Few places churn up your sense of imagination like Bagan, Myanmar. An open plain set against the Irrawaddy river, Bagan is home to over 4000 ancient Buddhist temples dating back over 1000 years. They seem to be everywhere, but the magnificent effort put into the building of each structure cannot be overlooked. At one point as many as 10000 temples, pagodas and monasteries were peppered across the land. Time takes its toll however, and many centuries of neglect, and natural disasters have eroded the old site to what is today. Which is still outstanding. Tina and I put on our brave...
Myanmar may bring a variety of images to mind, or possibly none depending on your knowledge of the world. For decades it was on the world blacklist for a slew of human rights abuses. Our first stop would be the former capital city of Yangon (also formerly Rangoon from British colonial days).
Traveling to Dubrovnik, Croatia was like stepping back to medieval times with the old town charm and cobblestone pavements. Fortresses and stone brick homes can be found throughout the city but the modern vibes will pull you right back to the present. Tina, owner and founder of Shop Wander Wear, along with 5 friends took the trip of a lifetime and can't stop talking about it.
We hiked this trail in May 2019. The suspension bridge was quite smaller than Capilano and very congested...but if you can get past that, the hike was extremely simple and breathtaking. As you get out onto the trails, traffic decreases and for the most part, you could be hiking without others around. The flowy, canyon water was a gorgeous crystal green and definitely worth stopping for a picture (or two). Walk down a bit further and off the beaten path just a bit, you'll come to a bed of river boulders. The surrounding is very serene, so take it all in!
Wallace Falls about 45 miles northwest of Seattle. I really enjoyed this trail because of all the greenery and the stream of river that runs through it. It was a pretty trail throughout! When you get to the upper falls, you can bust-a-u-turn...or go up just a bit further to lookout at theSkykomish River valley below.