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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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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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Look Up Mantra Explained

A When All Balls Drop Moment On September 27, 2009, a hard knock in the head reminded me of the power of perspective. Some say my freak accident was being at the wrong place at the wrong time, but I believe I was in the right place at the right time. From that blunt run-in…
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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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How to Create a Travel Itinerary

Many people ask me, "how do you create your travel intineraries?" I tend to answer them with a myriad of tips from researching local travel sites to asking your trusted intrepid friends, but I wanted to provide an answer for my readers. That's why I enlisted the help of my trusted intrepid friend, Emily Keller,…
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Look Up from Oahu Hawaii to Prepare for Japan

Revisiting the Hawaiian Islands The beauty of Hawaii never gets old: majestic mountain views and dreamy seascapes; however, it is a long way from everywhere. Last month, on a return visit to Oahu, I used both Mother Nature and distance to my advantage to inspire this Look Up lesson and new adventure. Time Zones Away…
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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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Look Up from Walden Pond

Walden Pond This month, I revisited a special place, Walden Pond. Located a short drive from my mother’s home in Massachusetts, this small pond and wooded area was made famous by Henry David Thoreau in the mid-1800s. Its small, wooden cabin was his home for two years, two months, and two days. During which time,…
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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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