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Author Archives: Inga

I’m a travel writer and photographer who loves to get out there and experience the world, no matter if it’s a destination close to home, a road trip or a journey to far-flung lands. I'm an adventurer and nature lover who appreciates food & wine and loves to explore Pacific Rim regions.

The Hidden Wines of Anderson Valley

The Anderson Valley, an appellation only fifteen miles long and a half mile wide in places, is a hidden jewel among the rolling hills of Mendocino County, close to the coastal areas of Northern California. Lurking the shadows of its better known brethren in adjacent Sonoma County, and over the next ridge, Napa County, Anderson … Continue reading »

Backpacking Around Tahoe With Kids in Tow

“This is awesome!” seven year old Chase exclaimed excitedly. What got him so excited? Disneyland? Action figures? Trucks? No, he was building a dam in a shallow creek to catch the elusive fingerling trout slipping by. We were deep in the Granite Chief Wilderness on a multi-day backpacking trip and his face reflected pure joy … Continue reading »

Backpacking to Lovely Loch Leven Lakes

  “How much longer? Are we almost there?” The familiar refrain from our godchildren came, not in a car, but in the Sierra wilderness, as they shouldered heavy backpacks and bent toward the granite formations as we neared the summit, having gained 1,000 feet of elevation in about 2  miles. We struck out late on … Continue reading »

Barging in on Big Bear Lake

The San Bernardino mountains offer a multitude of recreational opportunities for the huge populace of the Los Angeles basin. A short drive up Hwy 330 transports you from dry, desert environs to a high alpine wonderland. Big Bear Lake, at 6,750 feet, is a popular place in winter, at the base of a small ski … Continue reading »

The Maiden Voyage of the Little Red Canoe

On the Hike From Hell(hole) (http://ingasadventures.com/2009/07/13/the-worst-backpacking-trip-ever/) Steve and I resolved to get a canoe, harkening back to the good memories we had of paddling on the Yukon River last summer and eschewing further backpacking trips. Now she was on top of the car, the maiden voyage of the little red canoe beginning with a road trip … Continue reading »

Learning to Relax in Puerto Vallarta

(Excerpt published in Romantic Traveling, Winter 2008 (Vol 19, No 1), www.romantictraveling.com; Posted on OffshoreWave.com on August 23, 2009, www.offshorewave.com) After surviving a hectic spring this year, which included a workplace reorganization, the sale of one home, purchase of another and a move, my husband, Steve, stated emphatically, “We need a beach vacation.” After scanning … Continue reading »

Sampling Fine Wines in Napa Valley

There are about 400 wineries in picturesque Napa Valley, with neat rows of vines punctuated by lovely wineries, some built in the chateau style, others in mission style, some gleaming and modern, all with a back story of the owner’s passion for the grape. Sparkling tasting rooms provide a glimpse into the zeal of the … Continue reading »