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Kauai, Hawaii

December 2017 – We spent two days here during our Pride of America cruise, and it turned out to be one of my favorite islands.  We rented a compact car but got a free upgrade to a mustang convertible.  We… Continue Reading →

Big Island, Hawaii

December 2017 – We spent our first day on the Big Island by visiting Carlsmith Beach Park and then exploring the Hawaii Volcanoes National Park.  We were hoping to see sea turtles at the beach park, but we unfortunately didn’t… Continue Reading →

Maui, Hawaii

December 2017 – Maui is the second largest Hawaiian island.  Our cruise ship, Pride of America, docked overnight in Kahului.  The first day we explored the eastern side of the island via the Road to Hana.  The second day, we… Continue Reading →

Haiku Stairs (aka Stairway to Heaven) via Moanalua Ridge – Oahu, Hawaii

December 2017 – The Haiku Stairs are illegal to climb, and I had read of people getting up at 3am to start the climb with risk of getting fined.  Since our flight didn’t get into Honolulu until 10pm the night… Continue Reading →

Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

November 2017 – We took a quick trip to Philadelphia for Thanksgiving.  After our early flight, we took the train to our hotel and dropped our bags and took a power nap before heading out into the cold, dry air. … Continue Reading →

Yellowstone National Park

August 2017 – We spent three nights in the park, sandwiched between visits to Grand Teton National Park.  The scenery in Yellowstone was so amazing, it was hard to believe we were still on the same planet, let alone in the… Continue Reading →

Grand Teton National Park, Wyoming – Part 2

August 2017 – We closed out our visit to Wyoming by returning to Grand Teton NP for the last two nights.  After the crowds of Yellowstone, we were grateful to escape to this quieter park and enjoy some hiking.  We… Continue Reading →

Grand Teton National Park, Wyoming – Part 1

August 2017 – Flying into Jackson Hole’s tiny but efficient airport, we were already amazed at the scenery surrounding us.  We picked up our rental car for the next week and grabbed a late lunch in Moose before heading north… Continue Reading →

Silver Springs Cabins & Paddling

June 2017 – We spent two nights in a wonderful cabin at Silver Springs State Park.  The cabins are secluded, shaded, and private.  They are really large inside, with two huge bedrooms, a large bathroom, a living area, and a… Continue Reading →

Three Sisters Springs & Crystal River

June 2017 – We launched at Hunter Springs Park for the easy, mile long  paddle to Three Sisters Springs.  Hunter Springs Park cost a few dollars to park but has bathrooms, places to rinse off, and an unloading zone in front… Continue Reading →

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