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Hiking To Smuggler’s Cove – Santa Cruz Island

If you’re a hiker visiting Santa Cruz Island, this hike to Smuggler’s Cove has to be on your itinerary. This 8.2 mile hike gains a modest 1500ft of elevation gain, but provides some incredible ocean views in the process. Most hikers reach Smuggler’s Cove via an out-and-back route on Smuggler’s Rd, but in this guide I’ll provide directions for a more scenic loop route through Scorpion Canyon.

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Hiking Scorpion Bay to Cavern Point Loop – Santa Cruz Island

This loop hike from Scorpion Bay to Cavern Point takes place on Santa Cruz Island, the largest of eight islands making up Channel Islands National Park. Santa Cruz is also the largest island in California at 96.5 square miles. Starting at the Scorpion Anchorage Visitor Center, hikers will scale an ocean bluff with majestic views of the California mainland. From there, the trail follows the coastline before returning to Scorpion Anchorage via the Scorpion Ranch Campground. 

Gear Review: Salomon XA Elevate Hiking Shoe
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Gear Review: Salomon XA Elevate Trail Shoe

The XA Elevate is Salomon’s newest entry into their “On & Off Trail” shoe line-up. These shoes are designed for high alpine pursuits and are perfectly suited for steep terrain and challenging underfoot conditions. The XA Elevate is built on a highly stable 8mm-drop midsole, and has a Premium Wet-Traction Contragrip outsole that clings on to anything and everything. 

8 Things To Do In Hoi An Vietnam My Son Lanterns
Vietnam

8 Things To Do In Hoi An Vietnam

The city of Hội An is quickly becoming one of the most popular destinations for westerners traveling to Vietnam. What makes Hội An unique is that it has a well preserved charm and history dating back to its days as an Asian trading port from 1400 to 1900. Here are 8 things to do in Hội An during your visit!

Hiking The Lava Tube Trail In Mojave National Preserve
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Hiking The Lava Tube Trail In Mojave National Preserve

The Mojave Lava Tube Trail sits 25 miles from the city of Baker amidst a landscape of cinder cones, joshua trees, and lava beds. This short hike only covers half of a mile round-trip, but the views and experience it provides makes it one of my favorites. In this guide, I’ll provide maps, photos, and a step-by-step guide for those of you looking to explore this lava tube in Mojave National Preserve.

A Day Trip To Mekong Delta From Saigon
Vietnam

A Day Trip To The Mekong Delta: 7 Things You Have To See

The Mekong Delta is a region of Vietnam that’s a three hour drive from Ho Chi Minh City (Saigon). This large swath of land covers 15,600 square miles and is made up of rivers, swamps, and islands with villages and floating markets throughout. In this post I’ll share all of the fun things travelers can do while visiting the Mekong Delta on a day trip.