For many years graffiti was seen as a scourge on urban landscapes. It was considered the work of thugs and vandals and had to be eliminated at all costs. City managers would send out their staffs in droves to paint over, scrub off, and do whatever they could to remove graffiti. In the last few years though, many metro areas have realized that graffiti can be managed, and started using it to beautify urban settings. The city of Toronto recently embraced street art and graffiti and in doing so, created some beautiful outdoor “alleyway-galleries” where this art can be appreciated. Here are some of my favorite pictures from a recent Toronto graffiti tour I took.
Glacier National Park is one of the most gorgeous places on earth, so it’s only natural that a whole lot of people flock to it throughout the year. During the late spring and summer, the park’s most popular trails can be downright crowded, making it less of a magical excursion than it should be. But there are ways to avoid the crowds and see the park in peace. One way is by visiting lesser known, almost secret trails that’ll take you away from the throngs of tourists and but still let you enjoy the area’s spectacular beauty. Here are three of the best offbeat trails in Glacier National Park.
While Yosemite make’s it to the top of California’s “A-list” for National parks in the area; there are two strong “B-listers” that are definitely worth a visit. They are the sister parks of Sequoia & Kings Canyon National Park . Much like Hollywood movies, these B-Parks frequently are less crowded and offer more substance than their mega-blockbuster A-list counterparts. If you find yourself looking for a wonderful day of driving and hiking, head on over to King’s Canyon National Park and it’s sister Sequoia National Park. Considering all three parks are along the same range, I promise you’ll have a grand ole’ time without all the crowds and fuss of Yosemite.
Walking is one of the most amazing physical activities possible for a number of reasons. It is something that almost all of us can do and it is hugely beneficial to the body and mind. Walking has no apparent negatives and it allows us to engage with the people, animals, and the natural world all around us. At Headwater there a huge number of fabulous walking holidays available that takes in some of nature’s most captivating sites and spectacles. Given holidays also feature pretty highly on most people’s lists of favourite things, combining the two would seem to be as sure a recipe for success as a cake with icing on top.
If you are looking for some great nightlife while visiting the Vancouver, BC area you can’t miss the Gastown District. It’s filled with some neat architecture, bars, shops, and of course swanky restaurants. When we visited the area last fall, we were looking for somewhere to enjoy some good hearty pub food, and sip on some fine brews. After asking around, and doing some research, it turns out the Steamworks Brew Pub in Vancouver’s Gastown District was just what we were looking for.
I first heard of the Thundershirt from a friend of mine. I was telling him a story about how Zoe, our Weimaraner, likes to hide in the bathtub during thunderstorms. He mentioned the Thundershirt as a product he had seen that was supposed to relax and calm dogs that were scared of thunder. A few months later, we met with a Thundershirt rep while at Global Pet Expo. We started talking about the Thundershirt, and how it cold help pets with all types of anxiety including travel anxiety. With that thought in mind we put together this Thundershirt Review to see how well it worked .
When we started this blog, we did it with the sole purpose of inspiring others to travel. We wanted everyone we knew to learn how to dream, then make those dreams a reality. Turn off the tube and stop living vicariously. This is why if anyone we knew wanted to travel somewhere with us, we were game for it.
Some of our best memories to date were of traveling with friends and family. We have gone to some great lengths to meet people we know all over the world.
Steps can lead us to many different places in life. Whether you are “taking two steps forward and one step back” or taking “one small step for man” it’s important to remember this: “A journey of a thousand miles must begins with a single step.”. Here are some steps that we’ve enjoyed climbing through our lives for this week’s #FriFotos – Steps.
Whenever I travel outside the US, I always find it funny to see stores that look exactly like the American version with just a few changes. It’s as if they couldn’t think of a good idea on their own, so they just took an American idea and modified it to suit their needs. While China is by far the king of knock offs and knock off brands, you can also find many similarities much closer to home. Here is a collection of funny international knock off brands that I found while on a recent visit to Trinidad and Tobago.
Dog car safety is an important topic for us here at The Constant Rambler. Our dogs have spent countless hours in the back of our VW GTI as we’ve driven back and forth across the country. For many years we, like many other dog owners, just let them roam around in the back seat (or wherever else they felt like plopping). Recently though, due to a heightened awareness of the issue, we’ve come to realize that not only is it unsafe to our dogs, it’s also unsafe for us humans to let them do that. We’re now out on a mission to increase dog car safety, by highlighting products and companies that are making it easier and safer to harness your pets in the car. We recently had the opportunity to test out the Tru-Fit Smart Harness and Auto Zip Line from Kurgo and were pretty happy with the results.