Category: Nature

Cowabunga, dudes!: Excellent bungy jumping adventures in Queenstown

Cowabunga, dudes!: Excellent bungy jumping adventures in Queenstown
If you’re a long time reader of the blog (hi, mom!), you know by now that El and I are very much “when in Rome” travelers.  I wouldn’t say we have this insane bucket list of thrill-seeking activities, but we’re definitely “if this place is known for ___, then we’re doing it” type of people.  Whether... Read more »

Fish are friends, not food: Adventures on the Great Barrier Reef

Fish are friends, not food: Adventures on the Great Barrier Reef
When Finding Nemo came out in 2003, I think everyone, including yours truly, got hit with wanderlust to see the Great Barrier Reef.  And with more and more news reports coming out about coral bleaching and how the GBR’s days are numbered, it seemed that a trip there was pretty pressing.  So at the tail end... Read more »

Canadian Rockies Road Trip Part 4: German Guardian Angels & Hitchhiking in Jasper National Park

Canadian Rockies Road Trip Part 4: German Guardian Angels & Hitchhiking in Jasper National Park
Miss our shenanigans in Banff, on the Icefields Parkway, or narrowly missing a grizzly bear in Jasper? Check out the posts at the links! After invoking the spirit of Tenzig Norgay during an uphill climb through a snowstorm, and finally reaching the Watchtower campsite in Jasper National Park, El and I ate dinner with Jenny, a fellow... Read more »
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Canadian Rockies Road Trip Part 3: Grizzly Close Calls and September Snow in Jasper National Park

Canadian Rockies Road Trip Part 3: Grizzly Close Calls and September Snow in Jasper National Park
Miss our shenanigans in Banff or on the Icefields Parkway? Check out Parts 1 and 2 of the Canadian Rockies Road Trip at the links! Growing up, my family didn’t camp. Don’t get me wrong, I was extremely hashtagblessed to go on some pretty incredible vacations as a kid, but we were strapping goggles to our face instead... Read more »

Canadian Rockies Road Trip Part 2: Ice Icefields Parkway, Baby

Canadian Rockies Road Trip Part 2: Ice Icefields Parkway, Baby
Miss our adventures in Banff?  Check out Part 1 of our Canadian Rockies Road Trip! El and I have taken some pretty epic road trips in our eight years of marriage: from  our WWII Road Trip to cruising along Ireland’s western coast to our 16-day odyssey through the Balkans where we almost died in a Macedonian... Read more »

Canadian Rockies Road Trip Part 1: Boots & Beauty in Banff

Canadian Rockies Road Trip Part 1: Boots & Beauty in Banff
Not gonna lie; it’s been a stressful past few months.  Work was been super busy, we found out that our landlord was selling the house we were renting to his daughter so we had to move, and I was in Chicago for two weeks helping my mom recover from surgery to remove what we know now... Read more »
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West Coast, Best Coast: Adventures in Vancouver

West Coast, Best Coast: Adventures in Vancouver
I’ve wanted to visit Vancouver ever since the 2010 Winter Olympics.  NBC’s sweeping shots of the city, surrounded by water and snow-capped mountains, made Vancouver look like it was something out of a travel Instagram account.  Of course, Instagram didn’t exist back then so you knew that shit was all #nofilter.  As with our Montreal trip,... Read more »

Conquering History in Macedonia, Alexander the Great style

Conquering History in Macedonia, Alexander the Great style
Miss Parts 1 (Croatia), 2 (Montenegro), 3 (Albania), or 4 (Macedonia) of our 16-day Balkans road trip? Click on the links to catch up on Court’s Excellent Balkan Adventures! As an Ancient Civilizations major, you’re expected to remember hundreds of dates, but only one is drilled into you again and again:  323 BC.  That’s the year... Read more »

Stay out of the forest: Scary as hell adventures in Macedonia

It’s been a few months since the hubs and I galavanted across the Balkans in a rental car (I’m clearly the worst with blogging about it.  Shame on me), but the memories of our time in Macedonia are as strong as ever.  For instance, last night I dreamt that I was clinging to a mountain... Read more »
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Gettin' back to my roots: A Tour of Albania

Gettin' back to my roots: A Tour of Albania
Miss Parts 1 (Croatia) or 2 (Montenegro)?  Check them out at the links! Albania has been through its share of shit: invasions and occupations, Ponzi schemes by its own government, isolation, and more recently getting its name dragged through the mud by Liam Neeson’s particular set of skills.  For years, it was the ugly stepsister... Read more »
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