Close up photo of the Coconut Almond Bites

It has been awhile since I have posted about a food favorite. Riding my bike everyday and running multiple times per week has me thinking more and more about what I am fueling my body with. As much as possible, I like to eat foods I make myself, from simple ingredients. While writing a bio … [read more...]

Photo of Brian running in the Half-Marathon in Wanaka, New Zealand

If you haven’t already, I recommend you read Part I of this story before reading this. I left off the story “somewhere on a path along the beach [in New Zealand]… something starting going really smoothly.” I was trying to describe the feeling when something you’ve done over and over starts to feel just right, as … [read more...]

Photo of Kaitlin and Brian after completing the Wanaka (New Zealand) half-marathon

If you told me a few years ago that I would come to love running, I would have laughed in your face. When I used to think of running, I thought of the requirement to “run” the mile in gym class. I walked it. Sure, I might have jogged the first bit, but it usually … [read more...]

Sarah and me in front of a waterfall in Robert H. Treman State Park

It’s not uncommon for me to write about the many lessons I’ve learned from my travels. Some examples of noteworthy tidbits I’ve picked up along the way: pack light (no, seriously) , stay away from Thai islands during monsoon season, embrace the kindness of strangers, eat cheese from small fridges in the Swiss Alps, don’t get too … [read more...]

Our kitchen

I’m starting to think we should have considered a more appropriate name for this blog. Perhaps something along these lines would have been more fitting: OnceWeLivedOutOfTwoBackpacks-AndThenWeMovedToATinyApartmentInPortland.com I digress.  A while ago I promised a life update. I’m finally following through. Ready? Here goes: we moved across the country to Portland, Oregon! Brian was offered a job with Icebreaker (a New … [read more...]

Photograph of storm clouds over Artisan Works in Rochester, NY

This Weekly Snapshot comes from ARTISANworks, a 40,000 square foot, not-for-profit art space in Rochester, NY. ARTISANworks supports the local arts community through it’s massive, eclectic collection of artwork as well as using the income from event hosting to support local outreach programs. ARTISANworks will always be a special place since Kaitlin and I had our wedding … [read more...]

The evening sun casts shadows over the Niagara Falls Gorge

This Weekly Snapshot comes from Niagara Falls, New York. Our friends Kelly & Anita (aka Adventuring Kiwis) are visiting from New Zealand and we thought it would be appropriate to show them one of the most iconic places in America. What iconic places would you recommend to visit near your hometown? Canon Powershot S95 Photo Properties – … [read more...]

Night view of the Canandaigua Lady, the double-decker paddlewheel boat that operates on Canadaigua Lake in New York's Fingerlakes Region

This Weekly Snapshot is a night shot on Canandaigua Lake in New York’s Finger Lake region. We had a lovely picnic along the lakefront this past week for one of our best friend’s birthday. This shows the Canandaigua Lady, a double-decker paddleboat that offers cruises with dinner and drinks on the  lake. Canon Powershot S95 Photo … [read more...]

Magical snow in North Carolina

I’ve always had a love/hate relationship with winter. Okay, it’s mostly hate with a tiny bit of love. Sure, that first snowfall is exciting. Looking through the window at the fresh coating of pretty white powder on the ground and the glistening ice crystals on the trees is undeniably magical. Then, I walk outside and am immediately … [read more...]

A scene from my cousin's wedding this weekend, showing a tree stump with a love note carved into it

This Weekly Snapshot is from my cousin Monique’s wedding this weekend. This was no ordinary wedding, instead Monique and Andy threw a music festival in their backyard to celebrate their marriage. This was one of many beautiful decorations setup for the festival throughout their yard at The Good Luck Lodge, a fishing lodge they own near … [read more...]