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Got whiskey? . During our tour of the distilleries of Portland, we stumbled into New Deal Distillery. While we were enjoying our ‘craft cocktails’ made from their liquors, we saw a flyer advertising their Hands On Whiskey Making Class. My husband and I like to sip a good bourbon now & then and we love learning new things. So we registered for the next class. OMG, what an awesome class! The hands on workshop was taught by the charismatic, funny, & self taught whiskey & liquor maker & owner, Tom Burkleaux. The class was truly hands on & Tom took us through each step of the whiskey making process. The class was very educational, fascinating, interesting, and fun. We tasted the alcohol from each step as well as several barrel aged bourbons. The 5-6 hours of class whizzed by & it was a fabulous way to spend a Sunday...Sunday Funday for sure! If you’re a whiskey & bourbon enthusiast, I highly recommend you take this class. Cheers! . . #newdealdistillery #whiskey #bourbon #handsonlearning #craftdistillery #portlanddistillery #neverstoplearning #portland #oregon #passionate #chasewhatsetsyoursoulonfire #exploretheworldoneadventureatatime #thebrinkworldtour
“If you do what’s easy, life will be hard. If you do what’s hard, life will be easy.” . . #makeyourdreamscometrue #sunset #lidokey #sarasota_florida #sarasota #floridaswestcoast #beachlife #romance #chasewhatsetsyoursoulonfire #livefree #thebrinkworldtour
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Just hanging out & catching some rays... . The scene as we entered the bay to search for grey whales. . . #depoebay #oregonexplored #greyehales #whalemigration #whalewatching #sealion #sunbathıng #adventuretime #thegreatoutdoors #chasewhatsetsyoursoulonfire #thebrinkworldtour
At 319 ft (97 m), Munson Creek Falls is one of the tallest in Oregon. So my husband & I had to check it during our weekend roadtrip to the Oregon Coast last May while exploring Portland. After our first stop at Cape Meares, we drove to this state park. It’s a very short walk (1/4 mile) to the waterfall. I really liked that I could hear it but I couldn’t see it until I turned a corner in the trail & there it was. Like bam pow! It’s a stunner! . There are no restrooms but there are 2 picnic tables & since it was lunch time, my husband and I had a lunch we packed from Portland. Our AirBnB had a styrofoam cooler which we were very happy about & used it for our roadtrip packing it full of water, yogurt, hummus, fresh fruit & veggies. I really enjoyed dining al fresco with a light roar of the waterfall in the background. Best seat in the house. 😋 . . #munsoncreekfalls #chasingwaterfalls #greenplace #picnic #optoutside #exploremore #beadventurous #tillamook #oregon #chasewhatsetsyoursoulonfire #roadtrip #thebrinkworldtour
🌸 Happy Mother’s Day 🌸 to ALL women today because ALL women influence! Love this @christinecaine Have you ever given someone a warm smile? Have you ever spoke life giving words of affirmation and encouragement to another? Have you ever cooked (or bought 😉) a meal for another? Have you ever gave a present on someone’s birthday or just as a surprise? Have you ever hugged or held someone’s hand who needed the physical comfort? Well then you have influenced and touched another’s life so today I celebrate Mother’s Day WITH you! May your life be filled with #momentsofinfluence , these #momentsthattrulymatter - you are beautiful and have so much life to give thru your story and love. Happy Mother’s Day and prayers for continued opportunities of influence because #youMATTER and #youCANmakeadifference . Happy Mother’s Day to ALL women! #shareyourstory #lookfortheopportunities #youarebeautiful #youareworthy #chasewhatsetsyoursoulonfire #toserveothers #andloveotherswell #mothersday Shout out someone who has influenced you!
