Backpacking Resurrection Pass in Chugach National Forest

Our Backpacking Group

I am a member of several Colorado “Meetup” hiking groups, and I stumbled across a backpacking trip to Alaska.  I have always wanted to visit Alaska in the summertime (been in the winter), so I signed up as soon as I saw the post and there was already a waiting list. Continue reading “Backpacking Resurrection Pass in Chugach National Forest”

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Hiking and Horseback Riding in the Pantanal

Along with the game drives in the Pantanal, we participated in other activities like hiking and horseback riding.  Our first morning in the Patanal, we took a game drive to the docks, a boat ride to an island, and then a hike in the woods, across a boardwalk and to a tower for a view of the sweeping swamp. Continue reading “Hiking and Horseback Riding in the Pantanal”

Two Days at Lake Atitlan, Guatemala

Transportation to Lake Atitlán

After working on the Bottle School, I spent the night in Antigua before getting transportation to Lake Atitlán.  I was in Guatemala for the busiest season at Easter, but I was able to get transportation easily with the help of my hotel, La Casa del Mundo, located between the towns of El Jaibalito and Santa Cruz La Laguna on the edge of the lake.  If they couldn’t have helped me, the hotel in which I was staying in Antigua, Hotel San Jorge, would have helped me. It seems to be common for each hotel to offer excursions and transportation.  I was a little concerned about not reserving a space in advance, but it didn’t seem to be a problem, at least not for one person. Continue reading “Two Days at Lake Atitlan, Guatemala”

Feature Foto Friday: From the Heights of Trolltunga

Featured “Fotographer”: Connally Reid

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Background: Connally is my niece with a sense of travel adventure.  A recent college graduate, she took three weeks to travel South America, and is now starting a job at Marathon Oil.  Not only is she brilliant, she has a knack for snapping some fantastic photos in some amazing places.

Image Title: From the Heights of Trolltunga

Location: Trolltunga, Norway

Fun Fact(s):  The hike where this photo is taken is called Trolltunga which means troll tongue. The hike takes about 10 hours. Connally and her cousin Catherine started late, so they ended up bringing a tent and camping at the top. It was much less crowded, and they got to see a great sunset.  Aside from the spectacular scenery, what made the hike extra special for Connally was receiving her job offer there!

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Travel Trivia Tuesday

Can you name at least one movie that was filmed at Petra?

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Road Trip to the Rockies: Winter Park

Road trip with Friends to Winter Park

My friends, Brian and Erin, kindly shared their condo in Winter Park with me this weekend.  I felt so fortunate to be able to head to the mountains Friday afternoon and miss the Saturday morning ski traffic.  What a luxury they afforded me!  On top of including me in their weekly winter trek to the mountains, as I don’t ski, they graciously joined me in snow shoeing on one of the biggest powder days of the lackluster snow season.

Saturday morning we geared up, stepped out of the condo, and wondered what in the heck we were doing.  Wind whipped tiny flecks of snow into our faces as we shoved our packs and shoes into the trunk of their convertible Audi complete with snow tires!  Brian drove us 45 minutes to the outskirts of Rocky Mountain National Park where we found the trailhead to Shadow Mountain Shore.

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Throwback Thursday: Salkantay Trail

The Salkantay Trail

So I took many trips prior to ever starting my blog.  I thought I would pay tribute to a few places with Throwback Thursday.

This was a photo taken on our hike to Machu Picchu along the Salkantay Trail.

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