Shanghai Knights

We just got back from a busy two week vacation/family reunion in China, and I wanted to get everything down in writing before I forget all the stuff we did. Day 1: Shanghai - Xinzhuang We departed Chicago on Sunday, crossed the international date line en route, and arrived in Shanghai mid-day on Monday. Upon … Continue reading Shanghai Knights


Walking in a Winter Wonderland

Since our families don't celebrate Christmas, Jay and I usually use the holiday break to travel a little bit. This year, we decided to visit Cuyahoga Valley National Park in northeastern Ohio. CVNP is one of the few national parks within convenient driving distance of our current home and we've been trying to visit all … Continue reading Walking in a Winter Wonderland

Running Ragged

Last weekend, I ran the Ragnar Madison-to-Chicago relay with some friends from school. Reebok sponsors a number of these events around the country every year. Over the course of 30 hours, teams of 12 (or 6 for the endurance runners among us) switch off running 3-8 mile stretches of road and trial for a total … Continue reading Running Ragged

Field To Table

This weekend marked my first ever hunting trip. It was absolutely incredible. I've wanted to learn to hunt since I moved to the Midwest but, like many people interested in the pastime, I had no idea where to start. The whole concept seemed foreign and intimidating. First, there are the guns. I know nothing about guns … Continue reading Field To Table


This weekend, I went to my second Becoming an Outdoors-woman (BOW) program. My first BOW, this past summer in Southern Illinois, was a fun weekend full of new-to-me activities, the kinds of things I expected to try once or twice at most. That time, I went rock climbing, rappelling, and tried a high ropes course. This … Continue reading Wintering