Dole Pineapple Plantation

In addition to checking out all the pretty natural sights of Oahu, we also wanted to see the touristy stuff because, well, that stuff is fun. And also funny. And The Dole Pineapple Plantation did not disappoint! Admission to the plantation is free, and visitors can explore a small portion of the grounds, eat at…

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Nu’uanu Pali Lookout

My mom discovered this state park in a Hawaii travel magazine, and decided we had to go. Not because of the spectacular views it is said to have, but because it is supposedly so windy at the lookout that you can lean into the wind and it will support your body weight. Sounded intriguing… The…

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Hiking Diamond Head

When looking at the skyline of Oahu, there is no sight more iconic than that of Diamond Head. Visible from the shores of Waikiki, the volcanic crater rises up among the skyscrapers, creating an image as quintessentially Hawaiian as luaus or SPAM. Upon further research, we learned there is a hiking trail leading to the…

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Honolulu!

For as long as I can remember, taking our family to Hawaii was my dad’s dream vacation. But let’s face it- Hawaii is a freaking expensive place to visit, especially for a middle class family of five. So years went by with this trip being nothing more than a dream…until this past December (2014). All…

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Saguaro National Park – Tucson Mountain District (West Side)

After a lunch stop in Tucson (one convenient aspect of having a city in the middle of a National Park) we headed into the West side of the park, the Tucson Mountain District. It was approximately 45-60 minutes between the two halves, but we were able to get some sightseeing in along way, including a…

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Saguaro National Park – Rincon Mountain District (the East side)

The morning was cold and drizzly, but we were not deterred and set out early to head into Saguaro National Park! The park is divided into two parts, separated by the city of Tucson, so of course we had to visit both sides. Depending on who you ask, you will get different answers regarding which…

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Road trip to Arizona!

Back in May, I completed my Bachelor’s Degree online from Arizona State University. Yay! Lucky for me, I live close enough to the school that I was able to drive out there to participate in the graduation ceremony, so my family and I piled into the car on a Thursday night and headed to Arizona!…

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Hike to Eaton Canyon Falls

My friends and I love to hit the trails as often as we can, and love trying out new hikes! But this weekend we were short on time so we had to go with a local tried and true trail. The hike to Eaton Canyon Falls is very easy- mostly flat, and only around 3…

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San Jose, Costa Rica!

Costa Rica is a beautiful country, filled with diverse areas to visit, but almost all trips start at San Jose. San Jose is the capitol of Costa Rica, and more importantly to tourists, where their international airport is located. Because we didn’t have a ton of time to spend in Costa Rica, we decided to…

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Manuel Antonio National Park

Our last day in Costa Rica had its ups and downs, but ended up being my favorite location we visited. The tour to Manuel Antonio National Park started out beautiful… the weather was nice, the guide was awesome, and they served us a tasty breakfast on the way to the park (which was roughly 2…

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