Taking a Nap in a Giant’s Shoe in Giant’s Causeway, Northern Ireland

I was shocked as the view changed from the rugged coast line of Ireland to the geological wonder of Giant’s Causeway before my very eyes.  I had driven to Northern Ireland as part of a whirlwind road trip around the Isle of Ireland. I truly felt like I had stepped into the land of Giants. Continue Reading . . .

Spotlight Thursday – A Grand Late Winter View of the Grand Tetons

Every Thursday, I will be posting a photo from my travels and a spotlight on the location. Today’s Spotlight Thursday is from my very first solo road trip across the United States.  As part of that road trip, I made several stops along the way.  One of my favorite stops was a two-day visit to Grand Tetons National Park.  Grand Tetons National Park is 10 short miles south of Yellowstone National Park.  Unlike Yellowstone which became a national park on March 1, 1872, it took another 57 years for Grand Tetons to become a national park.  Grand Tetons protects the Teton Range and part of the Jackson Hole valley.   Continue Reading . . .

Exploring the Isle of Ireland with Budget Car Rental Ireland

Four days, 1,400 km (847 miles), and 8 stops.  I step off the plane in Dublin, Ireland.  I have a very short time frame and a whole adventure ahead of me.  The Republic of Ireland and Nothern Ireland are my last stop on a month long trip that has taken me through Egypt and Eastern Europe. I both excited and nervous about this road trip.  I have never driven on the right side of the road.  This fact has just gotten real as I walk out of customs and head over to baggage claim.  I grab my bag and head over to the rental car counters.  It doesn’t take but a glance to find my trip sponsor’s counter.    There is one other person at the Budget Car Rental Ireland counter.  It doesn’t take the attendant but a couple of minutes to check them out and give them directions.  Within five mins of getting my bag, I have my car and am off to find my rental car. Continue Reading . . .

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. Continue Reading . . .

My Top 2015 Travel Memories

Hello 2016.  I can’t wait to see what you bring in my adventures. 2015 was a great year for exploring the world.  I visited 3 continents and 7 countries.   I had some great adventures and some amazing experiences. I even had time to visit a few US states and cross 5 National Parks off my list. Continue Reading . . .