Family Travel

🇺🇸 Northern ALABAMA

A Zoo for Northern AL

Cathedral Caverns, Woodville, AL

Gadsen, AL – Day Trip to Noccalula Falls

Bankhead National Forest, AL, Sipsey River/Mills Falls Hike


California – Carmel: Point Lobos State Natural Reserve

California – Central: Top Places to Visit in Central California with Kids

California – Yosemite: Bringing your Dog to Yosemite National Park

Hawaii – Oahu: Family Vacation Ideas

Utah – Monument Valley

Virginia – Williamsburg: Family Vacation Ideas

Washington D.C. – What to see in Washington, D.C.


The BEST Christmas Market in Germany. Thurn and Taxis Palace, Regensburg.

Garmisch-Partenkirchen Germany and Partnachklamm Gorge

Christmas Markets in Germany

Neuschwanstein Castle Germany

Berchtesgaden National Park, Königsee and Ice Chappel

Weiskirche, The Pilgrimage Church of the Scourged Savior and the best donut cafe in Bavaria.


Prague, the good, the bad and the ugly.


A day in Salzburg, Austria.

Best Chocolate Cake in Austria?

Holiday Inn Club Time Share, is it worth it?

In 2014 we opted for a “cheap” Florida vacation by using a free hotel voucher which included a time share presentation with Holiday Inn Club. Having been through a time share presentation with Wyndham and having a less than stellar experience, I was not looking forward to it. I went into that meeting fully prepared…

Universal Studios and Islands of Adventure in the time of Covid

If you are going stir crazy like I was and looking at stateside vacations, Universal might be on your list. Actually, it wasn’t on mine. I was looking at taking a road trip to TN and KY to see the fall color. Then I saw some videos of how crowded the state parks were and…

Cathedral Caverns, Woodville, AL

One of our favorite local spots to visit is Cathedral Caverns in Woodville, AL. Originally called Bat Cave, Cathedral Caverns was opened to the public by Jacob Gurley in the 1950’s. The cave was renamed because of its cathedral-like appearance.  The state acquired it in 1987, it was opened as a State Park in the summer…

A Zoo in Huntsville, Al?

A New Zoo For You in Huntsville, AL

The BEST Christmas Market in Germany! Thurn and Taxis Palace Christmas Market, Regensburg.

Ok, so it’s currently September… I live in Alabama and no chill has hit the air yet. Still melting in the great outdoors with Hurricane Sally knocking on the door… but I can’t help thinking about Christmas. Is it too early to put up the tree? This time last year I was planning our trip…

Labor Day Getaway Hike, Bankhead National Forest, Alabama.

We were in need of an Adventure this past Labor Day weekend and we ended up finding it after a recommendation from family who works for the forestry division here in Northern Alabama. So we embarked on a journey into the Bankhead National Forest. We started out on the Sipsey River Trail which you can…

Best chocolate cake in Austria? Maybe?

In researching for our Europe trip I kept coming across people talking about how you had to try the chocolate cake in Austria. Not just any cake, but the Sachertorte. Added it to my bucket list. So when we stopped in Salzburg it was one of my must do activities. I love me some chocolate…

Alien Filled Weirdness in Roswell, New Mexico

We planned a two night layover in Roswell, New Mexico on a cross country trip with our camper. I don’t know about you, but I love all things alien. That being said, I also speak sarcasm fluently with a fairly dry sense of humor. I was ready for anything at Roswell. Informative, funny, ridiculous, I…

When even a bad vacation sounds like a great idea…

I’m fairly new to vacation blogging. I’m sure some seasoned veterans out there are still spilling over with content to blog about during this Covid19 shutdown, but I’m just sitting here wishing to hit the road. Anywhere will do. I would be happy to take a tour of a sewage plant at this point if…

A day in Salzburg, Austria

It’s been almost two months since we spent a day in Salzburg and I’ve had a hard time figuring out how to write about it. In all honesty, it was the second best day of our 4 week trip. (The winner was our day in Berchtesgaden.) Salzburg was interesting for me. Weirdly, it felt like…

Prague, the good, the bad, and the ugly.

Being only a few hours away I felt I really should take a day to run to Prague, add another country to my slow growing list and check off a bucket list location. So much history here, so many things I wanted to see. We opted for a military MWR tour as it cost us…

Weiskirche, The Pilgrimage Church of the Scourged Savior and the best donut cafe in Bavaria.

We stopped at this church on our way to Neuschwanstein castle and it’s so pretty I felt it needed its own post. Weiskirche is a UNESCO World Heritage Site, designated as such in 1984 and underwent extensive restoration shortly after. Interesting story of how it came to be. In 1738 a local woman moved into…

Xero Shoes Mika Boot 4 Weeks in Europe Review

Xero Shoe Mika Boot 4 Weeks in Europe Review

Königssee, Berchtesgaden National Park, Germany

Berchtesgaden National Park, Germany

Garmisch-Partenkirchen, Germany and the Partnachklamm Gorge.

Our first experience in the Alps. We had three nights in Garmisch-Partenkirchen, it was not long enough. As a military spouse I felt I needed to give a nod to the Edelweiss Resort on post as I have visited the other three resorts. However, while we ate there and used one of their tours, we…

Christmas Markets in Germany

We all hear about how great they are right? Are they? Here’s a little of what to expect from my first time experience with Christmas Markets in Germany. They are much like your local small town festival, lots of food, crafts, performances and crowds. For the locals, it’s a place to gather, drink a lot…

When your trip doesn’t go as planned. Disney misery.

I LOVE Disney. I’m not one of those adults with Mouse figurines and t shirts but darn close. Disney is my happy place. I love the details, landscaping, their amazing ability to make the inside look like the outside and how they herd people like cattle through a maze of awesomeness. I’ve been to Disney…

What to see in Washington, D.C.

It is hard to get to everything you want to see in Washington D.C. if you only have a few days to visit but we managed to hit the basics, despite rain trying to ruin our fun the whole time. We had wracked up a lot of hotel points from my husband’s work travel and…

Family Vacation Ideas for Oahu, Hawaii

Riley and I tagged along on my husband’s work trip to Oahu, because, duh… Hawaii! Ten wonderful days in paradise! Well, maybe not since one of us was working most of those days, leaving Riley and I without a vehicle in Waikiki. The good news is that it’s a pretty walkable strip, unless your kid…