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 …

Woman gazes out at snow canyon state park

Part of a Western States Road Trip: I met Angi and Cody on a tour of the awe-inspiring hills of the Scottish Highlands. Somewhere between searching for Nessie, walking across the memories of Culloden Field where the Highlanders were massacred to end the Jacobite Uprising of 1745, and snapping pictures in front of the …

sidewalk eating

The food in Hanoi is – without question – some of the very best that I’ve had in all of Southeast Asia. Much of the culinary life in Hanoi takes place right on the sidewalk – from cooking soft-shell crabs to shelling sunflower seeds, to slurping noodles while perched on tiny, plastic chairs – …

Finding the perfect sandwich in Tuscany

Can you remember that time that you had the perfect sandwich? It could have been purposefully ordered with anticipation at a fancy rooftop restaurant in Paris or stumbled on at a truck stop during a road trip through the middle of Texas. The point is, that once tasted, the sandwich must be tasted again.

Elephant Nature Park

The van pulled up to the Elephant Nature Park just outside of Chiang Mai and disgorged six sweaty strangers. Not one of us had any idea what to expect from a night spent in an elephant sanctuary, or that in just 24 hours we would leave the park forever changed – and forever friends. …

Houseboats and Cafe's along Regent's Canal

When I booked a one-way ticket to Europe, I thought I would write and write and write. And, while I have written, it is not, as expected, a slew of blog posts that I’m putting on paper. Instead, it is the book that I have talked about writing for years that is suddenly pouring …

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