Michelle Kastanek (@a_state_of_adventure) β€” Explorer 🌎 Michigander βœ‹ Honest Reviews πŸ‘Œ Real Experiences πŸ•
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"For Gawd's sake, get me to the church on time!" (Bonus points from me if you ca
"For Gawd's sake, get me to the church on time!" (Bonus points from me if you can name that musical πŸ˜‰) β›ͺ This church was a darling stop on our way back from hiking the Na Pali Coast. πŸ‘£ The doors were open and invited visitors inside this historical building. American missionaries founded the mission in Kauai in 1834 and this church was built in 1912. It is incredibly beautiful and still houses the original church bell in it's bell tower. πŸ”” Worth a little pit stop! πŸ€™ β›ͺ #takemetochurch#waiolihuiiachurch#kauai#hawaii#explorekauai#islandhopping#islandlife#ustravel#us_vacations#neverstopexploring#greenchurch#stainedglass#gohawaii#culturetrip#hawaiihistory#churchesoftheworld#aloha#alohastate#gothicchurch#hawaiiadventures#doyoutravel#amazingtravelbeauty#postcardplaces#travelthroughtheworld#traveldreamescape#discoverkauai#beautyofunitedstates#theadventurenetwork#musicalreferences
24.03.2019 17:15:02
Some coffee for your Friday! β˜•
My husband adores coffee. I love the smell, but I
Some coffee for your Friday! β˜• My husband adores coffee. I love the smell, but I'm a tea person through and through. Kauai Coffee Company was a perfect stop for him. The self-guided tour of the coffee crop was very interesting plus, my husband got to sample tons of different coffee blends! Tip: Glass Sand beach is nearby. Take a quick stop there to or from your trip to Kauai Coffee. β˜• #coffee#fridaycoffee#kauai#hawaii#kauaicoffeecompany#gohawaii#agritourism#hawaiiadventures#islandlife#coffeeplant#doyoutravel#adventurethatislife#ustravel#us_vacations#kalaheo#earlymorningpickmeup#roadtripkauai#hawaiilove#plantpics#neverstopexploring#wekeepmoments#memorychaser#wanderlust#adventureawaits#traveldreamescape#exploremore
22.03.2019 13:08:03
"If you can find a path with no obstacles, it probably doesn't lead anywhere."
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"If you can find a path with no obstacles, it probably doesn't lead anywhere." πŸ’¬ Frank A. Clark πŸ‘£ Zion is probably our favorite National Park! This picture is from our hike in the Narrows. Be warned, you hike in the river, upstream! In some places, the water got as high as my waist. We rented water shoes and walking sticks from a local outfitter which made a huge difference! Bring a dry pack as well to protect your electronics. Also, don't be like the stupid people we saw hiking the river in flip flops... πŸ™„ You will get hurt! Overall, definitely a hike worth doing! πŸ‘£ #utah#visitutah#adventurethatislife#adventureenthusiasts#ustravel#usnationalparks#nationalparksandmonuments#nationalparkgeek#us_vacations#neverstopexploring#travelbug#honeymoon#travelinspo#zionnationalpark#peoplewhohike#hikers#wanderlust#postcardplaces#dontmisshikes#naturelovers#getoutside#exploretheoutdoors#exploretheus#exploretocreate#traveldreamescape#sayyestoadventures#wecollectmemories#adventurepeople
21.03.2019 14:52:39
Overcast days are great for grazing. 🌾
We loved Wildlife Loop Road! Check at the
Overcast days are great for grazing. 🌾 We loved Wildlife Loop Road! Check at the ranger station before you begin to see where the most recent buffalo sightings are. Remember to drive slow and appreciate. We came upon this herd of buffalo when we were almost to the end, disappointed we hadn't seen anything. This herd was huge! Giant buffalo wandered in the road and beside our car. I have to admit it was a bit nerve racking, but so cool! 🌾 As with all wildlife, please remember to be respectful. Don't get out of your car! Remember, this is their home, not yours. Count yourself blessed to live among these amazing creatures. 🌾 #visitsd#southdakota#neverstopexploring#beautyofunitedstates#ustravel#postcardplaces#buffalo#outwest#us_vacations#custersd#custerstatepark#wildlifelooproad#wildlifephotography#culturetrip#wherethebuffaloroam#allaboutadventures#travelthroughtheworld#traveldreamescape#wekeepmoments#theadventurenetwork#travelinspo
