Getting off the Beaten Track 

People think traveling is about taking photos of cool places you saw on your instagram feed.  That might be your initial motivation for booking that trip, but in reality, it's about so much more than. Everybody likes to look at those images and admire their beauty, but what about the story behind the photo? What …

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Traveling the Galapagos Islands Part 2

The Eagle Has Landed As our plane made its final descent into Baltra, just one of many islands making up the Galapagos, it seemed as though we were landing on another planet. The landscape looked like a cross between the surface of the moon and a nuclear test site.  It's incredibly flat and arid with …

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How to Travel to the Galapagos Islands

I have wanted to travel to the Galapagos Islands ever since my first year university biology class where we were learned about Charles Darwin and his infamous finches.  I was fascinated by these little creatures and the more I learned about these exotic islands, the more I needed to go. A few years later, I …

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Racing for Dummies: 7 Things I Learned in My First XC Mountain Bike Race

As I listened to the speakers blaring “Highway to Hell” by AC/DC, I could feel my adrenaline surging through my body.  In 10 seconds, I would be pedaling as fast as my little legs would go for 12.5 kilometers of muddy, winding, trails. I was lined up for my first cross-country mountain bike race, the …

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Girls Just Wanna Have Fun: Good Times at the Kickstart Mountain Bike Retreat

When I saw the ad for the Shred Sisters Ladies Kickstart Mountain Bike Retreat, I knew this was an opportunity to advance my biking skills and meet a lot of like-minded women in the process.  The description talked about riding 2 full days with skills workshops, catered gourmet food, and yoga to wind down the day.  All this …

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