Farewell, Dear Papu.

On September 11, 2019 we laid to rest one of the world’s brightest lights, Mr. Wayne Palmer or “Papu,” as family called him. Papu was my husband Mitch’s grandfather, playing a father-figure role in his upbringing. I never knew my grandfathers but Papu didn’t hesitate stepping into the role for me too. He wore big […]

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Exploring the Emerald Isle: Into the North

The last leg of our trip was spent traveling into the north of the island. On our way we visited central Ireland’s exuberant city of Galway. The lively pedestrian streets were filled with people, food, art, and music. The vibe felt very artsy, cultured, and fun, so it wasn’t surprising to learn that Galway is […]

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Exploring the Emerald Isle: Cork, Castles, and Cliffs

On the next leg of our journey we traveled to the Munster Province on the southwestern end of the island. On our way we visited the old Jameson Distillery in Midleton for a tour and sampling of Ireland’s finest whiskey. I can’t really say much about Jameson because for some reason I don’t seem to […]

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Exploring the Emerald Isle: Dublin

It’s known as the Emerald Isle. Green, lush, and beautiful, Ireland has a little something for just about everyone, whether your vacation scene is the big city, the great outdoors, or somewhere inbetween. My mother and I spent 10 days exploring the island and its many attractions. We first visited the capital city of Dublin […]

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Sightseeing Central Europe, Part IV: Slovakia and Czech Republic

Well, life’s been busy this summer and I seem to have fallen behind on my blogging. I’m heading off to Ireland with my mom tomorrow, so I figured now’s a good time to play some catch-up. There’s one last leg of the Central European trip that I haven’t shared yet- Slovakia and Czech Republic… The […]

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Sightseeing Central Europe, Part III: Hungary and Austria.

The next capital city we would meet on our tour of Central Europe was Budapest, Hungary. One of the first things we learned about the city was its proper Hungarian pronunciation, “Boo-da-PESHT.”  Regarded as the “Queen of the Danube,” for the formidable waterway that divides it, Budapest has two distinctly unique sides to explore. On […]

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Sightseeing Central Europe, Part II: Auschwitz-Birkenau

The most heartbreaking and painful sight was the room containing two tons of decaying human hair piled floor-to-ceiling behind a glass wall. The majority of these tattered braids and ponytails came from women and children who were sent to the gas chamber. Their lives were rendered useless and their only redeeming quality was the hair on their heads, which the Nazis harvested to make socks, rope, and textiles. Your heart sinks, your stomach turns, you look away in disbelief. There are no words.

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Sightseeing Central Europe: Part I, Poland

Over ten days we visited five amazing countries: Poland, Slovakia, Hungary, Austria, and Czech Republic (technically renamed Czechia in 2006). Over my next few posts I’ll be covering our Central European excursion and first up is Poland!

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Hitched Up: Southern Utah and Northern Arizona

I just returned from a wonderful tour of Central Europe with my mom and have already started writing about our experience. But, before I share all about that adventure I figure I should catch up on an older one- the quick trip to southern Utah and northern Arizona Mitchell, Gaius, and I made in March. […]

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Volunteering: Best Friends Animal Sanctuary

Out in southern Utah, nestled in a serene desert canyon exists a vast and magical safe haven for animals big, small, healthy, or unwell. Literally described by some as “heaven on earth,” Best Friends Animal Sanctuary provides care to over 1,600 abandoned and rescued animals with the help of their animal-loving staff and eager volunteers. […]

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