Cycle for Survival Chicago

Since my partner died of cancer in a Northwestern Hospital bed on a sunny day in June of 2018, every return to our former home city of Chicago has meant an emotional collapse for me. But not this time. This time I returned for Chicago’s Cycle for Survival event, joining Jeff’s friends in remembering …

plastic water bottle in vietnam

One of the most common questions that I get is how I avoid using single-use plastic water bottles while traveling. And, oh boy, do I have a story. Or Ten. See, I fancied myself a responsible traveler when I first set out to live as a nomad. I mean, I reused plastic water bottles …

This day involves a walk along the easy Desert Loop Trail of the Tucson Desert Museum that is dotted with fossils and caves, and an easy walk along the Signal Hill Trail of the Saguaro National Park that is dotted with ancient art and saguaros. From petroglyphs to fossilized bats and petrified poop, this …

Anza Hiking Trail

On a Stamp Mission…in an Old (Jesuit) Mission Since I’m on a mission to get as many stamps for my National Parks Passport as possible, I was pretty excited to learn that I would get two stamps for hiking the Anza Trail from Tumacácori to Tubac in Arizona: one stamp for Tumacácori National Historical …

Mad Cool Festival

Madrid’s love affair with the late-night: You know you’ve been to the Mad Cool Festival when you wake up at 2:00 in the afternoon covered in glitter and sparkles. In fairness, this particular festival in Madrid doesn’t even start until 6:00 in the evening at the earliest and doesn’t wrap up until close to …

Le Pigeonnier Restaurant in the Loire

The first time that I visited Saint-Martin-le-Beau, a commune resting near the banks of the River Cher in central France, it was a cold evening in January and the rain slopped across my windshield as I navigated my rental car over the train tracks that run parallel to town. Because it was nighttime, I …