Afternoon drive to clearwater beach in Tampa!

We drove from Orlando to Clearwater beach for the afternoon adventures and dinner, the drive was pretty amazing we are so much in love with the palm trees, so we busted music out loud and started singing ”Maroon 5: what lovers do” making memories. We finally made it to Tampa and all I wanted was to park asap and feel the sunshine on my face and walk on the beach, I have seen pictures of the sand so it was my time to experience all that beauty.

The most beautiful and clean beach ever, we loved it, it was 55 degrees but coming from wisconsin, we were not going to complain about the weather, we waited for the sunset while picking some seashells and build a sandcastle. There is also a busy playground nearby that Armani was happy to hang out with other kids.

This was definitely the highlight of the trip, seeing our daughter embracing the beautiful weather and feeling the sand in her feet, she was waiting on the sunset and slowly getting tired but she braved the cold and had fun.It was getting windy and cold!

The beach started getting busy with lots of people within 10 min professional photographers, tourist, and local people came to view the sun going down!

A gentle reminder of why we travel and how fortunate we are to see so much of the world.

Every day’s an adventure when I step out of my door.

Governors Island!


 A hidden gem located in Madison!

Governors island is a small natural park,  part of the island is privately owned, one main trail runs the perimeter of the island. We went for an afternoon walk, the weather was 30 degrees and nice for afternoon hike. The trail was very slippery with ice at this time of the year, I suggest you wear yarktrax for safety. My husband slipped on the trail, so pay attention. We looped around for half a mile before we headed back to the parking lot. The trial is easy to follow from the gate, you wont get lost, it’s a busy lake right now with ice fisherman, and parking can be tough. We enjoyed the afternoon walk it was peaceful and the view was gorgeous as always. The trail is flat and dog friendly. The trail is really small I highly recommend this park for daughter who is three years old enjoyed this short hike first time to the lake. I cant wait to check it out in the summer.




This was one of the days we just needed to get in a car for a drive as a family and go on the adventure, my daughter fell asleep on our way and napped on my back for the entire hike. It was 30 degrees .




me and my daughter we are wearing the beanie from they are insulated and has a double layer, its one size fits all and comes in three colors.

This is the link of my hat if you like it


Learn to enjoy every minute of your life. Be happy now. Don’t wait for something outside of yourself to make you happy in the future. Think how really precious is the time you have to spend, whether it’s at work or with your family. Every minute should be enjoyed and savored.
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Best sunset in madison!

Winter has never been my favorite season at all, living in Wisconsin has never been on my plan.thanks to my cheesehead husband and my adventure baby who really enjoys the cold temps.They push me out of the house even if I try to come up with all sorts of great indoor activities.

I usually plan my week ahead depending on the weather, I don’t ever do last minutes things, because I’m a mom of a toddler, but sunset last minute hike give me a call I will be there before you know it.I’m from South Africa I love the sunset we have the most beautiful sunset in Africa, so I wouldn’t miss a sunset hike in my life especially 38 degrees in the middle of winter in Wisconsin.But I have to say not every day I’m up for an afternoon hike, sometimes Armani naps for 3 hours so when she wakes up its already dark and I’m ready for bed ugh… Mom life.

There is just something I really adore about my daughter she is a nature freak, she looks out the window and say let’s go for a hike, she has been saying this as long as she has started talking, she keeps me going, she keeps me on my toes, she is my greatest motivation.she reminds me every day of the most important things like hiking, gym, etc…. I’m such a lucky mom, thank god I’m also an adventure mom not a stay at home mom, I listen to her and always try to have fun with her, she is my everything.

Today was such a busy day and we couldn’t wait to get out of the house and go hiking, we packed the car at 1 pm we are always on time and we are very I wasn’t going to let anything stop us from going on a sunset hike.We left on time and when we got there it was peaceful and beautiful like we expected, I had two questions for her, do you want me to carry you or you wanna hike. She said please carry me, I was super stoked because that means I get to do what I want to enjoy a nature walk and take great pictures.

But it didn’t last long she wanted to hike I was happy to let her run along the slippery trail packed with snow, I didn’t wear my yaktrax because people have already been on this trail, so it was safe for me to hike without them.

At this point we are chasing each other on the trail and giggling and just having fun enjoying nature play, I know it sounds weird, they play in the woods huh… We got really warm and the temps were slowly dropping.

Looks like we were 10minutes early so we hiked all the way to the overlook and decided to hike back and try to catch the sunset from a different direction, I carried her again on my back so that we can keep up, she never complained at all she was curious about the gunshots she kept hearing and she asked if they are shooting a deer like her daddy, I said this point I really wish I could have come early enough to add more miles because we are circling around now, so the plan was to keep moving so that we stay warm and that worked.

We finally made it to the overlook and she said, put me down.

So every time I take a picture she will say take a picture and send it to daddy.

Here we are just feeling like we are the luckiest girls alive in the wildness culture not everyone gets an opportunity to see this beautiful life out of the house.

