Dancing Light

I awoke with a start.  It was early.  Around 3 am.  Today was the day.  A day I had been looking forward to for a long time.  Would it be everything that I had dreamed?  Would I be able to get that perfect picture?  Would the light be just right?  Would we have a good guide and tour group?  So …

Among the Hoodoos!

Standing at the rim of the Bryce Canyon National Park, we are waiting for sunset.  Oddly enough we are facing east.  As the sun sets behind us, the hoodoos begin to change colors.  They look like they are even changing shape.  The stark contrast between the red rock and white snow adds a layer of mystery.  My eyes are trying …

Laughter, Lakes, and Mosquito Bites

Sitting in an airport with a delayed flight home can be a curse.  You are tired from traveling, the flight home signifies that your trip is over, you are rethinking all the fun that you had, and then thinking how you have to return to work the next day.  I know for me this is the hardest part of a …

Life at Sea

One of the days on our trip we were at sea all day.  I though that I would show you our boat and explain life on board a ship! First off here was our room.  Kristin and I shared and Mom and Dad have the room right next to us.  It is fun too because we could see around on …

Copenhagen

This post goes out to a special friend.  Marcia this is for you!  She was in this wonderful city studying a few years back.  We talked about my travels a lot before I left and she had a great list of things for me to do.  The night before I let her know that I was excited, and I woke …

A History Lesson in Berlin

Today was definitely a history lesson for me.  I know that I took history in high school but I don’t think that I ever really understood the terrible history that took place in Germany.  I mean, I knew about WWI, WWII, and the Berlin Wall, but I don’t think that I ever understood how it all happened.  So, here is …

Hello from Russia

St. Petersburg, Russia is one of those places that I have always wanted to go, but was not sure how to make it happen.  It isn’t a place that I would want to go by myself.  This trip was perfect!  I was able to go to a new place and do so in a very safe way.  I can’t speak …

Helsinki, Finland

Welcome to Finland!  Here are the highlights from the day. The Sibelius Monument is a unique piece of artwork that was created in tribute to Finland’s greatest composer.  It is all made of stainless-steel.  Each pipe was very unique and much bigger than we expected, which you can tell by Dad’s head in the one pipe.  This is just one …

We made it!

I’m happy to say that we have made it to Europe! Yes it was a long time on the plane. My family all struggled with getting sleep on the plane.  We came to the conclusion that sleep and planes do not mix.  Due to the time change we arrived in Stockholm, Sweden at 7:30 am. We had all day to …

Empty Suitcase

Today I pulled my suitcase out of the closet.  This can only mean one thing…travel time!!!!!  I have been looking forward to this day for over a year.  We have been dreaming for a long time and I can’t believe that in less than a week I will be in Europe.  My family and I will be visiting lots of …