We believe in travel as a journey through life, savoring the moments as we go. While we often have destinations that we must get to for some reason or another, to attend a conference or to visit friends or family, our trips usually involve many stops along the way.
Follow our journeys in real time on Instagram, or retrace our steps when planning your own trips by taking a look at the places we’ve roamed. Each journey includes articles, videos, and an itinerary of where we visited. You can get from-the-road reports by signing up for our mailing list in the sidebar.
Journeys around a theme, with destinations scattered across time and space.
Journeys through Space
With both hands-on knowledge of the U.S. space program and the enthusiasm to seek out space history, we share what we know and where to find space-related destinations worth visiting.
Gracious Gardens of the South
Sandra explores her family's deeply rooted love of gardens, with the centerpiece a month-long road trip with her mother to seek out spring beauty during azalea season in the Southeast.
Making it up as we go along, we end up with an itinerary for you to follow by the time we finish the drive. Come along for the ride!
Circling the state of Ohio while centering our travels on a conference in Columbus, we brought along bikes and hiking gear and searched for outdoor adventures.
Biking UP Michigan
For a full month, we rambled through Northern Michigan and the Upper Peninsula, finding bike trails to ride most mornings before digging into the cultural history of the region in the afternoons.
Calusa Waters & Florida Keys
From Fort Myers Beach, we grabbed a ferryboat to Key West for a whirlwind weekend before a conference in Cape Coral. After a few days in Punta Gorda, it was road trip part two down to Key West for a second time.
Being chased north by Hurricane Michael, we rarely had a day we could take the bikes off the back of our car. On those foul-weather days, we hit more museums in three weeks than we'd seen in a year.
Shenandoah Valley Rambles
A journey within a journey, we were focused on the Shenandoah Valley to check out a new bike trail in Front Royal and find out how they've progressed as a Trail Town on the Appalachian Trail. We couldn't miss Natural Bridge on the way home.
Southern Culture & Trails
On our way to and from Michigan, we made a point of visiting small towns throughout the South, looking for places to hike and bike as well as a sense of place. Quirky destinations hit our radar as we progressed, so we slowed down to let the journey unfold at its own pace.
Duluth & The North Shore
Before and after a conference in Duluth, Sandra put in some miles on the Superior Hiking Trail and took a road trip up the North Shore of Lake Superior to experience the "Scandinavian Riviera."
Southern Bikes & Hikes
Centering our travels on attending the ALDHA Gathering in Abington, Virginia, we made a fall foilage foray, riding the Virginia Creeper Trail and other trails while enjoying state parks and National Forests in the Southeast.
Tours & Treks
Taking on mileage under our own power once we've arrived at a destination, by foot, bike, and paddle.
Bartram Adventure Tour
Five days of exploring the Bartram Trail by bike, on foot, and while paddling, with experts to guide the way between points on this new National Recreation Trail in Florida.
Florida's Adventure Coast
A week's worth of hiking, biking, and paddling before, between, and after conference activities centered on Brooksville and Weeki Wachee, Florida.
The Overseas Heritage Trail
Biking - or walking - the Florida Keys from Key West to Key Largo is a thing, thanks to the Florida Keys Overseas Heritage Trail. As John biked the marked route, Sandra visited natural attractions and trails with a tropical flair.
Not Quite Thru
The story of our Appalachian Trail thru-hike together that taught us to work as a team. We posted these articles in real-time as we walked from Georgia towards Maine.
Journeys requiring a flight to a distant place where we don't - or choose not to - do the driving ourselves after we arrive, but leave most of the details of our exploration to the hands of tour operators and travel planners.
Antigua & Barbados
Two Caribbean island nations with two very different cultures, both share a common bond of their founding by British and Dutch slave-owning sugar cane plantation bosses, and a love of rum.
Nieuw Amsterdam to Nassau
How better to relax and leave the travel planning to others than to take a cruise? Three days through the Bahamas was hardly enough, but Holland America Line made such a positive impression we're thinking of a longer stay at sea.
Some of the weirdest landscapes you can imagine can be found where the North American and European tectonic plates are straining to pull apart, the friendly and otherworldy country of Iceland.
Northwestern Oregon in Fall
In the produce-rich region surrounding Portland, fall means harvest time. On a series of guided tours, we circled all around Mount Hood, hiking, biking, and foraging, before heading to the Willamette Valley and the Oregon Coast.
Panama, with Parents
Panama wasn't on our radar at all. But when John's father offered to take us on a trip, he had a transit of the Panama Canal in mind. It was our first sampler of what an all-inclusive guided tour is like, something his parents had done worldwide for more than twenty years of their retirement.