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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…

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How to Spend 4 Days in New Orleans

How to Spend 4 Days in New Orleans

Swinging a Big Easy Stopover New Orleans has been on our bucket list for a while. We finally had the chance to visit after the winter holidays by arranging a detour on our way back to California from the East Coast. Read up on our 4 days in New Orleans to get our recommendations for where to go, what to see, and how to best stuff your face. Note: our itinerary excludes day trips to popular attractions outside the city…

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Canyoneering Keyhole – Zion National Park

Canyoneering Keyhole – Zion National Park

Tackling A Classic Beginner Canyon: Keyhole Canyon For our last adventure in Zion, we ran Keyhole Canyon. It was a little hard to get motivated after running The Subway and Pine Creek, respectively, the previous 2 days. Fortunately, Keyhole is arguably the easiest, shortest canyon in the park. So we didn’t feel like committing to doing it would be a mistake we would regret for long. After picking up our permit, we drove to the start/end location for the canyon. (The…

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Canyoneering Pine Creek – Zion National Park

Canyoneering Pine Creek – Zion National Park

Heading To Pine Creek The day after we ran The Subway, we dropped into Pine Creek, another iconic Zion National Park canyon. We finished The Subway after the Visitor Center was closed, so we had to wait until the next morning to grab our Pine Creek permit. That was fine by us. We did not mind sleeping in a little to recover from the previous 10-mile day. At 9 am, we parked our car at the entry point for Pine Creek,…

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Canyoneering The Subway (Russell Gulch) – Zion National Park

Canyoneering The Subway (Russell Gulch) – Zion National Park

A Long Weekend In Zion Ms. Fool and I decided to take a long weekend to run some classic Zion National Park canyons. First up was The Subway via Russell Gulch. We packed up all of our gear, picked up a friend at LAX, then headed north, arriving in Zion at around 1 pm.  After retrieving our canyoneering permits from the wilderness permit desk, we decided to make the most of the daylight by hiking Angels Landing. Angels Landing is an…

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Canyoneering the Seven Teacups/Kern River

Canyoneering the Seven Teacups/Kern River

Mr. Fools Meets Seven Teacups, His First Swift Water Canyon!** I, Mr. Fool, have been training hard to run swift water canyons. It’s taken a lot of work to get to this point. I’m relatively new to canyoneering. My more experienced counterpart, Ms. Fool, introduced me to the sport last year, and she has been teaching me increasingly difficult technical know-how. Ms. Fool and I share the goal of tackling plenty of swift water canyons. These are some of the…

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North Carolina Beach Vacation & Eclipse

North Carolina Beach Vacation & Eclipse

Enjoying The #BeachLife On North Carolina’s Topsail Island There’s an island off the coast of North Carolina called Topsail Island. Since I was a kid, my (Mr. Fool’s) family has loved to visit. It’s a small town with a leisurely vibe and clean beaches that are scattered with seashells and sharks’ teeth. Perfect for a family vacation. We rented a beach house that was practically right on the water: walk down the steps off the back porch, and your toes…

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Paragliding: Discovering Flight

Paragliding: Discovering Flight

This story brought to you by Mr. Fool A Chance Encounter It all started one summer day in Malibu, CA, circa 2009. While rock climbing with friends, I met a solo climber, Steve, who ended up joining our group for the day. That evening, before we parted ways, our new friend put forth an offer: free tandem paragliding flights as a thank-you for our kindness. At the time, I had zero knowledge of the sport. I didn’t even know what…

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19 Days in Morocco

19 Days in Morocco

19 Days in Morocco: We packed light for our visit to Morocco: each of us had one daypack and one checked backpack. Our trip was to last 19 days total, 15 of which would be spent on a G Adventures tour. The other 4 days, we hoped to explore on our own. Our plan was to arrive in Casablanca in the early morning and spend a day independently exploring before meeting our tour group for a trip that would cover…

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