A Visit to Brazil: The Family from Ipanema

Posted by on Feb 23, 2018 in South America | 6 Comments

Rio is an energetic, vibrant place, full of beauty and nature. But we face the kinds of problems any developing metropolis does – with pollution, traffic congestion, poverty. Eduardo Paes Rio de Janerio is a city blessed with amazing beauty and scenery. It’s also a city in a difficult struggle. After completing four weeks of […]

The Street Dogs of Santiago

Posted by on Jan 29, 2018 in Chile, Just for Fun | 2 Comments

One of the first things that stands out about Santiago, Chile, is the large population of stray dogs wandering the streets. By and large these mutts known as “quiltros” seem happy, well fed, and are peaceful. The people of Santiago feed them and provide water. In the winter they provide them with coats and kennels. […]

Escape to Summer: A Season in the Skinniest Country

Posted by on Jan 14, 2018 in Chile | 6 Comments

Love is so short, forgetting is so long. Pablo Neruda, Chilean poet, diplomat, and Nobel Prize winner Imagine carving out a new country on the west coast of North America. This new country is long, but skinny. It starts out near the southern tip of Mexico—just south of Guadalajara. It runs north and ends just […]

Surprised by New York City

Posted by on Jan 10, 2018 in United States | 2 Comments

My favorite thing about New York is the people, because I think they’re misunderstood. I don’t think people realize how kind New York people are. Bill Murray Just after Thanksgiving, Laurie and I spent ten days in New York City with our friends Fred, Trish, and Julie in order to enjoy the Christmas season. The […]

An Oasis in the Desert

Posted by on Nov 9, 2017 in Backpacking, United States | One Comment

…I took the one less traveled by, and that has made all the difference. Robert Frost One of the most beautiful places in the United States is accessed via one of the most remote towns in the lower 48. The destination is even more special because of its isolation. Supai, the capital of the Havasupai […]

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. […]

The Charm of Small Town America

Posted by on Aug 17, 2017 in Travel Tips, United States | 6 Comments

Sometimes you find yourself in the middle of nowhere; and sometimes in the middle of nowhere, you find yourself. Unknown During our Journey Across America we visited major cities including Miami, Boston, New Orleans, and Chicago. Metropolitan areas have a lot to offer. But small towns have their own charm. One was Las Vegas. You’re […]

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 […]

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