Puerto Rico Outdoors: El Yunque Hiking

El Yunque hiking

Visiting Puerto Rico is more than just the beaches, food, culture and San Juan nightlife. There is plenty of Puerto Rico outdoors fun, especially with El Yunque hiking adventures. El Yunque National Rainforest is the only tropical rainforest in the United States, and its location about an hour from San Juan makes it a good day trip to enjoy some Puerto Rico outdoors adventures.

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El Yunque Rainforest Day Trip

El Yunque Rainforest day trip

Sometimes it’s easy to forget that Puerto Rico is a part of the United States. This island on the northeastern edge of the Caribbean Sea has the soul of the islands with a tropical vibe that seems so opposite of much of the U.S. When we decided to go for an El Yunque rainforest day trip, it really did feel like we were in a far-off land. But entering what’s labeled as the only tropical rainforest in the U.S., one that is part of the U.S. National Park Service, I was reminded that we were, in fact, in a U.S. territory.

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New Mexico Reflections

Taos Pueblo

We just returned from a week of exploring the art, culture, food and beautiful scenery of North New Mexico. The state’s motto — The Land of Enchantment — is right on the target to describe how I feel after exploring … Continue reading

Breckenridge Ski Trip on a Budget


By Eric Smith

“The mountains are calling and I must go.”
— John Muir

As the leaves change and temperatures drop, my thoughts turn to winter and my travel planning shifts westward to Colorado, where the high country awaits the season’s first snow and the mountains begin calling. Autumn means it’s time to start thinking about our annual ski trip to Breckenridge, Colorado, a place that has beckoned us back again and again for 15 years.

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