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[North Cascades National Park, Jul 15, 2018] With my Ragnar race now over, the actual vacation part of my trip finally began! On the agenda for the day was a trip into North Cascades National park. This very wild and undeveloped park is a haven for the backcountry hiker, but there are some great trails for day hikers as well. It has over 300 glaciers, the greatest concentration in the US outside… Read More

[San Juan Islands, WA, Sat, Jul 14, 2018] Getting up at 1 am after barely getting any sleep was not fun at all. Luckily, reuniting with van 1 for a short while helped boost our energy. The next 30+ miles were ours, and we were going to be running into the daylight hours on Saturday morning. This portion of the course took us over to the San Juan islands, where we were… Read More

[Bellingham, WA – Burlington, WA, Friday, July 13, 2018] And just like that, it was race day! Half of our team departed early in the morning in van 1 to get to Blaine, WA, where they got started at 7 am. They had just over 30 miles to cover, so we were expecting them to turn over to us around 1 pm. This meant we had the entire morning to relax in… Read More

[Bellingham, WA, Thu, July 12, 2018] Those of you who’ve been with me for a while may remember our previous Ragnar adventure in Hawaii. That was back in 2016. Our crew likes to get together for a running trip once a year for either a national park half marathon or a ragnar, and this year’s honors fell to Ragnar Northwest Passage. The course for this race runs from Blaine, WA, near the… Read More

[Colorado Springs, CO, July 7, 2018] As I mentioned in my previous post, there are several mountain towns nestled in the foothills of the Pike’s Peak mountain. Manitou Springs is one of them, and it is home to a hike that ranks amongst the most difficult I’ve ever done – The Incline. This unique hike is actually a whole bunch of stairs – 2768 of them, to be exact. The incline was… Read More

[Colorado Springs, CO, July 6, 2018] Colorado Springs is one of several mountain towns in what is known as the Pike’s Peak region. This region is at 6,000 ft (1828 m) above sea level and includes other towns such as Manitou Springs and Canon City. Rising another 8,000 ft above these towns is Pike’s Peak, one of Colorado’s 53 fourteeners (peaks over 14,000 ft/4200m above sea level).  Pike’s Peak is higher than… Read More

[Colorado Springs, CO, Jul 5, 2018] I spent four days in Colorado Springs last weekend for my friend May’s one-year wedding anniversary. May moved to Colorado about two years ago from LA. She is an avid picture taker/selfie queen, so in that time, we’ve observed all the fabulous places Colorado Springs has to offer thanks to her photos. I met May through my friend Olivia, and in the three years since I’ve… Read More

[Augusta, GA, June 2, 2018] Once my visit to Congaree National Park was over, it was time to connect with friends! On my way back to Augusta, I stopped by the little town of Aiken, SC to see my Bulgarian friend Toni. In typical Bulgarian fashion, she fed me, and we skyped with another mutual Bulgarian friend.   Once back in Augusta, I only had time to change before dinner. My friend… Read More

[Congaree National Park, June 2, 2018] As the week of Memorial Day drew to a close and my conference wound down, it was time to head to Augusta, GA for the post-conference adventures I had planned. Augusta is the second-largest metropolitan area in Georgia, but it is overshadowed by Savannah, GA in popularity. You only hear about Augusta once a year in April when it hosts the Masters golf tournament. Therefore, I… Read More

[Orlando, FL – May 29, 2018] From hidden gems to tourist traps in one day – that is the life of a travel blogger. If you read my previous post, you know that I spent a magical morning exploring under-rated Winter Park, FL. Travelers who wish to experience a different side of Central Florida can find a respite from amusement park crowds in this gorgeous community just 20 minutes North of Orlando…. Read More