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It's easy to get lost exploring vast and far away places, but so many of us fail to fully explore our own backyard. After years of dreaming abroad, I found the most epic beauty in the place I call home while living in a van and traveling the States.

8 Things Backpacking Teaches Us About Life

August 5, 2015

8 THINGS BACKPACKING TEACHES US ABOUT LIFE     1) Rewards don’t come easily We hike miles for hours, days, and weeks to summit high points, discover new places, and reach destinations. We choose not to experience the world from…

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Eat Nothing and Climb Everything: Budgeting in America’s Southwest

July 25, 2015

EAT NOTHING AND CLIMB EVERYTHING: BUDGETING IN AMERICA’S SOUTHWEST     Yes, it’s true…America’s southwest is full of tour buses, selfie sticks, crowded parking lots and heat strokes. Why would anyone want to visit such a place? Because it’s really…

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5 Adventures in Every Midwest State

June 24, 2015

5 ADVENTURES IN EVERY MIDWEST STATE   12 states officially claim the Midwest as home. Although we may not have towering mountains or vast oceans, we are spoiled with lush forests, freshwater and unpopulated blissful hikes. So set the remotes…

A Day Guide to Acadia National Park

June 18, 2015

A DAY GUIDE TO ACADIA NATIONAL PARK   If you follow me on social media, you’ve seen how much I absolutely loved Acadia National Park (and Maine in general). There are a lot of states I visit and love, yet…

I Climbed a Mountain to Reach a Parking Lot (and Loved it)

June 3, 2015

I CLIMBED A MOUNTAIN TO REACH A PARKING LOT For the past four hours, I’ve been sweating, swearing and falling my way up Mount Washington, the highest peak in the Northeast. I see the summit and just as I’m about…

5 Weekend Adventures Outside Michigan

April 7, 2015

Michigan is great. We’ve established it. But sometimes it’s needed to get out and go exploring beyond the boundaries. We all know how busy life can be, and the thought of a reality-escaping adventure can seem far from possible. Well,…

Secret Winter Getaway-Sandusky

February 26, 2015

SECRET WINTER GETAWAY: SANDUSKY   It’s cold. Really, really cold. Last weekend, I went down to Ohio and explored Sandusky with Lake Erie Shores & Islands and lucky enough, temperatures stayed above 0 for the first time in what felt like forever.…

How to Capture Travel Moments: 11 Tips

February 10, 2015

11 TIPS FOR CAPTURING TRAVEL MOMENTS   Every time someone tells me they think I take amazing photos I just want to hug them. It’s probably one of the best compliments I get just because it’s something I love to…

Vortexes and Visions: Bell Rock’s Hidden Story

January 14, 2015

“I believe I exist within a holographic reality program, an intelligently designed futuristic entertainment simulation, for which I directly programmed certain experiences, relationships, lessons and issues before I was born. Looking back over my life – I’ll be 73 in…

Solo Female Travel Hawaii

January 3, 2015

Solo Female Travel Hawaii   In October, a fellow blogger asked me if I had ever been to Hawaii. My response: “No, and I’m not sure if I ever will. It’s just so expensive to fly to such a small…

An Amateurs Guide to Hiking the Half Dome

May 20, 2014

An Amateurs Guide to Hiking The Half Dome Updated March 2, 2020 The iconic symbol of the Half Dome dominated the photo, dwarfing the surrounding peaks. From the moment I saw it, my Midwest heart yearned to discover everything about…

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