Crow Island in Bremen

We’re lucky in Maine to have easy access to any number of outdoor activities within easy reach. So, for example, from the Portland area it wasn’t out of the question to head to Bremen on a Friday afternoon for a night of island camping and head back home the following morning with the incoming tide….

Donnell Pond

We spent much of the early pandemic months enjoying time at home, exploring our usual nearby outdoor spaces, and getting our garden started for the year. But when the weather turned nice, we were ready to get out of town. In June, we opted for a “remote” camping spot we’d researched – lakefront campsites on…

Hiking Segla on Senja

When we had the opportunity to visit Senja in Norway, I wanted to focus on two things: hiking and camping. We’d be spending a few days in Oslo before heading north, and I was ready to be fully surrounded by the natural beauty this Northern Norway island had to offer after a few days in…

A Quick Trip to Scotland

When it comes to traveling, usually I’m the planner. Once a destination is set, I research things to do, possible day trips, where to stay, how to get around… I like to have all my bases covered in advance to minimize the stress and indecision that would inevitably come with leaving things up in the…

10 Day Norwegian Road Trip: Oslo to Fjord Norway

I was sixteen the first time I visited Norway. As part of a European cruise I was on with my mom, we stopped at Flåm, Geiranger and Bergen. For an awkward teenager, it was almost two full weeks of being high on the exhilaration of realizing that the world is a great big place that extends…

Great Pond Trails

Maine has been freezing lately. (Yes, I know it’s Maine. And yes, I know it’s January.) But it’s been freezing in the sense that we had a beautiful white Christmas and then things immediately dropped to the point where no one wanted to be outside for any longer than it takes to run from the…

Four Days in Bergen

In the fall of 2016, Dan and I took a road trip from Oslo to the western part of Norway (to be finally written about soon!). A year later, it was a trip I was still dreaming about, so when Norwegian airlines had a Labor Day sale on flights from Providence to Bergen in October,…

Venice & Naples

Okay, so Naples is in the title, but full disclosure, “Eating in Naples” would be a more appropriate way to describe our brief visit to the city. Our flight from Venice left out of Naples, so after taking the train from the Amalfi Coast we had just enough time to arrive at L’Antica Pizzeria da Michele…

Italy’s Amalfi Coast

My mom loves Italy. Anyone who knows her – or me, for that matter – knows that. She visits frequently, for several weeks at a time, taking language and cooking classes while exploring her way around the country. This spring I went to meet her toward the end of one of her visits. She’d been…