We’re all in the same boat now

The Wandering Dolphin Crew will be putting all travel plans on-hold for the time being. We hope everyone stays safe through this time of unknown. I’ll try to update regularly with what’s going on in our lives of quarantine, hopefully to provide a tiny amount of entertainment for those of you who are also practicing…

New York, New York

From secluded cabins to big cities, we’re all over the place! Trip number two of our 2020 Year of Travel came up pretty quickly after the first one — the very next weekend, in fact. We were home for exactly four days before jetting off across the country for New York City. We hadn’t been…

Minnesota’s North Shore kicks off our Year of Travel

“I want to see some frozen waterfalls. Would you want to go up to the North Shore for some winter hiking?” I asked Andy one cold, dark winter night. To his great credit, he did not laugh in my face; he considered my question seriously. As someone who has never loved winter, Andy surprised me…

The Weight of Possessions

“I was transformed the day My ego shattered, And all the superficial, material Things that mattered To me before, Suddenly ceased To Matter” — Suzy Kassem My last update talked about the indecisiveness we had been feeling about what our next steps were in life and our eventual decision to lay down roots for a…

Breakdown in Yellowstone

Well, here it is. The final installment on our adventures in Yellowstone. I know, I know, two months too late. But, what can you do? Anyway, on with the story… Breakdown in Yellowstone  On our way back from the Tetons, we stopped at a gas station and I shut the van off. We filled up…

Fulfilling a Dream: Yellowstone National Park

Wow, it has been much longer than I had anticipated before I’d have time to write about this part, the big part. But you know how life goes…before you know it, weeks have gone by and one of the most monumental experiences of your year (or your life?) is already in the past. Perhaps it’s…

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…