Day 1 – The drive

We left the house about 8 am. Plenty of time to get up and drink coffee, load the car and take our time.

We stopped at Starbucks in Woodland Park. Too bad they don’t have a Dunkin (they are so much better). We ordered coffee and sandwiches. The restaurant was dirty, no napkins… This is on a Thursday and they were not busy. The staff was standing around talking. I realized once we took off, the coffee we purchased was burnt.

Stopped in Gunnison at the park. We had a picnic lunch… we love it there. The park is wonderful and very well kept. The bathrooms are clean as are the benches. They have a lot of pride in their city.

Checking into The New Sheridan Hotel in Telluride. This place is absolutely AMAZING! It had an old victorian vibe. We’ve noticed, the mountain hotels above 8k feet typically don’t have A/C. Just let the cold breeze take you. The staff offered to help us bring in our luggage. They told us where to park and logged our license plate so we are not ticketed or towed. We made reservations for Saturday night dinner. They were all booked up, we snatched the last spot! Go us!

We walked to High Pie Pizza and Taproom. SO DANG GOOD!!!

Day 2

Started the day off with a walk. The trail goes through town and you can go either way for miles and miles.

Sunflowers were everywhere

The main event! After making our way to the VIP section we located seats with a group of friends traveling from SantaFe, NM. We were offered seats at their table once we answered the secret question. “Are you guys cool?” “He’ll yeah, we’re cool”. It worked; we were in! Then the music and drinking began.

The way it works: 1. With the VIP tickets, drinks all weekend are provide, lawn games (corn hole, giant connect four, ping pong, and ladder ball), tables (covered and uncovered), a massage crew (tips encouraged), restroom trailer (very clean and nice), and seating at the stage. 2. With Patron tickets, you get the VIP package, to include lunch and dinner (all weekend), and entry to the Patron only after jam parties at night. 3. General admission gets you entrance to the open where you can set up folding chairs and/or overhead cover (easy ups for my civilian folk). Everyone gets access to about 15 port-a-poty’s, food trucks (chicken sandwiches, nachos, burritos, and such), shopping (clothing and festival gear), and mixed drinks vendors.

On a budget? Don’t worry, you can sit in the adjacent park free of charge and jam to the same music as everyone else. You can even tent camp close to the park for added cost savings.

The rest of day 2 is a tequila infused blur. Good thing we had a great recommendation from #Hopespirits in Colorado Springs. No hangover for tomorrow (unlike today). They suggested these magic drinks that kill hangovers. Totally worked! #MorningRecovery by More.

Day 3 – Day 2 of the Festival

Started the day off with an 8-mile beautiful run. Which included 3 bucks and just stunning scenery. Pictures just don’t do it justice.  

We met another very cool family! They were from Illinois. They invited us to join their table, which was under the tent. We were so glad they asked us to join them as they turned out to be very enjoyable to hang out with.

The opera house is in the building next to the hotel. Since they don’t do A/C, and there are no bugs, everyone leaves the windows open. So, we listened to the jam sessions all night long. It was wonderful!

Day 4 – Last day of the Festival

Started out with a nice 2-hour hike. Again, like the last 2 days, the views were just amazing.

We walked out of our hotel, which was on main street, to the parade! HOW COOL! They were jamming while walking down the street. The energy was palatable. They threw beads and we caught the BABY!!! The King Cake Baby!! Guess we have to make the cake for next year. Lol

We made our way to the festival for the final day. The weather was spectacular. No rain in the forecast, finally. The band that was in the parade finished in the park outside the gates.

We met our new friends from Il again. They were really enjoyable to talk to! We also played some yard games that the festival put out. Of course, this was after a few drinks as this was the last day and the tequila was flowing. We tried to keep up with our water too, but tequila is delicious.

Day 5 – The drive home

As much as we love it in Telluride, we needed to head home. Our dog, Sig was at Lucky Dog and we wanted to get back in time to pick him up.

Thank goodness there is a Dunkin Donuts in Montrose. They took care of us. Maybe because we looked like we needed a lot of coffee.

