The Gift of Kindness

A couple of years ago our extended family decided to scale back on Christmas gifts. The plan was to exchange homemade gifts instead of purchasing more items. I think we were partially inspired by Marie Kondo and her book, The Life Changing Magic of Tidying Up. I loved this concept and my family members created thoughtful, […]

Thanks, Big Guy

I am a worrier. It’s an unfortunate family tradition. But when we brought our big guy, Bentley, home from the shelter I had no worries-except how to get him in the car. But we did. He tolerated his bossy little “sister”, Abby who frantically announced in a decidedly unwelcoming manner that she was the boss.  […]

Run for Texas

  Although we live in Maine, far from Harvey’s path of devastation, we have close family and friends living in Houston. As the days of destruction unfolded while Harvey bore down on Texas, I found myself completely wrapped up in the events.  I eagerly awaited the emails from family recounting their experiences. Facebook posts marking […]

A Morning in Maine

  As we’ve traveled across the United States on our quest we have been delighted with the opportunity to see a multitude of varied landscapes.  But we have also enjoyed being unofficial ambassadors for our state of Maine. Yesterday I checked out of my daily routine and soaked up a beautiful Maine summer day. An […]

8 Days, 7 States, 6 Races

Our quest to run races in six states in eight days started with a boom…Boom Island Brewery Beer Run in Minneapolis, actually. “It doesn’t get more simple than this: walk / jog / run … drink beer … and raise money for local non-profits!”  That first line of the race website described exactly what we […]

New Orleans-Rock ‘N Roll Half Marathon

The following entry is our last post about a race that we ran prior to starting this blog. Although it is ridiculously belated, our trip to New Orleans was one of our absolute favorites on this quest so I am sharing our adventures to perhaps inspire others to add it to a travel checklist. We […]

Onward to Oregon

Some portions of our Washington State and Oregon trip were planned in advance. We had registered for our races and made reservations at two hotels.  But we had opted to leave some flexibility in our plans. There was so much flexibility, in fact, that after our visit to Mount Rainier National Park we had nothing […]

Whidbey Island and Mount Rainier National Park

After our race in Seattle, we headed north with a goal of meeting up with our nephew’s wife, Jessey. Branden is a Navy pilot stationed on Whidbey Island but he was deployed to Italy at the time of our visit. However, we were excited to have an opportunity to catch up with Jessey whom we […]

Seattle and Lake Union 10K

  While the iconic Space Needle is synonymous with Seattle, flying fish, a ferris wheel that soars over Puget Sound, and a phenomenal blown glass exhibit were what really made our Seattle trip memorable. Having checked all but four states east of the Mississippi off of our quest list but only three to the west […]

A New 4th of July Tradition…Continued

Last year I wrote about our new Fourth of July tradition of doing  our own (Independent?) 4 on the Fourth.  Mike and I are looking forward to doing the same run this year, as well.  I also proposed the idea of celebrating the Fourth by doing other “fours”on the Fourth -swimming 4 laps in the pool, […]

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