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luxury japanese ryokan in Shuzenji, Japan | #japan #ryokan #travel #hotel

[vc_row][vc_column width="1/4"][/vc_column][vc_column width="1/2"][vc_column_text]We were almost half way through our whirlwind adventure through Japan when it was finally time to spend one blissful night in the much anticipated luxury Japanese ryokan called Yagyu No Sho. After weeks of searching online, we finally found this beautiful Japanese...

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Photos inside San Francisco's Candytopia

[vc_row][vc_column width="1/6"][/vc_column][vc_column width="2/3"][vc_single_image image="3795" img_size="full"][/vc_column][vc_column width="1/6"][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column width="1/4"][/vc_column][vc_column width="1/2"][vc_empty_space height="50px"][vc_column_text]In 2018, the concept of a pop-up museum really means only one thing-- It's an opportunity to take selfies in front of visually appealing shit. San Francisco lost its mind over the chroma-filled color factory, then months...

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misadventures in Akita, Japan - whole widen world #akita #travel #Japan #japantravel

[vc_row css=".vc_custom_1561946812406{padding-right: 10px !important;padding-left: 10px !important;}"][vc_column width="1/4"][/vc_column][vc_column width="1/2"][vc_column_text]After a full morning of traipsing around Kakunodate's soggy samurai village, we found ourselves on yet another train toward the town of Akita. We had barely enough time to get comfortable and rest our feet before the train...

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Kakunodate Samurai Village Header

[vc_row css=".vc_custom_1545001647410{padding-right: 10px !important;padding-left: 10px !important;}"][vc_column width="1/4"][/vc_column][vc_column width="1/2"][vc_column_text]The Shinkansen pulled away with a lurch from Toyko station at 6:00 am. The sky was a deep purple and the sun hadn’t peeked over the horizon. Outside, the streets were mostly vacant, save a few bicyclists making...

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A quiet moment in Donner Lake | #winter #donner #cabingetaway

[vc_row][vc_column width="1/4"][/vc_column][vc_column width="1/2"][vc_column_text]Every winter, my husband Jeremy and I organize a weekend Tahoe cabin trip with a group of dear friends. We spend three days in the snow, sledding, sleeping by the fire, and eating junk food. Each year it becomes more special as more...

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Color Factory | Whole Widen World #colorfactory #ilovecolor #artinstallation #artexhibit #sanfrancisco #wholewidenworld

[vc_row][vc_column width="1/4"][/vc_column][vc_column width="1/2"][vc_column_text]In August 2017, a white three-story building with vertical rainbow stripes located on the edge of lower nob hill in opened its doors for business. They called themselves The Color Factory and they welcomed people to come and enjoy an exhibit of color focused rooms, designed for delight and...

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The City Museum, St. Louis | #wholewidenworld #museum #saintlouis #familyfriendly #exploresaintlouis

[vc_row][vc_column width="1/4"][/vc_column][vc_column width="1/2"][vc_column_text]Long before your Instagram feed was filled with selfies from trendy pop-up museums like Color factory and Museum of Ice Cream, there was the the City Museum in Saint Louis. Aptly described as a playground museum, City Museum holds over 10 floors of structures, surfaces,...

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House of Eternal Return by Meow Wolf | #art #installation #museum #surreal #travel #santafe #roadtrip #wholewidenworld

[vc_row css=".vc_custom_1513579563305{padding-right: 10px !important;padding-left: 10px !important;}"][vc_column width="1/4"][/vc_column][vc_column width="1/2"][vc_column_text]While researching popular attractions in New Mexico, I came across a trip advisor post about Meow Wolf, a collective of artists who create surreal, colorful, and weird interactive art installations. Their most recent work, "the house of eternal return",...

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Magic Town, Colorado Springs | Whole Widen World

[vc_row css=".vc_custom_1512716302542{padding-right: 15px !important;padding-left: 15px !important;}"][vc_column width="1/4"][/vc_column][vc_column width="1/2"][vc_column_text]While visiting Colorado Springs on our road-trip, we happened across a curious place called Magic Town, the art exhibit of the sculptor, Micheal Garman.  From the outside, it appears to be a magic shop but upon entering, you realize...

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A fall hike in Boulder, Colorado | Whole Widen World #fall #hike #colorado #boulder

[vc_row][vc_column width="1/4"][/vc_column][vc_column width="1/2"][vc_column_text]While on our road trip in Colorado we decided to meet up with friends from college at a cafe in downtown Boulder. The crisp air and the first crunch of leaves underfoot tell us that fall has arrived and we are eager to enjoy it....

