Halloween & Christmas T-Shirts

Halloween & Christmas T-Shirts

The Wandering Fools have been very busy, but they managed to design and finish a bunch of t-shirts just in time for Halloween and Christmas. Check out some of the designs farther down the page, and order the t-shirts by clicking the link below, and then selecting which vender you prefer:

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Christmas and Halloween T-Shirt Designs

Cannyoneering Lower Jump Canyon

Cannyoneering Lower Jump Canyon

The Fools ran Lower Jump Canyon with a group of other canyoneers, and it was a rough one. We finished in around 10 hours, but were exhausted mentally and physically. Definitely do not attempt this canyon on your own.

Enjoy the video!

Running Lower Jump Canyon

**Disclaimer: Canyoneering comes with serious risks and should only be done if you have proper training or an experienced leader. The information above is not to be used to attempt the canyon and is purposely vague. For proper guidance, check with your local canyoneering experts.
Canyoneering San Antonio Canyon

Canyoneering San Antonio Canyon

After a long break from canyoneering, we made our spring debut by running San Antonio Falls. With the pleasures of a sunny day and ice-cold waterfalls pounding our heads, we couldn’t have asked for a better start to the season…although we were both admittedly out of shape.

Enjoy the video!

Running San Antonio Canyon

**Disclaimer: Canyoneering comes with serious risks and should only be done if you have proper training or an experienced leader. The information above is not to be used to attempt the canyon and is purposely vague. For proper guidance, check with your local canyoneering experts.
The Fools in Costa Rica

The Fools in Costa Rica

Taking a short break from our respective industries, we jetted down to Costa Rica for a long weekend. Not a lot of wandering from place to place, as our time was limited. We flew into the capital city, San José, and then took a bus to Puerto Viejo, where we stayed in a cheap (read no-frills) hostel for a few days. While in Puerto Viejo, there was a lot of unseasonal rain. We spent our days walking up and down the coast, watching for sloths and other wildlife in the trees, swimming in the ocean, and eating chocolate and seafood.

Some footage of a swim at Playa Negra.

Canyoneering Supercloud – San Gabriel Mountains

Canyoneering Supercloud – San Gabriel Mountains

After a canyoneering sabbatical, the Wandering Fools ran Supercloud the day after Thanksgiving because #optoutside. There was light rain the day before–enough to make the ground damp and add a trickle of water throughout the canyon–but not enough to make it dangerous. It was just enough to make the experience fun.

Running Supercloud – San Gabriel Mountains

**Disclaimer: Canyoneering comes with serious risks and should only be done if you have proper training or an experienced leader. The information above is not to be used to attempt the canyon and is purposely vague. For proper guidance, check with your local canyoneering experts.
The Fools Go to Europe

The Fools Go to Europe

In fall 2018, Mr. Fool took Ms. Fool on a whirlwind tour of Europe. With only a loose itinerary in mind, and the first week’s travel and accommodations booked, we left LAX for Heathrow. Below are some of our trip highlights. Or click the city name to jump to that specific blog section: London: Part I, Paris, Prague, Berlin, Amsterdam, Bruges, London: Part II.

London-bound!

We stayed with two of Mr. Fool’s college friends. Though they have their hands full with two energetic little ones, they graciously let us share their flat for our first few days in London.

Walking to breakfast with Mr. Fool’s friends on a drizzly London morning.

While there, we did a lot of walking (the October weather was pleasant, for the most part) and managed to see quite a bit. A few of the places we visited:

  • Westminster
  • St James’s Park
  • Buckingham Palace
  • Palace of Westminster
  • Big Ben
  • The London Eye
  • The Tower of London
  • All Hallows by the Tower Church (We had a fun little discovery here: the crow’s nest from Sir Ernest Shackleton’s ship the Quest.)
  • London Bridge
  • Tower Bridge
  • Ten Bells Pub (famous because it’s where Jack the Ripper allegedly scouted some of his victims)
  • Camden Market
  • Borough Market (cider-lovers should stop here)
  • Shakespeare Globe
  • St. Paul’s Cathedral
  • Chinatown
  • Soho

A few of our favorite London photos:

Buckingham Palace
The crow’s nest from Sir Ernest Shackleton’s ship The Quest
Chinatown
St. Paul’s Cathedral
The Tower of London

Bonjour, Paris!

