Outdoor Blog

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 »

Vietnam—Navigating the Mighty Mekong

Published in International Travel News, April 2009, http://www.intltravelnews.com/ “This is a river that could keep us busy for years,” uttered my husband, Steve, who has a fascination with rivers. Our first trip to Vietnam this summer began our exploration of the Mekong River that will span many trips to come as we unlock the secrets … Continue reading »

LOST Tour, Oahu, Hawaii

If you’ve been engaged, mystified, puzzled, curious, stumped, or otherwise hooked on the time traveling, sometimes mystical survival tale on the television series LOST, you’ll be as fascinated as we were to go on a tour of LOST filming sites on the island of O’ahu in Hawai’i.  My husband, Steve, and I were watching an … Continue reading »