Strawberry Shortcake

How was your summer? I feel like I blinked and all of a sudden summer was over. My daughter started high school last week and I’m sitting here thinking, ‘Wait, what the heck happened? Did we have summer?’ I vaguely remember a few days when there was no obligations or volleyball practices, just sitting in … More Strawberry Shortcake

Sequoia National Park

One minute we’re cruising along Generals Highway in Kings Canyon National Park and then presto, we’ve crossed over to Sequoia National Park. Two parks for the price of one! Always love a good bargain. These two parks are managed as one, but they feel like completely different parks with different Visitor Centers, and overall feel … More Sequoia National Park

Minneapolis, Minnesota: Things to Do and USA Volleyball Junior Nationals

After enjoying a couple of days of sightseeing in St. Paul and Minneapolis, our focus was now on the reason why we were in Minnesota in the first place, the 2017 USA Volleyball Girls’ Junior National Championship. This was my daughter’s third year of playing club volleyball and the first time for her team to … More Minneapolis, Minnesota: Things to Do and USA Volleyball Junior Nationals

Minneapolis, Minnesota

I really liked Minneapolis! This was my first visit to the Midwest as an adult and I left Minneapolis impressed with the wonderful city as well as the people. We spent four nights in Minneapolis watching some great volleyball and exploring the city. Having spent the previous day getting to know the “Twin City” of St. … More Minneapolis, Minnesota

St. Paul, Minnesota

My daughter’s volleyball team finally qualified for Junior Nationals at the very, very last qualifier tournament in May, leaving our team scrambling to get flights, hotel reservations, transportation, etc… for Minneapolis, Minnesota. We have never been to Minnesota and frankly, I really didn’t know what to expect, so I embarrassingly spent a lot of time … More St. Paul, Minnesota