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Odds + (Week) Ends: A Travel Round-up | Vol. 13

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After a crazy weekend, I'm back and ready to face the new week!

On Saturday, my husband took our daughter for a drive in the nearby forest, which is a weekend tradition that the two of them have. Normally, Landon and Britton have some great daddy-daughter bonding time looking at the swamps, finding birds, and seeing if they can spot a deer or two. This past Saturday, they went out as usual and drove the same dirt roads they've visited many times before...only this time, I got a call at 9:15 from Landon that they'd gotten stuck.

And not just stuck. The seemingly solid road disintegrated as Landon drove over it as a sink hole opened up and pulled our car down into a 5 or 6 foot deep chasm. Thankfully, Landon jumped out as the sink hole was opening up, and he was able to pull our daughter out of her car seat through the back window. Much of our Saturday was spent waiting for the tow truck (and then convincing the driver that the roads were solid!). I don't know how, but our car actually escaped with only a few scratches.

Sunday was a bit calmer and filled with some lots of amazing food at my family's Easter celebration. My stomach is still groaning from everything I sampled!

Now, onto this week's travel round-up items!

Visiting the Amazonian dream tribe // Firsttoknow.com 

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This article recounts one man's journey into the Amazon to visit with the Achuar people and learn more about their way of life. The Achuar believe that their dreams are adventures that their souls have while they are asleep, which is such an incredible perspective on the dream state. Sadly, the Achuar people's environment is being encroached upon by developers, and their food sources have been compromised by pollution and oil spills.

The death and rebirth of the Nevada Shoe Tree // Travelocafe.com 
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The Nevada shoe tree was one of those quirky we've-got-stop-and-take-a-picture tourist attractions along Highway 50. For 40 years, people would stop and throw their shoes into the tree's branches until it looked like an art installation piece. Sadly, the tree was chopped down about three years ago by some ne'er-do-well for reasons unknown. This story does have a happy ending: a nearby tree has taken up the mantle, so there's still a place for you to throw those old shoes when you're in town.

Tree house hotel in India // Green Magic Resort

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If you ever wanted to live inside a tree (a la Tarzan or the Swiss Family Robinson), this is probably as close you're going to get. Guests are hoisted into the 90 foot high tree houses with the help of a hand-operated cane lift--so maybe pack lightly. The tree houses, which come with running water, a bedroom, and a full bathroom, run between and $187 and $225 (USD) per night.

World's happiest countries // CNN.com 


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If you want to be happy, don't move to Berundi, according to a 2016 study of 156 countries. The report, done by the Sustainable Development Network for the United Nations, looked at social support systems, corruption rates, life expectancy, political stability, levels of generosity and more to compile the list. At the top? Denmark, which has won three of the four years the report has been issued. This icy country might not be your first thought for the world's happiest place, but tight social support systems and overall quality of life helped Denmark seize the top spot. (For my U.S. readers, we ranked just outside the top 10 at #13).

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How was your weekend? What fun travels do you have coming up?

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