Vista Guapa Surf Camp in Costa Rica – A Tropical Surf Paradise!

I was fresh off the Pacific Paddle Games 2015 event in Dana Point, California (doing primary research for my final grad project at Georgetown University) when I got the yearning desire to take a surf trip. I had surfed with my friends (lifelong surfers) in La Jolla but I was such a sloppy surfer and my fear of going out to the lineup prevented me from my full potential in this sport – it was clear that I needed some surf lessons if I wanted to enjoy surfing. Read More

St. John – A Caribbean Birthday Holiday

Destination – St. John

I finally got around to framing my Christian Wheatley print that I purchased on a trip to the Caribbean a few years ago.

My friend Diane was celebrating a milestone birthday and planned an fun trip to St. John with some of her friends. As I mentioned in my post on Bali, she has a true gift for planning holidays. She took care of every detail for the trip, we just had to get our plane tickets.

The U.S. and British Virgin Islands make up over 60 islands and cays (pronounced keys) in the Carribean. If you are planning to visit any of the British islands be sure to bring your passport. Read More

Italy! Italie! – Cinque Terre, Almost

This trip was just what I needed after I came back from Iraq and had a challenging winter.

While I was deployed to Iraq as a news broadcaster I had a book for Adobe Lightroom 2 that sat on my desk with a remarkable cover image. I used this book frequently for reference and often gazed at the cover image always thinking “I want to see this stunning place!”

This “place” was Cinque Terre, Italy, a seaside village with captivating, colorful buildings, with lots of scenic hiking trails – just what I needed!

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Becoming a minimalist – giving away #stuff – for FREE

Hello friends,

Well, here goes…. These past few years have been whirlwind to say the least…. four moves and finally settling into a teeny tiny condo in Arlington after having lived my entire life in a house, with an attic and a basement to store my belongings (also known as “STUFF”).

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Bali – A true ‘zen’ holiday experience!

The trip to Bali was a much needed holiday escape in 2010!

My good friend Diane – who has a true gift for planning adventures – arranged this getaway during Thanksgiving week. She planned the trip through Singapore Airlines Vacations at a price that was TOO good to pass up. Read More

Une Vacance en France

After several trips to Paris I felt comfortable to organize a personalized group trip for some friends – it was a beautiful vacation with lots of museum tours, sightseeing and good eats!

This is a placeholder post for the blog 🙂 will write more detail later.

The Inaugural Pacific Paddle Games – #PPG2015

What an incredible event! So many amazing paddlers of all ages from around the world descended upon Deheny Beach in Dana Point, CA, for the inaugural Pacific Paddle Games 2015, October 10-11.  Read More

Val d’Isere, France – The French Alps

In early 2003 I ventured over to Europe to experience the French Alps. I had been snowboarding for a few years in New England and wanted to experience the Alps, specifically, the French Alps. My buddy Dave, also had the travel bug and took the trip/adventure over there with me.  Read More

Dupont Circle Farmers Market

In and around DC there are many outdoor farmers markets to indulge in during the weekends. My personal favorite is the Dupont Circle Farmers Market.  I like buying local and supporting farmers. Read More

U2 Concert in Boston was AMAZING!!!!

I am sure I am not the only person to echo this sentiment! U2 has been part of my upbringing so it was awesome to finally see them in concert on the I & E tour in Boston. The concert was amazing for so many reasons.  Read More