Brigid Travels

Updates from The Road

March for Science - Earth Day in DC [2017]

An estimated 150,000 people showed up in DC on April 22 for this event. It was very inspiring, even though it was cold and rainy!  

Our experience:


And some favorite signs!!

Womens March San Diego [2017]

I attended the Women's March in San Diego because I believe in government policies and action informed by compassion and empathy, balanced by realistic economic progress and scientific/studied basis. I do not see that being a motivating approach by current policy makers (and those going through the nominating process). Here are some of the signs from the march - the crowd was estimated at 40,000!

And some people shots

Canyons Park City [2016]

We headed back to Park City for skiing, since last time there was no snow (!). Once again, we started with a trip to the amazing Red Iguana in Salt Lake City! Yummy!! This time we had TONS of fresh powder, almost every day! Wheeee!!

And we explored the geothermal pool inside Homestead Crater - nice after a long day on the mountain.

Asbury Park [2016]

To follow up on actually meeting Springsteen, I arranged for our first family Girls Weekend to be in Asbury Park! We actually stayed in the neighboring town of Ocean Grove - absolutely beautiful! Saturday morning we did a self-defined Springsteen tour involving most of the places he lived in the area and other obvious spots (like E Street!).

Sarah + Brian Jansen Wedding [2016]

And where we stayed, first at the Madonna Inn, then in a tree house by the Mystery Spot!

Kristen Grad [2016]

Colorado Rockies [2016]

We had a great time meeting up with Carl & JoAnna at the Dillon Dam Brewery at the beginning of the trip, and stayed with them at their lovely flat in Denver on the last night. In between, there was lots of skiing and snowboarding with Larry & Jean at Keystone and Breckenridge! And on the last day we were able to hook up with Swede, a Sigma Nu frat brother of mine from CMU! 

Brandywine Bandits in Vegas [2016]

Steve and I drove to Las Vegas to cheer on Kristen's Brandywine Bandits in SCVA's 30th Annual Las Vegas Classic. Some videos

and pics of the volleyball action


and other sights and adventures in Las Vegas

And on the way home, Steve and I detoured through Death Valley to witness the beginning of a Super Bloom!

Mom's Move [2016]

South Lake Tahoe [2015]

We booked this trip a few months ago, banking on El Niño giving us early snow! And the little guy delivered!! Monday We traveled all day, arriving in time to unload at our home for the week - the Stardust Lodge - and have a great Mexican dinner with Larry & Jean at a hole-in-the-wall nearby, Maya's.


Tuesday Started off the skiing portion of the trip with yummy breakfast at Red Hut of course! Went skiing/boarding for a few hours at Heavenly - the snow was not plentiful, but it was nice and there was good coverage on the groomed runs - exactly what you need on the first day of the season 🏂

Afterwards Jean and I had fun creating our first tie dye shirts! Steve and I stopped by the Tahoe Sports Ltd shop, always great, where I picked up elusive snowboard boots and Steve got new snowboard pants. Success! And then we all headed down to JJ's in Minden to have dinner with Butch and Michael.


Wednesday After a late breakfast at Red Hut, we found it was too windy and icy to hit the mountain today, so we hung out with Michael at McP's and had dinner at Base Camp Pizza. We should get a big storm tonight!

Thursday Lots of rain overnight, and at 9:30am it turned to snow! We had a great breakfast at the Driftwood Cafe, and toyed with heading on to the mountain but it would be cold and soggy and not many runs are open... so we hunkered down in town. We did a little shopping, and lunched at Azul Latin Kitchen. That night we took advantage of a free lasagne dinner at the Stardust and watched The Manchurian Candidate. What a great movie!


Friday Powder day!! Overnight we got 2+' and so after another great breakfast at the Driftwood Cafe, we jumped on Heavenly's Gondola and hit the slopes! It was snowy with limited visibility early in the day, but that eventually dissipated.


A few runs in, we decided to go down a run that ended up being tons of deep powder. Unfortunately I got stuck a bunch of times... exhausting. But it was a great day!


We topped it off with a marvelous dinner at Azul Latin Kitchen (with margaritas) after trying to go to the Tahoe Adventure Film Festival at Montebleu, but it was too smoky in there and my asthma told us to Get Out!

Saturday The crowds have certainly hit South Lake Tahoe! Breakfast at the Driftwood Cafe was very busy, which reinforced our decision to drive to Kirkwood for the day's snowboarding. Very fun day, the roads were good and the crowds were pretty light!


