Indiana Dunes Things To Do – Just 1 hour from Chicago!

My sand dune state park obsession continues!  The latest park added to my list, is Indiana Dunes State Park located in Chesterton, Indiana, just a one hour drive away from Downtown Chicago!  A small section of Indiana state borders Lake Michigan, but it’s a section that’s well worth a stop!  Here are some of my favourite Indiana Dunes things to do!

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Gold Coast, Australia: Two Mt Tamborine Walks You Need To Do!

When you think of Gold Coast in Australia, what’s the first thing that comes into your head?  I’m probably not wrong in thinking ‘beaches’…it’s in the name after all!  It shouts out white sandy coastline!  Away from the hustle and bustle of the cities, Gold Coast’s Hinterland is home to several national parks, including: Tamborine National Park, Springbrook National Park (the ‘I’m a Celebrity Jungle’ for my UK readers!) and Lamington National Park.  This post will focus on Tamborine National Park and things to do on Mt Tamborine in a morning or afternoon, just a 50 minute drive from Surfers Paradise!

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Hot Chocolate Run – Race Day Experience!

This run literally sums me up to a T…I love being active…but then I also love to pig out!  Run 5K (3 miles) and be rewarded with chocolate…what more could you want?!  I signed up to Hot Chocolate 15K/5K, which as the name suggests has both a 15K (9 miles) and a 5K hot chocolate run.  At the moment they have races in 17 cities across the USA (5 being in the Midwest) which are spread out over the ‘winter’ season.  I took part in the 5K in Minneapolis, Minnesota!

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Hiking The ‘Devil’s Staircase’ Segment of the Ice Age Trail in Janesville, WI

The Wisconsin Ice Age Trail is a 1,200 mile hiking trail stretching from the Minnesota border, all the way to Lake Michigan.  Think of it as Wisconsin’s version of the Appalachian Trail!  Over 12,000 years ago glacial ice cut through Wisconsin shaping the landscape, the trail passes some of the most scenic parts of this terrain.  On my recent visit to Janesville, I hiked a very small section of the trail called the Devil’s Staircase Segment!

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8 Places to Enjoy the Outdoors in Dubuque, Iowa!

Who’s ready for the summer?!  There are so many ways to enjoy the great outdoors in Dubuque, Iowa.  In this post I share some of my favourites, along with some of my bucket list plans for this summer!  Are there any others you’d add to the list?

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Hiking The Mines of Spain, Dubuque – Iowa

In my opinion, one of my favourite places to go hiking is the Mines of Spain in Dubuque Iowa!  I’ve been in both summer and autumn but the recreational area is open all year round.  There are 10 different trails in various lengths and hiking levels.  Here’s a look at the 3 trails that I have completed!
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Gung Ho – 5k Inflatable Obstacle Course!

There are so many different types of fun runs now that are open to people of all ages and abilities, 5k’s (3miles), 10k’s, women’s only, colour runs, mud runs, bubble runs, chocolate runs and 5k inflatable obstacle run!  Gung Ho is a ‘touring’ event around the UK, my nearest was located at Brand’s Hatch Racecourse in Kent.  I was booked in for the 10.45am ‘wave’ time.  Start times were staggered all through the day to stop bottle necks at the inflatables that were approximately every 500 metres along the course.  Some obstacles were easier than others!

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Tips For Climbing Kotor’s City Walls, Montenegro

Ever since I had watched Adventurous Kate’s Snapchat of her climbing up the Kotor city walls in Montenegro, I knew it was something I had to do, I love a good challenge after all!  Here’s a quick run down of Kotor…its Old Town is a UNESCO World Heritage site, located on the Bay of Kotor in Montenegro (not THAT far away from the Croatian border, Dubrovnik to Kotor is a doable journey!), rather than go around…the city walls go up ABOVE the city to the Kotor Fortress of St John’s Castle, there’s even a church half way up!  Entrance is €3 and it offers some of the best views of the city and bay.

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