There’s a Bear–Right There

“…among other things, the Wonderland Trail is one of the world’s most scenic weight-loss programs…” Doug Lorain in One Best Hike: Mount Rainier’s Wonderland Trail Part 2 of a Multi-Part Series During our ten-day hike around Mount Rainier with our friends Kim and Trev, we saw many of the indigenous residents of the national park […]

Smoke Gets in My Eyes: A Backpacking Journey Around Mount Rainier

Posted by on Sep 22, 2017 in Travel Update, United States | 8 Comments

Man plans, and God laughs. Yiddish Proverb  “Crystal Mountain is being evacuated because of fire. We might be next.” We were mere hours into a ten-day backpacking trip on the Wonderland Trail around Mount Rainier, and it appeared that Mother Nature was ready to not throw us a curve ball, but to strike us out. […]

Standin’ on a Corner in Winslow, Arizona

Posted by on Jul 28, 2017 in Travel Update, United States | 2 Comments

Well, I’m a-standin’ on a corner in Winslow, Arizona… Glenn Frey and Jackson Browne I’ve found that for me, writing is a team sport. I only got better and eventually published my novel through the mentorship of talented individuals and through the help of critique groups. And it was fun to find out than one […]

Are You Smarter Than a Pocket Beagle?

Posted by on Jul 12, 2017 in Travel Update, United States | 2 Comments

The reason a dog has so many friends is that he wags his tail instead of his tongue. Anonymous The best part of our trip has been reconnecting with friends we haven’t seen for decades. In some stays we’ve met nice, young adults that for some reason keep calling our friends names like, “Mom,” and […]

Venturing Into the Apache Death Cave

Posted by on Jul 9, 2017 in Travel Update, United States | No Comments

Life is either a daring adventure, or nothing. Helen Keller We hear about great places to see from our friends and readers. One of the more difficult to find on this Journey Across America was…the Apache Death Cave. Twenty-four miles to the west of Winslow, Arizona (yes, the same Winslow from the Eagles song, Take […]

Route 66 Can Sing

Posted by on Jul 1, 2017 in Travel Update, United States | 5 Comments

If you ever plan to motor west, Travel my way, take the highway that’s best. Get your kicks on Route sixty-six. Lyrics to Route 66, Bob Troup If you travel Route 66 eastbound of Albuquerque at 45 miles per hour you can hear the Mother Road play America the Beautiful. We heard about this from our […]

He Who Dares, Wins

Posted by on Jun 20, 2017 in Travel Update, United States | 2 Comments

I will either find a way, or make one.  Hannibal before crossing the Alps  On the shores of Lake Michigan, just a short bus ride from downtown Chicago rests a German submarine. This U-Boat lies in peace thousands of miles from the Atlantic where it plied its deadly trade during World War II. How it […]

George Washington Really Did Sleep Here

Posted by on Jun 14, 2017 in Travel Update, United States | 4 Comments

My first wish is to see this plague of mankind, war, banished from the earth. George Washington When Laurie and I lived in New Jersey we spent two years in Morristown. The city is noted for being the headquarters of George Washington for two separate winters during the Revolutionary War. His in-town headquarters for the second stay, […]

In Search of Lobster

Posted by on Jun 5, 2017 in Travel Update, United States | 6 Comments

[Maine] is the exact opposite of New York. When you walk through my small town to get a cup of coffee, you bump into five people you know. Elizabeth Strout When Maine is mentioned, I think of moose, cold winters, L.L. Bean, and Stephen King. Laurie thinks of—lobster. She had a short list of must-do […]

The Riddle Behind the Statues

Posted by on May 21, 2017 in Travel Update, United States | 6 Comments

On we go. David McCullough I love learning the story behind places and monuments. And in this case, a few of these stories make fun riddles. The University of Virginia was founded by Thomas Jefferson in 1819. During a tour guided by a UVA senior we learned that the clock in the rotunda was the […]

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