Sunshine Blogger Award


Thankful to be Nominated

We were so honored to be nominated for the Sunshine Blogger Award by Caterina at Wonderlust Queen. She is the quality of writer and storyteller that we inspire to be.  If you haven’t checked out her blog and given it a follow, we would absolutely recommend that you do so!

We started our blog because we have a passion for traveling and for animals, and we wanted to share that passion with others.  We have long appreciated getting feedback from others on blogs and message boards about both travel and life.  This wisdom has been so instrumental in guiding, not only our decisions, but also how we can give back.

We have been truly blessed to have been able to travel to some pretty amazing places, and to experience some pretty incredible adventures.  We know that we have been fortunate, which is why we want to give back to others.  We are trying to turn our passion and our experience into a resource that can help others experience their dreams.  We want to give others the courage to start their own adventures.

That is why it melted our hearts to learn that someone in the blogging community that we respect so much thought of us.  We must be doing something right, and that feels good.  It doesn’t take long to realize that the blogging community is a special, tight-knit community, and we are so thankful to be a part of it.  So thank you Caterina!

Here are the answers to the questions we were asked:

Do you prefer cats or dogs? Why?

Man, you would think that this would be an easy question, but it’s not.  We grew up in Minnesota, and for a very long time it was among the only states in the continental United States that still had wild wolves roaming its wilderness.  We used to visit the International Wolf Center in Northern Minnesota and got to see them up close.  So for the longest time, wolves have been the favorite animal of both Nick and myself.

However, after visiting Tanzania this past year, and getting to see lions and leopards in their natural habitat and how much respect the people of Tanzania have for these animals, it is really hard not to have an intense love for those animals.  They are awe inspiring creatures.

Leave it to us to turn this into a big cats versus big dogs discussion, but that’s just who we are.  Our favorite animals are wild animals.  If we had to pick either cats or dogs, I guess we would have to pick dogs.  Our passion for wolves runs deep, but we have a growing admiration for cats.

If you could be anywhere right now, where would you like to be?

I know Nick’s answer, and that would be somewhere on a beach helping marine wildlife. That’s his passion.  So much so that he and his family are moving to California this year so that he can pursue that dream.  As his brother and one of his biggest fans, that makes me proud.

As for me, it would have to be Patagonia.  Ever since I was a kid, I have been absolutely enthralled with that beautiful landscape.  As a passionate photographer, the landscape moves me like no other I have seen images of.  I want to explore the Chilean and Argentinian Patagonia, I want to learn about it, and I want to share that with others thru my photographs and my stories.

Do you dance? If yes, what do you dance? If no, why?

Wow, this is a hard one.  I told you Caterina is good!  Does in the shower count?

We will be completely honest here.  We don’t dance much.  It’s not that we don’t like to dance, but neither of us are any good at it.  I guess you could say that it doesn’t matter if you are good or not, as long as you enjoy it.  Putting yourself outside your comfort zone forces you to grow.  That is the advice I would give others, so I guess I should take my own advice.

What’s your favorite quote (from a book, a song, anything else…)?

Without a doubt, it has to be this quote from John Lennon…

“When I was 5 years old, my mother always told me that happiness was the key to life. When I went to school, they asked me what I wanted to be when I grew up. I wrote down ‘happy’. They told me I didn’t understand the assignment, and I told them they didn’t understand life.”

For some reason, that quote has always resonated with me.  We all deserve to be happy, and happiness is such a wonderful thing to aspire to be.  It doesn’t have to be any more complex than that!

When did you start using smartphones?

Ok, we are really going to date ourselves here.  Neither Nick or I had a cell phone until we were almost out of college.  Not because we didn’t want one or weren’t allowed to have one.  No, we didn’t get one until then because until then mobile phones were the size of brief cases and cost a fortune.  Now, I don’t think I could live without my phone.

As for smart phones, I believe I got my first smart phone about 5 years out of college.  It was an iPhone, and I have never looked back. Being able to keep in touch with family, have information right at your fingertips, and being able to organize and edit your photos right on your phone is amazing!  So, thank you Steve Jobs, you were an amazing man.

Our Nominations

OK, enough about us.  In addition to Wonderlust Queen, here are some of the other blogs that we really enjoy.  We have used these blogs to provide us with inspiration, to get us out of a jam when we weren’t quite sure what to do, to remind us that no dream is too big to aspire to, and to let us know that we aren’t alone in figuring out how to get from point A to point B in one piece.

And here are the questions we have for them.

  1. If you could only travel to one more place in this world for the rest of your life, where would that place be?
  2. What inspires you to want to travel?
  3. Which movie or book has had the biggest impact on your life and why?
  4. If you could save just one endangered animal from extinction, which one would it be?
  5. Who is your favorite person to travel with and why?

We hope to read your answers to these questions and see which blogs inspire you the most!

The Rules:

  • Thank the nominator and post a link back to their blog.
  • Answer the questions the nominator has set out for you.
  • Nominate new blogs and set out questions for them to answer.
  • Notify the nominees of their nominations by commenting on their blog or social media
  • When creating your nomination post, list the rules and include the Sunshine Award logo in it.
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  1. Thanks so much for the nomination. So thankful to have found your blog!

  2. Thanks for the answers and all the kind words 🙂 I do believe this blogging community is awesome. I hope you do try dancing sometime 😀 I’m not particularly good at it either, but it’s so liberating!

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