Category Archives: Adventure​

Kyoto Adventure Travel – Top 5 Adventures in Kyoto Japan

The allure of the Land of the Rising Sun caught me this fall. Enticed by an invitation to visit Kyoto with friends I had met on previous adventures in Cuba and Spain, I packed my bags for Japan’s cultural and artistic capital. With over 1,600 Buddhists temples and Shinto shrines along with several castles and…
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Ichi-go Ichi-e – Living in the Moment Along the Kumano Kodo of Japan

"While hiking the Kumano Kodo pilgrimage route in one of the most scenic areas in Japan, a visitor starts to learn the local customs and get lessons in cherishing every gathering: "Ichi-go Ichi-e." With each footstep, I could hear the water whoosh from within my boots. Since daybreak, I had been walking amongst the dense,…
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Best of Ireland Adventure Travel

After my recent adventure to the Emerald Isle to discover my roots, I wanted to share the best of a week in Ireland from my perspective. As in all of my travels, I like to mix it up a bit with active hiking portions and cultural elements. Adventure and Cultural Travel in Ireland On this…
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Hiking the Kumano Kodo Japan – Adventure Travel to Japan

Kumano Kodo Japan If you are like most of the world, you probably have never heard of the Kumano Kodo. I didn't know of it either until I was introduced to the Kumano Kodo trek by friends with whom I walked the Camino de Santiago in Spain. I certainly knew where Japan was, but I…
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Smoky Mountains Adventure Travel – Top Three Adventure Travel Activities

Top Three Smoky Mountain Adventure Travel Activities This fall, I treated myself to a visit to the most popular National Park of them all, Great Smoky Mountains National Park. If you haven't been, I suggest you put this gem on your shortlist as there are plentiful hikes, great rafting conditions, beautiful drives, and even train…
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Remembering to Look Up in Ireland

Happy Look Up Day! Although starting out as a holiday in 2010 to remind us all to: 1) Be in the moment & 2) Find the upside, Look Up Day has morphed into embracing the Look Up mantra/life tool for every day and anywhere you are. Recently on an adventure to discover my roots in…
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Driving a ’54 Plymouth in Baracoa, Cuba

On a road off the beaten path we caught a glimpse of El Yunque, a tabletop mountain and summit of one of my up and coming hikes in the area. My driver Octavio asked, "Quieres manejar?" I thought for a second, did I want to drive? After nearly a decade of travel to Cuba, I had ridden…
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Outdoor Adventures in St. Pete Florida – Fort de Soto Park

I often challenge people to tell me, "What's your next adventure?" Many have plans to travel abroad or visit our National Parks, but others look at me and say something like, "How can I afford to go on an adventure? I don't have the time. I have too much work to do." What I hear…
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Oahu Hawaii Hikes – Stairway to Heaven – Moanalua

When most visit Oahu, Waikiki Beach is the focus. However, once you have experienced a sunset catamaran sail, a drink at Duke's and perhaps a surfing lesson, it is time to get out of Honolulu and into the mountains. Although there are countless hikes on the island, there is one that is the creme de…
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