From London, we flew to Paris. Our very modest hotel was in Montmartre, right above the 9th district and steps away from a bakery whose chocolate and almond croissants we will forever remember. We started our trip by visiting one of the classic attractions: the Louvre. The next few days were a blur of running from place to place to take in things like:

  • Fontaine Saint-Michel, a statue of St Michel slaying a dragon
  • Latin District
  • Pantheon and Crypt
  • Luxembourg Gardens
  • Notre-Dame Cathedral (where the lines were so long we had to wait a day to go up the tower)
  • Arc de Triomphe
  • Eiffel Tower (which is now surrounded by high barriers–a new addition since Mr. Fool’s 2003 visit and an eyesore)
  • Sainte-Chapelle (one of Mr. Fool’s favorite places in the city)
  • Paris Opéra
  • Sacré-Cœur Basilica
  • Moulin Rouge
  • The Catacombs of Paris (which people lined up for well in advance of opening time)
  • Vertical Garden
  • Palace of Versailles (a mad house of tourists with 5-hour long waits to enter. Fortunately, we had advance reservations)
  • Marie-Antoinette’s Estate
  • Petit Trianon
  • Grand Trianon
  • Marie-Antoinette’s Estate

Our sightseeing was peppered with frequent stops at various eateries. There’s nothing original we could say about the glorious Paris food scene. Ms. Fool’s one bit of advice: go to Ellsworth. She had her favorite meal of the trip there.

A few of our favorite Paris photos:

Louvre Palace
Pantheon
Luxembourg Palace
Sainte-Chapelle
Sacré-Cœur Basilica
Moulin Rouge
The Catacombs of Paris
Palace of Versailles
Palace of Versailles
Notre-Dame

Prague: City of a Thousand Tour Buses

Prague’s architecture was charming. Our visit was not what we hoped, however, because of the throngs of visitors and many tourist-trap amusements. Still, we made the most of our time there, visiting places like:

  • Prague Castle (worth half-day visit)
  • Letna Park
  • Charles Bridge (a mad house, and the fastest way to get pickpocketed)
  • Old Town Bridge Tower
  • Old Royal Palace
  • St. George’s Basilica
  • Petrin Tower
  • St Lawrence Church Prague
  • Petřín Park
  • Hunger Wall
  • Prague Astronomical Clock
  • Church of Our Lady before Týn
  • Jewish Quarter
  • Sex Machines Museum
  • Powder Tower

A few of our favorite Prague photos:

Prague Castle
Old Royal Palace
Petřín Park
Prague Astronomical Clock (left) – Church of Our Lady before Týn (right)
A hillside view of Prague

Swinging By Berlin

Our Prague-to-Berlin bus took us through Dresden, which was leveled by WWII bombings. From the window, we saw some of the rebuilt structures.

Berlin gave us a nice chance to decompress after being trapped between groups of tourists all day every day in Prague. A few of the highlights from our trip:

  • Brandenburg Gate
  • Berlin Wall Memorial
  • Checkpoint Charlie Museum (easily could eat up a half day because of the information-rich exhibits)
  • Gendarmenmarkt Square
  • Hugenottenmuseum
  • The Memorial to May 10, 1933 Nazi Book Burning
  • Berlin Cathedral Church and Crypt
  • Berliner Fernsehturm Television Tower
  • Charlottenburg Palace
  • Memorial to the Murdered Jews of Europe 
  • Hackescher Markt
  • Berlin City Center

A few of our favorite Berlin photos:

Brandenburg Gate
Berlin Cathedral Church
River Spree
Berliner Fernsehturm Television Tower
Memorial to the Murdered Jews of Europe

Taking in Amsterdam

We watched the German countryside give way to scenic Holland, with its charming windmills, from a train.

