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A Bucket List Item For Cyclists – High Bridge Trail

High Bridge Trail

Floating 125 feet above the Appomattox River, High Bridge gives an eagle-eye view of the valley below. Spanning nearly 1/2 a mile, there is plenty to see from the bridge and along the entire 31-mile trail. Don’t Miss These Events… Continue Reading…


Hike the Beautiful Tideland National Recreation Trail

Gravel Path on Tideland National Recreation Trail

Short, but mighty, the Tideland National Recreation Trail (also known as the Cedar Point Tideland Trail) is a must-visit trail in the Croatan National Forest in eastern North Carolina. Why You Should Hike the Tideland National Recreation Trail Don’t be… Continue Reading…


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.


A guide to Arenal Costa Rica

Red plant in the Arenal area of Costa Rica

He yells, waving wildly.   The waterfall drowns out most of his words.  My Spanish is not good enough to put meaning to the words I do hear.  


Rincón de la Vieja National Park – a guide

woman in swimming hole in front of Oropendola Waterfall

With so many options to visit National Parks in Costa Rica, you might be tempted to skip the out-of-the-way Rincón de la Vieja National Park. Don’t make that mistake. Follow our guide to visiting Rincón de la Vieja National Park.