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Parks & coast tour 2021 - Oregon USA

Northern California and Oregon

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View Oregon Coast 2021 on MurkTravels's travel map.

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We took a trip to check out National Parks and the Pacific Coast in Oregon and California.

We drove from Oakland up to Lassan Volcanic National Park first and camped there. It was like a very mini Yellowstone with some calderas, lakes, and a quick drive through the park. Next was Crater Lake National Park in Oregon where we camped again. This stop had amazing hikes and views into the crystal clear blue water in the lake in the caldera of an old volcano. Highly recommended.

We took a few days to visit Portland before heading to the coast. We drove south from Seaside (near where they filmed part of the Goonies movie) and stopped in random small towns along the way. We camped in South Beach state park which was very nice. Next up was heading to Northern California (after a bit of delay due to a rock slide closing part of the scenic highway).

We ended the trip with visiting Humboldt and Jedediah State Redwoods and the National Redwoods Forest Parks. The drive along the "Avenue of the Giants" and various hikes we took were crazy to feel so small next to these huge trees. We even drove through the base of one of the trees. Then there was more camping for a few more nights before heading to Sonoma for a nice hotel, wine tour, and local food.

Recommend:

  • Redwoods National Parks - and there's also about 5 local state parks that are connected
  • Crater Lake National Park
  • camping near the Oregon coast

Trip Map

Pictures

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Links

MurkTravels Vimeo - videos of my trips & entertainment
MurkTravels Youtube - videos of my trips & entertainment
MurkTravels Facebook page - pictures, posts, and regular updates
MurkTravels Facebook photo albums
MurkTravels Instagram - my attempt at artistic travel images
MurkTravels Travel Map - all the places that I've been and the things that I've seen

Posted by MurkTravels 17:49 Archived in USA Tagged trees nature california oregon usa road camping trip nationalparks 2021 Comments (0)

Puerto Vallarta 2021 - Mexico

return

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View Mexico Resorts 2017 & 2021 on MurkTravels's travel map.

overview / intro

I learned to scuba dive and got my certification in Puerto Vallarta Mexico in 2017, but I didn't get to do much else. So I returned in 2021 with Catia and we explored more of the area.

First, we stayed at a AirBnb in the town of Yelapa. You can only get there by an hour long boat ride from Puerto Vallarta marina. There are no roads in or out of the town, so it was quit remote and relaxing. We went on a day boat trip to do some fishing, see Los Arcos National Maritime park, and visit the hidden beach at the Marieta Islands.

We also spent time at the marina in PV at a luxury resort, and did some paddle boarding in the bay. Then we did day trips to San Vincent and Sayulita. We tried several local food joints and the best was Panchos and El Cunado

Recommend:

  • visit Yelapa and walk around the little remote town
  • find Playa de Los Muertos in Sayulita
  • Pacho's Takos in PV

Trip Map

Pictures

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Links

MurkTravels Vimeo - videos of my trips & entertainment
MurkTravels Youtube - videos of my trips & entertainment
MurkTravels Facebook page - pictures, posts, and regular updates
MurkTravels Facebook photo albums
MurkTravels Instagram - my attempt at artistic travel images
MurkTravels Travel Map - all the places that I've been and the things that I've seen

Posted by MurkTravels 15:50 Archived in Mexico Tagged beaches beer mexico remote taco sup latinamerica 2021 northamerica Comments (0)

Taos 2021 - New Mexico USA

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Spent a long weekend checking out New Mexico. We took Catia's parents to the Meow Wolf display and a local farmers market in Santa Fe.
Then we went through Bandolier National Monument and the nearby town of Los Alamos (research site for the atomic bomb). Finally we stayed around Taos and visited the local plaza.

Trip Map

Pictures

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Links

MurkTravels Vimeo - videos of my trips & entertainment
MurkTravels Youtube - videos of my trips & entertainment
MurkTravels Facebook page - pictures, posts, and regular updates
MurkTravels Facebook photo albums
MurkTravels Instagram - my attempt at artistic travel images
MurkTravels Travel Map - all the places that I've been and the things that I've seen

Posted by MurkTravels 23:20 Archived in USA Tagged usa roadtrip newmexico nationalparks Comments (0)

new house 2021 - Iowa USA

and the zoo

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I bought a house in Iowa to fix up and rent out. Went back several times through the summer to fix it up and got it rented by the fall.
The weekend of the closing we also went to a light show at the Des Moines zoo.

