Unlocking the Secrets of the North Shore, Oahu, Hawaii

  • September 08, 2009
  • by Inga

No stay in O’ahu, Hawaii is complete for us without at least one day at the North Shore, and sometimes we rent a house and stay there the whole time. There are no high rise buildings and no shopping malls, just miles of gorgeous beaches, laid back people and small town charm. To get there, …

Beyond the Beaches of Waikiki, Oahu

  • September 08, 2009
  • by Inga

The myriad activities in Waikiki are obvious, from people watching to surfing on perfect waves, outrigger canoeing in the surf, catamaran rides, and world-class shopping on Kalakaua Ave.  After a couple of days unwinding on the beach you might be ready to avail yourself of the many other charms the island of O’ahu in Hawaii …

The Hidden Wines of Anderson Valley

  • August 31, 2009
  • by Inga

The Anderson Valley, an appellation only fifteen miles long and a half mile wide in places, is a hidden jewel among the rolling hills of Mendocino County, close to the coastal areas of Northern California. Lurking the shadows of its better known brethren in adjacent Sonoma County, and over the next ridge, Napa County, Anderson …

Meandering Toward Meadow Lake and Summit City, Ghost Town of the Gold Rush Era

  • August 25, 2009
  • by Inga

We have hiked and mountain biked around miles of trails in the Lake Tahoe area, but I can already see that after only a few weeks of having our canoe that we are going to be discovering all kinds of new terrain. Steve and our good friend Cindy loaded up the canoe and took off …

Backpacking Around Tahoe With Kids in Tow

  • August 19, 2009
  • by Inga

“This is awesome!” seven year old Chase exclaimed excitedly. What got him so excited? Disneyland? Action figures? Trucks? No, he was building a dam in a shallow creek to catch the elusive fingerling trout slipping by. We were deep in the Granite Chief Wilderness on a multi-day backpacking trip and his face reflected pure joy …

Backpacking to Lovely Loch Leven Lakes

  • August 18, 2009
  • by Inga

“How much longer? Are we almost there?” The familiar refrain from our godchildren came, not in a car, but in the Sierra wilderness, as they shouldered heavy backpacks and bent toward the granite formations as we neared the summit, having gained 1,000 feet of elevation in about 2  miles when we went backpacking to Loch …

The Maiden Voyage of the Little Red Canoe

  • August 10, 2009
  • by Inga

On the Hike From Hell(hole) (https://ingasadventures.com/2009/07/13/the-worst-backpacking-trip-ever/) Steve and I resolved to get a canoe, harkening back to the good memories we had of paddling on the Yukon River last summer and eschewing further backpacking trips. Now she was on top of the car, the maiden voyage of the little red canoe beginning with a road trip …

To Hell(hole) and Back-The Worst Backpacking Trip Ever

  • July 13, 2009
  • by Inga

This trip to Hellhole Reservoir in the Granite Chief Wilderness won’t qualify for the worst trip in the annals of backpacking because no one was seriously or mortally injured, but in our combined history, this was the worst trip ever for my husband and me. A combination of minor mishaps, lost trails, illness and topography …

Sampling Fine Wines in Napa Valley

  • June 19, 2009
  • by Inga

There are about 400 wineries in picturesque Napa Valley, with neat rows of vines punctuated by lovely wineries, some built in the chateau style, others in mission style, some gleaming and modern, all with a back story of the owner’s passion for the grape. Sparkling tasting rooms provide a glimpse into the zeal of the …

Vietnam—Navigating the Mighty Mekong

  • June 13, 2009
  • by Inga

Published in International Travel News, April 2009, http://www.intltravelnews.com/ “This is a river that could keep us busy for years,” uttered my husband, Steve, who has a fascination with rivers. Our first trip to Vietnam this summer began our exploration of the Mekong River that will span many trips to come as we unlock the secrets …

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