Many of our acquaintances immediately think of the red light district when they think of their visits to Amsterdam. We think of the food and the architecture. We took in a good pancake breakfast in the smallest restaurant in Europe. We ate fried cheese and lots of fries. We had mouth-watering apple pie at Winkel 43. And we spent hours walking the streets so Mr. Fool could marvel at the crooked buildings. He could not stop taking pictures and pointing out how far over the water they leaned. (He later read that the houses had been built using poles pounded into the muddy ground. Some poles did not go deep enough, some were just too weak to support the structure, and some had rotted. All of these things can cause structures to tilt.)

Our visit to Amsterdam was short, and we had just enough time to see

  • Molen De Otter (The Otter Windmill)
  • De Wallen the red-light district.

A few of our favorite Amsterdam photos:

Amsterdam
Pancakehouse Upstairs
Some of the many leaning houses in Amsterdam
Bikes, bikes, bikes
Mysterious sculpture

Living a Fairy Tale in Bruges

A bus took us to our final new city of the trip: Bruges. We stayed in the nearby coastal town Blankenberge, as it was only a 15 min train ride away and a lot cheaper.

We both loved Burges. The crowds were smaller and the centuries-old buildings well-preserved. It was like walking around in a medieval fairy tale city…but one with plenty of artisan chocolate shops, which Ms. Fool loved. Over the course of a few days, we crisscrossed the city  to see everything we wanted. Highlights included:

  • Gruuthusemuseum
  • Church of Our Lady Bruges
  • Bruges Provincial Court
  • The Belfry of Bruges (This is where *spoiler alert for those who haven’t seen In Bruges* Brendan Gleeson jumps to his death)
  • Windmill walk along the Handelskom river to see 4 old windmills in various conditions
  • Basilica of the Holy Blood (They claim to have a vile of Christ’s blood here. For a few Euro, you may view it.)
  • Ten Wijngaerde (Begijnhof Brugge)
  • Begijnhuisje
  • Kasteel Minnewater

A few of our favorite Bruges photos:

Gruuthusemuseum
Chocolates
Another church in Bruges
De Neuwe Papegaai Windmill
Bruges
Homes with a view in Bruges
Color coordinated in Bruges
Ten Wijngaerde (Begijnhof Brugge)

London, part deux

After having near-perfect weather our entire trip, we headed back to London for a final few days.

For our first day back in the city, we booked an early-morning tour to see Stonehenge and Bath. Stonehenge was predictably crowded, but we enjoyed seeing the storied stones in person. Bath was likewise crowded. We had to push and shove our way though The Roman baths, as the museum was not built to handle the high number of people. Regardless, we enjoyed seeing that part of history.

We capped off our final day in London with afternoon tea at The Wolsley. It was fun experience, and it left us with a new appreciation for clotted cream and scones. After our repast, we tried to burn off some of the calories by walking to Abby Road and then Baker Street.

Our final days in London included:

  • The Circus (in Bath)
  • Royal Crescent
  • Pulteney Bridge
  • Hyde Park
  • Kensington Palace
  • Kensington Gardens
  • The Wolseley
  • Abbey Road Zebra Crossing
  • 221b Baker Street

A few more of our favorite London photos:

Stonehenge
Floor supports in the Roman baths

Pulteney Bridge

Abby Road Zebra Crossing

Final Thoughts

We spent a total of 22 days on this trip, walked around 161 miles, and hiked up 325 flights of stairs. We somehow had great weather, never got sick, and never missed a flight, train, bus, ferry or any other form of transportation we took. The only “mishap” was Mr. Fool lost a plug converter.

When we return, we plan to rent a car and skip the big cities in favor of smaller towns.

