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Category Archives: Outskirts

Xcarat: Mayan Riviera’s Playground For All Ages

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When the princely white Arabian stallion fell in a puddle in the middle of the sprawling arena, we thought our perfectly planned day on the Mayan Riviera in Mexico had crashed to the floor along with the horse. In an instant, people in the stadium were on their feet, craning their necks to see what had happened. All human breathing stopped for a long, long moment during this white-knuckle event…. Read More

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Blaze a Trail in Oregon’s First City

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Before Portland, Oregon was named based on a coin toss–replacing the unfortunate moniker of “Stumptown”–Oregon City, located just fifteen miles to the south, was already a thriving commercial hub and the first incorporated city west of the Mississippi River. Oregon City was an important trading post in the early 1800’s and the destination for thousands of Oregon Trail pioneers from 1840 into the 1850’s. Blaze your own trail in Oregon… Read More

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Hawaii’s Angels of the Sea

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One of the top attractions of the Hawaiian Islands is the spectacular natural setting: breathtaking coasts and cliffs, awe-inspiring waterfalls and active volcanoes, and one of the most unique eco-systems in the world. The Pacific ocean waters surrounding the chain of islands formed millions of years ago by erupting volcanoes – that are still adding land today on the Big Island – are filled with diverse life including green sea… Read More

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Exploring Volcano National Park

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2010 Travel Writing Contest
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Top of the World at Mount Rainier National Park

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2010 Travel Writing Contest 3rd PLACE WINNER

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Food and Wine on Oregon’s Favorite Main Street

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Nestled in the heart of Oregon wine country thrives the bucolic town of McMinnville, about 35 miles southwest of Portland. Historic downtown Third Street is dubbed “Oregon’s Favorite Main Street” for good reason. Third Street offers something for tourists and residents alike.

Spend a day ambling along sun-dappled sidewalks, admiring the maple trees leafed out in their summer glory as well as attractive store fronts. It’s easy to wile away the hours discovering Third Street’s gems.

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Going Vegan in Eugene

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Not far from Portland is a healthy town and one that Jack Kerouac hailed from. That town is called Eugene! On my Pacific Northwest road trip, we were told to stop in Eugene on our way home. Good thing we listened as there was much to grub on and I’m going to share all the info with you now!

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Tacoma’s Museum District

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As you cruise up and down I-5 in Washington you may ask yourself, ‘what’s happening in Tacoma?’—the answer is a lot. No longer the ugly step child of Seattle, Tacoma has cleaned up its formally blemished downtown and has set itself up to be a true destination for Washington visitors and the place to start is the Museum District.

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Oregon’s Dundee Hills: Wine Tasting at it’s Best

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Oregon’s Dundee Hills in the central Willamette Valley is ground zero for the states famous pinot noir. With over thirty wineries and vineyards located across 2,000 acres, the area offers well-known producers like Erath and Argyle, cult wineries like Cameron and lots more offering stellar wines and all of this comes with phenomenal vineyard views.

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