Pictures

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Links

MurkTravels Vimeo - videos of my trips & entertainment
MurkTravels Youtube - videos of my trips & entertainment
MurkTravels Facebook page - pictures, posts, and regular updates
MurkTravels Facebook photo albums
MurkTravels Instagram - my attempt at artistic travel images
MurkTravels Travel Map - all the places that I've been and the things that I've seen

Posted by MurkTravels 23:01 Archived in USA Tagged animals zoo house usa iowa 2021 Comments (0)

Winter activities 2021 - Colorado USA

Dillon and Denver

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We checked out the Ice Castle in Dillon, Colorado for some fun. There were ice slides, carvings, lights, fountains, and mazes to explore.

Then went to the Denver Botanical Gardens for winter light displays.

Pictures

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Links

MurkTravels Vimeo - videos of my trips & entertainment
MurkTravels Youtube - videos of my trips & entertainment
MurkTravels Facebook page - pictures, posts, and regular updates
MurkTravels Facebook photo albums
MurkTravels Instagram - my attempt at artistic travel images
MurkTravels Travel Map - all the places that I've been and the things that I've seen

Posted by MurkTravels 18:48 Archived in USA Tagged lights colorado ice castle festival denver 2021 Comments (0)

2020

what just happened?

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View Colorado and Utah 2020 & Montana & Wyoming 2020 & Turkey 2020 & 14ers 2017+ & Israel 2020 on MurkTravels's travel map.

Looking Back

2020:
Well, that was an interesting year.
There was some things that were new and crazy like the pandemic and my truck getting stolen and totaled. Meanwhile other things stayed the same just like any other year with camping, hiking, biking, running, volleyball, moving, and road trips.

Most activities this year was somehow affected by COVID related news, including working remotely for 41 weeks of the year. I had several concerts, events, and international travel cancelled. The trips would have been to Italy, Croatia, Austria, Canada, and the Cayman Islands.

However that allowed me to take more US based trips. I was able to check out a lot of National Parks included Rocky Mountain, Colorado Monument, Dinosaur Monument, Arches, Yellowstone, and Grand Tetons. Plus had the time to see a lot of family, friends, and enjoy hobbies (all at a distance of course).

Well, here's the review:

Activities

Things that happened in 2020:

Big Travels

Quick Trips

Challenges

Events & other activities

  • moved to downtown Denver - February
  • had 4Runner stolen, along with all my camping and outdoor gear, to be found a week later totaled and trashed by drug addicts - August
  • concerts: none
  • races: none
  • volleyball, biking, running, walking, hiking
  • Denver Travel Show
  • Prudence turned 3 - August

Pictures

see more on Facebook Murk Travels albums

Links

MurkTravels Vimeo - videos of my trips & entertainment
MurkTravels Youtube - videos of my trips & entertainment
MurkTravels Facebook page - pictures, posts, and regular updates
MurkTravels Facebook photo albums
MurkTravels Instagram - my attempt at artistic travel images
MurkTravels Travel Map - all the places that I've been and the things that I've seen

Posted by MurkTravels 03:21 Archived in USA Tagged me sunsets_and_sunrises mountains lakes trees museums nature travel california colorado mountain egypt turkey utah camp africa usa rockies festival hike bike israel europe asia denver qatar roadtrip montana wyoming macedonia ultra challenge sup nationalparks 14er 2020 murktravels in_review fkkt Comments (0)

Skopje 2020 - North Macedonia

and Ohrid

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View Turkey 2020 on MurkTravels's travel map.

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As an add-on to the Turkey trip, we spent a few days in Macedonia. We had time to check out Skopje (capital and city of statues), Mavrovo Lake and National Park, Matka Canyon, and Ohrid.

Recommend:

  • Day trip to Ohrid to see Lake Ohrid, the fortress and roman ruins, and the Church of Saint Clement
  • Matka Canyon hike
  • Senigallia boat hotel and the Old House restaurant in Skopje

Trip Map

Pictures

see more on Facebook Murk Travels albums
and for this trip: Macedonia album

There are LOTS of statues around town. We stop counting after a thousand. They are on every bridge and building and street corner.
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There are also many ruins of forts, castles, and roman theaters around the country.

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And many ornate church buildings

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And opportunity to enjoy nature and small towns.

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Links

MurkTravels Vimeo - videos of my trips & entertainment
MurkTravels Youtube - videos of my trips & entertainment
MurkTravels Facebook page - pictures, posts, and regular updates
MurkTravels Facebook photo albums
MurkTravels Instagram - my attempt at artistic travel images
MurkTravels Travel Map - all the places that I've been and the things that I've seen

Posted by MurkTravels 20:26 Archived in Macedonia Tagged churches nature europe nationalparks 2020 northmacedonia Comments (0)

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