Kenny G and The Christmas Tree

Growing up, Christmas in my house was no joke.  Mom has a Santa collection the Smithsonian would be envious of and she worked harder than Mrs. Claus to make sure my brother and I had an ideal holiday.  She busted her tail to wrap our presents just right, baked multiple types of cookies to decorate […]

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A Tale of Two Pyros

You hear a lot of stories about the suburbs being too “cookie cutter” or lacking culture or just being downright boring.  However, that’s usually talk coming from “sophisticated” adults or a college kid back from fall break.  Give a latch key kid time away from Mom and Dad, a Diamondback BMX bike, and a couple […]

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What To Do About Christmas Presents

Going through some old stuff the other day, I came across a stack of savings bonds.  Every Christmas and Birthday, my Grandparents (children of the great depression), would give their grandchildren a savings bond.  These bonds varied in amount, but usually had a maturity value in the neighborhood of $100.  Being an ungrateful little punk […]

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Retirement Party

One of the reasons we flew through the southwest was to make it to Oklahoma City by October 6th.  Why would we want to visit the thriving metropolis of OKC so badly, you ask?  Well, we had a flight back to the DC area to attend my Dad’s retirement party.  The expeditious driving and flight […]

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DGATWFWA in the Southwest

DGATWFWA or “Driving Gringo and Tin E While Female While Asian.”  Stereotypically, this would give others on the road some concern.  In our case, this was Jenny throughout the majority of our drive through the Southwest.  Lots of people have asked, “is driving our big rig hard?”  It took some getting used to, but it’s […]

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Pretty Woman II

It’s hard to talk about San Diego without talking about the weather – it’s perfect.  We initially thought to spend 2-3 days here, but decided on 7.  Taking it easy, we continued to knock off the travel fatigue by way of pool time, Mexican food consumption, and workouts on the beach.  Switching it up a […]

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Going Big in Bend

Supposedly, tons of Californians move to Oregon each year to escape the high cost of living.  I know of a couple Marylanders who would love to move to Oregon…for the summer.  Driving from Portland to Bend, the landscape goes from the forested hills of the Mt. Hood range to something straight outta the moon and […]

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Doing it all in Oregon

What’s better than having 4 people live in a small trailer?  How about 5 people living in a trailer!  For our trip to the Portland, Oregon area, my mom courageously flew out to travel with us for a week.  Frankly, I’m still surprised she came because she certainly had enough information from this blog to […]

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Travel Teachings

Driving our truck, “Gringo”, today to get an oil change, it dawned on me that we have logged some serious mileage over the past 2.5 months.  Looking at the oil change sticker in the upper left hand corner of our windshield, it was surprising to calculate that we were getting an oil change some 3 […]

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The Return of the RVers

Houston to Las Vegas to Spokane.  When traveling for business, you probably wouldn’t be too excited about this route.  When traveling with squirmy wormy Lil D, this route includes one too many flights.  Imagine carrying something for over 6 hours that you can’t have touching the floor or leave the space of three airline seats.  […]

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