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How to Hike the John Muir Trail Without Falling Down…

The John Muir Trail (JMT) is a 211-mile backcountry trail in the Sierra Nevada Mountains in California.

The trail boasts some of the world’s best scenery and runs from Yosemite Valley to Mt. Whitney and barely touches civilization… no roads, no towns, just pure unadulterated nature.  The John Muir Trail crosses Sequoia, Kings Canyon, and Yosemite National Parks and countless other wilderness areas giving it distinctly unique terrains at various points along the trail.

And I should know…

In 2013, a few friends and I celebrated my husband, Brock’s, 30th birthday by hiking the John Muir Trail and what a celebration it turned out to be.

Don’t miss my insider secrets in this tell-all interview…


How to Bike Across the U.S. by Kathleen Ventura

Bike Across The U.S.

My husband, Brock, and I knew that when our lease was up we’d sell everything, quit our jobs, and travel the world.

We had a lot of ideas, but ultimately decided to stay in the U.S. before heading abroad.

We had been half kidding about riding our bikes across the country for a while, and one day we decided we should just do it. So we started researching, buying our bikes and gear, and planning like crazy.

And in June of 2012, we kick-started our crazy bike adventure…


Me, Myself, a Renault Clio and the Road…

It all starts with that damn car.

A little Renault Clio that I can probably push with my little finger.  We look long and hard at each other, this Clio and I.

I know I am taking a bold move going through with my plan:  I plan on driving this little thing to Blarney Castle, The Cliffs of Moher and back to Dublin where I’m still standing, staring at the Clio. I am also going to undertake this adventure solo – me, the twenty-five-year-old American girl who only learned to drive a stick a mere six months before through the winter snows of Indiana.

I walk over to the left side of the car, only to stop and curse at myself.  Of course, I’m in Ireland now.

I walk to the other sideand open the door.  I take a deep breath and slide into the driver seat.  I take my time as I get my things settled, set the GPS for Blarney Castle, put on my seatbelt and turn on the ignition…


The Ultimate City Guide on Whistler British Columbia…

My name is Chelsey and I have lived in Whistler, British Columbia for the past four years.

Whistler can best be described in these five words:

  • adventurous;
  • spectacular;
  • natural;
  • enchanting; and
  • iconic.

Women should consider visiting Whistler because it’s the ultimate girls getaway, family vacation or romantic couples retreat. The beauty of mother nature, coupled with the active social vibe of the resort, makes Whistler an ideal mountain escape.

Plus, there’s so much to see and do besides hitting the slopes!

Whether you’re an intrepid mountaineer or a non-skier who loves to get a dose of fresh mountain air, Whistler is arguably the best all-season mountain resort in North America (okay, I may be a little biased).


Mary’s No-Nonsense Guide of Things to do on Oahu…

Pop quiz:

What Hawaiian Island is known as “The Gathering Place“, is the third largest Hawaiian Island, and is home to the Honolulu International Airport?

  • A. Kaui
  • B. Hawaii (aka The Big Island)
  • C. Oahu
  • D. Maui

Answer: Oahu.

That’s right.

With well-known features such as Waikīkī, Pearl Harbor, Diamond Head, Hanauma Bay, Kāneʻohe Bay, Kailua Bay, and North Shore, there are tons of things to do on Oahu.

And Mary Hickcox should know.

Mary spent six months on Oahu, knows the island as both a tourist and local, and shares her insider secrets on things to do on Oahu…