Overlooking Berchtesgaden

What do Cream Puffs, Hitler, and Salt Have in Common? Berchtesgaden, Germany.

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Berchtesgaden, Germany…a small corner in southern Germany, tucked away in the Alps, is surrounded on three sides by Austria. This is the land of wiener schnitzel, lederhosen, and beer. We spent three wonderful days here touring all of the big sites and taking a day trip just over the border to Salzburg, Austria. We traveled by train from Bolzano, Italy …

Earth Trekkers

A One Month Recap…How are we doing?

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So, we have made it through our first month. How are we doing? Note: This post was originally written July 2014, one month into our around the world trip. We are all still happy, healthy, and having a good time. Tyler and Kara haven’t killed each other yet, and they actually have grown a little closer already. So far we …


Hiking the Puez-Odle Altopiano in the Dolomites

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Hiking the Dolomites was our favorite activity while in Italy. The Puez-Odle Altopiano was our favorite of three hikes we did while in the Dolomites. The Puez-Odle Altopiano Hike Facts About the Hike Distance: 9 miles/14.5 km Elevation Gain: 500 meters ascent/1100 meters descent Time: 6 – 7 hours Difficulty: Moderate Map: You can purchase a map of this hike …

Hiking the Lagazuoi Tunnels in the Dolomites, Italy

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The Dolomites, a commonly overlooked region of Italy for Americans when it comes to planning a vacation, is by far our favorite place in this amazing country.  We spent four days driving incredibly winding roads, up and down through mountainous territory, enjoying some of Italy’s best views. Our first hike, the Lagazuoi Tunnels, really showed us just how beautiful this …

Hiking the Cinque Terre: What You Need to Know

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The Cinque Terre, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, is a group of five towns perched on the dramatic coastline of Italy, just north of Pisa. The towns are easily recognizable, with their pastel buildings stacked on top of one another, overlooking the harbors below. Each town offers something a little bit different than the others, and part of the fun …

Photo Tour San Gimignano

A Photo Tour of the Tuscan hill town, San Gimignano

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Tuscany, Italy is known for its wine and splendid scenery, and we loved the time we spent here.  The hill towns of Tuscany are small, walled, medieval towns perched on hilltops overlooking the countryside.  Their views are stunning, their streets are a joy to stroll through, and the wine tastings are phenomenal.  We visited several hill towns, and the very …

Rome in Pictures

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Our one year around the world trip began in Rome on June 30. We had three days to spend here, just enough time to see all of the major sites. Rome is packed with history, many of it centuries, even millennia, older than what we have in the US. Since we were visiting during the summertime, we knew to expect …

A New Meaning to “Travel Soccer”

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This trip gives a new meaning to “Travel Soccer.”  Kara has played soccer with the SAC Association of Columbia, Maryland for the past five years.  For the past three years she has played on an amazing team coached by David Lubitz.  Kara has become a member of this “soccer family” who we are really going to miss during the next …

Best Norway Photos

The Best of Norway in Photos

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Our family spent twelve days touring Norway, visiting Oslo, Bergen, Stavanger, and Alesund. Hiking was our favorite activity here. Norway is an amazing (and very expensive!!) country to visit, and the perfect place to rent a car for sightseeing. Our Best Norway Photos Our tour of Norway started in Stavanger. We stayed here for several nights in order to hike …

Does This Hat Make My Backpack Look Smaller?

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The gear shopping has begun!!  Now that we are moved out of our house we have so much more time to dedicate to preparing for this upcoming adventure.  Tim and I now spend our nights researching travel insurance, visa requirements, malarial prophylaxis, trip itineraries, bus and train schedules, curriculum for home schooling the kids, travel credit cards, and the list …

Hiking Trolltunga: Everything You Need to Know to Have the Best Experience

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Trolltunga is one of Norway’s most popular hikes for good reason. It is an incredibly scenic hike, ending at the Troll’s tongue, a thin sliver of rock perfect for creative photographs. This is definitely a hike to add to your bucket list. For us, the hike to Trolltunga was our third of four hikes in Norway. Kjeragbolten was our favorite, but …