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Driving the Icefields Parkway | Part 2: Jasper | Alberta, Canada

Driving the Icefields Parkway | Part 2: Jasper | Alberta, Canada

Written by Brian Callender | Photography by Julie Boyd With Banff squarely in our rearview, we continued our journey along the Icefields Parkway, headed for the town of Jasper.  If you’re a fan of stunning mountains and breathtaking waterfalls, then this is the place to be. […]

Driving the Icefields Parkway | Part 1: Banff | Alberta, Canada

Driving the Icefields Parkway | Part 1: Banff | Alberta, Canada

Written by Brian Callender | Photography by Julie Boyd After a successful visit to Johnston Canyon, we hopped back in the car and continued north towards Jasper. On a trip packed with scenic beauty, we were especially looking forward to our drive along the Icefields […]

Snowshoeing to Dewey Point | Yosemite National Park, California

Snowshoeing to Dewey Point | Yosemite National Park, California

Written by Julie Boyd | Photography by Julie Boyd

Winter is a magical time to visit Yosemite National Park. The valley is dusted with snow, the waterfalls are icy, the weather is chilly, and the summer crowds have dispersed. If you are lucky, you’ll get to witness the splendor of seeing the clouds roll back to reveal the valley after a winter storm, or maybe catch the last rays of light on Horsetail Falls as they illuminate the water, and it appears to turn into liquid fire.

However, one of the drawbacks to visiting in the winter is the snow and ice limit the  opportunities for hiking and exploring. Most trails that have any elevation gain are closed, which can be a bit of a bummer if you prefer outdoor adventures over sipping hot cocoa in the lodge. While we love both, on this trip we opted for a snowshoeing adventure!

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Time Travel Tuesday | Joshua Tree National Park, California

Time Travel Tuesday | Joshua Tree National Park, California

Written by Julie Boyd | Photography by Julie Boyd Joshua Tree National Park lies in California’s Mojave Desert. While Brian and I prefer mountain landscapes, there’s no denying that Joshua Tree has a unique beauty that makes it worth visiting. Ranging from broken up rock […]

Favorite Day Hikes in Southern California

Favorite Day Hikes in Southern California

Brian and I are avid hikers, and love exploring trails in our local mountains. While there are a lot of trails near us in Orange County, we prefer to take the 1-2 hour drive up to the San Gabriel and San Bernardino Mountains to experience […]

Exploring Johnston Canyon |Banff, Canada

Exploring Johnston Canyon |Banff, Canada

Written by Brian Callender | Photography by Julie Boyd

On Wednesday morning, we woke up, packed the car, and jumped on the road for a full day of adventure. This would be our last day in Banff, and to start, we planned to visit Johnston Canyon before heading onward to Jasper National Park. As with most popular tourist destinations, its best to get an early start to avoid crowds. However, as perpetual late starters, we arrived at the parking lot around 10:00 a.m. and found no available spaces. Many cars here opt to park along the roadside, but we were fortunate to find a spot in the the lot for Johnston Canyon Resort. Grabbing our gear, we made our way into the canyon to explore.

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An Afternoon in Yoho National Park | British Columbia, Canada

An Afternoon in Yoho National Park | British Columbia, Canada

Written by Brian Callender | Photography by Julie Boyd Fresh off an awesome hike to the Plain of Six Glaciers, we still had several hours of sunlight left to explore the area before sunset. Julie had come across Takakkaw Falls while researching the trip, and […]

Lake Louise & Hiking the Plain of Six Glaciers Trail | Banff, Canada

Lake Louise & Hiking the Plain of Six Glaciers Trail | Banff, Canada

After our visit to Moraine Lake, we made the short drive over to Lake Louise and were promptly greeted with an overwhelming traffic jam. Cars arriving in the parking lot were quickly directed to the exit, and we followed suit. If you have the patience to […]

Time Travel Tuesday | Yellowstone National Park, Wyoming

Time Travel Tuesday | Yellowstone National Park, Wyoming

Written by Julie Boyd | Photography by Julie Boyd

This visit to Yellowstone National Park was in conjunction with my trip to Grand Teton National Park back in 2011. Since my family and I had already explored Yellowstone in depth a few years before, we decided to only take a brief stop in the park on our way to Glacier National Park. Don’t get me wrong, we could have easily spent a few days exploring this enormous park further, however, we ultimately decided that we wanted to spend more time in a new place (Glacier).

