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From snowy mountains to Caribbean beaches

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In a period of three weeks, I traveled to Boston for work, Bend for snowboarding at Mt Bachelor, and Puerto Rico for some sun and relaxation. I was used to being in a new place every week when I took my 20-month travel sabbatical a few years ago. But life isn’t quite as simple now with a full-time More >

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A glimpse of Bend

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Bend

With long days snowboarding at Mt Bachelor, I didn’t get to see a lot of Bend. But I was impressed by what I did see.

Bend is small, cute, and surrounded by gorgeous landscapes. It has a laidback vibe, and people seem down-to-earth and friendly.

The first evening in town, we stumbled upon a More >

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Snowboarding… for real!

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I finally did it!  I boarded on a REAL mountain.

You know I travel solo a lot, and I enjoy that freedom.  But there are a few trips I don’t want to do alone.  One of those is a snowboarding trip.

Snowboarding is more fun with a friend.  Plus, there is a safety factor.  Most of my snowboarding More >

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PHOTOS: Jamaica’s other famous waterfall

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Perhaps the most well-known waterfall in Jamaica is Dunn’s River Falls in Ocho Rios on the northern side of the island.  For those visiting the southern or eastern part of the island, there is another natural gem.

YS Falls is about an hour drive from Treasure Beach.  If you’re driving, be sure to More >

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Explore the Elements – Travel Photoblogging Challenge

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The Explore the Elements photo contest is sponsored by Thomas Cook Travel and seeks to find images that best represent the four elements of earth, water, fire and air.  I was happy to be nominated by travel photographer Jonathan Look.  If you’re not familiar with his website LifePart2, you should More >

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PHOTO: A cold Winter sunset

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This Winter in Columbus has been a bit brutal in terms of temperature.  I forced myself out to capture this sunset on the icy Scioto River.

Have you been braving the cold to enjoy the pretty side of Winter?
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Ya mon… a glimpse of Jamaican culture

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When you think of Jamaica, the phrase “ya mon” immediately comes to mind. I assumed this was an exaggerated stereotype of the way Jamaicans speak.

Turns out “ya mon” is ubiquitous in Jamaica.

 

And yes, you can find it in the Urban Dictionary.

 

In explaining the brief glimpse I got into the local More >

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Jamaican Food: Delicious and possibly deadly

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The thing I research the most for any travel destination is the food. I have my priorities straight.

I arrived in Jamaica with a list of local dishes and native fruits to try.  I succeeded in tasting them all.  I discovered after I returned that one of my favorite foods can be poisonous if prepared More >

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Tips for driving in Jamaica (and why you may not want to)

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You read a lot of warnings about driving in some countries (and Jamaica is one of them).

While I never drove a car during my travels in Central and South America, I certainly recognized that I preferred to be in a bus or a taxi than dealing with the insanity. But with the Jamaica trip, I was More >

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Finding simplicity in Jamaica

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I had gotten caught up in a lot of things. I had a constant feeling that I should be working on my growing to-do list.

Some stress was good. Some stress was simply unnecessary. I had fallen back into the mode of creating obligations for myself that did not always align with my priorities. I had More >

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