Mangrove madness

A recent long weekend down in sunny Florida provided some lovely relaxation and great sites. Of particular enjoyment was a morning kayak trip in Jim Neville Marine Preserve on Siesta Key. Consisting of numerous mangrove tributaries and even a navigable abandoned shark study facility, the park provides a real treat. Some photos!

Hana Highway

Not too long ago I went to my very first bachelor party. While there, and after hearing I was planning a trip to Hawaii, I was immediately told “you must ride the Hana Highway“.

If you are too lazy to click the link you might be asking yourself, what is the Hana Highway? It’s basically an extremely scenic highway that runs along the north/northeast of Maui, leading to the town of, you guessed it, Hana. So we flew to Maui with just our backpacks, rented some nice road bikes, and rode the 50-or-so miles to Hana. Although we had an excellent time hanging in Hana after our arrival, me sitting on the beach drinking rum makes for an even worse video than the ride there and back. So without further stalling, here is the Road to Hana.

 

Mahalo for visiting

Hawaii is a really neat place. In what is truly a very small amount of land, there exists an intense amount of beauty. Massive cliffs, amazing water, gorgeous beaches, inspiring jungles, and an innate passion for foam hats. These are things I will always remember about Hawaii.

My trip was multi-faceted. The first portion consists of some very cool hikes, beach trips, snorkeling, and all other matter of vacation excellence. Although pictures would have sufficed, I was recently gifted a GoPro (a replacement for older toys), and thus you the reader must now sit through a home movie. I apologize in advance.

Stay tuned for more super excellent Hawaii videos. Mahalo for watching!

On the road

Traveling is a lot of fun. You get to see new places and do new things. Lately I’ve been seeing quite a bit for both professional or personal trips, and the vistas have all been great. Although sleep can often be diminished, there have certainly been worse tragedies in life than jet-lag.

 

Border jumping: REMIX

Nobody likes being an illegal alien, it’s an uncomfortable situation. So in order to avoid the rather inconvenient issues that go along with not having a visa and therefore being an illegal alien, it’s necessary to hop across the border for a a few days and then return with a fresh shiny stamp. This is not the first time I have done an activity like this, however it was a fun and fulfilling trip none the less.

My voyage consisted of a huge array of activities including: sitting on a bus for a day, going on a walk, swimming in the ocean, and then sitting on a bus for a day. This full and exciting weekend could be expressed in words, however words are boring and played out, so lets watch a movie instead!

Friends ahoy!

It seems like only yesterday that I was the host to several friends from my former life. The famed Partner in Crime and two additional friends joined me for an exciting and diverse trip through many parts of the rich coast.  I am going to make this a multi-post deal, as I want to milk as many posts as I can from this.

After a successful meet and greet at the airport, we headed off the the car rental facility and took temporary ownership of the best off-road vehicle known to man, the Toyota Yaris.  Following a fun and exciting drive back to the Nations Capital (of Costa Rica), we called it a day and slept in preparation for an exciting day 2. Waking up with the sun, the group put on their finest rafting attire and traveled down to the lush Orosi Valley for a day of rafting. The Orosi River offers a fast and furious rafting experience, consisting of a steady flow of technical class II/III rapids. After an exhilarating 1st run down the river, the group hit the reset button and prepared for run numero dos. However this time, I would be rafting in a ducky (inflatable kayak) and doing my best not to drag my face alongside the river bottom the entire time. This was a very fun experience, however I have no visual proof of my escapades. After two fantastic trips down the river, the tired group had a lovely river side lunch and headed back. Take a look at the video below, which was filmed by my co-worker who duckyied/duckied/ducked/whatever down the river during the first run. Pay special attention, and you can see a glimps of the group in the video.

After heading back to base the group showered up and prepared for a lovely evening at the famed Pizote resturant and bar. Being joined by a whole slew of Outward Bound staff, a fantastic evening of social beverages and finely cooked pork dishes were enjoyed by all.

Everyone enjoys their meal with gusto

Tune next time for the exciting continuation of this fantastic adventure!