North to Victoria

Posted by on Jul 4, 2019 in Hiking, Just for Fun, Travel Update | 4 Comments

“…on the craggy southern end of Vancouver Island.” From a tour brochure It’s getting hard to stump her.  Laurie and I have a tradition for our anniversary. Each year we take a trip that is planned by one of us. We alternate responsibility each year. Appropriately, I get the “odd” years. It’s supposed to be […]

More Than a Garden

Posted by on Jun 29, 2019 in Just for Fun, Travel Update | One Comment

Others saw an ugly industrial pit. Jennie Butchart saw a sunken garden.

Pioneers of the Trail

Posted by on Apr 27, 2019 in Just for Fun, United States | 4 Comments

I spent several months walking the Oregon Trail when I was five and I flew over it in several hours when I was a senior citizen.  Jacob Butts 1840-1925 The pioneers that traveled the Oregon Trail were hardy people.  Much hardier–than us.  Earlier this year we read a book about two brothers who retraced the […]

Land of Two Thousand Arches

Posted by on Apr 14, 2019 in Hiking, National Parks, United States | No Comments

In a world that is becoming increasingly virtual, the parks remain places of visceral beauty. Nevada Barr, American Author You may not have been there yourself, but you’ve undoubtedly seen pictures of Arches National Park. On our current journey through the southwestern US we managed to spend two days hiking through this unique area, located near […]

The Austin Texas Snipe Hunt

Posted by on Apr 7, 2019 in United States | 6 Comments

We love to check out unique local adventures during our travels. During a week in Austin we took a tour up in the University of Texas tower, visited the LBJ Presidential Library,  worked on a house build with the local Habitat for Humanity chapter, and…may have engaged in a local “snipe hunt.”*  According to local lore, a million […]

The Secret Caverns

Posted by on Apr 3, 2019 in Travel Update, United States | No Comments

An hour east of Tucson there is a unique set of caves in Kartchner Caverns State Park. This Arizona state park was created in 1988 to preserve these caverns in as pristine state as possible. Local cavers, Gary Tenen and Randy Tufts, discovered the caverns in 1974. They kept the location secret and explored them […]

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 […]

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