Feeding elephants at an ethical elephant sanctuary

If you are anything like me, when you think about your dream trip to Thailand, you are thinking about splashing in a river while you frolic and bathe a grateful elephant. But please… Don’t. Do That. And please, for the love of all things wild, don’t ride an elephant in Thailand, or anywhere. Note: …

Anza Hiking Trail at Tubac Presidio State Park

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 Presidio State Park in Arizona: one stamp for …

snow canyon state park

I never thought I would find myself visiting Snow Canyon State Park in southern Utah, BUT… I met Angi and Cody on a tour of the awe-inspiring hills of the Scottish Highlands. Somewhere between searching for Nessie and visiting the cliffs and glens of Scotland, Angi and Cody invited me to see the sandstone …

A sheep peers at pilgrims on the Camino del Norte

On Day 24 of walking the Camino de Santiago, northern route, we were joined by a friend from the states. It’s always nerve-wracking to add a new pilgrim to your posse, but this pellegrina brought us laughter – and so much more.

Sign to santiago on the camino del norte

Day 25 on the Camino del Norte was an interesting one, mostly because the evening of Day 24 was a fun one (maybe too much fun)!

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 – …