How the Wood Stork Made My Day

The most rewarding experiences are ofen the least expected. Throughout my travels I find that I am repeatedly being drawn to nature. Although his blog started out with a history focus, the natural wold is becoming a significant theme. Encounters like the one I had with a wood stork make me realize the magic of … Continue reading How the Wood Stork Made My Day

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6 Amazing Reasons Why Eloping is Awesome

Thanksgiving and Christmas have always been my favorite holidays. Now we have one more reason to celebrate. While everyone else is out Black Friday shopping, we're celebrating a quiet first anniversary at home. One year ago today I married the love of my life at Holladay House bed and breakfast in Orange, Virginia. We knew from … Continue reading 6 Amazing Reasons Why Eloping is Awesome

What Happens When You Unplug and Connect With Nature

We're all connected 24/7. Selfies, Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, Snapchat, Facebook, Blogging, getting just the right angle, taking the perfect photo, documenting and recording everything. Why? Likes and shares? Even with all that connectivity, something's missing isn't it? It still feels like we're disconnected. How can that be? Because we're not connected with nature. The more … Continue reading What Happens When You Unplug and Connect With Nature

Your Guide to the Epic Mayan Ruins of Coba

The Mayan ruins of Coba are some of the most spectacular and underrated ruins in the Yucatán. While many travelers include Chichen Itza and Tulum in their itinerary, Coba is frequently bypassed. Even with that, Coba can still get on the crowded side. Coba is unique in the fact that you're still allowed to climb … Continue reading Your Guide to the Epic Mayan Ruins of Coba

Valladolid Cathedral

Have A Special Photo to Share? Confession time. Six weeks in Mexico totally changed us forever. We can't wait to visit again. We look at our thousands of photos often. There's no way to share all the photos in blog posts. With that being said, I've decided to restart the photo of the week feature. … Continue reading Valladolid Cathedral

The Best Adventures are the Most Unexpected

Adventure in the Most Unexpected Places Five weeks in Tulum can really spoil a person. Three days into our ten-day Cancun disaster, something unexpected crossed our path. Our Air BnB host suggested that we visit the Mayan ruins of El Meco less than a mile up the road. Another day in the hotel zone is out … Continue reading The Best Adventures are the Most Unexpected

7 Reasons to Avoid Cancun

It's hard to top Tulum as travel destinations go. Maybe that's why our visit to Cancun was such a disaster. Well, disaster is a relative term. We didn't have any terrible things happen to us. However, it was still a pretty bad couple of days.... Everything is Ridiculously Expensive Everyone knows Cancun is expensive right? … Continue reading 7 Reasons to Avoid Cancun

Zamas Resort: How to Find Beachfront Bliss

Looking back on six weeks in Tulum, Mexico we have a lot of great memories. One of the highlights of our visit was our stay at Zamas Beachfront Resort. We were invited for a complimentary stay in an ocean-front bungalow. Below is a recap of what we experienced at Zamas for three blissful days. The … Continue reading Zamas Resort: How to Find Beachfront Bliss

Why You Should Know What Happened on October 10, 732

October 10, 732 It's the date that one man changed EVERYTHING! As a historian I've long known that the Battle of Tours is a key moment in world history. Why doesn't it receive more than a paragraph or two in world history textbooks? I can't really answer that, but I suspect it has something to … Continue reading Why You Should Know What Happened on October 10, 732

Coming Back is the Most Difficult Part of the Journey

Six Weeks in Mexico, Wow! Now that we've been home exactly 10 days I can tell you, staying positive at the end of a trip is harder than ever. All I've ever wanted to do my entire life is travel and see the world. Now that I'm doing that, now what? We had an awesome … Continue reading Coming Back is the Most Difficult Part of the Journey

A Disappointing Day at the Grand Chichen Itza

Chichen Itza, studied it, read about it, taught it to my 9th graders for two years. I take no great joy in saying it was the most disappointing of all of our visits to Mayan ruins. Sure the pyramid is impressive, but the site is grossly over-hyped. The hype is probably one of the reasons … Continue reading A Disappointing Day at the Grand Chichen Itza

How to Stay Positive at the End of a Trip

This trip to Mexico has changed our lives. We've discovered a few important facts during our month in paradise: We don't need much to be happy. Anyone can travel. There's more to life than accumulating "things." Every day isn't going to be perfect. The only constant is change. Something strange happens at the half-way point of … Continue reading How to Stay Positive at the End of a Trip