As a child in Maine my family frequently took trips to the coast. Mount Desert Island was our favorite at about an hour and a half from our house. We had picnics, went camping, explored the beach, and we always got ice cream on the way home. However, like most Maine families, Bar Harbor and Acadia National Park were strictly summer activities. On a recent trip home I thought it would be an interesting experience to go in the winter. My younger sisters did not like this idea, “Do we have to go?” they asked. Secretly I also wondered if [ Read More ]
Growing up in ‘Vacationland’ never seemed like a blessing until recently. The reality of Maine is that we have about five months of spring and summer squished together from May until September and then the rest is a frozen, cold, winter wonderland. I used to hate this and I admit, it’s not always the place I wanted to be. Days like April 12, where we had a small snowstorm, make me second-guess why I choose to live here. Then I take a look around at the beautiful white blanket it leaves and it feels all worth it again. Since realizing [ Read More ]
Photo Credits: Myself and Samuel
Kowiachobee Animal Preserve is home to over 130 animals – exotic animals, domestic and farm animals as well. My friend Lee and I enjoyed seeing all of the animals up close! Well, not all of them! They provide presentations to educate the public about endangered animals and are completely staffed by volunteers. They truly are a great organization!
This week I was able to visit a beautiful Chocolate plantation with the family I travel nanny for-you can too with Cabarete Coffee Tours! We got to make REAL hot chocolate. No powder involved! Dominican Republic is one of the largest producers of cacao beans in the world. The cacao beans grow in pods on trees in places where it is shady. They have a long pole with a sharp blade to cut down the pods. You can taste the pulpy insides, it tastes sweet and sour. It was very sticky. The beans are inside. They leave the beans in the [ Read More ]
Hi! I’ve been asked a lot recently what I do to stay fit on the road. I will share with you what I personally eat and the exercise I do. Food I do not go out to eat often or eat fast food. I try to shop at local markets. If the grocery store is cheaper I go there. I eat an abundance of raw broccoli, celery, carrots, and green peppers as snacks all day. I enjoy raw almonds. I rarely eat chips, cheese, bread, sugar, butter, ect. I try to buy Organic when the prices are comparable. I always [ Read More ]
My friend Lee and I decided to take a canoe and explore the Florida Everglades-the largest remaining subtropical wilderness in the United States. It is the only place in the world where alligators and crocodiles coexist. While paddling through the Everglades, we saw a massive alligator sunning itself. It was the biggest alligator I have ever seen outside of a zoo. Unfortunately, it slipped into the water before we could get too close. The birds were also plentiful with several species making their presence known throughout our excursion. We saw a flock of roseate spoonbills, wood storks, great blue heron [ Read More ]