Colombia’s Historic and Colorful Cartagena

After a six-hour bus ride from Tayrona National Park that included riding on a flat tire for miles, we arrived in Cartagena.  The town offered intriguing history as a primary strategic Colombian location for centuries.  It was filled with pretty painted homes, huge ornate wooden doors with metalwork, and a […]

2019-11-24T09:24:47-08:00August 20, 2019|

Colombia’s Fancy Oceanfront Lodging at Los Naranjos beach by Tayrona National Park

Following our long and sweaty trek to The Lost City / Ciudad Perdida, we headed for a little pre-planned luxury at Los Naranjos beach on the northeast edge of Tayrona National Park. We enjoyed an air-conditioned beach side cabin at Casa Tayrona Los Naranjos, with fancy meals and a pool […]

2019-11-24T08:59:10-08:00August 18, 2019|

Trek to The Lost City of Colombia: Ciudad Perdida

Across our entire cross-Colombia excursion, my overall favorite and completely different experience was the jungle trek to Ciudad Perdida, The Lost City.

To get near Ciudad Perdida, The Lost City, we stopped over for a visit to Santa Marta.  Santa Marta was a smaller, somewhat rundown city with some history and […]

2019-11-08T10:57:34-08:00August 16, 2019|

Touring Magical Modern Medellin Colombia

I entered Colombia in a brain fog from a night of sporadic 20-minute naps totaling two hours of sleep. I flew overnight from Seattle to Medellin, across four flights and attempts at sleep constantly interrupted by tilting sideways, neck strain, or a pilot announcing air turbulence at 3:00 am as […]

2019-11-05T21:05:56-08:00August 11, 2019|

Colombia’s Beautiful Mountain Town of Jardin

Jardin beckoned to us: a small, colorful, beautiful town cradled by surrounding green mountains.  We arrived after a 4-hour drive from Medellin.  Even just getting there was fun.

Alex, our driver, took us from the paved urban roads of Medellin to the bumpy, rocky, rutted, dusty roads among small mountain towns.  […]

2019-11-07T19:40:37-08:00August 9, 2019|

Fun Rides and Shows at The Whidbey Island Fair

The Whidbey Island Fair is an annual local tradition at the Island County Fairgrounds. It spans carnival rides, a rainbow of junk food, concerts, arts and crafts, 4H animal shows, skills demonstrations, and ways to enjoy the summer weather. The rides go from little kiddie pleasers to a […]

2020-03-28T19:46:41-07:00July 21, 2019|

Backpacking the Remote Pacific Coast of The Olympic Peninsula

Backpacking along the Olympic Peninsula’s Pacific coast is wonderfully primordial and remote. With few access points, and each located far away, the land is rugged and little traveled. Other than the requirement to get a permit in advance to be in the area, there are few restrictions to […]

2020-03-27T21:28:37-07:00July 17, 2019|