Burnsville, Minnesota, March 2017

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Las Vegas, February 2017 GoPro Travel Video

Sin City. Fear and Loathing. “What happens in Vegas, Stays in Vegas.” My preconceptions of Nevada’s largest city centered mostly on glitter, glam, and excess. To some extent, they were right but there is so much more to Las Vegas than the strip. Sure, it can be fun to walk through the casinos and nightclubs, but the natural beauty of the Mojave desert is not more than a ten minute car ride from the Bellagio. Our trip took my travel partners and me from the MGM Grand and its spacious heated pool to Lake Mead and the Railroad Tunnel hiking trail and from the Fremont Street Experience and Golden Nugget casino to riding Vespa mopeds through Red Rock Canyon. Other stops off the strip included the Pinball Hall of Fame, Las Vegas monorail, and memorial site where Tupac Shakur was assassinated in September 1996 (“Pour Out a Little Liquor”). A hidden gem on the strip is in the parking garage of the Cosmopolitan hotel and casino. Original artwork by Shepard Fairey adorns the walls, and is likely overlooked by 95% of those passing through. By the way, in case anyone is wondering, I broke even on blackjack and won 9 cents playing slots. I’m rich.

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Bahamas, January 2017 GoPro Travel Video

My only exposure to the Bahamas prior to this trip was the Beatles’ 1965 film Help and the Baha Men’s complete discography on my iPod. The long and short of it is that as a tiny sovereign nation comprised of small islands and a massive financial hub, the Commonwealth of the Bahamas has done quite well for itself. My travel partner and I flew into Nassau and stayed at a condo half a block off Junkanoo Beach, where we found exceptional snorkeling, kayaking, and swimming. After a short boat trip around Paradise Island for parasailing, we made out way inland to downtown Nassau and the Queen’s Staircase and waterfall.

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Guatemala, November 2016 GoPro travel video

Guatemala is, as far as I’m concerned, one of the hidden gems of Latin America. Its landscape is covered in green hills and dotted with volcanoes at every turn, and oceanic Lake Atitlan is breathtaking from any angle. My journey began in the capitol city when my friend–a Native and dual citizen of Guatemala and the U.S. herself–picked me up in her rented car and we cruised to the UNESCO heritage town Antigua. From Antigua, we zipped (slowly, via bus) from the lake towns of Panajachel for ziplining to San Pedro for the nightlife to San Marcos for cliff diving. Back to Antigua, I explored the colorful city streets and took in a bird’s eye view of the city at Cerro de la Cruz (view of the cross).

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