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Pacaya Volcano Hike Guatemala

It might be impossible to visit Guatemala and not visit a volocano. According to the Smithsonian Global Volcanism Program there are 23 volcanos in Guatemala. Several volcanos are currently active, including Pacaya. Fuego is so active that I could see small eruptions almost daily from Antigua. You can see the smoke rising from the volcano on the left.  There are many tours leaving from Antigua and Guatemala City to experience one of the volcanos. I chose Pacaya because it is the easiest to hike, and only takes a couple of hours. Though it is the easiest, it is not an easy hike. The slope, elevation, heat and humidity make this a challenging hike. If you aren’t prepared you can rent a walking stick from one of the local children before starting, and there will be an opportunity to pay for a horse to ride. It was September, meaning the rainy season, so a lot of the view was obscured by clouds but I was just happy to not get rained on. I was still able to get some nice pictures. Click the
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Visiting the Giant Trees at Sequoia National Park

Earlier this year, my husband and I traveled to Visalia, CA for my work. This area in California is beautiful with rolling hills, orchards, mountains, and a short distance from Sequoia National Park.  Unfortunately the job did not work out but I took the opportunity to visit Sequoia National Park and fulfill a life long dream to see the giant redwood trees. It took only a short, scenic 30 minute drive to get us from the campground to the park visitor center. We stopped and picked up a park map and talked to the park staff about trails, hiking, and seeing the Sequoia trees. The Sequoia trees are at the higher elevations. Since it was January, and there was lots of snow higher up, we picked a trail at a lower part of the park and went for a short hike. We had a quick stop on the way. We parked at Hospital Rock.   From the parking lot, we made our way to Paradise Creek Trail.  We had perfect weather and the trail almost entirely to ourselves.   After hiking, we drove up the steep winding

White Sands National Park

White Sands National Park is located about an hour north of Las Cruces, New Mexico.  Las Cruces, New Mexico.  The park contains miles of glistening white gypsum sand dunes. According to the National Park Service, it is the largest gypsum dune field in the world.  Have you been there? What did you think about the park? Leave a comment below!

Sedona and the Tiny Camper

     In November 2021, I got fed up with the short-term furnished apartments I was renting for my travel RN contract. They were expensive, noisy, and the cleanliness was questionable. So, I decided to purchase a camper. I couldn't by just any camper. It had to weigh less than 2,000 pounds and cost $5,000 or less. Not an easy find, but I succeeded.  A cute little camper was posted for sale in Sedona, AZ that met all of my requirements.      My husband contacted the owner and it was still available, so we took the four hour road trip to take a look. Neither of us had ever bought anything off of Facebook marketplace and I was fully prepared to be disappointed. Luckily for us, the camper was exactly as pictured and described and we were happy to purchase it. The camper is a 1963 Hi-Lo pop up camper. You use a hand crank to "pop up" the top half, so it doubles in height. Then when you are ready to travel, you crank it down, making it super easy to tow. It was in really good co

Beautiful Belize

 In August of this year, I traveled to Belize with my husband. This was my fourth trip and his first to the country. We rented a car and drove from Belize City north to Corozal and then south to Hopkins. Driving was a great way to see the country. Check out the pictures.

St Louis Botanical Garden

 View photos of flowers and sculptures from my visit to the St. Louis Botanical Gardens.

Tanque Verde Falls Hike

The Tanque Verde Falls trail is located near Tucson, AZ. It is rated as moderate on alltrails.com, is approximately 2.4 mile out and back that involved scrambling over boulders and wading through the river. You get views of the lower falls, upper falls, and the surrounding mountains. It was a beautiful day, and thanks to a wet monsoon season there was plenty of water. The only way it could have been better is if we had brought our swimsuits and a picnic to fully enjoy the water and scenery! Click the link below to check out some great shots I took.