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 […]

Seven Fascinating Things about Santiago

Posted by on Mar 2, 2018 in Chile, South America | One Comment

Laurie and I spent four full weeks in Santiago, Chile as students and visitors. The capital city of the skinniest country in the world  has 7+ million residents—more than ten times the population of Seattle. While there we picked up some interesting things about the city and country, many good, some bad. 1. The Metro […]

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 […]

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