Rescue Diver Course Review

I remember way back in 2007 when I got my open water dive certification, looking at the hierarchy of dive courses and thinking, “I have absolutely zero interest in becoming a rescue diver. I just want to dive for fun.” Flash forward ten years and here I am, a newly certified rescue diver. In a…

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My Next Trip to Cuba – Jardines de la Reina

You may not want to read this post, Mom. Really, it will only make you worry. . . . Okay, don’t say I didn’t warn you. . . . The ten days I spent in Cuba were amazing and went better than I could have hoped in so many ways. I really wanted to see…

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Diving the Edmonds Underwater Park

A few weeks ago, my friend Marissa over at Postcards to Seattle and I got Nitrox certified. It’s something I’ve been interested in doing for awhile since being able to use Enriched Air allows you to dive for longer and you’re less likely to feel fatigued when you’re done. Plus, the course only takes a…

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Seattle to Portland Day 2 – Centralia to Portland

Once again we’re up at 4am to get ready for day 2 of the STP. Despite our early night, I have little interest in getting out of bed. Everything hurts and I am so tired from cycling 100 miles yesterday. But I’m not going to get back to my own bed by staying here, so…

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Seattle to Portland Day 1 – UW to Centralia

If you grew up in the Pacific Northwest, chances are good you’ve heard of the Seattle to Portland bike ride, or STP. Every year, 10,000 people hop on their bikes and ride the 200+ miles to Portland, Oregon over one or two days. If you had asked me a year ago if I would ever…

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Traveling to Trinidad

Allow me to introduce you to my favorite city in Cuba – Trinidad. I admit, I’m guilty of thinking of Cuba as only Havana. However, Trinidad is full of colonial charm and is one of the best preserved cities in Cuba. It’s a small town and not heavy on sites, but it’s the perfect place…

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Horseback Riding Through Vinales National Park

One of the most popular activities in Vinales is to go horseback riding through the national park. Originally I thought this would be an activity that I’d skip in favor of more hiking, but after our morning at Los Aquaticos, I’m ready for something a little easier. Plus we can cover more ground on a…

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European Vibes in Havana Vieja

The plan for today is to take the Havana Bus Tour around Havana Vieja (Old Havana), see what we see, then maybe do some exploring on foot. Lonely Planet has a nice looking walking tour of the main sites that I’d like to check out. But on the whole, I just want to wander with…

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Ruinas Mayas in El Salvador

“Central America is famous for it’s Mayan ruins. So El Salvador must have some of their own, right?” This was the thought that went through my mind when I was trying to find things to do on my trip. Once again, my research online turned up few results, but I did see 3 sites that might…

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Hiking the Santa Ana Volcano

El Salvador isn’t exactly on the tourist circuit, so when I started searching for information on hiking the Santa Ana volcano, I found very little. There are a few blogs out there that have some details, but not as much as I was looking for. I’m going to try to remedy that here. It’s a long post…

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Under the Sea at Night

Before I tell you about our night dive, I want to apologize for the blurriness of most of these photos. It’s extremely hard to juggle a camera and flashlight while swimming underwater. But the amazing undersea life is just too awesome not to share! We head out to our dive site right at sunset. It’s actually…

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Diving Mary’s Place

As I mentioned in my post about Prince Albert Wreck, Mary’s Place is one of the dives I most want to do on this trip. So I’m thrilled when Emma meets a bartender at Sundowner’s who also happens to be a dive master at Barefoot Divers, the shop closest to these dives. He offers to extend…

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