The saying “were not in Kansas anymore” is know world wide from the iconic movie The Wizard of Oz, but thats all most people know about this great state. You might think Kansas is nothing miles and miles of flat farm land, but there is so much more. In this post I’d like to highlight a few of may favorite things about my years in Kansas.
KU (Kansas University)
I’d like to start with the main reason why I came to Kansas in the first place which was KU. I had my choice of schools to choose from due to my good grades but I did not want to put the financial burden on my parents by selecting a more expensive school in my home state of California. Shortly after arriving I knew I had made a great choice! I made a lot of lifetime friends and got a great education, but it did come with challenges I was not prepared for. During my years at KU I was also working 25 hours a week while trying to balance a full school schedule. Eventually I had a bit of a breakdown and realized I needed help with my academics. This was hard for me because high school seemed so easy. After speaking with my parents we decided to try a college tutoring service from Buffalo Academy. In short, the one on one tutoring they provided was just what I needed to get back on track. I finished in four years and got a great job right out of college as a data analyst.
Coming from California I never thought I would attend a Nascar event. I just did not see the point of sitting in the stands and watching cars go round and round for hours. After being convinced to attend by a school friend I was actually surprised about how much fun we had. It’s really something that can’t be fully justified through watching on TV. The power of the cars is really amazing, it vibrates your whole body. The one weird part is you can tell that most people are just waiting for a crash to happen, which I guess is the most entertaining part of the whole day.
These might be the last thing you expect to see when in Kansas because like I already stated, 99% of the state is flat. Experts say that millions of years ago this land was covered by the ocean. Over the years and years of sun, wind, and rain the rock towers are sadly crumbling away. All we can do is feel fortunate that we will in a time where we can appreciate the beauty of this geological wonder. Check out the video below for a more in depth history of Monument Rocks and why you should put it on you bucket list.
The city of San Diego is a little over 20 miles north of the Mexican border. It is home to many great attractions like the Torrey Pines Reserve and golf course where the US open has been played, Balboa Park, and the world famous San Diego Zoo that hosts animals from all over the world. In this post we’ll be covering a different attraction that you might not associate with San Diego which in Scuba diving.
What you can expect
There are many spots to scuba dive in San Diego, and The Matlahuayl State Marine Reserve, also known as the La Jolla Underwater Park which is a great spot for beginner and experienced divers is one of our favorites. There are deep canyons, forests of sea kelp, and ship wrecks from the past. There are also a wide variety of sea life that you can view from a vast variety of fish, sea lions, and small sharks. If you are concerned about larger sharks, like Great Whites that do pass through the area, just know that larger sharks typically travel and hunt in deeper open waters, but there is always a slight chance of having an encounter.
The water temp can range from around 58 degrees in the winter months, to 75 degrees (at the warmest) in the summer months. As for what wetsuit is right for you, it really depends. If you have low body fat, you can probably want at least a 4/3mm suit and some gloves and booties to keep your hands and feet warm, or you will come out of the water feeling like a block of ice.
Check out the video below from SD expeditions for a great point of view of what you can expect to see when scuba diving in San Diego.
Be Safe & Prepared
Whenever doing any ocean activity it’s very important that at least 1 person in your group is CPR certified. When you are in the ocean many things can go wrong and you need to be able to respond quickly and calmly with confidence. If you need to get CPR certified in San Diego, then a great choice is CPR Chicks. The company is run by to great women who are San Diego locals. They come to your desired location and teach you how to respond in a time of emergency. Most people don’t think about what they would do in an emergency until it is to late. Be smart, and make getting CPR certified a top priority before you go diving.
While it might not be on the top of your list for places to visit, Arizona provides a ton of great sites to see and activities to do. Just make sure to bring your sun block. In this most will cover just a few of the fun thing to do in Arizona.
This landscape is truly amazing to look at. It’s easy to get lost in this twisting and turning landscape. You have most likely seen photos of the sun beams blasting through the san stone walls, as it is a very popular spot for photos. The natural erosion of the rock of time time has form stunning patterns on the walls that appear as if they have been made by man.
Like most people, you probably know this town due to the hit movie from the 90’s that tells the story of Wyatt Earp. While the town was a dangerous place back then, it is now a family friendly place to visit thats rich with history of how the west was settled.
The Grand Canyon
When writing about places to see when in Arizona, it’s hard to leave out one of the wonders of the world. The Grand Canyon is one of the most visually amazing sites you will ever see. The views from the look out points are incredible, making it one of the top tourist destination spots in the world. If you are feeling more adventurous, you can book a guided tour down into the canyon via foot or o donkey. Just be aware of what you are getting yourself into.
If you are looking for more info on visiting Arizona, then you should check out the Visit Arizona website for more info. The video below also shows 7 additional spots we did not cover in this post.
The Oregon coast is a truly amazing place to visit or live. It is far removed from the busy city life and can feel like your stepping back in time 100 years. There are so many exciting activities to take part in that it might be hard to choose. In this post we’ll cover just a few of many outdoor activities you can enjoy.
There is great year round fishing throughout the Oregon coast with a huge selection of rivers and lakes to pick from with many expert tour guides available to get you to the best spots. There is also great open ocean fishing that is equal to anywhere in the world.
Crabbing & Clamming
While not as popular as traditional fishing, crabbing & clamming is a lot of fun for the whole family. It’s important to remember that crabs, while small in size, are very strong and can deliver a very painful pinch if your not careful. On the other hand, clamming is very safe as clams don’t have any defense This is always seems to be a favorite of kids due to it’s hands on nature.
Other favorite for families with little kids, tidepooling is a whole new world fo their eyes to see. Will a rich mixture of hidden caves, estuaries and rocky shores, the Oregon coast is a great destination for world class tidepooling. There awaits a whole micro-world of creatures you possibly didn’t even know existed.
The isolated feel of the Oregon coast is just what you need to relax and forgot about the stresses of your busy life, at least for a little while. The hiking trails guide you along the breathtaking bluffs and untouched landscape filled with botanical gardens and tons of wildlife. A great resource for more info on Oregon coast adventures is oregonsadventurecoast.com. The video below also gives a great preview of what you can expect to see on your adventures.