 

The Fools Made T-Shirts

The Fools Made T-Shirts

The Wandering Fools have been busy. We just released a new bunch of t-shirt that are now available for purchase on Threadless.

Make sure to follow us on Instagram at @thewanderingfoolsmerch as we release new designs.

Alphabet T-Shirts:

The ABCs of Outdoor Adventuring line of t-shirts are based off our book of the same name. Each shirt features a letter from the alphabet and an illustration of a related outdoor activity. Check out the designs below, and feel free to let us know what you think!

Alphabet T-Shirts ABCs

Couples T-Shirts:

Our couples t-shirt line is a series of paired shirts that can be worn with a significant other. Buy one for yourself and a matching t-shirt for that special guy or gal.

Couples T-Shirts

Unicorn T-Shirts:

Our unicorn t-shirt line celebrates the magic of the unicorn. Who would not want one of these majestic, mythical t-shirts?

Unicorn T-Shirts

Paragliding T-Shirts:

Our paragliding t-shirt line is an ode to one of our favorite sports.

Paragliding T-Shirts

 

Thanks for checking out all of our t-shirt designs.  The Wandering Fools wish you a happy 2019!

The Fools Tied tided the figure 8 (knot)

The Fools Tied tided the figure 8 (knot)

They say, “Only fools fall in love.” So it’s fitting that we, The Wandering Fools, tied the knot in summer 2018.

It’s been a tough year, and we’re thankful for the supportive friends who stepped forward when we needed them most.

We feel really lucky to have each other, and we aren’t wanting for anything. However, if anyone feels compelled to give, then we have a few options.

  1. Donate to our “Etc Fund” here. Proceeds will go toward helping extended family members, charitable causes we both support, and perhaps – in the distant future – a honeymoon.
  2. Donate to the Wunderglo Foundation by clicking here and then on the yellow “Donate” button on the bottom left of the page.
  3. Donate to a charity of your choice and give yourself a pat on the back for making the world just a little bit better.

Thanks! From your friends, The Wandering Fools!

Wedding Photo
It’s only been two years, but we have already done so much.
The Fools Wedding
The Fools tying the knot before family and friends. Our ceremony was short yet sweet, and yes, it took place in a hospital. We did that so Ms. Fool’s mother could be present.
Jason, our recently ordained friend, signing our marriage license with his wife, Sari, our official photographer.
And the rings!
Rings! Photo credit @bugthecardboardcat

The Fools Wedding

The Fools Wrote a Book

The Fools Wrote a Book

We (read: Mr. Fool) had a little free time over the last year and spent it writing and illustrating an ABC book for kids based on outdoor adventure sports. After completing the book, we (he) also created a coloring book version that includes penmanship practice exercises.

Both our books are available for purchase on Amazon and even work with Prime shipping!

 The ABCs
of Outdoor Adventuring
Written & Illustrated by The Wandering Fools

 The ABCs of
Outdoor Adventuring Coloring Book
Written & Illustrated by The Wandering Fools

Buy The ABCs of Outdoor Adventuring by The Wandering Fools

Buy The ABCs of Outdoor Adventuring by The Wandering Fools

 

Read more about our process, and check out some of the pages by clicking here or visiting our @thewanderingfools Instagram.

Page “M” in The ABCs of Outdoor Adventuring coloring book written & illustrated by The Wandering Fools.
Page “S” in The ABCs of Outdoor Adventuring book written & illustrated by The Wandering Fools.

Until our next adventure,

Your friends, The Wandering Fools.

Road Trip

Road Trip

Mr. Fool’s parents came to visit from Pennsylvania and wanted to get a taste of the Old West. So we took them on a whirlwind four-night, five-day road trip that hit almost every major park in the southwest. But before jetting away from our beloved SoCal, we took them on their first-ever tandem paragliding flights. Click here to see that adventure!

At the top of Marshall Peak, ready to tandem paraglide.