Happy #3monthsold to Chon kid #3 !! You are growing so fast! You recognize Mom and Dad and have the best baby toothless smile. You are already babbling and enjoying conversations with anyone who holds you. You make great eye contact and can communicate with your gorgeous stares into people’s eyes. You are mellow and easy going with your siblings, allowing them to hold you awkwardly or accidentally poke you with toys. 😂 You just found your groove with a eating and napping schedule that finally has you sleeping at night and awake during the day (not the other way around anymore - yay!). You love your bathtime and you just began drooling and sucking on your hand all the time (are you already teething?) I adore all the googling, babbling, and the endless smiles and I am cherishing every moment with you. 🤱🏻 Happy 3 months my youngest.... I’m so in love with you and run the risk of just spoiling you because you are the baby of the Chon fam bam!!! 👨‍👨‍👧‍👦 #Chonkids #Chonfamily #growingtoofast #chasingmemories #chasewhatsetsyoursoulonfire
Got adrenaline? No, well try ziplining in the beautiful Cetina Canyon in Omiš. The ziplining course through the canyon was insane! Totally thrilling with spectacular vistas the entire trip. About 500 ft (150m) above Cetina River with speeds up to 40mph (65 km/hr). Loved it! . Omiš is a quaint town with lots of outdoor activities & adventures including white water rafting, abseiling, hiking, caving, & ziplining. It’s a great day trip excursion from Split if you wish to be based in a bigger city. . . #omis #croatiafullofnature #cetina #zipline #adrenaline #adventure #thrillseeker #beautifuldestinations #livefearlessly #thebrinkworldtour #chasewhatsetsyoursoulonfire
💗 The Pink Full Moon 🌕 Every April She Arises, This Year The Full Moon In Scorpio ♏️ ⭐️ What A Long Strange Trip It’s Been, From Moon 🌚 To Moon 🌝Worlds 🌎 Change. 💫 Inter-Galactic Travel Between The Deepest Levels Of The Soul 💗 Needing To Face The End Of What We’ve Known But Not Knowing How To Begin 💭 Prayers Open Us 🙏🏽 🌈Guidance Is Readily Available But The Key Is Listening 🔑 & Be Willing To Let Go 🦋 To Allow The River To Flow 🌅 & Shape The Valley Ahead 🌿 We Can Sense The Freedom Of That Alignment On The Other Side But First We Must Face Our Fears 🔥 Labyrinthine Pathways Hold The Promise That Awaits On This Phase Toward Alignment With The Deepest Part Of Our Soul 🌬🧜🏾‍♀️ For Getting To Know Our Deepest Self Is What This Journey Is All About 😘 The More Truthful We Can Become The More Empowered We Will Feel 🧝🏿‍♀️🧝🏾‍♂️& Suddenly... A Loosening Of The Grip & Into The Unknown New Places Of Discover We’ll Go... But First Anchor ⚓️ Into Self 💃🏽 With Love, Love, Love, Love 💖 LOVE 💖 #pinkfullmoon #fullmooninscorpio #findyouandgofromthere #renewal #enlightenment #selflove #fullmooninapril #pinkmoon #embrace #designthelifeyoulove #scorpiomoon #strengthstartsontheinside #chasewhatsetsyoursoulonfire #bethechange #ifyoucandreamityoucandoit #happyfullmoon #moonchild #embracechange #embraceoneanother
“The best way to pay for a lovely moment is to enjoy it.” Richard Bach. . View of the lovely seaside town of Split from the Marjan. . . #split #croatiafulloflife #ilovecroatia #seaside #summer #lifeslittlemoments #globewanderer #chasewhatsetsyoursoulonfire #exploretheworldoneadventureatatime #thebrinkworldtour
My first manta ray encounter! WOW! I loved it! I do not have the poetic prose to describe how awesome this adventure was. So this short video will give you an idea... . Thanks to the great crew, Griffin, Leo, & Brodie, of Big Island Divers for an amazing and very memorable trip. . One of the epic adventures for my 50th birthday that I experienced while on vacation on Big Island. A perfect island for adventure seekers! . . #mantaray #snorkeling #mindblown #epicadventure #underwater #bigislanddivers #hawaii #bigisland #chasewhatsetsyoursoulonfire #livepassionately #seekadventure #thebrinkworldtour #50thbirthday
..a little different #transformationtuesday . ..the days when I used to think I had everything I could ever wanted— stable relationship, career in my field, fur children to love on everyday. Life at that time felt great—fast forward a few months. I started asking myself the real question... “is this it?” . I knew there was more to life— more to CREATE + EXPLORE. Something was missing and I was the only one that was able to DISCOVER it. . The last 2 years have completely shifted my VISION for my life. I have realized sometimes you out grow PEOPLE, PLACES + EXPERIENCES in order to fully step into who you’re meant to become. . But.. the secret is to listen to God, the Universe or whatever you believe in. ABSORB + PROCESS the signs your circumstances are leading you to—they hold the message... but YOU hold to power to change your reality! . . . . . #transformfromwithin #transformfromthecore #transformation #chasewhatsetsyoursoulonfire #chasewhatyoulove #chasewhatyouwant #fitnessmotivation #fitspiration #fitnessjourney #fitnesstransformation #michiganfitgirl #michiganfitness #upnorthlife
