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My Adventures

Sure all of my blog entries are adventures! ;) These are some standouts that I expanded on.

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Being a Tourist for a Couple of Days in Monteverde
Dec 11, 2019 Costa Rica

Our two day itinerary experiencing some of the sights around Monteverde without buying the t-shirt or getting on the tour bus.

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Traveling Long Term is So Different!
Dec 6, 2019 Costa Rica

I keep saying the same thing that I knew ahead of time; that this particular trip was not going to be a "traveling around" trip. ....

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Conflict with My Backpacker Style (or Lack Thereof)
Dec 1, 2019 Costa Rica

I normally don't care that I don't have makeup and my hair looks like total shit when I travel. Th ....

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Can I Practice What I Preach and Stay Within Budget?
Nov 28, 2019 Costa Rica

Faced with the reality of full-time travel, I'm starting to worry about staying within budget!

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Visiting Pavones Famous Surf Town
Nov 16, 2019 Costa Rica

Not far from Zancudo is Pavones with it's world famous 2-minute left break. A quick visit in the off season just gave us a glimpse.

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Middle of the Night Intruder
Nov 3, 2019 Costa Rica

From big critters to tiny, I'm finding myself a bit jumpy. The 2am break-in certainly didn't help.

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In Need of Travel Therapy - Costa Rica Here I Come
Nov 3, 2019 Costa Rica

Although I had already mentally planned this trip early in the year as my first foray into full-time ....

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Halloween on a Dark Rainy Dirt Road in the Jungle
Oct 30, 2019 Costa Rica

If you keep a good sense of humor and adventure, adverse situations can be the best travel experiences!

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Taking the Big Leap - OMG I'm Freaking Out - I Quit My Job
Aug 27, 2019

It's time. I can't put life off any longer. I'm cashing it in and hitting the road full time!

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A Day in Paso Canoas - Shopping in Panama
Mar 19, 2019 Costa Rica, Panama

It's typical in southern Costa Rica to go to Panama to shop. It wasn't the most exciting day, but I figured I should check it out.

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An Afternoon in China
Mar 14, 2019 China

It may be just a scratch on the surface, but I spent time in China!

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My First Foray into China - Getting to the Transit Hotel
Mar 14, 2019 China

What should be easy for most people, even getting the free hotel room from the airline was a bit intimidating for me.

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Ohhhhgo Ogoh - What a Parade!
Mar 5, 2019 Indonesia

Talk about a cool local Bali tradition. This massive parade went on and on and I was lucky enough to see it in the best place ever! Big smile all night long.

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Not all Spirits in Bali are Benevolent
Mar 4, 2019 Indonesia

Bali is known for its spirituality. I agree it is a very spiritual place and my house sitting adventure gave me proof of that!

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Luxury Realization
Mar 4, 2019 Indonesia

7 weeks of no-frills living, to a hotel in the city. Not only does it have slippers, a kettle, a fridge, and drinking water, but it has air conditioning and hot water!! Oh doesn't it feel good to appreciate that which often gets taken for granted!

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Desperate Times ... All I Want is to Sleep Through the Night
Feb 23, 2019 Indonesia

Sweat, mosquitoes, I'm used to sleeping in some pretty uncomfortable places but this one (in a Californian expat's house!) has been tough.

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It is Not Polite to Stop at a Red Light
Feb 10, 2019 Indonesia

With an average of over 200 motorbike deaths in Bali every month, I found myself quite wary of hitting the road, even in a smaller village. But I put on my big girl pants and did it.

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Weathering the Storm of the Decade in Bali
Jan 24, 2019 Indonesia

Nothing calm or soothing about my first week in Bali! Constant storms, crashing waves, and apparently the worst storm in 10 years! Watching what happens out at the beach has been an interesting thing to observe.

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I'm Just NOT the Traveler I Want to Be
Jan 22, 2019

I know that might sound strange coming from me, I write a travel site! But as much as I travel and as much as I love it, I have had to come to terms with my own limitations.

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Adjusting to My New Digs and Questioning My Travel Goals
Jan 18, 2019 Indonesia

I know what all my friends were picturing when I told them I was house sitting in Bali for a while. They were wrong. Excitement, denial, anger, bargaining, depression and acceptance, happiness. I'm smack dab in the middle of it.

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An Iffy First Impression of Belize
Dec 11, 2018 Belize

After an odd start, I was wondering if I liked Belize at all. But thankfully we stuck it out and go to know and like Belize a lot better.

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Hitchhiking at My Age?
Nov 16, 2016 Australia, Comoros, Tanzania

I was grateful to have a travel buddy at ease with hitching since it's not something I would have done on my own.

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Big Ben kids, Parliament
Nov 5, 2015 Thailand

What the heck, I'll just go ahead and order the over priced American breakfast. It really did hit the spot, right down to the white bread and cheese s ....

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Stuck in Maui
Sep 10, 2009 United States

We had a hard time flying out of Hawaii on standby so we made due by sleeping in the car and hammocks on the beach. << old website quick post >>

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Getting 8 People to Roatan
Aug 10, 2009 Honduras

Big family trip to Roatan, Honduras. It was fun but we decided we didn't need to go back. << old website quick post >>

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Landed in Luxury - A Few Days at the Gran Melia
Jul 3, 2009 Puerto Rico

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Incredible Snorkeling in Culebra!
Jul 2, 2009 Puerto Rico

The island of Culebra has a lot of personality, the popular Flemenco beach, and some outstanding snorkeling. << old website quick post >>

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My 40th Bday - Bio Bay!!
Jun 29, 2009 Puerto Rico

Veiquez, Puerto Rico, a great place to spend the big four-oh. We went to bio bay for some bioluminescent plankton and did some great snorkeling before heading to Culebra. << old website quick post >>

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Old San Juan - Our First Look at PR
Jun 28, 2009 Puerto Rico

Landed in Puerto Rico for my 40th birthday! << old website quick post >>

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Xin Chau - My First Time In Vietnam
Nov 12, 2008 Vietnam

Qui Nhon, Hoi An, and Mui Ne. << old website quick post >>

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Laos Bolaven Highlands (Coffee Plantation Trek)
Nov 11, 2008 Laos

A very brief trip crossing through Laos, stopped for a coffee tour in the Bolaven Highlands. << old website quick post >>

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Hot, Hot, Heat in the Grand Canyon
Jul 1, 2007 United States

We actually hiked all the way to the bottom and stayed a few days in July!

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A Day in the Life of a Kite Widow
Oct 20, 2006 Dominican Republic

Just another travel adventure where kiteboarding ruined my life.

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The Making of a Kite Widow (AKA Steve's Castaway Moment)
Oct 12, 2006 Dominican Republic

Steve's version of the kite widow story.

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Woo Hoo, Our First All-Inclusive!
Oct 6, 2006 Dominican Republic

We decided to try our hand at an all-inclusive in the Domincan Republic. Take it for what it is, and it's a blast. << old website quick post >>

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Kava Ceremony
Apr 14, 2000 Fiji

Kava, the unofficial national drink of Fiji, is a mild intoxicant. A local showed me the proper way to drink it.

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Epi's Tour to the Village of Lovoni
Apr 12, 2000 Fiji

A great tour by a local to his inland village of Lovoni!

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