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Great Sand Dunes in Alamosa Colorado

Great Sand Dunes in Alamosa Colorado

I have lived in Colorado for over five years now and had no idea that the highest sand dunes in North America are right over my nose. There are not many places where you can find creeks, forest, alpine tundra, and a massive sandy beach next to snow-capped mountains. That is what you will encounter at […]

Trip to Mindo for a Weekend Getaway from Quito

Escaping the traffic, noises, and crowds in Quito demands a weekend getaway. Mindo is a great choice for this excursion.  Time and distance is relative when you are only in country for a short time, and a two and a half hour bus ride is a brief journey in order to get back to nature. Mindo is […]

Hike Without the Bulk With the SCOTTeVEST

I don’t like bulk. I don’t like extra weight when I am trekking up a steep hill. It just slows me down and makes the hike more difficult on my cardio system. Hiking is one of my favorite outdoor activities and living in Colorado makes it a perfect match. Often times, when I go on […]

Discovering a Hidden Hike in Colorado Springs

Colorado has plenty of hiking trails that appeal to beginners to more advanced. Each hike shows off different parts of nature. Some are just harder to find. I hesitate to share this. If the word spreads, this hiking trail may no longer be a peaceful place to spend an afternoon. But I wouldn’t want you […]

The Saguaro’s Point of View in Tucson

As I hiked through Bear Canyon, I wondered if I would actually see a bear. I didn’t. But I saw plenty of cacti. On the hike to Seven Falls, each of the various shapes and sizes of saguaros made me think of individual people.  People who have lived for decades or even a couple hundred […]

Snorkeling in Hanauma Bay, Oaha – Get There Early!

Deep blue water fades into a turquoise shade as it fills the seashell shaped cove.  Strands of coral carving its way through the shallow waters make Hanauma Bay a diving and snorkeling hotspot. Hanauma Bay off the southeast side of Oahu is filled with hundreds of species of sea wildlife.  Surgeonfish, sailfin tangs, and parrot […]

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Australia Through the Eyes of an Ordinary Man

I grew up as an eighties child, so one of my first memories of the land “down under” is a place where women glow and men plunder. Of course, at that time, I had no idea what Men at Work meant by that phrase. I’m not sure I even do now. Around that same time, […]