Aloha! We’re Betsy and Pete!

Now in our sixth year of location independence, we’ve road-tripped, sold all our stuff, and will soon celebrate our two year anniversary of traveling the world full-time. After visiting more than 30 countries since this journey began, we know happiness can be found in a simple, travel-centered life! Join us as we're PassingThru!

Potawatomi Hotel, Milwaukee

Potawatomi Hotel

Owned and operated by the Forest County Potawatomi, the new Potawatomi Hotel is part of the largest entertainment destination in the Midwest. The Potawatomi Hotel and Casino tower dominates the skyline looking south from downtown Milwaukee. As part of the Forest County Potawatomi tribe’s expansion to its gaming operations, the $150 million hotel opened for business in 2014. We looked forward to our stay as part of a recent visit to Milwaukee, and we were not disappointed. The hotel is an Continue Reading

Sheridan House Boutique Hotel and Café

Sheridan House

In charming Cudahy, the Sheridan House Boutique Hotel and Café delivers a luxurious vintage experience, minutes from downtown Milwaukee. As Milwaukee gave way to the lakeside town of Cudahy, I felt a twinge of déjà vu. The tidy architecture was reminiscent of a place on another of the Great Lakes where my mother had grown up. Homes and buildings of brick and clapboard dated from the early decades of the 20th century. On the corner of Pulaski and Lake Drive in Cudahy, we found the Sheridan House Continue Reading

A Nostalgic Visit to Paul Bunyan Land

Paul Bunyan Land in Minnesota

Many Minnesotans have fond memories of visiting Paul Bunyan Land as children. Nowadays, this famous attraction has even more for all ages! “Oh boy!” said Pete to the rest of our group. “One of the highlights for us kids on our summer trips to the cabin was visiting Paul Bunyan Land. You know, he talks to you and everything! He even knew my name!” If you grew up in the Northern United States, chances are you know the mythical legend of Paul Bunyan and Babe the Blue Ox. Formulated out of Continue Reading

Fun Adventures in Central and Northwest Minnesota

Fun Adventures in Central and Northwest Minnesota - fishing with McQuoids

With summer brings the opportunity for a variety of fun adventures in Central and Northwest Minnesota on land and water, and even in the air! Summer fun adventures in Central and Northwest Minnesota abound for all ages! We recently rediscovered this region with new eyes after an absence of several years. Active enthusiasts will be amazed at all the options, no matter how you roll. There is no more perfect environment than a Minnesota summer to get your groove on! Come along and be inspired as Continue Reading

Reunification Express

Reunification Express

A chance encounter on the last leg of Vietnam's Reunification Express train from Hanoi to Saigon leads to forgiveness and acceptance of shared history. Note: We have previously written about our memorable trip on the Reunification Express in Hanoi to Ho Chi Minh City by Train, which is a factual account with information on how you might replicate our experience in Vietnam. What we haven't shared publicly until now is a life-changing encounter which occurred on the final leg of that journey. Continue Reading

Hotel Review: Hampton Inn Minneapolis-Roseville

Hampton Inn Minneapolis-Roseville

We discovered a wealth of thoughtfully designed details to please almost every type of traveler at the new Hampton Inn Minneapolis-Roseville. Our Experience: It’s not every day you can move into a brand new hotel and be among the first to experience every thoughtful detail it has to offer. We found a variety of amenities and conveniences at the Hampton Inn Minneapolis-Roseville, which proved the brand’s commitment to business travelers isn’t just lip service. And what’s good for business Continue Reading

The Magic of Madden’s on Gull Lake

Accommodations at Maddens Resort

In the perfectly pristine setting of an upstate Minnesota summer, we left the real world behind for the magic of Madden's on Gull Lake. After you turn off highway 371, the upstate Minnesota landscape unfolds as part of a shimmering promise. And that promise is: in the space of the few minutes, you’ll leave your real world somewhere back behind you, obscured and protected from intrusion by the perfection only this part of the world can bring. Here is a paradise wrought in a hundred shades of Continue Reading