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LIVE YOUR DREAMS

“Life is not measured by the breaths you take, but by the moments that take your breath away” – Maya Angelou

“The biggest adventure you can ever take is to live the life of your dreams” – Oprah Winfrey

Mt. Everest Base Camp, Nepal – December 8, 2019

About My Dream

Be Fearlessly Authentic

In November 2010, I booked a last minute trip to Machu Picchu with my little brother, Scott. This was my first extreme adventure travel experience and ever since I’ve been obsessed with pushing my limits, seeing remote parts of the word and emersing myself into different cultures.

Being out of my comfort zone has forced me to gain self confidence, embrace all people equally and become widely curious in preserving this wonderful planet.

This is my journey………

Chrissy

Machu Picchu, Peru – November, 2010

MY BLOGS

I’ll be posting different content weekly – if you have any suggestions or feedback, please let me know!

I aim to keep this fresh, positive & informative in all things TRAVEL!

Annapurna Base Camp, Nepal – September 2018

ALL IN & NO REGRETS

“It’s softness mixed with strength that makes a true adventurer & indeed a world-changer” – Unknown

5 CONTINENTS

Only 2 more to go –

Antarctica

Oceania/Australia

50 of 63 NATIONAL PARKS

AR – Hot Springs

AZ – Grand Canyon, Petrified Forest, Saguaro

CA – Channel Islands, Death Valley, Joshua Tree, King’s Canyon, Lassen Volcanic, Pinnacles, Redwoods, Sequoia, Yosemite

CO – Black Canyon of the Gunnison, Great Sand Dunes, Rocky Mountain, Mesa Verde

FL – Biscayne, Dry Tortugas, Everglades

HI – Haleakala, Hawaii Volcanoes

ID/MO/WY – Yellowstone

IN – Indiana Dunes

KY – Mammoth Cave

ME – Acadia

MN – Voyageurs

MO – Gateway Arch

NC/TN – Great Smoky Mountains

ND – Theodore Roosevelt

NM – Carlsbad Caverns, White Sand Dunes

NV – Great Basin

OR – Crater Lake

SC – Congaree

SD – Badlands, Wind Cave

TX – Guadalupe Mountains

USVI – Virgin Islands

UT – Arches, Bryce, Capitol Reef, Canyonlands, Zion

VA – Shenandoah

USVI – Virgin Islands

WA – Mt Ranier, North Cascades, Olympic

WV – New River Gorge

WY – Grand Tetons

STILL LEFT: 13

AK 8 (DENALI, GATES OF ARCTIC, GLACIER BAY, KATMAI, KENAI FJORDS, KOBUK VALLEY, LAKE CLARK, WRANGELL-ST. ELIAS)

MID (2) – CUYAHOGA VALLEY, ISLE ROYAL

WEST (2) – GLACIER, BIG BEND

ISLANDS (1) – AMERICAN SAMOA

56 COUNTRIES

Visited all below so far:

Europe – France, Germany, Gibraltar, Greece, Iceland, Italy, Monaco, Norway, Portugal, Spain, Switzerland, Turkey

Asia – Cambodia, Indonesia, Jordan, Malaysia, Nepal, Oman, Thailand, Vietnam

North America – Antigua, Aruba, Barbados, Belize, Bonaire, Canada, Cayman Islands, Costa Rica, Curacao, Dominica, Dominican Republic, El Salvador, Guatemala, Haiti, Honduras, Martinique, Mexico, Nicaragua, Panama, Puerto Rico, Saint Lucia, Saint Martin, Sint Maarten, The Bahamas, Trinidad & Tobago, Turks & Caicos Islands, USA

South America – Argentina, Brazil, Chile, Colombia, Ecuador, Paraguay, Peru

Africa – Egypt, Tanzania

ALL 50 STATES!

