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America the Beautiful Pass

When traveling in the United States, my absolute favorite thing to do is visit national parks.  The amount of variety in natural settings within the USA is mind-blowing: in the past year alone I've seen the glow of a volcano, gone rock scrambling in the Blue Ridge Mountains, and driven through desert landscapes.  With 401 sites of the National Park Service, it's no surprise … [Read More]

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Waves, Sunsets, and Turtles in Las Peñitas Nicaragua

Sure, Nicaragua is a country full of friendly people, low prices, and lots to do but there is one problem: it's HOT.  Unless you head into the mountains (which, eventually, I did), there is nothing even remotely comfortable about the weather.  Luckily, the … [Read More]

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Otavalo Ecuador

Today we would drive to Otavalo, a town known for it's Mercado Artesanal (artisan market) which is held on Saturdays.  The two-hour drive there was beautiful, past volcanoes and gorgeous mountain scenery.  The Andes would never get old or repetitive! Spring … [Read More]

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Cruising Central America on the Norwegian Spirit

In the winter of 2007, my sister (Cindy) and I had the bright idea to go on a vacation together.  We were sick of the winter blues and decided that the following December we would get away to somewhere tropical and fun.  The problem with this idea is that … [Read More]