Walking across a once molten lake of lava! In 1959, this caldera was filled with liquid rock. And I was able to walk in it now. How cool is that? The Kīlauea Iki Trail is a must do when visiting Hawai’i Volcanoes National Park. The trail takes you along the Rim which is through a lush rainforest, you climb down into the caldera, walk across the whole crater passing a wide variety of lava rock & formations & native plants including the ōhi’a trees with their bright red blossoms, and up out of the crater at the other end. It’s so fascinating and surreal! . FYI, it rained during my entire hike so the sky is an unflattering gray but I still wanted to share some photos from this awesome hike. It was definitely worth hiking even in the drizzle & I can imagine how amazing it would be during a sunny day. Go and experience the power and majesty of Pele. . . #kilaueaiki #hawaiivolcanoesnationalpark #hikingadventures #pele #volcano #gohiking #outdoors #dontletalittlerainstopyou #chasewhatsetsyoursoulonfire #globetrotter #thebrinkworldtour #50thbirthday
You may or may not know that I am a NASM Certified Personal Trainer as well as Fitness Nutrition Specialist and Group Training Specialist. Sounds fancy, right? 😁 Funny thing is I am also a Beachbody coach, which doesn’t require any of those certifications 🤷🏻‍♀️ People often wonder WHY I would choose to coach through Beachbody when I am fully qualified to coach people through their fitness and nutrition on my own. The answer is simple… and honest 💕 I am not passionate about creating individual fitness programs or meal plans for clients. I know, GASP 😳 I am fully able to do those things, but it’s tedious and brings me ZERO happiness ☹️ I just can’t force myself to do things I don’t find happiness in just because it comes with the territory of “personal training”. . . You want to know what fuels my fire 🔥💥Helping others realize and achieve their goals 😍 The workouts and meal plans are already done for me so I get to focus on: ▶️ Goal setting ▶️Time management ▶️ Teaching women to love themselves ▶️ Celebrating successes ▶️ Overcoming barriers ▶️ Building friendships with women who support each other day in and day out 💕 ▶️ Building a team of others with the same passion . . I get to focus on the things that make me HAPPY! Sure, personal trainers can do that too, but I am happy to be able to focus more of my time on the things I ENJOY rather than the things I don’t 😊 Personal trainers are AMAZING, but for me personally, coaching is a great fit and it makes me HAPPY ❤️That’s all that matters, right? . . Are you a personal trainer that struggles with combining your passion for helping others and the tedious “behind the scenes” work that goes along with it 😐Do you struggle creating a steady income because others don’t see the value in the amount of work you put into each program 😕Are you tired of clients blaming you for not getting results 😲 Are serious clients are hard to come by 🤷🏻‍♀️ Are you ready to pour your heart into the very thing that drew you to personal training 😊💕👉🏼 Helping others change their lives WITHOUT draining your time and energy into the things you don’t love?! Let’s talk! I can help you decide if coaching is right for you!
Snorkeling at Two Step at Honaunau Bay on the Big Island is like swimming in an aquarium! Awesome visibility & large variety of spectacularly colored fish. Several locals highly recommended it & I’m thankful for their advice. It was definitely one of the best places I have snorkeled. . Where is your favorite place to snorkel? . Photo 1: Yellow Tangs. I have never seen a school of tangs that large. . Photo 2: Threadfin Butterflyfish. . Photo 3: Moorish Idol. My husband’s favorite. . Photo 4: Raccoon Butterflyfish. . Photo 5: Reef Picassofish. Sorry that the photo is a tad blurry. This was my best shot of it & this fish was my favorite. I loved the electric blue markings. Truly stunning! . . #twostep #honaunaubay #captaincook #puuhonuaohonaunau #bigisland #lethawaiihappen #snorkeling #yellowtang #underwater #colorfulfish #chasewhatsetsyoursoulonfire #thebrinkworldtour #50thbirthday
