Tag: vacation

On the road to the Kentucky Oaks and Derby

If you know me, even just from reading this blog, you know I have loved horses since I was a child. I rode hunter/jumpers for many years until my bone cancer diagnosis and surgery replaced my femur with titanium. One of my jobs before my diagnosis was exercising race horses. Despite not being able to

Ready for a road trip

I love adventure and I love road trips. The thrill of the open road (well, depends on the time of day and construction season), wondering what adventures await, and new memories to be made. 2 My family recently headed out for our annual getaway. We decided to book at Barothy Lodge again, our favorite northern

Exploring central Maui’s state park (part 3)

We woke one day during our Maui vacation with no set plans except to relax so after breakfast on our lanai overlooking the ocean, we decided to head to Iao Valley State Monument near Wailuku in central Maui. I had read about this park in some of the travel guides, learning you could easily explore

Sunrise on top of Haleakala National Park (part 2)

Who sets an alarm clock on vacation?? That was my thought when I set my alarm for 2:30am (why go to bed right?) on the second day of vacation. But we were assured it would be worth it to see the sun rise on top of a mountain. And once again, Maui did not disappoint.

Our tropical island getaway to Maui, part 1

A trip to Hawaii happened one random night while I were channel surfing and came upon HGTV’s Hawaii Life show and the season finale of Duck Dynasty where the family vacations on the Big Island. I did some research on the various Hawaiian islands and asked friends for recommendations on where they had visited. We

Making new family memories – our return to Barothy Lodge

Picture a deck overlooking the Pere Marquette River. Large wooded lots ensuring privacy from neighbors. Deer wandering through the front yard. Miles of hiking trails leading from the driveway. Swimming, fishing, shuffleboard and volleyball minutes from your cabin. Laying in bed listening to the soft sounds of leaves blowing in the wind…and then quiet. All