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Best Adventure & Travel Blog Posts of the Week

By on June 24, 2017

Best Adventure & Travel Blog Posts

As I mentioned in my previous post for Best Adventure & Travel Blog Posts of the Week, I am writing up my favorites as a [limited time] series for the following reasons:

  • It ‘s important to create a sense of community among bloggers.
  • I want my readers to be able to find other great sources at times.
  • I haven’t had every experience in the world; it would be impossible!
  • Sharing these posts, you will get to know me better as well.

Perhaps the reason I share a post is because it’s an adventure high on my bucket list.  Maybe a favorite post just comes from something that inspired or motivated me to try something new.  Or, I will share a blog post that I just really enjoyed reading.  I hope you enjoy these blog posts as much as I did!

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#1: 11 Signs You Were Born and Raised in Southern Arizona // Matador Network

I chose this post because it’s entertaining to me; having previously lived in Arizona I understand a lot of these “11 Signs”.

Mountain Lions.  First of all, I did not grow up in Arizona so I never had a school lockdown because of a mountain lion.  However, a few months after leaving Arizona, a coworker told me they had a bobcat family on company campus.  The mother had chosen to take shelter with her new kittens by one of the buildings and employees were simply told to use a different entrance as they were advised by wildlife experts not to try and move the bobcats.  When you live in Arizona, wildlife is a part of the community!


Haboobs.  When I first moved to Arizona, I remember our property manager telling me she was “stuck in a haboob” and I thought she was just making up a name for bad traffic.  Driving outside of Phoenix in the middle of the barren desert, you will learn that a haboob is a reason to stop the traffic: it’s a gigantic dust storm so thick that it can severely cut off your visibility.  I never saw any super intense ones but when they roll through, traffic stops and most pull to the side of the road and let it pass.


arizona haboobsource: flickr // Kenneth Hagemeyer


Arizona Sky.  When she writes that nothing beats the Arizona sky, it’s absolutely true.  The sunsets that I saw there were among the most stunning I’ve ever seen.  Beautiful sunsets aren’t just once a month; they’re nearly every night.  The clear blue sky turns into beautiful shades of purples, pinks, and oranges and will take your breath away every time.


arizona sunsetsource: flickr // Cindy Devin


Here are a few I would add:

  • You know what a javelina is
  • You never had grass in your yard and if you did, you understand why people don’t (so much time and money to keep it alive!)
  • You’ve been through border patrol many times; it’s no big deal
  • 90 degrees feels cool and relaxing
  • It’s easy to find good tortillas


#2: Hiking in Connecticut: Branford Supply Pond // Simply Lovebirds

As a hiker in New York, I love to find other bloggers that go hiking in New England.  I haven’t been up to Connecticut a lot but these pictures from Kim make me want to get over there and do some hiking.  What I like most about this hike is that she said it was very quiet and peaceful and that is a difficult thing to find on most of the hikes around New York City.  Here, most hikes accessible by transit are going to be somewhat busy.

If you’re looking for a blog with a little bit of outdoors combined with fashion and lifestyle (like getting married), this is a great blog to follow!  This is one of my favorite lifestyle blogs since it incorporates outdoor adventures like hiking.

Searching for wedding venues

Fashion fun

International travel



#3: So You Wanna Do a Thru-Hike Without a Crowd? // Adventure Journal

This post caught my eye because thru-hiking has been on my mind for awhile and this is a great post if one reason you love hiking is for escape.  There are so many great trails but that often equates to a popular trail filled with hikers.  Of course, the Appalachian Trail is the most popular but I’m not sure that it would be my top choice.  I’d love to do a less popular trail or one that includes some desert scenery.  My husband is particularly interested in hiking the Everglades since he loves Florida.

In the next couple of months I’ll be sharing some backpacking guides to trails we’ve done that fit this category.  We have found a couple great places to go to avoid crowds (or people at all).  Make sure to read the comments of their blog post for some other great ideas and inspiration if you’re looking for seclusion on your thru-hike.


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    June 24, 2017

    Finding good tortillas !!! So important. And much more difficult in Germany 🙁 🙁

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      June 24, 2017

      Omg I couldn’t even imagine!

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    June 25, 2017

    I’ve never been to Arizona, but I would love to visit someday. I had to go comment on her post.

    “It‘s important to create a sense of community among bloggers.” — I agree with that. It’s something I’ve always loved about the blogging community and have missed. I took a 6-year absence from blogging and just recently got back into it because I missed the community feel. Unfortunately, most of my old blogging circle has since shied away from blogging. Hopefully they’ll make a comeback as well, but I’ve been searching around lately for some new blogs.

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      June 26, 2017

      I appreciate that you understand my wanting to have some community. Welcome back to blogging!

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    June 28, 2017

    HOW DID I SEE THIS JUST NOW?! Thank you for featuring me! You are so awesome!! I am very flattered 😀

    If you decide to visit Connecticut again, let me know so I can show you around the best trails!

    Btw that dust cloud in Arizona looks pretty scary.


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      June 29, 2017

      Hahaha! I’m glad you found it 🙂

      I’ll definitely come to Connecticut – it could be a cool blogger meetup hike! Send me an email

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I am Rachel, an early 30's Midwestern girl residing in NYC with my husband and dog. I have learned to appreciate the city but am also a huge adventure girl. Follow along with my outdoor adventures as well as my city adventures and fitness journey. I'm an advocate of empowering other petite women not to be limited by our size!


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