Union Pier, Michigan; Day 4

Today the Adventurers gave themselves a challenge – the ‘PentAquaPalooza’. This was a challenge to get in five different sources of water today. The last one was the easiest – a shower – so it was the first four that we set off in search of under sunny summer skies. Our first stop is anContinue reading “Union Pier, Michigan; Day 4”

Union Pier, Michigan; Day 3

We enjoyed some favorable weather and spent time down at the pool. Brian’s mom had thought to bring some items of interest for the kids. One of which was the set of bubble wands which produced some amazing bubbles – CreeperKitty used the technique with a rope he’d seen in Geneva and made some goodContinue reading “Union Pier, Michigan; Day 3”

Union Pier, Michigan; Day 2

Today was a very pleasant SW Michigan summer day full of small Adventures for these travelers. We enjoyed a pancake breakfast with Busha and Grandpa Mike and then some time playing in the pool. After pool we headed to the local steakhouse for a tasty dinner – we were joined for desert by Brian’s sisterContinue reading “Union Pier, Michigan; Day 2”

Bailly-Romainvilliers, France; Day 1

This morning we did our normal ‘packing up to go’ routine. Tiffany does a lot of the packing, Brian usually makes breakfast and cleans out the fridge/ cleans the kitchen. Today’s effort was sized to the kitchen – which in our little kitchen was not very big. We traveled out of Paris today but lessContinue reading “Bailly-Romainvilliers, France; Day 1”

Hurghada, Egypt; Day 5

We enjoyed another resort day and found ways to create fun wherever we went. While Brian spent time in the gym exercising and strengthening his back (better every day!), the kids schooled Mom in the proper ways to use a tennis court. All it takes is one wobbly inflated kickball worth 175 arcade tickets, anContinue reading “Hurghada, Egypt; Day 5”

Cairo/Giza, Egypt; Day 4

Brian and Tiffany celebrated the 14th anniversary of their wedding today. We decided to visit the Mena House which sits on the other side of the Great Pyramids from our Sphinx-side B&B. The Mena House was an old hunting lodge built in the 19th century and has been the Giza accommodations for royalty, heads-of-state, andContinue reading “Cairo/Giza, Egypt; Day 4”

Nairobi, Kenya Part 3; Day 2

A quiet day today as we finish up our Kenya stay and head out to our next Adventure. The day started with an unexpected call at 7:30am letting us know the doctor had arrived for our 11am Covid test. Ummm…we were sleeping. Kenya recently had some problems with private labs providing fake test results andContinue reading “Nairobi, Kenya Part 3; Day 2”

Nairobi, Kenya, Part 2; Day 1

Today took us back over the ferry to Mombasa and then a quick flight to Nairobi. We turned in the rental car in what felt like a pretty typical experience other than paying cash for some fender damage Tiffany ‘found’ after a tree walked across the parking lot and hit the car. At least that’sContinue reading “Nairobi, Kenya, Part 2; Day 1”

Diani Beach, Kenya; Day 7

Happy Super Bowl Sunday Monday! And Valentines Day! That’s right – the SuperBowl started at 2:30am local time on Monday morning. We didn’t watch it live but football fan Brian and Cincinnati fan Tiffany still wanted to catch the game so we set aside the morning to watch it. We feared getting “spoilered” when weContinue reading “Diani Beach, Kenya; Day 7”

Diani Beach, Kenya; Day 1

It’s been 50 days since the 5 Adventurers left Phuket, Thailand so it seems about time that we got back to a beach. We’re still on the Indian Ocean but this time on the western side in Diani Beach. Often tagged as the best beach in Africa and one of the top beaches in theContinue reading “Diani Beach, Kenya; Day 1”

Chiang Mai, Thailand; Day 12

Many of the stores and restaurants in Chiang Mai are closed for New Year’s Day.  We had also learned that some were closed today as well. We decided to take this Friday off from school to give us a jump on the holiday weekend like many others here in Thailand.  Today we indulged our AmericanContinue reading “Chiang Mai, Thailand; Day 12”

Phuket, Thailand; Day 9

The faculty and student body of the 5 Adventures Academy were happy to see the school week come to a close today. We intend to press ahead with another few days of school before the Christmas weekend but were glad to see the end of our “resort school” week with all of the distractions andContinue reading “Phuket, Thailand; Day 9”

Phuket, Thailand; Day 8

After our favorite breakfast buffet we did school and then spent the afternoon at the pool. Buy one get one free happy hour was a draw for Brian and Tiffany while the kids decided to spend all their allowance money on donuts and then throw them in the pool. Afterwards we headed back to WeenaContinue reading “Phuket, Thailand; Day 8”

Phuket, Thailand; Day 5

Monday morning meant back to school for everyone.  Typically we will have a segment for Mathematics and a segment for Language Arts.  Today we added a creative block and gave the kids an assignment. They were given 25 minutes to create a new game of their own invention.  They needed to write down at leastContinue reading “Phuket, Thailand; Day 5”

Phuket, Thailand; Day 4

Today dawned with clear, sunny skies and quickly started heading for the high 80’s in temperature. Despite the heat, we decided today we’d have some adventures off the hotel property. Since we arrived we have seen boats and other activity about 1/2 mile up the beach. We also frequently have seen hotel guests heading thatContinue reading “Phuket, Thailand; Day 4”

Phuket, Thailand; Day 1

4 of the 5 Adventurers awoke early this morning (2am local time) but Mom was resolved to get onto a more accommodating sleep schedule. After reading for about 90 minutes, “lights back out” was declared. Surprisingly, all were soon asleep until after the sun came up which wasn’t too bad for our first day ofContinue reading “Phuket, Thailand; Day 1”

Cincinnati, Ohio; Day 5

During school today, we had the kids choose between read-to-self (from parent-curated list), math facts online, or write an original piece meant for this blog. CreeperPuppy was brave enough to continue work on his opus The Hamburger Story, so check it out in the Kids Corner. He has started Book 2 of the story soContinue reading “Cincinnati, Ohio; Day 5”

Boquete, Panama; Day 5

Today was a lazy Sunday here in Boquete. The sun was shining brightly this morning but we spent time inside doing some online adventures. The kids FINALLY convinced Mom and Dad to join them in a Minecraft world. It was hosted by Suaram and titled ‘Suckers’ which seems pretty appropriate. Tiffany started building a houseContinue reading “Boquete, Panama; Day 5”

Playa del Coco, Costa Rica; Day 6

By day six Brian and Tiffany had pretty much completed our modest beach/pool ‘to-do list’ so we decided today the kids could pick our adventures. What would they pick? Pool? Beach club? New beach? Repeat beach? Turns out their choice was none of those. Early morning started with a classic card game of War thatContinue reading “Playa del Coco, Costa Rica; Day 6”

Playa del Coco, Costa Rica; Day 3

Today was a fantastic day relaxing by the pool. It was warm but just enough overcast so that the sun didn’t bake us all day. The water was also warm and the rain held off until after 5. What could be better? The snack bar was open so drinks and food were easy and broughtContinue reading “Playa del Coco, Costa Rica; Day 3”

Liberia, Costa Rica; Day 10

Today was a national holiday in Costa Rica – Feast of the Assumption (of the Virgin Mary)/Mother’s Day. It’s a day focused on family and most businesses are closed so we spent the day catching up with some grandparents via FaceTime and hanging around our house. The kids got some screen time like they typicallyContinue reading “Liberia, Costa Rica; Day 10”