Santiago, Chile, during the golden hour at Cerro Santa Lucía with the Andes mountain range silhouette in the distance

What To Do With A Few Days In Santiago, Chile

I didn’t do a whole lot of research of what to do in Santiago before I got on a plane to go there because I didn’t have a whole lot of time to spend—just ...

Boulder Bridge during autumn. Stop by the Nature Center and pick up a map before heading out on a hike through the Valley Trail. (Credit: Rock Creek Park)

An Insider’s Guide to Rock Creek Park: The Largest and Oldest Urban Park in America

First Published on You don’t need to venture far from DC proper to escape the urban environs and instantly become absorbed with nature. If you want to stay within the ...

Drinking room full of art taken from the outside (photography is forbidden inside of the house.)

Pablo Neruda’s House in Santiago, Chile

On the way to Easter Island I stopped off in Santiago, Chile, and happily found my way to the eccentric house of artful poet great, Pablo Neruda. He has three homes ...

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Billy Goat Trail overlooking the Potomac River

DC’s Best Day Hike: Billy Goat Trail

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Lotus flowers in full bloom at Kenilworth Aquatic Gardens in northeast DC National Park Service

8 Awesome Green Spaces Within DC City Limits

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At Assateague, primitive camping sites are just steps from the Atlantic coast

Beach Camping on Maryland’s Assateague Island

First Published on It almost sounds mythical—wild horses, campsites just steps ...
River cruise on DC’s National Harbor at sunset (Credit: Potomac River Boat Company)

Five Ways to Get on the Water in Washington

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Best Washington, DC camping spots

Easy Labor Day Camping Spots Near Washington, DC

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Biker stays right where the Capital Crescent Trail splits from the C&O Canal and reaches Great Falls, Virginia

Run, Ride, Paddle — DC Multi-Sport

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Prayer flags in the Himalayas lead the way to Mt. Everest in Nepal (Image: Jonathan Irish |

Great Quotations About Hiking, Walking, Mountaineering

❤ “Climbing is as close as we can come to flying.” — Margaret Young ❤ “If you are seeking creative ideas, go out walking.  Angels whisper to a man when he goes for a walk.” — Raymond Inmon “Chasing angels or fleeing demons, go to the mountains.” — Jeffrey Rasley “It’s always further than it looks. […]

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What to Read While on the Road: The Best Books About Travel and Adventure

What to Read While on the Road: Great Books About Travel and Adventure

Last updated: May 12, 2015 . Into The Wild (John Krakauer) – Love the book? The movie is awesome too. Into Thin Air (John Krakauer) – The book is better than the movie. Miracle in the Andes (Nando Parrado) Rum Diaries (Hunter S. Thompson) – Don’t see the movie, just read the book. On The […]

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The Best Movies about Travel and Adventure (Pictured: City of God)

76 Movies About Travel and Adventure

(Last updated May 12, 2015 – sign up to receive updates by email) There are a lot of “Best Travel Movie” lists out there on the web. And there are a lot of epic travel movies to love. The intention of this list is to dive farther than the most popular and deeper than the most […]

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Pablo Neruda was the pen name and, later, legal name of the Chilean poet-diplomat and politician Neftalí Ricardo Reyes Basoalto (1904 – 1973).

‘Die Slowly’ by Pablo Neruda

I just don’t want to lose the enchanted as it finds its way to me so I am going to start archiving beautiful writing on this site…    Die Slowly   He who becomes the slave of habit, who follows the same routes every day, who never changes pace, who does not risk and change the […]

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‘A Clear Midnight’ by Walt Whitman

A Clear Midnight by Walt Whitman THIS is thy hour O Soul, thy free flight into the wordless, Away from books, away from art, the day erased, the lesson done, Thee fully forth emerging, silent, gazing, pondering the themes thou lovest best. Night, sleep, death and the stars.

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“…I also love a full-moon hike up Old Rag Mountain in the Shenandoah National Park.” (Credit: Jeff Mauritzen)

National Geographic Photographer, Jeff Mauritzen, Divulges Best Spots for Photos in DC

First Published on Walking around Washington at any time of year, you will find no lack of cameras, tripods, and smartphones all vying to capture the experience of the nation’s capitol through a lens. Whether you’re a professional photographer or social shutterbug, everyone is looking for that one great picture, the perfect light in the perfect […]

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Paddler's hit the Potomac for sunset paddling. (Credit: Boating in DC)

Where to Stand Up Paddle in the District

First Published on Stand-up paddleboarding (SUP) is one of the newest water sports to gain favor in the United States. In a relatively short amount of time, it has joined the ranks of kayaking in terms of popularity for inland and coastal water sport. You can’t look at a body of water in the […]

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C&O Canal Bike Path (Photo credit: Jonathan Irish)

Best Outdoor Date Spots in the District of Columbia

First Published on Summer is the season of love. In autumn in Washington, DC, it is a nostalgic, playful, and happy time of year. Endless sunshine, boundless waterways and nature trails, and warmth lasting well into the evening provide a perfect setting for a day-long date—and when the sun falls into the horizon, and the technicolor […]

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Biking events in DC are often dusted with themed gear. Washington Area Bicyclist Association (WABA)

See the Entire Country in One Day: 50 States and 13 Colonies Ride

First Published on   Alright, so you’re not really going to ride your bike all the way across the country in one day, but you can certainly ride around DC and pay homage to all the states on the highly popular 50 States and 13 Colonies Ride. This ride is legendary and certainly worth […]

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My posse stopped along a self-guided tour for a photo op at Lincoln’s Memorial

DC Monument and Memorial Bike Riding

First published on Nearly 20 million people travel to Washington, DC from all over the world each year, and for most, a visit to the capital monuments is the first stop on the list. That is certainly a strong showing of just how far word-of-mouth travels about the awe of the landmarks that depict the […]

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Review: Vickers Brothers Whisky; South Carolina Backwoods Recipe

First published on I usually squeeze one drop of juice direct from an orange slice into any glass of whisky to soften the hard edge. Hey, that’s just how I like my whisky. I was reviewing Vickers Brothers South Carolina Backwoods Recipe so I tried it unadulterated, and it didn’t need that drop. It’s almost as if […]

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A typical summer day on Rehoboth Beach, Delaware: lots of sunning. (Credit: Wikimedia Commons)

5 Day Trips in 5 States Near Washington, DC

First published on Washington DC’s central location in the mid-Atlantic makes it a perfect jumping off point to many awesome day trips in Virginia, Maryland, Pennsylvania, Delaware, and West Virginia. Here, we bring you some of our favorite excursions in the area. Some are great for water lovers, some perfect for hikers. All are, […]

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