Guatemala Recap

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Length of Stay:

  • 4 days, 5 nights

Itinerary

  • Day 1:
    • Exploring Antigua
    • Visiting the Chocolate Museum
    • Trying out some new cuisine
  • Day 2:
  • Day 3:
  • Day 4:
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Beautiful ruins in the middle of Antigua (thanks @GPSMyCity)

Highs:

  • Volcanoes… so many volcanoes
  • The friendly locals

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Low:

  •  An inordinate amount of trash seems to gather around otherwise beautiful outdoor places (it makes me sad)

Favorite Hike:

  • The favorite hike that did was probably Pacaya Volcano, even though the altitude gave me a run for my money. I heard that the Indian’s Nose hike at the Lake is stupendous for sunrises, but, sadly, I didn’t have enough time to do this one.

Favorite Treat:

  • Luna de Miel in Antigua makes crêpes. Although this particular cuisine is not distinctive to Latin America, the savory Pepina option combines a French delicacy with a Guatemalan staple. Yum.
  • Traditional Guatemalan breakfast: scrambled eggs with tomatoes and onions, sweet plantains, a wedge of queso, some fruit, and coffee. Random, but filling and healthy.

 

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Capetown Recap

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Awe-inspiring.

Length of Stay:

  • 5 days, 4 nights

High:

  • Memorable ocean views
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Muizenberg beach.

Low:

  • Getting my luggage lost by the airline and going 2 days sans clothes/toiletries

Favorite Hike:

  • Elephant’s Eye Cave (part of the Table Mountain National Park)

Favorite Treat:

  • Biltong (dried, cured meat)
  • Braai (South African style barbecue)

RRG Recap

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The cabin I shared with friends (and a couple mice, apparently)

Length of Stay:

  • Four days, three nights

Highs:

  • Good climbs, good people
  • Kayaking in an abandoned, flooded mine
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The mine entrance: creepy, yet fun
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A little different feel than my last kayak adventure in Kentucky

Lows:

  • A couple thunderstorms meant a few less climbs than planned

Favorite Climb:

  • Workin’ for the Weekend (10a)

Favorite Treat:

  • Miguel’s Pizza (a Red River Gorge must-have)
  • Ale-8-One ginger/citrus-ale (a Kentucky must-try)
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On the wall, happy as can be…

New Orleans and Bayou Recap

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Such ambiance!

Length of Stay:

  • 4 days, 4 nights

Highs:

  • Kayaking in the Bayou
  • Exploring the unusual cemeteries
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Above-ground stone crypts

Lows:

  • Spending more money than I had originally anticipated

Favorite Hike:

  • Bayou Coquille Trail and March Overlook (at Jean Lafitte NP)
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Just a lil’ gator

Favorite Treat(s): [so many!]

  • Beignets
  • Seafood gumbo
  • Aligator meat po’boy
  • Crawfish étouffée fries
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Crawfish étouflée fries

 

Baja Cove Mexico Recap

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Sunset Cliffs in San Diego

Length of Stay:

  • 5 days, 4 nights

Highs:

  • Gorgeous weather
  • Kayaking in the ocean with a sea lion
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Ocean panoramic

Lows:

  • Airports during holiday travel

Favorite Treat:

  • Tacos! My favorite was the shrimp, although the Mako shark was also tasty.
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Broke the bank on this one (28 pesos = $1.50)

Cuyahoga Valley Recap

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Beaver Marsh (I didn’t see any beavers)

Countdown:

  • 0 more parks to go!

Length of Stay:

  • 2 days, 2 nights
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Family outing

High:

  • Biking along the canal
  • The Canal Exploration Center featuring historical exhibits on the Ohio and Erie canals
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Canal Exploration Center: one of the best museums I’ve seen this trip

Low:

  • Constant traffic noise
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Enjoying the shade on the Ledges Trail

Favorite Hike:

  • Ledges Trail

Favorite Treat:

  • Buckeyes: a peanut butter and chocolate treat unique to Ohio
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A platter of buckeyes. (I only ate one, I promise)

Acadia Recap

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Countdown:

  • 1 more park to go!

Length of Stay:

  • 2 days, 3 nights

High:

  • The compactness of the park; so many neat things to see wrapped up in a relatively small area (= less driving)
  • Every hike I did
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Yet another incredible overlook on another incredible hike

Low:

  • Too many detours

Favorite Hike:

  • Beehive trail (lots of iron rungs and exposed parts)
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Enjoying the view on the Beehive Trail

Favorite Treat:

  • Lobster roll*

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*Probably the top 5 best foods I’ve had on my trip