Category: Travel

Adventure in the Grand Canyon: Rim to River to Rim Hike

Usually when I drive between California and Minnesota, I am on a tight schedule and don’t have any time for sightseeing. I normally make the trip in two long days, with an overnight stop in Denver to see my son. However this time I had about 10 days to make the trip from Minnesota to …

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Adventures in Los Angeles: Hiking at Bear Creek

Bear Creek is one of my favorite spots in San Gabriel Canyon. There are two trails, Lower Bear Creek Trail and Upper Bear Creek Trail. As of the fall of 2006, the Upper Bear Creek Trail was still closed for major reconstruction. I hiked this trail twice in the spring of 2006, and once in …

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Dream Trek: Siskiyou Wilderness 5-Day Inn-to-Inn Hike

Imagine a 5-day guided hiking trip through one of the most biologically diverse mountain ranges in the United States. This multi-day trail hike through the Rogue River-Siskiyou mountain range is so unique that it is scheduled just once in May of 2008. While on the 40-mile trail trek, hikers will literally “walk through” incredibly diverse …

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An Adventure of Geological Wonder and Desert Splendor: The Tom’s Thumb Trail Hike, Arizona

Clement winters filled with bright, sunny days are what make Phoenix, Arizona, one of the most attractive places to visit in the world with the beautiful months of January and February the peak of its infamous “snow bird season”! Though its temperate winter climate remains the primary draw for many winter visitors who come from …

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Getting Fit For Your Vancouver Island West Coast Trail Hike

Traveling six to sixteen kilometers with a twenty kilogram backpack on a wilderness hike like the West Coast Trail demands a good level of fitness. What is the best way to prepare? Just how fit do I need to be? When should I start preparing? These are pertinent questions for anyone who is planning on …

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Big Sur Beaches Have Character

What does it mean for a beach to have character? To me, it means the beach has more to offer than just a long stretch of white sand. It has interesting things to see and do, like driftwood that may have traveled from across the sea, tide pools teeming with squiggly life, granite outcrops that …

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10 Reasons Hiking and Camping Should Be Your New Year’s Resolution!

Every New Year, we hear people say a million different resolutions that will change their lives for the better. Some of the classic, cliché resolutions are to get in shape, save more money, travel more, or even find love. I believe if you commit to getting off the couch, and into the outdoors, you can …

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Thanksgiving Traditions: Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade

Thanksgiving in New York City means, in addition to family gatherings and turkey with all the trimmings, the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade. It all began on Thanksgiving Day, 1924 when Macy’s employees marched from 145th Street in Harlem to the 34th Street flagship Macy’s store. Then called the Macy’s Christmas Parade, the first parade featured …

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Top 5 Reasons to Visit Estes Park for Thanksgiving

Thanksgiving Day became a national holiday in 1863 when Civil War President Abraham Lincoln made an effort to unite the nation by proclaiming it as such. It is now officially celebrated on the fourth Thursday in November. Thanksgiving is a time to be with family, remember what the important things in life are, show gratitude …

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Haunted Hotels for Halloween Travelers

October is here again and so are Halloween activities. For the Halloween enthusiast or wannabe paranormal investigator, nothing is quite as exciting as the chance to travel and stay at a haunted hotel to see what transpires through the night. Here are three options for hotels that are purportedly some of the most haunted in …

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