Thoughts

Happy 6th Birthday to Sarawhitmanythoughts!

I received an unexpected message the other day: It was my six-year anniversary with WordPress! I have been typing about my thoughts, feelings, adventures, trials and tribulations, and successes for 72 whole months. Where has time gone?! I used to do a yearly review of my blog, but eventually life got in the way and… Continue reading Happy 6th Birthday to Sarawhitmanythoughts!

america, travel tips, Vermont

What it’s really like to ski during the COVID-19 pandemic

I want to preface this post by saying I was super nervous to ski during the pandemic. It turned out to be a lovely time. It’s winter and there’s only one good thing that comes with that: ski (and snowboard) season. My awesome dad (also known as Rippin’ Russ while on the mountain) planned a… Continue reading What it’s really like to ski during the COVID-19 pandemic

Costa Rica

Watch: Three Days in Costa Rica

I did something I never thought would be possible in 2020: I went on vacation. Pop Pop, Dad, and I made the voyage to Costa Rica before the year’s end to Playa Herradura to visit Dad’s pals, fish, and have some fun in the sun. The trip was a quick three days, and we couldn’t have… Continue reading Watch: Three Days in Costa Rica

america, California, Colorado, Illinois, Nebraska, New Jersey, Ohio, Pennsylvania, South Dakota, Travel, Wisconsin

Cross Country Road Trip 2.0: Wrapped Up

One week and 3,000 miles later, I completed my second cross-country road trip with my partner in travel. It was another trip full of irreplaceable memories and I am, as always, grateful to have another unforgettable adventure with my Pop Pop. https://youtu.be/nwex0PdSU2U

america, New Jersey, Pennsylvania

CA to NJ: Day 8 — Homeward bound

The last day of the cross country trip arrived, and I had never been more excited to get on the road. “Why?” you may ask. Well, the previous night I told Pop Pop that I saw a town that didn’t seem too far off of the route and told him I would love to stop… Continue reading CA to NJ: Day 8 — Homeward bound

america, Ohio, Pennsylvania

CA to NJ: Day 7 — Two Cities, One Day

Pop Pop and I were on a roll today! We packed up my roof bag and secured it to my car and left Chicago early in the morning for Cleveland, Ohio. I was really trying to see places I probably would not have a reason to visit in my lifetime, so I decided on Cleveland,… Continue reading CA to NJ: Day 7 — Two Cities, One Day

Nebraska, Travel

CA to NJ: Day 4 — Nebraskan Fossil Beds

Finally, the road trip officially started!  Pop Pop and I left the Fort Collins Best Western on Thursday, Sept. 24, but we made sure to stop at my favorite pancake destination, Urban Egg, which I discovered last year on the road trip out to California. It was my first time eating indoors during the pandemic,… Continue reading CA to NJ: Day 4 — Nebraskan Fossil Beds

Colorado, Travel

CA to NJ: Day 3 — Work from Colorado

If you’ve kept up with my road trip 2.0 so far, you’re probably thinking it has been quite boring. I wouldn’t blame you. Pop Pop and I spent the first day and a half driving, and on Wednesday, Sept. 23, we worked. My uncle was super nice and let us work at his house in… Continue reading CA to NJ: Day 3 — Work from Colorado

Colorado, Nevada, Travel

CA to NJ: Day 2 — An Open Road

On the road again, and seemingly forever. Pop Pop and I were behind the wheel by 7:30 in the morning on September 22 with nothing but driving on our minds. The road trip back to NJ was definitely less relaxed than the trip to CA, because while we had about the same amount of time,… Continue reading CA to NJ: Day 2 — An Open Road

California, Nevada, Travel

CA to NJ: Day 1 — Goodbye, LA

When I arrived in Santa Monica in June of 2019 with my grandfather, I did not expect to be hitting him up for another road trip just over a year later. But, as I said, COVID-19 has really changed people's lives, and the reflection it allowed me ended up changing mine.  Pop Pop arrived at… Continue reading CA to NJ: Day 1 — Goodbye, LA