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Moraine Lake | Banff, Canada

Moraine Lake | Banff, Canada

Written by Brian Callender | Photography by Julie Boyd As we planned out our Canadian adventure, Julie and I each had a long list of “must visit” locations. Many of these destinations were shared, and that was especially true of Moraine Lake. If you spend any time […]

An Afternoon in Kananaskis | Alberta, Canada

An Afternoon in Kananaskis | Alberta, Canada

Written by Brian Callender | Photography by Julie Boyd As mentioned in our last post, while visiting Banff, we opted to stay outside the park in Kananaksis Country. We spent most of our first day in Calgary, but after checking into our hotel, we decided there was […]

Our Canadian Adventure Begins! | Calgary, Canada

Our Canadian Adventure Begins! | Calgary, Canada

Written by Brian Callender | Photography by Julie Boyd

Off to Canada!

Julie and I had been attempting to make a plan to visit Canada for what seemed like the past few years. We previously had reserved hotel rooms in Vancouver a couple winters back, but ended up cancelling that trip in favor of a California road trip. After reading a post by one of my favorite travel bloggers about visiting Alberta, we were convinced it was time to put our daydreams into action and plan our next trip. Planned earlier this spring, our journey would take us to two of the big national parks in Alberta, Banff and Jasper, as we immersed ourselves in the Canadian Rockies. Giant mountains, blue lakes, endless scenery, we couldn’t think of a better way to spend our summer vacation, and off to Canada we went.

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Time Travel Tuesday | Boston, Massachusetts

Time Travel Tuesday | Boston, Massachusetts

Written by Brian Callender | Photos by Julie Boyd & Brian Callender Julie and I visited Boston in January of 2013 and immediately fell in love with the city. As self professed history nerds, there are few domestic cities better to visit than Boston. A visit to […]

Maximizing Points with the Chase Ink Plus Business Card

Maximizing Points with the Chase Ink Plus Business Card

Written by Brian Callender I’ve talked about before, the ways in which “travel hacking” has played in important role in helping us travel. Much of our every day credit card spend is done through the Chase Sapphire Preferred, and I detailed here why I love the card. […]

Time Travel Tuesday | Grand Teton National Park, Wyoming

Time Travel Tuesday | Grand Teton National Park, Wyoming

Written by Julie Boyd | Photography by Julie Boyd

Grand Teton National Park is truly one of the most breathtaking mountain landscapes in the United States. The jagged peaks of the 40-mile-long Teton Mountain Range are unobstructed by foothills and tower over 7,000 feet above the landscape. Below them, the Snake River carves through a valley of picturesque alpine meadows and sapphire glacial lakes. (more…)

Finding Time to Travel with a Full Time Job

Finding Time to Travel with a Full Time Job

Written by Brian Callender | Photography by Julie Boyd Julie and I love to travel which should come as no surprise,  after all, it’s why we started this travel blog. We love sharing our experiences, and hope that we can encourage more people to get out there and […]

Time Travel Tuesday | Fall Colors in the Eastern Sierras, California

Time Travel Tuesday | Fall Colors in the Eastern Sierras, California

Written by Julie Boyd | Photography by Julie Boyd While Brian and I not-so-patiently wait for our trip to the Canadian Rockies later this month, we thought it would be fun to revisit some of our past trips in a new series called Time Travel […]

Exploring The Huntington Library | San Marino, California

Exploring The Huntington Library | San Marino, California

Written by Brian Callender | Photography by Julie Boyd

Growing up, I spent a good chunk of my childhood in Pasadena. My mother grew up there and my grandparents lived in the same house until I was early into my teenage years. Despite this, I had never visited The Huntington Library, which is located in nearby San Marino (and only about 2.5 miles from where my grandparents lived!). So I was excited to have a free weekend with Julie to head up to explore the library and Pasadena.

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2016 Trip Plans – More Adventures!

2016 Trip Plans – More Adventures!

Written by Brian Callender | Photography by Julie Boyd Summer has officially made its way to Southern California, so we have our fans and air conditioner working overtime. All this heat has us daydreaming of cooler locales, foggy mornings, rainy afternoons, and snowy weekend getaways. […]

The Best Adventures in Yosemite National Park | California

The Best Adventures in Yosemite National Park | California

Written by Julie | Photos by Julie Boyd When I was 16-years-old, my dad pulled the car over to take in the majesty of Yosemite Valley at Tunnel View on a family trip to the park. Since that first moment, when I gazed upon the […]

The Wizarding World of Harry Potter | Hollywood, California

The Wizarding World of Harry Potter | Hollywood, California

Written by Brian Callender | Photography by Julie Boyd

We solemnly swear that we are up to no good.