One odd little incident - there was a little mouse hopping around in the snow at the top of one of the chairlifts at one point. We think she might have had a baby gripping her back... couldn't figure out how to help her, and by the time we got back, she was gone.

It snowed a bit here and there, made for a gorgeous winter wonderland.

By the time we got back 'home' the crowds were crazy, so we picked up a pizza at Base Camp Pizza and watched Pan's Labyrinth. Odd movie, but good.


Sunday We got up early and headed down the to the valley so that we would miss the brunt of the new storm, and had brunch with Butch at Bodines. The weather was a bit gnarly so we headed to the airport early, played some cribbage and relaxed before heading home.

Great trip!

South Lake Tahoe 2015
South Lake Tahoe 2015

High School Reunion [2015]

... and visit with Mom, including my birthday with her for the first time in many years - I had a great 12 days!

Jaimi + Beau Jansen Wedding [2015]

We stayed in a lovely little house about a half mile from the ocean, and had a fabulous time with the Jansens during the wedding weekend celebrations, reconnecting with family. Such a beautiful couple!

New Orleans with Volleyball Girls Junior Nationals [2015]

Had a nice uneventful trip, taking advantage of the United Club in SAN and LAX. Got here safely. We arrived, checked into the Lafayette Hotel and went to volleyball until 9:30pm. They beat Memphis and Salt Lake City, each in 2 games, but lost to Kansas City in 3.

This morning we went to the WWII museum - wow. I learned so much, and it was a very sobering morning.

Now at volleyball - first game of Saturday, 2:30, they beat Louisiana in 2 sets. Next is Skyline (Houston),  after working this game of Puget Sound vs Atlanta. They lost to Skyline in 3 exciting sets. So they move to the next round, ranked #3 in their pool!

Sunday, 8am against Hawaii (Oahu) - should be tough! And it was - valiant effort, but lost in 2 games. 9am vs Arizona (Phoenix). Yay! Beat them in 2 games!

Hawaii vs Arizona... If Hawaii wins, Brandywine is #2 in the pool, if Arizona wins, there is a 3 way tie, and nobody has read the manual about how that should be resolved! So we are hoping for a Hawaii win. And they did win!  So we play Arizona (Arrowhead) at 2:30.

Whooee!! They beat them in 2 games, and are in the gold medal round tomorrow!!! The original goal was to get in the bronze!


Well, they lost the Gold medal game, but they were amazing! So inspiring!!

Go Ape [2015]

Zip lining and adventure course with Lauren's Girl Scout troop! 

New York City + the TriBeCa Film Festival [2015]

Steve was in NYC for work, so I decided to join him for the weekend! I arrived Thursday evening, took the Q70 bus to the E subway, got off one stop too far, at the Port Authority Bus Terminal/42nd St and got a nice brisk walk a few blocks to the hotel - Hilton Garden Inn Times Square.

We went to dinner at a Diners, Dives and Drive Ins recommended spot, just around the corner - Don Antonio by Starita. Pizzas were sooo good, and the Barbaresca vino wasn't bad either! We shared a fennel+orange salad and Steve had the no-sauce Siciliana: lemon(!), basil and smoked mozzarella. I had Pizza del Papa (Pope's Pizza): butternut squash spread instead of sauce, basil, red+yellow peppers, zucchini and that amazing smoked mozzarella.

Afterwards we braved the chill to the convenient and always entertaining Lillie's Times Square for some Moscow mules. They don't use copper mugs anymore, switched them out for steel I think, but the drinks were just as good as ever!

Friday Steve had a bit of work to do in the morning so we got a late start, heading down to Soho around noon. We found yummy kale salads with crunchy chickpeas and cranberries at Bistro Les Amis.

Shopping was next, in the very cool Soho neighborhood - I picked up a cute "Greek Fish" hat at The Hat Shop to keep my noggin warm in the too-chilly weather. It's supposed to be spring! Next we stopped by the G-Shock Soho Store - where Steve finally got the watch he has been looking for!

We ended up seeing 5 films through the weekend at the TriBeCa Film Festival, all enjoyable.

Saturday walk around Battery Park was chilly but refreshing, and we were able to warm up in the Poet's House - a very cool spot right on the river. Sunday found us at St Patrick's Cathedral for church, lunch at Rockefeller Center, and a walk in Central Park before getting in to see a live taping of Last Week Tonight with John Oliver! Very fun! And then back to the film festival for one last movie.

Monday Julie was able to hang with me while Steve did some work, so we toured Radio City Music Hall and then I was on my way home.

Here's the Pinterest board I created about NYC!