Off the Beaten Path in Chelan

Only accessible by boat or plane, the town of Stehekin in Northern Lake Chelan holds 80 people, who share it’s natural beauty and open hearted kindness with the few that visit. Stehekin is a town at the top of Lake Chelan. Lake Chelan, 55 miles long, is one of the deepest lakes in the USA, and one of the clearest too. The best, easiest, and cheapest way to get to Stehekin is on the Lady of the Lake. Departing from Chelan every morning at 8:30, there are two routes. The slow one and the fast one. The fast one gives…

Navigating Pismo Sand Dunes

Normally, towering sand dunes and never ending landscapes such as this one only appear in Africa. But for those who visit Pismo Beach, the Pismo Dunes Recreational Area lets people explore the region to the greatest extent. Pismo Dunes are a giant area filled with sand dunes, constantly moving and changing shape. Being at Pismo Sands RV Park, probably the best one for kids in the area, we had a little walk to Pacific Dunes Ranch and RV Resort. There, you had to hike over what was seemingly nothing but brush and sand underneath. There is a light trail there….

ATV’s on Pismo Dunes

Avila Beach is a spectacular road trip stop. Several years ago, on a road trip down to San Diego, we stopped there to witness two Humpback Whales in the bay. Unfortunately, this time we were not given that honor. But the waterfront was a cool morning stop before heading back down to Pismo Beach. Pismo Beach, more specifically Pismo Dunes State Vehicular Area, is a metropolis when it comes to ATV, or All Terrain Vehicles. With more than 40 services providing quad bikes and such operating out of Pismo area, it was a hard choice, but we ended up going…

Dia de las Mujeres in Sacred Valley

In the remote region of Sacred Valley, around Urubamba, there is a locally celebrated festival, Dia de las Mujeres, or Woman’s Day. It is slightly different to International Women’s Day, and the way they celebrate it is eye opening into the open minded and open hearted people of Peru. Sacred Valley, hence the name, is a colorful valley full of small towns and rural villages. A beautiful drive is up the surrounding hills towards the small villages and houses. The views are amazing. On the way up to the school we were volunteering at, we pulled over at a festival…

Volunteering in Cuzco: An Overview

On the 20th, I went to an orphanage in downtown Cuzco. In a more slummy district, the orphanage is very poor and makes its money from small donations from locals and selling it’s (delicious) baked goods, like most orphanages in Cuzco. Entering the home, the first thing I noticed was the atmosphere. The smiles on the children, the happiness reflecting on all of us. One little girl ran up to me and grabbed my hand, pulling me up to their play area where she sat me down and asked to use my camera. Of course, how could I refuse. I…