Month: April 2015

Staten Island Greenbelt. New York City.

A Hike Along The Greenbelt, Staten Island

Quick Facts

  • The Greenbelt includes New York City’s largest remaining forest preserve and encompasses 2,800 acres and six major trails, ranging from easy to difficult and from one to 12.6 miles.
  • Biking is permitted only on the multipurpose trail.
  • Two of the trails, the blue and the yellow, ascend the 401-ft tall Todt Hill,  the highest natural point in the five boroughs of New York City and the highest elevation on the entire Eastern Seaboard from Florida to Cape Cod.
  • Pouch Boy Scout Camp, Richmond County Country Club Golf Course, and Moravian Cemetery are privately owned and within Greenbelt boundaries.
  • The Greenbelt Environmental Education Department hosts programs for school and scout groups, senior citizens, families and the general public. Summer camp and mini-camp sessions are also available.

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Hawaii in September…For Free? Step 4 – Did it work?

Previous step(s):

Step 1: Know Your Score. Know Your Limits.

Step 2: Decide Where, When, and How You Want To Go.

Step 3: RESEARCH. RESEARCH. RESEARCH.


Step 4: Results.

When I decided to write this blog, I wanted to focus on the miles and points game. In all honesty: it’s covered. There are amazing blogs available with all the information anyone will ever need, regardless of whether they’re a budget or luxury traveler. (Check out the links page for a list of my favorites.)

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Marine iguana. Bahía Totuga. Santa Cruz. Galápagos, Ecuador.

Galápagos Islands: First Arrival & Isla Santa Cruz

Quick Facts

  • The Galápagos Islands are made of 13 large volcanic islands and over 40 small islands, islets and rocks scattered across 45,000 square kilometers (17,375 square miles) of the South Pacific, 960 kilometers (597 miles) from the Ecuadorian mainland.
  • Charles Darwin arrived in the Galápagos in 1835 on the HMS Beagle, and in 1859, he published On the Origin of Species.
  • Four of the islands are inhabited: Santa Cruz, San Cristóbal, Isabela and Floreana.
  • Since 1959, more than 7,600 square kilometers (2,934 square miles) of the Galápagos have been protected as a national park. Tourists are restricted to the colonized areas and the more than 70 designated visitor sites spread across the islands (with an additional 75 water-based sites).
  • The Islands’ history of pirates, whalers, and early settlers has brought certain animal populations to the brink of extinction.

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