Discover The Wizarding World of Harry Potter in Orlando

Wizarding World of Harry Potter Orlando

How many of you Harry Potter fans would give anything to be transported into the magical world of wizards and fantastic beasts? Well at The Wizarding World of Harry Potter in Orlando now you can! I’m not kidding. This place is amazing! JK Rowling actually insisted on keeping the scale of the park consistent with the books. Everything looks and feels just as though Hogwarts really truly exists. Come with me as we explore the park together and discover amazing things to do, see, eat and drink. Oh and of course we’ll try a spell or two. Continue Reading →

Hiking Vasquez Rocks – From Hideout To Hollywood

Hiking Vasquez Rocks

Did you know that there is an area not too far from Los Angeles with some very peculiar looking rocks that was the filming location for an episode of Star Trek? It’s true! I had heard the tale but had never seen it for myself. Being the curious person that I am, I decided it was time to seek this place out and view its interesting rock formations. My goal was to explore Vasquez Rocks and in the process I would learn the incredible tale of the very successful Mexican bandit for whom the place was named after. Continue Reading →

Mystery Abounds In Arizona’s Superstition Mountains

Superstition Mountains

As I drove east of Phoenix and away from its bustling metropolis I became intrigued by the legends surrounding the mysterious Superstition Mountains. The jagged mountain peaks of this vast desert landscape lingered just ahead of me. Soon I’d be hiking on a trail in the heart of the area where legends and tales of a lost gold mine have existed for over one hundred years. Was it still out there? Would others be searching for it? I’d soon find out.

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Views Of Spring Along The Satwiwa Loop Trail

Driving to the Satwiwa Loop Trail

Do you know what’s the greatest thing about the rainy season? When it ends! I’m only partially kidding. I know we need the rain but for hikers like me it’s a bummer when your forced indoors because of bad weather. Like most people I can’t wait to get back outside to hit the trails again. I look forward to those early spring months when landscapes become carpeted with young new grass and hills boast brilliant wildflower blooms. Spring marks one of the best times of the year to go hiking in Southern California. It’s no wonder I was excited by the visual beauty of the rolling hills as we drove in to the parking lot for the Satwiwa Loop Trail. In the near distance mysterious mountains beckoned for us to explore them. Continue Reading →

The Outdoors Winter Gear Gift Guide

Outdoors winter gear gift guide

Well the holiday season is finally here! I’m super excited to stock up on some new gear and can’t wait to give loved ones gifts to help keep them inspired to enjoy the outdoors! When I started making a list of gear I already own, I realized I have some pretty good stuff that I can recommend to you guys as holiday gift ideas. So without further ado, here is my recommended outdoors winter gear gift guide. Continue Reading →

Take A Tour Of Canada’s Capital Ottawa

The city of Ottawa, Canada's southeastern capital

If your touring through Eastern Canada definitely make it a point to visit Ottawa, Canada’s beautiful capital city. Ottawa is commonly described by locals as an environmentally friendly city that’s safe, quiet, and very clean. Although it’s not as big of a metropolis as Toronto or Montreal, Ottawa does share some of the same cultural advantages while managing to retain a small town feeling. I decided that by taking a bus tour of the city I could enjoy Ottawa’s charm and at the same time learn about it’s fascinating history. Continue Reading →

How To Survive A Solo Camping Trip

Is Solo Camping Safe?

Almost everyone I know loves a good camping trip. Time spent in the great outdoors among friends is something you just can’t beat as an adventurer. But what if you were forced to camp alone? Could you still enjoy yourself? How safe would you feel and why would you do it anyway? These are some of the questions I had to ask myself before I set out on my first solo camping trip. If your thinking of going camping alone you definitely want to read this. I’ll show you how I survived camping in the great outdoors on my own. I’ll also share a few horror stories about solo campers that will spook you into being more aware of your surroundings!

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Getting Lost Hiking The Bridge To Nowhere

Bridge To Nowhere

So you’re telling me there is a bridge that we will be hiking to it but it goes nowhere? Let me think…ok sure. Looks like I just got talked into hiking “The Bridge To Nowhere”. There’s just one thing. If it goes nowhere, why even bother hiking to it? A friend of mine was really excited about this adventure. A coworker had done it the previous week and was sharing great stories of how much fun the hike was. I consider myself an adventurous person so I took the bait, called a few friends and asked them to join me Saturday for a nice hike through the San Gabriel Mountains. It was quite and adventure to say the least and we saw more than we bargained for.

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Exploring California’s Gold Country

Columbia State Historic Park

THERE’S GOLD IN THEM THAR HILLS! I’m referring, of course, to the hills along California’s historic highway 49 often referred to as Gold Rush Country. I’ve always been fascinated by the history of the miners and their quests for gold. So I decided it was high time that I take a road trip through the eastern California countryside to explore the old historic gold towns that were left behind. On this adventure I planned to visit mines, learn some history and even trying my hand at panning for gold. Maybe I’d get really lucky and find gold just like the early prospectors had! You might say I was already coming down with a touch of “gold fever”.

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A First Timer’s Guide To Eastern Canada

View of Old Quebec City in Eastern Canada

What a country! People used to say this about the good ol’ USA but I’m referring to our friendly neighbors to the north, Canada. Last year I spent a week exploring the western part of Canada and this year I wanted to visit Eastern Canada. The two sides of Canada are equally beautiful, but the eastern side of Canada is unique in that it seems far more “European” than than its western half. The cities are intriguing and the countryside is simply beautiful. For this trip we’d be visiting the four eastern cities of Toronto, Ottawa, Quebec City, and Montreal. But is one week enough time to really see them all? Continue Reading →