I’m definitely missing the mountains and my usual weekend warrior adventure schedule

Keywords: Colorado, hikes, rmnp, rmnp hikes, rocky mountains

I know I’m doing a lot of vicarious living right now through everyone else’s adventure posts, and I hope that I can provide the same for all of you.

https://handstandsaroundtheworld.blog/2020/03/31/rocky-mountain-national-park-hikes-mills-jewel-and-black-lakes

Violaine House is a unique villa of 4 bedrooms private pool located in Choeng Mon area in wonderful island call “Koh Samui”

Keywords: cheapvillakohsamui , conradkohsamui , fourseasonkohsamui , houseforrentkohsamui , kohsamui , ritzcarltonkohsamui , villakohsamui

Choeng Mon beach is 1.1 km from our villa while Chaweng Beach is only 1.2 km. The nearest airport is Samui International Airport with 3.8 kilo meters.

https://violainehouse.wordpress.com/2020/03/14/violaine-house-koh-samui-250-night-private-4-bedrooms-pool-villa-with-sea-view

 

Yosemite

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aid climbing, big wall, climbing, free climbing, Mallorie Estenson, tenaya mathes cathedral traverse, the prow, the valley, tuolumne, washington column

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For years, I told myself that I wasn’t going to visit Yosemite until I was a solid 5.11 climber. The idea was loosely based on something that I’d heard about free vs. aid climbing one of the most iconic climbs in the world: The Nose on El Capitan. The more you can free climb, the faster you can move, the more parties you can pass on the congested route, etc., etc.

Here to say: that was dumb. If you’re thinking like this because you have yet to visit Yosemite, don’t be dumb like me. Just go.

Yosemite for me is a full-on, head-to-toe body rush of dopamine. I gasped aloud the fist time I saw Half Dome. I first visited the park from the east entrance, passing through the boundless alpine playground that is Tuolumne. Everywhere you look, granite domes erupt from the ground surrounded piney forests and serene alpine…

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Caribbean getaway: spending a long week-end in Santa Marta & the Tayrona National Park

travel, architecture, Colombia, South America, hiking, nature, National Parks, Tayrona National Park

Restless Frenchwoman

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As it is currently pouring over Bogota, I thought now was as good a time as any to tell you what I was up to last week-end, which was extra long for me as Colombia also celebrates Columbus Day as Dia de la Raza y la Hispanidad, literally Race and Hispanicity Day. Controversies surrounding genocidal maniac Christopher Columbus aside, with that Monday off, and since I don’t have class on Tuesdays and my first class is at 5 P.M. on Wednesdays, I jetted off to the area of Santa Marta, in the North of Colombia.

Why Santa Marta? Well, because I already had arranged for accommodation up there since before I even left Europe. How? Because I stayed with a Couchsurfing member who I had already interacted with a few times on the website’s forums, and who had extended me an invitation up north whenever I would get…

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Housatonic Range Trail, Connecticut

candlewood mountain, connecticut, gaylordsville, housatonic range trail, new milford, pine knob, sherman, suicide ledges, the corkscrew, tory cave

Happy On The Trails

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One of the earliest trails Fielden Stream and I hiked when we were really beginning to get into regular hiking was a 1.3 mile section of the Housatonic Range trail in Connecticut. The total trail is 5.9 miles long and traces an old Native American footpath along the ridgelines south of those the Appalachian Trail follows as it enters Connecticut in Sherman.  That day we did a total 2.6 miles out-and-back, to cover the southern end, where Route 37 splits the trail.

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Those mountains, Pine Knob and Candlewood mountain have some beautiful walks through evergreen forests, as well as twisting, piled boulders to scramble through and over, if you’d like to.  (There’s a few views to the ridges to the east from Pine Knob, but the summit of Candlewood is wooded). Luckily, the rest of the trail had beautiful forests and…

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Travel StorYnia: Why This Place in San Juan, La Union is Best for Unwinding

beach, La Union, Lifestyle, Philippines, Relax, Travel, work

StorYnia: Stories That Define

Whenever I feel lost, I would always go back to this hipster place where we used to hang in the north. I and my college sisters discovered this place sometime in 2014 when we were bonding after our long exams. Nothing beats the sound of the waves while having a bottle of beer together with your college friends. Just recently, I visited the place again to unwind and get some beach tan.

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Right after I stepped out of the bus, I went to grab a beer because of my long week at work.

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IMG_20180329_172305.jpgRelax by the beach while drinking some Heineken at Php 120

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The vibe of this place would be appreciated by people who love to chill and relax. There are a lot of foreigners who also spend their vacation here.

What is this place?

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Skitour Telschehorn

epic , fun , mountains , nature , skitouring , snow , switzerland , valais , weekend , winter

Outdoor Weekends

SWITZERLAND | When I’m choosing a ski tour I always better play safe. I like to choose places that I already know a little bit, because if there is no trace in the snow, I would be lost even with my GPS. To avoid that we decided to go to the Telschehorn, which is next to the Brudelhorn.

It was freezing cold like last time and so we decided to skip the summit and skied down.

Where: Park your car next to the excellent restaurant Mühle, then walk up the forest. The surroundings after the forest are simply breathtaking.

What: Skitouring, easy, nothing above 30 degrees, even feasible with bad conditions.

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Mambukal Resort

mambukal falls , mambukal resort , philippines , travel

Exploring my own backyard

Mambukal Resort is a government run mountain resort in the Philippines.

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Mambukal, located at the foot of Mount Kanlaon, is situated in a 24 hectare area.

There are plenty of onsite activities, such as swimming and dipping pools, a climbing wall, zip line, canopy walk, butterfly garden, boating on the lagoon, and a day spa.

Vendors also sell flowers and plants from a roadside market.

One of the most popular features is the Mambukal Falls. A stream runs through rocky cliffs producing seven waterfalls. You will need to hire the services of a guide to take you up the track.

We only went to Mambukal for the day but you can stay there. Accommodation wise there are villas, cottages, lodges, dormitories, and camping sites.

Mambukal Resort is located in Barangay Minoyan, Murcia, Negros Occidental.

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Oklahoma hiking: The Mountain Trail, Robbers Cave State Park

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Golden hour light on the Mountain Trail at Robbers Cave State Park, Okla.

Once my fall races ended in November, I did a major re-think about how I scheduled my time. It seemed I was devoting six days a week for training toward some sort of goal, be it a race or some arbitrary strength metric that usually meant I was sticking close to home every week so I wouldn’t miss a workout.

That meant that I was crowding out some of the thing I loved. It made weekend road trips nonexistent. Any hiking had to be within minutes from my house. It’s very limiting, and it showed: For all of 2018, I only went on two trips outside my city to go hike or climb something. Those were awesome trips, but too few in number. It’s hard to get your outdoor fix when you’re tethered to a schedule that’s…

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