Venice Gondola Ride: Worth the Hype?

  Our time in Venice began with a water taxi from the airport. It was a beautiful introduction to the way of getting around in Venice. We cruised past Murano and other small islands, taking in the timeless landscapes of Venetian architecture along the Lagoon before reaching our hotel in Lido. When you think of…

From Tuscany to Rome

Just spent two beautiful days in Tuscany. Wine tasting in Montecarlo, the Leaning Tower in Pisa, and a day rich of art, history and architecture in Florence. Tomorrow, we conquer Rome for three nights and couldn’t be more excited. Follow us along our way of 10 days in Italy. Buona Notte. 🙂

Ascending Mt. Hood — to Yocum Ridge

After enjoying a bit of city life in Portland, we were headed to the wilderness for what would become another life-changing experience. As we drove toward Mt. Hood, it was at my first glimpse of the mountain that I started getting butterflies. They were a mix of excitement and nerves; the same I had felt…

Oregon Dunes: Lots of Sand

We stayed at Oregon Dunes since it was a good halfway point between Redwood National Park and Portland, Oregon. After some beautiful views of the Oregon Coast, we arrived here later in the day with enough time to check out the dunes and set up camp before nightfall. It’s a cool place for families, having…

Roadtrip: Beautiful Stops on the Oregon Coast

One of the greatest parts of any road-trip is the feeling of adventure that comes along with it. Although a lot of our trip was planned, it was the spontaneous stops that allowed us to discover some of Oregon’s coastal treasures. After our time at Redwood National Park in California, we headed up Coastal Highway 101…

Redwood National Park: Backcountry Adventures

After doing some sight seeing around Redwood National Park, we packed up our camp at Elk Prairie campground and readied our backpacks. For our second night, we got a free permit for Flint Ridge campground, which is just south of the Klamath River. We parked at the west access, which is right above the beautiful coast on…

How to Keep the Bears Away, Gear & Tips

With our passion for backpacking in the backcountry growing, it was inevitable to eventually find ourselves in bear country. Our first experience was on our most recent trip to Northern California and Oregon. With overnights at Point Reyes National Seashore, Redwood National Park, Mount Hood National Forest, and Crater Lake National Park, we knew we needed…

Redwood National Park: Road Tripping and Site Seeing

After exploring Point Reyes National Seashore, it was time to head to Redwood National Park. Our initial intentions were to head straight to Elk Prairie campground where we had reservations for the night, but we found some worthwhile stops along our way. Driving up beautifully scenic Highway 101 had us stopping numerous times to take photos. The…