Pompeii’s Humanity

I am a huge fan of history. So when I had the chance to go to Italy, I made sure that Pompeii was on my itinerary. The ancient ruins of the city were encapsulated in time by nature’s raw power. It is an amazing place to experience. The colosseum where the gladiators fought to the…

World’s Deadliest Hike

Go ahead and type “world’s deadliest hike” into a Google search. You will get HuaShan (Mountain Hua). This is an image of the famous cliffside plank walk on the South Peak. The plank walk itself isn’t very long, but it is a 2,000 foot drop if you slip. Harnesses are mandatory and can be rented onsite. The…

Etched in Stone

Dinosaur National Monument is home not only to some of the best fossils, but also great human rock art. These petroglyphs stand watch over the valley below. There are many examples throughout the Monument of this historic art form, but some are easier to see then others. This particular set is off of Island Park Road,…

Cambodian Transit

It seems that most people who explore Angkor Wat rarely make it to the east gate, however, there is a small road access and it is worth a look. The temple complex is surrounded by a moat and walls. We only saw mopeds and bikes on this small road. To be fair, the moped and the tuktuk (motorcycle with…

Ancient Sunrise

The legendary Angkor Wat temple in Cambodia has been a dream destination of mine for years. I finally got to go in October of 2014 and I must say that it didn’t let me down. Siem Reap, which is the present day city that the temple ruins lie in and around, is very much a…

Downtown Čapljina

The small town of Čapljina, Bosnia-Herzegovina doesn’t have much in the way of a night life, but it is a beautiful place to be around sunset. The local gelato place is very good.

Scale of the Panama Canal

This is a shot of the Panama Canal back in 2010. I’ve never seen an image that better describes the massive scale of not only the locks and ships, but of human innovation. The school bus makes this scale tangible for everyone. It blows my mind that these locks are more than 100 years old and…

Spookyween!

Happy Halloween everyone! Also known as Spookyween in our home… as of yesterday… it’s the next big thing! This jack-o-latern was carved by Jennifer. We really like to carve pumpkins and you can check out and vote on the best from this year on our Facebook pages. I hope you all get lots of treats…

Terrifying Trek – The Great Wall Unrestored

At times, Jake and I had a few choice words for The Great Wall, and rightly so. This picture captures a rather strong moment of select wording, defeat, and confusion on how to move forward on this terrifying trek. Check out the vertical wall of crumbling rock and tell me you wouldn’t feel the same……

Cambodian Sunrise

Angkor Wat in Cambodia is a stunning ancient wonder. The unique architectural beauty of the Khmer Empire stands in stark contrast to many other ancient wonders. For those who have never visited this place, Angkor Wat’s main temple complex is what is often photographed with the small reflecting pool in front, but the Angkor Wat…

Old Bedlam

This building, “Old Bedlam,” is the oldest structure still standing in the state of Wyoming. Built in 1849, Old Bedlam was a cornerstone of activity at the military outpost of Fort Laramie which lies along the Oregon Trail. The outpost is now a national historic site and, for those of you who like your history,…