97 OF 335 NATIONAL MONUMENTS,MEMORIALS, HISTORIC SITES

AL – Little River Canyon NP, Russell Cave

AZ – Aqua Fria, Casa Grande Ruins, Chiricahua, Coronado, Fort Bowie, Ford Ord, Fort Point, Montezuma Castle, Pipe Springs, Walnut Canyon, Sunset Crater Volcano, Tuzigoot, Wupatki

CA – Cesar Chavez, Fort Point, Fort Irwin Rockpile, John Muir, Lava Beds, Muir Woods, Point Reyes Seashore, Rosie the Riveter, Tule Lake

CO – Canyons of the Ancients, Chimney Rock, Colorado, Dinsoaur, Yucca House

DC – Ford’s Theater, Korean War Veterans, Lincoln, Martin Luther King, National Capitol Parks, National Mall, Pennsylvania Ave, Thomas Jefferson, Vietnam Veterans, Washington, World War II, Wolf Trap

FL – Canaveral Seashore, Castillo de San Marcos, Fort Caroline, Timucuan

GA – Chickamauga NMP, Fort Frederica, Fort Pulaski, Kennesaw Mtn NBP, MLK NHS

HI – Kaloko-Honokōhau, Pearl Harbor, Puuhonua O Honaunau, Puukohola Helau

IA – Effigy Mounds, Herbert Hoover

ID – Craters of the Moon

MA – Saugus Iron Works

MN – Apostle Lakeshore, Grand Portage, Pipestone

NB – Agate Fossil, Scott’s Bluff

NC – Wright Brothers

NH – Saint Gaudens

ND – Knife River Indian Villages

NM – Aztec Ruins, Bandelier, El Malpais, El Morro, Fort Union, Manhattan Project, Pecos, Petroglyph, Salinas Pueblo Missions

NY – Statue of Liberty

OR – Fort Clatsop, Oregon Caves

PR – San Juan HS

SC – Charles Pinckney, Fort Moultrie, Fort Sumter

SD – Jewel Cave, Minuteman Missile

TX – Chamizal

UT – Bears Ears, Cedar Breaks, Grand Escalante, Natural Bridges, Red Cliffs, Timpanogos Cave

VA – George Washington birthplace, Yorktown

VT – Marsh-Billings-Rockefeller

WA – Mount St Helens

WI – Grand Portage

WY – Devil’s Tower, Fort Yellowstone

Mt. Kilimanjaro summit, Tanzania – May 7, 2013

Seek what ignites your fire within

MY BUCKET LIST

  • Austria – rope stairway to heaven
  • Maldives – overwater bungalow
  • Figi – just because πŸ™‚
  • Antartica expedition
  • Glacier NP
  • Africa – Angel Falls
  • Mt. Roraima, Venezuela
  • Banff, Canda – heli-hike, via ferrata
  • China – Forbidden City, terra cotta army, path of death, Great Wall
  • Great Barrier Reef, Australia – scuba dive, road trip, Uluru, Apostles cliffs, Sydney Opera House, Kings Canyon rim walk
  • Coron, Palawan
  • Bhutan – Tiger’s Next
  • Bolivia – Salar de Unuyi salt flats
  • Tokyo Disney Sea
  • Galapagos
  • Switzerland – hiking the Hardergrat Trail
  • Caucasus, Krubera – repellent cave
  • Key West – Dry Tortugas National Park camp, dive
  • Hike Mt. Toubkal, Morocco
  • Hike Dolomites
  • Trek Mt. Kinabalu, Malaysia
  • Cliffs of Moher, Ireland
  • Hike Camino Del Rey
  • Plitvice Lakes, Croatia
  • Poland – Tatra Mountains summit Mt. Rysy
  • Benagil Caves, Portugal
  • ??? WHERE ELSE IS A MUST SEE ???

“Travel is rebellion in its purest form. We follow our heart. We free ourselves of labels. We lose control willingly. We trade a role for reality. We love the unfamiliar. We trust strangers. We own only what we can carry. We search for better questions, not answers. We truly graduate. We, sometimes, choose never to come back.”

