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Granada, Nicaragua — Volcano, Volcano, Volcano

Compared to León, Granada caters to tourists on a much grander scale. There is an entire street that runs through the middle of town that is lined with restaurants, tour operators, and souvenir shops all trying to thrive on the tourist industry. We took several excursions around Granada, but found the best trips all involved volcanoes. Below are three different ways to observe these craters up close and personal. Mombacho Mombacho volcano sits just outside the city of Granada. It...

León, Nicaragua — City Tour and Volcano Boarding

This year, our summer excursions started with a two-week exploration of Nicaragua. Why Nicaragua? During our 2015/2016 world adventure, we completely avoided Central and South America. There was no particular reason for the avoidance other than we were tired after 7 months on the road and wanted to go home – we just didn’t make it there. After a year of rest, we decided it was time to hit the road and visit a new part of the world –...

A Return to Tent Rocks, New Mexico

Wherever we find ourselves in the world, we typically find a place to go for a hike and enjoy the beauty of the area. This was true some 20 years ago when my then boyfriend and I were in New Mexico for a conference. On one of the free days, we headed off into the New Mexico wilderness to see what we could find. I am not sure how we found out about the tent rock hike. I would guess that...

shuri castle

Stranded in a Japanese Parking Lot

One of our first adventures on the island of Okinawa was to Shuri Castle. Although it is unknown exactly when the castle was constructed, the castle was in use from 1322-1429 when it housed King Sho Hashi. The castle was burned down several times, captured by foreign Satsuma armies in 1609, and was subject to three days of shelling from the USS Mississippi during WWII before finally being captured by U.S. forces. After the war, the castle housed a university...