June 2019- The Pauls Come to Town

Shortly after having Mimi and Papa in town, we were thrilled to welcome most of the Paul family to Vermont (we missed you, Danny!). We can always count on them to come visit us wherever we are and bring the … Read More

September 2018- Costa Rica

Stacy and I have been friends since our high school days at good old Chamberlain Senior High, many moons ago. We have gone on many fantastic adventures through the years and I can count on always having a blast when … Read More

June 2018- West Virginia Vacation

Almost Heaven… West Virginia! Both sides of my family were born and raised in West Virginia, and I always enjoy getting to spend time there whenever we can. Since we would be next door, so to speak, in Virginia for … Read More

May 2018

May of 2018 brought lots of lovely weather with some fun time outside, a Mother’s Day trip to St. Augustine, great times with friends, and an adults-only Memorial Day weekend trip to Nashville.  James is always happy to help push … Read More

Turning 39 in Pennsylvania

For Chris’s 39th birthday, he opted for a short weekend getaway to Bucks County, Pennsylvania to visit one of his favorite people, Aunt Alice. He and Aunt Alice have a special bond, and after the unexpected loss of Uncle Mike … Read More

Chicago Birthday Surprise

Towards the end of February, Chris had to take a work trip to Chicago, so we decided to go as a whole family and celebrate James’ 9th birthday in the Windy City. A seasoned pro at flying, Ellie sleeps through … Read More

A Wintry Week in Scotland, Part Two

 Our Scottish adventure continued with a drive to the Isle of Skye, where we looked forward to a day spent enjoying phenomenal scenery from the car and a hike to an amazing set of waterfalls.  Then winter happened.  The weather … Read More

A Wintry Week in Scotland, Part One

Due to the delightfully unexpected appearance of Ellie and the subsequent cancellation of a long-awaited Paris trip for which plane tickets had already been purchased, we had some international flight money to use up before the end of February. Unfortunately, … Read More

Happy New Year 2018!

The Traveling Shenks rang in the new year in Texas with some of our favorite people, the C Family. Having left Utah for the lower altitude of the Dallas area to improve Evie’s heart health, they welcomed us into their … Read More

Bittersweet Days in Pennsylvania

Not all of our trips are for fun. In mid-December, we got the news that Chris’s uncle, Mike, was hospitalized in the ICU and they weren’t sure what was wrong. It turns out that last-minute plane tickets in December are … Read More