La Colina Lodge

La Colina Lodge in Monteverde

During our stay at the Monteverde Cloud Forest in Costa Rica, we chose La Colina Lodge. It was a nice rustic place and only one kilometer from the entrance to the cloud forest. I definitely would recommend for at least one night although visitors may want to move closer to town after visiting Monteverde. Getting […]

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Chicago Botanic Gardens Father's Day

Chicago Botanic Gardens canoeing adventure

If you have been to the Chicago Botanic Gardens, you may have done a double take when you saw the title of this post “Chicago Botanic Gardens canoeing adventure” because canoes are not allowed here. If you would have thought that, you would be correct because normally boats are not permitted here. There is one […]

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Chevy Trax

Chevy Trax Summer Camp road trip

Last year I partnered with Chevy and drove a Chevy Escalade to Big Bend National Park. It was a wonderful car, but for a road trip a little bulky and not very gas efficient for one who usually travels solo. The Chevy Trax was a different story. In May, I again worked with Chevy and […]

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Bengal tiger Sunderbans

Sundarbans National Park India

Sundarbans National Park India namesake Sundarbans or “Shundorbon” can be literally translated to “Beautiful Forest.” Sundarbans National Park is located in West Bengal on the eastern side of India. Here the country curls into a forested nook that is exemplary in every way. Besides being one of the 34 biodiversity hot-spots in the world, it […]

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Gull Lake Cabin

Cottage time near the Boundary Waters

When I was in high school my parents bought a cottage right along the edge of the Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness in northern Minnesota. We call them cabins here in the northern part of the United States. Cottage time in Minnesota We fell in love with this part of the world through many canoe […]

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GoPro Mountain Games Vail

Learning the GoPro culture at the GoPro Mountain Games

Coming to Vail, Colorado for the GoPro Mountain Games was an eye opening experience. One of the best parts of the weekend was interacting with GoPro and many of their employees and learning firsthand about the GoPro culture. GoPro Mountain Games gets off to a great start The weekend could not have started any better. […]

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Vail Colorado

Vail Colorado is a bridge between adventure worlds

Trip to Vail makes me think of Bill Bryson While on a hike along Gore Creek in Vail Colorado, the words of amateur hiker, writer, and traveler Bill Bryson echoed in my mind from his experience on the Appalachian Trail. Bill Bryson wrote in A Walk in the Woods: “to tell you the truth, I […]

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Father son

Stanley flask and mug are perfect gifts for dad

Growing up camping, there is one thing I learned from my dad. Never go on a camping trip without an adventure whiskey flask. A Stanley flask would be an ideal choice. Many of the places we camped would not allow bottles and a carrying a cooler full of beer over a half mile portage in […]

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Summer Camp Music Festival 2015

Summer Camp Music Festival 2015

Summer Camp Music Festival 2015 has come and gone. I find it difficult to summarize the weekend as there was so much going on. There is the music, there is the camping, there is the partying, there is interaction with other scampers, there is the road trip and the adventure of getting there, and there […]

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Way Down Wanderers

The Way Down Wanderers delight Summer Camp

One of the best things about attending a big music fest is discovering new musicians. Getting exposed to new talent makes for a great musical adventure. At Stagecoach Music Festival a couple of years ago, it was the Haunted Windchimes that caught my ear. This year at Summer Camp, the band that I cannot get […]

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