Hawaii is so beautiful! Simply breathtaking! Here are a few photos from this morning’s excursion to Pololū Valley. . FYI the hike down to the end of the trail is only 0.6 miles. I walked around, to the end of the beach, & back to the trailhead giving me a total mileage of 1.6 miles. The distance was measured by a Garmin 910X. The trail is slippery particularly the first half of the way so take your time. . . #pololuvalley #lethawaiihappen #beautifuldestinations #hikingadventures #fitforlife #coastline #bigisland #blacksandbeach #chasewhatsetsyoursoulonfire #thebrinkworldtour #25thanniversary
LAVA!! It was so awesome watching liquid rock ooze & flow. 💯 The 3-hour hike up the steep mountain was worth it. This experience was monumental & one that I will remember forever. . In case you are curious, it was extremely hot up close to the lava. 😅Even though it was super hot, my hiking boots remained unscathed. I tried sitting down to eat lunch but I ended up eating standing up to protect my butt from burning. . . #lava #liquidrock #volcano #volcanonationalpark #hilo #lethawaiihappen #collectmomentsnotthings #bucketlist #chasewhatsetsyoursoulonfire #hiking #thebrinkworldtour #50thbirthday
Today one of my dreams came true! I witnessed the earth being born in Hawaii (Big Island). . LAVA! Liquid rock! . With the guidance of Cheryl & Scott of @alohalavatours. Without their help, experience, & being passionate about lava, my husband and I would never have found the lava surface flow. We hiked 4.5 miles straight up Pali to find this flowing lava. It was a serious hike over old lava but it was worth it. This experience is part of my 50th birthday celebration and it is turning out to be epic! Cheers to the big 5-0! . . #alohalavatours #lava #liquidrock #hawaii #bigisland #lethawaiihappen #puuoo #volcanonationalpark #dreamscometrue #epicmoment #followyourdreams #hike #thebrinkworldtour #50thbirthday #chasewhatsetsyoursoulonfire #adventurous
Exploring Thurston Lava Tube. . I shared this photo with my mom & she asked me if I went into the dark hole. And I responded, “of course”. . Since we were still on ‘east coast’ time, we went early in the morning. The tube was pitch black but we were prepared with head lamps & handheld flashlights. Cellphone lights are NOT sufficient. If you visit after 10am, the tube is illuminated with installed lighting for your pleasure. . . #thurstonlavatube #lavatube #darkhole #explore #volcanonationalpark #bigisland #hawaii #volcano #globetrotter #passionpassport #adventure #liveinthemoment #chasewhatsetsyoursoulonfire #thebrinkworldtour #50thbirthday
Go to Cape Point where two oceans meet. . I really enjoyed the short walk up to the lighthouse. I definitely recommend the walk instead of taking the funicular because you get to see the rugged coastline during the whole way to the top and enjoy the fresh ocean breeze. The lighthouse was not very special but the view from the lookout was incredibly lovely & majestic. . . #capepoint #capeofgoodhope #naturereserve #capepointlighthouse #theflyingdutchman #shipwreck #funicular #southafrica #beautifuldestinations #coastline #rugged #amazingview #beach #chasewhatsetsyoursoulonfire #exploretheworldoneadventureatatime #thebrinkworldtour #25thanniversary
Early morning in Kirstenbosch. I captured this Dylan Lewis sculpture with a lovely background on my way to the Skeleton Gorge Trail to hike up to Table Mountain. Kirstenbosch is an extensive & incredibly lovely botanical gardens. Be sure to visit when you’re in Cape Town. . . #kirstenbosch #kirstenboschbotanicalgardens #nativeflowers #botanicalgardens #capetown #southafrica #dylanlewis #artinthegarden #bronzesculpture #tablemountain #skeletongorge #hike #beadventurous #playoutside #chasewhatsetsyoursoulonfire #globetrotter #thebrinkworldtour #25thanniversary
Waiting for my turn to fly. . With @tandemflightco . . Tandem paragliding in Cape Town. This is how you ‘take off’ from Signal Hill. . It is so exhilarating. I recommend it with one precaution...be prepared to get addicted. So much fun! . . #paragliding #tandemflightco #tandemparagliding #flying #signalhill #capetownfun #seapointpromenade #goforit #livelifetothefullest #dontletfearstopyou #liveinthemoment #collectmomentsnotthings #adventures #chasewhatsetsyoursoulonfire #exploretheworld #thebrinkworldtour #25thanniversary
