The Big Island, Hawaii

We went to The Big Island for the first time in April 2017 for a friend’s wedding. I’ll take any excuse to see a new Hawaii island. The warmth from the sun and tarmac sucked our pores like a Biore pore nose strip. It was delightful after spending many days cursing the Portland winter cold….

Kauai, Hawaii: Day 9 Last Day Beach Tour

Our last day in Kauai was filled with stopping at a couple beaches on our way to the airport. We didn’t have a flight until noon, so we had some time to spend and soak in the last bits of sunshine. If you don’t live in Portland, OR and you crave sunshine, do not move…

Poipu, Kauai: Day 5 Sunshine

It was time for a full day of sunshine. Earlier in the trip we only got snippets of the sun and needed a serious beach day. I had been to Kauai a couple years before and remembered hearing that the south side was consistently sunny in the winter compared to the north shore. We packed…

Kauai, Hawaii: Day 3

On our third day on the island, it rained quite a bit. Time to find fun things to do in the rain on Kauai. We decided that we could really do anything in the rain if we didn’t let it bother us. So we went into Hanalei and had lunch and delicious, but expensive tropical drinks. It started…

Kauai Island, Hawaii: Day 2

After a day of travel and random issues, we were ready to start our morning on the Wainiha Bay beach across the street from the place we were staying. It was so nice to see the beach from the upstairs window. While it tends to be a bit rainier on the North Shore in the…

Kauai Island: Day 1 Arrival Adventures

There are so many beaches on Kauai. So many that you will have a hard time visiting them all. Regardless of which ones you visit, you’re bound to find something unique and beautiful on each one. Even in the rain. It rains a lot on the North Shore in the winter. Be warned. But sometimes…

Juan Venado Island Nature Reserve, Nicaragua

Put me on a boat in the sunshine with a frozen drink and I’m in a serious happy place. This adventure didn’t include the frozen drink, but it was still a pretty great happy place and I saw a lot of nature. Juan Venado Island Nature Reserve is known for it’s eclectic range of birds….

Las Penitas, Nicaragua

Just like most countries, Nicaragua is not the same throughout it’s beautiful land. The landscape changes as you move north and south, east and west and as the land changes so does the general vibe of the culture. In the Northwest part of Nicaragua, just 20 minutes West of Leon, is a small coastal town…

San Juan Del Sur & Playa Mathilda, Nicaragua

If you ever want to test your comfort zone, go to a foreign country where you don’t know the language. I knew a decent amount to get us all by in Nicaragua, but there were definitely a few moments where I just nodded, acted like I understood and left with a “WTF did they just…