People have been flocking to Colorado since the 1800s. And while some may think green chili and legal weed are what put the state on the map, we actually have gold to thank for getting us rocky mountain high. But even some of the most thriving mining towns from the glory days were faced with abandonment. Whether it was from railroad route changes or rural depopulation, Colorado is now home to over 1,500 ghost towns. FIFTEEN-HUNDRED, y'all. And lucky enough for us, Vindicator Valley Trail puts us right in the action of Colorado's mining history.
"How does one place get so beautiful?" Let me break it to you: The answer is almost always plate tectonics.
If you're going to Ireland, I'm sure your list is full to the brim of green activities, dark beer, and arguably the best accents on the planet. And while all these may be worth a hop and a skip to the Emerald Isle, you can't really experience Ireland without doing a road trip. And you can't really do an Irish road trip without doing the Ring of Kerry – a 179km road trip of beaches, lakes, islands, mountains, fields, and medieval ruins.
If you're thinking about going to the Galapagos and not burning through your wallet, San Cristobal is your best bet. There's plenty of free things to do here like swimming with marine iguanas at Loberia Beach and checking out the Interpretation Center, which also has a killer snorkeling spot nearby. Food isn't too expensive if you eat at Lucky's every day, and drinking Club every night rather than wine will save you a buck or two.
Somehow I got suckered into climbing Longs Peak.
14,259-feet-tall. 5,000-foot elevation gain. Twelfth highest peak in the lower 48. Colorado's deadliest.
The next time you're walking through the park (or through the jungles of Costa Rica), start thinking about all that dirt and those trees and the plants (and what they're hiding). They're more alive than you think.
"The sailing came a year later, when I wanted to cross the Atlantic Ocean without flying. Burning fossil fuels by the mega-gallon didn't seem like a sustainable way to travel, so I learnt to sail."
Before arriving in Guatemala's Antigua I was told hiking the active Pacaya Volcano was a must-have experience. I read articles and talked to locals, most touting the excursion as exciting and talking of beautiful sunsets and getting to see red flowing lava. Standing at 8,373 feet (2,552 meters) it was one of Central America's most active volcanoes and one of only three active volcanoes in Guatemala (Pacaya is touted as the most active). And, according to locals, there had been activity just two weeks prior to my visit. I was excited.
Why don't people talk about HVNP the way they talk about Yosemite? Or Yellowstone? In our opinion, it might be even better, and here are some photos to prove it.
Ramen. We’ve all been there. But when you’re over the age of 22 and you’re trying to justify eating ramen four nights in a row, you’re going to have to spice it up a little bit - especially when living in a Mitsubishi Express and feeling your pockets getting lighter and lighter with every fuel stop and Tim Tam purchase you make.
Here’s a valuable life lesson, folks. When camping in the middle of the Outback under a canopy of stars, surrounded by howling dingo pups and five guys from Israel who don’t speak any English other than Simon and Garfunkel lyrics, you’re going to walk away with a golden tan of a bronzed goddess. Except here’s the catch: you’re not actually tan. You’re really just covered in seven layers of dirt.
“Turn left at the traffic light into the cemetery. Make a U-turn into the menacing forest where your only route to your destination is through thorn bushes and over railroad tracks. Recalculating. Recalculating. Recalculating!”
No, it's not pronounced like "gonad knock." The emphasis is on the second syllable. An opportunity missed, in my opinion, but it is what it is. There is a giant one of these bad boys in this park, and it looks like a giant slab of marble ate the dome at the Hunger Games. Below it is a neat little recreated homestead that's open for exploring during summer.
This is stop numero uno: Linville Falls, and it's a beaut. The "Plunge Basin" trail almost did my high spirits in, but it was worth it. You know that feeling you get when you go on an easy hike (Linville Gorge Trail) through what might as well be flowers and Egyptian cotton pillows and you think to yourself, "God, I'm so made for this stuff!?"
Kayaking through the Arctic one week and cycling the length of Africa the next is just a snippet of everyday life for Dave Bouskill and Deb Corbeil, husband-and-wife founders of the massively successful travel blog, the PlanetD. But it would take a much more leisurely, relaxing trip for the two to experience hell and back, to find out their lives were off-kilter, and to emerge with a message the travel community would be served right to hear. It would take Dave breaking his back in the jungles of Peru.