I finally made my childhood dream of flying come true! . Paragliding is awesome!!! I whole heartedly recommend it. . On our second day in Cape Town, my husband and I went for an exploration walk through Green Point & along Sea Point Promenade. As we entered Green Point, we could see paragliders far off in the distance. And as we walked along the promenade, we got closer & closer to where they landed. By the time we reached their landing area, I decided I had to do it too. I’m fortunate that my husband is just as adventurous as me so we signed up with @tandemflightco. Yes, it’s truly awesome. I absolutely loved it! . . #paragliding #flying #dreamscometrue #tandemflightco #tandemparagliding #wannagethigh #seapointpromenade #signalhill #capetown #westerncape #southafrica #liveinthemoment #chasewhatsetsyoursoulonfire #adventuretime #thebrinkworldtour #25thanniversary
Table Mountain, Cape Town’s iconic flat topped mountain & one of the New 7 Wonders of Nature, & Devil’s Peak, as seen from the trail to Lion’s Head. . . #tablemountain #devilspeak #lionshead #new7wondersofnature #capetown #southafrica #hiking #playoutside #mountains #trails #fitforfun #liveinthemoment #chasewhatsetsyoursoulonfire #thebrinkworldtour #25thanniversary
The Lions Head hike reward: the magnificent panoramic view of Cape Town. . This hike was so awesome because the trail spirals around the mountain so we were able to view Cape Town & all the beautiful surrounding areas. One of the most incredible hikes due to the ever changing vistas. . Here we are gazing at Sea Point along the azure Atlantic Ocean. . . #lionshead #capetown #southafrica #hike #amazingview #seascape #atlanticocean #hikingadventures #liveinthemoment #exploretheworld #passionpassport #chasewhatsetsyoursoulonfire #thebrinkworldtour #25thanniversary
Some of the spectacular sights along the Queens Garden Trail and Wall Street. . . My husband & I arrived in Bryce Canyon City around 1pm & we were able to check in early at the hotel, Best Western Plus. Then we were off to the land of hoodoos. We decided to explore the Queens Garden Trail. The trailhead is located at Sunrise Point. The journey is filled with amazing spire shaped rock formations with colors ranging from vanilla cream to burnt orange to brick red. I immediately thought that Antoni Gaudí designed this landscape. We climbed out of the canyon on the Wall Street Trail, which was quite steep with lots of switchbacks but it was also fun with wonderful views. We hiked 5.6 miles including the walk back on the Rim Trail to our car that was parked close to the trailhead at Sunrise Point by the Bryce Canyon Lodge. . Bryce Canyon is my favorite out of the four national parks I visited in Utah. . . #brycecanyon #queensgardentrail #wallstreettrail #hoodoos #rockformation #rimtrail #canyons #utah #chasewhatsetsyoursoulonfire #thebrinkworldtour #hiking #hikingtrip #adventure #roadtrip #exploretheworldoneadventureatatime #globetrotter
Sometimes it's about spending time with people you love and leftover deviled eggs, because you were gifted with this amazing life👭 So, never take it for granted and chase what makes your heart sing!💙
Tower Bridge...the one carved from dolomitic & limestone by the elements in Bryce Canyon National Park. Take the Fairyland Loop Trail starting at Sunrise Point. There is a very short (200 yards) spur trail to reach Tower Bridge. The hike to Tower Bridge is easy...about 1.5 miles downhill. It’s the return hike up out of the canyon that is challenging. After visiting this natural bridge, I continued on the Fairyland Loop to see more amazing rock formations & hoodoos...just another jaw dropping vista after another. Awesome hike! . . #towerbridge #fairylandlooptrail #brycecanyon #usnationalparks #hikethehoodoos #hike #beautifuldestinations #trails #passionpassport #chasewhatsetsyoursoulonfire #playoutside #fitforlife #liveinthemoment #thebrinkworldtour
Cheers to you & the weekend! . My last night in Siem Reap, I celebrated an awesome trip with wine in the Pub Street area. Such a festive place! . . #siemreap #pubstreet #picassobar #cambodia #celebrate #cheerstotheweekend #wine #liveinthemoment #exploretheworldoneadventureatatime #chasewhatsetsyoursoulonfire #thebrinkworldtour
About half way through my exploration of Preah Khan I heard singing...very faintly and intermittently. The angelic notes were wafting on the breeze. A little while later I heard tinkling laughter which I fancifully thought was coming from the spirits residing in the trees. As I exited the east end of the temple, there were these two boats & I had found the source of singing & laughter. . . #preahkhan #angkor #ankortemples #exploringtheglobe #whistlewhileyouwork #singing #laughter #enchanted #cambodia #awesomeexperience #liveinthemoment #chasewhatsetsyoursoulonfire #thebrinkworldtour
