biking across Iowa (again)

As I count down the days to chemo ending, then radiation ending, I am long looking into my bright future filled with fun adventures, love and laughs. Why not celebrate treatment’s end by biking across Iowa? It’s the first thing most people think to do, right? haha I decided to again join LIVESTRONG to bike

A Montana escape for cancer survivors

It’s hard to believe that it’s been 20 years since I first attended a conference for young adult cancer survivors that changed my life. Twenty years since I first saw and fell in love with the mountains of Montana. Twenty years since I passed under the sign that welcomed me to the magical place called

Biking, my happy activity

I went to coffee the other day with a nice guy. Conversation turned to biking as we shared our interests. I shared some of my biking adventures. We talked about my different bikes (he does not own a bike so wondered how I choose, and why I have three, lol). He asked if biking is

9 family fun activities

I think Mother Nature is on the verge of sharing spring with us. And I know that most of us are ready for winter to slip away and spring to appear….warmer temps, sunshine, flowers blooming, trees awakening. Ah, yes, please. I’m antsy for warmer weather so I can be outdoors more. Without bundling in layers

Collecting postcard memories

I’m a big fan of collecting experiences and memories over splurging on lots and lots of material items. I like to take lots of pictures when I travel, marking special places and memories. However, I also spend a lot of time simply exploring and talking with my travel mates and people we meet along the