There are so many beautiful hiking trails in the Rocky Mountain National Park, it’s hard to pick just one. So, we took the advice of locals working at an outdoor shop in the nearby town of Estes Park and chose the path to Sky Pond. The hike was just difficult enough that I felt, Read More

“But it’s going to be so much fun. You have to go!” “Sure—why not?” Those three simple words over a casual meal were so easy to say, until I realized that meant hours of training in the cold winter months to prepare for the big race. Sure, I had run a few half marathons, Read More

“Pirates, parades and piratechnics” land on the shores of Tampa every winter and have been doing so for more than a century! It’s called Gasparilla. Ever heard of it? I sure hadn’t, but natives describe it as an adult mardis gras with beads, parties and costumes, so of course I had to check it, Read More

Did you know there is a tropical rainforest in the United States? It’s wet; it’s green; it’s beautiful; and it’s in Puerto Rico. The El Yunque National Forest gets anywhere from 50-250 inches of rain annually, so be prepared for it to be a little damp and watch the slick ground.  It’s a great, Read More