At College Mate, we strongly recommend gap-years, whether you take it before college, during college, or after.
I’ve had a bit of a lifestyle change since I last checked in here on the blog: I’ve arrived in Budapest, Hungary to study abroad for the semester! This past week has felt like a whirlwind, and I’m excited to share it all with you.
Upon arriving last Sunday (one week ago), I was jetlagged, exhausted, and overwhelmed. So many unknowns faced me, which was simultaneously exciting and stressful. Upon arriving at the airport, I met my lovely tandem partner (a student from Hungary who is here to help me along the way). I began unpacking in the dorm, met my roommates, and explored the city for a bit that night. My friends and I found a small pizza place only 3 minutes from my dorm selling huge slices of pizza priced at less than $1 each!! I have a feeling we’ll be visiting this place a lot…
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This post continues the retelling of my recent trip to Belize, participating in an archaeology field school and learning about jaguar conservation. More specifically, it details a brief side-trip to Guatemala. The rest of this series is located in the Travel category of this blog.
On the morning of June 16, 2017, I awoke in Flores with a start. My first night back in ‘civilization’ had not been restful, haunted by the knowledge that I must eventually return to Northern California. Fortunately, the day was about to improve dramatically. We were going to Tikal.
Tikal is one of the greatest archaeological sites in the Americas. Encompassing 57,600 hectares, Tikal is the largest excavated site in the New World (UNESCO, 2018; Ecotourism & Adventure Specialists, 2015). It was initially settled by the Maya in 800 or…
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It’s not for the faint of heart.
In 5 Must-See Attractions in Vegas, we mentioned the trials we faced hiking Red Rock Canyon. In spite of this, we tackled Lone Mountain the very next day.
What did we learn on these two hiking trips? Let’s just say that hiking in the Vegas desert is not for novices. The risks include dehydration, lethal falls, twisted ankles, cacti, and rattlesnakes.
But once you do it, you’ll realize the risks are all worth it, if you stay safe. So how do you stay safe in the Vegas desert? Here are five tips to ensure you make it out alive.
1. Check the Trail Maps
View from Part Way Up Lone Mountain
We’ve gone hiking in Georgia, Illinois, Pennsylvania, Iowa, South Carolina, New York, and now Nevada. On all trails we’ve visited, the trails are clearly marked, and usually color coded. In Vegas, may the force be with you.
From up high…
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We had a blast hanging out with our Junior Editor in Vegas.
In late November of 2016, we struck a partnership deal with an indie travel service. We then kicked off 2017 by preparing for the launch of our very own in-house travel agency.
We then scheduled beta testing of our travel services for January 28, 2017. On January 27, 2017, the first travel ban was signed into effect. By February, a second had followed. These events compelled us to postpone all travel-related plans at the firm.
However, after closely monitoring the sociopolitical landscape for two months, we decided to resume beta testing of our domestic travel services.
For our flagship test trip, we sent Founder & Managing Director, Alexis Chateau, to Vegas for a 5-day trip. She later returned with a full report on the must-see attractions in Las Vegas. Here are our top five from that list.
Las Vegas is a pricey city, but you can keep travel costs low if you know…
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At 1,592ft, Cowles Mountain is the highest peak in the city of San Diego. The hike to the summit of Cowles is possibly the most popular hiking route in all of San Diego County, which makes an early start a requirement for weekend outings. Hiking to the nearby Pyles Peak is far less popular, and the perfect addition to a hike up Cowles.
Directions And GPS Tracks:
- To hike to the summits of Cowles Mountain and Pyles Peak, drive to 7027 Golfcrest Dr, San Diego, CA 92119. There is a small parking lot at the trailhead that fills up quickly, but residential street parking is also available.
- Download GPX
- See my track on Strava
- Distance: 6 miles (3 miles if only hiking to Cowles Mountain)
- Elevation Gain: 1854 ft
- Minimum Elevation: 668 ft
- Maximum Elevation: 1592 ft
- Time: 2-4 hours
- Difficulty: Moderate
- Dog Friendly: Yes, on leash
- Permit Required:
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