3 WINTER ACTIVITES TO DO IN JACKSON, WYOMING

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Jackson, Wyoming is a winter paradise. With all sorts of actives to enjoy with the family for a weekend getaway. If you are lucky enough you will get to see the Teton Mountain range during a moment of clarity and it’s truly breathtaking. Of course hitting the slopes with your skies is a great option, but there are also other winter activies to enjoy!

1. Wild Life Safari IMG_2015

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Wake up early, grab your coffee, dress warmly and go see some animals! We were able to see moose, elk, eagles, buffalo, foxes and big horn sheep! Your guide knows all the locations to catch a glimpse of the local wildlife.  You just have to be patient, I promise you’ll see something.

2. National Elk Refuge Sleigh Ride

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I unexpectedly found this little excursion when I was visiting the welcome center and just had to sign up. You are able to get close and personal to the elk in a safe way while admiring their beauty. Your guide will be full of fun facts about not only elk but other animals in the area. It’s fascinating to learn about the elks yearly migration to Jackson!

3. Dog Sledding

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Wow. That’s all I have to say for this adventure. It was my favorite and would highly recommend this to be added to your winter backlist! Check out the full details on my dog sledding post. But, seriously look at these doggie faces!

Jackson is a magical place year round but there is something very special about it in the winter. Have you been to Jackson? If so, what are some of the things you must do or see.

5 Top Things To Do in Hong Kong

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5 Top Things To Do in Hong Kong

1.  Be stunned by the views of Victoria Peak

This is the highest lookout point of Hong Kong where you can see the whole city! From the harbor to endless city buildings you will be stunned by the view. The quickest and most scenic way to the top of the peak is taking The Peak Tram. The cost is 28 Hong Kong Dollars to buy there and the wait is long so arrive early to beat the crowds.

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2. Check out Tian Tan Buddha on Lantau Island

I would recommend at least half of a day here because you have to travel to this island by metro and tram or bus. We decided to hop on the metro to Lantau Island and do the tram to the top and on the way down we did the bus and back to the metro to Hong Kong. There are 268 steps leading up to the Great Buddha from the Poh Lin Monestary below and has wonderful views from the top!

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3. Shop at the Ladies Market

This market is not just for ladies everyone is welcome! With over 100 vendors you can find all your souvenirs here and make sure to bargain. The Ladies Market is located between Tung Choi Street and Boundary Street. There are also other markets within walking distance to check out like the Flower Market or The Goldfish Market.

4. Grab some lunch at One Sum

This is my favorite restaurant in Hong Kong! I can’t really tell you what I ordered because well I can’t even pronounce it or remember it, but everything we ate there was delicious. We had this recommend to by a friend who lived in Hong Kong and wasn’t very touristy. You literally point and smile to order your food!

5. Take the Star Ferry to watch Symphony of Lights

Every night at 8 p.m. the show begins and all the buildings near the harbor glow to the sound of music.  It’s the world largest light show and a must see if you’re in Hong Kong. There are different view points and you can’t go wrong, but arrive early to get a front row seat to the action (picture at the top).

DOG SLEDING, JACKSON WY

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A year ago I came across this dog sledding company, Continental Divide Dogsled Adventures , in Jackson Wyoming but it was all booked out! So I had to wait a whole year to do this and the wait was worth it. We were not the only ones excited for this ride, the dogs were too. As soon as we got there they were jumping in excitement and hoping to be chosen to mush with us!

You can choose between a full day of dog sledding or a half day. We chose the half day option. You can also save a few bucks if you drive yourself to their lodge (45 minutes outside of Jackson) rather than have them pick you up in town.

When we arrived for our trip our native Alaskan guide, who has been sledding since she was six moths old gave us some basic information on what to expect during our mush. Excitedly we threw on our winter gear and went out to meet the dogs.  On our way back we were taught how to drive the sled and we even had the opportunity to mush by ourselves! The whole trip was unbelievable! This was by far the highlight of my trip to Jackson.

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We were truly in a winter wonderland! It had recently snowed so we were worried the visibility was going to be low, but it was a perfect sunny day.  The tips of the Tetons made for the perfect background for our dog sled ride.  I would absolutely recommend adding this to your bucket list!

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We loved playing and meeting with all of our 11 Alaskan Huskies! They were so playful, rowdy, and friendly. These dogs are treated with care and trained to be endurance athletes. Billy (owner) makes sure that the well being of his dogs is a top priority. Billy even makes his own dog food brand to ensure they are getting the nutrients that they need.

To book your reservation make sure you book at least a couple weeks in advance. Billy and his team will take care of you and make sure you have a memorable time.