The drive is just so pretty! We turned on the massage seats and enjoyed the scenery. Well… Lil T slept a lot while Big Will drove.

We stopped at Wilkerson pass and made sandwiches and lettuce wraps for lunch. The views are just stunning from up there! They have hiking trails around and you can see forever.

This trip was amazing! Truly! If you have ever thought about going to Telluride, GO!! Even if you don’t do the Jazz festival. It is an amazing mountain town! So welcoming to everyone. We have never felt uncomfortable or unsafe. They are so open to everyone.

Make memories, not excuses. See you on the trails!

#Telluride #Telluridejazzfestival #jazzfestival #Swirltravelers #meetnewfriends #DunkinDonuts #Luckydogcoloradosprings #caughtthekingbaby #MorningRecovery #More #Thenewsheridanhotel #icedcoffee #Benzroadtrip

Alaska Cruise

Wow! What a trip. This is on a lot of peoples bucket list, it was on ours. We have been to AK before, but not a cruise.

We booked on Norwegian. We spent many evenings researching where we wanted to go. Because we decided on a Thursday that we wanted to go the following week, our off ship adventures were limited. We decided to wing it and see what happens!

The morning we were scheduled to leave, we woke up to a blown tire on the car. The truck was at the dealership being serviced. We figured we would give it a shot at driving to the airport. We made it!

We flew into Seattle. They had a shuttle that we took to the ship. Directions to the busses was easy and we didn’t have any challenges.

We arrived at the ship. This is where the fun starts. they days leading up to leaving, We had to upload all sorts of documents. This is understandable as we went to Canada. We also had to have a Covid test 2 days before. This negative result also had to be uploaded. We figured that since we uploaded all this before, boarding would be easy (as the Disney cruise was). Nope! The staff was friendly! This made it much nicer than it could have been. We went from line to line showing documents. What a process! 🙄

We FINALLY boarded the ship. Of course….. straight to deck 16 for the buffet 🍔🌭🌯 The staff brought our luggage to the room. This is always so nice to not have to carry luggage around.

We drove go carts on top of the ship!! No pictures as we were focused on nesting each other and the other drivers. As usual, Lil T was asked if she was big enough to reach the pedals 🤪 for the record, I was tall enough.

Always bring our coffee cups ☕️

We loved the adult only spa!!

Took dance class 🤣
Loved the glaciers!!
Some fun signs we saw

This was an amazing trip! Cannot say enough about the staff, ship, locals and of course our time together ❤️

Telluride, CO

This is a beautiful town that never lets us down!! In 2021, we went to the Jazz Festival. What an incredible experience! We made new friends, drank (careful drinking at this altitude), walked, slept, and enjoyed pastry deliciousness.

We stayed at the Victorian Inn. super cute place! It was within walking distance to the festival. We parked the car and walked everywhere the whole weekend. The room was good. No elevators….. I know that is rather divaish of me 🤣

We had dinner at The New Sheraton Hotel. It was delicious, the staff was extremely friendly and welcoming and the bathrooms were great!

This year we will be staying at The Sheraton Hotel. It’s going to be magical!!

Here are a few of the picts from 2021. Cannot wait to go back! #Telluridejazzfestival

Camping Packing List

It’s the time of year that we enjoy the great outdoors. Camping is one of our favorite adventures. Here is our camping packing list. I typically add/remove/change the list. Sometimes our kids go, or we take ATV’s or we are focusing on some fun target practice.


Adult beverages


Breakfast sausage


Cheese (Sandwich)









Ground turkey








Pop tarts


Power aids

Smores fixin’s

Sour cream


Taco seasoning




Anti-itch cream



Bug spray



Dish soap

Dishes (cups, plates, utensils, coffee/cocoa mugs)

Dryer Sheets





Lighter fluid



Paper towels




Sharp knife

Toilet paper

Trash bags



Baby wipes


Camera & memory sticks


cel phone

cel phone charger



face cream


hair clips/pony tail holders












Long sleeve shirts

tennis shoes









The Tinkle Traveler

Ladies!!! I need your attention for a minute.

