Was “Going Off Grid” a Premonition?

Many moons ago I wrote “Going Off Grid“.  Little did I know that it would be months before I found my way back to the keyboard.  It’s funny how life has a way of rearranging your priorities and derailing the best laid plans.

Two weeks before our vacation my husband and I enrolled in a week long intensive trading course offered by Online Trading Academy.  I will write more about this in a later post but at the time, I had visions of sitting on the deck of our beach rental overlooking the ocean while practicing my new skills.   I also had serious intentions of posting awesome pictures and quick posts about the experiences we were destined to enjoy.

Wow!  How wrong could I be!?!  Before we ever arrived at our rental, we realized our cell phone reception was severely lacking.  We had trouble making calls the closer we got and after arriving we realized we not only had little to no reception we also had NO internet to speak of.  Being optimists at heart we hoped that the thunderstorms that invaded the island on Friday morning were causing the interference.  The sun came out on Sunday afternoon but had no effect on the cells or internet.  Well… there went my hopes for sporadic posting.

Ok, so that was the bad news.  The good news is, by being disconnected (literally) we were able to completely enjoy our vacation and experience everything just for the sake of enjoying it.  No wondering if I should post this pic right away or tweet the beautiful sunset or check in on Foursquare.  We were not connected to the digital world but found that it gave us more time to connect with each other and the beauty around us.

All in all, going off grid was just what we had in mind!

Boomers walk

Happy travels,


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Going Off Grid

Going off grid often means different things to different people.  For me, it means a REAL vacation.  I’ve mentioned before that most of our travel is related to business, either Mr. Yapa’s business or my travel business.  While any travel is a good time as far as I’m concerned, it’s been more years than I want to admit since we have taken a full out vacation.

This will be my view for an entire 9 days!

Our view for the week


Oh, yeah!  An entire week literally on the beach in one of my favorite Texas locales, Galveston.  We were there last year and shared some of that trip on the Galveston – Not Just a Beach Destination article.

We decided to check out renting a beach house this time instead of a hotel.  I realized in doing my homework on it, that it is a perfect fit for us.  We love cooking together especially grilling and smoking outdoors and we are going to be on the coast where there is plenty of fresh seafood.  Music on the deck, mere steps away from the beach, coffee while watching the sunrise… wow… I don’t think I can wait three more weeks.

Did I forget to mention, my BFF from school is flying in from Atlanta to spend the weekend with us?  We rarely get to see each other so this is going to be a real treat.  I sure hope we don’t drive Mr. Yapa totally insane.

Have a good one, my friends.  I promise to share lots of pics during our stay.

Happy travels,


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When In Texas…

I recently had a rare but welcomed “aha” moment.  I’ve been less than inspired of late, mainly because this crazy year has put a damper on our usual travel plan.  I like to share stories, information, pictures and recommendations from experience and there just hasn’t been much of it lately, or so I thought.

For the next month or so, I want to share with you my home state, Texas.   From the stockyards in Fort Worth, to international Galleria shopping in Dallas and Houston, to the incredible Gulf coast and the beautiful Hill Country there is an enormous array of destinations, experiences and culinary treats to be found.  I’m really excited to share everything with you and maybe inspire you to visit this awesome state.

Let’s start with the number one tip for visiting Texas.  Rent a car!!  Everything is bigger in Texas, or so we say.  If you want to really experience all that Texas has to offer, rent a car and do what we grow up doing.  We measure distance by time, not miles.  Sounds a little different, doesn’t it?  If I’m heading to the coast, for example, I don’t know how far it is in miles but I know that I can be in Galveston in less than 6 hours depending on traffic I hit in Houston.  If I am going home to visit family, it’s a 2.5 hour drive.  Heading to Dallas?  Yep, about 45 minutes.  Not one of those destinations do I know the mileage for.  It’s just not the way we travel.

Texas is large… really large and there is no way you can experience any given area by cab or public transport alone.  Even staying in Dallas is easier with your own mode of transport.  Face it, this is not New York and we are not known for our public transportation.  We are spread out without a lot of “walking distance” attractions close by.  Trust me, rent a car.  You will find so much more opened up to you.

I can’t wait to tell you about the real vacation Mr. Yapa and I have planned, right here in the State of Texas!  Stay tuned…

Happy travels,


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