We have learned to bring a tripod on the solo hikes because we don’t wanna miss out on this precious moments, we keep this memories photograph.

Cherokee marsh unit never disappoint, summer, spring, fall, and winter we are here honey! The location is also convenient for my family only 20 min drive to the park from my house. So we literally spend 45 min outside and felt really good.

We are so grateful for the warm winters, I highly recommend. Cherokee Marsh is family friendly and dog-friendly, it’s never busy.great for bird watching in the’s really a great hidden gem for Madison.

“Look deep into nature and you will understand everything better.” – Albert Einstein

This is the location: Cherokee Marsh – North Unit, 6098 N Sherman Ave, Madison, WI 53704

Wisconsin’s gorgeous gem!

Parfrey’s Glen, located within Devil’s Lake State Park, is a Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources-designated State Natural Area. The glen is a deep gorge cut through the sandstone of the south flank of the Baraboo Hills.

Parfrey glen is a hidden gem and one of the best hikes I have ever done in wisconsin, this is where the idea of our adventure day book came from which is available online.

parfrey’s glen is 1.7mi leading you to a waterfall, be prepared to hop through the actual glen.its not a loop and you will gain a little 450ft elevation.The trail follows the creek to the whole length, most shaded in the spring and the winter make sure to bring your yarktrak or microspikes the ice is slippery if you plan to hike all the way to the frozen waterfall.The restrooms are available at the trailhead and picnic tables which is my daughters favorite, she likes to seat and have a snack there and and play after a hike.

We have been on this trail with my daughter in the spring, summer, fall, and winter. And I was surprised when she wanted to hike and not be carried so she hiked half of the trail and got nervous to climb the rocks because she already fell couple times, but rather than that I highly recommend this gorge to the families, toddlers enjoy this area a lot, its easy to manage for them and so much to see or do on this trail.

If your toddler is not able to hike a distance yet I suggest you bring a hiking carrier so much easy, to climb those big boulders and see the actual fall.

We didn’t take lots of pictures of the scenery because when I have my daughter hiking I need to keep an eye on her, you just never know she is 2 and have a mind of her own.

Wisconsin adventure family Rating: easy-moderate 1.7mil it seems long but it’s really short. Wear good waterproof hiking boots always, it’s very fun for kids to climb the log along the trail, and throw rocks along the stream, wooden bridges for them to cross.

Here is the address to the location:Parfrey’s Glen State Natural Area

1377 County Rd DL, Merrimac, WI 53561

(608) 266-2621

Turville point conservation park!

The great thing about this germ is how it changes with the season, we really enjoyed this trail in the spring my daughter used to adore the wildflowers, and chasing the ducks around the park, then we came in the summer the trail was shaded all the way and gorgeous but the mosquitoes were brutal.

we came here in the fall and the colorful leaves on the trail was just gorgeous and few bugs around fall season, this trail in the winter is my favorite because I enjoy quiet walks in the woods and a good view of Monona terrace and Capitol building and my baby will nap along the’s family friendly and kid friendly, I can let my daughter walk as long as she is happy, or carry her and hike faster than I usually do with other people.

In the summer we love the playground it’s never crowded and they have clean restrooms for the public.

I usually don’t take any pictures on this hike because there is really nothing to capture it’s a walk along the woods.but once you reach the other sight along the lake I always take pictures of the lake with downtown.

In the winter the lake forms this icicles near the beach side.

If you plan to hike at Olin park in the winter will suggest you bring hiking poles, wear good hiking boots, because the trail gets slippery, there wasn’t much snow on the ground when we went, there was no need of snowshoes.

The trail is easy to follow, they have signs showing skiing trail and hiking trail, so pay attention where you going.

Wisconsin Adventure family Ratings :Easy 1.5miles round trip, hilly some part.  Small beach area along the trail and fine sand to play in.

There is public parking available for free here:John Nolen Dr, Madison, WI 53713

Cherokee marsh north

We went out chasing sunset today with happy toddlers, Cherokee marsh north is located in Madison.15 min drive from Sun Prairie.The sunset is really beautiful in this area all season.I let my daughter and her friends hike from parking lot to the overlook, I highly recommend this trail to families who want to spend time outside and enjoy nature, so many options. It’s dog friendly and all terrain stroller.I suggest you bring a headlamp and stay on the trail, we were able to make it back on time before it’s too dark.

We left the trailhead at 4pm and we took the far left trail to this overlook it took us 30 min with toddler pace.

on our way back the sky was slowly changing to the red color which was pretty-cool, the girls said it looks like fire.we couldn’t stop snapping pictures

At 4:40pm the sky was still gorgeous-with this colors .

We got back at the trailhead at 4:55pm and we walked 1.1mi round trip pretty good for the 2 year old, better than seating on the couch eating potato chips.

This trail is a great place to watch the sunset and let your kids climb rocks by the trailhead and explore.  This is my favorite place to take the my daughter when she just want to play and not do much hiking.  This trail is super short and you already have a great view.

