Flying “space available” on a cargo plane to Japan

Though at times challenging, military life also has its perks. One perk being the ability to fly space-a (space available) on a cargo plane, anywhere in the world- for FREE! Sounds great, right? Well, there are a few caveats. The…

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A birthday, a cabin and the middle of nowhere

I can’t say that a remote cabin in the middle of the woods has ever been the stuff of dreams for me, but life in Alaska has been changing my city-girl ways. By force! So, ready-or-not, a cabin in the…

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California dreamin’, with friends

The best thing about military life is the sweet friendships made. The worst thing about military life is then having to say “see ya later” to those friendships, as we inevitably move on to new places. Every few years we…

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Fishing for salmon, and other wild animals

What do you do in Alaska on a beautiful summer weekend? Well, most people head outdoors to camp or fish, or both. As I haven’t really gotten into the whole camping thing, (I’ll stick with a nice hotel, thanks), it…

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Flattop Mountain Trail, Anchorage

What do you do for a long holiday weekend? If you are in Alaska, you probably try to get outside and enjoy the short summer months while you have them. We decided to head to one of Anchorage’s most popular…

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The forever exotic Hong Kong

Our late January trip to China concluded with…the exotic Hong Kong, one of my favorite cities in the world. Located at the southeast corner of an enormous┬ácountry, Hong Kong was formerly a colony of the British Empire, and still maintains…

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Macau- the ‘Vegas’ of China

Our late January trip to China continues…..After a few days in the much less touristy areas of Shenzhen and Zhuhai, we made our way to Macau, otherwise known as the Vegas of China. Seriously. It had glitz, it had glamour…

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China? Why not!

The best advice I’ve received about how to survive an Alaskan winter is to “get out IN it” and “get out OF it”. We decided to get out of it with a trip back to China in late January. How’s…

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Everyday life in a small Italian town

After almost two weeks in the hustle and bustle of some of Europe’s most visited cities, we enjoyed our last week in Italy with some downtime in Maniago, the town my sister Pam currently calls home. Maniago, located in northeastern…

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