We were at a fabulous dinner the other night and of course I went to the bathroom. It seems, everywhere we go, I have to check out the bathroom. Jokingly Big Will said I should write a book of my bathroom travels.

What a splendid idea! We all have our standards about bathrooms. What we like or don’t like. What makes sense? Or we ask “What were they thinking when they designed this?!” We have traveled all over and I always have to tinkle. I am hydrated, what can I say?

I am thinking of creating a scale to rate different aspects of bathrooms. What are some things that you notice when you use bathrooms? Mirrors, lighting, the stalls, toilets too tall/small, toilet paper (is it soft enough, single or double ply)….. just a few thoughts.

Austin, TX

What an adventure! This was our second time going to Austin. It never ceases to disappoint us. It was a quick weekend trip, flew out on Friday and back on Sunday.

We enjoyed walking around downtown. Plenty of delicious restaurants to choose from!

We stayed at the Marriott downtown. From what the front desk told us, it’s a newer hotel. The valet staff was very nice as was the front desk staff. We checked in at 4, but our room wasn’t ready yet. They provided us a complementary drink ticket from the bar while we waited.

The bar tender was fabulous and recommended two delicious drinks!

Of course, we stopped at @voodoodonuts!

We loved the rooftop pool and bar 🥰

We finished the weekend at Ruth Chris Steakhouse. Of course….. I had to wear my #redbottoms

We really feel welcome in Austin. There is so much to see and do, so much food to eat and plenty of beautiful places to run.

#AustinTX #mixedcoupletravel #lovetotravel

Hiking Packing

It is that time of year that hiking is fabulous! We enjoy being out and in nature. Its an easier workout on our bodies that running. Big Will goes crazy because I take a ton of pictures every time we go. He is so focused and I am just off enjoying life.

There was a hike we did in AK. He was on bear and moose watch, I was just taking pictures and enjoying the scenery. If either of those critters would have come close, without him, I probably would not be here.



Hard Boiled Eggs



Salad fixin’s – lettuce, lemon juice, cheese




Anti-itch cream

Baby wipes




Bug spray


Camera & memory sticks

Cell phone & Charger



Dryer Sheets

Face cream

First Aid kit




Hair clips/pony tail holders






Sharp knife








Walking sticks


Bras – hiking and regular


Long sleeve shirts

Tennis shoes






Hiking Boots

Hiking Socks

Packing Lists

Isn’t it awful when you arrive at a destination and forget something important. Bathing suit, toothbrush, toothpaste, those super cute shoes that match the fabulous dress you brought. We have a solution to that problem! Over the years, I have worked to create these lists. As our travels change, I either create a new list or modify a current one. Big Will doesn’t use the lists. He “wings” it and usually does pretty good.

Since I started doing this, I have yet to forget anything on a trip. Unless of course, I want to purchase something on a trip. Then I “forget” to cross it off. I have plenty of swim suits due to forgetting.

Feel free to modify this to fit your trips. We will post different lists so you can steal them and make them your own.



Little T loves loves loves Mexican food!! I could eat nachos and margaritas every day forever. Well, we need to add baked potatoes in every once in a while, too.

This restaurant was absolutely wonderful!

The atmosphere is relaxed and welcoming. There always seems to be a wait, but when you find a place that is fabulous, its worth it!

Service was fabulous! The waitress was friendly, remembered our order perfectly. When my side of sour cream didn’t come out with the meal, she went and grabbed it before I could say anything.

Big Will ordered a drink and didn’t care for it. He is always willing to try something new. Our waitress quickly provided him recommendations and delivered a different drink to our table.

They make this delicious cabbage “cocktail” of deliciousness that they give you with your chips and salsa. It is SO good! I could lick the dish, but that isn’t appropriate.

We were so focused on food, we didn’t take any pictures.. Whoops!

This gets 2 thumbs up!! We will go back here for sure!