• Denver Four,  Travel,  Video

    Video: Disneyland

    We spend a lot of time together. Perhaps more than would be considered “normal” to many other sets of siblings out there. We text daily. We share laughs and tears, frustrations with and frequently because of each other, and have this sort of disconcerting knack to understand one another to the core. We are the Denver Four (a nickname spontaneously given to us by an extended family member several years ago; it stuck). Four siblings, one family, really big feet (oh wait…that’s just me). What we didn’t have until this past May was the experience of traveling to a destination outside our home state just us four. No parents. No significant others.…

  • San Francisco skyline
    Travel,  Video

    Video: San Francisco

    This video doesn’t do the grand city of San Francisco justice. But I like to document our adventures with words, photos and video, so on our April trip to California I did my darnedest to include all three. Perhaps one day I will stop trying to do all the things at once, but today is not that day. I hope you enjoy this little travel video. San Francisco, Calif. from anya semenoff on Vimeo. SIGNED, anya elise

  • Twin Peaks San Francisco

    San Francisco, Calif.

    Here’s the breakdown of my favorite places: ❶ Colorado. Of course. Do you have a week and a half for me to tell you all the reasons why? ❷ San Francisco. ❸ New York City. ❹ Paris. ❺ All the other terrific places I’ve had the privilege of seeing. There’s a lot of good ones out there. But today we are gathered to talk about the city by the bay, the one and only… Bay City, Michigan. Kidding! Just checking to make sure you are all paying attention. I’ve never actually been to Bay City, Mich., but it sounds promising. There’s a tab on their Downtown Bay City website that examines the particulars of what…

  • Travel

    Weekending in Minneapolis, Minnesota

    It’s a good thing to tour a new city. It’s a better thing to tour a new city with a good friend who knows where all the cool kids hang out. Last weekend we spent a couple of days getting to know Minneapolis, Minnesota. The land of 10,000 lakes, if the state license plate is to be believed. Both of us have actually been to Minneapolis before, Dan for business and me on a family road trip many moons ago (I just crunched the numbers and “many moons” in this instance equals approximately 240 moons; now that’s a wowza for you). So for this trip we built in a few days to explore the metropolis…

  • Essay,  Travel


    The last time we road tripped together, the windshield wipers provided a tempo to our travel. This time around, we mostly stewed in the hot desert sun longing for some rain. When the rain did eventually start — 1,097 miles into our trip as we drove north toward home — we cheered it along. Perhaps it would loosen some of the bug residue built up on the windshield that sheltered us. A good chunk of my life has been spent driving across desert terrain. I grew up in Colorado, but my large extended family resided west in California. Being one of four, it usually made most sense to drive to…