Who We Are

We are two grandmothers, recently retired, who want to embrace life and see where it takes us. One of us is like the tortoise; the other is like the hare. See if we portray those traits as you follow our blog.

My name is Melanie Pollard, and I’m a passionate traveler who enjoys writing and sharing my journeys. I am a married mother of twins, and I adore spending time with my family and five grandchildren. My hobbies are laughing, reading, hiking, music, good food, and, of course, all things travel related, especially if it’s a little distinctive. I delight in visiting new places or trying almost anything I’ve never tried before. Birmingham, Alabama, is my home.

My name is Marla Monk. I am a married mother of three sons with three grandchildren. Photography and free-lance writing are my hobbies. I like to spend time with family, exercise, socialize, support Veterans, and generally look for interesting ways to enjoy life! I grew up as a Marine Corps child and was fortunate to live in 4 states and Japan. I am thrilled when I visit new places and learn about the history, people, and local culture of an area-in the U.S. and abroad.  Every place has hidden gems, whether prominently known or not. Birmingham, Alabama, is my home.