Trip #14 – California [Day 9]

This trip took place from June 30th to July 15th of 2018. The Knutson family numbered three as James was joining Beth and myself on his first major vacation! Day 8; San Diego Zoo: Everybody took cold showers when we got up having survived a July San Diego night without air conditioning. A ceiling fan…

Trip #14 – California [Day 8]

This trip took place from June 30th to July 15th of 2018. The Knutson family numbered three as James was joining Beth and myself on his first major vacation! Day 8; San Diego: I don’t remember much about the morning we left for San Diego. Presumably, I packed up our rental car (a Nissan Altima)…

Trip #14 – California [Day 7]

This trip took place from June 30th to July 15th of 2018. The Knutson family numbered three as James was joining Beth and myself on his first major vacation! Day 7; San Francisco: I actually set an alarm to wake James up nice an early so we could try and time his nap. He didn’t…

Trip #14 – California [Day 6]

This trip took place from June 30th to July 15th of 2018. The Knutson family numbered three as James was joining Beth and myself on his first major vacation! Day 6; Oakland: Another day, another early wake-up courtesy of our toddler, James. I let him run around in a diaper without pants because Beth’s Aunt,…

Trip #14 – California [Day 5]

This trip took place from June 30th to July 15th of 2018. The Knutson family numbered three as James was joining Beth and myself on his first major vacation! Day 5; Bomben Family Fourth: The day started like most others with me waking up with James and getting him set up with breakfast and cartoons. That boy…

Trip #14 – California [Days 2&3]

This trip took place from June 30th to July 15th of 2018. The Knutson family numbered three as James was joining Beth and myself on his first major vacation! Day 2; Relaxing Around Benicia: Our first full day in California was going to be a relaxing one. Beth prefers nice quiet vacations so this was…

Trip #14 – California [Day 1]

This trip took place from June 30th to July 15th of 2018. The Knutson family numbered three as James was joining Beth and myself on his first major vacation! Day 1; MSP to SFO: The start to another big vacation at last! Months of planning in my limited free time had finally come to a…

Trip #13 – Board Game Weekend

This trip took place from April 27th through April 29th, 2018. Day 1; Let the gaming begin: Beth and I were going away for the weekend with our friends Kyle and Liz. The destination was a convention of board game and pajama pant enthusiasts called Omega Con in Siren, Wisconsin. The three-day event started Friday…

Fun with Maps 281&282

Want to donate to a good cause and have a chance to take a $25,000 train trip through Europe? Well have I got the map for you! Map 281 shows the path of the Venice Simplon-Orient Express that the winner and their guest will travel as the grand prize of an Omaze charity contest benefitting organizations…

National Plan for Vacation Day

Apparently it is National Plan for Vacation Day. It falls on the last Tuesday in January every year which happens to be today. Do you have your next vacation planned? Where are you going and when? What activities will you do when get there? According to Project Time Off “51% of Americans skip the one…

Travel Planning 2018

2017 was a fairly active travel year for me, especially considering the baby staycation of 2016. So what’s in store for me and my family in 2018? Let’s discuss the options:   The Husband’s Trip (Already Rejected) – Seattle, Vancouver, & Banff I mentioned at the beginning of last year that I wanted to go…

Fun with Maps 209&210

Boy, was it windy this weekend in Minnesota! Despite the rain it would have been a great couple of days to have a solar farm churning away making clean energy. Map 209 shows wind power projects in the United States (I know that because the title says so). The size of the circles on the map represent the wind power capacity of each wind farm…

Trip #9 – Wisconsin Dells [Day 4]

This trip took place from April 20th through April 23rd, 2017. James woke up quite early so Beth and I did too. She fed him breakfast while I went down to the lobby to retrieve ours. Technically I didn’t go down to the lobby. At our hotel, the Holiday Inn Express, the lobby was on the second floor […]

Trip #9 – Wisconsin Dells [Day 3]

This trip took place from April 20th through April 23rd, 2017. James woke up quite early so Beth and I did too. She fed him breakfast while I went down to the lobby to retrieve ours. Technically I didn’t go down to the lobby. At our hotel, the Holiday Inn Express, the lobby was on the second floor […]

