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Welcome – Wilkommen – Bienvenido – Bienvenue – Benvenuto – Bainvegni

Once in awhile it really hits people that they don’t have to experience the world in the way they have been told to.” – Alan Keightley

Welcome to our travel site:  More 2 Explore.

We hope this site inspires individuals to live the lives they were meant to live; to get out into this vast, beautiful world and explore more. To realize there is more to this life than the traditional 9 to 5.  We also plan to share our travel, cultural and educational experiences with our followers.

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Why I Love the Push

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An intense ridge-line hike was on the agenda and on the way up the mountain; I contemplated the effort that would be required of me on that day; not only the physical effort, but the mental effort as well. Mental fortitude is just as necessary as is the ability to prevail physically, but as I climbed that mountain and dropped down over and over again, I thought silently to myself, “I do so love to suffer.“

2014-10-18-Mrshc_087 Despite how extreme that may sound, and by no means were we climbing Everest, I have learned to relish in the push that is required of me when racing, hiking or completing a task that feels at times overwhelming.

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Just as I thought I was closing in on the final steps of our hike, I realized that I was indeed only half way to my destination. My legs burned, hips ached and my shoulders felt as though boulders were tied on pressing the breath and the gusto right out of my sails. I knew at the 10-minute break my family allotted, I needed to dive into my personal bag of grit, dig deep and push on. Mental fatigue is real, but there is nothing that fights stronger than tenacity (a virtue I pray both of my children obtain as they grow). Having the strength and the courage to push through pain, to stay when you would rather leave, to hike up when you long to hike down and to reach the summit, whatever summit it is you long to conquer, is worth the effort and this I had to remind myself.

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So, for that mountain that spanked my ass and humbled me, for all the onlookers who muttered words under their breath at the child strapped to my back and for the negative self-talk that I had to more than once push aside, this is what I say to you and remind myself. If you want something you must find a way to achieve it, you must work hard, you must push through the pain that you will indeed suffer, but through it all, there are invaluable lessons to be learned.  Suffering mentally and physically through sport teach us a great deal about ourselves. Some of my deepest thoughts took place in utter exhaustion; moments of clarity that rarely come without the sweat.

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Once you reach your peak, whatever that peak may be or may represent, there is no better feeling in the world as the elation that washes over you once you stand on that summit. Chills wash over your body, the tears will begin to swell in the corner of your eyes and your heart will race at a dizzying speed. This is the feeling of conquering a task that at one time might have seemed remarkably impossible and I have learned to take in those moments as slowly as humanly possible.  Something else always happens whenever I race, hike a tough trail, or spend time in nature,  I think of my father, the very man who, along with my mother were my biggest fans and always showed up with gusto whenever I would compete in anything.  I whisper a silent thank you, glance toward the heavens and push on.

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There is no better accomplishment to be won than that of knowing you prevailed on your own terms, at your own pace, at your own free will and with the loving support of others. So, climb on, achieve your version of greatness and marvel in the views!

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A special thanks to my husband for believing we could indeed safely hike this route.  Klingenstock-Frontalpstock

For more hiking information and detailed maps in Switzerland, please visit our previous post.

Photo of the Week – Oct. 19th

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The past two weekends, we profited from fantastic weather and had some epic views like this from the top of Fronalpstock, 1922m above Lake Luzern (Vierwaldstättersee).

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The “Photo of the Week” on More 2 Explore is taken from our collection of travel photos throughout the past 7 years and is typically from the same month for which it is posted. Be sure to click “follow” to see more photos each week! (usually posts on Friday)

Black and White Iceland

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I think I’m addicted to Iceland.  I was not cured of it after planning and spending two weeks there.  A trip, 20 years in the waiting.  And now we have over five thousand photos on our computer which is maddening to go though.  Don’t worry, we won’t post them all and we hope you don’t get tired of seeing the ones we do.  I seem to get lost in the beauty of it all.  After much time and sorting, here are a few in Black & White.

Warning: we still have a few more posts to go which capture the ridiculous landscapes we found in the south.  Until then, we hope you enjoy, and that you find it habit-forming.

In case you missed them, here are some additional posts:

I tagged this as part of the Daily Posts Weekly Challenge: Dreamy, since I can’t stop dreaming about this place.  It’s that awesome!

Photo of the Week – Oct. 10

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The fall is a beautiful time to visit the Alps.  The colors are just about the top, the temperatures can be perfectly chilly and the skies bright blue.  The photo below was taken in Engelberg, Switzerland during a hike around Trubsee.  For more adventure, hop on the rotating gondola and make your way up to Mt. Titlis to cross the suspension bridge.  Have a wonderful weekend!

Photo_Week_20141010_Engelberg_2012The “Photo of the Week” on More 2 Explore is taken from our collection of travel photos throughout the past 7 years and is typically from the same month for which it is posted. Be sure to click “follow” to see more photos each week! (usually posts on Friday)

Fall Hikes – Muttenz Vineyards

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“The law of harvest is to reap more than you sown. Sow an act, and you reap a habit. Sow a habit and you reap a character. Sow a character and you reap a destiny.”   James Allen

 2014-10-05-Mttz_08jpgThere is something so absolutely magical about the fall and each year as the leaves begin their transformation of colors so bright and true, the sweaters are once again wrapped around our bodies and the morning coffee sits on our tongues like utter bliss we are once again reminded how fleeting time is. As much as we adore this season, we are aware that she cannot stay. Soon the leaves will blanket the earth, the snow will fall and the days will grow short, but for now, we dance in the warmth of the day and wrap up tight as the winter chills bless us in the evenings and we give thanks for all that we have and all that is yet to come

 “Every leaf speaks bliss to me, fluttering from the autumn tree.” Emily Bronte

To enjoy this hike, simply take tram 14 from Basel in the direction towards Pratteln and get off the tram at Muttenz Dorf.  Continue on Hauptstrasse towards the hills.  After approximately 3 blocks you will arrive at a walled in church and follow the road to the left straight up the valley.  The vineyards will be on your left

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