Kayaking on the Adriatic Sea in Croatia

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In the year leading up to our trip to Croatia and Slovenia, Joe and I were asked many times why we had chosen those particular countries to visit. Once we learned a bit about this region of the world,  it was an easy decision. The more interesting question is how did we ever find out about these countries in the first place.

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Lake Bled: Paradise of the Alps

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When you think about mountain towns in the summer, your brain fills with images of outdoorsy people – gearing up for hiking, biking, rafting, etc. When you think of Europeans, a few other stereotypes that might overlap come to mind: they are slower paced and enjoy some of the simpler things in life just a little bit more than us Americans do. When these two thoughts cross, you are met with the Alpine paradise that is the lakefront town of Bled.

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Black Canyon – Kayaking on the Colorado River

Kendall and I drifting down the Colorado River, in Black Canyon

Imagine drifting down the crystal-clear Colorado River, surrounded by the beautiful walls of Black Canyon, thousands of feet tall. The temperature is a perfect 80 degrees, with no wind to be felt and calm blue skies presiding. The only sounds to be heard are provided by the occasional strokes of your paddle, and the occasional variety of ducks slapping the water with their wings as they struggle to take flight. “Sounds awesome”, you may say. Or, you might be thinking that while the setting sounds nice, you’d prefer a few more creature comforts. Fear not, as you have a cooler and a stove strapped to your boat carrying your favorite meal and beverage. Although you’ll be miles away from the closest road, you can camp in relative luxury since you have a boat to bear the load of any heavy indulgences you may want to bring along. The best part? This adventure can be had as a weekend trip from Southern California, Arizona, and much of Utah and Nevada, and on a shoestring budget at that. Kendall and I did just that recently, so here’s what you need to know if you’d like to make this adventure your own.

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You Should Own a Kayak (and Craigslist Economics)

If you know us personally, chances are you’ve probably heard Kendall and I drone on about all of the good times we’ve spent navigating various San Diego waterways on our favorite little piece of molded polyethylene. Kayaking should be an easy sell – after all, where else can you soak up the sun, enjoy the peacefulness that floating on the water brings, and get a good workout while not even thinking about it? Apparently kayaks don’t universally symbolize such greatness, as we recently found out by bringing a few of my out-of-town friends down to Mission Bay for their first kayaking experience.

Kendall enjoying our kayak in Mission Bay

Kendall enjoying our kayak in Mission Bay

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Kayak to Lunch in Mission Bay, San Diego

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Today we were able to do one of our favorite things – go out on our kayak! I was not overly excited to do so as it was completely overcast and only 64 degrees outside. This actually worked in our favor as others obviously felt the same way; there were hardly any other boats compared to usual. We decided to take advantage of the glassy water by taking the kayak out of Mission Bay and to the ocean. Continue reading