40 on the Big Island

Is there anything better in the whole wide world than a surprise 40th birthday trip to HAWAII with your besties?  Micah hatched a plan to surprise Rachel foe her birthday. He very generously used his air miles to purchase our flights, and we stayed in their Condo in Kona. What a kind and thoughtful gift—for…

Disneyland

I don’t even know where to begin. I am so glad we took this trip. We had a blast. I forgot how magical disney really is. Let’s just start at the very beginning. A very good place to start. Halle REALLY wanted to go to Disney at Halloween time to see all the fun decor…

Aug 2021 Recap

We hiked Gray’s and Torry’s Peak with Josh and co! Josh’s first 2 14ers and #2 and 3 for me! It was quite a challenge to get to the top for these boys. So, so steep. Josh was amazing! He was just like this mountain goat. He could scramble anywhere. When we got to the…

Cornell’s in Eden

We just can’t stay away from Eden! Last summer for the Banks reunion, this summer with the Cornells! We did a repeat of our Dessert Contest. So much fun! Pineview Reservoir! Even Grandma and Grandpa took a turn on the paddle board! Lots of other fun playing games, hanging out in the hot tub, and…

Everglades

We had to get up “early” to make sure we had enough time to pack in all the things we wanted to do in the Everglades. We stopped at Robert is Here for smoothies. I chose strawberry key lime—not delicious. So I went back for a banana chocolate coconut milkshake. Definitely more delicious. Rusty’s mango,…

Teaky Key

Blake here. My mom is making me do this. She told me I had to write 10 sentences. I wrote 15! We paddle boarded and kayaked to an island. It was small and had a swing. In the water we saw shells. The shells turned out to be hermit crabs! We grabbed some and had…

Robbie’s Tarpons and Parasailing

We had all been eagerly awaiting our chance to go to Robbies and  feed the Tarpons. The dock worker told us it was the “cheapest adrenaline rush in the Keys.” She was right! Dangling your arm down in the water while waiting for a giant fish to lunge at your bait was an adrenaline rush…

Snorkling at John Pennecamp

Thursday was time to check out of our cudjoe key place and head up to John Pennecamp for our snorkel tour and stay at a houseboat. On the drive up we stopped for a scenic pic of the 7 mile bridge. It’s pretty cool to just dive over nothing but ocean for 7 miles. The…

Boat Day!

Josh here–My favorite day of our trip to Florida was the day we rented a boat. We started off by having breakfast before heading off to get our boat. We got to the boat rental place and after getting settled with our boat we cast off. It took a long time to get out of…