Bad etiquette Wisconsin River

Bad etiquette camping on the Wisconsin River

Wisconsin River camping The Wisconsin River is one of the most awesome and unusual camping areas that I have ever been to. There are no permits and no fees for canoeing and camping on the sandbars along the river. There are not many camping spots like this that are free. The one hitch in the [...]

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Smoky Mountain bear encounters -

Smoky Mountain bear encounters number 2, 3, and 4

Second day of Great Smoky Mountain hiking adventure After staying in Russell Field shelter for a night with 8 other backpackers, it was off for a long day of hiking on the Appalachian Trail and the backcountry near Cades Cove in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park. My first trail junction of the morning was [...]

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Great Smoky Mountains bear encounter

My first bear encounter in the Great Smoky Mountains

No bear encounter in the Smokies before this trip I have hiked in the Great Smoky Mountains for over 30 years. During this time I have probably averaged an overnight hike once every two or three years. In all of those backcountry hikes, I have never encountered a bear. I have seen a few along [...]

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Balmorhea Lake State Park

Balmorhea State Park cement pond swimming pool

From Big Bend to Balmorhea State Park After three days of torrid hot weather hiking through the Chisos Mountains and the Chihuahuan Desert in Big Bend National Park, I needed to cool off and rehydrate. I remembered reading a post by Leah’s Travels about a lake/swimming pool where you could swim with the fishes. A [...]

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Great Smoky Mountain trail

Great Smoky Mountain trail sign photo essay

Great Smoky Mountain trail signs The Great Smoky Mountains have a wonderful backcountry trail system. The park is most noted for the Appalachian Trail (AT), but there are hundreds of miles of trails interconnecting with the AT and beyond in the park. Most of the trails are usually incredibly well marked with accurate mile markers [...]

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Wat Pho Reclining Buddha

Wat Pho Reclining Buddha and more photo essay

How to showcase Wat Pho I took so many pictures at Wat Pho that I had to figure out a way to divide them into multiple posts without repeating myself. Looking at my pictures, they consisted of golden buddhas inside one of the many temples or pictures of the beautiful spires or temples from outside. [...]

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pick pocket proof pants

Pick pocket proof pants are tried and tested for adventure travel

Finding my go to adventure travel pants When I find a winner in the clothing department, I tend to stick with it for years and years even when the fabric is in tatters. My twitter profile pic came from a trip on Halong Bay in Vietnam. Tragically, I lost the hat, but I still wear [...]

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Mosquito per beam

Mosquito per beam calculation revolutionizes by quantifying

Before the mosquito per beam calculation When someone asked you how the mosquitoes were on your latest camping trip, how did you reply? Probably you said something like this: “they were awful,” or “they were horrendous,” or perhaps “they sucked,” and if you were lucky you might have said “they were not bad.” What do [...]

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Big Bend Rio Grande Hot springs

A post hike dip in the Big Bend Rio Grande hot springs

Exhausted after hiking the Outer Mountain Loop When I finally finished the Outer Mountain Loop adventure, I was a mess. I was sore from head to toe, I had rashes on my inner thighs were the fabric in my shorts tore the flesh off my skin. I was thirsty and sunburned. It was 6 p.m., [...]

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Foreign city airport arrival tips

Foreign city airport arrival tips

The first adventure The first adventure while traveling for many is making the trip from the airport to the hotel or guesthouse. Sometimes you get lucky and can arrange a shuttle with your room, have a local friend that can pick you up, or are returning and know the lay of the land. Deciding on [...]

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