(24 hours in) New Hampshire

From Maine, our next goal was Stowe, Vermont. It was about a four hour drive and entailed crossing New Hampshire. I have to be honest, I knew nothing about New Hampshire and when I got a map before me, I realised it was BIG, empty, beautiful and mountainous. New Hampshire is home to the White…

Connecticut

One of the delights of this summer-long road-trip has been ticking states off our lists! There are many that we have simply driven through – 2 hours in New Mexico, one hour in Mississippi. We realise that we haven’t SEEN those states but there’s still excitement every time we cross a state line and see…

Georgia

We rolled into Atlanta in a rainstorm that drenched the roads and cut the power temporarily from thousands of houses. It was July 4th and we had a hot date at an Independence Day party with one of my oldest friends, Christina, who I met as a 20-year-old when we both studied in Florence. I…

Oahu, windward shore

Without a shadow of a doubt, it’s the windward (east) shore of Oahu that I love. We stayed there when we first visited three years again, but I couldn’t find a reasonably priced rental property when I searched for this trip, thus we spent nearly a week on the leeward (west) shore. But the minute…

Oahu, leeward shore!

We arrived on the Hawaiian island of Oahu last Thursday, staggering off our red-eye from Sydney. Coming out the airport, the humidity hit us like a steam train. We visibly wilted. We’re splitting our 10 days in Oahu between two locations – for the first week we’re staying in Makakilo, a non-touristy town just outside…

Melbourne!

We arrived in Melbourne on Sunday afternoon and flew out early on Wednesday morning. Just two and a half days there, but it was awesome. What a great city! It felt very much like London, probably due to the grey skies, chilly temperatures and drizzle that we had on and off for our stay, but it…

Hiking in Bend

We spent Thanksgiving in Bend, in Oregon. It was cold, hovering a few degrees above freezing but thankfully with no rain. We wanted to get as much outdoors time as possible (whilst still getting plenty of family-snuggling-in-bed time) so we hiked every day.  We stayed local because one of the best things we’ve discovered about…

Healdsburg Half Training: Week Four

This week, it all got real. Preschool started up again with two new classes of tiny people starting school for the first time ever. It went better than I’d dared hope but I was exhausted every evening and the lights went out at 10.30pm every single night! To add to the fun, this was also…

Hiking Mori Point

Last week’s gorgeous trail run in Pacifica was slightly shorter than I’d intended because helicopters were spraying Mori Point with mosquito repellent so clearly, we headed in the opposite direction that day. However a sunny Labor Day, empty of requirements, meant that we had the chance to go and hike there. I’d wanted to explore…

Kaiser Half training: week 11

Last week was different in that I went back to the UK for a few days. It was utterly delightful to be home, even for a sad reason. I flew on Tuesday night and got back to California on Sunday evening. Five days without my little man. I got lots of cuddles last night. In…

Kaiser Half Training: Week 8

Happy Christmas Week everyone. I hope you all had a lovely week and enjoyed the holidays. In Blogland, there’s always that question about how much to share, and it’s tempting to gloss over dark times and make out that we had a wonderful, Instagrammable Christmas. And our Christmas was very Instagrammable. See? (Yes I wish I’d…

Running and cycling and climbing, oh my!

This week, I’ve been thoroughly enjoying a little free time with the Dude in school five mornings a week. I need to get my bottom into gear and start applying for my work permit but I’ve decided to do that after Ragnar next week. Talking of Ragnar, we are a runner down for our team…