Author Archives: Pia

Borders, Bar Harbor, and Boston

We crossed the border with much less fanfare than the last time, and then had to pull over and manually unclench our buttcheeks. I’m pretty sure that border crossings are on that list of the most stressful events in life, like moving and living with a teenager. From ...continue reading

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Ginger Gals and Pirate Pals

Yikes! I feel as though I am desperately overdue for an update, and so much has happened since Mark posted last.

I am writing this post from a cabin looking out onto ...continue reading

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Patient Spouses and Perfect Log Houses

I’ll just start with the bad news: On our first day in Québec City, I left our camera in a coffee shop downtown where it was stolen. It was our anniversary (although we didn’t realize that the camera was gone until the next day, which was kind of a blessing because it would have ruined the day for me), we were in a rush to get to the hotel, I am terribly absent-minded, etc. I do have to ...continue reading

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Parliament Hill and a Thrift Store Thrill

After leaving Toronto, we spent a night in Smiths Falls, a small-ish town between TO and Ottawa. On the way, we managed to catch this beautiful sunset:

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Breaking the Windy City

Chicago! Windy! Oprah! Perfect Strangers!

The end.

…Just kidding. Believe it or not, there’s more to the windy city than what’s listed above. We spent an entire week there, which in and of itself was such a luxury. This is the first time since Calgary that we’ve stayed more than two nights in one location. As you might imagine, ...continue reading

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Prairies and Berries, Bones and Groans

It’s been a week since we left Calgary, but it feels more like several weeks. Travelling like this, you really lose track of the time – as of today we’ve been away from Victoria for exactly a month, but that seems like such an impossibly short amount of time to have fit in all the places we’ve ...continue reading

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The Pie’s the Limit, Vol. 1

Let’s talk about pie. Pie! Is there a better dessert? Cookies are portable, and cake is nice, and cupcakes are fun but (I think) overrated. Pie, on the other hand. It takes some time to make; you can’t whip one up in ten minutes, especially if you’re making the crust from scratch. People are a little scared by pie dough, which is ...continue reading

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Mountainsides and Scary Rides

Here are my thoughts on the first few days of the trip (Vancouver to Boise):

-Beer + sweet friends + Phnom Penh + bowling + Troll 2 = one happy Pia.
-UTI? More like BOO-TI. See what I did there?
-Fourth of July in America is something to behold. Stars and stripes and red and white and blue and ...continue reading

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Namesakes and Boiling Lakes

To begin with, here is the greatest picture ever taken:

Mark found his home! Seriously, though, this place was named after someone who is related to Mark – a ...continue reading

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Brewpubs and Tiger Cubs (A Test Trip to Oregon)

Greetings from exotic Victoria! We had meant to update about our first trip before getting back home, but things were pretty hectic and we really didn’t have much time. The first venture went relatively smoothly. We used this as a test run for the real deal, so lots of little adjustments were being made, like reorganizing the location of some of ...continue reading

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