Hiking Lake Tahoe’s Emerald Bay State Park

To the northwest of South Lake Tahoe is Emerald Bay State Park. Emerald Bay State Park provides various hiking trails in varying degrees of difficulty, but all have incredible views of the lake. While in California, especially at Lake Tahoe, I was continuously overwhelmed by the stunning landscapes. When my partner and I arrived first arrived […]

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Yosemite National Park

We dedicated two days to sightseeing in Yosemite National Park. We didn’t stay within the grounds of the national park, but instead in Mariposa. Mariposa is around 1 hour away from the park, but depends upon the traffic and whether or not there is ongoing construction that could cause lengthy delays on the one lane […]

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Road Trip to Zion National Park and Bryce Canyon

While I was in Las Vegas, NV for a conference, I visited 2 of Utah’s 5 National Parks, Zion National Park and Bryce Canyon National Park. We first started at Zion National Park. It immediately reminded me of my trip to the South Rim of the Grand Canyon, however I felt the landscape was more […]

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Mount Etna Erupts Again

A few days ago, Mount Etna once again erupted with ashy plumes and lava. Its molten materials became projectiles that reached up to nearly 500 feet in the air.  Amazingly enough, two days after I hiked Mount Etna, it came to life – smoking and rumbling. Mount Etna is located outside of Catania on the east coast of […]

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Exploring Cinque Terre

While traveling in northern Italy, specifically the Liguria region, a visit to Cinque Terre is a must! Cinque Terre or “Five Lands” is comprised of the following fishing villages: Riomaggiore, Manarola, Corniglia, Vernazza, and Monterosso. These five Mediterranean villages are built onto the cliff-side terraces and are known for their pastel homes with brightly-painted shutters, […]

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Reasons to Visit Ibiza in the Off Season

At the end of my final semester in March I visited Ibiza, one of the Balearic islands in the Mediterranean. One of my European friends inwardly cringed and demanded why I was going during the ‘winter’ season and not waiting for summer (ie. May to possibly September). She claimed it would be cold and there would be […]

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