Category Archives: The Outdoors

  • Five Favorite Hikes of 2015

    2015 has been an exciting year for me: I’ve visited nine new countries, finally made it to Niagara Falls, and fell head-over-heels in love with San Francisco.  Seriously, in my fantasy life, I moved to the Bay Area months ago and now write this blog at small cafe in Sausalito.  I can dream, right?   Continue reading

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  • A Haunted Hike in Bergen, Norway

    Witches, trolls, hiking, and a city of red roofs…why, I must be talking about Scandinavia!  A seamless blend of urban life and nature, enchanting Bergen, Norway offers all of Scandinavia’s trademark classics to those who visit..  Coming from a whirlwind tour of Paris and London, Bergen felt like a radically different planet.  I might have known all about Norway’s fjords, cliffs, and glaciers, but Norway’s delightful cities with earthy attractions surprised me.  I hadn’t had any expectations for Bergen; after all, most travel to the region to tour the world-famous Sognefjord.  Who knew its cities had so much nature to offer as well? Continue reading

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  • Under Orange Skies and Purple Clouds: Unforgettable Sunsets

    I’m a sunset person, without a doubt.  Since I’m a night owl who values sleep far too much to ever wake up to see the sunrise, I probably prefer sunsets by default.  Even when I’m home, typing away in my home office, I always peek out my window at the end of the day, hoping to catch a glimpse of pink and orange reflecting on the Potomac.  It should come as no surprise that some of the most memorable moments of vacations past are of sunsets.  Here, I share with you some of the most memorable: Continue reading

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  • Five Green Getaways From Washington, D.C.

    Whether you live in our nation’s capital and desperately need a day of fresh air or you’re an out-of-towner looking to put that final vacation day to good use, here is a list of my five favorite green getaways from Washington, D.C.  Each destination is less than two hours away from downtown by car, and can easily be enjoyed in a day.  Don’t forget to pack a water bottle!

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