The Adventure Begins

It is early morning on September 21, far too early for me to be awake, and yet here I am, loading up my parents’ red Dodge Caravan in preparation for a trip to a place that has been on my bucket list for years: Yellowstone National Park. The idea for the trip blossomed more than…

Appreciating Minnesota

I was driving around the backroads near our home the other day when a thought struck me: the area we live in is absolutely beautiful. I looked around at the variety of trees just beginning to turn colors, the rolling hills and the ponds, all illuminated by the slowly setting sun, which cast soft lavenders…

Every Milestone is Worth Celebrating

We are driving the backroads of Wisconsin near our family cabin when the thought comes to me, “Western Wisconsin is more beautiful than Eastern Minnesota.” With rolling fields of wildflowers and long stretches of cornfields bordered by dense growths of trees, mingled with rivers and marshes and lakes and swamps — the variety is beautiful….

What the Heck Have We Been Doing?

It’s been more than a month since our last post. What the heck has the Wandering Dolphin crew been up to? Making decisions and taking steps. Ever since our trip to Lake Superior, we have been discussing what our next move is. Originally, we had planned to pack up and leave in November (though we…

Weekend Getaway

As you all may now realize, we firmly believe in work-life balance. That’s why we sold our home and went on the road — to find that balance. That being said, it had been two months since our last vacation. And in accordance with our goal of balance, we decided it was time for another…

Outside in MN

So what has the Wandering Dolphin Crew been up to lately? We’ve been spending time outside and with the dogs! Since we don’t know how long we’ll end up staying in Minnesota, we wanted to take the opportunity to explore some new places. So, we decided to get a State Parks pass to check out…

A Travel Gear Review

During our recent trip to Mexico, we used some new travel gear and some old travel gear. I’ve had a few people ask how we made our trip easier and what we thought of the things we brought with. So here’s a quick review of the stuff we utilized! The Camera: Nikon Coolpix AW130 When…

Sunday Funday

Sunday was simply beautiful here in Minnesota — the kind of beauty that makes you forget about the polar vortex and frozen windshields or heavy, humid days filled with bugs. The kind of beauty that makes Minnesotans say, “yeah, this is the life.” We decided to take advantage of the weather and our day off…

Adventures South of the Border

“Every dreamer knows that it is entirely possible to be homesick for a place you’ve never been to, perhaps more homesick than for familiar ground.” — Judith Thurman It has been many months since we have traveled or done any real exploring. And we found that it was past time for another adventure. So, for…

Beer, Friends, and Family

A few weekends ago, we had a bit of an adventure here in the great state of Minnesota. I am a little late in sharing, but what is it they say? Better late than never. While many of our days are filled with tasks that we have to do — work, chores, etc. — we try to…