The Great Outdoors

San Antonio Hot Springs, New Mexico

13 Amazing Hot Springs in the USA

Imagine relaxing in a bubbling hot natural pool, surrounded by lush vegetation, without a single other soul around for miles. The USA is full of these off-the-beaten-path hot springs that are reasonably easy to access and available for anyone to enjoy! We have our personal favorites but we also enlisted the help of a few …

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Neuschwanstein Castle, Germany by Wandering Wheatleys

Southern Germany Road Trip Itinerary

Southern Germany offers dramatic scenery, ancient castles, friendly people, and quaint villages. Our 2 week road trip itinerary will take you to all of the highlights in this beautiful region including the amazing Berg Eltz Castle!

Backpacking the Loowit Trail

Don’t do it. Just don’t. Just kidding but for reals, there’s truth in every joke. The Loowit trail is a 35-mile hike circumnavigating the base of Mount St. Helens. We hiked it over Memorial Day at the end of May 2016 and it was NOT my ideal way to spend a holiday weekend. Here is …

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Intro to backpacking…

My first ever backpacking excursion was a 4-day, 3-night hike in Patagonia, Chile called “The W”. It was 2013 and I was 31 and the longest I’d ever hiked prior to that was maybe 7 miles in beautiful sunny Hawaii. We rented gear and overpacked and it was COLD. I rented hiking boots which was …

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