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Visiting Guatemala: Santiago Atitlan and the Spanish colonial capital of Antigua [Part Four]

We left Panajachel for Antigua on the morning of our fourth day, but first we took a boat ride to Santiago Atitlan, another quaint town along the lakeshore. Dad was thrilled about the life jackets we were forced to wear. Safety first! We then squeezed ourselves into a tuk-tuk for a quick ride up to […]

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Visiting Guatemala: The market and graveyard at Chichicastenango [Part Three]

On our third day in Guatemala we drove from Panajachel to a popular Mayan market at Chichicastenango. But before we left, Dad and I explored the lakeshore at sunrise, watching the predawn light transition to bright blue sky shrouded with smoky haze from nearby “fire forests,” as Tony liked to call them. Local farmers burn […]

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Visiting Guatemala: On the road to Panajachel & Lake Atitlan [Part Two]

On our second morning in Guatemala we enjoyed breakfast at our hotel, Barceló Guatemala City, before boarding the bus for a full day of sight-seeing. We began with a windshield tour of Guatemala City. Our guide, Tony, took us to several different areas of the city, called zones, so we could get an idea of […]

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Visiting Guatemala: How this Central American country defied all my expectations [Part One]

When my dad called me last fall and asked if I wanted to take a trip with him, I didn’t even considering turning him down. I love to travel and my dad is a great person to go on adventures with. But when he told me he was planning a trip to Guatemala, my enthusiasm […]

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Visiting California: Lake Tahoe in January

Mike and I love snowboarding.  We love snow in general.  I probably get a little bit more excited about snow than he does, but the point is we both love it.  Which is why it was a bit disappointing our trip to Lake Tahoe was scheduled during an unusually warm January. Most of the snow […]

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Visiting New York: A Quick Trip to Syracuse

  Last October I spent a long weekend in Syracuse, NY as part of my graduate program at Syracuse University.  My dad lives nearby in Pennsylvania, so we also used it as an opportunity to meet up and do some exploring. On our first day, we did a quick tour of a few local waterfalls.  The […]

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Visiting Colorado: Grand Lake Wedding

This is really less about visiting Colorado and more about our rental car fiasco. Mike and I flew to Denver in July to celebrate a friend’s wedding (and yes, I’m just now blogging about it).  Our flights out west were uneventful and our baggage made it unscathed.  Not so fortunate was our friend Tammy, whose […]

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Visiting Virginia: Paradise Found in a Shipyard’s Shadow

It is difficult to define the word “paradise” because it means something unique to everyone. To me, paradise is an isolated cabin in the Colorado wilderness. To you, it might be a white sandy beach beside turquoise waters in the Caribbean. But paradise also can be found at a wooded site on Victory Blvd. between […]

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Visiting Virginia: The Portsmouth Path of History

Gosport Park is a one-acre slice of land where the 249-year history of Norfolk Naval Shipyard (NNSY) is frozen in time. The park is part of Portsmouth’s Path of History, a self-guided walking tour featuring a string of historic sites tracing the routes of Old Towne back to 1752, from the home of the Union […]

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Visiting Arizona: Sedona

The drive from the Grand Canyon to Winslow is as desolate as it gets. Once we got through Flagstaff, the trees fell away and the desert stretched to the horizon, interrupted only periodically by random rock formations and jagged hills. We got to Meteor Crater in about 2 hours. The wind was howling over the […]

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