Waitomo, New Zealand

Waitomo is known for one thing; caves. Cave tours in Waitomo range from walk through tours to tubing and repeling, but all are under glowworm lit cavern roofs. Day 1 – Tuesday, March 3, 2015 We arrived late afternoon in Waitomo and to our hotel, the Waitomo Cave Hotel. The hotel was very nice and…

Vang Vieng, Laos

Surrounded by breathtaking mountains, rice paddies, and rivers, it is no surprise that Vang Vieng attracts hoards of backpackers, vacationers, and adventurers. The town has a booming and still growing bar scene not unlike that of a spring break destination. At first it was overwhelming to see this Laotian oasis overrun by bars offering free…

Mammoth Cave National Park, KY

Mammoth Cave was our final National Park of the road trip and was one of the most difficult. We opted to forgo the traditional tours and instead we spent 6 hours crawling, climbing, squeezing, and contorting ourselves on the spelunking-style Wild Cave Tour. Day 126 December 6, 2014 Mileage 16463 – 16642 Our day started…

Mammoth Cave Photographs

We don’t usually do previews of our post, but yesterday Jon and I took the Wild Cave tour at Mammoth Cave National Park. Although it is highly advised against bringing a camera, because of the fine dirt in the cave and physicality of the tour, I did anyway. I even lost the camera once! Luckily…

Carlsbad Caverns National Park, NM

Carlsbad National Park’s unofficial motto¬†seems to be “We aren’t the biggest cave, or the longest cave, but most of our visitors leave saying we are the most beautiful cave they’ve ever seen.” Day 102 November 12, 2014 Miles 12142 – 12482 Carlsbad Caverns National Park is located in southeast New Mexico. For us, it was…

Channel Islands National Park, CA

The Channel Islands are a national park off of the coast of CA which we almost missed. The park consists of several islands, but the real gem is the marine life that surrounds the islands. Water sports are a must if you want to see the Channel Islands. Day 69 October 10, 2014 Miles 8135…

The Black Hills, SD

After leaving the Badlands we drove to Rapid City. We had planned on eating at a brewery we saw advertised, but instead (based on Yelp reviews) changed our minds and went to Murphy’s Pub which was a very nice surprise with food we really enjoyed. The town of Rapid City was cute. They have statues…