Things To Do in Rio de Janeiro: That Don’t Include Christ the Redeemer

In February 2018 I was lucky enough to embark on a month long trip with my best friend. We were ultimately making our way to Antarctica, but we made sure to casually make our way south. During our trip we visited Rio de Janeiro, Buenos Aires, and Ushuaia, where we ultimately boarded our ship. Before I get too far ahead of myself, today we’re going to bring it back to things to do in Rio de Janeiro. Continue reading “Things To Do in Rio de Janeiro: That Don’t Include Christ the Redeemer”


Five Things to Look for in a Perfect Travel Buddy

Sitting at the airport in Puerto Maldonado, I looked up and saw five 20 something girls, sitting in a circle, reading books, checking their phones, or journaling. They all seemed extremely content, so I have to admit, I kept watching them. Each had backpacks. And not the cute kind. So they were definitely backpacking through Peru, and each also had hiking boots. Hiking the Inca Trail? Visiting one of the Amazon biology stations? Did they know each other before they got their horrendous capris and high socks tan lines, or were they brought together by a shared experience? Continue reading “Five Things to Look for in a Perfect Travel Buddy”

Travel · Trip review

Touring Buffalo’s Grain Silos with Explore Buffalo

I truly am so lucky that I have multiple opportunities to visit Buffalo, New York. I grew up there, and now I visit family multiple times a year. Each time I’m there I try to do something new and exciting, and I have never been hard pressed to find something that fits the bill. This is how I found myself stumbling upon Explore Buffalo’s grain silos tour. This non-profit is dedicated to educating it’s patrons on Buffalo history, architecture, and neighborhoods. Continue reading “Touring Buffalo’s Grain Silos with Explore Buffalo”


Experiencing Denali National Park

Most people don’t need to google, “What to see in Alaska,” to know that Denali National Park is one of the top rated attractions. In the event that you are one of the few people who haven’t realized that yet, I did the leg work for you. Denali is mentioned nine times on the front page of the aforementioned google search, and it was truly the highlight of my sixteen day Alaskan Adventure. Continue reading “Experiencing Denali National Park”


Visiting Wrangell St. Elias National Park: The Home to McCarthy and Kennecott, Alaska

Wrangell St. Elias National Park

On our first official day on our own in the Alaskan wilderness I, quite ambitiously, planned a huge day. It involved driving the McCarthy Highway, twice, an adventurous activity, and exploring both the cool town of McCarty, and the Kennecott copper mill, all in the heart of Wrangell St. Elias National Park. Continue reading “Visiting Wrangell St. Elias National Park: The Home to McCarthy and Kennecott, Alaska”


Highways Across Alaska

If you’re planning on navigating the vast state of Alaska without a tour of any sort, buy The MILEPOST. This guide gives you incredibly thorough information for each turnabout, gas station, campsites, scenic overviews, animal habits, and berry picking. It even lists places where you can get cell service. Which is the other reason you should buy The Milepost. You probably won’t be able to rely on your cell phone’s GPS system, and this book doesn’t even need electricity! (If you’re going to try to argue that you need light to read it, try visiting Alaska during tourism season. If it’s dark, and you’re not where you need to be, you’re too lost for The Milepost to help you.) Continue reading “Highways Across Alaska”


Glacier Views and Scenic Cruising

During the last two days of our cruise, we spent the time scenic cruising. Hands down, the greatest thing a Princess Alaskan Cruise offers is access to Glacier Bay National Park. Only two cruise ships are permitted per day, along with only twenty-five other boats. If you have the time, I absolutely recommend visiting the actual park. For us, the days cruising were enough, even if they were just a taste. We spent an entire day cruising there, and then spent the next day cruising College Fjord. College Fjord is home to five glaciers that terminate in the water, and is a great experience as well.

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Travel · Van Life

Introducing the Van: Everyone Meet Marlowe

A surprising number of people have asked to see my van, and apparently telling them to google “Ford Transit” hasn’t been the answer they were looking for. I’ve only done some insignificant things, there’s not a lot to show you, unless you want to know how to bug bomb a van. I’m trying to listen to my followers however, so here is the most ridiculous thing I’ve ever done: A Van Photoshoot with my girl Marlowe! Continue reading “Introducing the Van: Everyone Meet Marlowe”

Travel · Trip review

Skagway – A Gold Rush History

Alright Dashin’ Ash community, I’m probably going to sound like a bit of a Debbie downer here. That’s not who I am, I don’t usually like to act that way, but the town of Skagway, Alaska just rubbed me the wrong way. It could have been that my expectations were too high. I wanted to walk amongst the historic buildings, ride along the historic White Pass Yukon Railway, and completely immerse myself in gold rush history. Everywhere in Alaska seems to have been affected by the 1898 gold rush, but Skagway most predominantly so, and I wanted to be a part of that! Continue reading “Skagway – A Gold Rush History”