Three days in Alsace, France

  • November 07, 2017
  • by Inga

The Alsace Region,  nestled between Switzerland and Germany and the Vosges Mountains in France, is known for its aromatic white wines and charming villages. I visited the southern part of Alsace, known as Haute-Rhin, or Upper Rhine, on a recent trip that originated in Geneva. Since it was only a 3-hour drive from Geneva it …

Think you don’t need trip insurance? Think again

  • November 01, 2017
  • by Inga

Trip insurance was not something I ever thought about.  My husband and I weren’t old, didn’t have health problems and couldn’t see the need for the extra expense. We generally travel independently, eschewing tours, cruises and guides. Why would we need trip insurance? The First Time Somehow, as time passed, we weren’t so young anymore. …

Packing for a hut to hut Tour of Mont Blanc

  • October 07, 2017
  • by Inga

The Tour of Mont Blanc, a 110-mile hike through the Alps in France, Italy and Switzerland, meanders through villages and is connected by an extensive system of refuges (huts), hostels and inns. Though some carry full backpacking gear for a mountain expedition, many carry daypacks and take advantage of the many shelters. Once the decision …

Hiking the Santa Cruz Trail in Peru: Day 4

  • January 30, 2017
  • by Inga

Day 4 of backpacking the Santa Cruz Trail in the Cordillera Blanca dawned with welcome sun to help us dry out. For more information on planning a backpacking trip on the Santa Cruz Trail, see other articles listed at the end. In the morning the group who had camped near us was up and out …

Hiking the Santa Cruz Trail in Peru: Day 1

  • February 01, 2016
  • by Inga

Located in the Cordillera Blanca, the spine of the Peruvian Andes closest to the coast, the Santa Cruz trail cuts through the Quebrada Santa Cruz Valley in Huascaran National Park. Snow-covered peaks, hanging glaciers, gushing waterfalls, aquamarine lakes and fascinating sub-tropical flora all await discovery. After acclimating to the altitude in Huaraz, located at 10,000 feet, …

Judd Trail to Manoa: Hiking in Honolulu

  • December 06, 2013
  • by Inga

The Judd Trail to Manoa or Tantalus via the Nu’uanu Trail is an energetic 5-10  mile hike (depending on which trail you take on the second half) in Honolulu, Hawaii that starts in Nu’uanu near on the Old Pali Highway and ascends up a high ridge to Tantalus and down to Manoa Falls. The trails …

Manoa Falls: Hiking in Honolulu, Hawaii

  • December 03, 2013
  • by Inga

Even adventurers sometimes need a relaxing vacation and for my husband and me there’s nothing more rejuvenating than a Hawaii beach vacation with a couple of day hikes thrown in. O’ahu is our favorite island because the best beaches in the islands are here, there are lots of great restaurants in every price range, entertainment …

Life on the Farm

  • May 03, 2013
  • by Inga

How to capture in words the experiences of a lifetime of tenderness, harsh lessons, heartache and joy on a Western Australia farm? Our two months there last year were the barest introduction to the ups and downs of farming life in the shadow of the craggy Stirling Range that anchors the flat fields to this …

The transformation of the Presidio of San Francisco

  • July 21, 2012
  • by Inga

The Presidio of San Francisco, which in my youth was just a pretty, mostly off-limits place that we drove through to get to the Golden Gate Bridge, is being transformed into a first class destination, an oasis of green that is steeped in history. After 15 years of often rancorous discussion and community decision-making the …

The harvest that wouldn’t end

  • May 18, 2012
  • by Inga

The best way to describe the harvest is that it was “the harvest that wouldn’t end”. Would it never end? That was the recurring question—the topic that came up in the Big House, the grocery store, the pub and any social gathering. “How long are you going to be here?” was the question our new …

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