19.03.2019 14:35:06
Probably my favorite Michigan lighthouse. πŸ₯° Which I'm sure has nothing to do wit
Probably my favorite Michigan lighthouse. πŸ₯° Which I'm sure has nothing to do with the fact that this was my husband's and my first date. πŸ₯° πŸ•―οΈ Ludington is a fantastic West Michigan beach escape and a great stop on a road trip up the West Michigan coast. The state park has miles of trails that cut across varying landscapes of beaches and forests, great camping, and access to fantastic swimmable beaches. The town is quaint and full of great shops and restaurants. Be sure to climb up to the top of the lighthouse for exquisite views. πŸ₯° PS. No trip to Ludington is complete without ice cream from @houseofflavorsrestaurant Do yourself a favor after a hot day at the beach and get a cone! πŸ•―οΈ #puremichiganlighthouse#puremichigan#ludington#mihome#mitravels#mittenstate#mittenlove#lighthouse#michiganbeaches#mistateparks#womenwhoexplore_michigan#lighthouselove#beachlife#westmichigan#alwayslovemichigan#mistateparks#michigander#neverstopexploring#travelthroughtheworld#traveldreamescape#ustravel#us_vacations#beautyofunitedstates#adventurethatislife#theadventurenetwork
18.03.2019 14:32:36
Forever in love with this view. πŸ₯°
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Moulay Idriss far surpassed my expectations.
Forever in love with this view. πŸ₯° πŸŒ„ Moulay Idriss far surpassed my expectations. Before visiting, I knew nothing about this sacred city. Our walking tour was very educational and helped us understand not just about this city, but about Moroccan culture too. Plus our guide timed out the sunset perfectly. β˜€οΈ We stayed with a local who cooked us food and gave us a mint tea making demonstration, which was so interesting! He was an incredibly kind man and everyone I met was equally as kind. I cannot say enough about our experience!! This city will always hold my heart. 🀲❀️ πŸŒ„ #moulayidriss#intrepidtravel#inmorocco#travelthroughtheworld#traveldreamescape#travellingmorocco#neverstopexploring#morocco#moroccoonmymind#sunsetviews#cityviews#doyoutravel#wanderingtheworld#postcardplaces#passionpassport#takemeback#citylove#theadventurenetwork#moroccanadventure#wowmoment#foreverwandering#exploretocreate#wecollectmemories#wekeepmoments
15.03.2019 14:02:31
The beauty of Moroccan architecture stole my heart at every glance. πŸ•Œ
A visit to
The beauty of Moroccan architecture stole my heart at every glance. πŸ•Œ A visit to the Hassan II Mosque is a must in Casablanca. Especially since Casablanca is not big on tourist places. I always had a romanticized vision of this city because of 'Casablanca in Love'. Reality was a bit different. We only spent a day in Casablanca and felt like it was enough. The city is more of a business city. Everyone was super friendly. Our first cab driver even taught us how to count out Dirham on our first day in Morocco, even when he could have totally jipped us! πŸ•Œ #casablanca#moroccoonmymind#moroccanadventure#morocco#inmorocco#intrepidtravel#travellingmorocco#moroccanarchitecture#beautyofmorocco#doyoutravel#travelthroughtheworld#postcardplaces#traveldreamescape#passionpassport#wekeepmoments#memorymaking#mosque#thisisafrica#neverstopexploring#culturetrip#exploretocreate#sayyestoadventures
