On the Road to a Healthy Lifestyle

Opening yourself to new foods on the road can enhance a healthy lifestyle. Trying new foods is one of the great pleasures of travel. Sometimes it’s easy to make healthy choices. The street food in northern Thailand was amazing – cooked fresh right in front of you at incredibly cheap prices. However, maintaining a healthy lifestyle and eating well on the road can also be a challenge. It’s easy to make excuses for “little indulgences”. Case in point – an extra 5-10 pounds of great baked goods in Ireland. Walking and staying active definitely helps, but what we put into our bodies makes a huge difference in how we look and feel, and more importantly our energy levels. Traveling has opened our eyes to many new possibilities and ideas for eating well and living a healthy lifestyle. Our recent road trip in Oregon and California opened up even more chances to enjoy new foods. There was one in particular that has had a profound change on our eating habits. The Ravens Restaurant in Mendocino serves some of the most beautifully presented, delicious foods of any restaurant with an added bonus – It’s all vegan. The meals are not only delicious & nutritious, but at the end of the meal […]

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Wine Country Without Wine

On a recent road trip from Oregon traveling south into the redwoods of Northern California, we made a last minute choice to head out of the dampness of early spring continuing further south into the warm & beautiful Sonoma County California. It was a great choice for an awesome drive through incredible countryside and lots of sunshine. We knew the area was a great destination for activities involving wine, but what other things could we experience in Wine Country without wine? Yes, you heard that right. We got strange looks from everyone we asked along the way. Wine Country without wine??!! It’s not that I don’t enjoy a great glass of wine, but in the past couple of years I have become very sensitive to what I eat and drink and the affects on my body – sleep, weight gain, and overall sense of energy and well-being. So it becomes a trade off weighing the balance of how I’ll feel later. Anyway for those of you  who may choose not to drink the wine due to health, spiritual or personal reasons there are still plenty of reasons to head to Wine Country. North of San Francisco and adjacent to Napa Valley, Sonoma County is home to […]

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Roadtrippin’ – Enjoy the Ride!

Roadtrippin’ is not so much about the destination, but the adventure along the way. It’s all about enjoying the ride! Sometimes it takes getting out of the familiar to see the fun, joy, beauty and uniqueness in the world. Whether a weekend getaway or longer vacation, consider roadtrippin’ – it’s a great way to go for a peaceful, relaxing journey. Why Go Roadtrippin’? The People The fun, interesting, kind people you meet along the way are one of the best parts of travel. Sometimes they just seem to appear out of nowhere to give you an idea for your next stop, a trail to hike, or just to make you smile. About a week ago we ran into Roberto on the beach near Fort Bragg, California. He was fishing with his son, and took the time to talk with us about fishing, Abolone diving, and how to prepare the delicacy. A couple of days later while dining at Wild Fish near Mendocino we spotted Roberto in the kitchen – he was preparing our meal – and it was delicious! Another great dining experience happened while trying new foods at Yeti Restaurant in Glenn Ellen. The Indian & Nepalese food was such a unique experience for us – […]

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Traveling – Planes, Trains & Automobiles

Traveling from our home in Traverse City, Michigan by plane is not always easy in the winter. Last year we were delayed three days with separate trips to the airport before finally hanging out over 6 hours and even sitting on the runway unsure if the flight would go (it did!) and we made it to Chicago near midnight. Of course, by that time we had missed our connection and had to spend the night before catching another flight, but at least we were on our way. Looking for cheaper, easier, alternative modes of transportation on our recent trip traveling out west, we tossed around several ideas before deciding to literally go the route of planes, trains, automobiles, and busses. The first leg started with a cab ride to the bus station, and a bus from Traverse City to Lansing, Michigan. Overall the ride was great – aside from a couple who had to be removed from the bus halfway there – interesting characters to say the least. After a lovey evening visiting with family near Lansing, we headed to the train station the next morning. A long, but relaxing 10 hours later Amtrak arrived in St. Louis, Missouri with nice views traveling through the midwest countryside along […]

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Best Road Trip Ever!

In November we decided to combine a trip to visit family in Oregon with a Pacific Coast Road Trip. This drive should be on every person’s bucket list – it blew us away! It really was the best road trip ever! Our adventure started with a flight to Portland, Oregon. We were so happy our itinerary included three days to explore the city. Check out Ten Reasons to Visit Portland here. From there it was an easy and enjoyable bus trip to visit family in Eugene before renting a car and embarking on an incredible 15 day journey down the coast. Plan ahead then let it go We mapped out an itinerary in advance using internet research, books from the library and an amazing little ap called Roadtripper.  Each day began with a list of more ideas than we could accomplish. Picking and choosing from the list along the way worked out perfectly. The total trip for 15 days was 1008 miles, averaging 60-200 miles per day. When planning keep in mind this is not a freeway route so going 22 miles can sometimes take well over an hour, not counting extra time needed to explore and breathe in the beauty! So with that in mind, plan ahead, […]

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