Entries by Skipping Stone Travels

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Find Your Spot

Some years ago I came across a website called findyourspot. It’s a survey site that recommends the best city/geographical area for you to live, based on answers to their questionnaire. The site matches up your personal preferences regarding climate, size of city, preferred geographical location, and a host of other metrics. After inputting roughly a dozen […]

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Tagonce

I hate luggage tags. I know it’s a silly thing, but I think for the most part they are useless. Constantly filling out information by hand on flimsy pieces of paper and then attaching it to your bag, usually with an inadequate strap. I like my Briggs-Riley roll aboard but even that has an interior […]

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Christmas Market in Germany

It’s getting to be that time of year when Brenda and I start thinking about Germany. I know that may sound odd, but for quite a few years we traveled to Frankfurt, Germany every December. One of our vendors, a German company, participates in a large international trade show that we would attend. It gave […]

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Whistler Blackcomb

The older we get, the more we prefer warm weather. It might be because we’ve spent our lives growing up in Wisconsin, where there truly is a shortage of warm days. But whatever the reason, both Brenda and I are constantly seeking places that afford us long days of hot, humid weather. This certainly is […]

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Packs, Packs, and more Packs

Osprey Porter 46, Tortuga, Minaal 2.0 For me, backpacks are like tattoos. I have more than I need and less than I want. I wouldn’t say it’s an obsession, but I am constantly looking for a better carry-on bag. A few bad travel experiences can leave a lasting impression. Brenda and I clearly remember what […]

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A wrong turn.

Kurt Vonnegut once said that a step backward, after making a wrong turn, is a step in the right direction. For me, the step in the right direction after our wrong turn was to step back and take a few minutes to appreciate the remarkable day we just experienced. Brenda and I had only been […]

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The Beach

Playa Santa Teresa The phrase, ‘words can’t express…’ is certainly fitting when trying to describe our initial reaction to stepping out of the brush and onto the beach at Santa Teresa. It’s not like we haven’t seen our share of nice beaches, but Playa Santa Teresa was just different. We happened to hit the beach […]

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Day 1 – Dusty Roads of Santa Teresa

I must admit, I had some baked in perceptions of what to expect for our first trip to Costa Rica. Lush jungle, beautiful beaches, hot humid weather, etc. All the things you’d expect after reading about this tropical paradise. Unfortunately, our first impression didn’t quite match our expectations. Picking a destination in a foreign country […]