I did a thing over the long Fourth of July weekend; I set foot in the only one of the 50 states I hadn't yet. Idaho! When my company sent me to Portland, Oregon for a conference earlier this year, I realized that only Idaho remained and I needed to seize the opportunity. Aside from … Continue reading But…Puerto Rico?
While You Are There: Hang out in León for a few days, see the ruins, go to the beach, go sandboarding, and drink some rum. There's no shortage of activities in this part of the country. León is easily my favorite place in Nicaragua (although Ometepe is pretty great too!) and this quote from Lonely Planet … Continue reading Pools of Mud in San Jacinto, Nicaragua (May, 2008)
While You Are There: If you can arrange your trip while there is a festival going on in Altagracia, which we did unintentionally, stay there a night and enjoy it. Otherwise, hop on a long, slow bus ride to Merida and stay at the Hacienda Merida. They can arrange a bunch of activities for you or … Continue reading (Isla de) Ometepe, Nicaragua (July, 2008)
While You Are There: Hike in the crater and get drenched in sweat. That's what I remember about it - the humidity inside. It's its own microclimate. It's a steamy tropical jungle. Clearly the volcano inside is not active, but it's so hot that you get the sensation it might erupt at any moment. Or maybe … Continue reading Jeju and Seongsan Ilchulbong Crater, South Korea (August, 2002)
While You Are There: Relax! Not all trips are about what you can go see and do. If you went all the way to Big Island only to rent this place and never step foot outside it except to go to and from the airport, it would be worthwhile. This place is magical. That said, Big … Continue reading Enchanting Rainforest Hideaway in Pāhoa, Hawaii (February, 2013)