Exploring Crater Lake National Park in One Day | Travel Oregon

Exploring Crater Lake National Park in One Day | Travel Oregon

Dog Friendly, National Parks, Oregon, Traveling, United States
On our latest climbing road trip, we took a rest day exploring Crater Lake National Park. We scheduled in one day, intending to do part of the scenic loop and hike one or two hikes. From looking online, I was somehow under the impression that in order to get a great view of Crater Lake, we’d have to hike a few miles, but luckily I was wrong. The rim hikes do give you some unique views but there’s a scenic drive that traces them almost all the way around the lake. [caption id="attachment_650" align="aligncenter" width="1000"] View of Crater Lake at sunrise by the Rim Village Visitor Center[/caption] Normally, I’d LOVE to hike the park, but our rest day turned out to be an uncharacteristically cold day. At  35 degrees and…
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One Day In Badlands National Park With A Dog

One Day In Badlands National Park With A Dog

Dog Friendly, National Parks, South Dakota, Traveling, United States
Badlands National Park is a natural wonder located just outside of Rapid City, South Dakota. When heading there, I was excited because I was finally visiting South Dakota and I love national parks, but I really had no idea what to expect. It turns out, it's a unique mix of rocky buttes, spires and grassy fields that are quite pleasant to look at and hop around on. Unfortunately, Badlands National Park doesn't allow dogs on it's trails, so we were unable to explore very far beyond the pavement. Luckily, one of Badlands National Park's highlights is it's scenic drive. Note: On our trip we met a lot of dogs on the short trails. People were totally ignoring the signs and not only is that not cool, it makes it harder…
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Laurel Caverns | South Western Pennsylvania Attractions

Laurel Caverns | South Western Pennsylvania Attractions

Pennsylvania, Traveling, United States
When I was about five years old, my parents told me about this unique place called Laurel Caverns. To me it was a magical land of caves, filled with mystery and excitement. I was so excited to go, and then one day we finally went. And I don't remember what happened, but all of my neighbors go to go in but my brothers and I did not. It was disappointing, but that was that, and we never went back. 20+ years later, I finally made it. During my most recent visit to Pittsburgh, I decided to take my oldest niece and two nephews on a "field trip" there. They loved it too. At first I wasn't sure how it was going to go. We were a group of 8, and came…
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6 Travel Podcasts You Shouldn’t Road Trip Without!

6 Travel Podcasts You Shouldn’t Road Trip Without!

Roadtripping, Traveling
As road tripping experts, we spend a lot of time out on the highway. While this means we have a lot of exploring opportunities, you can only drive through Kansas so many times before turning on the radio and zoning. Except there's not much on the radio out there either. So after a few LOOOOOOOOOOOONNNNNG trips, Christian and I discovered podcasts and we haven't looked back.  We listen to a variety of podcasts and have subscribed to everything from This American Life to Freakanomics to Can I Pet Your Dog, but our favorites are podcasts that encourage a nomadic lifestyle and provide us with useful information on how we can retire as soon as possible. 6 Travel Podcasts That You Should't Road Trip Without: The Dirt Bag Diaries  My personal favorite,…
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Hiking Trails in Manuel Antonio National Park | Costa Rica

Hiking Trails in Manuel Antonio National Park | Costa Rica

Central America, Costa Rica, Hiking, Traveling
One of my favorite days from our Costa Rica adventure was our trip to Manuel Antonio National Park. Everyone I talked to recommended going there and I read that it was one of the best places to see a sloth. I also wanted to do some rain forest hiking, without getting too far off the beaten path. After 8 days exploring Costa Rica, Manuel Antonio did not let me down. Between the monkeys, sloths and adorable raccoons, to the breathtaking views and fresh air, I couldn't have asked for more. Okay, maybe for a baby sloth to have dropped down from a tree and jumped into my arms, so that I could knock holding a baby sloth off of my bucket list without being responsible for messing up its fragile skin oil.…
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Weekend Getaway | Sport Climbing at Shelf Road

Weekend Getaway | Sport Climbing at Shelf Road

Colorado, Rock Climbing, Traveling, Trip Report
A weekend getaway is sometimes just what you need to keep your weekend warrior sanity. [caption id="attachment_87" align="alignnone" width="1000"] Christian, Amber and Derek hiking into the Vault at Shelf Road[/caption] This past weekend, Christian and I jumped into the car with Savannah and headed down for a two-day weekend adventure on the Shelf Road limestone sport climbing cliffs located just outside of Canon City. We met up with two new climbing partners and spent Saturday at the Vault. We expected to find crowds of climbers and burning sunshine. Instead, we were greeted with a photogenic blanket of clouds and a crag all to ourselves. It's amazing that on a super crowded weekend, when every single campsite was taken and every single parking lot was overflowing, we were still able to find…
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Weekend Getaway | Crack Climbing at Indian Creek

Weekend Getaway | Crack Climbing at Indian Creek

Rock Climbing, Traveling, Trip Report, Utah
"Every time we talk about this, it makes it harder to go to work on Monday morning..." His words describe a feeling I know all to well and were in response to a simple joke. I laughed at him as he huddled over a camping stove in the middle of a Moab city park, while he cooked us rice and beans for the 5 hour drive home. "We use to romanticize about the day we'd be cooking rice and beans out of the back of our van and here it is" I joked. But the truth is, we loved every moment of it. Even our dog, Savannah, laid in the sun with her tongue wagging smile, watching us as we tossed a Frisbee near by. Content with being in that moment, accompanying us…
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