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Bike Touring in Oriental

Sunset at Oriental marina

Ever thought about bike touring in Oriental along in the Inner Banks of North Carolina? If so, check out the Cycle NC Spring Coastal Ride.


Experience Monteverde

blue striped hummingbird

“¿Hablas español?” the van driver inquired on our way to the Monteverde area of Costa Rica:  Do you speak Spanish? “No.  Lo siento.  Muy poco”, I replied: No. I’m sorry. Very little. “Ah, I am the one that is sorry”,… Continue Reading…


Visit Santa Elena Cloud Forest Reserve

Blue dragonfly sitting on leaf at Santa Elena Cloud Forest

Trying to decide which cloud forest to visit in the Monteverde area of Costa Rica? Read on for why I recommend the Santa Elena Cloud Forest Reserve.


Night Walk in Monteverde

Red eyed tree frog

The fastest way to learn all the ways a rain forest is out-to-get naive tourists? Take a guided night walk in the Monteverde area during your visit to Costa Rica.


Bird-watching at Curi-Cancha Reserve

Three-wattled bellbird sitting in a tree

“Where are you? Come on…”, David mutters as he spins in circles. “I hear you. WHERE are you?!” With a low whoop, our guide plants his spotting scope to point at the three-wattled bellbird and waves us over. “Look quickly… Continue Reading…


Oconee County Waterfalls

Chau Ram Falls

We went for the Oconee Bell blooms.  But we got hooked on the waterfalls. Here’s our guide to chasing waterfalls in Oconee County, South Carolina.