Author Unknown

Petra, Jordan – March 2018

WORK HARD, PLAY HARDER

Timeline of my trips & vacations

  • April 2023 – Bonaire
  • January 2023 – New Zealand Multi-Sport Adventure (G Advent #19)
  • October 2022 – Fayetteville, NC
  • October 2022 – Miami vs. Duke Football
  • October 2022 – Birthday weekend Daytona Beach, FL
  • September 2022 – Norway Fjord Trekking (G Adventures #18)
  • July 2022 – Grand Junction, CO – 1 National Park, 2 National Monuments
  • July 2022 – Indiana – 1 National Park
  • June 2022 – Fayetteville, NC & Myrtle Beach, SC
  • May 2022 – Dry Tortugas NP, Key West, FL – 1 National Park
  • May 2022 – Disney Cruise #24 – Dream, Bahamas 3 day
  • April 2022 – Roadtrip GA, AL, TN – 5 National Monuments
  • April 2022 – Fayetteville, NC & Myrtle Beach, SC
  • March 2022 – Park Ridge, NJ & Lancaster, PA
  • March 2022 – Knott’s Berry Farm, CA
  • January 2022 – Hawaii 3 weeks, 4 islands (Oahu, Maui, Kauai, Lanai), 1 National Park
  • January 2022 – Kanab, UT – hiking slot canyons, 1 National Park
  • October 2021 – Lenoir-Rhyne University 25th Reunion – Hickory, NC
  • October 2021 – Birthday Dude Ranch – Westgate River Ranch
  • October 2021 – Final 3 states (AL, AR, MS), 2 National Parks
  • October 2021 – Buffalo/Lake Eerie, NY
  • September 2021 – Duke football game, Durham, NC
  • September 2021 – California family – 1 National Park
  • September 2021 – Charleston/Surfside Beach, SC
  • August 2021 – Destin, FL annual trip #4
  • July 2021 – Blue Ridge, GA cabins college girls trip 2021
  • July 2021 – Philadelphia, PA
  • May-July 2021 – Sharm El Sheikh-Cairo-Luxor-Aswan, Egypt / Crete-Santorini-Athens, Greece / Istanbul-Cappadocia-Antalya-Pamukkale-Ephesus-Troy, Turkey (G Adventures #15, #16, #17)
  • May 2021 – Southern California – 2 National Parks
  • April 2021 – Northeastern road trip – 3 states, 1 National Park, 3 National Historic Sites
  • April 2021 – Northern states road trip – 5 states, 3 National Parks, 3 National Monuments, 5 National Historic Sites
  • March 2021 – Northern California road trip – 2 states, 4 National Parks, 7 National Monuments, 24 stops, 11 days
  • February 2021 – Hawaii Big Island, 21 days, 1 National Park, 3 National Monuments
  • February 2021 – Myrtle Beach, SC – 4 National Monuments
  • January 2021 – Southwest road trip – 4 states, 8 National Parks, 20 National Monuments, 50 stops, 20 days
  • December 2020 – Nashville, TN
  • November 2020 – South FL/Keys road trip – 2 National Parks
  • November 2020 – Hickory, NC
  • November 2020 – Seattle, WA
  • September-November 2020 – Midwest road trip – 12 states, 21 National Parks, 18 National Monuments, 61 stops, 64 days
  • August 2020 – Myrtle Beach, SC
  • August 2020 – Otter Springs, FL annual trip #3
  • August 2020 – Mackinac Island, MI
  • July 2020 – Fayetteville, NC
  • May 2020 – Myrtle Beach, SC
  • March 2020 – New Orleans, LA
  • February 2020 – Fayetteville & Duke, NC
  • December 2019 – Bali, Indonesia
  • November 2019 – Mt. Everest Base Camp, Nepal (G Adventures #14)
  • October 2019 – Myrtle Beach, SC
  • September 2019 – Caribbean cruise – Aruba, Bonaire, Curacao, Panama, Columbia
  • August 2019 – FL Keys annual trip #2
  • August 2019 – St. Augustine, FL
  • May 2019 – Denver, CO – Garden of the Gods & Pikes Peak
  • April 2019 – Temecula Valley, CA
  • March 2019 – Vietnam, Cambodia, Thailand (G Adventures #13)
  • October 2018 – LRU, Hickory, NC – Homecoming
  • September 2018 – Annapurna Base Camp, Nepal (G Adventures #12)
  • August 2018 – Inaugural FL Keys trip
  • May 2018 – Norwegian cruise #2 Sun 3 days Bahamas
