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How to Pack for an Alaskan Cruise

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How To Pack Confidently For An Alaskan Cruise

If you’re anything like me and freeze at the thought of packing for the unknown (or even just packing in general), join the club. Never have I been as far North as Alaska and when the time came to pack, I froze. It throws you for a loop when you’re told “it’s summer in Alaska but you’ll be around ice, snow, sea and sun. Oh and bring a swimsuit.” Lucky for you, I learned from my recent Alaskan cruise how to pack confidently and can share my tips on how to survive this packing fiasco. Head into the last frontier knowing you’ll have all the required necessities.

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12 Must Do Things At Seattle’s Pike Place Market

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Seattle Pike Place Market Farmers Market Washington

12 Must Do Things At Seattle’s Pike Place Market

1. Rub Rachel the Piggy Bank – Located under the iconic neon Public Market Center sign is a giant copper pig. Feel free to rub it, ride it or drop a few coins inside. The piggy bank takes donations for the Pike Place Market Foundation and supports social services in the neighborhood.

2. Catch A Fish By Hand – One of the big draws at the market is the chance to catch a fish from the local vendors. If you don’t trust your own butter fingers with a slimy fish, just watch the vendors do it as they yell orders back and forth.

3. Sample Your Way Through the Market – Walk up to one of the seafood vendors and ask for a small sample of salmon. Your taste buds have never tasted something so fresh. Ship some home if you like! Don’t forget to try all the fruit!

4. Visit the Original Starbucks – If you are a Starbucks fan, check out the original Starbucks store. It’s nothing fancy but it does come with some bragging rights. Be prepared for a 30 minute wait in line. 
Note – the original original Starbucks was at a different location 5 years earlier.

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Four Unique Hiking Adventures Near Anchorage, Alaska

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Four Unique Hiking Adventures Near Anchorage, Alaska
Explore Areas within Minutes of The Anchorage Airport with Knight S.

Your afternoon flight lands in Anchorage, Alaska and your boots are itching to hit the trails. But where can you go in such a short window of time? Alaska is very large and expansive state. It would be impossible to see most of this beautiful state without a lot of free time and resources because only 20% of Alaska is accessible by road. You’d have to know someone that can fly a plane or book yourself onto a cruise ship. But there are still a few great options to take advantage of within one hour of the Anchorage, Alaska airport if all you have are your own two feet, four wheels and  a couple hours. Take a step outside the city and you’ll find yourself in a whole new land.

But first, let me introduce you to my fellow globe trotting friend Knight. I met Knight via the world wide web during my Xanga blogging days. He’s a fellow adventure lover and free spirit that you can’t keep cooped up for too long. He was one of a few people that I really connected with and almost 12 year later, we still keep in touch.

On my family’s recent trip to Alaska (for a cruise), I finally got the chance to meet Knight in person. I mean really, what were the chances he was in Alaska and free the one day I was?? I know, the coincidence was too good to pass up. So we chatted for a couple hours (after I saw he wasn’t a serial killer….just kidding!) and later decided to hit the road and drive into the midnight sun. It was like we knew each other but didn’t. The conversation flowed and the exploration commenced. It was a weird collision of worlds.

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Puerto Rico Yoga Retreat – Part 2

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This past October I went on a trip that at one point I only dreamed about through a couple photos I had saved in a drawer. I had wanted a trip that involved some kind of physically challenging activity. I wanted to go do it on my own, make new friends, feel a sense of peace and boost my confidence and self esteem. When the words “Utuado, Puerto Rico Yoga Retreat” came across my screen, I knew I had found the perfect escape with all the right ingredients.

The first day of the yoga retreat was themed Earth and it defiantly was the most memorable. I’m talking all kinds of surprises in the Puerto Rican jungles. If you haven’t read it yet, you have to check out Part 1! Days 3-5 were themed Water, Fire and Air. The theme of water sounded like a good time but fire? I guess we’ll see!

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Puerto Rico Yoga Retreat – Part 1

©Christin Gnad_Utuado Puerto Rico Yoga Retreat Casa Grande Mountain Retreat_Hammock JungleA magazine article read “A Road Trip Down Puerto Rico’s La Ruta Panoramica” with a subhead promising a rugged 167 mile “scenic route” that leads to waterfalls, coffee plantations and a wild side of the island you won’t forget. The images were of adult tree houses set in the jungle, horses on the side of the road, green landscapes and delicious coffee. I said to myself “This looks fun! I want to do this one day!” So I cut out the photos and saved them deep within my dresser drawer.

“Waterfalls, coffee plantations and a wild side of the island you won’t forget”

That was five years ago. Fast forward to today and I’m looking for a trip with two requirements. 1) It had to have some kind of fitness aspect because moving my body always puts me in a good mood and yet it would be a challenge. 2) Go solo. I wanted to prove to myself that I could! I wanted something that would boost my self esteem, build confidence and I could say “hey I did that all by my awesome self!” I wanted to step outside my crippling comfort zone.

I casually searched online for a few months and nothing really caught my attention till one day an image showed up along side the words “Utuado, Puerto Rico Yoga Retreat.” It was THE porched-in tree house hotel with heavenly hammocks and jungle covered mountain tops that looked so very similar to a certain article I cut out years before! Now who says dream boards don’t work?!

I’m defiantly not a yogi by any means so this seemed a bit of a stretch (no pun intended)! But this retreat was unresistible. Perfect price, perfect timing and in a perfect location. The universe set this one up just for me. I took it as a sign and BOOKED!

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