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Puerto Vallarta – From Healthy Eating to Vegan

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Traveling to unfamiliar cultural regions with vegan or specific dietary restrictions can be very intimidating, even more so when exacerbated by a potential language barrier. While I am not a vegan, I am an infrequent meat eater. I thought it would be a fun game to see what challenges I would face in trying to …

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Finding the Best Coffee in Puerto Vallarta

Puerto Vallarta Exploring the Best Coffee Shops and Cafes

As a coffee connoisseur and fanatic, finding the best coffee in Puerto Vallarta during my adventures was quite high on the priority list. The city and surrounding areas had no shortage of coffee to choose from. I wanted to not only explore the coffees available and roasted nearby, but learn about the local coffee culture …

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Hidden Gems in Siskiyou

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Mount Shasta might be the crown jewel in Siskiyou County, however, there are untold treasures and hidden gems waiting to be discovered throughout the vast landscape. From uncharted tunnels and caves to rivers and overflowing waterfalls, unassuming parks and trails, a journey through Siskiyou is an adventure you must experience.

Join me in discovering these 9 hidden gems throughout Siskiyou County.

Seeking Quiet in Noisy Spaces

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Recent travels took me through North Dakota and South Dakota, where I often found myself wondering where all the quiet places had disappeared to. Thinking good and proper remote places were carefully selected, I found myself quite often wishing for a bit less noise. Deep in the land of the large trucks, camping and sleeping outside lent itself to a lot more road noise than expected.

Coupled with a fitful night of sleep at a motel and way too many crying babies on planes, I was ready to make a change to improve my quality of sleep while traveling. I needed something that could travel easily in a variety of environments. It should help me get the much needed sleep I deserved – a key ingredient to epic adventures. After a ton of research, I discovered the Bose Noise-masking sleepbuds.

Juniper Lake – Lassen Volcanic National Park

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If you are familiar with the mountain lakes in the Sierra Mountains of California, you’ll know they are renowned for their clarity and brilliant green and blue colors. Located in Lassen Volcanic National Park, Juniper Lake is one of those picturesque mountain lakes. This lake sits at 6,800 feet in elevation and is nestled in …

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Deep Creek Hot Springs in Southern California

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During my journey to find the secluded, sought after Deep Creek Hot Springs, I found myself driving away heartbroken. I wasn’t heartbroken for being unable to find the beautiful natural hot springs, surrounded by large boulders and desert greenery. It wasn’t due to misfortune on my part nor having an injury forcing a turn around. …

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Exploring Balsamic Vinegar of Modena

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The Balsamic Vinegar of Modena is steeped in rich culture and history. Balsamic Vinegar  is thick. Syrupy. Sweet and tart – but certainly not sour. Aged like wine. Balsamic vinegar is this magical substance which coats your palette and envelops your senses of smell and taste with delight.

Unplanning a Multi-Country Trip Through Europe

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As a personal challenge, I decided to book a multi-country trip to Europe, planning to not plan. The trip originally started out as a trip to Italy to learn about Balsamic Vinegar of Modena. I had an overlapping event in Europe and the company was willing to accommodate a late return date. With plenty of …

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Hiking Yosemite – Ostrander Lake

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Hiking Info Location: Yosemite National Park near Glacier Point (Google Maps Directions) Parking: $20 National Park entry fee Distance: 12.4 miles out and back Difficulty: Moderate to Difficult Dogs: Not allowed Gear: Osprey Talon 22 Daypack | Igneo 17 Sleeping Bag | MSR Mutha Hubba NX Tent | MSR Trailshot Microfilter | BearVault Food Canister | Nemo Tensor Sleeping Pad | Snow Peak …

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