Why I Want to Return to Alaska

Why I Want to Return to Alaska
December 1, 2014

I’ve only been away from Alaska for a month; however, I can’t wait to return.  I miss it already.  Why you ask? Healy, Alaska (October) Alaska gets in your blood.  I’ve been hooked since I started researching rural Alaska years ago.  Now that I’ve been to part of the interior, I really want to go back.  It is hard to describe the state to people who haven’t visited.  Pictures don’t do it justice.  Alaska is vast.  That is the best word to describe it.  It is freaking large […]


Sayulita Transportation

Sayulita Transportation
November 24, 2014

Check out below the modes of transportation in Sayulita.  It’s kind of an anything goes beach town.  The typical resort town golf cart is very popular in Sayulita.  There are rental places and some of the hotels rent their own as well as the resident owned golf carts.  There are fancy decked out 4 seaters, 2 seater wagon-looking carts and stripped down “at least I have a cart” versions.  The four wheeler and motor bike are the most aggressively driven vehicles in town.  They zoom around everywhere.  Watch […]


The Color of Beach Town Mexico

The Color of Beach Town Mexico
November 22, 2014

As a newcomer to foreign travel, there are so many things to first notice when you arrive. My favorite thing – the beautiful color of beach town Mexico.  In my world, Mexico has long been known for it’s colorful clothes, blankets and decorations.  To see it firsthand and the extent to which color is displayed is amazing.  I fell in love and had to stop myself from photographing everything. Color is not restricted to just formal artwork.  It covers buildings, textiles, walkways, piers, furniture, you name it.   […]


Time for a New Place

Time for a New Place
October 30, 2014

It has been forever since I wrote on this blog.  Much to my shame as I like writing.  I have so many posts to write: stuff about Portland, Minneapolis, Milwaukee and many, many things about Chicago and Alaska. But for now, I’m heading off on my next adventure.  Time for a new place to explore. From this gorgeous place: To this gorgeous place: Hola Mexico!  I will be spending the next 2 weeks at the sunny beach town of Sayulita and the city of Puerto Vallarta.  I can’t […]


Anchorage and a Hostel

Anchorage and a Hostel
June 8, 2014

The views flying towards Anchorage completely confirmed my thoughts that Alaska is an incredibly beautiful state.  I don’t think I will ever get sick of seeing beautiful snow covered mountains. Once landing at Anchorage, I went out to explore the downtown area. Walking down the street by my hostel, I’m sure I looked like a weirdo to the locals.  I would walk, stop, stare, repeat. It was difficult not to as the mountains are amazingly big. Saturday, I walked around downtown Anchorage.  It’s a beautiful clean area.  I […]


Sketchbook Project 2013

Sketchbook Project 2013
January 12, 2014

I have wanted to participate in Sketchbook Project since I first heard about the project through Linda at Curious Notions.  2013 was my year.  Below are photos of the book I mailed off.  I had planned on drawing pictures but the book evolved to a travel scrapbook instead.  I traveled quite a bit for me last year and it made logical sense to create a scrapbook.  Enjoy.                


Chicago Wine Bars

Chicago Wine Bars
December 7, 2013

I love wine.  Can’t deny it in the slightest way.  I love it. Wino! I would rather have a glass of cheap wine than an expensive martini or craft beer any day. So the thought of going to a place that labels itself “a wine bar” makes me swoon.  Unfortunately, I have only made my way to two of the many wine bars in Chicago: Bin 36 and Eno.   Bin 36 339 N. Dearborn Ave. I’ve been here twice. Pictures are from my first experience. My friend […]


Burgers in Chicago

Burgers in Chicago
December 4, 2013

I have a thing for hamburgers, not traditional hamburgers which are plain with lettuce, tomato, and raw onion.  I love ones with STUFF on them.  If you know me, it is typically the same type of stuff over and over but I like to compare burgers.  Burgers are something I get mad cravings for every couple of weeks.  I wish I was more consistent with my food picture taking so I had pictures of each restaurants’ burger for comparison. The standard stuff I like on my burgers – […]


Eating in Portland

Eating in Portland
November 23, 2013

I am a huge fan of lists.  In case you didn’t notice considering my blog is called The Adventure List. Making lists of places I’ve eaten while traveling remind me of memories or moments I otherwise may forget. Places where my friend and I indulged while in Portland on our first trip: The Blue Pig Cafe – delicious but closed shortly after we left Portland City Grill – upscale restaurant and bar with a great city view The Grilled Cheese Grill – food truck, one of my favorites […]


My Favorite New City – Portland

My Favorite New City – Portland
November 21, 2013

On a whim, my friend and I went to Portland, Oregon in June.  Actually, that’s a lie. She asked how I would feel about living in Portland versus Seattle when I move next year. Do I want to visit Portland and check it out?  I responded with a definite Sure, let’s go. And we did. And I’m SO glad I did.  I think this picture says it all. And if not, then the honesty this guy is demonstrating in begging for money should speak volumes for the city’s laid back […]


The Original Adventure List

November 6, 2013

In 2009 after dropping my son off for his first year of college, my daughter and I created the original Adventure List. It is a list of activities we wanted to complete together. We got off to a great start. I hope someday we will complete the list. Spend $100 at Office Max Go to Cedar Point on HallowWeekend Go to Ruby Tuesday (new to us restaurant) Go-carting Visit Put-in-Bay Visit Wilderness in Wisconsin Dells TGIFriday’s mac n cheese Practice IMing North Carolina college shopping canceled Europe tour […]


My Favorite Chicago Bakery

My Favorite Chicago Bakery
January 2, 2012

  To date, many of my adventures revolve around food. I should rename this blog a foodie blog versus travel blog but can’t they be mixed?  YES! My October trip to Chicago was no exception.  On a rainy Tuesday, I walked through the beautiful neighborhood of Lincoln Park in a quest for cupcakes.  My Chicago friend Christy said Sweet Mandy B’s was the best.  The shop is a little bit of a walk from the Brown Line stop but well worth it.  Just look at the picture to […]


The Farmhouse – Chicago

The Farmhouse – Chicago
December 16, 2011

Discovering the many neighborhoods of Chicago is becoming one of my favorite pastimes.  During a recent jaunt to ChiTown, I happened upon The Farmhouse.  In a frantic search for an afternoon glass of wine, the manager welcomed me in and soothed my nerves.  He escorted me to the bar and offered me a selection of wines including two draught wines. (oh, did I mention that he’s pretty cute too)  Wines on draft?  I was confused. Yes, The Farmhouse carries two draught wines – a red and white.  I found […]


Bus Travel with Greyhound

Bus Travel with Greyhound
December 8, 2011

On a recent trip to Chicago, I was determined to try different modes of travel.  Typically for me, it’s always car, car, car with me driving of course.  Since I was traveling solo, I did not want the expense and hassle of driving my car with gas, tolls, and parking.  I checked out several options and decided on Greyhound.   I have not traveled by Greyhound bus since I was 4 yrs old.  Yes, I have traveled via tour bus and city bus so I’m not a complete bus […]