Voyage of the Glaciers- A First Time Alaska Cruise

I never thought I would find myself on an Alaska cruise. Something about being stuck on a gigantic ship with thousands of other people never appealed to me. Who wants to travel like that? Well, after starting my job as a travel agent with AAA I quickly learned the cruise industry is a big deal…. Read more »

48 Hours in Vancouver

Vancouver is an incredible city. Glassy, modern skyscrapers dominate its dense downtown, yet the many distinct neighborhoods retain their charm. Surrounded by water, you are never too far away from a salty breeze or a nice stretch of beach. Vancouver also boasts the largest urban park in North America, giving it a wonderful outdoorsy feel…. Read more »

Kayaking in Kenai Fjords National Park

A drizzling light rain causes ripples in this otherwise calm bay, as droplets cascade from the sky. Icebergs the size of cars float past as we pick our way through a minefield of broken ice. A curious harbor seal emerges just feet away, exhaling a hot, heavy breath we can almost feel. Just ahead, a… Read more »

The Perfect Week in Oregon

Leaving the redwoods and the coastal fog of California behind, we headed north into the great state of Oregon. One of the most geographically diverse states in the country, Oregon boasts Pacific coastline, volcanoes, large lakes, dense forests, and high deserts as well as some great cities. Any visitor will find it easy to fill… Read more »

Sonoma County and Redwoods National Park

As much as we loved San Francisco, our wallets couldn’t handle any longer so we headed north out to the countryside. Muir Woods National Monument provided a great place to stretch our legs and walk some trails underneath the massive giants that call this part of California home. Just as nice was a visit to Point Reyes… Read more »

8 Unique San Francisco Experiences

After the John Muir Trail, we spent a day kayaking in Mammoth and that night literally chasing a bear off the hood of my car! Here’s the picture to prove it: Then we headed over to the great City by the Bay. We spent four days running up and down the steep hills of San… Read more »

Injured on The John Muir Trail

The John Muir Trail is a premier hiking trail that attracts thousands of hikers each year. Running 216 miles through the pristine Sierra Nevada Mountains, it begins in Yosemite Valley and ends at Mt. Whitney. This was our attempt at completing the trail.

The California Coast

From San Diego to Los Angeles to Big Sur, the California Coast is a magical place. We visited friends in the two big cities of Southern California before roadtripping up the Pacific Coast Highway.

Below the Rim of the Grand Canyon

The Grand Canyon is my favorite place on Earth. This was yet another journey into the heart of the Canyon. Beginning at Hermit’s Rest, Glenna and I descended below the rim to the Tonto Trail. We hiked the little traveled trail before ascending out of the canyon once again on the Bright Angel Trail.

The Narrows Top Down

The Narrows are world famous and for good reason. Sandstone walls tower up to 1,300 feet above, while the river below narrows to less than 30 feet. Hiking from Chamberlain’s Ranch to the entrance to Zion Valley, we complete the full 17 miles Top-Down.

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    The Walker’s Haute Route: The Final Chapter

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    Read the first Part of the Walker’s Haute Route HERE & Chapter Two HERE Day 8: Zinal-Gruben    9 miles “On earth there is no heaven, but there are pieces of it.” -Jules Renard In the morning, we left the unknown creature and the pretty town of Zinal behind. Once again, we climbed above the valley,… Read more »

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    The Walker’s Haute Route: Part Two

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    Read the first part of the Walker’s Haute Route Here! Day 4: Cabane du Mont Fort-Cabane Prafleuri     9 miles  “Wilderness is not a luxury but a necessity of human spirit, and as vital to our lives as water and good bread.” – Edward Abbey  It was hard to part from the wool blankets in the… Read more »

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    The Walker’s Haute Route: Chamonix to Zermatt

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    The Walker’s Haute Route is a strenuous traverse of the French and Swiss Alps. Beginning in Chamonix, France, the route travels 100+ miles to Zermatt, Switzerland. The High Level Route, as it was first called, began as a summer mountaineering expedition. Over time, it has evolved into a classic hike that doesn’t require technical skills,… Read more »

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    The 2015 Milan Expo

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    I must admit, when I think of Milan my initial thought is always of being at the train station and the Embassy and being scared shitless that my girlfriend was gone. For that, my opinion of Italy’s second largest city is a bit skewed. Also, outside of that fiasco, I only spent one full day… Read more »

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    High Above Lake Como: The Climb to Monte Grona

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    Buzzed on Limoncello and stuffed with McDonald’s, our next train ride was much happier. With my eyes on her the whole ride, Glenna managed to stay on the train this time and we got off together at the stop in Varenna. It was a little town on the Eastern edge of Lake Como and the main… Read more »

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    The Day My Girlfriend Disappeared

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    The early morning hours found us huffing our packs across the footbridges of Venice’s canals. We had an early AM train ride and the city was dead; just the way we liked it. The sun peeked above the horizon in a splash of color as we boarded the train bound for Milan. We picked out… Read more »

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    A Stroll Through Venezia

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    We snuck into a private compartment on the train from Naples to Rome. It was a cozy experience. So cozy, in fact, we may or may not have been caught in the middle of some certain adult activities; though that’s a story for another time! We were also sheltered from the creepy man who stalked… Read more »

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    5 Pizzas in 24 Hours… Naples Done Right

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    Naples is a misunderstood city. It is an old city, one of the oldest continuously inhabited in the world, with a long and proud history. Yet people often judge Naples by its recent decline and struggle with crime. The Italian Mafia group known as the Camorra originated here, dating back to the 16th century. The… Read more »

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    Pompeii, Vesuvius, & The Amalfi Coast

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    The train ride from Rome to Naples was fairly quick. From Naples, we took the Circumvesuviania train South to Pompeii. Upon stepping off the train, it was immediately evident this was a bit of a tourist trap. Pop-up restaurants, drink stands, and guided tours littered the small road along the track. Everyone was trying to… Read more »

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    Living La Dolce Vita in Rome

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    There is evidence that humans have been living in the area of the city of Rome for almost 14,000 years! Legend tells us though, it all began in 753 BC. Sons of a virgin and the god of Mars, Romulus and Remus were left to die. Against all odds, the Tiber River swept them to… Read more »