Road Trip Day 1: Death Valley & Las Vegas

On the first day of our road trip, we headed north to Death Valley. We drove the 190 though the park, stopping at overlooks and walking though the Mesquite Flat sand dunes and the Harmony Borax Works old camp. The conditions were so rough when we were there, we couldn’t imagine laboring in the heat during the 1880s.

The Harmony Borax Works

From there, it was on to Las Vegas. We walked the Strip and Miracle Mile, ate dinner, and zoomed off to our final destination of the day: the little town of Hurricane, Utah.

Picture time at a gas station outside Death Valley.
Viva Las Vegas!

Road Trip Day 2: Taking in Zion

We started the day with a hike up Angels Landing. Since we started during the cool of the morning, we made the trek up in around 1.5 hours. (Having done this hike a half dozen times, Mr. Fool was adamant about getting an early start. Otherwise, you risk roasting for an hour in direct sunlight.)

We did not hike the ridge to the tip, instead turning around at the section just before the chains.

Resting at the top of the first set of switchbacks. Angels Landing.
Resting at the top of Angels Landing before heading back down.
The dreaded switchbacks

After finishing Angels Landing, we drove though the park and then up the 89 to Bryce Canyon National Park.

We arrived with plenty of daylight left, so we drove all the way out to the end to watch the sunset, stopping at lookouts along the way.

Looking down at the hoodoo formations in Bryce Canyon, National Park.
A lone straggler walking up the pathway before sunset.

Then it was back to our hotel for dinner and a much-needed rest.

Road Trip Day 3: Grand-Staircase Escalante & Canyonlands

We drove along highway 12 into the Grand-Staircase Escalante National Monument and did a little backcountry drive to a lesser-known hike to Zebra Slot Canyon. The hike was a little over 5 miles roundtrip on mostly-flat ground. We reached the canyon after an hour under direct sun. The cool canyon walls provided a nice respite.

Parents resting in the cool canyon shade before our hike back though the desert.

The drive through Grand-Staircase Escalante National Monument is an especially pretty one, as is the rest of the drive up the 24 towards Canyonlands.

An overlook in Grand-Staircase Escalante National Monument.

Around 5pm, we reached Canyonlands National Park and made our way out to the main lookout at the tip. Canyonlands is the biggest National Park in Utah and covers 527 square miles. The canyon was formed over the years by the Colorado and Green river, both of which combine in the center of the park.

Parents enjoying the view at Canyonlands National Park.
Ms. Fool found a spot for contemplation.

Once the sun started going down, we got back in the car and continued driving to Moab for the night.

Road Trip Day 4: Arches National Park

Having been to Arches before, we Fools wanted to beat the heat and the summer crowds. So in the morning we booked it to the trailhead for Delicate Arch.

The hike isn’t bad: roughly 3 miles and 480 feet of elevation gain. Delicate Arch sits 46 feet high and 32 feet wide. It is the largest freestanding arch in the park.

Hard to see, but Mr. Fool’s parents are under the arch waving.

After hiking to Delicate Arch, we got back in the car and drove around to a few of the other areas inside the park.

Parade of Elephants in Arches National Park. The main elephant is in the center of the photograph.
Mr. Fool’s dad supporting the North Window arch.

Once we had our fill of Arches, we drove down the 163 though Monument Valley and then headed up the 98 towards Page, Arizona. Our destination: Horseshoe Bend, another amazing feature along the Colorado River.

Monument Valley
View from the top of Horseshoe Bend.

Road Trip Day 5: Grand Canyon

The final day of our trip, we stopped at the mother of all canyons: the Grand Canyon. Our first stop in the park was Mary Colter’s Desert View Watchtower.

Mary Colter’s Desert View Watchtower.

Then we dropped the car at Grand Canyon Village and walked the rim.

Mr. Fool’s parents taking in the full view of the Grand Canyon.

After several hours of oohing and ahhing, we drove back to L.A.

Our trip covered roughly 2,000 miles. We were so glad to share some of the best parts of our corner of the country with our family!