Walking the Italian Hill Country

Posted by on Sep 15, 2019 in Europe, Hiking, Italy, Travel Update | 6 Comments

In America, one must be something, but in Italy one can simply be. Pietros Maneos We’ve left behind the big city of Florence and walked into a different Italy, the Italy of small towns in the mountains connected by quiet forest paths and roads. An Italy where mushroom hunters prowl the forest paths and bring […]

Show Me The Wall

We’ve been walking Hadrian’s Wall for two days, and of the ancient Roman Wall—nothing yet. This isn’t unexpected. When the people in the north of England started to build houses of stone they had a choice of quarrying it—or scavenging from this stone wall that had been unused for centuries. Easy choice. Times were tough […]

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.

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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