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Turn Your Tax Rebate into an Amazing Vacation

Turn Your Tax Rebate into an Amazing Vacation

Happy day after tax day! (I hope you didn’t forget!) Many of you are anxiously awaiting your refund and I am sure you can think of a million ways to spend it. While the responsible among us may toss it all in a savings account and never look back, I’m guessing most of you are planning on blowing it one way or another. If that is the case, I challenge you to spend it on experience and not things

How to have Yosemite all to yourself

How to have Yosemite all to yourself

This February I had the good fortune of being in one of my absolute favorite places, Yosemite. In the past few years I have had some trips to the park during the off season but this was the first time I experienced a feeling of solitude the entire time I was there. The valley was quiet the Friday morning we rolled in, with barely a soul in sight. The trails were empty. I took in nearly every view in a silence that is usually only possible if you are the first to summit. On top of it all, I awoke each morning to an incredible view of the sun rising behind Half Dome. Sheer bliss. 

2014: A Year in Photos

2014: A Year in Photos

Last week on the blog I talked about the importance of finding adventure in your daily life, as opposed to waiting for that one big trip every year. (Recently I learned that a real badass adventurer, Alastair Humphreys, has coined this a "microadventure." I like that term, so I'll be using it, too!) I also promised to share some photos from my own adventures to give you an idea of the potential for finding great adventures on a budget, without a lot of time, and staying mostly close to home.

Adventure Every Day

Adventure Every Day

How often are you able to get out on a two week vacation? Once a year? Twice a year? Once every three years? Never? I ask because it seems that this is the expectation many of us have for travel and adventure. The problem is, we need time and money to get to those far off places we circled on the map. It takes time and money to get to that island in southeast Asia, find the perfect powder in Japan, or see an iconic view from the top of a mountain in South Africa. While many people choose to cram a year's worth of adventure...

Adventure Planning: The Risks and Rewards

Adventure Planning: The Risks and Rewards

I love trying new things. I mean, LOVE! Yes, sometimes it is hard, scary, intimidating, and I often decide that something is too far out of my comfort zone to do. But, when I do take the leap, I usually don't regret it. Whether it be something active, like sky diving, or something kind of gross, like gutting a fish or eating weird (to me) food, I'm always glad I tried it and am usually up to do it again. This year, I decided that two new things I finally need to cross off my bucket lists are cross country skiing and fly fishing. For the past three years...