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Preah Khan was one of my favorite temples in the Angkor Archeological Park. We arrived at 7:20am which was 10 minutes before opening. We explored this ultimately cool temple mostly by ourselves. I really enjoyed all the little nooks & crannies, the many awesome trees, & at the end was this amazing plaza that I took a short video to remember this very special place. . . #preahkhan #angkor #temples #indianajones #khmerempire #siemreap #cambodia #trees #banyantree #tuktuktour #historylovers #exploretheworldoneadventureatatime #passionpassport #chasewhatsetsyoursoulonfire #thebrinkworldtour
The mysterious Banteay Kdei in Angkor Archeological Park was one of my favorite temples. I found the smaller temples to be more interesting & more enjoyable due to the lower tourist density. There are so many cool trees in the temples particularly in Ta Prohm but this one really spoke to me. . . #banteaykdei #angkor #angkorarcheologicalpark #siemreap #cambodia #temples #buddhisttemple #exploretheworld #adventure #globewanderer #openmyworld #chasewhatsetsyoursoulonfire #thebrinkworldtour
The 54 Asuras, demon gods, located on the right side of the South Gate. The demon gods pull the snake’s tail while the 54 Devas, guardian gods, on the left side pull the snake’s head, which led to the forming of the earth & skies. . My husband & I hired a guide at Bayon Temple & we asked him about the condition of the stone figures, why the heads of the statues looked new. He told us that many of the heads were looted...some even by museums. With the heads replaced, the South Gate is the best preserved gate of Angkor Thom. . Angkor Thom was our first stop on our tour of the Angkor Archeological Park & I was absolutely stunned. I have to say it was love at first site. . . #angkorthom #amazingplaces #greatcity #southgate #angkorwat #asuras #khmer #siemreap #cambodia #exploretheworld #chasewhatsetsyoursoulonfire #thebrinkworldtour
Chasing waterfalls in Puerto Rico... . On our hike to La Mina Falls, we didn’t see aliens or raining frogs but the hike in this national rainforest in Puerto Rico was delightful. The lush, tropical vegetation was extraordinarily beautiful and wading (up to my ankles 😂) in the pool was refreshing. . We visited in February before Hurricane Maria devastated the island. As of November 2017, El Yunque remains closed. . . #elyunque #rainforest #laminafalls #nationalforest #waterfalls #hike #gohike #playoutside #fitforfun #chasingwaterfalls #chasewhatsetsyoursoulonfire #exploretheworldoneadventureatatime #thebrinkworldtour
Upper Antelope Canyon: “The Crack” and “the place where water runs through rocks”. . Although they are only a few miles apart and both simply incredible, the Upper and Lower sections of Antelope Canyon are different. One of the most significant differences to me is the Upper is a deeper canyon. One source I found stated that the canyon walls of Upper Antelope Canyon are 164 ft while those of Lower Antelope Canyon are 120 ft. So this effects the natural lighting. Secondly, I’d like to mention that Upper Antelope Canyon is on one level so no stair/ladder climbing is necessary, which is important for people like my mom-in-law who has Parkinson’s Disease & has low mobility & poor agility. (BTW, she loved Upper Antelope Canyon & was extremely happy to have the opportunity to visit this extremely beautiful slot canyon.) . . #upperantelopecanyon #antelopecanyon #slotcanyon #amazingplaces #rockformation #sandstone #erosion #navajoland #pagearizona #guidedtour #southwest #beautifuldestinations #wanderlust #chasewhatsetsyoursoulonfire #exploretheworldoneadventureatatime #thebrinkworldtour
Someday in my future...I see myself meeting my celebrity idol. He speaks words of wisdom beyond his years. Truly a phenomenal person inspiring those to chase their dreams and make them real. @jbalvin 🙏👏 #jbalvin #admiration #hardwork #determination #dedication #mexicannotmexicant #dreams #aspirations #gonnatakeovertheworldsomeday #igotthis #watchme #workhardforsuccess #dreamon #chasewhatsetsyoursoulonfire
The Three Sisters. “a Catholic nun facing her two pupils”. . We did the Self Guided Valley Drive. We spent about two hours to tour the whole valley stopping at all the formations & snapping lots of photos. We also had packed sandwiches we picked up in Moab so we found a particularly picturesque spot & had a picnic. We were very amused by people take selfies. The valley was so beautiful & it’s definitely worth a visit. . FYI, There are guided tours available. . . #monumentvalley #rockformation #stunningscenery #beautifuldestinations #utah #navajonation #instapassport #collectmomentsnotthings #exploretheworldoneadventureatatime #chasewhatsetsyoursoulonfire #thebrinkworldtour
