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    Contiki,  Mexico,  Travel

    Contiki Mexican Fiesta: Visiting Teotihuacan

    Updated June 2020Waking up in Mexico City was unlike any morning I’ve experienced. It was beyond noisy, but it didn’t matter. We had to be up and on the bus ready to go by 8 am for our tour of Mexico City and Teotihuacan. Getting on the bus this morning was a little different than other mornings. The group size increased by nearly 20 additional travelers. We tried as best we could, to gathered into the very back of the bus. We liked our original crew and struggled with combining new and old. But, we adjusted quickly to the change in group dynamic. National Palace Our morning started with driving…

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    Contiki,  Mexico,  Travel

    Jungle Maya Expedition

    (Updated June 2020)I was in Mexico for less than a day and Contiki was already pulling out the big guns. Not only was I staying at an all inclusive resort, Now Jade, over looking the ocean; Claire, the Contiki rep, and I got to spend the entire day at Jungle Maya Expedition, a Mayan adventure park just outside Cancun. Jungle Maya Cancun This excursion, Jungle Maya Expedition, is one of the “Me Time” optional excursions on both Contiki’s Mexican Grande and Yucatan Highlights tours.Technically, I knew about this excursion before my departure, but I didn’t do any additional research. I liked the unknowingness about this entire trip. The initial packet from Contiki mentioned…

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    Becoming a Scuba Diver

    I cannot believe my Mexican Adventure #NOREGRETS Fulfillment Day Trip is less than 5 days away. I feel like all I’ve been doing the last 6 weeks has been to prepare for this once-in-a-lifetime opportunity. Including preparations that required by me to become a PADI certified open water scuba diver. I won this contest because of a twitter post. I pretty bluntly tweeted that I was terrified of the ocean and I would face my fear head-on. Basically, there was no way around becoming a PADI certified scuba diver without getting into the ocean. Pre-Dive Preparation I took my open-water certification course from a local dive shop called Seattle Scuba…

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    Day Trip to Vancouver, Canada

    Christmas came and went this year and although I was able to spend Thanksgiving with my family, it still was very heartbreaking being so far away. Because of this, my friend Krista and I decided that we needed to get away and what better way than to road trip north to Vancouver, BC, Canada! If you recall I visited Canada for the first time back in February (first canadian adventure) and ever since then I have been DYING to back. When I realized I’d have a free weekend (the last of 2013), I knew exactly where I needed to go. I am lucky enough to have a friend who is…

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    Best Friend visits Washington

    One of the best things about my best friend is how random she can be when trying to do other things like packing. This was one of those moment. She randomly decided it was a good idea to book a ticket to visit me in Washington. No complaints here. She was my first visitor outside of my family and I absolutely loved having her here for a whole weekend. Our weekend started out very simple and wonderful- dinner for two and hard apple cider. We spent the whole evening talking and laughing just like old times. We took the night pretty easy because I had a wine-filled adventure the next…

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    A Hiking Adventure: Wallace Falls

    It’s quite amazing how one day on a mountain can turn into amazing friendships and more adventures. The following weekend after Bandera, included just that. Myself, along with four other girls (one who I met on Bandera) adventured out into the Central Region of the Cascades to a hike called Wallace Falls. Wallace Falls is a 5.5 mile, 1,200 ft elevation gain trail that consists of a unique series of approximately 9 waterfalls, with one as tall as 265 feet.  While on this trial, the girls and I decided we would where we explored both on and off the path. Yes, Krista, Isabella and I enjoyed the “other side of the fence”. Let…

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    A Hiking Adventure: Little Bandera Mountain

    Two weeks ago my life went from routined to busy and full of new adventures and it all began when I joined my new church’s outdoor group. This group sets up various outdoor adventures throughout the year and last weekend they planned to head to the southern Cascades for a moderate (or difficult) hike at Bandera Mountain. Since moving the Washington, I have became very interested in researching places I’m going and this was no exception. What I learned about Bandera Mountain wasn’t nearly enough to prepare me for what I was about to experience. This hike, Little Bandera Mountain, located in the Mt. Baker-Snoqualmie National Forest (Snoqualmie Pass Corridor-West),…

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    A Hiking Adventure-Birthday Edition: Kendall Katwalk

    Moving to Washington wasn’t too tough of a decision for me to make and I can honestly say it was the right move. I have grown in my faith and learned quite a bit about myself, including the fact the I love HIKING. I could spend hours reading hiking books trying to figure out where I want to go next and how far or high I can push myself. And realistically, it’s nice to know that when nothing is set in stone for a Saturday, the Cascade Mountains are a quick 45-60 minute drive. Over the 5 weeks, three have been spent on the top of a mountain (you can…

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    A Hiking Adventure: Mount Si

    Summer is FINALLY here in the state of Washington which means…it’s hiking season once again and this girl is over the moon ecstatic. To start off this summer, my friend Sydney and I chose to hike a mountain that rises sharply above the Snoqualmie River valley with views of the Cascades, Mt. Rainier, and Seattle in the far distance. Mount Si is a 4-mile hike full of steep switchbacks, has an elevation gain of  of 3150 feet (topping off at 3900 ft.), and at the end has a couple large rock formations. Mount Si is a fairly common hike for many people within the city and can attracts anywhere from 30,000 to 50,000 visitors…

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    A Visit to the End of the Continent, Washington

    The past few months have been pretty crazy with transferring to a new building and relocating into the city and somehow a weekend outing with my co-workers got lost in the mix. Back in March, on a rain Saturday, I ventured down south to Long Beach to explore the peninsula and Cape Disappointment. I know what your thinking…Cape Disappointment…really, what kind of name is that? I thought the same thing however it wasn’t such a disappointment. Let’s start at the beginning. Although I have already visited Long Beach, this time was a bit different. It was raining and chilly and spending time on a beach with this kind of weather…