Outdoors and Adventure

Horseshoe Bend

Sittin’ on the Dock of the Lake

Last week brought us the good – nay, GREAT – fortune of a trip to Lake Powell and the stellar Antelope Point Marina. Life along the waterfront was certainly good, and the friendly marina staff made sure we felt welcome and perfectly pampered. For those unfamiliar with it, Lake Powell […]

Our campsite at Tao River Junction Campground, the Rio Grande Gorge

Off the Grid: Camping the Rio Grande Gorge

I stared at myself in the hazy, scratched mirror of the campground bathroom. A Chernobyl-sized beetle scampered past my foot. I didn’t flinch. It appeared I wasn’t quite myself. Was it the aftermath of the Black Death-like virus I’d survived the week prior? No, that wasn’t it. Was it the […]

Me, joyous, at White Sands National Monument

Carlsbad, White Sands and How I Tried to End New Mexico’s Epic Drought — Kinda

I arrived in New Mexico rather ignorant about weather conditions here in the Land of Enchantment. “Santa Fe is in the desert,” I thought. “It’s quite dry in deserts. Therefore, it will be dry in Santa Fe.” (I always did well with logic and math theorems, lest you wonder). Turns […]

Railay Beach West

Yes, Belinda Carlisle, Heaven Is a Place On Earth

The list of superlatives that could describe Railay Beach, Thailand hardly do its stop-you-in-your-tracks beauty justice. I’ve got to admit, after the unforgettable Maldives, it’s hard to be overwhelmed by even the loveliest beaches. So many are truly gorgeous, like Koh Kong, Cambodia, but few will be as pristine and […]

Sailing, Take Me Away…

Sailing, Take Me Away…

Oh, come on. Who can refuse a good Christopher Cross reference when it’s just parked at your Vietnamese doorstep? Post-gorging on street food in Hanoi, a trip to magical Halong Bay was in store. We chartered a trip, met a crew of fabulous Dutch, Germans and Italians and meandered our […]

Bunfights Are Better With Friends

Bunfights Are Better With Friends

I thoroughly enjoy adding new terms to my general lexicon, and while scanning my Lonely Planet for deets on the famed Darjeeling sunrise overlooking the 3rd highest mountain in the world, I found a new doozy: Bunfight. What it means? I can only imagine, as it was used to describe […]