Glow Worms

Believe it or not this bizarre looking scene was the adventure that I looked most forward to doing when Jennifer and I decided to go to New Zealand. These are the sticky threads of glow worms. They use these threads like fishing lines to catch their prey and pull them in. The Glow Worms The…

Visiting Mutianyu – The Best Restoration of the Great Wall

The Great Wall is 5,500 miles long so unless you are planning a rather lengthy vacation than you are going to have to narrow down where you want to go. I did extensive research before traveling to this “wonder of the world” and found that visiting Mutianyu was the best spot for getting the most out of…

Colorado Springs Labor Day Lift Off

For over 40 years Colorado Springs residents have celebrated the Labor Day weekend with three days of hot air balloons. This event is known rather poetically as The Labor Day Lift Off. Over the next three days the entire town will seemingly come out to Memorial Park to celebrate in the activities. Live music, water…

Colorado’s Best Autumn Road Trip

Summer is drawing to a close and my favorite time of year is almost upon us. As the New Englanders say, “It is time for some leaf peeping.” Below you will see the route for Colorado’s best autumn road trip. On this trip you will pass through the largest Aspen forest in Colorado and by…

Ice Lake Basin Trail Guide

We had been hiking for hours through a thunderstorm as well as the rain and hail that came with it. We were soaked to the bone and glad the lighting had never shown. The trail was a deceptively difficult 3.5 miles with 2,500′ of elevation gain, but we had finally arrived at our destination. The Ice…

Jiankou – The Most Beautiful and Dangerous Unrestored Section of The Great Wall of China, Part 3

If you are just joining us on this journey to hike Jiankou to Mutianyu, you can catch up on either of the previous two posts here: Jiankou Part 1 or Jiankou Part 2. Skipping the Potential Death of Day 2—Jiankou to Mutianyu: So if at the end of Part 2 you were thinking to yourself,…

Jiankou – The Most Beautiful and Dangerous Unrestored Section of The Great Wall of China, Part 2

Today we continue our Jiankou adventure along The Great Wall. If you missed Part 1, click here to catch up. Day 2: From Xizhazi Village to Zhengbeilou Tower… the hard way. We awoke early the next morning about an hour before the sun rose and made our way up to the Wall, near what is labeled…

Jiankou – The Most Beautiful and Dangerous Unrestored Section of The Great Wall of China, Part 1

Another title for this post could be, “That time we asked each other if we were going to survive this.” My wife and I have walked across ridges with 100′ vertical drops on either side. We have scaled mountain sides and walked on 2x4s 2,000′ in the air, but this trail made us question our sanity. This…

A Guide to Hiking The Narrows – Zion National Park

What to Know Before You Go Hiking The Narrows, a 16-mile slot canyon carved out by the North Fork of the Virgin River, in Zion National Park, is perhaps the greatest single overnight hike in the world. It is certainly one of those experiences I will never forget. Need a little help figuring out the…