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2016 Swanson Adventure Recap

On the eve of a new year I’m happy to take a mental time machine trip through our adventures of 2016, which included 27 nights out in our RV, some plane rides and look forward to what 2017 has in store!  Click on the links below for more details and pictures!  Happy new year! January … Continue reading

Colorado flashback

Before I recap 2016 adventures I need to take a mental time machine back to our Colorado trip in July.  It was one of our highlights of the year because we got to play in the mountains with our friends, try new things like summiting our first 14er and doing white water rafting and having … Continue reading

Wrapping up 2016 Tucson style

Last year we spent the end of the year in Phoenix at McDowell Mountain Park with our good friends.  This year we decided to explore Tucson as have had several friends talk it up. We’ve had two RV Thanksgiving outings but this was the first year we celebrated Christmas in the RV. Ironically we stayed … Continue reading


Memorial weekend and barbeque get-togethers come hand in hand so we were excited to spend our Saturday night at a friends house for a BBQ.  Usually when we go to a friend’s house to eat we bring stuff we can eat since we are high maintenance gluten free vegans, however, not at this BBQ!  This … Continue reading


Our friend since college is stationed in Portland while his ship gets repaired.  He reached out at the end of November to see if we wanted to come and spend New Years with him, his wife and baby boy.  We haven’t brought in the new year since 2001 (sans Kristen and Andrew). Since I just … Continue reading

Memory Tree

My husband assembled our fake Charlie Brown tree earlier in the week.  While he was bike commuting home tonight I started to decorate it. I’m not a big Christmas fan.  My husband calls me a bah humbug but he knows I like the spirit of Christmas, just not the Christmas consumerism. When it comes to … Continue reading


Over the past week I have been looking through my 2012 Facebook timeline.  I used to scrapbook and love looking back at memories so am thankful for the online social media outlets that help me recollect what has happened over the past year.  My husband and I had a goal this year to try and … Continue reading

Green Christmas

I remember the first couple Christmases after we moved from the Midwest to California it looked so awkward seeing holiday decorations in yards with no snow.  It just seemed like something was out of place.  Now after living here for 11 years it feels normal to me. Our friends have a yearly tradition to go … Continue reading