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Rice Lake and Sakatah Lake State Parks | Minnesota

It’s mid-April and winter is still hanging on in Minnesota. We decided to ignore the fact that it was 28 degrees outside and kickoff our 2022 Minnesota hiking season anyway. Located a little over an hour south of Minneapolis are two state parks, Rice Lake State Park in Owatonna and Sakatah Lake State Park in […]

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5 Day Kauai Itinerary | Suitcasey

I recently returned from a weeklong vacation in Kauai, the fourth largest Hawaiian island. I thought it might be helpful to share my 5-day itinerary that centers around me and my boyfriend’s interests which include hiking, sunshine and good food. I’m really happy with how the trip went, we fit in a ton of activities […]

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Hike to Hanakapi’ai Falls, Ha’ena State Park | Kauai

If you’ve been following along with my Kauai posts, first of all, thank you for being here, and second, welcome to my favorite part of the trip! When I began researching Kauai, hiking to Hanakapi’ai Falls immediately went to the top of my to-do list. It’s a 9.1 mile out-and-back trail that takes you along […]

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Hiking Sleeping Giant and Ho’opi’i Falls | Kauai

On the eastern side of the island of Kauai, are two really fun and accessible hikes. Sleeping Giant in Wailua and Ho’opi’i Falls near Kapa’a. The trailheads are only about a 15-minute drive from each other so it’s worth checking out both if you’re in the area. Here’s a breakdown of what to expect: Ho’opi’i […]

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Waimea Canyon and Koke’e State Park | Kauai, Hawaii

Located on the western side of the island of Kauai is Waimea Canyon also known as the Grand Canyon of the Pacific. Starting in the town of Waimea, a 2-mile scenic drive will take you through two state parks and to tons of scenic overlooks and hiking trialheads. I highly recommend taking Waimea Canyon Drive […]

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Kauai | A dream vacation

Up until recently, Hawaii has always seemed like a wildest-dreams type of destination, one that you talk about but that doesn’t quite seem attainable. But since I’ve now reached the finically stable years of my thirties and by some miracle Delta Airlines offers direct flights from Minneapolis to Honolulu—suddenly it became a real possibility. So […]

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Wild River State Park | Minnesota

This post is going to be a quick overview of Wild River State Park. It’s located along the St. Croix river about an hour north of Minneapolis. We visited for a little Saturday morning hiking but it also has campgrounds, cabins, horseback riding trails, canoeing and cross-country skiing in the winter. The leaves were just […]

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Hiking Sedona and the Grand Canyon | Arizona

Over Labor Day weekend, my boyfriend Glenn and I took a trip out to Sedona, Arizona for some end-of-summer adventuring. We stayed in West Sedona, which is less than a 10 minute drive from Uptown and the main street but it’s much quieter and easier to access on a busy holiday weekend. Don’t let these […]

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Hiking and Beers in Marquette, Michigan

After four days of camping (check out the posts on the Apostle Island and Porcupine Mountains if you missed them) we decided to break up our 10-day road trip with a stop in Marquette, Michigan. We passed through Marquette last year to pick up some sleeping pads for camping (which we still use to this […]

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