Dano's Aunt Tina and Uncle Steve were kind enough to invite us on the most amazing adventure...A 300-mile trail ride from Lava Hot Springs, Idaho to Alpine, Wyoming. It was a blast!
We packed all our stuff for the weekend on our machines and hit the trail! There were about 30 bikes in the group and it took all day to get to Alpine. So much fun!
Dano & Tina - they're two peas in a pod
Cousin Tawny and her fiance Brandon
Our group took the Alpine Motel by storm!
Alpine, WY is in Bridger National Forest (near Jackson), very beautiful!
It rained a little on day 2; which made the riding more fun, muddy and adventurous!
We rented this green machine for the weekend and had an absolute blast 'rallying' in it!
Heading home we went through Bone, Idaho (literally a one-horse town) and stopped for lunch at the Bone Store & Grill. Just a cool bar and grill in the middle of nowhere with great food - the perfect stop for bikers!
The view from the top - overlooking Lava - before we drop down into to town and head home.
What a memorable weekend making friends, laughing and enjoying the wild west!
Cinque Terre (pronounced Chink-Wah Tay-Ra) means Five Lands in Italian A gorgeous coastal region of Italy with a 14-mile oceanside trail that connects five towns...Monterosso, Corniglia, Manarola, Vernazza, Riomaggiore National Geographic ranks it as one of the top ten hiking trails in the world...We agree!! We stayed in Monterosso our accommodations
Monterosso - these colorful little villages right on the beach and up the mountainside were so picturesque and captivating! Notice the train tracks separating the beach and town
we entered the second village - Corniglia - through this narrow neighborhood. We kept trying to imagine living there
Corniglia - the first view we had of this quaint town took our breath away - no pictures do it justice
This pic shows how steep the mountainside is. We would climb straight up the mountain then drop down in to each village. It was over the top amazing!
A storybook section with an old stone bridge and thick vines. The entire trail was nothing but vineyards and wild hydrangeas and petunias, and so many other beautiful flowers and plants!
Straight up the mountain!
Monterosso's town chapel
Someone's home built right into the mountain
A typical Cinque Terre neighborhood
under the tracks in Monterosso - look how narrow the street is!
Il Gigante - a very old sculpture built on the cliffside on the beach in Monterosso
This destination exceeded our expectations on so many levels...It was gorgeous, adventurous, and very romantic! When we weren't on the trail, we were eating fresh catch of the day right on the beach, and people watching - mostly the locals and little kids, we couldn't get enough of their little voices speaking Italian...SO cute!