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The Perfect Rum: No Hang Over!?

If you’ve traveled to Nicaragua, you will notice a great deal of marketing for Flor de Caña rum.  Flor de Caña translates beautifully to “sugar cane flower”.  Once you step utside of the airport, you will have the opportunity to partake in the delicious local market version of this rum.  The local market rum holds a slightly lower alcohol content. In my experience, this appears to be the secret behind.. Read More

Raw Pickled Beets

A few months back I tried an amazing salad that completely changed my thoughts on beets. The League Kitchen & Tavern’s mix of grilled steak, artisan greens, blue cheese, tabasco shoestring onions & pickled baby beets all tossed happily in a mustard vinaigrette was such a delicious combination, that I just had to attempt a re-create at home. This is the first way ever eating beets and actually liked beets… Read More

Spinach Crunch Taco

Love concocting something from nothing! Here is one of those fantabulous recipes that came about when the kitchen was down to the classic college best of condiments and an empty pickle jar. Well, ok not that bad, but pretty empty on cooking standards. Staring at the sparse shelves of my open fridge, hungry and not really wanting to tackle the grocery at the after work hour, this is what developed… Read More

3 Free Urban Camping Ideas

Tired and dirty, driving practically from daybreak, and it was nearing dark again.  This was our first extended road trip, and we did not have our road trip essentials dialed in yet.  We did not know about affordable campground clubs, or why having a gym membership would make extended road trips easier.  We built a simple camper carpet kit, so we could sleep in the back of the truck.  For.. Read More

Oregon Coast

Day 42 of travel in our red camper:  “Hey, guess what?! We’re in Oregon!”  We had been driving all day and were just about out of daylight when we spotted the beach below.  A sharp right looped us around, downhill to the Heceta Head Lighthouse beach.  Cliffs of mossy green forest over looked expansive empty beaches.  I was starting to think we had been spending Octobers in the wrong state.  This Oregon Coast was.. Read More

San Simeon campground and Hearst Castle

San Simeon State Park is located 35 miles north of San Luis Obispo on Highway 1, and about 5 miles south of the historic Hearst Castle.  If you’re in for a road trip, this is a great little piece of history to check out, just 4 hours from San Francisco or Los Angeles.  A variety of castle tours are offered daily starting at 9am, with adult tickets starting at $25 and.. Read More

Highway 10 to California Roadtrip

Hours later I woke up at a gas station somewhere inside of El Paso. The iPad alarm, which had been set for 6:15, was repeatedly going off. It was now 6:45, meaning neither one of us had been consious enough to hear it for half an hour. The Husband’s eyes bloodshot from having been up at 5am the morning of the day before, and driving through to this morning. I.. Read More

The Story: Adventure in a Red Camper

Free Spirit Adventuring [verb]; to continually seek the the next new paradise, with no plan or exact destination in mind, but rather the experience of the adventure itself, for none other than the thrill of change and discovery of the unknown  The feel of being on the edge of discovering something new, living minimalistic for the experience instead of the stuff, this is where “good” is.  This is the Adventure.. Read More

Northern Nicaragua

In November/ December, Nicaragua is filled with lush greenery, as the wet season comes to an end, but its not quite  fully transitioned into the dry season.  Waves are smaller, but consistent, and you can often find the beaches all to yourself.  If you’re seeking A/C, hot running water, TV, or cell phone service, this is not your vacation.  Most places this way offer a different type of luxury.  Whether.. Read More

Nicaragua, a 1st visit to a 3rd world

Aeropuerto Internacional Managua, Nicaragua It is highly recommended not to fly in at dark, and not to accept rides from unmarked cabs when visiting Central America. I’m also told it is a good rule of thumb to know the language, and hide a little money in your shoe. However, to maximize our vacation time, we flew out directly after work that evening, and landed in Managua, Nicaragua at 11:08pm. We.. Read More