14.03.2019 15:09:26
On this anniversary of the πŸ’» world wide web, I would like to say how thankful I
On this anniversary of the πŸ’» world wide web, I would like to say how thankful I am for this invention! I know the internet gets a lot of bad press, but I love how connected it has made us. πŸ—ΊοΈ During my travels I've made so many friends that I can stay in touch with halfway around the world! βž•Plus, I think it broadens our perspective of world events. It helps us think less collectively, and see world terror or other issues as individuals making poor choices instead of countries or ethnicities as a whole. πŸ‡°πŸ‡­ And bonus: I never would have heard let alone been able to plan a trip to Cambodia without the internet. ❀️ πŸ‡°πŸ‡­ #worldwideweb#cambodia#angkorwat#temple#exploretocreate#indianajones#southeastasia#prerup#angkorexploring#worldtraveler#postcardplaces#passionpassport#travelthroughtheworld#traveldreamescape#worldviews#templehunting#internetfriends#sheisnotlost#dametraveler#womenwhoexplore#adventureenthusiasts#damestravel#travelbug#travelinspo#doyoutravel#sayyestoadventures#wekeepmoments
12.03.2019 14:44:40
"We travel not to escape life, but for life not to escape us." πŸ’¬ Anonymous
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"We travel not to escape life, but for life not to escape us." πŸ’¬ Anonymous ⛰️ Canyonlands surprised us. It wasn't very crowded on our hikes, even in July. This is Upheaval Done, where a meteor is theorized to have hit. We loved the color contrast between this green and red. It's a very unique hike! ⛰️ #adventureenthusiasts#nationalparkgeek#canyonlandsnp#visitutah#outwest#culturetrip#roadtrip#ustravel#usroadtrip#usnationalparks#us_vacations#beautyofunitedstates#neverstopexploring#wecollectmemories#postcardplaces#peoplewhohike#travelthroughtheworld#heisnotlost#adventurethatislife#exploretocreate#sayyestoadventures#traveldreamescape#liveintrepid
11.03.2019 14:59:09
Happy International Women's Day! ♀️♀️
I hate being in front of the camera, but t
Happy International Women's Day! ♀️♀️ I hate being in front of the camera, but today is all about celebrating women and the beauty in each of us! So here is a pic from when I first started committing myself to travel. ♀️♀️ What does it mean to be a woman? I think that is such a complicated question especially in this day and age. For me, it means ♀️ Being brave, even when I don't feel like it. ♀️ Pushing myself to grow by getting out of my comfort zone. ♀️ Supporting and celebrating other women in our similar experiences. ♀️ Learning to focus on me just as much as my loved ones (and not feeling guilty about it). ♀️ Radiating beauty in all it's forms no matter how unconventional. ♀️ Being confident in me and my abilities as a leader and world changer. ♀️♀️ And finally, to end with a quote from one of the wisest women in my life, "Men are all the same. God just put different faces on them so us women could tell which one is ours." -LG #neverstopexploring#womenwhotravel#internationalwomensday#travelinspo#horseshoebend#damestravel#dametraveler#exploretocreate#adventureisoutthere#arizona#outwest#ustravel#us_vacations#beautyofunitedstates#sheisnotlost#allaboutadventures#utah#womensupportingwomen#travelthroughtheworld#ladiesgoneglobal#doyoutravel#womenwhoexplore#unbelievable.scenes#peoplewhohike#amazingtravelbeauty#exploremore#adventurethatislife#liveintrepid
08.03.2019 15:57:18
"The best way to predict the future is to create it." πŸ’¬ Abraham Lincoln
