Author Archive for Brandon

Florida Part 1: Hunting for Shark’s Teeth on the Planet Known as the Florida Keys


“Don’t grow up too quickly, lest you forget how much you love the beach.” ~ Michelle Held

If Florida is the planet where Yankees escape the snow and cold of winter, then the Florida Keys are the center of the universe. A place where the rum drinks flow, the spirit is easy-going, and a salty ocean breeze always fills the air. Life is the Keys is all about simple pleasures and letting the magic of the ocean have its effect on you.

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BBQ Worth Traveling 500 Miles for, the Cult of the Little Yappy Dog, and Managing Your Own Expectations

Missions National Park, San Antonio Texas

Missions National Park, San Antonio Texas


“The best things in life are unexpected – because there were no expectations.”
- Eli Khamarov

Today I write this from the Florida Keys, about 8 months into our journey. It’s been a wild and wonderful ride.

January started off near Austin, Texas. We had a visit from my in-laws who drove down from West Michigan for a week of family time.  Texas was nice but it was mostly cold and rainy while we were there. I worked by business from Starbucks most of the time while the kids did their home schooling and got some good grandparent time. Read More→

Your Excuses Are Invalid: Meet an International Traveling Single Mom Redefining Experiential Learning


“Never interrupt someone doing what you said couldn’t be done.” – Amelia Earhart

Its easy to find stories of single adults embarking on aggressive travel agendas. I mean why not? They can store their stuff in mom’s basement, live on the international equivalent of ramen noodles and carry their unmentionalbles in a backpack. But what if you’re a single mom from North Carolina with a craving for something more than maintaining social obligations? Read More→