Category Archives: Adventure​

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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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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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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Five Adventure Travel Musts in Puerto Rico

Whether you believe its name Puerto Rico (Rich Port) or its nickname La Isla del Encanto (the Enchanted Island), you are right. Puerto Rico certainly lives up to both names. Rich in culture and history, Puerto Rico surprises and delights with its rainforests, waterfalls, and beautiful beaches. Recently, I spent a jam-packed week in Puerto…
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Hiking the Lost City – Ciudad Perdida Colombia

When most think of hiking to ruins in South America, the majority look no farther than Peru and its Machu Picchu. However, Peru is not alone with impressive hiking trails to amazingly preserved ruins. That’s why I chose to go to the Caribbean coast of Colombia and into the Sierra Nevada near Santa Marta. I…
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Three Off-the-Beaten-Path Adventures in Havana Cuba

When one travels to Havana for the first time, you must ride in a convertible classic car. You must also try a refreshing mojito and perhaps a real habano (Cuban cigar). However, since I’ve been to the City of Columns or the Rome of the Caribbean almost countless times, I have some favorite must-dos that…
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Three Adventures in Santiago de Cuba NOT to Miss

Why Travel to Santiago de Cuba? Santiago de Cuba (St. James of Cuba) is the major city of the Oriente (Eastern portion of Cuba), comprised of six provinces. Santiago de Cuba is the second largest city in Cuba with nearly 600,000 inhabitants. In fact, Santiago was the capital of Cuba before La Habana; thus, its…
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