Recife, Pernambuco, Brazil
Stanley Park Seawall

In a city as vertical as Vancouver, large amounts of park space and protected natural land can be difficult to conceive of.  Stanley Park goes beyond a plot of land at the edge of a city or the creation of a renowned landscape architect though.  Donning accolades and attractions, the park welcomes some 8 million visitors … Read more


From Brianna: I’m going to tell you something reasonably embarrassing about myself so bear with me here as I apprise you of my ignorance. Until last Thursday, when I thought of Yellowstone National Park, the extent of my mental picture could genuinely be described as Yogi’s Jellystone Park complete with trees and park rangers and … Read more

Chico Hot Springs

We’ve done a lot of nothing in Montana. Many folks have asked us. “Oh, Montana? What are you doing there?” Just being. That’s all you really need to do here. Our cottage in Paradise Valley 20 minutes south of Livingston, MT is surrounded by views on all sides – golden fields of waving grasses, picturesque … Read more

Badlands National Park Loop Road

We entered Badlands National Park after sunset. There was just enough moonlight to vaguely make out the dark and ominous formations looming over us as we drove to one of the park’s campgrounds to set up for the night. After a brief encounter with a porcupine, we were down for the night, then packed up … Read more

Mural in Montreal

Some of our favorite photos from a colorful Canadian city.

Mont Royal

October 15th, 2012 | Posted by Ian in Canada | The Places We've Been - (0 Comments)
View from Mont Royal in Montreal

Smack-dab in the middle of the island of Montreal is a 233 meter (764 feet) hill named Mont Royal. The city itself actually takes its name from the landmark – it was spelled Mont Réal in Middle French. In 1876, after citizens had been outraged by large-scale tree cutting on its slopes, Parc du Mont-Royal … Read more

Mural in Montreal

One of the notable highlights of Montreal is the abundance and variety of street art.  It is both planned and spontaneous, masterpiece and graffiti.  During an overcast week with temperatures in the 50s, the captivating images – some provocative, some sweet – transformed an otherwise mundane collection of streets and sidewalks into a vibrant cityscape, … Read more


October 6th, 2012 | Posted by Brianna in Canada | Food | The Places We've Been - (0 Comments)

When Ian first told me that we needed to try poutine while we were in Montreal, I thought he was telling a bad dirty joke. Lucky for all of us, he was actually referring to a traditional Quebecois dish, and poutine, though in fact a guilty pleasure, is in no way a joke. In its … Read more

Near Acadia's Thunder Hole

We sat at the Nautica Pub in Birch Harbor, Maine for an hour after close on Monday night.  There were six of us left including the bartender, Mona, who allowed the crew of mostly locals to enjoy an extra round while she cleaned, restocked, and closed up shop.  The conversation rose and fell, joyful but … Read more