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Vilcabamba Trek to Machu Picchu

November 14, 2019 1 Comment »

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In an effort to bring you some new voices on Ottsworld, here is a guest post from blogger Mark Whitman. Mark has hiked all over the world and I asked him to write someone up on one of the harder hikes he’s done. He chose the Vilcabamba Trail to Machu Picchu – an alternative to […]

Naturally Sweden

November 12, 2019 No Comments »

The fire crackled as Sofie put the juniper branch in the fire. This warmth was welcome on this damp, cool hiking day in Jämtland – the southern part of northern Sweden. We had been hiking for about 3 hours through the soft, spongy, treeless tundra towards the border of Norway. This stop for fika, otherwise […]

Essential Hiking Gear: An Easy-To-Use Guide For Any Hike

November 1, 2019 8 Comments »

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There are many kinds of hiking–day hikes, multi-day hikes, long distance hiking, circuit hiking, pilgrimages, tramping, bushwalking, trekking, and more. I’ve done and enjoyed them all. Over the years, I’ve gotten a lot of practice at packing the perfect hiking gear for the specific hike I’ve got planned. This guide will help you put together […]

You Are Never Too Old for a Mother Daughter Trip

October 31, 2019 7 Comments »

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Sponsored The yurt was chilly so I quickly got into bed, shivering. I snuggled in under the covers, and my mom put her arm around me pulling me close to her and her body heat. That simple action sent my brain spiraling backwards 45 years ago when I would beg my mother to lay with […]

Travel Tiny at Colorado’s Tiny House Resort

October 29, 2019 No Comments »

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One of my least favorite things to do is going back to a place I’ve been before. I have a bad case of ‘been there, done that’ attitude my whole life. I wish I understood why, but I do know that it is something deeply rooted in my DNA. This need to do something different, […]

Denver Hikes for Visitors

October 2, 2019 1 Comment »

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In an effort to bring you some new voices on Ottsworld, here is a guest post from writer Chris Englert. I met Chris as a party last year and learned that she was an expert of Denver by foot, so of course I started talking to her about hiking in the area! I’ve asked Chris […]

Rookie in the Saddle Overcoming My Horse Riding Fear

September 12, 2019 3 Comments »

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In an effort to bring you some new voices on Ottsworld, here is a guest post from writer Sherry Spitsnaugle. Sherry has written for me before, so I’m thrilled to have her back to tell this story about her first horse riding experience. I can certainly relate to horse riding fear, I was bucked off […]

This is me 13 years later…

September 6, 2019 19 Comments »

13 years of blogging

Thirteen years – I’m astonished. It all started in September of 2006. I had been working in my corporate IT career for 14 years. My 20’s and half of my thirties were all about climbing the ladder, running projects, setting up Point of Sale Systems, learning about the world of ecommerce, and so many meetings. […]

13 Years of Blogging And 13 Prizes For You

September 5, 2019 8 Comments »

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I have rounded up 11 companies who I LOVE to join me in this giveaway. I’ve chosen some of my favorite travel and photography gear to giveaway for the next month! You’ll have to chance to win products from Intrepid Urban Adventures, Eagle Creek, Point6, Wallaroo Hats, Vim & Vigr, Krimson Klover, Oboz Footwear, LensCoat, […]