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HA LONG BAY PHOTO DIARY

Indescribable is the word that comes to mind when I try to explain to people how breath taking this place truly is. Jade waters with limestone islands all around just like in the movie King Kong! We were in a magical place full of serenity (no big gorilla ha) that made it my favorite place in Vietnam. Take a look at the beauty you will be surrounded by if you decide on this destination!

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SNOWSHOEING IN UTAH

MY FAVORITE LOCATIONS 

I LOVE locations with a view it makes my adventure worth my struggle! Here are some of my favorite locations that I have gone snowshoeing.

1. Adam Falls, Adams Canyon

Total Distance 5.2 Miles   Total Time 3-5 Hours

This is defiantly a steep trail that I would recommend taking microspikes during the winter instead of snowshoes! I did not bring my own but my friend let me borrow one of hers and that saved me from many falls. I can only imagine how much easier it would have been if I would have had both of them on. This is one of my favorite waterfalls because its pretty big and beautiful, even when frozen!

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2. Lake Mary, Big Cottonwood Canyon

Total Distance: 2 Miles       Total Time: 1-2 Hours

This was one of the trails that was hard to find because of the snow! Here is the specific directions on how to find Lake Mary. We added to our time because we got lost trying to find the trail and we were one of the first to find it. The view was amazing even though you couldn’t see the lake.

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3. Grandeur Peak, Millcreek Canyon

Total Distance: 5.26 Miles    Total Time: 3-5 Hours

This trail was one of the tough ones for me because of the elevation gain in such a short amount of time. I literally thought I was going to give up the last mile, but in the end the view was completely worth it. Also its dog friendly so bring your pal for an adventure.

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4. Lake Blanche, Big Cottonwood Canyon

Total Distance: 7.6 Miles     Total Time: 5 Hours

This hike is breathtaking from the start to finish! Be prepared to take frequent stops to catch your breath and take a drink of water. This is a popular location were you will encounter many other adventurous from all around the world. It was pretty cold that we only stayed a couple minutes at the top, but it was still worth it!

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5. Diamond Fork Hot Springs, Spanish Fork Canyon

Total Distance in the winter: 12-13 Miles Total Time: 5-7 Hours

We woke up at dawn and were not the only ones to be in this journey to these beautiful hot springs. In the winter the road to this trail head is closed so you need to hike a little extra, but it is worth it! The whole time we were like inside a snow globe with light snow falling from the sky. For this adventure remember to wear your swimsuit under your clothes so you can jump in once you get there. Also remember to bring a towel no one want to hike down wet, that would be miserable!

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WINTER ADVISE 

Hiking is one thing and snowshoeing is another. Make sure you estimate about an hour more to your time when you are snowshoeing because some trails may be more difficult with snow. Some of the trails are not always marked well during winter seasons so know your trail in advance this cuts time on finding the trail. Make sure your snowshoes are the right size because it makes a huge difference!

WHAT YOU WILL NEED TO WEAR

The essentials include: A coat, hiking boots, snowshoes, wool socks, gloves, hiking backpack, beanie, micro spikes and/or microspikes snacks and WATER. Other suggested items include: hand/feet warmers, ski poles, snacks,and a compass.

WHAT TO KNOW BEFORE TRAVELING TO VIETNAM

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Visa is required for most travelers

If you arrive into Vietnam without a visa you will not be allowed into Vietnam. I would recommend filling out your application at least 6 weeks in advance to make sure you get it in time! We got ours 2 days before we left so we were starting to get concerned we were not going and we gave them 4 weeks to approve it. Here is the link on how to get your visa requested if it is required, Vietnam Embassy.

Dong is the currency

The bills can be confusing at times when you are purchasing thing in a hurry because they all look so similar. Be careful and take the time to count your money until you get the hang of things. Make sure you know the exchange rate of the Dong before going so you can make your budget.

 How to access data

I would highly recommend buying a local carrier SIM’s card upon your arrival. These are often sold at the airport or even local convenience stores for about 15-20 US dollars. We only bought one and we shared it because you don’t really need it on every phone.

 Vaccinations 

You don’t want to get sick while on vacation so I would highly recommend taking all the precautions not to. Before you leave on your trip make sure you have the following vaccinations: flu shot, hepatitis A & B, typhoid, and tetanus. This link provides more information on such vaccinations.

Negotiate

Don’t be afraid to negotiate or walk away and find a better price to buy your souvenirs! Almost everything is up for negotiation but keep in mind to keep it at a fair price. Vietnam has many night and day markets where you will be able to practice your negotiating skills.

 Traffic is crazy

There are so many motorcycles crossing from every direction of the street and you just have to take the leap of faith and start crossing the street! Don’t STOP just keeping going and they will go around you because that is completely normal. Watch some YouTube videos of Vietnam’s traffic so you get a sense of what I’m talking about! I would recommend taking an Uber in the city because it’s a fun experience and is seriously so cheap.