Author: pchelkaspassport@gmail.com

Denver, Colorado, explore, adventure, graffiti art, photography, blogger, travel blog, artist, wanderlust,

The Eye of Denver

Beauty is in the eye of the beholder and Denver’s Rino  District (also known as the River North Art District) became the canvas for many creative artists to exhibit their meaning of beauty. Rino is quickly becoming a popular attraction for both locals and tourists. Strolling through the ally’s we came across endless beautiful spray painted masterpieces displayed on the buildings. Every building had it’s own theme and vibe with a social media tag of the arts platform. The art is vibrant, colorful and really unbelievable. To create such detailed work with spray paint is really mind blowing. Pictures do not do any of these images justice, not even close, but my camera was full and I can’t keep silent. Below are some of my favorite pieces.       My brother along with Chad’s best friend joined us on our trip to Colorado and explored this very artistic neighborhood with us. It definitely paid off for the both of them as they found love 🙂 See if you can spot them as they blend in quite well. #whereswaldo #theyfoundlove #denversbachelors …

Sydney in the Dark

Dear Sydney, I write this love letter to you on this #tbt as I reminisce the days when I walked your ground. Your beauty in the day is exquisite but no words or photos can do you justice, as your lights shine bright when the sun sets. I miss you dearly and dream about the day we meet again. Yours truly Pchelkas Passport 🙂 The Sydney Opera house is breathtaking. I can not describe to you how beautiful this masterpiece is.  The amount of detail that was put into building this iconic structure is mind-blowing especially when you get to see it up close and personal during the bright daylight. However, I was in complete awe when I saw it all again in the dark. Take a ferry across the water to Luna Park for a priceless view of the Sydney Harbour Bridge with the Opera house and a city view in the background. Take a walk along side the water and take notice of the captivating views as the light reflects off the water. Then for …

Aruba, carribean, island, cruise, beach, shopping, travel, traveler, travel blog, travel lifestyle, wanderlust, excursion, tourist, tour, jeep, explore, adventure

Aruba in One Day

“Aruba, Jamaica, oh I want to take ya to Bermuda, Bahama come on pretty mama,” played on repeat in my head all day long as we cruised on a Jeep around the island. We got to port on a cruise ship early in the morning. We booked a full day Jeep Safari tour with El Tours prior to boarding the cruise ship in San Juan, Puerto Rico. Looking back, after a two week honeymoon, the Jeep Safari tour was one of our favorite excursions. Hands down, the best part of the tour was the fact that we got to drive the Jeep’s ourselves. We got lucky and somehow ended up with the only stick shift Jeep. Boy were there some jealous tourists :). The tour guide definitely made the tour more adventurous by allowing us to do cookies in the sand, go in circles as we played follow the leader and go at our own pace. However, going at your own pace is a double edge sword. One Jeep, full of girls, was going a bit …

London, Europe, backpacking, big ben, blogger, travel blog, wanderlust, journey, explore

London On A Rainy Day

On our first day in London, we got very lucky to receive the full English experience. We couldn’t have dreamt it any better than it turned out. Usually on vacation, we hope for beautiful sunny weather without a cloud in the sky. But when in London, rain is part of everyday life. We were excited to experience the UK lifestyle to the fullest. Our first order of business was to go see the Buckingham Palace and the exchange of the guards. But, due to the rain, the exchange of the guards was canceled. We were secretly hoping to see the queen. We would have settled for Princess Catherine or even Prince William, but none of the above happened. So, like all the other tourists we walked around the Palace taking pictures from every angle possible. We were so excited to be there we enjoyed the rain. On the grounds of the Buckingham Palace are beautiful statues and water fountains. The amount of detail that are incorporated is unbelievable and as always pictures don’t do it justice. When …

Mt Hood Lockaby Campgrounds

Lockaby Campground – Camping with the Crew!

I am extra excited to share this camping experience for multiple reasons. First and foremost, this was the first camping trip with Chad and to sweeten the experience it happened to fall on our one year wedding anniversary. What we didn’t know at that time is that we were expecting our first child, our sweet baby Noelle.  To add a cherry on top, we got to experience this trip with a great group of friends (we were missing a few and didn’t want them to feel left out.. don’t mind the photoshoped lovebirds in the background 🙂 ). So, I will probably be biased towards this campground, but nonetheless it’s a great camping spot. Lockaby Campgrounds is a very convenient location because it’s a short distance from the Portland Metro Area. The drive is short and beautiful, which makes it easy if you’re coming on a Friday night after work, like we did. Our camp spot was right next to the Clackamas River. It was a little to cold for me to go swimming but more …

Seattle City

Five Musts in Seattle

Seattle is the perfect getaway for Portlanders, whether it’s for a day or a weekend (I’ve done both 🙂 ). It’s an easy three hour drive but make sure you have fun upbeat music for the small road trip. Music makes all the difference. Once you’re in tow it’s time to get excited. Below are the 5 things we do every time we go to Seattle. 1. Pikes Place Whether it’s your first time or every time, Pikes Place is always the first stop. After a three hour drive, the market is the best place to stretch your legs, eat lots of sample snacks and pick up some beautiful fresh flowers. The flowers go real quick so get some while they last. The fresh fruit is not only vibrant in color but it also tasted great. But, the real reason you go to the market is to see a fish being thrown at the fish stand. Unfortunately, I was not able to get a good photo or video because you never know where the fish is …

Opal Creek, Oregon, Portland, Hikes, natural pool, waterfalls

Opal Creek

We were prepared for a long drive after we did our researched about Opal Creek. So, we decided to blast the music in the car and have some fun with selfies. Before actually getting to the creek we had to hike through the forest on a trail. As anyone who hikes would know, there are plenty of bugs in the woods. Chad clearly experienced the fun of little creepy crawlies first hand. FYI – he is not a fan of bugs. Along the way, we were messing with the camera to try and figure out the correct setting for the location. Chad was having a blast taking pictures of nothing. The accidental photo’s always turn out the best. Chad and I were in a very silly playful mood after a 2 hour drive and decided to take some fun goofy selfies before we took a dip in the natural pool. The important part about taking photos is that you want to make sure that the lighting is perfect before dedicating a lot of time to scenic …