Summer in Vail Colorado by JD Andrews

All slide-show photos were taken with my GalaxyS6 with Gorilla Glass 4

Growing up in Colorado I never appreciated the beauty, so I try to come back to visit anytime I can. So it was easy to say 'YES' when I was invited to come see what #VailSummer was all about. We stayed at the historic Lodge at Vail which made it easy to get around both Vail and Lionshead.


After a scenic ride up the Eagle Bahn Gondola to Adventure Ridge, you start seeing all the fun things to do:

Catch some air at 10,000 feet with a waist harness attached to bungee cords.
Put a harness on and scramble up a climbing wall located at 11,000 feet.
Choose your own adventure with one of Vail Mountain’s High Ropes Challenge Courses. It’s a fun and challenging activity for the whole family.
The four-line, 1,200-foot zipline tour is a new and unique way to see the mountain from an entirely different point of view.
A new take on the mountain tubing adventure, summer tubing provides guests the
opportunity to feel the thrill of the mountain just like winter tubing on snow.

Coming in 2016- Epic Discovery

Designed to connect both kids and adults with the national forests in an active, fun and engaging way. Vail Resorts will work with The Nature Conservancy to bring scientific content to the eco-discovery experiences and will be contributing one percent of all summer lift ticket and activity revenue toward forest restoration projects.

The primary elements of Vail’s Epic Discovery plans include:

Micro-Interpretive Centers for Education: Integrated with trails and activities around the mountain, these interpretive experiential centers will provide guests with hands-on information and activities about forest health, wildlife and the mountain geography of the White River National Forest.

Game Creek and Front Side Zip Line Tours: The ultimate outdoor experiences, these guided tours will immerse guests in the forest habitat with an array of zip lines and aerial bridges. Guests will learn about the mountain ecosystem while working their way through each course’s challenges.

More Hiking and Mountain Biking Trails: Comprehensive interpretive and directional signage will be integrated to encourage more hiking and mountain biking across Vail Mountain and descending into the villages below.

Family Forest Adventure Park: A playground of rope challenges and bridges to introduce young children to the wonders of the forest.

Forest Flyer™: An alpine coaster that runs on raised rails, the Forest Flyer™ winds its way down the mountain, following the natural contours of the landscape through the forest.

Wildwood Observation Deck: A panoramic viewing balcony nestled within awe-inspiring scenery of alpine forests, meadows of wildflowers and wildlife.

Vail is so beautiful in the winter and summer but with all these new activities, I hope to bring my daughter back next summer for an amazing adventure!

Vail is located (in Colorado USA) 100 miles (160 km) west of Denver, 140 miles (230 km) east of Grand Junction and is easily accessible via the Eagle County Regional Airport, located 35 miles (56 km) to the west – all along the Interstate 70 corridor. 

Rafting in Fiji by JD Andrews

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Aeronaut by Tom Bihn - Travel Gear Review by JD Andrews


The Aeronaut by Tom Bihn is the largest sized carry-on allowed by the airlines.

You can pack a lot into this  22" x 14" x 9" travel Duffel. With a large middle section and two side compartments (with pockets) You'll be able to bring everything you need for a weekend trip or even longer.

Combine the Aeronaut with Tom Bihn's Packing Cubes and when you reach your destination, take out the cubes and with a Zip and two clicks the Aeronaut transforms into the perfect backpack for everyday adventures.

Made in USA in the TOM BIHN Seattle factory.

Next Adventure.....Africa by JD Andrews

 Hurry boy, it's waiting there for you... 

I've only been to Africa one other time, it was two years ago when I had the opportunity to visit Rwanda. Went on a Gorilla hike, met Don Cheadle and got to see a lot of the country. But the African continent is HUGE and I knew I had to return to see more. I was suppose to go on this trip last year but my gallbladder had a different ideas.....

but now I'm so excited to be heading back to Africa in two weeks and getting the chance to experience more of the people, place and activities -  like Safaris! :) YEA!


Also getting the chance to experience the big cities, Johannesburg & Cape Town ~ plus the food, wine & culture.

I’m extremely excited and very honored, my thanks to South Africa’s Tourism Board for inviting me.

Follow the whole adventure Oct. 28th – Nov. 10th, 2012 on twitter #VisitSouthAfrica

See you in Africa!

Live the adventure!


(all photos were provided by the South Africa’s Tourism Board)

Old Wooden Whaling Boats - Deception Island, Antarctica by JD Andrews