Recipe for Disaster in North Cascades National Park


Kayla and I emerge from the forest and arrive at my car. We look at each other. Joe still hadn’t caught up with us. I unlock my car and pull out my phone. Kayla keeps glancing at the trailhead as I turn my phone on. Finally, it turns on. No signal, that isn’t a surprise given we are in the North Cascades Mountains in North Cascade National Park in northern Washington. Kayla looks at her watch. “It’s 5:30,” she states. “Sunset isn’t until at least 9,” I respond. We have over three hours of sunlight. “He should have realized we were going to make it to the top by now, right,” her voice wobbles. I hesitate for a moment, but respond, “Yea, he should have caught us on the way down.” With that statement, the nagging feeling that I have had the whole way down comes back.

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Journeying to the see the Iceburgs of Jökulsárlón Glacier Lagoon


I am up before dawn and packing my bags.  Surprisingly, it was just after 9 am and I had beaten the sun up.  I double checked my hostel room and headed upstairs for breakfast.  I had some of my favorite local Icelandic yogurt while I did a quick weather check.  The weather report was clear but I had learned over the last six days that the weather could change in an instant.  I walked out of my hostel and into the bitter Icelandic cold.  The sky was just starting to get light as I gassed up my car for the next stage of my Icelandic Winter Road Trip.  I had a little over two hours drive ahead to get to Jökulsárlón Glacier Lagoon.

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Spotlight Thursday – Exploring Mexico’s Templo Mayor


Every Thursday, I will be posting a photo from my travels and a spotlight on the location. Today’s Photo Thursday was taken while I was visiting Mexico City, Mexico for a long weekend.  I took a cheap SouthWest Airlines flight from Houston to Mexico City for the weekend.  I was so excited to visit Mexico.  Despite having been to over 20 countries I had never been to Mexico.  I couldn’t wait to start exploring the history of Tenochtitlan.  This photo was taken on my visit to Templo Mayor or the Great Temple in downtown Mexico City.

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A Year with my America the Beautiful National Park Pass


“Your pass has expired.”  My jaw dropped.  I couldn’t believe it.  My America the Beautiful National Park Pass had expired.  It feels like just yesterday that I bought the pass and now it is expired.  I got over my shock and reached into my wallet and handed my credit card over.  Time to pay $80.00 for another park pass.

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5 Unique Things to Do While in Spain

Spain is a vast country with a wide range of local customs and practices. The diverse nature of Spain makes it a perfect country for an extended visit or a study abroad opportunity.  Spain has the Pyrenees Mountains to the north and then a Mediterranean coastline as well as an Atlantic coastline. It has many valleys that are famous for their wine and history, and cities that are known for their festivals.

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