Toyohashi, Here I Am! Thanksgiving, Here We Are!

“There are moments in life that are bigger than we know it at the time. When you look back, you say, that was one of those life-changing, fork-in-the-road moments and I didn’t even see it coming.”Jenny Han

Happy Thanksgiving, America! To my family, to old and new friends, and to the many people I’ve been privileged to meet and get to know around this world… thank you.
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Road Trip: Montana to Salt Lake City

“That’s why I love road trips, dude. It’s like doing something without actually doing anything.” –John Green, An Abundance of Katherines

Turns out my wish for a road trip and my need to pursue a work opportunity happened to coincide in the best possible way. I was headed to Salt Lake City on a solo trip, and although it would be over 8 hours of driving time (including the brief stops along the way), I was really looking forward to it.

If you’ve looked at any of my other posts on travel, it’s pretty clear that I always enjoy a good road trip, and growing up in Montana where towns and cities are very far from each other, I’m no stranger to driving by myself for a full day to get to my destination.  Continue reading

Skalkaho Pass: What your map and GPS won’t tell you

“Over every mountain there is a path, although it may not be seen from the valley.”—Theodore Roethke

I’d been fortunate to embark on many quick weekend trips around in 2014. Now that it’s April of 2015, I’m itching to break out of this cold weather slump and embark on a few road trips. It’s easy to stick to the main highways and Interstates when your destinations are city-to-city in Montana, but last year I found myself visiting a number of small towns and rural areas that are further ‘off the beaten track’. Continue reading

Downtown Disney

“We keep moving forward, opening new doors and doing new things, because we’re curious, and curiosity keeps leading us down new paths.” -Walt Disney

If the trees weren’t still in leafless hibernation, I’d swear we’d skipped winter altogether and entered March early! The weather in Orlando certainly didn’t disappoint our January vacation, and after a brilliant kick-start in Magic Kingdom the day before, we headed straight to Downtown Disney bright and early in the morning. Continue reading

Magic Kingdom, Bender Family Style

“All our dreams can come true if we have the courage to pursue them.” –Walt Disney

“I’m where I’m meant to go… All at once everything looks different, now that I see you.” –Rapunzel and Flynn Rider (Eugene Fitzherbert), Tangled

Spending our first family vacation at Walt Disney World in Orlando, Florida was certainly a dream come true.  Continue reading

Motion Sickness and Flying

“Home sickness is a bit like sea sickness. You don’t know how awful it is until you get it, and when you do, it hits you right in the top of the stomach and you want to die.” –Roald Dahl

If you’ve never had to travel while also dealing with motion sickness, count yourself lucky!

For me, it’s a constant reality that I’ve had to work though ever since I was a little girl, and I know I’m not the only one out there. It’s something you cannot control in the slightest. Continue reading