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I'm an adventurous introvert from Vancouver, Washington who lives on sleep + "me time." I'm a lover of lifting weights, dinosaurs, real talk and traveling with my husband. I am here to help you move better, lift more, bust the myths of the fitness industry, and inspire you to love the process.

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One comes to Tsumago to visit the ancient villages. That’s certainly why we were there. As mentioned in my Takayama post, you can totally visit Tsumago from Takayama, but we decided to just make Tsumago one of our stays. Stay at Hotel Hanasara – due to the ‘rona, we didn’t use their hot spring, but […]

November 5, 2020

Tsumago, Japan ancient hike by Annie Miller

Takayama Japan has a village, mountain town vibe to it. When you google “Takayama Japan” you see images of Shirakawago and Tsumago more than the ACTUAL town of Takayama. That’s because one comes to Takayama to see Tsumago, Shirakawago and other surrounding areas. We chose to split up Takayama and Tsumago. So we stayed in […]

October 29, 2020

Annie Miller exploring Takayama Japan

Seeing the Jigokudani Monkey Park on the way from Nikko to Takayama was a non-negotiable for us. We were supposed to pick up my sister at the airport, and then haul balls to the monkey park. Since she forfeited the trip we had more time to visit the snow monkeys, as well as the Japanese […]

October 22, 2020

Snow Monkey Park in Japan by Annie MIller

Nikko Japan was way cooler than we expected. It was our first stop in our 21 day Japanese road trip. We arrived from Tokyo and had one full day of adventuring before taking off for our second location, Takayama. Before we begin the full day of adventuring (and it was a FULL DAY), let’s lay […]

October 15, 2020

One day in Nikko Japan with Annie Miller

When most people heard we were traveling to Japan, they probably pictured Tokyo – A bustling city with bright lights and night life. While Tokyo has these things, it also has history, temples, and gardens…much like the rest of Japan. So, let me give you the need-to-know run down on Tokyo. Sanitation: It is hands […]

October 8, 2020

Tokyo during Cherry blossom season photo diary and guide with Annie Miller

Sharing all about our 21 day Japanese road trip! Japan has been on Nate‘s travel list for as long as we have talked about traveling. We’d heard how much people love this set of islands off the east coast of mainland Asia, but we WERE NOT READY for the gem that is Japan. At the […]

October 1, 2020

a car in tokyo on Japanese road trip with Annie Miller

We flew to Melbourne from Buenos Aires. And during the flight across the international dateline, a 14 day quarantine was put in place in Australia due to the rising awareness of the coronavirus. We were not informed about this until we were going through customs. It wasn’t the end of the world, however. We simply […]

September 24, 2020

Melbourne, Australia road trip view with Annie Miller

Buenos Aires has been on my list since our first round of world travels. We debated staying here as one of our month-long South American locations, but at the time it was too expensive. I loved the idea of a European feeling city but in South America. A mixture of two cultures so you could […]

September 17, 2020

a building Buenos Aires with Annie Miller

You can do a simple 30 minute hike all the way to a multi-day trek in Torres del Paine. Nate and I classify ourselves as moderate day hikers. We are NOT avid hikers. We are humans who don’t mind working hard for a great view, ideally within a five hour time period. Hopefully that sets […]

August 27, 2020

Day hikes in Torres del Paine with Annie Miller

Torres del Paine is iconic. It, and Fitz Roy are likely what most people think of when they hear “Patagonia.” And that’s for good reason. The three peaks of TDP combined with the surrounding mountains, lakes and wildlife make this a truly memorable location. I can’t dive into the details of hikes, park entrance fees, […]

August 20, 2020

Patagonia Torres del Paine Travel Guide by Annie Miller

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