Isaiah's Travel and Family Blog

The Journey of the Blog

I started this blog in 2015 when I took an extended road trip across the USA with my faithful dog, El Guapo, who would eagerly go with me anywhere.  I continued to write about some of my other global travels, but the real journey is not so much the places you go, but the people who go with you.  I met my wife Kim on an international trip to Costa Rica that I organized that same year with the local Asheville organization LEAF.  We’ve since made other journeys together, including our honeymoon, in which we brought back a surprise souvenir.  Nine months later in 2018, our biggest journey started when our son Walker was born.  Lacking the big travels away from home that first inspired this blog, my travel writing went dormant; furthermore, El Guapo grew progressively ill and had to be put down.  He overlapped with Walker for 3 months.  My focus centered on the role of fatherhood rather than the road.  But the name “Walker” was chosen because of our shared experiencing of walking the Camino de Santiago in Spain, and the pace at which we like to experience the world on foot.  And as Walker has gotten older and able to travel on his own feet, I have rediscovered in the absorbing eyes of a child, that the most adventurous trek can be a simple stroll around the neighborhood.  Fatherhood is my new frontier.  Thus I don’t have have to venture to some new or exotic place to have good stories to tell; this blog is newly dedicated to every-day adventures.   -Isaiah


Recent Posts

2020 Year in Review

I began this travel blog website, as most do, to highlight those trips that are getaways from everyday life.  In 2020, "everyday life" was the true adventure.  And so, amidst this hiatus from travel, I'm using my blog as the forum to share my Year in Review.  This...

Now I Know My ABC’s

Two things Walker loves at this age (2 1/2 years):  Seeing himself in videos and the ABC's.  To our surprise, he has fervently taken to letters - likes playing with them as shapes, puzzles and watching ABC / phonics videos online.  He also like singing, as I play and...

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Asheville Outdoors

The abundance of outdoor recreation opportunities - on foot, on wheels, or on water - was my primary motivation for moving to Asheville years ago.  After having participated in it all the last 15 years as a local, here are some of my recommendations for those who only...

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Asheville Eats

There are SO many good dining options in Asheville, and you can easily do a Trip Advisor or Yelp search to see which are the top reviewed, so this list is by no means thorough, but more some of our reliable favorites that we recommend, and the type of atmosphere to...

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Asheville Drinks

In the 15 years I’ve lived in Asheville, we’ve seen it go from a few breweries that had the atmosphere of a friend’s garage, to so many tourist-filled breweries it’s hard to keep track.  There’s been a few failed brewery attempts through the years, but by and large it...

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“To Do” in Asheville

These recommendations were written in 2021 assuming it’s the right season and with the forethought of the covid pandemic not being a factor.  Be sure to do your own research to make sure any of these suggestions are operating or feasible during the actual season of...

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Montford Neighborhood: Livin’ La Vida Local

It is perhaps odd that for 20 years I have worked in tourism, and in all that time and all the destinations I've led tours to, rarely have they been to the place I am most familiar - the place I call home - Asheville, NC, even though it is a popular tourist...

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