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Cliffs of Mohr, Ireland | Whole Widen World #cliffsofmoher #Ireland #hiking #travel

[vc_row css=".vc_custom_1522533304820{padding-top: 50px !important;padding-bottom: 50px !important;}"][vc_column width="1/4"][/vc_column][vc_column width="1/2"][vc_column_text]Come witness at the Cliffs of Moher where land meets sea in a turbulent end. Waves crash hard into rocks, chiseling their way deeper into the high cliff side. [/vc_column_text][vc_empty_space height="30px"][vc_column_text]Gulls swoop in and out of cubby holes,...

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Fjord ride from Bergen to Flam, Norway | Whole Widen World

[vc_row content_width="grid"][vc_column][vc_column_text]Let me tell you about our magical fjord ride in Norway. The journey begins in the early morning fog along the docks in Bergen. The anticipation for the 5 ½ hour ferry ride hangs in the air. As more arrive, people shuffle forward crowding the entrance,...

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Camping Lagoon Campground , Oregon | Whole Widen World #camping #summer #oregon

[vc_row content_width="grid" css=".vc_custom_1500657492056{padding-top: 50px !important;}"][vc_column][vc_column_text]Our highly anticipated camping trip to Lagoon Campground in Oregon is finally here. After driving for 8 plus hours in the car, and stopping in Ashland for lunch, we arrive at the camp around 3:00 pm.   We go into our natural routine for...

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Souvenir-shopping-in-ashland-oregon | Whole Widen World #souvenirs #ashland #oregon

[vc_row css=".vc_custom_1523236701718{padding-top: 50px !important;padding-bottom: 30px !important;}"][vc_column width="1/4"][/vc_column][vc_column width="1/2"][vc_column_text]The alarm blares at 3:45 AM and Jeremy springs out of bed. I startle awake and lay back down, groaning. He quickly gets dressed and starts gathering the last few things we need for our long journey. I...

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Hiking Kilarney National Park in Ireland | Whole Widen World #Ireland #kilarney #hiking

[vc_row content_width="grid"][vc_column width="1/6"][/vc_column][vc_column width="2/3"][vc_column_text]Killarney National Park is one of Ireland's many natural jewels and makes up part of the enchanting Ring of Kerry. There is something for everyone, but for a good place to start a hike, park near Jarveys Rest and Traditional Pub, cross the street and...

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Hiking Las Posadas park with friends

[vc_row content_width="grid"][vc_column][vc_column_text]This 4th of July we picked up our friends Brian and Simantha and headed to St. Helena for hiking, eating, and spending the day in wine country.[/vc_column_text][vc_empty_space height="50px"][vc_column_text] Las Posadas State Forest The first part of the 4.2 mile loop hike takes you through a mix of...

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street art in norway

[vc_row content_width="grid"][vc_column][vc_column_text]It's always fun to find street art in different places. Seeing the different styles and influences. They act as little easter eggs around every corner. Here's a few we f.ound traveling in Norway and Sweden[/vc_column_text][vc_empty_space height="30px"][vc_single_image image="472" img_size="full" alignment="center"][vc_empty_space height="30px"][vc_single_image image="475" img_size="full" alignment="center"][vc_empty_space height="30px"][vc_single_image...

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Group camping trip at Indian Grinding Rock

[vc_row content_width="grid" content_text_aligment="center" use_row_as_full_screen_section="no"][vc_column][vc_empty_space height="30px"][vc_column_text]Indian Grinding rock sits quietly in the heart of gold country in California. This small park is home to a large smattering of pitted rocks used by the native Miwok tribe to grind acorns and other food. The open field near the...

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Winter Cabin Weekend Truckee Getaway: Check out the blanket of downy snow in Truckee during the winter months. All is still and quiet | #truckee #winter #getaway #weekendtrip #wholewidenworld

[vc_row content_width="grid"][vc_column][vc_column_text]The small mountain town of Truckee holds a dear place in our hearts. Not only is it the place where Jeremy proposed, but it lacks the congested streets from tourism that plague it's neighbor city, Lake Tahoe, and keeps the small town charm all...

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Honeymoon in Ireland - Highlights

[vc_row css=".vc_custom_1521268389268{padding-top: 50px !important;padding-bottom: 50px !important;}"][vc_column width="1/4"][/vc_column][vc_column width="1/2"][vc_column_text]While many newlyweds choose some dreamy beach destination for their honeymoon (which is perfectly fine), we spent 9 glorious days traveling around the perimeter of Ireland.  We had dreamed of this trip for years and were so excited...

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Hiking San Francisco Lands End

[vc_row content_width="grid" css=".vc_custom_1499958450524{padding-top: 50px !important;padding-bottom: 50px !important;}"][vc_column][vc_column_text]As a San Francisco resident, we take for granted the fact that we have some amazing hikes right in our backyard. Hiking Lands End is one of my favorites for its beautiful foggy coastline, it's views of the Golden...