Tag Archives: Off The Beaten Path

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Families travel to Costa Rica for fun-filled adventures. However, our precocious 4yr old was very vocal about being less than thrilled to swing through the jungle on a zip-line. So we opted for less vulnerable option, a true jungle river cruise — well, unless you are afraid of sharing the river with crocodiles. To start […]

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On the way home from a recent Yosemite trip, we decided go off the beaten path and explore the Merced National Wildlife Refuge. Located in the San Joaquin Valley, the refuge hosts up to 15,000 wintering cranes, large concentrations of ducks and geese. Since our kids were tired from our Yosemite hikes, we opted for […]

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Lindau is the largest Bavarian town located on the eastern shore of Lake Constance (The Bodensee known to the Germans). Connected to the mainland by two brides, the charming old island town is frequented by Europeans due to its meeting point of the Germany, Austrian, and Swiss borders. It’s an ideal getaway with the most […]

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Nestled in the heart of Europe is one of the oldest countries in the world: Hungary. While Budapest’s charm attracts majority of the country’s visitors, Lake Balaton is a favorite summer retreat amongst the Hungarians. It’s also the largest freshwater lake in central Europe, but more enamored by its breathtaking turquoise color than the actual […]

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Nestled is the Eastern Sierra Nevada Mountains some 330 miles north of Los Angeles is a alien landscape featuring a lake so inhospitable it offers almost no life in its waters. This is majestic Mono Lake. Formed over 700,000 years ago, its waters are trapped in the valley’s low spot with no natural outlet. With […]

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We had been married less then a week and headed off the grid for our honeymoon. When I say off the grid, I mean OFF. So far off, we were encouraged to register with the U.S. consulate office, since our destination was considered a “security risk” and the government there was “questionable.” Nevertheless, we headed […]

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