The Outdoors

Little treasures of the Bay Area worth trying

One of the silver linings of Corona, is that hiking became the highlight of our weekend. Due to the frequency of our hikes, I started looking for new trails. As a result, we have discovered so many great trails all over the Bay Area since 2020. One area that...

Great Salt Lake Adventures: Antelope Island and Salt Flats

2020 will be a year we will never forget. When COVID arrived, our lives came to a screeching halt and it will have an impact on us forever. I went from traveling every week to shelter-in-place for 6 months. Except for a backpacking trip to Yosemite at the end...

Caymans: Swimming with Stingrays and Turtles

When we looked for a warm place to ring in the New Year, we discovered the beautiful unspoiled east and north side of Grand Cayman island. The picture I had of  the Caymans, was one of money and sophistication, a playground for the rich with a lot of high...

Visit the land of endless snow and ice: Iceland

2015 was supposed to be one of the better years for seeing the Northern Lights. Therefore we planned a 4 day trip in March. Expecting spring weather, we spent 4 days driving and walking in endless snow and ice in Iceland instead. Although unexpected, it was a magical experience...

Exploring Joshua Tree and the Wild West

Palm Springs is known to a lot of people for their beautiful golf resorts and for Coachella, the yearly music festival. However, we went to Palm Springs with a different plan: exploring Joshua Tree and the Wild West. Joshua Tree National Park, just an hour from Palm Springs, is...

Hiking the Kilauea volcano

Unpredictable, wild and exciting During our visit to the Big Island of Hawaii in 2018, we booked a trip with Aloha Lava Tours to hike on the Kilauea volcano.Timing can be everything because nature can be unpredictable. Four months after our adventure, the 2018 lower Puna eruption on Kilauea volcano's...

Glamping in Sequoia National Park

This summer we finally managed to get reservations at Sequoia High Sierra Camp. Glamping in Sequoia National Park had been high on my list for several years. But the camp books up very quickly as the season is short and the demand...

Canyoning in the Sydney’s Blue Mountains

An exhilarating day of hiking a canyon, rock pool jumps and a waterfall abseil. Life is short, take a jump Because Sydney has so much to offer when planning our trip, we created a list of things we wanted to do. That list included the traditional sights like the Opera...

Swimming with dolphins on the Big Island

Swimming with the dolphins has been on my bucket list for years. And when I say swim with dolphins I mean swimming with them in the wild, not in captivity in a pool. After  a couple of unsuccessful  tries in Maui and New Zealand,  I did more research and...

Hiking and Canyoneering Zion

Zion is one of the famous National Parks in Utah. Only a 2 1/2 drive from Las Vegas, it is an easy destination for a weekend. We had talked about going on a girls camping trip, so we decided to go hiking and canyoneering Zion National Park. Moonlight...