Trail 3 is a popular and easy 1.25 mile loop through the northern section of Brown County State Park that holds a couple of interesting surprises. When paired with the 2-mile-long Trail 2, this hiking trail makes for a perfect day hike through the enchanting forest of south central Indiana.Continue reading “Trail 3, Saddle Barn Loop, Brown County State Park”
You Are Not Here For Instagram
Right around the time the whole COVID-19 thing hit, I was feeling a little burned out on Instagram. I was spending too much time on it and not enough time interacting with the people in my inner circle.Continue reading “You Are Not Here For Instagram”
No Easy Answers for Restoring Mirante da Granja Guarani in Teresopolis
The Mirante da Granja Guarani (aka Quiosque das Lendas) in Teresópolis , Brazil, may be abandoned and in ruins, but the historic site still draws tourists to this vibrant community north of Rio de Janeiro.
Local sports director Arnaldo Guinle (1884 – 1963) financed the building of the open air structure in 1929 and had it faced with tiles worked by the Portuguese ceramist Jorge Colaço (1868 – 1942), who painted the tiles in Lisbon.
Footvolley: The Second Greatest Sport in Brazil
Is volleyball too easy for you? Why not try futevolei – the volleyball you play with your head and feet.
We stumbled onto this game at Ipanema Beach in Rio de Janeiro, and we were hooked.
The Gorgeous Murals of Rio’s Boulevard Olimpico, and How to Find Them
We had the hardest time trying to find Boulevard Olimpico in Rio de Janeiro.
This was one of those special places where Google Maps and Google Translate failed us, and we were getting frustrated.
We knew it was huge, and it was supposed to be RIGHT THERE on the map.
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Postcard Trail, Serra dos Órgãos National Park, Brazil
The Trilha Cartão Postal, aka the Postcard Trail, in Brazil’s Serra dos Órgãos National Park is exactly what it claims to be – a trail that delivers hikers to an incredible postcard-worthy landscape featuring the iconic mountains Escalavrado, Dedo de Deus (the Finger of God) and Cabeça de Peixe (Fish Head).Continue reading “Postcard Trail, Serra dos Órgãos National Park, Brazil”
Experience the Narrows at Wichita Mountains Wildlife Refuge
The Narrows is the true show-stopper of the Wichita Mountains Wildlife Refuge in Oklahoma, and you’d be remiss if you didn’t include this incredible feature in your to-do list during your visit to Southwest Oklahoma.Continue reading “Experience the Narrows at Wichita Mountains Wildlife Refuge”
Charon’s Garden Trail – Wichita Mountains Wildlife Refuge
I’d seen so many hiking blog posts, comments and videos surrounding the difficulty of the Valley of Boulders portion of Charon’s Garden Trail, by the time we’d reached the Wichita Mountains Wildlife Refuge in Oklahoma I’d almost completely psyched myself out.
On the other hand, I had also seen photos of children navigating parts of the boulder field with ease, so how hard could it be? We’d know for sure if we could cross it the moment the “Apple and Pear” rock formation on the west side of Elk Mountain came into view. I’d given us a 50/50 chance of making it through.Continue reading “Charon’s Garden Trail – Wichita Mountains Wildlife Refuge”
39 Perfect Gifts for Hikers – 2020
What gift do you get for the hiker in your life who has everything?
Well … nothing I guess. I mean, if they have everything already, maybe they should be buying things for you.
But for those with hiking friends and loved ones who don’t have everything, this hiking gifts guide is perfect for the holidays and special occasions!
So what are the best gifts for hikers? Here are our field-tested favorites we use ourselves.Continue reading “39 Perfect Gifts for Hikers – 2020”