Yep, it was winter, and cold and a wonderful reason to attend the annual Nerstrand Big Woods State Park Candlelight Event.
Do you want to do something easy and fun that will make you weightless? Do you want to feel the breeze in your hair as you float through the air while laughing out loud? Go swing. You can do it alone or with a group of people of all ages. And, it's legal!
From sleeping suspended over a valley from a cliff-edge to glamping in high style on the plains of the Serengeti, these are 11 of the most incredible and unique camping experiences in the world.
Made up of 26 atolls scattered in the Indian Ocean, the Maldives is a beach destination that's totally set apart from other tropical getaways like the Caribbean and Mexico.
Extreme focus is overrated. I am over it. And I am sending you this memo to convince you to indulge in a few distractions in 2015.
There is indeed beauty everywhere. I can hear many birds and even the hogs at a distance. It's quite of man. Still and beautiful at dusk...There is something very wonderful in sitting this still in the woods, high in a tree.
Although the Western United States is blessed with a plethora of stunning waterfalls, they are not all created equal. Some are hidden deep within lush forests; others a blue oasis set within an expansive desert.
Here I am; not walking but waiting. It is a sunny winter afternoon and I sit under the imposing tower of one of the most spectacular monasteries in the Middle East. This is the Lavra of Mar Saba.
I'm certainly grateful that I have biological impulses to act altruistically, but I'm also aware that I can't rely on them. They won't free me of the fundamental conflict between altruism and selfishness that is wired into my DNA, and they won't enable me to reach beyond my current limitations.
There is something really harsh about the beginning of a new year. We all need something to look forward to. Are you ready to get out of town? While you may not be able to take time off from work, there's always the weekend. Hop in the car, put on your favorite music playlist and drive.
Once we can love and honor ourselves as we are we will be lifted up from the confines of judgment. Value yourself and the world will value you -- just the way you are even if you are different.
Last summer, cellist Dane Johansen hiked 580 miles across the northern rim of Spain. His plan was to record the Bach Cello Suites in the churches that line the ancient pilgrimage route known as the Camino de Santiago and turn the experience into a documentary.
Most travel stories of Costa Rica consist of young, adventurous backpackers excited to discover the natural beauty of the one of the world's most eco-friendly travel destinations. What is not often talked about is how much this Central American country has to offer outdoor-loving traveling families as well, and what an enriching experience it can be for little ones.
The carousel stopped again. It wasn't there. And neither were the bags for the majority of my fellow passengers. Suddenly I heard screaming, yelling, and even riot-like chanting erupt. But it was all in Spanish.
I'd like to think that it's something in the water that leads to all of these unique desert manifestations. Then again, maybe it has to do with the lack thereof. Next time you're looking for some inspiration, hit the dusty road and see what oasis awaits inside of you.