  • March 2018 – Jordan multisport (G Adventures #11)
  • October 2017 – Torres del Paine, W Trek, Patagonia, Chile (G Adventures #10)
  • September 2017 – NYC
  • August 2017 – Royal Caribbean cruise #4 Majesty 3 day Bahamas
  • August 2017 – Atlanta, GA – Stone Mountain
  • June 2017 – Iguassu Falls, Buenos Aires, Argentina & Rio, Brazil (G Adventures #9)
  • March 2017 – Royal Caribbean cruise #3 Majesty 3 day Bahamas
  • January 2017 – Duke, NC
  • November 2016 – Iceland Northern Lights & Golden Circle (G Adventures #8)
  • August 2016 – Costa Rica (G Adventures #7)
  • June 2016 – Boston, MA
  • February 2016 – Lost City trek, Colombia (G Adventures #6)
  • December 2015 – Carnival cruise #3 Splendor 7 days Eastern Caribbean
  • October 2015 – Norwegian cruise #1 Getaway 7 days Eastern Caribbean
  • August 2015 – Carnival cruise #2 Sensation 3 days Bahamas
  • June 2015 – Mont Blanc trek, Switzerland & France & Italy (G Adventures #5)
  • February 2015 – Royal Caribbean cruise #2 Enchantment 3 day Bahamas
  • June 2014 – Ecuador multisport (G Adventures #4)
  • February 2014 – Hilton Head, SC
  • August 2013 – Disney Cruise #23 Fantasy 7 day
  • May 2013 – Mt. Kilimanjaro, Tanzania – Machame route (G Adventures #3)
  • April 2013 – Carnival cruise #1 Ecstasy 4 day Bahamas
  • January 2013 – Hilton Head, SC
  • October 2012 – Guatemala, Belize, Mexico (Tucan Travel)
  • September 2012 – Las Vegas, NV
  • May 2012 – Dominican Republic
  • February 2012 – Grandfather Mountain, NC
  • January 2013 – Hilton Head, SC
  • December 2011 – Disney Cruise #22 Dream 3 day
  • October 2011 – Disney Cruise #21 Magic 7 day
  • August 2011 – Royal Caribbean cruise #1 Monarch 3 day Bahamas
  • August 2011 – Puerto Rico
  • April 2011 – Costa Rica hike, bike, raft (G Adventures #2)
  • November 2010 – Machu Picchu, Peru (G Adventures #1)
  • April 2010 – Disney Cruise #20 Magic 14 day
  • October 2009 – Disney Cruise #19 Magic 7 day
  • February 2009 – Philadelphia, PA
  • November 2008 – Duke vs. LRU basketball
  • September 2008 – Alaska cruise
  • June 2008 – Grand Canyon, Havasu Falls, Moab, Bryce, Zion adventure
  • February 2008 – Disney Cruise #18 Wonder 3 day
  • November 2007 – San Francisco, CA
  • August 2007 – Outer Banks, NC
  • May 2007 – Disney Cruise #17 Magic 11 day Inaugural Mediterranean cruise
  • February 2007 – Disney Cruise #16 Wonder 4 day
  • January 2007 – Haiti
  • October 2006 – Disney Cruise #15 Magic 7 day
  • May 2005 – Disney Cruise #14 Magic 14 day Inaugural Panama Canal
  • February 2005 –
  • December 2004 – Disney Cruise #13 Wonder 3 day
  • October 2004 – San Francisco & Alcatraz 30th birthday
  • October 2003 – Disney Cruise #12 Wonder 3 day
  • May 2003 – Disney Cruise #11 Wonder 3 day
  • December 2002 – Disney Cruise #10 Magic 7 day
  • January 2002 – Disney Cruise #9 Wonder 4 day
  • October 2001 – Disney Cruise #8 Magic 7 day
  • August 2001 – Disney Cruise #7 Magic 7 day
  • March 2001 – Disney Cruise #6 Wonder 4 day
  • January 2001 – Disney Cruise #5 Magic 7 day
  • September 2000 – Disney Cruise #4 Wonder 3 day

Angkor Wat, Cambodia – March 2019

MOTIVATIONAL QUOTES

Do you have a “go to” saying that inspires you?

Diamond Beach, Nusa Penida Island, Bali, Indonesia – December 2019

MY FAVORITE PHOTOS & EXPERIENCES….SO FAR!

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  1. Thank you for being fearless and sharing your adventures, travel tips and inspirations! I look forward to your posts and feel like I’m seeing the world!

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