Three Hikes in Daisetsuzan National Park, Hokkaido, Japan

  • December 06, 2023
  • by Inga

The hiking in Daisetsuzan National Park on the island of Hokkaido is sublime, featuring bubbling hot springs, steaming, otherworldly fumaroles, dramatic volcanic landscapes, wildflowers, and thick forests. During our time in Hokkaido, we visited Sapporo and spent two days in Daisetsuzan National Park, taking public transportation to get around. We were able to do three …

Exploring the Lakes around Bariloche, Argentina

  • October 03, 2023
  • by Inga

After a few days dodging protests and pickpockets in Santiago, it was a relief to land in the peaceful township of Bariloche, Argentina. I hoped that a week exploring the Lake District of Northern Patagonia around Bariloche, Argentina would be enough, but after a quick look at potential hiking trails, I knew I’d be wanting …

Discovering Iguazu Falls in Argentina and Brazil

  • September 12, 2023
  • by Inga

Iguazu Falls, the largest waterfall system in the world, are nothing short of spectacular. It’s a place that, no matter how many photos or videos you see, is stunning in person when you can hear the roar and experience the mist on your face. If you’re in Argentina or Brazil, don’t miss Iguazu Falls, even …

The Magic of Morocco in Two Weeks

  • August 21, 2023
  • by Inga

The idea of going to Morocco took hold slowly, in small, incremental steps. Our October trip was going to be just Spain and Portugal, but every time I looked at the map, the land below the blue strip of the Mediterranean called to me. I was intrigued by way the curve of land in Spain …

Wild Yosemite: Three Hikes in Yosemite National Park

  • April 10, 2023
  • by Inga

Yosemite National Park is one of the most popular national parks in the US, with visitors flocking to Yosemite Valley to see the massive granite faces draped with ethereal waterfalls dropping hundreds of feet in swirls of frothy mist. It’s often possible to escape the crowds by hiking a mile or two beyond the lookout …

A Castle in the High Atlas Mountains of Morocco

  • March 27, 2023
  • by Inga

The idea of being able to stay in a kasbah (castle) in the High Atlas Mountains in Morocco was a temptation I couldn’t resist. I booked a stay at the Kasbah du Toubkal under the shadow of Mt. Toubkal in Imlil before I even knew how or when we would get there. I thought that …

Backpacking Hetch Hetchy to Rancheria Falls in Yosemite

  • March 07, 2023
  • by Inga

Backpacking Hetch Hetchy to Rancheria Falls is a great way to kick off a summer backpacking season in Yosemite National Park. It’s best hiked in the spring when temperatures are reasonable but not so early that snowmelt creates dangerous conditions in streams that cascade into Hetch Hetchy Reservoir. Another good time to hike here is …

Power lines over green grass

Plugs and Power for Travel

  • February 21, 2023
  • by Inga

As tempting as it is to disconnect when we travel, it’s impossible to do if work is involved and difficut to do when traveling for pleasure. If you want to navigate using Google Maps, understand the language with Google Translate or take a photo with your smart phone, you’ll need to power one or more …

Row of camels sitting on sand

Berber Camp in the Sahara Desert: Highlight of Morocco

  • February 12, 2023
  • by Inga

On a whim, we threw in a three-day tour to a Berber camp in the Sahara Desert in Morocco with Berber Camp Merzouga. On a five-week trip of independent travel, you wouldn’t think that the happiest surprise be the only tour we took, but that’s what happened. My husband and I were traveling through Spain, …

Peru’s Forgotten North: Hidden in Plain Sight

  • January 27, 2023
  • by Inga

Peru has an abundance of cultural riches, starting with the crown jewel of the Inca empire, Machu Picchu. Add Cusco, the historic capital of the Incas, the blue waters of Lake Titicaca, the highest navigable body in the world, and the vast Amazon jungle and it’s no wonder that Peru’s treasures of the forgotten north …

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