Run Forrest! Run! . Any Forrest Gump fans out there? If not, well this is an iconic scene from the movie. . We visited the Monument Valley Navajo Tribal Park on our way from Moab, UT (Arches & Canyonlands National Parks) to Page, AZ (Antelope Canyon & Horseshoe Bend). . . #monumentvalley #navajotribalpark #wheretheearthmeetsthesky #runforrestrun #utah #coloradoplateau #neverstopexploring #playoutside #visualsoflife #weliveelevated #chasewhatsetsyoursoulonfire #thebrinkworldtour
On the fourth day of our Galapagos Islands tour, we visited the Charles Darwin Research Station on Santa Cruz Island. We learned about the Giant Tortoises. Scientists believe the first tortoises arrived in Galapagos 2-3 million years ago by drifting 600 miles from South America on vegetation rafts. It’s a good thing they had ‘rafts’ because tortoises can’t swim unlike turtles. The feet of tortoises are hard, scaly, and nubby allowing them to navigate over sharp rocks and sand. Our guide, Marcella, told us that when the research center first started their conservation program, the captive bred tortoises died when they were released into the wild. Their habitats were flat with no rocks so they never learned to crawl and traverse the natural rocky slopes of the islands. The research center redesigned the tortoise living area to prepare them for life in the wild and have been very successful in increasing the population of giant tortoises. . . #tortoise #gianttortoise #charlesdarwinresearchstation #santacruz #galapagos #ecuador #wildlife #protectwildlife #conservation #bucketlist #chasewhatsetsyoursoulonfire #passionpassport #exploretheworld
Tag! You’re it! . My husband shot this video of the sea lion tugging on my fin. Loved it! 💕 . Playing with the young sea lions in a shallow, protected cove off of Floreana Island. The sea lions interacted with us & were very curious. It was so much fun! . . #sealions #playing #curiouscreatures #snorkeling #fun #underwaterworld #bucketlist #floreana #galapagos #ecuador #chasewhatsetsyoursoulonfire #explore #thebrinkworldtour
Playtime in “The Nursery”. If you’ve heard that the animals in the Galapagos are not fearful of humans, believe it. It’s true! My favorite experience over my 8-day exploration of the Galapagos islands was snorkeling with young sea lions in a cove off of Floreana Island. As I was slowly finning my way to the shallow waters of the cove, a little sea lion came up & looked me in the eye...about a foot away from my mask. Wow! And that was just within the first 5 minutes of being in the water. After another few minutes of being in the middle of the nursery where there were about 20 young sea lions, I felt a tug on my fin. I was expecting to see my husband trying to get my attention. Well, when I looked behind me, it was as a sea lion pulling on my fin. No way!!! How cool is that!?! A little while later, it happened again so I knew the first time wasn’t a fluke. After watching the pups play, I observed them pulling each other’s flipper & then swim away...like playing “tag”. I believe they wanted me to play with them. The whole experience was surreal. Yea, my favorite snorkeling experience ever! . . #sealions #pups #snorkeling #floreana #galapagos #ecuador #wildlife #underwaterphotography #bucketlist #liveinthemoment #incredibleexperience #exploretheworld #chasewhatsetsyoursoulonfire #thebrinkworldtour
Symbiotic relationships. We were fortunate to witness the symbiotic relationship between the Galapagos dove & the land iguana on the island of North Seymour that has a large population of land iguanas & blue footed boobies. The dove removed parasites from the back of the iguana & then the iguana stood up allowing the dove to reach its belly & pick off the bugs from its underside. It was fascinating watching this display of trust & mutual benefit. . . #landiguana #iguanas #galapogasdove #symbiotic #wildlife #bestbirdshots #northseymour #galapagos #ecuador #globetrotter #exploretheworld #chasewhatsetsyoursoulonfire #thebrinkworldtour
I love boobies! . The blue footed kind! . Blue Footed Boobie Fun Fact #1 : The blue color of their feet comes from their diet, the carotenoids pigments found in the fish they eat mostly flying fish, sardines, anchovy, & mackerel. . Blue Footed Boobie Fun Fact #2 : They nest on the ground...just arrange a couple of sticks on the ground and call it done. It was great because we were able to easily observe them. They lay 1-3 eggs. Both parents incubate the eggs with their feet. . #bluefootedbooby #birds #northseymour #galapagos #ecuador #wildlife #nature #bucketlist #liveinthemoment #passionpassport #beautifuldestinations #chasewhatsetsyoursoulonfire #exploretheworldoneadventureatatime #thebrinkworldtour
