LESBIAN TRAVEL: Big Bend National Park – Free Wheel Drive

Big Bend National Park

About 7 hours West of Austin. Big Bend NP is a huge park that sits along the famous Rio Grande River.

Since the Eco Ranch was so close to the National Park we were able to visit it twice on our days off from work. Big Bend is a huge park! We felt like we mostly drove it. We didn’t even make it the eastern side of the park.

We also got to experience the park during a government shut down, which wasn’t a big deal for us. The Visitor Centers and restaurants were closed, but we didn’t need those.

The park is a combination of desert and mountains. It was unlike any park we’ve been to yet. It is a very dry place, but there are trees that manage to grow in the higher elevations.

By Camrin LaFond – Full Story at Free Wheel Drive

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Exploring Yosemite Valley – Free Wheel Drive

Yosemite - Four Wheel Drove

A few hours East of San Francisco is beautiful Yosemite National Park. This legendary park, once home to John Muir, has inspired the masses since 1890, including us. During our stay, we narrowly missed a winter storm, camped with rock climbers, and went on some amazing hikes. Coming this late into the season we had to put up with some chilly nights, but we practically had the park to ourselves.

We barely scratched the surface of this park. Like Yellowstone, this park is huge! We stuck to the Valley area since there was plenty to do there and with the shuttle service we were able to leave our car parked for the duration of our stay. Since we paid for camping we figured we should save on gas.

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Washington State Kid Friendly Hikes – 2TravelDads

Washington State Kid Friendly Hikes

As the snow stops falling up in the mountains we start to get excited about hiking. There are so many easy, kid friendly hikes in Washington, so actually picking where to go first is the biggest struggle. We’ve checked in with some of our favorite Pacific Northwest families and bloggers for their favorite springtime hikes and I love our collective plan!

Kid friendly hikes in Washington State are plentiful. From hiking in the mountains to combing beaches, ancient forests to lush waterfalls, hiking in Washington is an adventure any time of year.

And don’t forget, most kid friendly hikes in Washington are also great for adults of varying hiking skill level. I mean, who doesn’t appreciate an incredible waterfall? Who doesn’t love feeling tiny walking among giants?

Tips for hiking with kids

Whether kids are hiking on their own or if you’ve got them in a hiking pack of some sort, the same rules apply. Prepare yourself mentally and with supplies and you’ll be good to go.

Full Story at 2TravelDads

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Penis Park in South Korea – Gay Star News

Penis Park - Gay Star News

Located in Sinnam, South Korea, this penis-themed park is a NSFW tourist destination.
Formally called Haesindang Park, the theme of the park is based on an old legend.

What’s the legend?

In the Legend of Auebawi and Haesindang, a woman was left by a man on a rock in the sea while he worked. Due to a storm, the man was unable to retrieve her, and the woman ended up drowning.

After this incident, the people of the village were unable to catch fish. They blamed this on the dead woman. Then, one day, a fisherman ejaculated into the sea and suddenly was able to catch fish again. It was thought that exposing the deceased virgin woman to male genitalia pleased her, and thus allowed them to catch fish.
To honor the dead virgin and to ensure the fish would remain, the people of the village built wooden phallic-shaped effigies in her honor and held religious ceremonies on her behalf.

By Rafaella Gunz – Full Story at Gay Star News

Camp-Run-A-Muck – Nevada City, California

Camp-Run-A-Muck

Periodically we’ll feature one of our properties here to let our readers know about some great gay friendly places to stay:

Nestled in the foothills surrounding Historical Nevada City (in California’s Gold Rush Region), we invite you to come join us at Camp-Run-A-Muck to relax, refresh and recharge your body and senses; and to escape your normal routine or daily grind.

An easy drive from the Bay Area, or Northern California, Camp Run A Muck is as nice and more charming than Lake Tahoe, but without the crowds, traffic and the noise.

The property is situated just an easy stroll from one of the Sierra Nevadas’ private, hidden lakes (3 1/2 miles long X 1 mile wide), Camp-Run-A-Muck is a Tahoe Style A-Frame cabin comprising 4 Bedrooms and 2 Bathroom located on an uphill cul-de-sac surrounded by mature evergreens (some of which actually grow through our expansive sunset deck).

We can comfortably accommodate up to 13 guests at a time in standard Queen sized beds or comfy sleeper sofas. Premium 560 thread count sheets and resort quality plush towels are standard.

For those that are still tied to the world, we offer full connectivity via Wi-Fi and telephone. Or, as the alternative, it’s a great place to “unplug” and re-acquaint your self to nature and tranquility. Ordinarily, the only sound one hears here is the wind through the trees.

Dining room table is expandable to 10+ people at a time. Breakfast bar with 3 extra seats compliments dining room for more casual dining. Steps away through 2 sliding glass doors is our patio (or sunset) deck with 3 tables and 10 chairs for a more alfresco experience or the perfect place for morning coffee or the cocktail hour. All electric kitchen with all the bells and whistles, full dinnerware, eating utensils, condiments and service items round out our kitchen decor. All that you need is your food and beverage choices.

After dinner or drinks, our guests can luxuriate in our 4 – 6 person jetted hot tub with ambient lighting for after dark. No streetlights in the area means stars shine brightly through our canopy of tall trees surrounding the property.

Located an easy drive from the Bay Area or Northern California, and a short 10 minutes from the Hwy (49) and Downtown Nevada City. We have almost everything that will truly make your stay with us memorable and inviting.

Your hosts have been in the travel and guest services industries for the past 30+ years and have tried to replicate what we personally enjoy and expect in our travels and experience to replicate those attributes for the guests at Camp-Run-A-Muck.

So, we invite you to experience what a stay at our “little place in the woods” can do for you.

Please contact us for a unforgettable getaway at Camp-Run-A-Muck.

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Colombia's Lost City – Globetrotter Girls

Colombia's Lost City - Dani The first time I heard about the ruins of the Ciudad Perdida, an ancient city hidden deep in the jungles of northern Colombia that is only accessible on foot on a strenuous four-day hike through the mountains, was in 2010, during my first visit to Latin America. “You have to do this trek,” a fellow traveler who was making his way north towards Mexico as I was making my way down towards Colombia through Central America, urged me, “it’s an adventure of a lifetime.” Back then I was skeptical, even though I was intrigued by this Indiana Jones-like adventure. But I had never done a multi-day trek, let alone in the jungle, let alone in the Colombian jungle. I didn’t even know if I could walk that far: a 32-mile (52-kilometer) round-trip. Fast forward six years and I found myself walking on a dusty unpaved road, braving the 90% humidity and heat of the Caribbean coast a few miles north of the starting point of the trek to the Ciudad Perdida, the Lost City. A mere fifteen minutes after leaving the village where we started the trek, we made our first river crossing – the first of about twenty river crossings along the way. Luckily I wasn’t doing the trek during rainy season, when the water can reach up to your waist. One hour into the hike, as I felt the sweat running down my arms, my stomach and my back, I was already regretting my decision. Even though now, a few years later, I had a few multi-day treks under my belt, I still wasn’t sure if I was going to be able to make it all the way to the ancient city. The river we were walking next to looked inviting, and just as I was fantasizing about jumping in for a refreshing dip, our guide announced “We’re stopping here for a quick swim break. After this, the real hike starts.” All of us stripped down immediately and jumped into the water, slowly starting to get to know each other while cooling off.

By Dani – Full Story at Globetrotter Girls

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