Gaaaaahhhhhhh. More than a year ago, I set out on a mission to help friends and travelers navigate The Exumas, my happiest place on Earth. Its beauty is just too magical not to share and it took me numerous trips to master all of its nooks and crannies. Road signs don't exist, businesses don't have … Continue reading TheExumasMap.com is LIVE!
Ever see those dreamy travel photos on IG and think #1. Eye roll. It’s been filtered beyond reality and there is NO way it really looks like that and #2. You’ll never get the opportunity to visit anyway? Yeah, me too. But I fell head over heels in love with a picture of Lake Tahoe … Continue reading Lake Tahoe: Exuma in the Freshhhh
There’s no question that my time spent in Floripa was absolutely remarkable. I met 25 strangers from all over the world that became 25 of my closest friends. Traveling solo has its benefits but now I truly believe traveling with a group has even more. I was able to do more, see more, feel more, … Continue reading Goodbyes Suck.
Before writing some closing thoughts, below are several more random observations I jotted down during my trip. Note that these are only specific to my own experience in Floripa so take them with a quarter of a grain of salt. Brasil is fanatical about wrapping meat and cheese in dough. Empanadas and pastels abound! I … Continue reading Floripa: Notable Odds and Ends
If there is one profession I have mastered, it’s being a beach bum. Growing up on the beach has its pros and cons. Pros: I can handle sitting on the beach all day because I know how to prepare. I know what dangerous water looks like and to avoid it like the plague. Sand, sweat, … Continue reading In Floripa, Life’s a Beach
There’s something about destination hiking that I absolutely adore. Whether the end of the trail offers expansive views, a water feature, or a historical landmark, it almost always makes the pain worth the effort. The trail we hiked on Saturday was no different. Costa da Lagoa is a small fishing village just outside our neighborhood … Continue reading Hiking to Costa da Lagoa…and Other Random Observations
One week! How is it possible one week has already passed!?!?! My social calendar overfloweth and I can hardly keep up. But I am like a pig in sh*t right now. It’s already been an incredible experience and I STILL have five more weeks to go. Winning! Here’s the skinny on where I am, what … Continue reading Saying “yes” in Floripa, Brasil
Another calm night was upon us and not a leaf flapped all night. I certainly didn’t have to worry about the tide as I was about 20 yards from the waterline, in the grass, so I had a better nights sleep. The only thing I worried about were the possible sounds of Godzilla footsteps around … Continue reading Kayaking the Exumas: 2nd Annual, Final Day
Camp setup was complete, lunch was digesting, and Tamara led us back out for a bonus afternoon paddle. We were heading to a sandbar that we had just paddled over a couple hours earlier at high tide on the way to Cluff’s Cay. So we were backtracking a couple miles but it would all be … Continue reading Kayaking the Exumas: 2nd Annual, Day 3 Cont’d
The sleeping issues improved as I wasn’t as worried about the rising tides but it still wasn’t a restful night. Having said that, I still awoke refreshed and eager for my morning swim at dawn’s early light. Swim is a strong word, more like a lazy water stroll. Sharks are always on the mind as … Continue reading Kayaking the Exumas: 2nd Annual, Day 3