Trip #9 – Wisconsin Dells [Day 2]

This trip took place from April 20th through April 23rd, 2017. James woke up quite early so Beth and I did too. She fed him breakfast while I went down to the lobby to retrieve ours. Technically I didn’t go down to the lobby. At our hotel, the Holiday Inn Express, the lobby was on the second floor…

Trip #9 – Wisconsin Dells [Day 1]

This trip took place from April 20th through April 23rd, 2017. Day 1, New Hope, MN to Lake Delton, WI: My wife Beth occasionally works at trade shows selling memberships as part of her outside marketing job at Costco. While attending one such show she placed a $100 down-payment with a timeshare company for a three-night stay at…

Fun with Maps 197&198

Map 197 is kind of like a State of the Union for Women’s Quality of Life. A MoveHub study that I found on DailyMail examined several factors to determine the best and worst states for the quality of a woman’s life. The factors include the gender pay gap, political representation, education, accessibility to health insurance,…

Trip #8 – Houston [Day 6]

This trip took place from February 17th through February 22nd, 2017. Day 6, I don’t want to go back to normal life, we’re vacation people now: The little one actually slept well overnight which means we did too. He stayed in his crib all night which meant I didn’t end up on the couch or floor for half the…

Trip #8 – Houston [Day 4]

This trip took place from February 17th through February 22nd, 2017.   Day 4, Relaxing Rainy Day: James did not sleep well. He had Beth and me up quite often overnight. Beth is needed much more if he’s hungry but this particular overnight crankiness was potentially caused by teething. He doesn’t have any teeth yet…

Trip #8 – Houston [Day 3]

This trip took place from February 17th through February 22nd, 2017. Day 3, Walk to the Park and Movies: Day three began much like day two. Beth and I didn’t set an alarm because James was more than willing to wake us up bright and early. He is so very cute when he first sees his…

Trip #8 – Houston [Day 2]

This trip took place from February 17th through February 22nd, 2017.     Day 2, Houston Zoo: We tried to sleep-in after the late night but James got us up at 7:30am. It could have been worse; Carter woke Val up around 4:30am so she was, understandably, more tired. Our morning was fairly relaxed as a…

Trip #8 – Houston [Day 1]

Beth and I have been to Houston together three times previously; on a road trip through Texas and California in 2011, on another road trip to Texas in 2013, and for a quick trip to meet our nephew Carter as a one-month old in 2014. This particular trip would be just after Carter’s third birthday and we’re excited/nervous…

2017 Travel Planning

I didn’t get to take a vacation in 2016. I used my available vacation time during the first week of our son’s life in late August and didn’t leave the state of Minnesota the entire year. For a travelholic (someone addicted to travelhol) like me, it was a definitely a struggle. I lived vicariously through my…

Travel Tips: Budgeting

Setting and maintaining a travel budget can be very difficult. It can take any vacation that is meant to be relaxing or exciting and make it nothing more than a stressful mess. I love travelling but I’m frugal so the thought of spending too much on a trip makes me queasy. If you’re like me, the best way to avoid…

Travel Tips: Start Planning

Planning. Planning a trip can be very difficult but it doesn’t have to be. I like to over-plan my vacations. I plan them really far in advance and to an insane level of detail. That’s my style but it doesn’t have to be yours. Some people don’t plan their trips much at all. They choose…

Travel Tips: Packing Essentials

Essentials. When packing for any trip it’s important to always start with the essentials. Everyone’s list of essentials is different but here’s some of my own suggestions: Wallet: complete with identification and a mixture of paper and plastic money [quarters are good to have too for toll booths and parking meters] Smart phone: provides important communication…

2016 Travel Planning

I have an announcement to make. I probably won’t be taking a vacation this year. GASP! I know. I love taking trips. I love exploring this planet. I write a travel blog. How could I not be taking a vacation? My wife and I are expecting! There are a couple of reasons beyond that, I…