Mandalapa's Excursions

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Currently in: New York | Miles traveled: 450,000 miles | Countries Visited: 27

Posts Categorized / North America

Yosemite valley views from half dome

In August of 2013, I went on a trip to california and climbed Yosemite. It was one helluva hike. That’s for sure. The last bit where you have to hold on to the ropes to climb the mountain face is incredible. Below are yosemite valley views from top of half dome.

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Camping in Big Sur

Camping in the woods is always special to me. Add an ocean, stars and sounds of whales to it, it becomes even more spectacular. It’s hard to capture the true joy of my heart in this two dimensional picture, but this was one of the best experiences I have had in a while. Looking at the […]

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Best places to travel alone for men

Travel is the best way to feel wonderful and delighted. Some people are so determined that they save for a lifetime to plan a trip round the world. This info-graphic describes the best places to travel alone for men. Traveling is one of the exciting things to do. The places mentioned are the homes for what most men […]

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Fears of the ignorant American: Toronto edition

By Pete Dombrosky I consider myself a pretty patriotic person, like many Americans do. So naturally, I consider the 4th of July one of my favorite holidays. Grilled meats, cold beer, explosions, warm weather, watermelon and did I mention the grilled meats? Throw in a parade, potato salad and some flag waving (with some Springsteen […]

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What I think of Atlanta

Last weekend, I took a trip down south to Atlanta to visit a good awesome friend of mine. It was a wonderful experience to be back in the south after my 2 year stint at Kentucky. My first impression about Atlanta was it was beautiful. For some reason, I thought it was an OK place […]

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10 day Alaska Itinerary

In 2009, I took a trip to Alaska for about 3 weeks. I had very little idea what I was going to do there and rented a car for the entire time I was there. One thing about alaska is that it is an extremely large state, traveling from one corner to another takes about […]

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Best National Parks in America

Every year, I make it a point to visit at least one national park in America, not because they are closer and cheaper, but because they are way beautiful than people give them credit for. Ease of accessibility, sheer natural beauty, more secluded backcountry camping spots, diversity in wildlife, gorgeous hiking trails and breathtaking scenery are […]

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Fette Sau – NYC’s best BBQ

Every once in a while I get this craving, especially after my long runs, to eat some southern food, really good southern BBQ food. And watching BBQ pitmasters with my roommate Conor, only increases my cravings for it. Damn it Conor, you make me fat. Fortunately for me, there is an amazing BBQ place close […]

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