Horseback Riding in the D.R.

My husband was in a writing mood today, so I invited him to be a guest blogger on EarthSkySun. With our flight to Texas only a few days away for a cousin’s wedding, we spent some time today reminiscing about our own wedding and honeymoon. This is his story about our great horseback riding experiences in the Dominican Republic. Thanks for sharing honey!

Horseback Riding at Excellence“Horseback riding in the Dominican Republic was an adventure that I will never forget! Our first ride consisted of getting thrown up on our horse and the wranglers saying “Hold on.” It was at an all inclusive resort so the horseback ride was part of the inclusive. Just imagine over thirty beginner riders on our ride on the beach with only 5 wranglers. That is a lot of horses, a lot of people, and a very good chance for an accident. [Read more…]

Colonial Williamsburg – West Virginia

Colonial House & CarriageIf you want to immerse yourself in days of yore look no further than Colonial Williamsburg in Williamsburg, Virginia. This town seeks to preserve the essence of the hub of Britain’s 18th century foothold in the New World. Prior to the American Revolution, Williamsburg was Britain’s largest, most affluent and populous settlement in America.
When you arrive you will be surrounded by over 301 acres of historically preserved area comprised of 88 original 18th-century structures and beautiful historically true gardens. [Read more…]

Catalina Island

Beach on Catalina IslandCatalina Island off the coast of California is picturesque and ripe for adventurers. It is 22 miles long and 8 miles across at its widest point, so not very big- but full of activities. Visitors can go zip lining, take scenic horseback rides, hike, scuba dive, snorkel, parasail, camp, kayak, and so much more. The bright blue waters, small town feel, and pristine wilderness draw people from all over the world. [Read more…]

Ultralight Backpacking Gear

Eric the Black's Backpacking BlogAlthough I do a lot of hiking and backpacking myself, sometimes it’s nice to hear what other experience hikers have to say about their favorite gear. My husband and I went to the Gardenschwartz Extravaganza here in Durango today to pick up a new tent and sleeping back for him, as well as a new backpacking pack. They have big sales 2 or 3 times a year, so we wait for one to come around to update our gear. [Read more…]

3 Great Texas Beaches

Inspired by an upcoming trip to South Texas for my cousin’s wedding, today I’d like to tell you about 3 great beaches in Texas. Each has something different to offer, but all have the soft white sands and pristine waters the gulf coast is known for.

South Padre IslandSouth Padre Island – Texas’ southermost beach, only a few miles from Mexico, is known for great wildlife viewing – sea turtles, bottlenose dolphins, and starfish are plentiful in the sea here. [Read more…]

Misadventures in Hawaii

Hawaii MisadventureAlthough I have not yet myself been to the great state of Hawaii, my husband has, obnoxiously, been twice. I imagine that I would get myself into some kind of mess while traipsing around the island trying to find secret beaches and hidden waterfalls. In the story below, Jill finds herself lost in the dark on an unfamiliar beach after 9 hours of hitchhiking across the Big Island of Hawaii. Click on the picture and read on for a good laugh!

6 Tips for Safer Hiking – Part 2

Part 2 of “6 tips for Safer Hiking” continued here:

4. Pack Food to Sustain Energy

AlmondsEven for a short hike, pack snacks. If you’re anything like me, you never know when your curiosity will get the best of you and send you further and further down the trail, wondering “what’s around the next bend?” or “what’s over that hill?” Nothing is more miserable than knowing you’re an hour or two away from the trailhead and you’re super hungry! Well, except being out of water, but being hungry and far away from food is almost as miserable! I don’t know about you, but when I’m hungry I get short-tempered, grumpy, and don’t think very clearly. [Read more…]

6 Tips For Safer Hiking – Part 1

There have been several reports in the news lately of hikers getting lost while exploring a new trail or new area. In each instance, if the hikers had exercised these 6 basic safety tips for hiking, they would have either not gotten lost, or at least been more comfortable while waiting for rescue. These are 6 principles I exercise on EVERY hike, no matter how short, familiar, or close to home. You never know when you’ll roll your ankle, trip over a tree root and break your leg, or take a wrong turn and not know your way back. Follow these 6 tips for a safer hiking experience: [Read more…]

Dinosaur National Monument

Dinosaur National MonumentDinosaur National Monument along the Colorado and Utah border contains many dinosaur fossils embedded in the sandstone. Presumably the dinosaurs were washed to the area in massive floods many millenia ago and got stuck in the sediment, which eventually lithified into rock. [Read more…]

Miami’s Coral Castle – A Modern Stonehenge

Coral_Castle_3Dr. Frankenstein had his monster; Ed Leedskalnin had his coral castle. Or so you would think researching the mysterious, almost fantastical, coral castle located in Miami, Florida. It is like America’s Stonehenge- though we know the builder. The mystery is in the construction of the castle. From 1923 to 1951, Latvian native Ed Leedskalnin, would only work from midnight to 6 AM on his castle- nobody ever caught him at work. [Read more…]