A Week in Kauai All on Miles and Points

  The Setup Our first big trip for 2018 was off to Kauai! This was both Beth's and I's first time to anywhere in Hawaii and we had a great time. Now of course with us being frugal and into miles and points we were able to save a significant amount of cash by using miles and points for our flights, hotel, and even on the rental car. To summarize, these are all the options we used to get to Hawaii near free! 90,000 United miles for 2 nonstop economy flights from Denver to Lihue, Hawa...

Lake Tahoe, a Work Trip Turned Into an Adventure

View of Chimney Rock Beach Lake Tahoe
While my personal travel went on the back-burner the first half of this year I have been traveling a lot for work (Beth and I are moving to Denver, Colorado soon! More on that later!). A couple of these work trips were to the Reno, Nevada area and I couldn't resist not visiting beautiful Lake Tahoe nearby and do some hiking. I was able to get in a couple hikes after work and before sunset while visiting the Reno area. Sunset was around 8:30 PM so I had just about 2 hours to get some hiking i...

Banff & Lake Louise, A Winter Wonderland

Growing up me and dad would do a ski trip every couple of years or so. Well our tradition took a hiatus for 6 years but we decided to head to Banff to ski and snowboard Lake Louise Ski Resort and Sunshine Village for our father son trip. In the past we went to the Salt Lake area doing a different ski resort each day and on another trip we went out east to Killington and got a taste of east coast skiing and snowboarding. Banff was by far the most scenic place I have ever snowboarded at and bo...

Jacksonville, Amelia Island, & St. Augustine All In One Weekend!?

Historic Castillo De San Marcus in St Augustine
Just completed another crazy weekend celebrating another wedding but this time in Jacksonville! Somehow I also managed to go to Amelia Island and St. Augustine all within just a weekend. Taking a step back, Beth and I had back to back weddings planned, the first in San Diego and now this one in Jacksonville. Beth was lucky enough to have the whole week off, one of the perks of being a teacher, so she just flew directly from San Diego to Jacksonville. I flew straight into Jacksonville on the ...

A Trip to One of My Favorite Cities, San Diego!

Beautiful La Jolla Cove view
The past couple weeks were crazy going from one coast to the other for weddings, but I had a splendid time in one of my favorite cities, San Diego! I had the chance to visit one of my friends in San Diego a year and a half ago and I was excited that he invited me to his wedding. Me and my fiancé Beth ventured out from Indianapolis to San Diego on Friday night with a connection through Denver. Thanks to a previous mishap on a Southwest flight I had enough in vouchers to pay for one ticket ...

Back to Back Weddings Indianapolis to San Diego & Jacksonville

The next two weekends will be crazy as I will be attending two weddings on two different coasts... One in San Diego and the other all the way in Jacksonville. I am excited to attended both of the weddings too, one is my college friend and the other is for one my fiance's best friends. Unfortunately neither city has nonstop flights from Indianapolis making these weekend trips a little difficult. Luckily, my job has next Monday off (Columbus Day wooo!) and my fiance, Beth is a teacher and she has ...

Weekend Trip: Red River Gorge & Clifty Falls State Park

Red River Gorge hike on Auxier Ridge with view of Courthouse
Red River Gorge One of my favorite places to hike that is still within driving distance to my home base in Indianapolis is Red River Gorge down in Kentucky. It has become mine and my girlfriend's go to place to get out of town and explore nature. This was our third weekend trip to Red River and we have done different hikes every time, which is awesome! Officially it is known as the Red River Gorge Geological Area which is part of Daniel Boone National Forest.  Directly next to the area is a...

Weekend Trip: Lake Cumberland, Kentucky

Lake Cumberland Waterfall
Having lived most of my life in the Midwest I always find it surprising how many new and interesting places I can find. The past weekend I was lucky enough to visit another new place, the beautiful Lake Cumberland, Kentucky. Although some would contest Kentucky is part of the south it was still within easy driving distance for us. It was only a 4 hour drive from Indianapolis with only the last hour on some windy country roads. My girlfriend's uncle was nice of us to have us down along wit...

Delta Award Booked! Ski trip to Banff!

While we're still in the midst of summer I have just booked my yearly ski trip and this time I am heading to Banff and Lake Louise up in Canada! The best part is that I was able get my myself and my dad to Calgary (YYC) for nearly free thanks to Delta award miles. While Delta runs a great airline I am not too keen on their frequent flyer program which means I limit my flying on them. For example, Delta has been trimming away their value of their miles for years and now they don't even publis...

Trip Report: Hiking Rocky Mountain National Park

Overview This is the second post about my family reunion trip to Estes Park, Colorado which will focus on all the hiking we did in Rocky Mountain National Park. Find the first part here detailing out the YMCA of the Rockies and our adventures up the Old Fall River Road that just opened up. All the hiking we did I really enjoyed but the weather was terrible. Typically for this time of year there are afternoon showers in the mountains but we were presented with nonstop rain and low clouds prett...