Best New Mexico Coffee Places!

We’ve explored New Mexico north and south, east and west – and one of us cannot go anywhere without sampling the local coffee scene, and let’s just say he’s a coffee snob. So, where do we recommend in New Mexico if you’re looking for an outstanding coffee experience. Iconik Coffee Roaster – Santa Fe A boutique roastery. Incorporates everything great about a coffee shop. They roast their own beans and put attention on their coffee. Great aesthetic space inside and outside. Breakfast and lunch, with Continue reading →

A New Not a Pedestrian Life Adventure! Time to go down under!

This summer was an absolute blast – so much traveling around and in the US, for both of us – although obviously I traveled even more than Dwight, with the Not a Pedestrian Life American Identity Tour taking me to 29 states in 29 days! We’ve also been waiting for my permanent Green Card to arrive – which was what prevented us from heading to South Africa for the Two Oceans Marathon earlier this year. But, we’re almost there! And we are hoping that the Continue reading →

Race Report, Bryce Canyon 50K: When Things Fall Apart

When I figured out I was off course, I was at mile 24 with maybe 30 ounces of water left. My legs were on fire and the oppressive heat made the air feel like I was breathing fumes. At one point I found it peculiar that the distinctive pink course marking were gone. See, the big climb was just like the previous climbs, on a dirt road straight up a mountain. My mind lied to me and I was convinced that this was okay. Being in Continue reading →

Travel Philosophies and Going Beyond the Obvious

Yesterday I mentioned my travel philosophy is about mindfulness while exploring new cultures and places. Dwight is just as passionate about travel as I am, but has a different approach. His perfect day would begin before 6am and end after 8pm with food mixed in the day. He would see as much as possible – preferably on foot hiking through the bush. He is fun to travel with! Sometimes I have to ask him to reassess his plans for the day because I don’t want Continue reading →

Post Bryce Canyon Ultras to Zion National Park

The morning after race day we ate a great breakfast with Dwight’s parents before packing up camp and parting ways. We have a pretty good routine for packing up camp. I focus on packing our “camp kitchen” and beginning to pack the car and Dwight pulls down the tent and roll our sleeping mats and pack away everything else we had in the tent. It usually takes us about 30-45 minutes depending on how focused we are and how much we had prepped the night Continue reading →

Bryce Canyon Ultras 50k: Team Rabe Crew Race Report

Race Day. I slept until about 6:30am. It was a nice change not to have to be up at 4 or 5 to get to a race start. It was an almost an accident that we stayed so close to the start – we don’t usually like first come, first served campgrounds when we have to be somewhere. But, we figured out the afternoon before when race markers (like plastic strips tied into trees and on stakes by the side of the road) appeared on Continue reading →

We admit it, we are food people

We’ve never talked about it here before, but we have a bit of a confession. We love good food – interesting, well thought out, beautifully delicious food. We love to cook, but we also enjoy fine dining and a good “hole in the wall” local hangout. As someone with celiac disease, eating out isn’t always easy, so when we do hit up the restaurant scene we want it to be a wonderful experience that leaves me happy and not unwell. We thought it was about Continue reading →

A Las Vegas option outside the hustle and bustle: Aliante Hotel and Casino

About 6 miles north of the Las Vegas strip you will find an oasis in the desert, Alliante Hotel and Casino. The hotel offers complimentary valet service. We chose to self-park anyway because the self-park lot was about 100ft from the front door of the hotel, so it didn’t take any effort to walk to our car ourselves whenever we needed it. The valet staff were the friendliest of all the staff we encountered at Aliante. The ground floor on the hotel side is a Continue reading →

Sleeper Car Segments!

Figuring out which segments to choose to upgrade hasn’t been particularly complicated – I am looking for the best bang for my dollar! I am also aware of my need to sleep and rest well! so which are the segments that I am looking at upgrading? Departure                                      Arrival El Paso, Texas New Orleans Atlanta, Georgia Washington DC Boston Chicago Chicago Minot, ND Minot, ND Portland, Oregon I am still waiting to hear back on exact cost to upgrade each of these! One of the other Continue reading →

Hacking the Amtrak USA Rail Pass

Because I am by nature always looking for the most cost effective way to travel, seeking out an AMTRAK USA rail pass for my upcoming Adventure around America seemed to make sense.  These are available for purchase by anyone. 15 -day/8 Segments – $459 ($229.50 for kids 15 and under) 30-day / 12 Segments – $689 ($344.50 for kids 15 and under) 45-day / 18 Segments – $899 ($449.50 for kids 15 and under) Some things you need to know about the program: The pass Continue reading →