Author Archive for Hillary

Sunsets and Shelling

Sunset Indian Rocks Beach

The shift from swanky Marco Island to chilled-out Indian Rocks Beach was instantaneous. On this barrier island between the Gulf of Mexico and the Intracoastal Waterway, life was slower and quieter. We wound up here by accident (which is a…

What Really Happened in 2014

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Well hello there. As you’ve probably noticed, I went completely MIA for a few weeks. I’ve been neglecting the blog — and you, dear readers — and for that I’m very sorry. It won’t happen again… because Alan and my…

The Baths in Bath

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The key to a successful long-term road trip is in planning your overnight stops. The not-so-secret secret? Choose towns that you’d like to spend the most time in instead of ones that are convenient for your route. (If that sounds…

The Great England Road Trip

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Chances are, England isn’t the first country you think of when you plan a road trip. It doesn’t seem to be the first country English people think of, either. You see, the US is the home of the road trip.…

Friday Photo: Foxgloves in England

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  It’s been awhile since I’ve done a Friday Photo. In the past few weeks I’ve gone from Africa to Albuquerque, but here’s a little hint at what’s coming up on Life With Luggage. Prepare for lots of scenic countryside…

Elk, Deer, and Hermits

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Only hours into our first full day of exploring the Grand Canyon, I discovered the real benefit to visiting in the height of winter. It’s not the lack of crowds or the solitude (although that’s nice). It’s definitely not the…

Video: Driving the Hermit Road

Maybe it was the snow, or maybe it was the must-see scenery, but the Hermit Road felt a lot longer than its seven miles. It starts around the Bright Angel trail head ends at the appropriately named Hermit’s Rest. This…

Tusayan, Arizona

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Four hours later, we arrived in the small town of Tusayan, Arizona. While the Grand Canyon itself is open year-round, tourist services are very seasonal. The North Rim road gets so much snow that it’s closed off in the winter…