You do have to take a dirt road to get to the trail head, but it’s doable with most cars.

Please find the location below

Cherokee Marsh – North Unit

6098 N Sherman Ave, Madison, WI 53704

Sunset is a wonderful opportunity for us to appreciate all the great things the sun gives us!  

Adventure Day

Adventure Day: A New Children’s Book Dedicated to the Outdoors,A 2 year old woke up very excited to go hiking with a her mom, trying out a new trail with new friends in a new city, this trail turned out to be most beautiful and unique trail in the states,that reminds them of Utah .she was super excited to get home and tell her daddy about her adventure day, but fell asleep in the car right when they were heading back home .

Come and buy your signed copy at the book fair in Chicago.

More info below

Copies also available online

Pewit’s Nest State Natural

Ðo activities you’re passionate about – which make your heart and soul feel perky – including things like working out, cooking, painting, writing, yoga, hiking, walking, swimming, being in nature, being around art, or reading inspiring books.

Karen Salmansohn


Today we kicked off hike it baby 30 challenge, this is last challenge of the year. We had been planning to check out this amazing hidden germ in Baraboo since spring, little did we know it was not even actually hike, to this amazing spot. I was very excited when we got here since baby girl wanted to be carried, from the parking lot to this spot it was approximately 0.3 mi round trip 0.9 mi. the trail is rated moderate not sure why but I will rate it easy, especially since my toddler was able to run all the  way to the trailhead. The trail is good for all skill levels. I highly recommend this trail its toddler friendly, But I got to warn you, A portion is closed because of some stupid people who have been investing their time vandalizing this area. So if you end up going stay on the trail and respect nature, and guidelines, read more information on the link provided below.

How to get here?

Address: County Road W, Baraboo, WI 53913

more info:

Pewit’s Nest State Natural Area is a nature reserve of Wisconsin, USA, that includes a deep gorge formed during the retreat of the last glacier. Pewit’s Nest is outside of Baraboo in Sauk County.


High Cliff State Park 

I wanna share my excitement, I had this park listed on my bucket list for a while and because it’s 2 hours away I just didn’t know when we Will be able to hike here, but this weekend, my husband took the baby with him to spend time with her grandparents while he go hunting.So I took a solo drive to meet up with a friend I had meet on Facebook a long time ago and she was happy to explore with me, it was a gorgeous day for a hike.

This park was pretty busy than  I expected, I hiked 2.5 miles loop on a shaded trail along the lake. The trail was very busy with hikers and dogs going up and down, it was 74 degrees I understand.

when I got on top of the cliff, I was so excited and I fell in love with the family campsite, the leaves were so colorful it was really pretty. Lots of trails if you have time or camping at the park and pretty views .seriously we are definitely planning to camp here next year summer or fall we have to.
Along the trail.

This area is at the beginning of the trail and easy to miss, just a little running stream.

So this is what I have to say, I saw so many families with kids as young as 2 walking on the trail, I wouldn’t let my daughter walk here, I will bring a carrier for the whole hike, be warned their trail gets really steep and rocky, I didn’t have a baby on my back this time but it kicked my butt, Bring hiking poles, plenty of drinking water and a camera. There are few benches along the trail to rest.

“I took the one less traveled by,
And that has made all the difference.”
– Robert Frost

Door county adventures 

Falling for fun in Door county, this is Wisconsin!we decided to take a road trip and explore up north a little bit, all We can say is wow, Every stop we make its pretty amazing,Door  county is such a small town we are already making plans for our next trip in the summer we wanna do it all and see it all.

This curvy road has been on the bucket list for sometime.
Best sugar free latte in town, so impressed with this little place and antiques store, the owner was friendly and gave our daughter a toy from the antiques store, so sad to report, she broke it within 10 minutes we was in the car.

Here is the adress this this awesome cozy place.

Adress:12625 WI-42, Ellison Bay, WI 54210

This is  Charlie’s smokehouse, I learned about it online just researching places to buy the best smoked fish.

This is the view from Charlie’s smoked house.,
This was hubby’s favorite spot good beer 🍺 and great atmosphere, Door county brewery is a must see if you’re in town.

Then from Door county brewery we got in the car and drove 17 min to see the canal lighthouse but we never saw the lighthouse, the weather started changing on us and more people where waiting for the wagon to cross the lake to the canal island, my toddler was not patient and she had had enough of this stops.

This picture was taken right where everybody was waiting on the wagon to cross to the canal island 🌴
We had fish fry at peninsula pub, great place to hangout , kid friendly, fast service, friendly waitress and great food

Wine tasting stop for ice wine
I’m a red wine drinker, so I learned that ice wine is sweet so it wasn’t for me

Last stop Sunday afternoon was the Renard’s cheese store, great store with plenty of cheese to taste.My daughter enjoyed playing at the playground for 10min .its a great stop for adults and kids.