Laguna de Apoyo and My Brush with Identity Theft

In the last few days of Randi’s visit to Nicaragua we decided to stay one night at Laguna de Apoyo. Laguna de Apoyo is a pristine crater lake conveniently located between the tourism hot-spots of Granada and Masaya in Southern Nicaragua. The lake’s dark sand beaches are dotted with hostels and hotels cashing in on the as-of-yet untouched tropical beauty of the place. Randi and I stayed … Continue reading Laguna de Apoyo and My Brush with Identity Theft

The Indescribable Magic of Ometepe

It’s difficult to explain why Isla de Ometepe is so phenomenal. Like many travelers, I can unequivocally say that it was my favorite place I visited in Nicaragua, if not all of Central America. And yet I’ve had an incredibly difficult time writing this blog post because no specific story or picture or experience can possibly embody the reality of Ometepe. The truth of the … Continue reading The Indescribable Magic of Ometepe

San Juan del Sur and the Great Miscommunication

After my unforgettable stint in Peñas Blancas I made the trek to Managua to meet my brother Sam as he arrived in Nicaragua. Sam was joining me on my travels through the country for a week during his spring break. The beginning of our travels together marked one of the greatest miscommunications of my trip. Everything was going smoothly until we arrived at the bus station to … Continue reading San Juan del Sur and the Great Miscommunication

Tulum, Mexico


I had almost ten days free between getting off work for Christmas vacation and flying to Texas to see my mother and brother for New Years. After careful consideration, I decided to spend that time in Mexico exploring the Yucatán Peninsula. This is the first of several posts about the unforgettable experiences I had backpacking the USA’s southern neighbor—Mexico is a country of incredible natural and cultural beauty, amazing (and cheap!) food, and some of the friendliest people I have ever met. Continue reading “Tulum, Mexico”