A few years ago, I went to Costa Rica and had many first time adventures including white water rafting, swimming in hot springs, and zip lining above the rainforest canopy.
I was staying at a local organic echo farm, Finca Luna Nueva Lodge, and enjoyed the scenic rainy drive to Monteverde Cloud Forest, which has the longest zip line in Costa Rica.
Excited to zip line over the rainforest canopy, we took cable cars up the steep volcanic terrain, going higher and higher into the forest. We were informed that at a certain point, that if we changed our mind, it would be too late, and that the only way down was to zip line.
Before we reached the top, we were given a mini experience of what starting and stopping entailed. Stopping was abrupt due to the speed of travel. I then reached the point of no return, and was secured into my harness and prepared to launch.
My adrenaline raced as I jumped off the platform and began my long journey back down the rainforest.
The first thing I remember was how painful the rain was as it hit my face like shards of glass. I could barely open my eyes as I sped from one zip lining station to the next. I remember being shocked at how high I was and the speed that I was traveling.
Monteverde Cloud Forest zip line consists of 15 cables and 18 platforms. It’s an exciting and adventurous experience. Views of the lake and Arenal Volcano are visible as you fly above the rainforest canopy. Although it wasn’t my first time zip lining, it was certainly one of the most adventurous life experiences that I have had, and I would defiantly recommend it to anyone traveling to Costa Rica. My only advice would be to go on a day that wasn’t raining.
Arizona has to be one of the most beautiful states in the country. It is known for the Grand Canyon, but there is also a part of Arizona that many people are not aware of, the remote White Mountains of Northeastern Arizona.
Situated in Navajo County, it is a 3.5 hour drive up the mountains from the Phoenix area. Fort Apache, is only a 30 miles drive down the mountains from Pinetop-Lakeside and is rich in history. Arrowhead Cafe, offers authentic Apache food, that is locally grown and sourced.
Looking to travel into the unknown or slightly off grid? Head to the White Mountains of northeastern Arizona, The ponderosa pine trees smell amazing and your likely to see wild horses, moose, bobcats and coyotes on your travels.
I recently cycled the Tomorrow River Trail, a secluded historic rail-trail through central Wisconsin. I thought the route was going to be a relatively easy ride but it turned out to be a challenge due to excessive winds.
When I cycle, I enjoy the adventure, but I also appreciate that its a moving meditation that clears my mind and invigorates me in ways that other sports don’t. I love that its a combination of physical exercise and mindfulness.
Tomorrow River’s Trail consists of a crushed stone trail that is 29.2 miles long. It passes through open fields and tree lined paths, extending through several counties. If you want to get off the trail, there are several small rural towns to explore along the way.
Being an active biker, I try to explore a new trail each week as I love the combination of physical exercise and mindfulness. If you haven’t tried it yet, get out of your house and start cycling. There are new trails to explore!
Only accessible by boat, Witches Gulch, a narrow slot canyon in southern Wisconsin is an interesting and beautiful hike that makes you wonder if you are still in the Midwest.
Several boat tours will take you to Witches Gulch, and once there, a two mile loop hike will lead you through a hardwood forest and through slot canyons where at some points, you can actually touch both sides of the narrow canyon walls. Water has worn away the sandstone rock as it flows out into the Wisconsin River leaving behind raw natural formations.
I’m not a big fan of narrow spaces although I have hiked through slot canyons in some of the big national parks out west, but finding Witches Gulch in Wisconsin was exciting. Unlike the dry desert terrain of the southwest, Wisconsin Dells is green, lush and humid. The slot canyons are cool and temperate due to the running river and waterfall, making for an easy hike.
If you’re looking for a fun adventure on both boat and land, head for Witches Gulch. You won’t be disappointed.
A few years ago, I met with a group of strangers who shared the same passion as me. Together we spent four days hiking and exploring the Grand Canyon. It turned out to be one of the best experiences of my life. Since then, I make it a priority to travel and explore. Even if I can’t travel far away, I will explore my world locally.
I help people to make the most out of their lives and one of my favorite recommendations is to get out of your comfort zone or daily routine and have a personal adventure. It’s all about personal self care. For me, movement feels great. I love hiking, biking, swimming, kayaking and being in nature. Nature is a natural drug that feeds my body, mind and soul.
Whatever you have been postponing or putting off, do it today, or make plans to make it happen. Since I took my first hiking trip to the Grand Canyon, I have never looked back. I now search out new places, new people, new foods, new pathways and new adventures to try. Life doesn’t have to be boring. It’s up to you!
A dream of mine is to bicycle through the rice paddies of Vietnam. Years ago, I found a travel organization that offers such a trip. I’m hoping to make my dream a reality some day, but until then, I explore my own local area and luckily for me, I have the Green Circle Trail, a 26.5 mile trail around the city of Stevens Point that winds through city streets and forests of central Wisconsin. The trails are a combination of rocky pathways, wooden bridges, and dirt covered roads. As far as biking trails go, its one of the best to explore.
Cycling has always been one of my passions. I love how I see the world from a different viewpoint than if I was walking or simply driving in my car. I also appreciate how cycling keeps me fit and is environmentally friendly.
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