Wednesday, September 17, 2014

Weekly Travel Pic

I never posted about my cruise to Mexico, but for Spring Break 2008 my roommate and I cruised from Galveston, TX to Cozumel and the Yucatan. We were lucky enough to see one of the new wonders of the world, Chichen Itza.

Monday, September 15, 2014


Sorry for not posting on Friday... I'm a bit busy and I feel like I am out of material. But not today! I have a really fun DIY project that we did involving maps.

A while back my in-laws found a bunch of old school maps (the kind that would hang from the chalk/wipe-off boards) from the 1980's. With our love of maps and travel we knew we wanted one to hang in our office.

We decided to mount it off a piece of poplar because it is a hardwood and since the map is on the heavy side we thought that was best. We stained the wood to match the rest in our office.

Then I had to glue all the weights and leather pieces that had fallen apart back together. 

{gluing the map back together}
After all that had been done it was time to hang it up! First we mounted the piece of wood to the wall and then we inserted the screws that would hold the map up. We definitely made sure that we hit all studs when hanging this thing.

{mounted up}

{we love it!}

{USA, North America, South America, Europe, Asia, Africa, the World}

We absolutely love this map and its so perfect for our office! Now we have 4 maps hanging and two globes!

Wednesday, September 10, 2014

Weekly Travel Pic

If you have ever been to Pompeii then you know its actually quite interesting (all those phallic symbols...). But I will not post those pics to keep the post PG, but I will post my favorite picture of Mount Vesuvius. 

Monday, September 8, 2014

Day Trip to a Remote Island

Doesn't that sound fun and interesting? When we head to Hawaii (in less than 6 months!) we decided to add another island to our itinerary. We are taking a ferry ride to spend the day on Molokai! This tiny island is rich in history and is the most native Hawaiian island the public can visit. Molokai is 38 by 10 miles (61 by 16km) making it the fifth largest of the main Hawaiian Islands and has a usable land area of 260 square miles (673.4 squared km).

{Map of the Islands}
Molokai is best known for Kalaupapa Colony, located on the north shore, it’s a peninsula surrounded by the Pacific Ocean on three sides and 2,000 ft sea cliffs on the fourth. The colony is where long term sufferers of Hansen’s Disease (leprosy) were exiled for containment and treatment. Father Damien and Mother Marianne Cope (both are now Saints) gave their lives to these patients. You can see a movie about Father Damien titled, Molokai: The Story of Father Damien.

We will be arriving at Kaunakakai Harbor and from there we'll take a short trip to the airport to pick up our car for the day. After that we plan to visit the Kalaupapa Sea Cliffs Lookout, the fishponds at One Alii Park, "downtown" Kaunakakai and I hope to visit Molokai Plumerias Farm. 

{Kalaupapa Lookout, Source}

{One Alii Park, Source}
We'll depart the island around 4pm and make our way across the channel back to Maui. I am also hoping we see plenty of whales on this portion of the trip!

Any of my readers been to Molokai? I would love to hear about it!

Friday, September 5, 2014

Travel RoundUp

1 – This clip below is from the Duncan Trussell Podcast...Its hilarious! It does have a few F-Bombs in there. (The last picture in the video source: Hannover Airport - Credit: Ho-Yeol Ryu)


2 – Looks like hotels are going to start charging you for conveniences just like the airlines. Say you land at 10 in the morning but check in is at 3 in the afternoon and you need to store your luggage… that might cost you $1 or $2 per bag. Need an in room safe? That might cost you $1.50 per night. Need to put YOUR water bottle in the mini fridge? That will cost you $25. Its bad enough they charge $20 for internet!

3 –  This seems line old news already and even MORE passengers are making big deals about it that they are making emergency landings...SO...This plane had to do an emergency landing because two passengers were fighting over reclining the seat. One passenger was using the Knee Defender to keep the person in front of him from reclining and the situation escalated causing the Denver bound flight to land in Chicago… Causing the flight to land at its final destination 1 hour and 40 minutes behind schedule.

{Knee Defender}
In this article he says he could have handled the situation better but he isn't going to stop using the device. 

4 – Over 200 crew members have quit Malaysia Airlines…can you blame them?

5 – Check out this cool video of world air traffic in a 24 hour period.

6 – A pilot gave his passengers and once in a lifetime experience when he took a detour to show them the eruption of the Bardarbunga volcano in Iceland!

{Source, Photo: @Icelandair / Erla Vinsy}

Have a Happy Friday and an even better weekend!

Wednesday, September 3, 2014

Weekly Travel Pic(s)

At the beginning of  each month a group of lovely travel bloggers host a link up and this month it is about A Room With A View. I already posted my links, one in Paris and one in Hawaii. So this week I am sharing those two pictures on the Weekly Travel Picture post. Enjoy!

{view from the Holiday Inn Notre Dame}

{view from the Hapuna Prince Hotel, Hawaii Island}
Don't forget to vote for me in the Define Your Aloha photo contest. (I believe I am on page 7 now).

Monday, September 1, 2014

Under Bite: The Tail of 2 Bulldogs

I hope everyone is having a fantastic Monday! We are since we have the day off. And today is a very special day in our house...Lola is 5 years old today!!!! Her birthday falls on a national holiday, how fitting!

{Lola's Fifth Birthday!}
If you know Lola personally then you know she has been through a lot in her short little life. When she was just over year old she had to have heart surgery to see if they could correct her condition, they couldn't. And our little bulldog became an even higher maintenance dog. Its okay, I wouldn't trade her for anything. She is the sweetest dog I have ever known and she is the apple of my eye :P

Anyway, the rest of our weekend has been filled with pure barre, binge watching Chuck on Netfilx, hanging maps and some decorating.

{Sunset, Chuck - Source, Pure Barre - Source, Map, Decor}
How has your weekend been? 

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