One Day in Sacramento

A Day In Sacramento

A few weeks ago, I joined my friends Garrick and Jenna on a day trip to Sacramento.  I’d been wanting to explore California’s capital city for years, so I was excited when Jenna invited us up for the day. (I was even more excited when we decided to take Amtrak.) I’m being generous when I call it […]

In the House of Tom Bombadil

In the House of Tom Bombadil

This is the story of Tom Bombadil, master of wood, water, and hill. In JRR Tolkien’s The Lord of the Rings, Tom is a man untempted by the promise of power, unburdened by the troubles of the world, impervious to magic, both light and dark. He lives on an island–an unspoiled land of unspeakable beauty […]

(Un-) Tequila Tasting in Mazatlan, Mexico

Tequila Tasting in Mazatlan, Mexico

I didn’t know that Mazatlan, Mexico was known for tequila. In fact, I knew for sure that they didn’t make tequila. How could I be so certain of this? (Geography nerds unite–everyone else, bear with me.) The reason is that Mazatlan is in the Northern Mexican state of Sinaloa. “Tequila” is a legally protected term that can only be used for spirits […]

From Sacramento to The Bay: A Ride on Amtrak’s Capitol Corridor

Capitol Corridor, Amtrak California

A few weeks ago, my friend Garrick and I planned a trip up to Sacramento. It was a quick visit, just a few hours mid-day for lunch with our pal, Jenna. (Garrick and Jenna are also travel bloggers and we all talk online, but they hadn’t met in person yet.) As we car-loving Californians often do, my first instinct was to drive. When Garrick suggested we take Amtrak, […]

7 Epic Views of Chicago


Earlier this week, I asked a friend if she was going anywhere on vacation this summer. She mentioned she was headed to Chicago for the first time to attend a conference. Kevin and I went to Illinois last year for a family wedding. We spent the first two nights in the bride’s suburban hometown, but […]

Summer Giveaway: Win a Coolibar Hip Zip Rash Guard

Enter to win a Coolibar Hip Zip Rash Guard

Protect yourself from the sun this summer, with this cute & comfortable sun protection rash guard. On the heels of this week’s travel health packing list, I wanted to share an exciting opportunity with you. Travel clothing company, Coolibar, has offered to give one lucky EIT reader one of the items on that list… Growing up, sunburns were always a part of beach trips. No […]