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"The best way to predict the future is to create it." πŸ’¬ Abraham Lincoln πŸ”οΈ I've been thinking a lot about the future lately. I've always been guilty of saying "when I retire" or "after I have kids" or "when I'm older". This past summer I finally said "screw it" and a started pursuing my goals. Here's to keeping me accountable folks: I'm going to become an author. I finished the first draft of my first book and am currently working with beta readers to edit. No excuses! Start those dreams! ✍️πŸ’ͺ PS. Midelt is infinitely beautiful. Those mountains get my heart every time. πŸ”οΈ #mountainlove#midelt#moroccanadventure#inmorocco#travellingmorocco#passionpassport#postcardplaces#womenwhotravel#girlswhotravel#travelthroughtheworld#traveldreamescape#exploretocreate#awesomeplaces#sheisnotlost#wearetravelgirls#morocco#femmetravel#ladiesgoneglobal#damestravel#travelette#traveldeeper#adventureawaits#adventureenthusiasts#moroccoonmymind
07.03.2019 16:41:12
There's just something about piers and lighthouses. πŸ₯°πŸ•―️
I've ranted before about
There's just something about piers and lighthouses. πŸ₯°πŸ•―️ I've ranted before about my love for Charlevoix. It is seriously the quintessential Lake Michigan beach town. πŸ•―οΈOne of my friends asked for a low-key, Michigan vacation and I highly suggested (and suggest to you) the following: start in Sleeping Bear Dunes 🐻, head up to Traverse City 🍷, then over to Torch Lake, and finally up to Petoskey and Charlevoix. Happy Travels! πŸ•―οΈ #michiganview#puremichigan#puremichiganlighthouse#piers#laketowns#lakemichigan#womenwhoexplore_michigan#ustravel#usroadtrip#us_vacations#beautyofunitedstates#purecharlevoix#doyoutravel#exploretocreate#exploremore#travelmichigan#mihome#michiganders#awesomemitten#mittenstate#adventureisoutthere#upnorth#travelthroughtheworld#traveldreamescape
06.03.2019 17:27:56
Carin: a man-made stack of rocks, typically constructed as a landmark. ⛰️
How do
Carin: a man-made stack of rocks, typically constructed as a landmark. ⛰️ How do you feel about this rock-stacking trend? I've seen everyone from casual tourists to National Park rangers both for and against this activity. Not sure how I feel about it yet. PS. Haleakala is breathtaking every way you turn. πŸ₯° Be sure to spend at least a day exploring this beauty. ⛰️ #haleakalanationalpark#hawaii#maui#hawaiinationalparks#carin#rockstacking#ustravel#us_vacations#postcardplaces#travelthroughtheworld#traveldreamescape#beautyofunitedstates#wekeepmoments#memorycollector#peoplewhohike#nationalparksandmonuments#nationalparkgeek#sayyestoadventures#doyoutravel#exploremore#visithawaii#neverstopexploring#islandlife
05.03.2019 15:10:38
Medical geeks unite! πŸ€“ Such a unique stop in Indianapolis! πŸ§ͺπŸ§«πŸ”¬
We took a weekend
Medical geeks unite! πŸ€“ Such a unique stop in Indianapolis! πŸ§ͺπŸ§«πŸ”¬ We took a weekend trip down to Indianapolis this weekend and with all the cold weather, decided to hit up some museums and antique stores. My husband is interested in all things medical, which is what brought us to this museum! This pathology building is now on the National Registrar of Historic Places! In this picture, you can see the many stains and🧴 dyes they used to color tissue samples. Other notable stops on this tour are the autopsy room and the museum room (so many 🧠 brains!). I highly suggest a stop of you're in Indianapolis! πŸ”¬πŸ§«πŸ§ͺ #50statesin50years#indiana#indianapolis#visitindiana#imhmuseum#museums#learnsomethingnew#visitamuseum#medicalhistory#medicalgeek#hoosierstate#ustravel#us_vacations#indianamustsee#exploreindiana#whattodoinindiana#explore#weekendgetaway#exploremore#nationalregisterofhistoricplaces#wekeepmoments#traveltheus#didyouknow#surprisingstops#travel#museumtravel#adventuring
03.03.2019 00:15:53
Have you ever done a Via Ferrata?
