Adventure, Hiking, Travel

Guide to Visiting Mount Bromo, East Java, Indonesia

Belonging to the Bromo Tengger Semeru National Park, the famed volcano Mount Bromo sits ominously. Located in East Java, Indonesia, Mount Bromo is a peek into a prehistoric and archaic time. The topography mirrors scenes from Jurassic Park, donkeys are the local's main mean of transportation, and you won't see a McDonald's for miles.To arrive… Continue reading Guide to Visiting Mount Bromo, East Java, Indonesia

Adventure, Hiking, Travel

Top 4 Waterfall Hikes Near Portland, Oregon

Finding waterfall hikes near Portland, Oregon comes at little difficulty for the every-day adventure seeker. With such a vast selection of waterfalls to choose from, it's easy to become a waterfall chaser, sorry TLC. If you fancy placing your eyes on the best waterfalls the Portland area has to offer, continue reading my list below.… Continue reading Top 4 Waterfall Hikes Near Portland, Oregon


Bangkok in a Week

Suffocating heat,  crowded markets, congested streets and traffic - welcome to the capital of Thailand, Bangkok. If you couldn't tell by the opening line, I didn't really care for Bangkok. I was hoping to skeet by this bustling city and find my way to the beautiful islands and jungles I see on the brochures of… Continue reading Bangkok in a Week


Moving Without a Job

When it came to moving across the country, it felt like I was partaking in the Lewis & Clark Expedition, but 2k17 Abby style. This is mainly because I was moving west and it seemed fitting. I mean, let’s be real, most of my thoughts about moving to Oregon were based upon getting measles while playing… Continue reading Moving Without a Job


How to Climb Mt. Hood

At an elevation of 11,250 stands the tallest peak in Oregon, Mt. Hood. The iconic mountain brings in roughly 15,000-20,000 visitors around the world attempting to summit each year.  Located just 50 miles east of Portland, Mt. Hood is a popular climb for urban city-dwellers and Pacific Northwest adventurers alike. In fact, Mt. Hood is… Continue reading How to Climb Mt. Hood

State Parks

Best Places to Hike in Oregon: Smith Rock State Park

The 6:00 a.m. alarm clock blares off and your body jolts forward wondering why you set an alarm for a Saturday. You abruptly awaken from your dream of Channing Tatum and snap into reality, remembering today is the day you planned to road trip to the much talked about Central Oregon town of Terrebonne. With… Continue reading Best Places to Hike in Oregon: Smith Rock State Park


Studying Abroad: 4 Biggest Mistakes

Many people say studying abroad was one of the most rewarding experiences of their lives. However, when you ask, "why?", the answer isn't about the traditional way we think about studying. People talk about what they experienced, new activities they tried, and landscapes they saw for the very first time. While abroad, studying takes other… Continue reading Studying Abroad: 4 Biggest Mistakes


2 Must-See National Parks in Utah

Every time I’ve visited Utah I feel like I’m in a scene of, “The Hills Have Eyes,” and I’m about to get slashed, or even burned to death by the scorching heat. However, any one who has spent any time there will tell you Utah is its own unique adventure paradise. This state is actually… Continue reading 2 Must-See National Parks in Utah


A Dose of Vitamin Sea

Sit back, relax and let me take you to a beautiful oasis. The land of Hollister for a preteen, of avocados and acai bowls for 20 year old girls, of palm trees, ocean breezes and almost around the clock sunshine for a retiree. The home of a naval base for a navy seal, of uggs… Continue reading A Dose of Vitamin Sea


My (Healthy) Addictions

Somehow you found yourself on my blog page, and I thank you for that, because this wouldn’t be as much fun without you! My name is Abby Arend. I’m a 23 year old Midwesterner. The stereotype sums me up pretty well: a friendly, uninteresting farm-dweller. Despite the debate, I’d like to believe that one of… Continue reading My (Healthy) Addictions