A Glimpse of Tierra Del Fuego

What national park left you somewhat underwhelmed?

After incredible places like Torres Del Paine and Fitz Roy, we were excited to see what the Tierra Del Fuego National Park had to offer. After all, this is Patagonia!

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But when we arrived, it just wasn’t as blow-your-socks-off beautiful as the rest. This park is more about the location than what it contains.

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A Glimpse of Glacial Ice

What is the freshest water you’ve ever tasted?

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It might sound cliche, but there really is nothing that quite compares to glacial water. When visiting the Perito Moreno glacier in Parque Nacional Los Glaciares, we were encouraged to drink the water straight from the lake! It was just as fresh on the actual glacier (more on that later).

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A Glimpse of the Fauna Trail

Have you ever found a secret or lesser-known hike?

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Following our major 11- to 14-mile (depending on which device you believe) hike the previous day, we wanted to go easy on our poor sore legs. Therefore, we opted for another quick hike within Torres Del Paine National Park, one that would take us 1.5hrs each way out and back, culminating in some ancient rock paintings. Continue reading “A Glimpse of the Fauna Trail”

A Glimpse of the Sendero Mirador Cuernos

What is the most beautiful place you’ve been in the world?

Our first day in the renowned Patagonia did not disappoint! With sapphire blue skies and joyful puffy white clouds, we couldn’t have been happier! Torres Del Paine National Park had on its finest and it certainly impressed.

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A Glimpse of the Torres Del Paine

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We are currently exploring gorgeous Patagonia instead of sitting behind our computers, so forgive the lack of a full post this week.  Instead, we bring to you a glimpse of the iconic Torres Del Paine!  We hiked 10.6 miles up about a net 4000 feet to this beautiful spot so you don’t have to. 🙂  Expect a full post on this gruelling hike soon!  We are also sharing more pictures and videos of this stunning region on social media, so come join the conversation there!

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How to Book Campsites in Namibia National Parks

Booking campsites in Namibia was a bit of a process, especially when you want to be inside their National Parks. The process was a little frustrating, and we want to save you from having to go through the same hassle we did. There are several steps involved in getting exactly what you want when booking your accommodations. Let’s get started!

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Photo by dconvertini Creative Commons

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Top 6 Worldwide Photo Ops to Anticipate

As most of you know by now, I am a photographer.  (If you want to see more of my travel landscape photography, feel free to check it out over at www.lotsasmilesphoto.com.)  I love nothing more than a breathtaking scene and I get giddy immortalizing it and its associated memories in pixels.  In fact, while I can’t wait to experience some worldwide history and culture, while I long to stand atop some world-renowned trails, and while I’m an incurable foodie, I am most looking forward to the photography opportunities.  There’s so much to see; how could I not?

Here are the top items on my photo op bucket list.
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Discovering Crater Lake

© Brianna Shade 2012

We made our way south and saw some amazing things along the way.  We appreciated beautiful beaches.  We survived the drenching jet boats.  The redwoods made us feel rather small.  We escaped from Alcatraz and biked the bridge.  We enjoyed a lovely 4th of July holiday on the bay, and we indulged in all of the traditional Cisco touristy activities.

But all good things must come to an end, and we had reached the end of our trip.  It was finally time to go home.

But we had one last stop before we did: Crater Lake.

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Sunrise and Sunset at Bryce Canyon

Bryce Canyon National Park is a magical place to visit. You feel like you are on another planet with the grand hoodoos, bright orange colors, and contrasting white snow. We most enjoyed exploring this park at sunrise and sunset when the rock formations appear to be on fire. The snow provided a beautiful contrast to the bright red rocks. Here are some of our favorite places we visited while in Bryce.

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The Many Faces of Crater Lake

Nature has a silly sense of humor, and the weather dutifully plays the part of the bad-influence best friend splendidly.  As showcased in our video of Crater Lake last week, we saw this stunning location shrouded in a blustery snow storm only to have it blossom into a spectacular blue-sky day with perfect puffy white clouds.

One would never guess these two scenes were less than 24 hours apart.

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