Palermo is known for its number and variety of outdoor markets. One of my favorite things about travel is tasting & learning about the local food. I particularly enjoy roaming around local markets trying fruits & veggies that are new to me. Mercato il Capo was just a few blocks from our AirBnB so I shopped here often during our stay. The flattish, donut shaped peaches were absolutely delicious! 😋 What’s your favorite fruit? . . #mercatoilcapo #farmersmarket #outdoormarket #freshfruit #local #produce #palermo #sicily #italy #eatlikealocal #foodlust #eathealthy #explore #liveinthemoment #chasewhatsetsyoursoulonfire #thebrinkworldtour
The Turkish Steps on the southern coast of Sicily. . . While on my way to Palermo from Agrigento, I took a short break to walk on the beach and see this amazing work of art by Mother Nature. The white cliffs are made of limestone and marlstone which is pure white. . . #scaladeiturchi #turkishsteps #realmonte #agrigento #visitsicily #italy #seaside #coast #marl #whitecliffs #chasewhatsetsyoursoulonfire #exploretheworldoneadventureatatime #wanderlust
Temple of Castor & Pollux with the hillside city of Agrigento in the background. This archeological site is remnants of Akragas, a city founded by the Greeks in the 6th century BC. The site is over 1,300 hectacres so there is a lot of ruins to explore. . . #valleyofthetemples #temples #tour #castorandpollux #agrigento #valledeitempli #sicily #italy #greekmythology #wanderlust #chasewhatsetsyoursoulonfire #exploretheworldoneadventureatatime #globewanderer #thebrinkworldtour
Temple of Concordia. This temple is largely intact surviving a major earthquake while the other temples are mostly in ruins. My guide, Andrea, who was also my AirBnB host, said that Concordia was built on a bed of clay and the clay acted as a shock absorber. Cool! 😎 I saw a rendition of this temple when it was newly built & it was painted red, white, and blue. Imagine all the columns and base painted white and the lintel in alternating red & blue. It seems strange to see it in bare stone as compared to a brightly painted structure. . . So when I checked in to the our AirBnB in Agrigento, Andrea told us that he had another business as a tour guide at the temples. I didn’t have plans to hire a guide since I did a lot of research about the site beforehand but Andrea was very charismatic & interesting & a life-long local. So I met him a few hours later for a tour & it was fantastic! He told me much more than I learned from reading about the place & I particularly enjoyed talking about his life in Sicily. It was an awesome experience. . . #valleyofthetemples #agrigento #localguides #greektemplesinsicily #temples #sicily #italy #wanderlust #instapassport #chasewhatsetsyoursoulonfire #explore #thebrinkworldtour
Don't ever let the fear of the unknown keep you from doing what makes you happy. Don't miss out on the chance to see how strong you are. Be wonder woman today! #fitmama #strong #wonderwoman #fearless #beabadass #fitsister #motivated #spurup #lovemyselffirst #enjoythejourney #workhard #beautyfromashes #blessed #godisgood #anxietysucks #savethelost #spurup #fitmama #chasewhatsetsyoursoulonfire #happygirl #empoweringwomen #humpday
One of the highlights of my tour of Sicily! I had an ridiculously amazing adventure exploring Mt. Etna, the highest volcano in Italy. My incredible adventure was due to our private tour with Nunzio, a geologist, and Julia from Sabbia lava non solo escursioni, which was recommended to us by our AirBnB host in Catania. (personal, local recs are the best!) I learned so much from Nunzio and had a lot of fun. . Interesting Fact: Millions of years ago, Sicily was attached to Africa and connected to mainland Italy. The ‘island’ existed before the first known eruption of Etna so it’s not an island formed by a volcano.
The Terracotta Army: Legacy of the First Emperor of China. Exhibit at the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts until March 11, 2018. I toured this exhibit & immensely enjoyed it. Spectacular show with a plethora of objects (10 terracotta figures & 130 works) & information about the First Emperor, his relatively short life & many contributions. . . #virginiamuseumoffinearts #vmfa #terracottawarriors #terracottaarmy #firstemperorofchina #yingzheng #travelingexhibition #richmond #virginia #culture #museum #instaart #china #chasewhatsetsyoursoulonfire #liveinthemoment #exploretheworldoneadventureatatime #thebrinkworldtour
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