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..that I plan on doing someday.
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1805 N 30th St, Colorado Springs, CO 80904, USA
Visiting family in Colorado meant outdoor excursions. No idea who the crazy guy on top was, but he was nice enough to pose...
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1860 Pittwater Rd, Church Point NSW 2105, Australia
Every Christmas Eve, just an hour's north of Sydney, there is a dog race like no other in the world. The Scotland Island Dog Race, located in the tranquil waters of Pittwater, is open to beasts from all over the bay and the aim is to swim from...
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Easter Island is a strange, remote, and magical place. After a full day of wandering around this tiny island, we were fortunate enough to witness an absolutely breathtaking sunset over the Pacific. The "beach" here is made up of pitch black...
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Calle Rubén Darìo, Av. Central Nte., León, Nicaragua
With my rudimentary Spanish, I hadn’t understood why a local suggested wearing long pants to the night’s festival. “Because of the fireworks,” she had said (I thought). The recommendation seemed odd considering the stifling heat and humidity. But...
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5 Geelbek St, Van Dyks Bay, Gansbaai, 7220, South Africa
Ever since I was a child, I had a paralyzing, but certainly not uncommon, fear of sharks. I believed sharks were everywhere: the public pool, the lake, even down the bathtub's drain. So you can imagine my husband's surprise when, in South Africa a...
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Pahang, Malaysia

We went to a butterfly garden in the Cameron Highlands where they happened to have a rather large pit of big black scary scorpions. Somehow this happened shortly after making friends with a guy that worked there.

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Level 2 Fun..That explains the experience getting to 10,000 ft on Mount Rainier; it's rough getting there but when you're done you realize it was rewarding and totally fun! The morning was crystal clear but winds were blowing at 50 mph-down from...
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Khok Yang, Nuea Khlong District, Krabi, Thailand
In the Thai mecca for rock climbing, Railay Beach, my friend and I did some fantastic cliff diving. Nothing gets your adrenaline pumping like climbing up the rock face and then diving into turquoise ocean water.
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Climbing Wadi Rum feels a bit like you're rock climbing on Mars. There are several routes just outside of the little Bedouin town that serves as the entry to the park.
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Waitomo, New Zealand
I’m not afraid of heights, but I’ll admit that peering over the ledge into the 100-metre (about 330 feet) decent awaiting me sends me into a bit of a panic attack. I can’t see the bottom of the cave, as a thick layer of mist fills the gaping...
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Happy Isles, Yosemite Valley, CA 95389, USA
Climbing Half Dome in Yosemite is something everyone should do at least once. It's a major commitment and takes several hours over almost a mile climb, but the views of the valley are unparalleled. One of the most intimidating parts is the last...
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Maui, Hawaii, USA
While on Maui, I came across these daring cliff jumpers. They ran and jumped off the ledge and free fell into the ocean below.
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Lysebotn, Norway
When visiting Norway, be sure to spend a day in Lysebotn, where base jumpers leap from mile-high cliffs over the fjords. There is a vibrant little community here, a fun bar and a few hostels and hotels. You can camp if you're on a budget, and the...
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Swakopmund, Namibia
It was our last day in Namibia and we decided to sign up for a sandboarding lesson in Swakopmund. Our two guides took us out to the desert where, after a strenuous hike up the dune, we strapped on snowboards and helmets and rode down the orange...
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25170 Aviation Ave, Davis, CA 95616, USA
Skydiving in Davis gets you a lot of farmland scenery, but on a clear day you can actually see the golden gate bridge way off in the distance.
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Bandiagara, Mali
The village of Borko is an oasis in Dogon Country. While the route from Bandiagara is dry and rocky, the area around Borko is very fertile and ideal for growing various types of produce because of its location along a waterway. This lazy waterway...
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Laughing Bird Caye, Belize
One of the highlights of staying in Placencia, Belize, is the easy access to several beautiful cayes on day trips. Laughing Bird Caye is less than an hour away and offers great snorkeling and relaxing on the soft white sand oasis.
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Arctic
I was paddling around a small cove in Southeast Alaska when a momma brown bear and her two cubs emerged from the edge of the forest. I sat quietly in my kayak watching them browse for food along the shoreline, occasionally lifting their noses to...
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Mt Shasta, CA 96067, USA
30 feet below the cornice of a narrow crevasse, I’m dangling like a marionette on a 9-mil rope, staring in awe at a rippling splinter of luminescent blue ice—the size of a 10-story building—jutting from a rift in the Hotlum glacier. And what’s...