Why I love playing ‘hotel roulette’ using Hotwire

Hotwire is my favorite online hotel booking tool not only because of its deep discounts but also because it caters to my spontaneous, adventurous nature.ย I love its premise - booking a room and not finding out which hotel you will be staying at until you complete the payment transaction. It's adventurous and you can you … Continue reading Why I love playing ‘hotel roulette’ using Hotwire

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Big girls like to hike too

I grew up a skinny girl and it carried in to my 20's and mid-30's. I had long, thin legs, a small stomach with just a tiny pooch and a small chest. I never thought much about what I ate because no matter what I put in my body, I never really gained pounds. I … Continue reading Big girls like to hike too

Awesome angling: 5 giant lunkers that are now in the world record books

Sharing this post courtesy of BNQT because OMG - these are AMAZING catches! Make sure you click through all of the photos - you'll definitely want to see the catfish that was caught using a live piranha as bait. Now I'm one of those girls who grew up fishing with her angler dad and has … Continue reading Awesome angling: 5 giant lunkers that are now in the world record books

Visiting San Diego? Save money on bay cruises with Groupon

As a thrifty person, I absolutely LOVE Groupon - I've used it to save money on massages, oil changes, Christmas gifts, food and more. One of my favorite Groupon bargains, which I have used several times since I moved to San Diego a little over four years ago, are the cheap boat cruises in San … Continue reading Visiting San Diego? Save money on bay cruises with Groupon

5 reasons I absolutely LOVE the Portland International Airport

Airports are notorious for being places you don't necessarily want to spend a lot of time in. The masses of people... the long lines to get through the TSA checkpoint... the stress if you're running late and trying to make your flight. Or the boredom that comes with waiting for a flight... and waiting some … Continue reading 5 reasons I absolutely LOVE the Portland International Airport

Don’t let the ‘mad rush’ steal the best moments of your life

It was the Monday lunchtime rush. I pulled up to the stoplight to turn into the mini-mall where I planned to grab something toย eat and looked in my rearview mirror, noticing a Toyota SUV speeding up behind me and stopping just short of my bumper. The light turned green and the Toyota SUV stayed right … Continue reading Don’t let the ‘mad rush’ steal the best moments of your life

Flashback Friday: When you’re terrified of heights, but have a job to do

I am afraid of heights - really afraid of heights. So eight years ago when I was sent to the Tree to Tree Adventure Park in Gaston, Oregon to shimmy up trees, make my way through a challenging obstacle course high up off the ground and write a story about the experience for my employer, … Continue reading Flashback Friday: When you’re terrified of heights, but have a job to do

Pit stop worthy: The Desert View Tower along California’s Interstate 8

Anyone who has headed east from San Diego on Interstate 8 towards the Arizona border knows it's a long, boring drive. Giant hills of boulders soon flatten out into a flat, barren landscape that is later punctuated by vast farmland, followed by more barren landscape. There are, however, a few pit stops you can make … Continue reading Pit stop worthy: The Desert View Tower along California’s Interstate 8