About lesleycarter

Traveling and extremes have encompassed my life for 30 years; from white-water rafting, skydiving, paragliding, bungee jumping, rock climbing, caving, swimming with dolphins, swimming with beluga whales, and base jumping, I've tried every "bucketlist" adventure I could imagine. My wedding day in Jamaica even included a little bit of rock climbing followed by a trapeze act in my gown. I've been to 34 countries and I envision 100 more!

Atabei Spa As a Couple

ATABEI SPA at Santa Barbara Beach Resort, Curacao

I never really understood a couples massage. I love getting a massage and I love spending time with Cord so I guess the two should go hand-in-hand or side-by-side, but I haven’t quite figured out why we’d go in as a couple. We had a recent couples massage at Atabei Spa at Santa Barbara Beach & Golf Resort and it was fantastic, but here’s my bizarre thoughts on the whole process. Continue reading

Bon Bini from Renaissance Curacao

Renaissance Curacao
It’s hard to believe we’ve already been in the Caribbean for more than two weeks and we’re at our last hotel, Renaissance Curacao, of this trip. After extreme relaxation and rest, it’s nice to be in the capital city of Curaçao. The Renaissance Curacao is in the heart of the city yet it can still feel worlds away when you want it to.  Continue reading

Pool Fun at Santa Barbara& Golf Resort

Pool fun at Santa Barbara Beach & Golf Resort Curacao

It’s pretty obvious at this point that I love swimming. I’m at home in the ocean, the sea, or a pool. Athena is always happiest in the pool, though, and Santa Barbara Beach & Golf Resort makes spending an entire day in the pool easy and fun. There’s poolside service, towels, chairs, umbrellas, and an activity center. They even provide the sunscreen. We took advantage of all the amenities at Santa Barbara Resort but we utilized the pool the most.  Continue reading

Santa Barbara Beach Resort Curacao

Santa Barbara Beach & Golf Resort
As part of our first international trip of 2017, we’re staying in Curacao at Santa Barbara Beach and Golf Resort, a nestled beachfront resort along the Caribbean Sea within a 2,000 acre gated plantation. We only arrived yesterday, but it’s been heaven on earth already. Here’s a quick glimpse of our first two days at Santa Barbara.  Continue reading

A Day of Testing Out Athena’s Gifts

PlayWheels Quad Skates
Since we were traveling during the holidays, we opted for the multiple Christmases. Santa’s elves delivered some of Athena’s gifts early so we could open them at home and the Big Guy delivered the rest on Christmas Day in Wisconsin. It was a great plan that worked wonderfully for us, but the only downside was that Athena didn’t have much time to test out her favorite Christmas gifts before leaving the state. The minute we returned, we took the time to use her PlayWheels Quad Skates and her PlayWheels Skateboard. They were the first item on her list so we wanted to make the most of it.  Continue reading

Open Doors at The Landing

The Landing, Door County, Wisconsin
This Christmas was a world of new for Athena and I. We decided to spend it with my partner’s family in Wisconsin. (I still haven’t found the “boyfriend” term that fits for me but I’m working on it.) It was the first time Athena and I weren’t in our own home, opening gifts from Santa and family that were placed under our Christmas tree with loving care; but home isn’t your own tree or a familiar room. It’s the people who surround you that make it home. Cord’s family has shown us an abundance of love in the last few months. They opened their homes and their hearts to Athena and I. Even though we spent Christmas day, and the two days following Christmas, at The Landing in Door County, Wisconsin, it was the most at home I felt in almost a decade.  Continue reading

A Christmas Story with a New Lesson

A Christmas Story at Sierra Repertory Theatre

It was a rainy day in Sonora while we were visiting yesterday, creating the perfect day for a theatre performance. We attended A Christmas Story at Sierra Repertory Theatre and learned a valuable lesson, but it wasn’t what you’d expect.  Continue reading