Bucket List: Getting High in Utah

When I added this next adventure to my Bucket List, I honestly didn’t expect to cross it off so soon. This particular hobby had been on my radar for a few years but I always assumed it would be incredibly expensive so I kept pushing it to the back burner. The night before my big adventure I called my mom to tell her the exciting news and I was met with crickets on the other end of the line. Her silent apprehension reminded me to tell the parents about my “dangerous” activities AFTER the fact &#8212…

Mo’orea: A Bucket List Roundup

While our Mo’orea adventure went by WAY too quick, it has taken me quite a while to recap it here on the blog. Cody and I spent an entire week in what I would refer to as a true paradise on Earth. We indulged in luxury during our stay in an overwater bungalow, we crossed off three different bucket list items, we dove with sharks, we snorkeled with sharks and sting rays, we drank champagne under the stars to celebrate my 30th birthday, we reminisced about our five years of marriage, and we looked ahead to our future…

The South Pacific on a Budget

I swear that’s not an oxymoron. At least, not entirely… I will just come out and say it: we spent more money on our trip to Mo’orea than we’ve spent on any other vacation. We knew that those fancy overwater bungalows came with a hefty price tag, and I soon learned that a flight to Tahiti was also, not cheap. However, that doesn’t mean that a trip to Paradise on Earth is impossible; it just takes planning, some strategy, and a little luck, and today I wanted to share a few…

When Life Gives you Lemons, Grab Your Camera

“If we get lucky, we’ll see a lemon shark or two at this dive site.”  This was the last thing I heard right before I back-rolled into the aqua-colored water at our second dive site of the day. Because visibility was over 140-feet I could clearly see the reef over 45-feet below, and as I snorkeled over to our descent line I spotted a grey lemon shark swimming below. “I see him down there!” I squealed through my snorkel and the other three divers quickly joined me in the water…

Fins Up! in the South Pacific

Many of my long time readers know that I have a sliiiiiight obsession with sharks. I’m fascinated by my sharp-toothed friends and am often left speechless (if only for a moment) after each peaceful encounter. From diving in Maui, to snorkeling in St. John, to that one time we saw a shark “attack” on Maui’s Big Beach, my adrenaline-filled shark adventures are some of my favorite aquatic memories; and let’s face it, after I found — and pet — a nurse shark in my mostly-desert-home-state of Utah…

A FINtastic Birthday Celebration!

Aloha Friends! If you haven’t noticed I’m a little bit behind schedule. My birthday (and our wedding anniversary) was in June, and here it is, already the end of September. I’m hoping to catch up soon. As always, thanks for following along. 🙂 I love Birthdays! In my family we have a running joke about celebrating not just our birth-day but our “birthday month.” I mean, why celebrate only one day when you can celebrate the entire month? 🙂 I was lucky enough to celebrate my 25th birthday in Maui, and I surprised…