Hiking in the Dolomites with Ilse: The People

By the end of our second day together, we were best friends. By the end of the week, we were forever-friends. All 16 of us, plus Karl! I knew I’d have fun with this new job, but I had no idea my heart would get so deeply involved.

Hiking in the Dolomites with Ilse: Our Hotel and Food

If you’ve had a good European breakfast before, you *know*. If you haven’t, you need to go to Europe. Just for breakfast. Then you can go home, because you have experienced Nirvana.

Hiking in the Dolomites with Ilse: Day 6, Mt. Piano

Earlier this week, I found Heaven.
Yesterday, I met God.
Today, the Grim Reaper winked at me.

Hiking in the Dolomites with Ilse: Day 5, Tre Cime

I tried explaining today’s experience to a friend, and all I could come up with was this … I was in heaven on our previous hike, but today, I met god.

Hiking in the Dolomites with Ilse: Day 4, Strudelkopf Mt.

My thought as we were descending today was, “If I don’t see another beautiful thing, if it just rains for the rest of the week, I’m ok.” What we experienced today SATURATED me with awe; words can’t describe what we saw, and photos look fake.

Hiking in the Dolomites with Ilse: Day 3, Kreutzberg Mt.

Each day, the hikes ramp up a bit in intensity and scope. Today, we were on the trail for 8 hours, round-trip, reaching an elevation around 6500’.

Hiking in the Dolomites with Ilse: Day 2, Lago di Braies

Today’s hike was a slow amble. Mostly a gradual incline, with maybe 2-3 steep parts. Getting our hiking legs warmed up for Day 3!

Hiking in the Dolomites with Ilse: Day 1–Arrival

Arrival in Italy–little did we know the friendships we’d come away with or the mind-blow we were about to have!

Romania–Did You Know?

Invest in yourself! Connect with your essence, with your soul, in the mountains of magical Romania.

Snowshoeing in Transylvania

If you love winter and traveling off the beaten path, then this trip is your dream come true! Highlights: Visiting Bran Castle, (Dracula’s home), a bear sanctuary, and a bat cave; the serene beauty of the Carpathian Mountains in winter; looking for wolf and bear tracks in the snow; small picturesque villages and the warm hospitality of the local people; walking through the Prapastiile Zarnestilor Canyon, formed during the Jurassic Period.

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