Our Extreme Adventure – Zion National Park

We just got back from Utah after visiting Zion and Bryce Canyon National Parks. Our goal was to go to a national park in the winter to avoid the crowds and hopefully get a little snow for our photos. We got our wish! Both parks were stunningly beautiful and we did some hikes that tested the bounds of our fear of heights. It was not only a park visit; it was truly an accomplishment. Here are the main places we visited while in Zion. Continue reading “Our Extreme Adventure – Zion National Park”

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Oregon Solar Eclipse 2017

A solar eclipse is something I have always wanted to see, but never really expected to. Especially not right in my home state of Oregon, where I live within 50 miles from totality! I have seen plenty of lunar eclipses which are a lot more common, but no where near as cool. This hasn’t happened here in nearly 100 years, so I would consider it a “once in a lifetime” event. And it definitely lived up to my expectations and beyond.

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Isla Tortuga Banana Boats and Snorkeling – Costa Rica

For my 40th birthday, I wanted to do something pretty awesome. I always enjoy doing some kind of boat ride whenever I travel. So we took this cruise from Puntarenas to Isla Tortuga. What a beautiful trip! The boat ride was nice with a loaded bar, a couple of mini pools to stay cool, and awesome views. It couldn’t get much better…… Continue reading “Isla Tortuga Banana Boats and Snorkeling – Costa Rica”

Have you ever zip-lined before? Not like this! – Costa Rica

For my 40th birthday, I knew I wanted to do something epic. I wanted something that would challenge my fears and push the limits of my comfort zone. While I have been zip-lining before, it was kind of like a ski run down the kids training slopes compared to this. My first impression was WOW! The views were incredible. It was beyond words that could adequately describe it. I was speeding over the jungle canopy 500+ feet below and could hardly breathe at times because of the wind combined with my speed. Brianna thought that her helmet would fall off, but the helmet wasn’t going anywhere. Continue reading “Have you ever zip-lined before? Not like this! – Costa Rica”

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Have You Ever Kissed a Crocodile? – Costa Rica

No, we never kissed a crocodile and don’t ever plan to. We did get the chance to pet one when we went on a crocodile tour down the Tarcoles river in Costa Rica. The tour was an unexpected part of our trip, but those usually are the best kind of adventures. We stopped to go look at the crocodiles from the highway bridge, but as soon as we parked, we were instantly approached by people offering a boat tour down the river. The decision to go wasn’t difficult and it became one of the highlights of our trip. We would highly recommend it if you happen to get down there. It was epic! Continue reading “Have You Ever Kissed a Crocodile? – Costa Rica”

Bluest Lake You Have Ever Seen – Crater Lake Oregon

We tried to get some pictures of Crater Lake on our first night there. It didn’t work out so well as the snow rolled in. It was cold and very windy. You never truly know what to expect when you attempt to photograph a sunset, but that is part of the adventure, right?

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Our First Canada Adventure – Vancouver B.C.

While my first trip outside the U.S. was Japan, this was my second, believe it or not. A mere six-hour drive from Portland, and you can escape the U.S. for Canadian hospitality. We took a long weekend for the Fourth of July holiday and ended up celebrating Canada Day on July 1st.  It was something truly special as they really know how to be patriotic. We hit all of the tourist areas and also hit up some amazing places within the city.  We enjoyed great food and stayed in a mid-rise apartment building with a view of the city.  I left thinking, why didn’t I do this sooner? Continue reading “Our First Canada Adventure – Vancouver B.C.”

Portland to Vancouver B.C. Timelapse

While on our first trip together to Canada, I wanted to try a driving timelapse video of our journey.  It is about a 5-6 hour drive from Portland to the beautiful Vancouver B.C. area. It was an amazing trip and I hope to get up there again sometime.  Enjoy! Continue reading “Portland to Vancouver B.C. Timelapse”

Hawaii: Undersea Adventure

While I wasn’t daring enough to go exploring the more distant waters at Two Step, Brianna spent an hour taking pictures and video. We were all worried since we could not see her snorkel anywhere for so long, but she eventually resurfaced. Take a look at her undersea adventure in the short video below. Continue reading “Hawaii: Undersea Adventure”

Hawaii: Pu’uhonua O Honaunau Park

Pu’uhonua O Honaunau Park is located near a popular snorkeling point known as Two Step. This park contains rich amounts of culture with a reconstruction of a Hawaiian temple. It is a sacred site of the Hawaiian people and is preserved by the National Park Service.

We stumbled upon this place by accident while on our way to snorkeling, but really enjoyed the quick glimpse to the past. Check out this quick video as I walk around the main portion of the park. Continue reading “Hawaii: Pu’uhonua O Honaunau Park”