Aloha ‘Oe

Can it be? Our last Hawaii post! On New Year’s Day we woke up remarkably hangover free, and drove up to Kailua for our date with Jimmy & Laura. We found their place, nestled amid the jungle flora and a few wandering chickens, and once we had the essentials (read: sunscreen and beer), we set […]

Velociraptor Death Wish

I guess that’s kind of a dark title for a post about hiking in Hawaii…but hindsight being 20/20, it’s fairly accurate. Chances were very high that we either going to 1) be eaten by raptors, or 2) slip off a muddy ridge into the sweet, jungle-y embrace of Oahu. We’ll let you decide which was […]

Mele Kalikimaka!

When Christmas Eve rolls around, one is usually excited about hanging out at home and spending time with family. We were *definitely* excited about spending time with my family this year, but in order to do so, we were flying to HAWAII! My little sister was getting married, and we couldn’t wait to celebrate with […]

Shake, Rattle, & Rome

That title is super clever, because we continued our Roman weekend with a wake-up call in the form of an earthquake. A 6.6-magnitude quake struck near the town of Norcia at about 7:40 in the morning, causing significant damage in the immediate area. Norcia is about 170 kilometers/105 miles to the northwest of Rome, and […]

Roman Holiday

Annnnnd we’re back! You might have thought that our holidays were fairly uneventful, but no; we were just distracted by the opportunity to eat, drink, and celebrate for awhile without judgement. WITHOUT JUDGEMENT, we said. Our story resumes at the end of October…our end-of-the-year blowout trip to Hawaii for Kelsey & Matt’s wedding was getting […]


While this year we opted not to travel south for Munich’s mad celebration, there was still plenty of revelry to be found in our neck of the woods. The base’s Oktoberfest party was supposed to be quite an affair, so we resolved to check it out in order to satisfy our fix for trachten and […]


Once Mere’s parents (Jim & Becki) had gotten a feel for Maastricht, we thought it might be nice to see some of the sights in the surrounding region. Keeping the World War II train rolling, we decided to head over to Belgium to check out the highly-recommended museums of Bastogne, where the Battle of the […]