We took a page out of the first-generation’s playbook to celebrate the start of year 17 for Ahab and I.
Step 1: Find a cabin (with no service)
Step 2: Trick some friends to join you
Step 3: Play a lot of card games
Step 4: Have a little too much fun
Step 5: Center it around a lawn gnome that makes it all possible
We did a lot of adventuring on this trip, but in true first-generation fashion, we didn’t take any pictures. Okay, obviously I am not a saint and we took one. Besides that, all we have from this trip are stories that will be “big-fished” each time they are remembered and shared!
Another road trip under the crews’ belts! This trip we focused on a handful of beautiful State Parks across New York filled with timeless relics and future friendships!
This is, technically, our third time at Niagara Falls. Each visit we have experienced it a different way. The first time was only from the U.S. side. The second time was very late at night from the Canadian side. This time it was from both and viewing it from the Skylon Tower! The next time we come may have to be when they shut it off for repairs in the future!
Watkins Glen State Park is the most visited state park in New York if you exclude Niagara Falls. We met a lot of happy trekkers who let curiosity get the better of themselves which usually is because of Ahab. Reflecting on it now, I think the location is really what inspired it!
Perusing the botanic grounds of Cornell this morning was an interestingly relaxing trek!
We thought we would only get to see the falls from the overlook point. Taking a mile-long hike from the bottom of the gorge into the base of the falls was an added bonus! The rain part way in was refreshing also!
The first stop on our road trip around the Finger Lakes of New York. The Gorge Trail in Robert H. Treman State Park held a treasure trove of sites along the two-mile trek!
Let’s see … mountaintop cloud forests, endless shorelines, refreshing waterfalls, being dwarfed by volcanos, new friends that crossed our path, and all the other many wonders we experience on our 1050km adventure; Costa Rica was everything we expected and more! Pura Vida now and forever!
Manuela Antonio was our unplanned home/office/workshop for half of our time in Costa Rica. Even though it is an incredibly small town, there are a vast number of adventures to experience here. We did as much as we could while actually taking a little R&R in for the first time in a long time on these trips. Manuel Antonio National Park, Hotel Costa Verde, Espadilla Beach, and Gran Gallo Sportfishing are just a few of the activities we highly recommend becoming involved with if you visit.
It takes a little patience and a 4×4 vehicle definitely helps to get to this hidden gem of a forest! Captain Ahab’s traverse through the Monteverde Cloud Forest Biological Reserve made him many new friends this day that now share a unique story of breathing, tasting, wearing, and, most importantly, becoming part of the clouds!
First stop on our ‘zero planning before jumping on a plane to Costa Rica’ adventure was at the Peace Lodge & La Paz Waterfall Gardens. Like most travelers, the quick research we did do involved visiting the company’s website and skimming photos and descriptions. Sadly, the website falls short in describing the amazing hotel and grounds – Disney could learn a thing or two about how to create a memorable experience from this place! We could have easily spent several days roaming the grounds, but Ahab said we only get a day. Shout out to Freddie, Daniel, and Dixon for making our stay lawn-gnome-friendly!
We were ‘kindly persuaded’ to join this epic group of cyclists in North Adams, MA for the biking season this year. My only requests was that we found a bike that Ahab could ride. As you can see, that wasn’t an issue! See you next year!!!