Category Archives: Adventure​

First Adventure of the Year – Road Trip from Indy to Cali along Route 66

While most people were watching the ball drop in Times Square, fireworks, or singing ‘Auld Lang Syne,’ I was zzzzzzzzz, fast asleep. Even though I was in California (PST), I couldn’t make it to midnight in New York (EST). What would make me, a forty-something, sleepy at 9pm (PST)? The culprit was a week-long cross-country…
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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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