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PS. Doing a weekend getaway to Indianapolis
Have you ever done a Via Ferrata? πŸ§— PS. Doing a weekend getaway to Indianapolis this weekend! Any must see sights? πŸ§— Red River Gorge is a fantastic place for nature lovers like us! We did a Via Ferrata in West Virginia that was amazing, so we were a little hesitant that we might be disappointed with this one as it only went around a gorge. Were wrong! It was definitely a different experience than Seneca Rocks in WV, but it was still a blast to climb at Torrent Falls! Each section has varying difficulty and you can climb down and rest in between and take as much time as you would like! πŸ§— #kentuckylife#kentucky#kytourism#redrivergorge#viaferrata#climbing#peoplewhohike#travellingtheus#ustravel#us_vacations#travelkentucky#travelthroughtheworld#traveldreamescape#amateurclimbing#getoutdoors#springinkentucky#torrentfalls#couplestravel#adventurethatislife#adventureawaits#exploremore#adventureenthusiasts#wanderlust#adventuring
01.03.2019 14:58:32
🍍If you were a pineapple, you'd be a fine-apple. 🍍
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Dole Plantation is the def
🍍If you were a pineapple, you'd be a fine-apple. 🍍 🀣🀣 Dole Plantation is the definition of tourist traps. But it's a fun place for a quick stop, pineapple tasting, and my favorite, pineapple ice cream! 🍦 I loved just strolling their gardens and seeing the rainbow eucalyptus trees and the pineapples growing. I don't know about you, but before I visited, I had no idea pineapples grew like this! 🍍 #pineapple#doleplantation#🍍#foodporn#gohawaii#hawaiilove#hawaiiadventures#visithawaii#alohastate#wecollectmemories#wekeepmoments#postcardplaces#passionpassport#didyouknow#oahu#pineappleicecream#pineappleaddiction#neverstopexploring#doyoutravel#travelthroughtheworld#ustravel#us_vacations#islandlife
28.02.2019 22:09:45
Guess who finally remembered to post her camel picture on hump day? 
Side note:
Guess who finally remembered to post her camel picture on hump day? Side note: Camels are gross. Look up "camel dulla" on YouTube. You'll see what I mean. πŸͺ πŸ™Œ This was πŸ’―% the highlight of our trip to Morocco. We rode camels πŸͺ into the Sahara around sunset, climbed a dune to watch the sun set and the stars poke out, slept in tents, and then rode camels out in the morning to watch the sun rise. πŸ’— Screw candle lit dinners. This is romance. πŸ™Œ #romanceontheroad#camel#samsungs9plusphotography#saharadesert#neverstopexploring#camelride#morocco#inmorocco#travellingmorocco#intrepidtravel#liveintrepid#moroccotravel#adventurethatislife#adventureenthusiasts#onehumpcamel#cameldulla#humpday#doyoutravel#travelthroughtheworld#passionpassport#postcardplaces#traveldreamescape#wecollectmemories#wekeepmoments#couplestravel
27.02.2019 15:54:45
Opulence at its finest. πŸ‘‘
Each place I went in the Palace of Madrid stunned me m
Opulence at its finest. πŸ‘‘ Each place I went in the Palace of Madrid stunned me more and more. It was exquisite. I don't think anywhere in the US compares. Highly suggest for a nice afternoon in Madrid. Sunset bathes the courtyard in gold. πŸ‘‘ #palaceofmadrid#visitspain#spain#madrid#madrid_best_photos#spaintravel#royalty#travelthroughtheworld#traveldreamescape#neverstopexploring#doyoutravel#grandpalaces#palacesoftheworld#24hoursinmadrid#whattodoinmadrid#cityfinds#citytravel#queenforaday
26.02.2019 21:53:58
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