Snoozing in Saint Patrick’s

Posted by on Mar 17, 2019 in Europe, Ireland, Just for Fun | No Comments

While living in Dublin in 2016, we heard an interesting story at Saint Patrick’s Cathedral about Jonathan Swift. Swift, the well-known author of Gulliver’s Travels and A Modest Proposal served as the dean of the iconic cathedral from 1713 until he passed in 1745. Seems that during his sermons, Swift would be pushed around in a mobile pulpit which was mounted […]

“Saddling” up on the Oregon Trail?

Posted by on Mar 10, 2019 in Uncategorized | 4 Comments

Great stories often inspire personal adventures. When Laurie and I watched the movie The Way about a man who hiked the Camino de Santiago across Spain, she said, “That’s how I want to start retirement.” In April of 2016 we started our life on the road with the 500-mile Camino de Santiago pilgrimage. Recently we listened […]

An Unplanned Gem: Antelope Canyon

Posted by on Feb 19, 2019 in Uncategorized | 7 Comments

One of the best ways Dennis and I have found to discover an unexpected treasure is to listen to what people we meet say their best finds are.  A recent example of this was when Grace and Jake, the couple we hiked The Wave with, told us about their experience doing the Lower Antelope Canyon tour.  Originally, […]

Winning the Lottery: The Wave

Posted by on Feb 12, 2019 in Uncategorized | 4 Comments

Wilderness is not a luxury but a necessity of the human spirit. Edward Abbey One hundred and two applicants–all vying for only thirty spots. It was the largest group of the year applying in person to be able to hike into the Coyote Buttes North wilderness—better known as “The Wave.” Even though it was a frigid […]

A Stop in Death Valley

Posted by on Feb 10, 2019 in Uncategorized | 5 Comments

“Once a year, go someplace you’ve never been before.” Anonymous “So, you brought this wet weather.” Outside, rain was falling on the driest and hottest National Park in the United States. When we told the ranger at the visitor’s center we were from Seattle, she blamed us.  Yeah, we’re used to it. When I was […]

An Unplanned Stop

Posted by on Jan 31, 2019 in Uncategorized | 6 Comments

Every cloud has a silver lining John Milton Our world is full of so many great places that it’s impossible to experience them all in a lifetime. On Friday, we would have driven by one such great place—except that our Subaru broke down in Yreka, California, just over the border from Oregon.  We had it […]

A Season at Home

Posted by on Jan 18, 2019 in Travel Update, United States | 12 Comments

There is a time for everything, and a season for every activity under the heavens. Ecclesiastes 3:1 Six months before we set out on our adventure living a life on the road, my father was diagnosed with incurable colon cancer. We almost delayed our hike across Spain, but my parents insisted we set off. We […]

North to Alaska—Finally

Laurie and I were born and raised in Washington State, the state closest to Alaska. But we’ve never made the trek up north to visit the 49th member of these United States. Something about cold and mosquitos kept it off the top of our list. But we’re currently on a ten day “scouting trip” up here […]

Gastro Chile

Posted by on Mar 20, 2018 in Chile, South America | 4 Comments

The secret of success in life is to eat what you like and let the food fight it out inside Mark Twain  Confession Time: When we started our hike across Spain in April of 2016, we expected the cuisine to be very similar to Mexico. Boy, were we ignorant. Where the food in our just-south-of-the-border […]

Santiago and the Path of Seven Crosses

Posted by on Mar 7, 2018 in Chile | 3 Comments

In our travels we’ve often seen artists take a common sculpture and put their own unique spin on it—often as part of a fundraiser. In Seattle artists decorated pigs made in the image of the bronze “Rachel” piggy bank at the Pike Place market to raise money for the market foundation, in Chicago and Zurich […]

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