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A Renaissance Soul blogging on traveling, books, work, miscellany, and enjoying life.


Posts on getting there, being there, and getting back home again. Oh, and also some tips on the logistics of travel as I discover new things that make travel more enjoyable.

Noise Canceling Earbuds: Miracle or Waste of Money?

bose qc20

This is a question I’ve asked myself for a while, but I’ll soon find out. Hoping the answer will be “miracle”. 🙂 After hearing many of my co-workers extol the benefits of noise cancelation to make air travel less sucky, I looked at quite a few reviews and such for noise-canceling earbuds and headphones. The consensus was “you get what you pay for” and that the inexpensive options weren’t worth […]

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Olá Lisboa: Lisbon in April

I’ve always wanted to travel around Europe – I just hadn’t planned on doing it one country per month in the same year, but that’s how things are working out so far this  year (which can only mean I have some posts to catch up on writing!). 🙂  Hey, I’m not complaining. Portugal is the third European country I’ve been to this year (with the Netherlands coming up next month […]

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Yellowstone: Days 4 to 7

Our itinerary for our last few days in the Yellowstone area was: A day in the town of West Yellowstone, visiting the Grizzly and Wolf Discovery Center, and firing all sorts of weapons at Big Gun Fun. Old Faithful and Madison areas of the Park Horseback riding and a rodeo A stop at the Great Salt Lake (This is another post in my “How the West Was Won: Vacation” series: […]

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Yellowstone Day 2: Mammoth Hot Springs and Tower-Roosevelt areas

Mammoth Hot Springs Terraces

Our itinerary for our second day in Yellowstone was: Mammoth Hot Springs area, Tower-Roosevelt area, wagon ride and cookout (This is another post in my “How the West Was Won: Vacation” series: Intro | Idaho | Grand Tetons and Jackson WY | West Yellowstone and the Park | Day 1 | Day 2 | Day 3 | Days 4-7) Sheepeater Cliff Entering the park again from the west entrance, we […]

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Yellowstone Day 1: Madison, Norris, and Canyon, Lake, and Grant Village areas

Upper Falls Yellowstone National Park

Our itinerary for first day into the park was: Madison, Norris, Canyon Village, and Lake Village/Bridge Bay and Grant Village areas (This is another post in my “How the West Was Won: Vacation” series: Intro | Idaho | Grand Tetons and Jackson WY | West Yellowstone and the Park | Day 1 | Day 2 | Day 3 | Days 4-7) Madison and Norris Area Coming into the park from […]

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Scenic and Quirky Idaho (bet you thought they only had potatoes there)

We left Jackson and drove west through yet another section of Idaho to meet up with the other half of our group in Ashton, Idaho on our way to West Yellowstone, Montana. After navigating a steep and slightly scary (at least for us flatlanders) mountain pass, we found ourselves on the other side of the Grand Tetons, which made quite a stunning backdrop to acres of farmland. The three main […]

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Grand Teton National Park and Jackson, Wyoming

Grand Teton National Park

The Tetons were the most unique mountains we’ve seen. They rise almost vertically from a fault line that runs at the base on the mountains, which means that there aren’t really any foothills.

On the other side of the fault line is Jackson Hole, a valley of sorts ringed by the Tetons on one side and the Gros Ventre Range on the other. It’s hard to describe how different the mountains look rising fully formed without the hesitant fits and starts of foothills. It’s almost as if you can drive right up to the foot of the mountain, which we came pretty close to doing.

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