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PHOTO ESSAY: El Yunque National Forest

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El Yunque National Forest

 

El Yunque is a short drive from where I am staying in Fajardo. I only had a half-day to explore, so I will return during my next trip to Puerto Rico. I went with my local “guide” Robb (aka in-case-of-emergency family member to contact for iguana situations and anything More >

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Beach Selfies in Puerto Rico

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Yes, I just used the word “selfie.”

I thought this day would never come.  I hate selfies.  But apparently when you’re alone for a week in a pretty place and only a dog to talk to, you start to do crazy things.

Even though I was focusing on a work project, I made time to visit the beach most More >

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Adventures in Dog Sitting in Puerto Rico

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Rease warned me that Padfoot loves to chase iguanas.  I just didn’t expect to have to deal with an iguana situation my first day alone.  Luckily, it was nothing compared to iguanapocalypse (seriously, the photos in Rease’s post are terrifying), but it was a bit unsettling and brought out the More >

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From snowy mountains to Caribbean beaches

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In a period of three weeks, I traveled to Boston for work, Bend for snowboarding at Mt Bachelor, and Puerto Rico for some sun and relaxation. I was used to being in a new place every week when I took my 20-month travel sabbatical a few years ago. But life isn’t quite as simple now with a full-time More >

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A glimpse of Bend

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Bend

With long days snowboarding at Mt Bachelor, I didn’t get to see a lot of Bend. But I was impressed by what I did see.

Bend is small, cute, and surrounded by gorgeous landscapes. It has a laidback vibe, and people seem down-to-earth and friendly.

The first evening in town, we stumbled upon a More >

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Snowboarding… for real!

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I finally did it!  I boarded on a REAL mountain.

You know I travel solo a lot, and I enjoy that freedom.  But there are a few trips I don’t want to do alone.  One of those is a snowboarding trip.

Snowboarding is more fun with a friend.  Plus, there is a safety factor.  Most of my snowboarding More >

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PHOTOS: Jamaica’s other famous waterfall

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Perhaps the most well-known waterfall in Jamaica is Dunn’s River Falls in Ocho Rios on the northern side of the island.  For those visiting the southern or eastern part of the island, there is another natural gem.

YS Falls is about an hour drive from Treasure Beach.  If you’re driving, be sure to More >

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Explore the Elements – Travel Photoblogging Challenge

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The Explore the Elements photo contest is sponsored by Thomas Cook Travel and seeks to find images that best represent the four elements of earth, water, fire and air.  I was happy to be nominated by travel photographer Jonathan Look.  If you’re not familiar with his website LifePart2, you should More >

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PHOTO: A cold Winter sunset

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This Winter in Columbus has been a bit brutal in terms of temperature.  I forced myself out to capture this sunset on the icy Scioto River.

Have you been braving the cold to enjoy the pretty side of Winter?
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Ya mon… a glimpse of Jamaican culture

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When you think of Jamaica, the phrase “ya mon” immediately comes to mind. I assumed this was an exaggerated stereotype of the way Jamaicans speak.

Turns out “ya mon” is ubiquitous in Jamaica.

 

And yes, you can find it in the Urban Dictionary.

 

In explaining the brief glimpse I got into the local More >

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