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Dave with pack and cows on the Camino

The Best Hiking Pack I Have Ever Owned

After 18+ months and 200+ miles, I'm very impressed with my Osprey Talon 44 hiking pack. Here's why.

Mueller Hut Route view

The Mueller Hut Route: A Gloriously Tough Day Hike

The Mueller Hut route in Mount Cook National Park was a tough, sweaty, wonderful day hike.

Great Barrier Reef - Frank

Sun, Sea, and Shitloads of Sharks

From night dives with sharks to meeting Frank the giant wrasse, diving the Great Barrier Reef exceeded all expectations.

Red gates, Kyoto

My First Impressions of Japan

Traveling in Japan was like nowhere else I've been, with each day a barrage of unique experiences. These are my first impressions of this wonderful country.

Rome Forum

Returning to the Eternal City

It had been twenty years since I last visited Rome, yet it took just a few hours for the city to get back under my skin.

Miradouro De Santa Iria

4 Amazing Days in the Azores

Everything you need for a kick-ass road trip around the gorgeous island of São Miguel in the Azores.

Overlooking lake in Acadia National Park

Making the Most of a Day in Acadia National Park

How to get the most out of Acadia National Park when you totally underestimate how long you need there.

Still water, Lands End, Maine

Why the Hell Did It Take Me so Long to Go to Maine?

I'd always wanted to go to Maine, and when I finally did, all I could do was wonder what the hell had taken me so long.

Beachside trail, Camino Portuguese

A Guide to the Portuguese Camino de Santiago

I walked the Camino Portuguese, from Porto to Santiago, Muxia, Finisterre, and back to Santiago again. Here's my detailed trip report, packing list, and planning guide.

Venice beach from the pier

Why I Stopped Hating Los Angeles

I had an irrational hatred of Los Angeles for the better part of two decades, yet it only took a few days to completely change my mind.

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