- Montréal: Twenty-four hours in Québec, with a pit stop at Ben & Jerry’s HQ.
- Squamish and Vancouver: In my recap of the highs and lows of our first seven months in Seattle, these first two ventures into British Columbia were certainly among the highs.
- The Canadian Rockies: Our first trip to the Rockies in British Columbia and Alberta included our engagement at Lake O’Hara (!); a return to Lake Louise, almost three decades after my first childhood visit; and a gorgeous, leisurely drive up the Icefields Parkway. The next summer, we returned to Lake O’Hara for an astoundingly lovely honeymoon.
Family, friends, and those ubiquitous Kardashians in Los Angeles.
- Sweet home Chicagoland: Jaunts to Chinatown, Goose Island, the old Bloomingdale Trail, the West Loop, my hometown Wilmette, Arlington International Racecourse, Devon Avenue, Edgewater and Andersonville, Pilsen, the Prairie District, and Bridgeport and Back of the Yards.
- Starved Rock: A chilly, rain-soaked camping trip over Halloween weekend, with just enough fireside wine and fried chicken to warm things up.
A long weekend spent winding through the Red River Gorge, Lexington and Louisville.
- Lake Sebago: Memories of past Augusts, and all the moose-gazing, stargazing, and almanac trivia games they entailed. Later, a weeklong trip with my family to our family friends’ lake house, replete with boating trips…
- Portland: …and a trip to the city where we pushed off for an island adventure, and lobster rolls along the coast. (And since I can’t quit Portland, I went back again and again with dear friends.)
Unexpected Turkish delights, and fun with midshipmen, in Annapolis.
- Fennville, Saugatuck, and Grand Rapids: A whirlwind day trip filled with apple-picking, small town wanderings, and beer-swilling.
- Detroit: A rainy Motor City weekend full of glorious architecture, public art, and a memorable visit to Eastern Market.
- Brooklyn: Distance running on Coney Island, Israeli brunch, and more outdoor space than I thought existed in NYC.
- Northville: A holiday-season getaway to the Adirondacks.
Strawberry-picking (and a whole lot more!) with a wonderful friend in Raleigh-Durham.
This road trip around the state covered lots of ground: a family reunion in Portland; waterfall and desert hikes; a love affair with trail running in Bend; a chilly visit to Crater Lake; and the scenic route back up the Oregon Coast.
A post-election, pre-birthday trip to Charleston.
A spontaneous long weekend in Austin, full of barbecue, bats, and breakfast tacos.
- Charlottesville: Soul music, campus life and some apple-related reminiscing.
- Great Falls National Park: Close-to-D.C. nature, complete with rock climbers and a crashing waterfall.
- Middleburg: Polo ponies and picnics in Virginia’s answer to the Hamptons.
- Purcellville: Peach-picking and pulled pork. (Because what more could one need?)
- Richmond: Cruising the canals, gaping at stained glass, and finding beaches in the most unlikely locations.
- Shenandoah National Park: Roadside farmstands, gorgeous valley views, and learning that there’s no such thing as “the Shenandoahs.” (Plus, a return trip!)
- I packed in a lot during my first trip to Washington—and I liked it so much that I moved here. From a wedding among the vineyards of Walla Walla, to the city of Seattle—including Capitol Hill, downtown, Fremont and Ballard—and some amazing hiking and camping on the Olympic Peninsula, at Lake Quinault, Kalaloch and Hoh.
- A recap of the highs and lows of our first seven months in Seattle, and a hike in Mount Rainier National Park that helped us heal as we emerged from those difficult months.
An artillery demonstration, lots of uphill hiking, and Halloween at Harper’s Ferry.