Category Archives: landmarks

When the Reward Outweighs the Risk

I went to visit my Grandma in West Virginia after a long interruption to protect her from possible exposure to Covid-19.  We spoke on the phone and she genuinely wanted to see me.  My Uncle Rodney, who is her primary … Continue reading

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Meet Me in the Mangroves

I’ve been back and forth from KY to FL all summer in between teaching and professional development training.  I was helping my Mom recover from knee replacement surgery, and reminding my Dad of how wonderful a daughter I am.   This … Continue reading

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The Little Rock Half Marathon & 5K Recap

The Little Rock, Arkansas race series have been on my radar for quite some time.  They are known for their huge, over-the-top medals and unique race themes. The 2020 theme was “Totally Awesome” as a tribute to the 80s. Training … Continue reading

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Grand Turk Island

If you blink, you will miss it. The island of Grand Turk is only 7 miles long and 1.5 miles wide. The only way to visit Turks and Caicos via cruise ship is through the Grand Turk cruise port. For … Continue reading

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Puerto Plata, Dominican Republic Tour

Amber Cove Cruise Port The Amber Cove terminal was built by Carnival Cruise lines in the Bay of Maimon. Puerto Plata Tour We skipped the Carnival excursions and poolside activities to book with Iguana Mama Adventure Tours. The independent contractors … Continue reading

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Niagara Falls

From Toronto, to Montreal, to Niagara Falls The Hornblower Experiencing the falls up close was my main priority for a day in Niagara Falls on the Canada side. I read reviews about getting there early to avoid long lines. Thankfully, … Continue reading

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Montreal Memories

My Canadian adventures continued from Toronto to Montreal. The drive was very scenic and more metropolitan compared to the rural landscape between Windsor and Toronto. I did all of my research about “Things to do in Montreal” and “Best area … Continue reading

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How to Spend 2 Days in Toronto

This vacation to Canada was inspired by one of my Smootents, Skylar who went to Niagra Falls for Memorial Day Weekend with her Girl Scouts Troop. An important decision for my trip to Toronto was deciding where to stay. I … Continue reading

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Long Time, No Sea

Summer Break in Full Effect I just returned from a two-week visit with my parents in the Sunshine State.  It was a chilled-out vacation with a visit from our family who lives in Morgantown, WV.  We were game ready for … Continue reading

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The Louisville Loop

Happy New Year Everyone! It has been a while since my last post.  I type this with soreness in my right hand from a fractured little finger that happened a few weeks ago.  I was finishing a 5-mile run to … Continue reading

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