Hoosiergirl Wanders

An Indiana Girl in a Florida World

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Vancouver’s Swinging Jewel

Vancouver is an expensive city, and any attraction that offers free transportation to its gates moves to the top of my must-see list.  Capilano Suspension Bridge Park was our first stop post cruise, and after dropping luggage at our post-cruise hotel, we were off for a day of exploring.  With a conveniently located shuttle stop…

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Beautiful Mountain, Rustic Inn

After seven hours on a Southwest flight, I peered out the plane window to be rewarded with my first glimpse of Mt. Rainier.  It was so clear that not only could we see Rainier, but we were also offered the rare sight of Mt. St. Helens’ and Mt. Baker’s snowcapped peaks. Two and a half…

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North to Alaska

The suitcases are unpacked and the washing machine is on its own marathon at the moment. Life is returning to normal after hours of flying, days of early rising, miles of walking, and thousands of calories consumed. In a word, our trip was amazing. One year of reading, researching, and revising travel plans was played…

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A Slippery Pit Stop

I lived 20 years of my life in Indiana, and many winter afternoons were spent ice skating, sledding, building snow forts and snowmen, or just having a good ole snowball fights. Even though I am no stranger to the snow, I have never gone skiing or snow tubing. On a trip home this past December,…

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Big Island Volcanoes and the Kilauea Iki Trail

Visiting Hawaii was one trip that I wasn’t sure I’d be able to check off my bucket list, but as luck would have it, one of my cousins decided to move to Oahu and choose this lovely island as the place she would be married.  So in 2012, my husband, my parents, and my extended…

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Kayaks, Manatees, and Shells….Oh My!

Ever since my first canoe trip with my parents down Sugar Creek in Turkey Run State Park,  I’ve loved being on the water.  Despite being crashed into by a Boy Scout Troop that dumped our canoe and left my brother trapped under it (he was rescued by my mom) and watching my dad wave good…

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Run Disney’s Glass Slipper Challenge

It’s a little (insert sarcasm) known fact that I love Disney.  And since I love Disney, why wouldn’t I love to run at Disney.  It’s the perfect opportunity to get some exercise, dress up like your favorite character, and commune with other Disney freaks like yourself.  So in 2010, my running buddy and I signed…

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Looking for Pocahontas

From their housing, to their crafts, to their struggles, I have always had a fascination with all things Native American. This interest really began in high school when we were asked to read creation stories. It was fun imagining the Apache’s trickster coyote causing trouble, and seeing the Spider Woman of the Hopi creating the…

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A Shark Tale

I push the button to dump the air from my BC and slip beneath the surface of the Caribbean.  Blue hued water replaces the crisp white boat my eyes witnessed only seconds before.  In through the regulator, out through the regulator becomes my internal mantra as I sink toward the ocean floor.   The sinking isn’t…

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A Backpacking Debacle

A few months before I was to be married my mom and I went on a road trip through Arizona. Filled with laughter and female bonding, my mom and I scratched an item off of the old bucket list–we went backpacking in the Grand Canyon. The key to backpacking in the Grand Canyon is preparation. So,…

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