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A mountain story for Aaron

Naturally, we expect the holidays to be insane. While we don’t have children, Aaron and I do have divorced parents, so where we catch a break on chaotic kid-wrangling, we make up for with an insane number of events to attend. Thanksgiving was no exception this year. The day began with fast and furious cookie baking. We were just shy …

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Holy hell, that’s so many needles

The one thing I’m unabashedly honest about is my abominable loathing for needles. Let’s take a stroll through the life of little Laura: As a kid, I remember – very clearly – being held to the table in a doctor’s office while the doctor and nurses stabbed my thighs with needles. Repeatedly. Either I was getting many vaccinations or they …

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A goat’s hike and waterless falls

On Thursday, I caught a friend’s Facebook post showing off the gorgeous Fall colors surrounding the Buffalo National River. With my Everest base camp trek looming, any chance to get out into the cooler Fall temps and practice shuffling my gear was more than welcomed. By Friday evening, I had arrange a dog sitter, loaded my day pack and hopped …

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Standing with George Washington at Natural Bridge

We were flying down the interstates through the edge of Virginia when my roadside attraction Googling revealed “the initials of George Washington” left under a bridge. The basic description was plenty to be intriguing and certainly had my mind wandering in a thousand directions, but what it was exactly was entirely unclear. Eventually, my constant mentions wooed Grandma and Grandpa …

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Islands of Venice: Murano, Burano and Torcello

The minute Elizabeth described the lagoon islands of Venice, I knew we had to go. Even though she’d been before, we stashed a copy of Rick Steves Italy in her bag and set off for new discoveries. The vaporetto ride was the perfect way to get onto the water – both getting us to the islands and crossing a critical must-do off …

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Almost Seeing the Smoky Mountains and Tennessee’s Sad Elephant Story

Our first morning in Louisville reintroduced the breakfast tradition of our legendary past travels: hotel waffles. Trying to stick to the diet my trainer had recommended weeks prior, I opted for scrambled eggs, ham and my deliciously glorious black coffee. Grandpa, though, stayed true to our tradition. I kicked things off by loading up the waffle maker and waiting the …

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Muse at the Museum in the Nelson-Atkins Sculpture Garden

With bursts of colorful light, the magic of Tarot and palm readings, the majesty of star gazing and the deliciousness of light summery cocktails – Muse at the Museum on the lawn of The Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art rocked our worlds. A peek at the recap video I tossed together (up there ☝️) doesn’t even do it justice. I was enjoying …

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From Kansas City to Louisville with Grandma and Grandpa

With a full year since our last adventure, Grandma and Grandpa pulled into the driveway with big smiles. I’m almost positive that they were just surprised I was awake. In a pretty typical turn of events, I didn’t sleep the night before our takeoff. Nope. I saved all the most important things for the very last minute. You know – …

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Prepping for Another Road Trip with My Grandparents

In less than 60 hours, I will be back on the road with my grandparents for what has become our annual road trip. I’m. So. Damn. Excited. A lot of new things are happening in this trip that have required quite a bit of prep up front. None of that prep is even close to finished yet which leaves little …

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Sunshine and Margaritas on the Beach

Not too long ago, I realized that I’ve never been to a beach resort. Despite the countless days I spent glued to MTV Spring Break through the teenage years, I never actually made it out of the states with friends. Not for sand. Not for alcohol. Not for going wild. The epiphany was a bit of a bummer – one …