Careful Adventures. The two words may seem like contradictory terms. The word careful defines itself – being full of care. Adventure, on the other hand, can conjure up a larger variety of meanings. A dictionary will define it as a bold or risky undertaking, a hazardous action with an uncertain outcome. But an alternate definition is an exciting or very unusual experience. That is the definition I choose to use for purposes of this website. Combining the two, then, gives this definition:

Careful Adventures – Exciting or very unusual experiences performed in a manner full of care so that the real risk is minimal.

I love adventure, but I love my life and limbs even more. Spoken another way, travel variety is the spice of life, but if I lose my life in the process, then the goal of having a remembered experience is lost. For that is the core of travel for me: to acquire memories of varied experiences that I am fond of recollecting.

For me, variety of experience is a key. I like adventurous things, like swimming with manta rays or

Careful Trip through Spooky Canyon, Utah
Spooky Canyon

squeezing through slot canyons. But I also like a lazy day at a beach where the azure water is so clear that you can easily see the colorful fish nipping at your toes. I enjoy road trips, guided tours, resort stays and cruises, as long as each lead to a memory I treasure.

I still cherish the memory of wading in the warm, wave-less aquamarine waters of Bora Bora juxtaposed with the lush, green volcanic core of the island. I recall the shafts of sunlight piercing the shadows and illuminating the red-orange walls of Upper Antelope Canyon. I can still taste the clear water flowing off of Athabasca glacier in the Canadian Rockies. In my mind’s eye I can still remember the 7’ lemon shark that languorously swam a few feet under me as I helped my 9 year old daughter snorkel for the first time over the elk coral of Buck Island in St. Croix. These and countless other memories are mine, shared only with the loved ones I was fortunate to have with me on each trip or with other travelers who have also been there and done that. I want more of these experiences. My hope and goal with this website is to foster in you the same desire.

I am not rich. I am not young or a physical specimen in any way. Fact is I need to lose 50 lbs (I’m working on it). As my son says, I am not a Point Break kind of guy (he was referring to the movie). But that doesn’t keep me from seeking out adventure – I’m just careful doing it.


IT pro by day, avid traveler and photographer by night.


  1. Well written. Great pictures. Looking forward to more posts.

  2. I feel like I’m there with your vivid descriptions. Will definitely use your site as a source for vacation ideas!

  3. Ethan Anderson Reply

    Hi! I loved your ranking of cenotes! I’m planning at trip to the Yucatan in July and currently have reservations for Rio Secreto. However, I was doing some more research today and started learning about Sac Actun, which is closer to where we are staying. I would love to hear your opinion on the following:

    1. Are there any notable differences between Rio Secreto and Sac Atun that would make it worthwhile to include them both on a packed itinerary?
    2. If my party of fit adventure seekers could only do one, would you recommend Rio Secreto or Sac Actun?
    3. Did you happen to go to Dos Ojos too, next to Sac-Actun? If you did, I’m guessing it didn’t rank high enough to make your list.

    Thanks! I really appreciate any insight you can provide.

    • Ethan Anderson Reply

      Oops! I just noticed that you did have Dos Ojos on the list. I must have overlooked it the first time. Thanks again!

    • Pop Cameron Reply

      On our 8 day trip to the Yucatan, I wanted to do a variety of cenotes. The cave-like ones were my favorite and I put Secret River at the top followed closely by Sac Actun and then Dos Ojos, which is third. Secret River is more of a cave experience where you walk more than swim, although you wade a good bit and on a couple of ocassions float in deeper water. There is no snorkeling there. It is very structured and organized. Sac Actun is less structured and you do almost all of it in the water, often in deep water that requires floating. You can stick your face in the water to see below with a snorkel at any time. This tour requires a guide but is less expensive. Both of these feature excellent cave features, but Secret River’s are much, much better. I would recommend doing both if you can manage it. Get reservations for Secret River in advance but you can just show up for Sac Actun.

      Dos Ojos is also a cave cenote, but it can be experienced on your own. Much of the cave is underwater, so these passages are reserved for divers that you will see while there. You have two separate cenotes there to explore that are connected via submerged passages. Dos Ojos is much cheaper, especially if you have your own snorkel gear. And being able to do it on your own is a plus. The other nice thing about Dos Ojos is that if you are there during the right time of the day (midday worked for us), you will see beautiful blue-green light beams shoot through the water when you are snorkeling. Dos Ojos is almost completely a snorkel experience.

      Take another look at my cenote rankings and you’ll see Dos Ojos there as #3 if you want to read about it and see some pictures. Have fun and come back and post your opinions on each.

    • Pop Cameron Reply

      I may not have made it clear, but I would recommend the cenotes in the order I ranked them – so I would do Secret River over Sac Actun, but the drop off is small. Both are very memorable experiences. Both require only a bit of walking, floating with a life jacket and climbing a few steps or a ladder, so fitness isn’t an issue for most.

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