A Kiruna Winter Itinerary – Five days in Swedish Lapland

In the far north of Sweden above the Arctic Circle is a small town named Kiruna.  During the winters, Kiruna is a white wonderland. Winter comes early and stays late, yet that doesn’t slow the town down.  Over a Thanksgiving break, I spent five jam-packed days exploring Kiruna and Swedish Lapland.  Here is my five-day itinerary for Kiruna. Continue Reading . . .

A Guide to Etsy for Handcrafted National Park Traveler Gifts

I make no bones about being a national park junkies.  I have been to 45 of the 59 national parks.  I love having unique items to display my love of the national parks.  There is no better place to find really unique gifts online than Etsy.  All the items are from small business by fellow national park lovers. Here are 15 of my favorite National Park Traveler Gifts from Etsy. Continue Reading . . .

The Best Way to Visit to the Teotihuacan Pyramids

An hour bus ride leads to an epic archeological site.  Teotihuacan is an ancient Mesoamerican city.  This ancient city was built in the Valley of Mexico.  The earliest structures in Teotihuacan date to 200 BC and the city was abandoned by the 8th century AD.  Located on 25 miles from Mexico City, the Teotihuacan Pyramids are a perfect day trip from Mexico City. Continue Reading . . .

A slick adventure in Echo Park in Dinosaur National Monument, Colorado/Utah

“Road impassable when wet.” I roll my eyes at this statement.  I have been to enough national parks and monuments to know my limits and how cautious the National Park Service has gotten.  Little did I know that park service’s warning was more than the usual overreaction.  I had quite an adventure while camping at Echo Park in Dinosaur National Monument. Continue Reading . . .