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A Return to Tent Rocks, New Mexico

Wherever we find ourselves in the world, we typically find a place to go for a hike and enjoy the beauty of the area. This was true some 20 years ago when my then boyfriend and I were in New Mexico for a conference. On one of the free days, we headed off into the New Mexico wilderness to see what we could find. I am not sure how we found out about the tent rock hike. I would guess that...

laundry room

The Laundry Room

Of all the places that we have visited in the world, Las Vegas is a place that we return to again and again. Why? It’s cheap to get there and there are a million things to keep us entertained for a few days. In a nutshell, it’s an easy getaway. We have a pretty typical routine in Vegas… we take some gambling lessons (free at many casinos), we eat at great places, we visit with friends and family in the...

shuri castle

Stranded in a Japanese Parking Lot

One of our first adventures on the island of Okinawa was to Shuri Castle. Although it is unknown exactly when the castle was constructed, the castle was in use from 1322-1429 when it housed King Sho Hashi. The castle was burned down several times, captured by foreign Satsuma armies in 1609, and was subject to three days of shelling from the USS Mississippi during WWII before finally being captured by U.S. forces. After the war, the castle housed a university...

International Driver’s Permit — Do I Really Need One?

In preparing for our RTW trip, I decided to get an international driver’s permit. In all my research, an IDP was mentioned over and over as being important to have, although no one went into any great detail. Getting an IDP made me think I was like a secret agent and I would get a booklet of my driver’s license information translated into 15 different languages. I romanticized the whole thing really....