Our Weekend Getaway: Cabamping in Hempstead

Mr. Torres and I love to travel. Loooooooove it. 

It was actually the very first thing that we had a conversation about when we first met (Mr. Torres had just been to Machu Picchu and it was at the top of my wish list). And it could probably be considered our top (only???) hobby before having Ellis. 

Needless to say, having a baby has definitely affected how often we have been able to take trips and our destinations. Instead of spending time exploring Europe or having adventures in South America, we’ve been spending our vacations visiting family in Oklahoma. Definitely not complaining about visiting family (love you guys!), but sometimes we just miss experiencing new places! 

So, in an effort to get out of the house and take a (mini) vacation, we decided to rent a cabin (hence cabamping…cabin camping:D) about an hour outside of Houston to spend a few days at. 

We left the house around 2 o’clock pm on Friday hoping that Ellis would nap in the car. Success! By the time he woke up, we were pulling into the Blue Bell visitor center and ice cream parlor in Brenham, TX.

Reading about the history of the company was interesting, but what we really enjoyed was the ice cream parlor! Big scoops of ice cream were just $1! Continue reading

Peru Part Two: The Inca Trail

After spending five lovely and fun-filled days in Cusco, we woke up at the very early hour of 3 am to join up with twelve other hikers and two guides to spend the next four days traversing the Inca Trail.

Peru Treks 2015

The Inca Trail is a 26 mile trail that travels through mountain passes, cloud forest, rain forest, and alpine tundra and includes Incan paving work, tunnels, ruins, and a grand finale of Machu Picchu! In other words, this was definitely an experience that was about both the journey AND the destination:) Continue reading

Peru Part One: Cusco

Peru was definitely one of the most fun places we’ve ever visited. 

Fun in Peru

Can you tell that Mr. Torres is having fun?!?!?

Other trips that we’ve taken have been beautiful, relaxing, historical, iconic, educational…and Peru was definitely all of these (except maybe relaxing…I don’t know that we had much down time on this trip!), but for me, the main theme of our time in Peru was fun:) Continue reading

Five Days in D.C. : Days 3-5

What’s the best way to see D.C.? With 95 eighth graders, of course! And that’s just what I had the opportunity to do in February!

If you missed Days 1 & 2, you can check them out here.

Day 3: We were blessed with the opportunity of being able to tour the White House on Wednesday morning.

The afternoon was spent at the American History Museum (my least favorite museum that we visited). Afterwards, we visited Arlington National Cemetery and were able to watch the changing of the guard and participate in a wreath-hanging ceremony.

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Five Days in D.C.: Days 1 & 2

During February, I was fortunate enough to be able to go with all of my students to Washington D.C. for their eighth grade trip…that’s right, I spent a week traveling with ninety-five eighth graders and truly enjoyed it:)

D.C. in February is lovely. And cold. Soooooooo cold. We flew out of Houston on Monday morning and within an hour of landing, it was snowing. And it kept on snowing until the area had received more snow than it had in years!

Day 1: We met at the school at 4:15am and by mid-afternoon, we were at Mt. Vernon, the home of George and Martha Washington…after having spotted a bald eagle along the way! How perfect! 

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Our Last-Minute Orlando Vacation

Back when Mr. Torres and I were dating, he gave me one of the sweetest gifts ever.

We had watched the movie UP together and had spent many hours talking about the adventures we had experienced separately and the ones that we hoped to have as a couple.

UP

So the incredibly thoughtful Mr. Torres made an Adventure Book for us to document all the amazing things that we would do together.

Travel Book

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Travels in Europe: Easter in Athens

I’m going to go ahead and say that you need to start planning your trip to Greece now.

I know that we thoroughly enjoyed the beauty of Italy, the exuberant vibe of Spain, and were completely charmed (okay, I’m speaking for myself on this one…it’s hard to charm Mr. Torres!) by France, but Greece really managed to exceed our expectations!

Basically, Greece took all of the things that we loved about France, Spain and Italy and meshed them together in one location!

We started the trip off by visiting Athens.

The Acropolis was extremely impressive.

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