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...
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Great Hike Near Puerto Vallarta to Las Animas

In October, Beth and I decided to do a long weekend trip to Puerto Vallarta. This was Beth's fall break and it was a perfect excuse for a beach vacation. We stayed 4 nights at the Sheraton Bunganvillas near downtown Puerto Vallarta. A full review on that hotel later but we loved our stay there. While our main purpose was to be beach bums, we had one hike on our itinerary which from Boca de Tomatlan to Las Animas beach, picture above! Above is the map of the hike we did from Boca de To...
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Hiking Cinque Terre in One Day

Hiking Cinque Terre In One Day! An Amazing Day in Italy
One of the things we were most looking forward to on our 3+ week honeymoon was hiking all five towns in Cinque Terre in one day! Both Beth and I love to hike. We are not ones to do multi-day hikes but give us any day hike and we are there. Cinque Terre has been on our list to visit for a couple years now and it did not disappoint. After spending a couple of days exploring Rome we were looking forward to a slower pace in Monterosso where we stayed. But of course on our first full day we se...
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Queenstown & Milford Sound, Most Beautiful Places in the World? YES!

Queenstown & Milford Sound, Most Beautiful Places in the World? YES!
  5 Full Days to Explore Queenstown! Wow just wow! That was our first impressions of Queenstown as we walked off the plane and onto the tarmac. Literally everywhere we turned there were incredible mountains and crystal clear lakes. We had just spent an amazing week in Melbourne and touring the Great Ocean Road, both amazing experiences. With that being said we were caught off guard with how pretty New Zealand is. To get to Queenstown we were able to tack on a free stopover on our award tick...
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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...
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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...
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El Salvador & Santa Ana Volcano

View of the Cerro Verda National Park, Santa Ana and Izalco Volcanoes
Overview The final part of our week long adventure in Central America was to the surprisingly beautiful El Salvador! While most people don't know anything about El Salvador and if they do it usually because of the possible dangers there... Well I have to admit I was a little apprehensive spending two nights in San Salvador but I am so glad we did as it was my favorite part of the whole trip! We enjoyed delicious pupusas and hiked up the beautiful Santa Ana Volcano (also know as Ilamatepec). ...
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