Exploring the Depths of New Mexico: Carlsbad Caverns

Imagine traveling through the desert and spotting thousands of bats flying out of an opening in the earth. Then picture having the guts to climb down into this completely black hole with nothing but a lantern and a homemade ladder. The 16 yr old who discovered the caverns did this in 1898. The Carlsbad Caverns…

Layer It Up!: Grand Canyon Weather in May

We hiked the Grandview Trail on the 5th and 6th of May with an overnight at Horseshoe Mesa campground. The weather couldn’t have been better. After reading info on the National Park Service (NPS) site about hiking in the “summer,” we thought we’d have to worry about the heat, but that wasn’t nearly the case…

How to Pack for Any Trip

As much as I love traveling, packing is one of my least favorite things. Maybe it’s just anxiety, but I always worry if I’ll have enough. What if we get a chance to do something I haven’t packed for? Then if I pack too much, I get angry at myself later for lugging extra weight I…

Water On The Trail & The Katadyn Hiker Pro Filter

Our first experience with a natural water source was at Page Spring, located off the Grandview Trail at the Grand Canyon. On the hike down, we each had a 3L water bladder in our packs, plus another 1.4L each in REI Wide-Mouth Loop-Top Water Bottles with water and Gatorade mix, and another 3-4L of water…

A Hot Meal on the Trail, & Coffee too!

There’s only so much trail mix and dried fruit one can eat before getting sick of it. And after a long hike, there’s nothing better than a hot meal. Before going on our three night trip at the Grand Canyon, which included one overnight backpacking excursion, we researched all sorts of hikers stoves and compact cook systems…

Grand Canyon: “…Torturous Paradise.”

“After your first experience backpacking in the Grand Canyon you will be left with one of two reactions: either you will never hike again in your life, or you will find that your life up to this moment has been meaningless, and you will be forever enslaved by thoughts of returning to this torturous paradise.”…

Try a Day Tour!: The Cliffs of Moher, Surrounding Sites

There’s nothing like signing up for a day tour and letting someone else do the work, which is why I recommend them to anyone visiting Ireland. It’s an awesome way to see the countryside without worrying about driving and directions yourself. Dublin has a nice selection of tours right out of the tourism office, which are…

Monteverde – Must Do’s in The Cloud Forest

Arriving in Monteverde, we truly felt like we were up in the clouds. As a cloud forest, Monteverde sits at a higher elevation, which is moister and has much cooler temperatures than near the coast. The climate of the cloud forest allows for denser forest and interesting flora, making it a beautiful place to visit.…

Jaco & Tacos – A Must Stop in Costa Rica

The town of Jaco was a stop we made for lunch on our way from Monteverde to Manuel Antonio. It’s a coastal town big on surfing that gave us a beautiful preview of what the beaches of Manuel Antonio would be like. After walking along the beach, and checking out some shops, we headed to…