South to Albania

South to Albania

While stuck in the rain in November and desperate for sunshine, we booked a place in Southern Albania for January-February. Being further south, it’s warmer and gets 14 minutes more daylight each day. Yes, we look at these things. We arrived in Albania a few...
Old Rocks in Montenegro

Old Rocks in Montenegro

After an overcast and rainy month in Kotor, we made a short but welcome move to the town of Budva, about 30 minutes away. It’s located on the coast, rather than on the bay, and is supposed to be sunnier. We spent a little more on our Airbnb this time and got a...
Dodging the Rain in Montenegro

Dodging the Rain in Montenegro

In Colorado, you can make plans first and then look at the weather forecast as an afterthought. Because chances are … it’s going to be sunny. Winter in the Balkans … not so much. We’ve been watching the forecast, picking out non-rainy days to...
Kotor, Montenegro

Kotor, Montenegro

It’s always a little unnerving when the customs guy spends a lot more time with your passport than he did with anyone else. Jen, Quinn, and Kathy had already been stamped into Montenegro with a quick scan and stamp of the passport. I’d been standing there...
Our last weeks in Dubrovnik

Our last weeks in Dubrovnik

For our last weekend in Dubrovnik, we followed the recommendations of our Airbnb host, Dea, and rented a car to explore the surrounding area. Our first stop was a botanic garden set in a beautiful location on the coast just north of town. The last slide below is Quinn...
Mljet National Park and the Elafiti Islands

Mljet National Park and the Elafiti Islands

Last Friday we made arrangements to visit Mljet National Park, which is situated on Mljet Island not too far from Dubrovnik. Because of the ferry schedule, we decided it would be easiest to spend the night on the island. It was supposed to be rainy on Friday and clear...
Settling into Dubrovnik

Settling into Dubrovnik

We’ve settled into our new digs in Dubrovnik and are spending our weekends exploring the city and the surrounding area. Dubrovnik is home to only 40,000 residents but receives 3 million tourist visitors each year. It’s known as the “Pearl of the...
Exploring the Islands by Sailboat

Exploring the Islands by Sailboat

When I was in high school, I had a little 16-foot sailboat that I patched up and sailed around Boyd Lake in Loveland. I’ve always been fascinated by long-distance sailing, but Colorado isn’t exactly conducive to coastal cruising. So when Jen asked me what...
Krka National Park and Klis Fortress

Krka National Park and Klis Fortress

One of the things I love about being somewhere for a limited time is that it forces you to make the most of your time. At home, it’s just too easy to say, “I can go climb that mountain (or do that bike ride) next weekend”. On the road, even traveling...
Inland Dalmatia and Hvar Island

Inland Dalmatia and Hvar Island

We’re traveling with my mom, Kathy, and our son, Quinn — that’s a 60 year age gap! One of our challenges is finding stuff that everyone likes to do. Kathy is easy — she’s up for anything and says that we can always just leave her at a...