It’s no surprise that Julie and I are big Harry Potter fans. When we moved in together last year, there was no argument, we were both bringing our collection of the books. Before I met Julie, she visited the Wizarding World of Harry Potter in Orlando, which I remain jealous of to this day. Together, we had an amazing adventure last year at the Warner Brothers Studio Tour Making of Harry Potter experience. So, as Southern California residents, we have been eagerly awaiting the opening of Hollywood’s version of the Wizarding World of Harry Potter. With only a short time remaining before the busy summer season, we decided to make our visit this past Memorial Day.

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Traveling for “Free” with my Favorite Credit Card

Traveling for “Free” with my Favorite Credit Card

Written by Brian Callender One of the questions I have been getting more and more of late, has been, “what is a good travel rewards credit card to start earning points for free flights?” Previously, I wrote about how I stumbled across “travel hacking” by […]

Exploring San Francisco in One Day | California

Exploring San Francisco in One Day | California

Written by Brian Callender | Photography by Julie Boyd For my most recent birthday, Julie and I made the short trip up to San Francisco for the weekend. While we work to finalize plans for our next big vacation, these short getaways help keep the […]

The Best of Monterey | California

The Best of Monterey | California

Written by Julie Boyd | Photography by Julie Boyd

Monterey is a beautiful seaside town known for its stunning views of California’s Central Coast, and abundance of marine life. While many people come to visit iconic spots like the 17-Mile Drive and the Monterey Bay Aquarium, there are also a few hidden gems in this coastal retreat. Here are our top five things to do in Monterey.

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Earth Day & National Park Week

Earth Day & National Park Week

Written by Julie Boyd | Photography by Julie Boyd Happy Earth Day! This week the National Park Service is celebrating our National Parks, and Earth Day, by offering free admission to all of the parks, nationwide. While Brian and I wish we could get out […]

Idyllwild & Winter Hiking in the San Jacinto Wilderness | California

Idyllwild & Winter Hiking in the San Jacinto Wilderness | California

Written by Brian Callender | Photography by Julie Boyd It’s a rare occasion for Julie and I to have a weekday off together, so we always try to make the most of them when we do. With the school Julie teaches at on Spring Break […]

Going for a Walk with Samantha Brown

Going for a Walk with Samantha Brown

Words by Julie Boyd | Photography by Julie Boyd

I first stumbled across Samantha Brown years ago while channel surfing on a lazy, Sunday afternoon. Her Passport to Europe show was airing an episode on Interlaken, Switzerland, and I was immediately drawn in by her lively personality, and ability to connect with the people she encountered. She seemed like a real person, and I could easily relate with that aspect of the show. So, I was excited to learn that she would be speaking at the Travel and Adventure show in Los Angeles this year, especially since Brian and I had already planned on attending.

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The Best of Big Sur | California

The Best of Big Sur | California

Written by Julie Boyd | Photography by Julie Boyd On the Central Coast of California, Highway 1 winds through a section of rocky coastline known as Big Sur. Flanked by the Santa Lucia Mountains to the east, and the turbulent waters of the Pacific Ocean […]

Day Trip to Julian | California

Day Trip to Julian | California

Written by Brian Callender | Photography by Julie Boyd Back in 2012, when Julie and I first started dating, I surprised her with a day trip down to Julian and we had a blast! Four years later, we decided to return to Julian and explore […]

Day Trip to the Cliffs of Moher | Ireland

Day Trip to the Cliffs of Moher | Ireland

Written by Brian Callender | Photography by Brian Callender and Julie Boyd

While planning our time in Ireland, we had given ourselves a very open schedule so that we could relax and enjoy the last days of our trip. After spending the rest of the trip constantly on the move, our pace slowed down when we reached Dublin, and it was a welcome change. Aside from exploring the city, the only other item on our must visit list was the Cliffs of Moher. It’s nearly impossible to think about Ireland and not envision the striking views from the cliffs. Arguably the most popular tourist destination in the country, the cliffs are a tremendous draw for tourists looking to soak in the Emerald Isle.

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